Fishing Fanatics Outer Banks Trip Planner
The Outer Banks is a sport fisherman’s paradise. The sheer quantity of angling opportunities makes our waters some of the best in the world. Surf and pier fishing, brackish, fly and sound fishing, inshore and offshore charter fishing – you’ll find an unparalleled array of catch on the Outer Banks. Often called “The Billfish Capital of the World," the International Game Fish Association lists 92 world records for fish caught on the Outer Banks. Anglers say there’s no better way to relax than fishing. We say there’s no better place to fish than the Outer Banks.
So, grab your rods and reels and check out our seven recommendation for those looking to land the perfect catch:
DAY 1:PIER FISHING AT AVALON PIER
The Avalon Fishing Pier was built in 1958 and stretches 696 feet. Bait and rod rentals are available at the pier, which is open from 5:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.during the summer, from 6:00a.m. until around 10:00 p.m. in the spring and fall. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.
Avalon Fishing Pier
2111 N. Virginia Dare Tr. (Milepost 6)
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
DAY 2:CLUB SEASIDE FISHING CLASS
Seaside Vacations guests have the unique opportunity to study the fine art of fishing with Rock Solid Fishing Charters. In this one-hour class, you’lllearn about the fish that call the Outer Banks home, various types of rods and reels, tackle, knot tying, fishing inshore, offshore, backwater, in thesurf, and more.
Club Seaside Fishing Class
Sundays, 7:00-8:00 pm
Boat ramp on Dock Street (on Bay Drive in Kill Devil Hills)
DAY 3: SURF FISHING
For the surfcaster, there are more than 100 miles of accessible beach for surf fishing. The best fishing is in the spring and fall but the earnestfisherman can easily find reward all year except January and February.
Enjoy your day fishing, just remember:
Any person aged 16 and older who wants to fish recreationally in any water designated as coastal and joint waters of North Carolina must purchase aCoastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL). This license can be purchased on a 10-day, annual or lifetime basis, or combined with a variety of licenses issued by the Wildlife ResourcesCommission (WRC)State of North Carolina fishing regulationsmay apply.
If using your vehicle to access a beach area, check out ouroff-road-vehicleinformation.
The numerous local tackle shops sell bait and fishing equipment and are your best source for fishing information.
DAY 4: OFFSHORE FISHING IN THE GULF STREAM
The Outer Banks is "The Billfish Capital of the World," and for good reason. Hundreds of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are caught and released in our waters every year. The billfish season is long, with the peak for blue marlin in June and white marlin and sailfish most plentiful in August and September. All are caught consistently from late spring to early fall. Another big draw are yellowfin tuna, which are caught year-round.
The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and Pirates Cove Marina are both full-service marinas offering Gulf Stream charters and excursions on the sound.
Pirates Cove Marina
2000 Sailfish Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
98 NC 12 Hwy.
Nags Head, NC 27959
DAY 5: PIER FISHING AT JENNETTE'S PIER
Fishing on the banks was forever changed when the first fishing pier – Jennette’s Pier – was opened in Nags Head back in 1939. But in September2003, Hurricane Isabel swept the North Carolina coast, knocking down about 540 feet of Jennette’s Pier and practically shutting down an Outer Banksinstitution. It then became time to rethink the fishing pier concept, with the Aquariums taking the lead to rebuild Jennette’s as an all-concrete,1,000-foot-long, educational ocean pier.
Anglers can fish the pier 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the end of September. As of late, folks are catching spot, blues, croaker,flounder, sea mullet, trout, spadefish, Spanish mackerel and an occasional cobia. The gift, tackle and snack shop is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Jennette's Fishing Pier
7223 South Virginia Dare Tr. (Milepost 16.5)
Nags Head, NC 27959
DAY 6: KAYAK FISHING
Experience Outer Banks fishing in a whole new way. Kayak fishing has exploded as a sport throughout the world over the past decade. Outer Banks Kayak Fishing employs the newest and best fishing kayaks on the market to ensure a comfortable and fun day of fishing.They offer all the fishing equipment and additional kayaking gear you will need. After spending 4 hours on the water, you"ll understand why this is one of the best values in action sports in the area. From beginner to extreme and everything in between, they can accommodate everyone.
DAY 7: HEADBOAT FISHING ON THE CRYSTAL DAWN
Another great way to fish is by small boat in the sounds. From your own boat, or a chartered vessel, anglers can expect to catch a variety offishing including spot, flounder, spanish mackerel and cobia. You can also fish alone or with a party on a headboat, which can carry 40-50 people,run half-day trips and stay in the sound and inlet waters. The boats provide experienced and helpful crews, bait, equipment and tackle andrestrooms.
The Crystal Dawn is a 65 foot headboat powered by twin 6-T1 diesels. It has a capacity for 150 people, but for your comfort and more fishing room,they have limited their fishing trips to 50 people and non-fishing cruises to 100 people.The Crystal Dawn has the most modern equipment includingall new tackle, shiptoshore and CB radios, fathomers, and fish finder.
The Crystal Dawn
2000 Sailfish Point
North Carolina Saltwater Fishing License
Effective January 1, 2007, a North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License is Required on the Outer Banks. North Carolina's Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL), administered by the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), can be purchased on a 10-day, annual or lifetime basis, or combined with a variety of licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). This license allows recreational fishermen to harvest fin fish for personal consumption; fin fish harvested under this license cannot be sold.
Fishermen using this license are held to the state's recreational size and possession limits. For more information, visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.