Outer Banks is well-known for its fishing areas, long before it was a tourist spot. As often as fishers and tourists visit, the fish population hasn’t decreased, and there a large number of different species of fish to catch. The majority of this depends on where it is you’re fishing in Outer Banks, and luckily there are a lot of different options.
What You Need First
Before you start fishing in Outer Banks, you’ll need a coastal fishing license, which is distinct from the norm and allows you to fish in both common water areas and coastal waters. The only way to get around this is if you’re on a charter boat, and of course, children under 16 years old don’t need a license.
Places to Fish in Outer Banks
There are a large number of places to fish, but also there are different kinds of fishing. Some are based on the level of expertise, but many are just preference and fun. Here are a few different out for options to consider when choosing where to fish for the day:
Fishing On a Kayak?
It’s true, one of the newest ways to fish is called “kayak fishing” It is exactly what it sounds. Kayak fishing tends to be more fun because it’s difficult to keep the kayak upright, maintain balance, and reel in fish. It also lets you go out and get to areas that you’d usually have to take a charter boat for, but this isn’t for the beginner fisherman. Reeling in larger fish and still keeping yourself afloat can take a lot of practice, and it’s important to be able to make an educated decision on whether it’s worth the catch or not and what you can handle.
Fishing on a pier is fairly popular because of how easy it is to get there and the low cost. There are a significant amount of docks that are open seasonally specifically for fishing, and fishing licenses aren’t required. It’s always best to check with a local tackle shop about what has been caught lately and what to keep an eye out for. Favorite spots include:
- Avon Pier
- Hatteras Island Pier
- Nags Head Pier
- Outer Banks Fishing Pier
- Jennette’s Pier
- Frisco Pier
Also called surf fishing, this just means fishing from the beach and throwing your reel out far enough to get past the shore. It is popular because of how easy it is to get to, and there are tons of beaches to choose from in the area. You can even fish off your back porch if you are renting on the water, and you only need your reel and your tackle box. However, you will need a North Carolina fishing license, and a driving permit for the beach in particular if you plan on driving right up on the beach. The license is relatively easy to obtain and requires you watch a quick video about safety. The only downside is the weekly fee.
There are two kinds of charter fishing for fisherman, and it all depends on what kind of fish you’re looking to catch. Even levels of expertise can come into play. Deep sea fishing is for the more novice fisherman, but provides bit catches, especially since Outer Banks isn’t far from the Gulf Stream. Most marinas have charter boats ready to go, but it is highly recommended to book your fishing trip ahead of time as they are very popular. There are options when going on a charter boat as to how long you want to go out, and usually, offer half days or full days. They hold around six people, and you can join another group if you are by yourself or in a small group. They start very early in the morning (4:00 – 6:00 am), and weather plays a large factor. While they do offer refunds, the winds need to be relatively calm to do any fishing.