North and South Carolina Beach Fishing

The Gulf stream is 50 to 75 miles off the Carolina Coast. It is where most charter fishing boats venture. You can fish at most piers all along the North and South Carolina Beaches. Most piers offer bait for sale. Many even rent rods and reels.

Fishing Outer Banks North Carolina

The Outer Banks off the NC Coast are considered by some to be the best fishing in the US. Its a sportsmanís paradise. You can go surf or pier fishing. Fish in freshwater, the ocean or a sound. Go fishing inshore or off shore. Charter a boat to the Gulf stream and really catch some big fish.

Cape Lookout is a popular place to fish. Lots of fisherman head here when the fish start running which is from September to December. Here you will find miles of secluded beaches. You will have to bring everything with you because the seashore is far away from any stores and towns. The visitors center is on Harkers Island at Shell Point. To get here you will have to take a ferry. Ferries run from Atlantic Beach, Davis and Beaufort.

South Carolina fishing offshore

You can find a charter fishing boat in South Carolina at Little River and Murrells Inlet on the Grand Strand, Georgetown and Mt. Pleasant near Charleston and Edisto Beach, Beaufort and Hilton Head Island. The best fishing is from March to November. During this time, you can catch saltwater Spot-tail bass, bluefish, sheepshead, king and Spanish mackerel, flounder, and Atlantic croaker. From June to October, you can catch Florida pompano surf fishing or from a pier. You can catch Pinfish, kingfish and Spotted sea trout all year round. Fish bait used: shrimp, mullet, sand fleas, cut bait. To catch big game fish like Tuna, sailfish and shark, you will have to charter a boat to the Gulf Stream. You wont need a fishing license to fish off a pier but you will need it to fish elsewhere. Check with Marine Resources of SC (link opens in new window) to be sure you are following state regulations as they may change.

Pier Fishing South Carolina

Cherry Grove Pier is located at 3500 N. Ocean Blvd. N Myrtle Beach has a 2 story observation deck, restaurant, bait and tackle rentals. The pier is goes 985 feet into the ocean. Notable Fish caught here: A record Tiger Shark (1780 lbs) and a record 98 lb Tarpon.

North Myrtle Beach has several marinas along the Intracoastal waterway


NC Fishing Piers and Marinas

this is a partial list of fishing piers on the NC coast

Kitty Hawk Pier - open year round - fee charged - area known as the Billfish capital of the world.

Nags Head Fishing Pier - open year round. Fee

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and Full Service Marina - located 8 miles south of Whalebone Junction on NC 12 at the north end of the Oregon Inlet Bridge in the beautiful Cape Hatteras National Seashore. - book charter fishing boats online

Hatteras Island Fishing Pier located in Rodanthe

Avon Golf and Fishing Pier

Cape Hatteras Pier

Hatteras Landing marina - charter boats to the Gulf Stream

Hatteras Harbor Marina - Gulf Stream fishing catch marlin, sailfish, tuna, dolphin and Wahoo offshore and more.

Hatteras Sport Fishing Charters - Finseeker Sport Fishing offers Virginia Beach and Hatteras saltwater fishing of all types and styles that includes trips for striper fishing in Virginia Beach to offshore big game sportsfishing for marlin, tuna, Wahoo, and all the popular bluewater species that are caught in Cape Hatteras.

Anchorage Marina Ocracoke - 18 miles to Gulf Stream catch yellowfin tuna, Wahoo and bluefish.

Morehead City has lots of offshore fishing charters you can find on the waterfront. The Carteret county Tourism bureau has a list of charters and head boats available in the area

Bogue Banks (Atlantic Beach area) has 6 fishing piers.

Top Sail Island - 3 fishing piers on the island.

Wrightsville Beach - recreational fishing fleets, charter and head boats available

More resources for NC fishing information

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Boating and Fishing Access information - NC fishing regulations, licenses North Carolina wildlife resources Commission, etc.

Saltwater Sport fishing Restrictions - NC Division of Marine Fisheries, Morehead City NC - size and catch limits, regulations etc. check here if you don't know about NC fishing regulations for the coast

North Carolina Coast Fishing Tournaments

There are fishing tournaments held every year along the NC coast. Most require entry fees and registration. Here is a partial list. Please phone before planning a trip as things change from time to time.


Wrightsville Beach - 910-256-6550
Cape Fear Open Marlin Tournament
Hatteras Village Offshore Open
Manteo Pirate's Cove Marina (800) 422-3610
Memorial Weekend tournament


Morehead City
Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
Big Rock Lady Angler Tournament
Harkers Island - 252-7282265
Fisherman's Inn Marina Cobia tournament
Hatteras - 252-986-2166
Hatteras Harbor Blue Water Open Billfish Tournament
Hatteras - 252-986-2454
Hatteras Invitational Marlin Tournament
Manteo Pirate's Cove Marina - 800-422-3610
Cobia Tournament
Southport - 800-457-6964
US Open Pier Fishing Tournament


Morehead City - 252-726-8033
Mackerel Tournament
Carolina Beach - 910-458-8434
East Coast Classic King Mackerel Tournament


Manteo - (800) 422-3610
Pirate's cove Billfish Tournament
Topsail Beach - 910-329-4446
Offshore Fishing Club King Mackerel Tournament
Atlantic Beach Anchorage Marina - 336-668-2736
North Carolina Ducks Unlimited Billfish Tag and Release Tournament


Manteo - (800) 422-3610
Allison White Marlin Release Tournament
Atlantic Beach - 800-545-3940
Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament
Hatteras - 252-986-2379
Hatteras Village Surf Fishing Tournament
Nags Head - 252-441-6301
Oregon Inlet Billfish Release Tournament
Southport - 800-457-6964
US Open King Mackerel Tournament


Atlantic Beach - 800-622-6278
Atlantic Beach Surf Fishing tournament
Carolina Beach - 910-458-8434
Carolina Beach Surf Fishing Tournament
Morehead City - 252-247-3575
Big Rock Sailfish Challenge
Morehead City - 252-726-3773
Cape Lookout Albacore Festival Radio Island Marina
Nags Head - 252-441-5464
Nags Head Surf Fishing Club Invitation Tournament
Manteo - 800-367-4728
Outer Banks King Mackerel Festival
Southport - 800-457-6964
US Open King Mackerel Tournament


Hatteras - 252-995-4253
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club