North Carolina Saltwater


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Long Bay
Sunset Beach to Cape Fear
(Saltwater Directions)
This portion of the North Carolina coast is considered an angler's dream. In summer, flounder, false albacore, Spanish mackerel and cobia are available. Spotted seatrout and red drum are abundant in fall and king mackerel can be caught most of the year.
    Cape Fear
to Surf City
(Saltwater Directions)
Whether fishing the offshore banks, inshore reefs, surf or one of the numerous inlets in this area, anglers will find a broad selection of species for which to fish. Be sure to take part in the surrounding attractions
Onslow Bay
Surf City to Bogue Sound
(Saltwater Directions)
Inshore fishing here is excellent, with numerous bays, inlets, channels and shoals, offering anglers a chance to hook up with a full array of popular gamefish. The area has long been recognized for its beautiful beaches, tennis courts, golf courses and public boating facilities.
  Cape Lookout
Bogue Sound to Drum Inlet
(Saltwater Directions)
In addition to the great fishing in this area, discover numerous visitor attractions, from pristine beaches to thriving nightclubs. Find miles of excellent inshore fishing throughout the many sounds and bays, as well as in the waters of the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
Raleigh Bay
Sealevel to Hatteras
(Saltwater Directions)
Outstanding fishing is found around the area's many shoals, tributaries and sounds, plus in the nearby waters adjacent to North Carolina's famous Outer Banks. Much of the pristine beauty and rich cultural bounty here remains unspoiled, as it has for centuries.
  Pamlico & Nuese Rivers
Oriental to Belhaven
(Saltwater Directions)
Referred to as one of North Carolina's best kept recreational secrets. Saltwater fishing in this region is hard to match due to the lack of angling pressure. Its fertile environment is home to countless species of wildlife and large numbers of both resident and migratory gamefish.
Cape Hatteras
Ocracoke Inlet to Avon
(Saltwater Directions)
Home to several prestigious fishing tournaments every year. Incredible offshore action. Inshore, find red drum, bluefish, cobia, striped bass, Spanish mackerel and king mackerel. Recreation here is enjoyed year-round.
  Oregon Inlet
Salvo to Kill Devil Hills
(Saltwater Directions)
The many marinas and launch ramps in Manteo, Wanchese and Oregon Inlet make this area an ideal destination for fishermen and boaters. Oregon Inlet and Manns Harbor are famous for wintertime runs of large striped bass. Many other species inhabit the region seasonally.
  Albemarle Sound Central
(Saltwater Directions)
A unique blend of fresh and brackish water provide a great selection of fish. Striped bass never leave the area, while largemouth bass and crappie are found in nearly every creek and backwater. Flounder, red drum and weakfish hang out in the main basin.
    Kitty Hawk
Wanchese to Grandy
(Saltwater Directions)
The waters of the Croatan, Roanoke, Currituck and Albemarle sounds meet north of Roanoke Island here and offer excellent fishing in the brackish waters. Striped bass top the list of available species. Flounder, red drum, weakfish and spotted seatrout are also found in these waters.
Currituck Sound
Grandy to Back Bay, VA
(Saltwater Directions)
These brackish waters feature outstanding fishing for striped bass, flounder, red drum and spotted seatrout. The adjacent Atlantic Ocean offers seasonal opportunity for cobia, bluefish and stripers.

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