North Carolina’s Outer Banks are one of the best places along the East Coast to fish nearly year-round!

Add to your vacation experience by reserving a Charter Fishing trip (pick-up charters are popular too). If you’re planning to do surf fishing, then stock-up on supplies at a local bait and tackle shop when you arrive for your Outer Banks vacation.

Fishing Seasonality on the Outer Banks

So you’re wanting come on out and do a little charter fishing. Make sure you plan properly by knowing what type of fish will be prominent during the time you come out to the OBX.

March – April

From March to April, these fish are on the menu along the coast:

  • Black Drum
  • Bluefish
  • Red Drum (aka Puppy Drum)

May

By May, the availability of these two popular fish pass by:

  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Whiting (aka Sea Mullet)

June – October

Everybody loves Flounder, the most popular and available fish during the months of June through October.

October – December

These months are truly the North Carolina Outer Banks fisherman’s dream, being overwhelmingly the best months out of the year for variety and sheer populations of fish.

  • Striped Bass (aka Rockfish)
  • Speckled Trout
  • Black Drum
  • Bluefish

Your next great big Fish Story starts here on the Outer Banks!

Outer Banks Fishing Charters and Supplies

You’ve decided on the place: Outer Banks, North Carolina. You’ve decided what time of the year and what you’re fishing for. Heck! You might have even reeled in one of our great Vacation Rental Specials. Whether you’ve made it into town and settled in or just arrived, let’s face it: you need to hook up with some supplies and look into the actual fishing charters. Check out the resources below to get started.

Bob’s Bait & Tackle

Serving the Outer Banks with fishing knowledge and equipment since 1982, they offer an amazing selection of rods, reels, lures, tackle, fishing licenses and of course, fish bait (fresh, live or frozen)! They also have crab bait and supplies with instructions on how and where to fish or crab.

Daily fishing reports are available for pier, beach, sound and offshore fishing. Full and half-day fishing charters are available and they specialize in “makeup charters” where a single fisherman can join others on a fishing trip.

Bob’s Bait & Tackle
1180 Duck Road
Duck, North Carolina 27949
(252) 261-8589

Corolla Bait & Tackle

Let Corolla Bait & Tackle arrange your fishing activities during your Outer Banks vacation.

They offer charter excursions depending on your fishing preferences: offshore, inshore, backcountry, or relax with the whole family to fish and crab aboard a 25-foot pontoon boat in the Currituck Sound.

Bait, tackle, surf fishing lessons, rod & reel rentals, crab pot rentals and supplies plus the fishing advice is always free!

Corolla Bait & Tackle
1070 Ocean Trail
Corolla, North Carolina 27927
(252) 453-9500

603 Currituck Clubhouse Drive
(The Shoppes at Currituck Club)
Corolla, North Carolina 27923
(252) 453-9500

OBX Bait & Tackle

Located in Corolla’s Monteray Plaza Shopping Center, this store is fully-stocked with all types of sports clothing, fishing tackle, rod & reels, bait, plus sporting goods and accessories for hunting and archery.

Gift certificates and online ordering is available.

OBX Bait & Tackle
815B Ocean Trail
Corolla, North Carolina 27927
(252) 453-3339

Sharky’s Bait, Tackle & Charters

Reserve your fishing charter online for offshore, inshore and ocean trips!

A variety of boats that specialize in everything from sound fishing (for a family with young children) to offshore adventures for tuna and marlin. Full, half- and 3/4-day fishing trips available plus custom trips can be arranged for your group.

Rod & reel rentals from top quality brands, surf fishing clinics, bait and NC fishing licenses.

Sharky’s Bait, Tackle & Charters
1245 Duck Road
(Barrier Island Station)
Duck, North Carolina 27949
(252) 255-BAIT (252-255-2248)