Best fishing spots on the Outer Banks

June 24, 2021 5:55 pm

North Carolina’s Outer Banks hosts some of the best fishing spots on the East Coast. Whether you prefer freshwater or saltwater fishing, there are plenty of options in the OBX to keep your reel busy. From the tip of Hatteras Island to the elbow of the banks, there are plenty of popular — and hidden — fishing spots to choose from. If you are planning your next fishing getaway, check out some of these locations for excellent fishing opportunities.

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Saltwater and surf fishing

Some people come to the Outer Banks for summertime fun in the sun at the beach. Dedicated fishermen also know it is an ideal location for their favorite pastime. When it comes to saltwater and surf fishing, the Outer Banks offers up some cool experiences.
• Avalon Fishing Pier was built in 1958. It has 12 to 15 feet of water stretched out over roughly 700 feet alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Fishers can access it from milepost 6 on the beach road, where there is ample parking. There are daily rates for fishing there: $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. Fishers get stamped for an entire day of fishing, so you can come and go as you please.
• Nags Head Fishing Pier is ideal for the entire family. It is one of the oldest — and longest — piers on OBX. Individual fishers have the option of an all-day pass for $14, a 3-day pass for $39, or a 7-day pass for $84 per person. Children 12 and under fish for $7.50 for the day. There are also options for season passes for individuals and couples. The proximity of this pier to the Gulf Stream means you will find a variety of inshore fish there.
• Jennette’s Pier features a state-of-the-art concrete pier that is ideal for fishers of all experience levels. Day rates are $14 for adults, $7 for children. Guests can rent fishing rods and choose from other fishing pass options at the pier.
• Avon’s Fishing Pier is the final pier built on Hatteras Island and is world-renowned for its record catches. If giant Red Drum is on your fish wish list, then this is the place to find them! Fishing licenses are not required for this pier.

There are multiple local fishing charters and boats that have day fishing trips in deep sea as well as on the Albemarle Sound.
If you fish on the piers, there is not need for fishing license. However, if you fish on the beach or from the boat, fishing licenses and any required beach permits before accessing many popular OBX fishing spots.
Freshwater fishing options
Freshwater fishing and crabbing is mainly done on the Albemarle Sound. It’s water flowing from the rivers and it’s murky water. You will need a license to fish on the sound.
When is the best time to fish in the OBX?
Fishing season in the Outer Banks runs from April through the end of November. Different fish visit the surf and freshwater areas of OBX at different times. If surf or saltwater fishing is your passion, the best time to visit OBX is in the spring and fall. Edit Collapse Description