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Ocracoke Fishing

Got a thing about fish? Ocracoke Island’s fishing scene will make you happy. With mile after mile of undeveloped shoreline, surf fishing is popular, especially since you can drive along until you see just the right spot. If you want to drive on the beach, please visit the NPS trailer next to the Ocracoke Visitor Center to purchase a driving permit. And for those with their own boat, the waters surrounding Ocracoke Island are rich fish-hunting territory.

Some of Ocracoke’s accommodations pay special attention to anglers. The marinas at The Anchorage Inn or Jolly Roger are where you go to schedule Gulf Stream or inshore fishing charters or to rent a small boat for your own adventure. The Harborside and Pony Island motels both provide boat docks, and there’s also a ramp at Harborside. The Castle Bed and Breakfast also has dockage that’s open for guests to use.

Two local tackle shops provide all the gear, bait and supplies you need. And the friendly owners and staff will gladly help out with advice on what anglers can expect from Ocracoke Island fishing. Remember…there’s a reason they call it fishing and not catching. So, go out there and relax. Take in Ocracoke’s natural beauty and calm atmosphere. Then if you catch dinner too, it’s just all the sweeter.

Note that all saltwater anglers are required to buy the N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License. The license can be purchased on a 10-day, annual or lifetime basis or combined with other licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Children younger than 16 do not need a license. For-hire vessels and ocean fishing piers have the option to purchase a blanket license that covers all their fishing patrons, so you may not need the license to fish on a certain pier or charter boat; be sure to ask. Fishing licenses can be purchased at the local tackle shops, online at www.ncwildlife.org or by calling (888) 248-6834.

Remember, Irvin Garrish Highway is also known as N.C. Highway 12.

Dream Girl Sport Fishing

Anchorage Inn Marina
205 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 588-0450

Enjoy a day on the water with Captain Steve Wilson on his 28-foot, custom-built center-console boat Dream Girl. Captain Steve is a U.S. Coast Guard Master and has been operating fishing charters in Ocracoke for more than 20 years. Whether you are a beginner, advanced fisherman or just looking for a fun family adventure, there is something for everyone on board the Dream Girl. For inshore trips, enjoy catching cobia, red drum, Spanish mackerel, blues, sea bass and many more. When you go offshore, you’ll go after dolphin, wahoo, tuna and billfish. All bait, tackle and fish cleaning are included. You’ll find Captain Steve and the Dream Girl at the Anchorage Marina. Call to book your fishing charter.

Gecko Sportfishing

Anchorage Inn Marina
205 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 921-0095

The Gecko is a 46-foot Carolina sport fisherman that offers full-service inshore and offshore fishing charters out of Ocracoke Inlet. Coast Guard-licensed Capt. Ernie Doshier has lived on the Outer Banks all his life and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has more than 25 years of experience in the charter business, making him a dependable choice for a fishing trip. The Gecko travels anywhere from 18 to 40 miles offshore in search of fish. The offshore trip is an all-day adventure that includes not only catching fish but also viewing the wonders of the Gulf Stream. You’re likely to see flying fish, numerous species of birds, dolphins and possibly even whales. Inshore trips are also available. The Gecko is powered by twin-engine diesels that get the boat to the fishing grounds fast, and it’s equipped with all the latest electronics, including GPS, radar, Loran, VHF radios and all the tackle and bait needed for a successful fishing trip. No fishing experience is required to have a good time on this boat. Guests should bring their own drinks and snacks. No fishing license is required.

Tradewinds Tackle

1094 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-5491

There’s no question that Ocracoke is an angler’s paradise. When you’re ready to sink a line, head here for a complete line of bait and tackle for inshore, offshore and surf fishing. They also offer current fishing reports and equipment for other activities such as clamming and crabbing as well as visitor information. Follow recent catches on their Facebook page. They’re open daily spring through fall.