Got a thing for fish? Ocracoke fishing will make you happy as a clam. With mile after mile of undeveloped shoreline, surf fishing is popular, especially since you can drive along the shore until you see just the right spot. (However take note though that if you want to drive on the beach, you’ll need to purchase a driving permit from the National Park Service trailer at the Ocracoke Visitor Center.) If you BYOB your fishing trip (brought your own boat), the waters surrounding Ocracoke are rich fish-hunting ground.
Some of Ocracoke’s accommodations pay special attention to anglers. The marinas at The Anchorage Inn or Jolly Roger are where you 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. If you have any questions about what to expect on an Ocracoke fishing trip, the staff will gladly help out with advice – and maybe a story or two.
Tips for Better Ocracoke Fishing
Remember, there’s a reason they call it fishing and not catching. Channel the laid-back island vibe, go out there and relax. Take in the natural beauty and calm atmosphere at Ocracoke. And if you catch dinner while you’re at it, then it’s just all the sweeter.
Optimize your Ocracoke fishing experience with these helpful links: For information on Outer Banks charter fishing, this guides you to all the service offered. If you want to know more about what’s currently biting, the Outer Banks Fishing Report is updated daily.
One last note to keep in minds is 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.