Tradewinds Tackle is ready to get you in the water or on the water where you can cast a line almost year round with success. Alan and Melinda Sutton purchased this Highway 12 island landmark in 2006. They had vacationed on Ocracoke since the 1980’s and Alan has always had a passion for fishing so when the opportunity came their way, they jumped right in. Tradewinds is definitely a family operated business. Alan and Melinda are there to greet you every day 10 months of the year. In the summer, their children, Dylan and Samantha (Sam) often join them in the shop. While Melinda handles the administrative and online aspects of the business, Alan is ready to set you up with the right gear for surf, inshore, and offshore fishing. He can outfit you regardless of your fishing expertise-from entry level to advanced.

The shop carries name brands in rods, reels, and tackle, as well as gear especially designed for this area. They know where and when to go, what bait to use, and all the N.C. Marine Fisheries rules. Tradewinds is an official N.C. weigh station and issues the required fishing licenses. The shop also rents clam rakes, sells crab nets, string and bait, camping supplies, ice, snacks, beach gear, t-shirts, caps and sunglasses.