Fishing Charters in the Outer Banks

April 3, 2020

Fishing In Outer Banks

If you’re visiting the Outer Banks in North Carolina (known locally as OBX), you can absolutely go fishing from the surf or local piers. Fishing these waters is an exciting and thrilling adventure for any outdoor enthusiast. But if you’re looking to up your game (so to speak), we recommend fishing with a professional fishing guide or charter captain. To hire a local Outer Banks charter, there’s a few specific cities to start your search. That’s because not all Outer Banks islands are created the same: some have captains and marinas in the area, while others do not.

When fishing in the Outer Banks, you can fish the nearby sounds, or the Atlantic Ocean. Area fish include Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Striped Bass, Cobia and Tarpon on inshore or nearshore charters. Or head out to the deep blue sea for some of the best tuna, marlin, sailfish, and wahoo fishing you’ve ever seen.

No matter what you’re looking to catch, here are the best places to start your Outer Banks fishing charter, in no particular order.


Wanchese is an awesome little town on Roanoke Island, located in the northern part of North Carolina. Nearby cities include Manteo (also on Roanoke Island) and Nags Head, located across the sound on a barrier island. Wanchese charters have a lot of variety when fishing. You can stay in the calm waters of the sound, or head out through the Oregon Inlet to the Atlantic. The Wanchese Marina has several captains docking their boats here, ready for your adventure. You can also check out Oregon Inlet, just down the road from Bodie Island Lighthouse across the sound. Another marina is located here, and captains offer similar trips.


Located about mid-state, Hatteras is a favorite vacation destination for families. This small town is great, offering lots of restaurants, shops, and activities for your crew. On the west side of the island, the Hatteras Harbor Marina homes several fishing charters. You can opt for a Pamlico Sound fishing trip, or pass through the Hatteras Inlet to access the Atlantic. Hatteras charters are known for their tuna trips, a great option if you’re fishing in the early months of the year.

Kitty Hawk

If you’re staying in the northern section of the Outer Banks (Corolla or Duck), the closest fishing charters you’ll find are in Kitty Hawk, about an hour drive south. While there’s no marina located in Kitty Hawk, several captains are in the area and ready to provide your group with the adventure of a lifetime. Captains are scattered along the Outer Banks, from Kitty Hawk to Nags Head, and of course we already mentioned Wanchese (which has the closest marina, and collection of fishing charters). Captains in the area will typically have a vessel that can accommodate whatever kind of trip you’re looking for (the sound or the ocean). If you don’t have a preference, keep in mind that trips in the sound are typically shorter and calmer, great for fishing with kids or novice anglers.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Collectively, the Outer Banks is a string of barrier islands along the coast of North Carolina. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east and Albemarle Sound, Pamlico Sound, and Currituck Sound to the west. The islands themselves are not very wide, measuring only 150 yards at its narrowest.

No matter where you’re staying along the coast, you can fish from the surf, piers, kayaks, or boats on either side of the islands. Local bait & tackle shops can sell you everything you need for a great day of fishing. But we recommend traveling to a previously mentioned city to reserve a spot on a charter. These experienced and professional captains will have everything you need for a successful trip, catching fish and creating memories. Schedule your trip early, as Outer Banks captains do get their schedule filled up quickly.

Book an Outer Banks Charter

It’s easier than ever before to find an Outer Banks fishing charter, thanks to Simply search where you’re staying, and find the closest guide at the best prices. You may need to travel up to an hour to reach a marina, but you’ll get on a boat and have the adventure of lifetime. Reserve your trip today; it’s just a click away!

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