North Carolina is well known for many features and attractions, but if you enjoy breathing in that salt air like I do, then the Outer Banks is the place to be. North Carolina’s Outer Banks is 200 mile long barrier island that separates North Carolina’s mainland from the Atlantic Ocean. Known for expansive beach front property and excellent fishing grounds, the Outer Banks plays a very important role when it comes to protecting the mainland from the highly debilitating storms that plunder the east coast of the United States.
The Outer Banks also has some history that you may have heard about. Roanoke Island, home of the infamous Roanoke Colony aka Lost Colony, where the settlers mysteriously vanished from the colony without a trace. It’s also the home to Kitty Hawk, where the world-famous Wright brothers successfully flew the first controlled powered airplane. But where there’s water, there’s fishing and the Outer Banks is no different. Dating back as far to the end of the 17th century, settlers used the fish-rich waters as their lifeline; and hasn’t much changed.
Today people flock from all over the world to fish the Outer Banks of North Carolina in a variety of ways. Here are the top 3 ways to fish the Outer Banks.
1. Kayak Fishing
Kayak fishing is quickly becoming one the most popular ways to seek out and catch fish for a variety of reasons. They are affordable, easy to maintain and can get you into some of the skinniest water around. Kayaks really shine when fishing the backwaters for redfish, seatrout and flounder, but that’s not where it ends. A few brave souls venture offshore in search of billfish, King Mackerel, tuna, mahi and more for ultimate bragging rights. However, fishing from a kayak is a totally different animal than fishing from a powerboat. Lots of paddling, close proximity to the water and all your gear paired with long days in the sun make it sport not suited for just anyone. Luckily there are several other great ways to fish the Outer Banks.
2. Pier Fishing
This is probably the easiest and least expensive way to fish the Outer Banks area of North Carolina. There are several piers open to the public for fishing and pier fishing is probably the best way to catch a multitude of fish species. Rigging your rod and reel for pier fishing is also some of the easiest around. A simple bottom rig will surely get you action and has the capability to catch most anything that swims. You never know what you’ll catch when wetting a line from the pier which keeps the anticipation high.
3. Offshore Fishing
Now we’re talking big fish! And when we talk big fish, we talk big gear. Big boats, big rods, big reels, big bait/lures, you get the idea. Offshore fishing off the coast of North Carolina is the best way to feed that adrenaline seeking appetite. The Outer Banks are one of the best places to access the Gulf Stream which is located only 12-15 miles from shore. Here you can target a huge variety of big fish including: sailfish, marlin, tuna, amberjack, cobia, wahoo, sharks and the list goes on. Hiring a fishing charter is your best bet in catching big, offshore fish.
Regardless of the style of fishing you’re after, the Outer Banks of North Carolina has what exactly what you’re looking for. Backwater estuaries, piers jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean or big boats headed to the Gulf Stream all await when you plan your sport fishing trip to North Carolina.