Fishing on the Outer Banks is one of the simplest and the most enjoyable activities you can do on your vacation. Many visitors travel hundreds of miles to enjoy our region but forget to look at what brings those thousands of people to our beaches every year.
Fishing on the Outer Banks has been part of our local fabric for hundreds of years. Commercial and now recreational fishing account for a major part of our economy. And it seems each year, this industry continues to draw anglers from all over the world because our oceans and sounds are teaming with multiple species of fish. And let’s not forget the multiple trophy fish and world records that have been caught right here in our waters by both experienced and “new anglers”.
So how can you begin enjoying this great past time? I would first recommend stopping by a local tackle shop. They can give the best overall advice on getting started. What species are being caught, the proper gear and bait and any other specific information you will need. They might even be able to offer you a complete fishing package at a reasonable price. Fishing licenses can also be purchased here.
The next thing I would do is head for a local ocean pier. All of our ocean piers have a tackle and bait shop. They are staffed with knowledgeable persons who can give you “real time” action. If you don’t have your own equipment from home or you have already purchased something from that tackle shop, the piers can rent you everything you need.
Most of the time for beginners, this is the best way to start. The piers provide you with the proper gear for the species being caught. North Carolina requires a fishing license and if you fish on an ocean pier, the admission includes the one day license. And the best part is that other anglers on the piers are more than willing to lend a hand to both new and experienced anglers.
All of the piers are family friendly. In addition to fishing gear, each pier provides sheltered areas, snack shop, amusements and restroom facilities and more. All piers are designed to accommodate physically challenged anglers.
So if you are looking for something new and exciting during your visit to the Outer Banks then fishing might just do the trick.
Forever be warned though – saltwater fishing can be habit forming.
Until next time – Tightlines – Capt. Tony