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Opportunities abound for fishing in Emerald Isle. Whether you choose to cast a line from atop Bogue Inlet Pier or head out for the day on a fishing charter, the coastal waters of North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks are a saltwater angler’s wish come true.

Explore the many great opportunities for fishing along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast.

Surf fishing in Emerald Isle, NC

Where to Go Fishing in and Around Emerald Isle

The proximity of the Crystal Coast to the Gulf Stream offers fishermen the opportunity to catch an amazing variety of fish throughout the year.

Cobia is a popular catch in the spring. During the summer, flounder can be found in the inlets. The fall welcomes black drum, often weighing in at nearly a hundred pounds. The cold winter months offer some of the best striped bass and speckled trout fishing. And redfish, or red drum, are available year-round in shallower waters.

Pier Fishing

Inshore Fishing

The inshore waters of the Crystal Coast are rich with marine life which help to draw an abundance of drum, trout, flounder and other fish species. The area’s marshes, creeks, rivers and sounds can be accessed by boat, kayak or other watercraft via public boating ramps.

It’s helpful to know where to go and what baits the fish are biting on. The Crystal Coast is home to a number of fishing guides that can help make your fishing experience one that will be remembered. Explore local charters, boating access areas and marinas.

Fishing on Bogue Inlet Pier

Surf Fishing

The beaches that make up North Carolina’s Crystal Coast offer some of the best surf fishing available. From Emerald Isle to Atlantic Beach and beyond, when you rent a vacation home from Emerald Isle Realty, surf fishing is only a few short steps away. Local bait and tackle shops are another great resource for discovering some of the fishing hotspots and what’s been biting where.

You’ll find numerous public beach access areas from Emerald Isle to Atlantic Beach. You can also surf fish off of Bogue Inlet in Emerald Isle and off the Beaufort Inlet at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach.

Deep-Sea Fishing

Looking to cast a line in deeper waters? Explore a detailed list of fishing charters available in and around Emerald Isle.

North Carolina Fishing Licenses

Planning to go fishing or crabbing in our coastal waters or on the beach? North Carolina requires that anyone over 16 have a license to fish or crab in the state’s sounds, coastal rivers and three miles out into the ocean. Know the rules and regulations for obtaining your North Carolina fishing license.

Don’t hesitate to contact Emerald Isle Realty’s Activities Department for information on fishing in Emerald Isle, NC. Call (866) 586-6980 or email activities@eirealty.com.

Guide to Fishing on the Crystal Coast

Kids Fishing


Whether you are fishing offshore, inshore or from the surf or pier, the Crystal Coast is a true fishermen’s paradise. Check out our guide to fishing on the Crystal Coast for more information.