Fishing in the Fall on the North Carolina Coast

fall fishing

There’s no denying that the NC Coast is chockfull of outdoor activities, beautiful beaches and ideal spots to escape the city and take advantage of nature and all the benefits it has on the soul. As the summer chaos subsides, it’s time to step away from lounging at the beach and take advantage of one of the most popular fall activities in North Carolina – fishing! Here’s a look at the many ways everyone, from novice to experienced, can reel one in this fall:

Charter Fishing

Charter Fishing in North Carolina is an opportunity to experience some of the finest saltwater fishing the world has to offer. This heart-pumping, adrenaline-racing experience can be enjoyed by everyone in the family. Or, if you’re looking for a guy’s getaway, this is the ideal excursion. Inshore, NC is home to redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. Other frequent catches of the Carolina coast are trophy-sized marlin, sailfish, mahi mahi, mackerel, yellowfin tuna and giant bluefish tuna. Morehead City, aptly-named “A fisherman’s paradise,” is home to a number of charter boats ready to give you a memorable outing along with the world-renowned boats located in the Outer Banks. Book your trip today and you’ll have plenty of fish for the holidays.

Pier Fishing                                                                                                          

One of the most appealing aspects of pier fishing is that it can be enjoyed on a whim, almost anywhere. If you have a rod, some bait, and general knowledge of how to cast a line, you’re good to go. The NC Coast is home to a number of piers located along the Northern, Central and Southern Coasts, which means you can enjoy this family-friendly activity anywhere from the Outer Banks to Atlantic Beach on down to Kure Beach. Tackle or bait shops are found at the base of most piers, or are located close by for convenience. Fishing from piers also offers the ideal view of our famous North Carolina sunsets.  

Surf Fishing

Especially popular in the Outer Banks, but a pastime that can be enjoyed all along the NC coast, is surf fishing. Fall is the optimal time as the ocean and air are cooler, making the days more enjoyable. Some of the best spots on the Outer Banks to cast your line in the surf are Cape Point, Oregon Inlet, and Hatteras Inlet. This type of fishing allows fishermen to enjoy the ocean, relax on the sand and reap the benefits of that saltwater air.

Kayak Fishing

Home to barrier islands, the Intracoastal Waterway, and literally hundreds of creeks, rivers, and inlets, the coastal waters of North Carolina are an ideal kayak fishing destination. Kayaks allow fishermen to maneuver in shallow waters, where larger boats cannot go, often catching reds, flounder, and trout up and down the coast. Not to mention, kayakers will witness some of nature’s most secluded and picturesque land.


Whether you prefer a day offshore or the comfort of your own kayak, there is a fishing adventure to be had for you on the NC Coast this fall. Explore more of what the NC Coast has to offer and start planning your excursion today! Start planning your coastal North Carolina fishing vacation today. But first, be sure to secure that fishing license! Tight lights! 

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