Morehead City Fishing

Morehead City Fishing

Morehead City is known as a Fisherman’s Paradise, and is home to the world famous Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. With beautiful estuaries, the Gulf Stream relatively close to land, hundreds of reefs and wrecks off the coast, and the best inlet in North Carolina, Morehead City offers some of the best fishing on the East coast.

Offshore fishing out of Morehead City allows anglers to target billfish, including Blue Marlin and Sailfish. The Gulf Stream constantly pushes Mahi-mahi, Wahoo, and many different species of tuna past the area all season long. Fishermen can target many different highly migratory species of fish from these waters.

The nearshore fishing on the numerous artificial reefs and shipwrecks around Morehead City produce lots of Amberjacks, Black Sea Bass, Triggerfish, and Grunt. Big grouper and snapper are a favorite target as well. There is also excellent Albacore, Spanish, and King Mackerel fishing much of the year. During November and December is typically when the Giant Bluefin Tuna show up, with some fish weighing over 1,000 pounds.

The creeks around Morehead City are filled with Flounder much of the year. With deep water along the Port Wall, a favorite place to fish among Sheepshead and Shark anglers, a variety of big fish pass through the area. The flats around Morehead City are home to many Red Drum and Speckled Trout, making this a top destination for avid saltwater fishermen.

Morehead City Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 7 - 11 AM on Monday.

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data in Morehead City, you should target one of the following top 6 species for this time of year:
  1. Bluefin Tuna - 25% Catch Rate
    Bluefin Tuna

  2. Spotted Seatrout - 10% Catch Rate
    Spotted Seatrout

  3. Black Sea Bass - 10% Catch Rate
    Black Sea Bass

  4. Red Drum - 5% Catch Rate
    Red Drum

  5. Black Crappie - 5% Catch Rate
    Black Crappie

  6. Sheepshead - 5% Catch Rate
    Sheepshead

  7. Recommedations above based on 17 local reports and 14 species of fish for January in Morehead City.

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    Latest Morehead City Fishing Reports

    July and August Report
    10/18/2020 5:16:26 PM -  It's been a red hot July and August and reds have been loving it.  With lots of wind and a small hurricane we have been fishing the backwaters a lot.  The red drum bite has


    Early Fall
    10/18/2020 5:16:25 PM -  The bite has still stayed steady and with some cooler temps it should get even better.  Red drum has still been tops on the hit list with some trout and flounder mixed in. 


    Sept 5- North Wind and Horrible Fishing
    9/12/2020 5:36:09 PM -  Still breaking in the Big Duck 5. It would be nice to get some blood splattered on the damn deck. We were successful in catching bait though. Gerald got 25 pretty menhaden 


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Top Morehead City Fishing Charters & Guides

Down East Guide Service
Your Carolina and Costa Rica Connection. Professional Guides, Great Boats and Vacation Planning

Mount Maker Charters
Mount Maker fishing team offers world class fishing charters for cobia, red drum, flounder, trout, king mackerel, spanish makerel, shark, tuna, dolphin, grouper, bottom fishing and more. We fish near Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Beauf

Top Water Charters
Top Water Charters and Capt. Marty Moore is one of North Carolina's Premier Nearshore and Inshore Big Fish on Light Tackle Fishing Guides. Consistently producing Fish that earn NC Citations is my trademark.

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Top Morehead City Bait & Tackle Stores

The Tackle Room
TheTackleRoom.com is a provider of terminal tackle, lures, custom rods, reels, lead, and most everything else in the offshore fishing realm. Orders arrive anywhere in the USA within 3 business days, and ship free when over $50.

Clarkspoon
Since the company’s beginning in 1927 Clarkspoon fishing tackle has been a hand’s down favorite for Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and other gamefish.

Saltwater Bait & Tackle
We carry a full line of inshore tackle such as Billy Bay, Fin-S, Berkley Gulp, MirrOlure, D.O.A., Hopkins and more. In addition, we cary a full line of offshore tackle as well, such as Black bart, Laceration Lures, Fish Finder Tackle, Momoi Jinkai,

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Top Morehead City Marinas

Morehead City Yacht Basin
The best are the first for the taking.... This prime locale was selected nearly a century ago; establishing it as the first marina in the area. Only a few hundred feet west of the ICW just north of the Morehead City causeway bridge and State

Radio Island Marina
The marina is conveniently located at the base of the high rise bridge between Morehead City and Beaufort, NC. Radio Island is the closest marina to the Beaufort Inlet, providing easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway, Shackelford Banks, Cape Looko

Portside Marina
A full service marina with everything you need to have a great day on the water!

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