Oregon Inlet Fishing

Oregon Inlet Fishing

Oregon Inlet is known as the Tuna Capital of the East Coast. Formed during a hurricane in 1846, and named after the ship that weathered the storm and discovered the new inlet, Oregon Inlet joins the Pamlico Sound with the Atlantic Ocean. With excellent estuaries for inshore fishing, quality bottom fishing, and premier tuna and billfish grounds close to the Gulf Stream, no other city in North Carolina holds as many state fishing records as Oregon Inlet.

Yellowfin Tuna are caught offshore of Oregon Inlet year round, but the highlights are in the Spring and Fall when huge schools of tuna move through the area and feed. Most are between 20 and 50 pounds, but a few are caught that are much bigger. During the Summer there is usually a good Bigeye Tuna bite, and in the Winter and early Spring the giant Bluefin Tuna run down the coast. There is also plenty of Albacore, Blackfin, and Skipjack Tuna around most of the year. The Albacore (62 pounds), Bigeye (311 pounds), and Bluefin Tuna (805 pounds) North Carolina state record fish were all caught offshore of Oregon Inlet, proving that this is one of the best fishing destinations for catching tuna in the world.

Not only is Oregon Inlet known for its excellent tuna fishery, but for also excellent offshore billfishing. The North Carolina state record Atlantic Blue Marlin was caught here on August 15, 2008 and weighed a staggering 1228 pounds. During late August and September, the world class White Marlin bite goes off, with many boats getting more than 20 bites a day. There are also lots of Sailfish and a few Spearfish caught each year. Billfish can be caught year round here, but the best time is from May through September.

Trolling offshore can also provide opportunities to catch Dolphin (Mahi-mahi) and Wahoo much of the year. Bottom fishing can produce Black Sea Bass (another OI state record), Grouper, Snapper, Tautog (19 pound state record), and Blueline Tilefish (also a state record). The Mako (768 pounds) and Thresher (185 pounds) shark state records were caught here as well.

Inshore fishing around Oregon Inlet offers excellent Red Drum action nearly year round. Most of the year you can also find lots of Bluefish, Croaker (5 pound state record) Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Striped Bass (64 pound state record), and many other inshore species of fish. The month of May often provides excellent Cobia (116 pound state record) fishing close to the inlet and off the beaches. During the winter, the Speckled Trout bite can be phenomenal.



Top Oregon Inlet Fishing Spots

Bonner Bridge Catwalk
8/25/2013 6:09:05 PM - There is a catwalk on the southern end of the Bonner Bridge (aka Oregon Inlet Bridge) that many people fish. Flounder, Mullet, Blues, and in the winter striper are comm


Navy Tower A
7/17/2012 10:56:58 AM - N 36* 13.514 W 075* 14.970 Good reef donkey action.


Pappys Lane Shipwreck
10/18/2017 10:25:39 AM - The Pappy’s Lane shipwreck is located off of Pappy Lane in Rodanthe, NC. The wreck once believed to be a gravel barge from the 1960's, is now being cosidered as a



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Latest Oregon Inlet Fishing Reports

Early Arrivals
4/17/2021 10:06:00 PM - The season is starting of well! Today we had about 6 boats arrive before 1 PM with their limits of yellowfin tuna! Others trickled in throughout the day and our docks saw mor


Cloudy Skies Don't Stop Us
4/15/2021 4:00:00 AM - Even though this morning started out overcast and foggy we still had some offshore boats set out for a day of fishing. The offshore boats returned with catches of yellowfin a


Wonderful Wednesday Fishing
4/14/2021 4:00:00 AM - The catches seem to be picking up day by day. Today we had 8 offshore boats out fishing and they returned with great catches of yellowfin tuna some boats just shy of their li


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Oregon Inlet Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 11 - 3 PM on Tuesday.

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data in Oregon Inlet, you should target one of the following top 6 species for this time of year:
  1. Whiting - 19.84% Catch Rate
    Whiting

  2. Yellowfin Tuna - 15.84% Catch Rate
    Yellowfin Tuna

  3. Northern Puffer - 10.72% Catch Rate
    Northern Puffer

  4. Bluefish - 8.64% Catch Rate
    Bluefish

  5. Mahi-mahi - 8% Catch Rate
    Mahi-mahi

  6. Bluefin Tuna - 6.4% Catch Rate
    Bluefin Tuna

  7. Recommedations above based on 510 local reports and 30 species of fish for April in Oregon Inlet.

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Top Oregon Inlet Fishing Charters & Guides

Carolina Style Sportfishing
Outer Banks Inshore and Offshore Fishing Charters, located at Wanchese Marina.

Obsession Fishing Charters
Experience the beauty and unique location of North Carolina's Outer Banks.... only 35 miles from the Gulf Stream. Challenge the power and majesty of a giant blue marlin during an intense battle.... or experience the exciting jumping abilities of

West Wind Sportfishing
New to the water June 2001, The West Wind is a 57' custom sportfisher built by Leonard Rigsbee in Morehead City. The West Wind has twin 735hp Detroit diesel engines with a cruising speed of 28 knots.

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Top Oregon Inlet Bait & Tackle Stores

TW's Bait and Tackle
Each store offers extensive inventories of rods, reels and tackle plus a complete selection of fresh, frozen and live baits. Exquisite custom rods is just another example of how TW's strives to include items for even the discriminating angler. We

Oceans East Bait and Tackle
Premier tackle shop in Nags Head, North Carolina specializing in inshore, offshore, surf and sound fishing.

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is the home of the largest and most modern fishing fleet on the eastern seaboard. A full service marina, Oregon Inlet offers a comprehensive fishing experience for the "old salt" or the vacationing fisherman.

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Top Oregon Inlet Marinas

Pirate's Cove Marina
If you're a serious angler in search of the catch of a lifetime, an Outer Banks vacationer looking for fun, or a boat owner seeking a new marina to call home . . . Pirate's Cove can hook you up! Pirate's Cove Marina is a protected,

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is the home of the largest and most modern fishing fleet on the eastern seaboard. A full service marina, Oregon Inlet offers a comprehensive fishing experience for the "old salt" or the vacationing fisherman.

OBX Marina
At Outer Banks Marina in Wanchese, NC, we offer a state of the art working yard with a Inboard & Outboard Engine Service, Full Electronic Services, Welding Shop, Canvas Repair and our new Dry Stack facility.

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Bouy Conditions

Station 44100 - Duck FRF 26m, NC (430)
April 19, 2021 12:26 pm EDT
Location: 36.258N 75.593W
Significant Wave Height: 2.3 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 11 sec
Average Period: 6.1 sec
Mean Wave Direction: ENE (59°)
Water Temperature: 55.6°F (13.1°C)


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