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.

Oregon Inlet Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 3 - 7 AM on Saturday.

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:

Recommedations above based on 547 local reports and 27 species of fish for August in Oregon Inlet.

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Latest Oregon Inlet Fishing Reports

Alice Kelly is HERE
8/18/2017 3:11:08 PM -  Today we are kicking of the Tournament series with the Ladies Only Tournament the Alice Kelly! We had an incredible turn out this year with a whopping 98 boats!! They had an


Captain's Meeting
8/18/2017 3:11:08 PM -  Well the billfish are coming in hot just in time! We had a great catch of White Marlin and Sailfish today! The boats are all getting ready for the fun and fishing this week.


Day 1 of the PCBT
8/18/2017 3:11:08 PM -  Well on Day 1 of fishing we had absolutely incredible fishing! We had 79 boats enter the 2017 PCBT about half of the boats took a lay day today and the rest went fishing! We


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Top Oregon Inlet Fishing Charters & Guides

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

Swordfish Sportfishing
Swordfish Sportfishing, based out of OBX Marina on the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina’s Oregon Inlet, provides Gulf Stream charter boat fishing for anglers seeking gamefish of all types. We have relocated up the beach to OBX Marina for the white

Country Girl Charters
Our Carolina-style charter boat plays a special role in the Oregon Inlet fleet being the only one licensed and built to take more than six anglers per Gulf Stream Charter. The 57-foot vessel was built by Capt. Allan with the help of his father-in-la

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Top Oregon Inlet Bait & Tackle Stores

Whalebone 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, deep water,

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)
August 18, 2017 3:05 pm EDT
Location: 36.26N 75.594W
Significant Wave Height: 2.6 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 8 sec
Average Period: 3.7 sec
Mean Wave Direction: E (93°)
Water Temperature: 80.6°F (27.0°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Crescent Moon
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