Carolina Beach Fishing

Carolina Beach Fishing

Carolina Beach may be a part of Cape Fear in North Carolina, but there is nothing scary about this oceanic getaway. The beaches here are popular with locals and tourists alike. While many people like to peruse the boardwalk or hike on Flytrap Trail, the water is still the biggest attraction. Carolina Beach has made a name for itself with its excellent fishing opportunities.

Fishing is enticing all throughout Cape Fear, but Carolina Beach fishing is among the best. The area is exceptionally developed for fishing trips. There are numerous inshore fishing spots, and visitors are sure to appreciate the fishing charters. No matter where you stay in Carolina Beach, you are sure to be close to a prime fishing destination.

If you are thinking about inshore fishing, any of the flats, beaches, or piers around Carolina Beach will suffice. The NC state record Flounder was caught here weighing in at 20 pounds and 8 ounces. A Florida Pompano caught right off Carolina Beach that weighed 8 pound also holds the NC state record. Anglers also target Red Drum and Black Drum. Other fish species known to inhabit these waters include Bluefish, Blowfish, Pompano, Cobia and False Albacore. Tarpon has even been spotted in this area.

From these locations as well as the many nearshore reefs and wrecks you can expect to hook King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel. There is also excellent snapper and grouper fishing from the nearshore to the deep. Carolina Beach also holds a couple of North Carolina record groupers. A 42 pound and 10 ounce Yellowfin Grouper and a 35 pound and 11 ounce Red Grouper were caught in these waters

Offshore Carolina Beach fishing is also a really fun time. When you go offshore, you will have ready access to the Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream is a current of water that runs along the Atlantic Seaboard brings a constant supply of new fish to the area as the travel the stream in their migrations. If you fish in the Gulf Stream, you can bring home billfish, including Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Sailfish. Many other fish also frequent these waters, such as Albacore, Amberjack, Mahi-mahi and Tuna. The best fishing is generally in the fall and spring, but summertime trips can also be quite productive.

Top Carolina Beach Fishing Spots

3/20/2011 12:48:43 AM - Black Seabass and many varieties of Sharks can be found on the reef all year round. There are nice Cobia and Gray Trout in the Spring on the reef.  From Spring through

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Latest Carolina Beach Fishing Reports

Wrightsville Beach NC Fishing Forecast-May 2021
5/1/2021 2:48:42 PM - Southeast NC in May when fishing really gets cranked up!  Many different species of fish start to show up and it’s when I feel like summer fishing has really started.  And af

Wrightsville Beach NC Fishing Forecast-April 2021
4/2/2021 9:39:11 AM - North Carolina springs can be anything but predictable that is about the same for spring fishing around these parts as well.  So far we’ve had a pretty good winter temperatur

Wrightsville Beach NC Fishing Forecast-February 2021
1/29/2021 10:10:17 AM -   February in Southeast NC is one of the tougher months to get out and fish the weather windows are much smaller and the temp can be downright cold some days.  But it’s not a

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Carolina Beach Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 4 - 8 AM on Wednesday.

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data in Carolina Beach, you should target one of the following top 6 species for this time of year:
  1. Flounder - 13.95% Catch Rate

  2. Red Drum - 12.79% Catch Rate
    Red Drum

  3. Bluefish - 10.76% Catch Rate

  4. Spanish Mackerel - 10.47% Catch Rate
    Spanish Mackerel

  5. Black Drum - 7.27% Catch Rate
    Black Drum

  6. Cobia - 6.98% Catch Rate

  7. Recommedations above based on 275 local reports and 35 species of fish for May in Carolina Beach.

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Top Carolina Beach Fishing Charters & Guides

Cape Fear Guide
Captain Mike Dennis came to the Cape Fear area to work for the E.I. Du Pont Company in 1974. He fell in love with the beauty of the crystal clear waters at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. and the abundance of grey trout, king mackerel, speckled trout that w

Carolina Explorer Fishing Charters
Inshore and Coastal light tackle fishing charters in Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and Southport. On our trips you can catch flounder, red drum, trout, sharks, spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, tarpon, croaker, whiting, sports

ProFishNC Charters
Whether you are a Pro going after that Citation Fish or your taking your Family for a Family Fun Fishing Trip, Capt. Trevor’s expertise, excitement and unique ability to find you Fish will make this Adventure one you will always remember! After all,

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Top Carolina Beach Bait & Tackle Stores

Cape Fear Tackle
We are a Southeastern NC Fishing Tackle Outfitter based in the town of Southport, NC. Cape Fear Tackle will carry all the major brands in the fishing industry. Our major brands will be Shimano, Penn, Quantum and Okuma for now. Please bare with us as

Tex's Tackle and Bait
Based in Southeastern North Carolina, we are one of the largest independently owned and operated tackle shops around. From the marsh to the gulfstream, we have a full line of the best tackle to make your next fishing adventure successful as well as

Intracoastal Angler
A full service saltwater fishing outfitter located in Wilmington , NC at Wrightsville Beach. Our mission is to provide the finest products for the most competitive price for your fishing pursuits. We believe our customers deserve the top shelf servic

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Top Carolina Beach Marinas

Masonboro Boat Yard and Marina
Slip owners enjoy Yacht Club privileges and the new facility including: * Bath house * Laundromat * Club room

Bald Head Island Marina

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41037 - Wrightsville Beach Offshore, NC (ILM3)
May 18, 2021 5:08 pm EDT
Location: 33.988N 77.362W
Wind Direction: E (80°)
Wind Speed: 11.7 knots
Wind Gust: 17.5 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.28 in (1025.3 mb)
Air Temperature: 71.4°F (21.9°C)
Water Temperature: 71.2°F (21.8°C)

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