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

  1. AR 425 - YAUPON REEF
    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


  2. SHALLOTTE LEDGE
    3/20/2011 12:48:09 AM - 33.8755 -78.2255


  3. RARITAN WRECK
    3/20/2011 12:48:31 AM - 33.5418333333333 -77.9481666666667


  4. AR-372
    5/21/2011 12:05:33 AM - AR-372


  5. AR-460
    5/21/2011 12:05:35 AM - Average Depth: 38'  Buoy Location in GPS ddm: 33° 50.217' / 078° 22.033'  LORAN Coordinates: Chain (GRI) 7980 / 45398.0 / 59323.0  General Location: 183


  6. LEDGE-292
    5/25/2022 12:40:19 PM -


  7. Fanny and Jenny Wreck
    6/13/2013 11:55:54 AM - She was built in Blackwall Yard, London by Money and Wigrams in 1847 for the Chester & Holyhead Railway Company for a passenger service between Holyhead and Kingstown (Dun


  8. 10 Mile Rock
    3/20/2011 12:34:42 AM - King Mackerel on the troll. Black Seabass on bottom. Also so Gag Groupers.


  9. AR 425 - YAUPON REEF
    3/20/2011 12:48:43 AM - 33.8841666666667 -78.1058333333333


  10. AR-362
    5/21/2011 12:05:32 AM - AR-362



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Carolina Beach Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Carolina Beach, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Pinfish

  2. Pinfish

    There is a 17.17% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 6828 Pinfish counted.


  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 10.34% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 4111 Atlantic Croaker counted.


  5. Spanish Mackerel

  6. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 7.47% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 2971 Spanish Mackerel counted.


  7. Striped Mullet

  8. Striped Mullet

    There is a 6.82% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 2711 Striped Mullet counted.


  9. Pollock

  10. Pollock

    There is a 5.69% catch rate for Pollock, based on 2262 Pollock counted.


  11. Atlantic Menhaden

  12. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 5.56% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 2211 Atlantic Menhaden counted.


  13. Flounder

  14. Flounder

    There is a 5.24% catch rate for Flounder, based on 2084 Flounder counted.


  15. Black Sea Bass

  16. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 4.78% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1899 Black Sea Bass counted.


  17. White Grunt

  18. White Grunt

    There is a 4.69% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 1865 White Grunt counted.


  19. Round Scad

  20. Round Scad

    There is a 3.34% catch rate for Round Scad, based on 1328 Round Scad counted.


Recommedations above based on 113 species of fish and 39756 fish counted for September around Carolina Beach.

To date, there are 161 species of fish and a total of 355113 fish counted for Carolina Beach and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1885 (137 years).

Last Update: 9/23/2022 3:03:42 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Carolina Beach Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Rod Man Charters
    Custom Fishing Rods and Guide Service by Rod-Man

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Top Carolina Beach Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. 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,

  2. 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

  3. Jot It Down Fishing Charters
    Captain Jot Owens is a native of Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington, NC. He has been fishing the waters of this area his entire life. Capt. Jot loves nothing more than to see a kid catching their first fish or pro's catching their 1000th fish. The

  4. Charlies Fishing Charters
    Learn to fish with live bait & artificial bait, great for beginners or experienced anglers. Learn to throw cast nets and catch bait or just go fishing.

  5. Cape Fear Guide
    Capt.Mike offer light tackle spin fishing for red drum, flounder, speckle trout in the Cape Fear Region of North Carolina,fishing out of Carolina Beach, NC

  6. Sightfish NC
    Sightfish NC is a fly and light tackle guide service specializing in shallow water fishing the Cape Fear Coast of North Carolina. From the clear water flats of Topsail Island and Wrightsville Beach, to the stained nutrient rich waters of Southport t

  7. Lucky 13 Sportfishing
    If you’re looking for a great day of fishing and fun, hop aboard Lucky 13 with Captain Mark Cogdell. Lucky 13 Sportfishing delivers you to some of the best offshore and nearshore fishing in Southeastern North Carolina. Whether you’re fishing for Mack

  8. 96 Charter Company
    My name is Capt. Danny Wrenn. I love chasing a variety of fish along Wrightsville Beach and the great Cape Fear River. Whether its Atlantic Bonito on the Fly, King Mackerel on live bait, Flounder in the sound or offshore wrecks, or Striped Bass in th

  9. Angry Pelican Charters
    Capt. Mark is a native of North Carolina and has been fishing the coastal waters from Nags Head, NC to Murrell’s Inlet, SC for over 30 years. Our goal is providing fishing adventures for the entire family at the most affordable prices available. Ou

  10. Fishin' Days Sportfishing
    Wrightsville Beach Fishing Charters would like to invite you to join Capt. Tim Day serving Wrightsville Beach, Topsail, Carolina Beach, or Wilmington for a NC fishing charter experience of a lifetime aboard the awesome 53' custom sport fishing ya

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Top Carolina Beach Marinas

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

  2. Bald Head Island Marina


  3. Bennett Brothers Yachts
    Bennett Brothers Yachts specializes in fine yacht repair, service, and brokerage. Dedicated craftsmen in all departments; continual operation since 1986.

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41037 - Wrightsville Beach Offshore, NC (ILM3)
September 25, 2022 8:08 am EDT
Location: 33.988N 77.362W
Wind Direction: W (260°)
Wind Speed: 11.7 knots
Wind Gust: 15.6 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.98 in (1015.3 mb)
Air Temperature: 77.0°F (25.0°C)
Dew Point: 63.9°F (17.7°C)
Water Temperature: 80.6°F (27.0°C)


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