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.
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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
3/20/2011 12:48:09 AM - 33.8755 -78.2255
3/20/2011 12:48:31 AM - 33.5418333333333 -77.9481666666667
5/21/2011 12:05:33 AM - AR-372
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
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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
10 Mile Rock
3/20/2011 12:34:42 AM -
King Mackerel on the troll. Black Seabass on bottom. Also so Gag Groupers.
AR 425 - YAUPON REEF
3/20/2011 12:48:43 AM - 33.8841666666667 -78.1058333333333
5/21/2011 12:05:32 AM - AR-362
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There is a 17.17% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 6828 Pinfish counted.
There is a 10.34% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 4111 Atlantic Croaker counted.
There is a 7.47% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 2971 Spanish Mackerel counted.
There is a 6.82% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 2711 Striped Mullet counted.
There is a 5.69% catch rate for Pollock, based on 2262 Pollock counted.
There is a 5.56% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 2211 Atlantic Menhaden counted.
There is a 5.24% catch rate for Flounder, based on 2084 Flounder counted.
There is a 4.78% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1899 Black Sea Bass counted.
There is a 4.69% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 1865 White Grunt counted.
There is a 3.34% catch rate for Round Scad, based on 1328 Round Scad counted.
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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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