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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.

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. Atlantic Croaker

  2. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 18.64% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 1603 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Carolina Beach Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  3. Pinfish

  4. Pinfish

    There is a 16.14% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1388 Pinfish counted.

    Carolina Beach Pinfish Counts Chart


  5. Atlantic Menhaden

  6. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 13.01% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 1119 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

    Carolina Beach Atlantic Menhaden Counts Chart


  7. Spot Croaker

  8. Spot Croaker

    There is a 12.26% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 1054 Spot Croaker counted.

    Carolina Beach Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  9. Black Sea Bass

  10. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 10.54% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 906 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Carolina Beach Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  11. Red Drum

  12. Red Drum

    There is a 6.38% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 549 Red Drum counted.

    Carolina Beach Red Drum Counts Chart


  13. Striped Bass

  14. Striped Bass

    There is a 5.62% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 483 Striped Bass counted.

    Carolina Beach Striped Bass Counts Chart


  15. Blueback Herring

  16. Blueback Herring

    There is a 3.74% catch rate for Blueback Herring, based on 322 Blueback Herring counted.

    Carolina Beach Blueback Herring Counts Chart


  17. American Shad

  18. American Shad

    There is a 2.52% catch rate for American Shad, based on 217 American Shad counted.

    Carolina Beach American Shad Counts Chart


  19. Striped Mullet

  20. Striped Mullet

    There is a 1.71% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 147 Striped Mullet counted.

    Carolina Beach Striped Mullet Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 64 species of fish and 8599 fish counted for February around Carolina Beach.

To date, there are 174 species of fish and a total of 791244 fish counted for Carolina Beach and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 7/12/1915 (109 years).

Last Update: 2/23/2024 12:14:06 PM

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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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Carolina Beach are the following:

  1. AR 425 - YAUPON REEF
    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

    Good area for trolling for kings

    33.5418333333333 -77.9481666666667

  4. AR-372

  5. AR-460
    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-293(2)

  7. Fanny and Jenny Wreck
    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
    King Mackerel on the troll. Black Seabass on bottom. Also so Gag Groupers.

  9. AR 425 - YAUPON REEF
    33.8841666666667 -78.1058333333333

  10. AR-376

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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)
February 26, 2024 5:08 pm EST
Location: 33.988N 77.362W
Wind Direction: SSW (200°)
Wind Speed: 11.7 knots
Wind Gust: 15.6 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.15 in (1021.1 mb)
Air Temperature: 57.2°F (14.0°C)
Dew Point: 52.2°F (11.2°C)
Water Temperature: 55.2°F (12.9°C)

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Waning Gibbous Moon

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