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Emerald Isle Fishing

Emerald Isle Fishing

With a name like Emerald Isle, this North Carolina town sets the bar high. This town is nestled in the Crystal Coast on Bogue Banks. The oceanfront here is rustic and beautiful. Although the area is small with a local population of just under 4,000, it can attract thousands of tourists each week. Most of these tourists come to explore the waters of Emerald Isle, and Emerald Isle fishing is of particular interest.

Emerald Isle fishing is perfect for enthusiasts and novices alike. It is an excellent destination for offshore fishing. Since the area is along the Atlantic coastline, this is a frequent stop for migratory fish. The potential for billfish is especially noteworthy, and many people spend time fishing in the Gulf Stream off the coast. Here, it is possible to catch marlin, mahi-mahi, tuna and wahoo. One of the most notable fish that is commonly caught is sailfish.

Not all Emerald Isle fishing has to take place far from shore. There are also plenty of fishing opportunities with nearshore destinations. Emerald Isle has invested heavily into its coastline, and that includes its underwater resources. To support fish communities, there are a number of artificial reefs in the area. When paired with local shipwrecks, there is no shortage of fishing attractions. In these nearshore venues, look for amberjacks, triggerfish, snapper and albacore. During the late fall, you might even be lucky enough to reel in giant bluefin tuna.

Finally, there are also inland fishing options in Emerald Isle. The local creeks are alive with fish, and many anglers enjoy the tranquility. However, the real attractions in Emerald Isle and the rest of the Crystal Coast are the protected beaches, which are ideal for fishing and diving. Here, you may be able to catch flounder, red drum or speckled trout.

Emerald Isle Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Emerald Isle, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Anchovy

  2. Anchovy

    There is a 63.31% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 135974 Anchovy counted.

    Emerald Isle Anchovy Counts Chart


  3. Pinfish

  4. Pinfish

    There is a 7.7% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 16543 Pinfish counted.

    Emerald Isle Pinfish Counts Chart


  5. Spot Croaker

  6. Spot Croaker

    There is a 3.51% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 7535 Spot Croaker counted.

    Emerald Isle Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  7. Black Sea Bass

  8. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 3.26% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 6992 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Emerald Isle Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  9. Spanish Mackerel

  10. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 2.8% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 6008 Spanish Mackerel counted.

    Emerald Isle Spanish Mackerel Counts Chart


  11. Spanish Sardine

  12. Spanish Sardine

    There is a 2.11% catch rate for Spanish Sardine, based on 4542 Spanish Sardine counted.

    Emerald Isle Spanish Sardine Counts Chart


  13. Bluefish

  14. Bluefish

    There is a 2.11% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 4528 Bluefish counted.

    Emerald Isle Bluefish Counts Chart


  15. Atlantic Croaker

  16. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 2.09% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 4480 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Emerald Isle Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  17. Round Scad

  18. Round Scad

    There is a 1.54% catch rate for Round Scad, based on 3301 Round Scad counted.

    Emerald Isle Round Scad Counts Chart


  19. Mahi-mahi

  20. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 1.49% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 3201 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Emerald Isle Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 133 species of fish and 214784 fish counted for July around Emerald Isle.

To date, there are 185 species of fish and a total of 1678456 fish counted for Emerald Isle and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (171 years).

Last Update: 7/5/2024 11:12:27 AM

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 Emerald Isle Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Emerald Isle are the following:

  1. AR 355 - NEW RIVER REEF
    34.352 -77.334

  2. Divers Rock
    Area with live bottom.

  3. AR-340
    Average Depth: 58' Buoy Location in GPS ddm: 34° 34.350' / 076° 58.300' LORAN Coordinates: 27162.4 / 39545.3 General Location: 129° M, 7.0 nm from the Bogue Inl

  4. Patch East
    Live Bottom

  5. AR-285 - Buoy

  6. Larry's Spot
    Black Sea Bass spot

  7. H
    34.465596 -77.352682

  8. Black Sea Bass

  9. C
    34.511712 -77.034883

  10. HMS Senateur Duhamel
    Vessel Type: Originally built as a fishing trawler and converted for anti-submarine patrol Length: 192.3 feet Breadth: 31.1 feet Gross Tonnage: 913 Cargo: N/A Built: 1927, H

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Latest Emerald Isle Fishing Reports

  • Inshore action with captain Blake

  • Another Year
     This starts my 17th season taking people out on fishing charters.  It's hard not to love living here on the beautiful crystal coast of North Carolina.  We have great fishing

  • Allen Heath getting it done the last few days with the cobias

  • 5/27
      Slow fishing today 1 for 2 on sailfish today 

  • 5/28
      Little better day 11 for 16 on sailfish today 

  • From Capt. Justin
     trips with Jeff and crew. They were very happy and looking forward to coming back. Lots of 22-25 inch fat healthy class of fish

  • From Capt. Justin
      Fishing with Curtis and his 7 year old daughter. When I met them at the dock she had her grundens and her life jacket on ready to go. It rained all morning and she never co

  • Opening day
      Opening Day High expectations with consistent turkey sightings on the trail cameras including a pair of brother velociraptors with beards dragging the ground.   I’m on the

  • Roanoke River has fired off
     Capt. Bud had a triple digit morning and Capt. Kelly got a good 'un this morning

  • yes fish bite in the winter time
     Thanks Capt. Bud Bishop for the report sounds like a good beginning for the Roanoke River. 

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Top Emerald Isle Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. The Tackle Room is a provider of terminal tackle, lures, custom rods, reels, lead, and most everything else in the offshore fishing realm. Orders arrive anywhere in the USA within 3 business days, and ship free when over $50.

  2. Clarkspoon
    Since the company’s beginning in 1927 Clarkspoon fishing tackle has been a hand’s down favorite for Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and other gamefish.

  3. Saltwater Bait & Tackle
    We carry a full line of inshore tackle such as Billy Bay, Fin-S, Berkley Gulp, MirrOlure, D.O.A., Hopkins and more. In addition, we cary a full line of offshore tackle as well, such as Black bart, Laceration Lures, Fish Finder Tackle, Momoi Jinkai,

  4. Chasin Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle
    We will help you out any way we can to make your fishing trip the best possible. Our staff includes tournament anglers, charter captains and your everyday fisherman. Let us make every fishing trip one to remember.

  5. EJW Outdoors
    In 2005 EJW Outdoors moved to its brand new facility at 4667 Arendell Street in Morehead City. EJW is a full-service, family owned hunting and fishing store, which has provided goods and services to hunters, anglers, bicyclists and sportsmen for mo

  6. Dudley's Marina Inc
    WE ARE HERE FOR ALL OF YOUR BAIT, TACKLE, AND BOATING NEEDS! We offer boat repairs, boat detailing, dry & wet slips, reel spooling, rod tip repair, fishing licenses, and free fishing advice!

  7. Reel Outdoors Inc
    Extensive selection of fishing tackle, bait, new rods & reels, rod and reel repair, line re-spooling, sportswear, boating supplies, fishing guides, and local information.

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Top Emerald Isle Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Fish'N 4 Life Charters
    Capt. Jeff Cronk has been professionaly fishing the waters along the Crystal Coast of NC for over 25 years. He offers inshore and nearshore fishing trips in the Emerald Isle, Morehead City, and Swansboro area of NC. Check out his website at www.ncc

  2. Fin-S Charters
    Fin-S Charters offers fishing charters in Morehead City, North Carolina. Our charter boats offer inshore marsh fishing and near shore ocean fishing. Fin-S Charters also accommodates fishing charters in Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, New Bern and Beauf

  3. See Ya Outdoors!
    The Crystal Coast of North Carolina is home to a variety of recreational fishing opportunities. We are uniquely positioned to experience catching inshore species such as speckled trout, red drum and flounder, in the sounds and nearshore. Once you mo

  4. Coastal Carolina Guide Service
    Welcome to Coastal Carolina Guide and Charter Fishing Service. Southeastern North Carolina offers the inshore angler excellent opportunities for light tackle saltwater fishing. River mouths, inlets, tidal marsh and shallow offshore reefs host a wide

  5. Pelagic Sportfishing
    We are a FULL TIME owner operated charter service here in Atlantic Beach, NC. The beautiful 61' Pelagic is ready to go offshore for tuna, dolphin, wahoo, and billfish. Also, near shore half day trips for spanish mackerel, blue fish, king macker

  6. Capt Stacy Fishing Charter
    From the time you arrive at the until the time you depart you'll experience pleasure after pleasure.You'll board one of the finest fishing vessels along the east coast, skim over the clean blue waters of the Atlantic to it's f

  7. Fish Finder Charters
    Capt. Joe Shute was the first full time light tackle inshore guide for redfish and speckled trout in the Cape Lookout area. Capt. Joe started guiding for inshore light tackle fishing over 23 years ago. Over the years Capt. Joe has expanded his guide

  8. Teezher Charters
    Specializing in Light Tackle Live Bait Fishing-Gulf Stream-Bottom Fishing for Kings, Spanish, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Amberjack, Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Tuna, Grouper, and Snapper

  9. Nancy Lee Fishing Charters
    The Nancy Lee fishing fleet is docked at the Nancy Lee Fishing Center which is located "between the bridges" on Highway 24 just after you pass Capt Charlies Restaurant in Swansboro, NC heading towards Morehead City.

  10. Lookout Adventures
    Charter Fishing & Adventure Charters in Cape Lookout, NC | Come spend a day exploring one of the most beautiful sections of the NC Coast

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Top Emerald Isle Marinas

  1. Dudley's Marina Inc
    WE ARE HERE FOR ALL OF YOUR BAIT, TACKLE, AND BOATING NEEDS! We offer boat repairs, boat detailing, dry & wet slips, reel spooling, rod tip repair, fishing licenses, and free fishing advice!

  2. Morehead City Yacht Basin
    The best are the first for the taking.... This prime locale was selected nearly a century ago; establishing it as the first marina in the area. Only a few hundred feet west of the ICW just north of the Morehead City causeway bridge and State

  3. Radio Island Marina
    The marina is conveniently located at the base of the high rise bridge between Morehead City and Beaufort, NC. Radio Island is the closest marina to the Beaufort Inlet, providing easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway, Shackelford Banks, Cape Looko

  4. Portside Marina
    A full service marina with everything you need to have a great day on the water!

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41064 - Onslow Bay Outer, NC (LEJ3)
July 15, 2024 7:08 am EDT
Location: 34.207N 76.949W
Wind Direction: SW (230°)
Wind Speed: 11.7 knots
Wind Gust: 15.6 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.06 in (1017.8 mb)
Air Temperature: 83.7°F (28.7°C)
Dew Point: 82.2°F (27.9°C)
Water Temperature: 83.8°F (28.8°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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