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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.

Top Emerald Isle Fishing Spots

  1. AR 342 - BOGUE INLET
    3/20/2011 12:48:13 AM - 34.6046666666667 -77.035

  2. AR 355 - NEW RIVER REEF
    3/20/2011 12:48:21 AM - 34.352 -77.334

  3. AR-340
    5/21/2011 12:05:31 AM - 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
    9/13/2016 9:33:33 PM - Live Bottom

  5. Divers Rock
    3/31/2017 9:37:12 PM - Area with live bottom.

  6. AR-285 - Buoy
    4/15/2013 9:05:39 PM -

    4/17/2012 10:33:01 AM - Attributes RECRD 607 VESSLTERMS PARKINS FEATURE_TYPE Wreck - Submerged, dangerous to surface navigation LATDEC 34.686044 LONDEC -76.721586 GP_QUALITY High DEPTH 29.5 SOUNDING_

  8. Larry's Spot
    12/30/2016 1:15:32 AM - Black Sea Bass spot

  9. AR-396
    5/21/2011 12:05:33 AM - AR-396

    3/20/2011 12:48:16 AM - 34.5978333333333 -76.6091333333333

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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. Black Sea Bass

  2. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 26.08% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 763 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Emerald Isle Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  3. Southern Flounder

  4. Southern Flounder

    There is a 25.91% catch rate for Southern Flounder, based on 758 Southern Flounder counted.

    Emerald Isle Southern Flounder Counts Chart


  5. Red Drum

  6. Red Drum

    There is a 13.88% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 406 Red Drum counted.

    Emerald Isle Red Drum Counts Chart


  7. Striped Mullet

  8. Striped Mullet

    There is a 7.35% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 215 Striped Mullet counted.

    Emerald Isle Striped Mullet Counts Chart


  9. Spotted Seatrout

  10. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 6.25% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 183 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Emerald Isle Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  11. Whiting

  12. Whiting

    There is a 3.9% catch rate for Whiting, based on 114 Whiting counted.

    Emerald Isle Whiting Counts Chart


  13. Grey Triggerfish

  14. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 2.46% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 72 Grey Triggerfish counted.

    Emerald Isle Grey Triggerfish Counts Chart


  15. Sheepshead

  16. Sheepshead

    There is a 2.36% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 69 Sheepshead counted.

    Emerald Isle Sheepshead Counts Chart


  17. Pinfish

  18. Pinfish

    There is a 1.33% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 39 Pinfish counted.

    Emerald Isle Pinfish Counts Chart


  19. Flounder

  20. Flounder

    There is a 1.06% catch rate for Flounder, based on 31 Flounder counted.

    Emerald Isle Flounder Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 50 species of fish and 2926 fish counted for February around Emerald Isle.

To date, there are 164 species of fish and a total of 746527 fish counted for Emerald Isle and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (170 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 1:47:37 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.

View full Emerald Isle Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Emerald Isle Fishing Reports

  • Oct 2022 Speckled Trout Bite! Emerald Isle/ Swansboro/ Atlantic Beach
    10/23/2022 9:24:00 PM - Hi Folks! If you're looking for some excellent Late Fall/Winter fishing look no further!  Myself and my partner Capt. Mike have been wearing out the Speckled Trout along with

  • nc
    10/20/2022 3:13:23 AM - blue fish

  • July
    7/3/2022 3:44:00 PM - July is already here!  The weather on the crystal coast is definitely heating up but so far the fish are enjoying it.  We have been seeing large schools of Spanish mackerel a

  • Summer is here!
    6/2/2022 7:50:00 AM -  The fishing has been good to start off our season.  Plenty of Spanish mackerel along the beach.  Had a good run of Atlantic Bonitos this year.  The grey trout have been on t

  • Spring is Coming
    3/13/2022 9:42:00 AM -  The warm weather is getting closer.  The fish are already starting to show some action on the warm days.  This spring we will be targeting sea mullets grey trout bluefish at

  • Late Summer early Fall
    11/30/2021 11:52:00 AM -  It has been a very busy year and the fishing has been busy too.  We had our short 2 week flounder season which was very good.  Plus plenty of red drum in the marshes.  The s

  • Sept 9- Huge Flouder
    9/9/2021 11:51:00 PM -  Okay this Could Should Would put Capt Marty back in the Fishing Game...... One Problem..... The problem is: I HAVE NOT CAUGHT HIM YET..    Okay so I was fishing on foot toni

  • Sept 5- No Wreck Wreck Fishing
    9/9/2021 11:32:00 PM -  The Big Duck 5 has sailed a few times without me. Today I made my first reel trip. Gerald had a nice tip from a Dive Boat Operator that the D Wreck was crawling with America

  • Sept 2- Radio Islan
    9/2/2021 7:27:00 PM -  I'm feeling really good here lately. No back pain which is great but I know how quick that can change. A herniated disk is pretty much herniated forever. It can flare up at

  • Sept 1-- Muskie Fishing in NC
    8/31/2021 2:04:00 PM -  Today I ventured West to the Fabled French Broad River well known as NC's only water capable of producing One of Planet Earth's Top 10 Freshwater Gamefish. The Muskelunge. K

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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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Latest Fishing Spots

Graysby 16276

Graysby 16274

Gag Grouper 14803

Gag Grouper 14798

Gag Grouper 14788

Gag Grouper 14783

Gag Grouper 14780

Gag Grouper 14779

Gag Grouper 14778

Gag Grouper 14775

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41064 - Onslow Bay Outer, NC (LEJ3)
February 9, 2023 12:08 am EST
Location: 34.207N 76.949W
Wind Direction: WSW (240°)
Wind Speed: 5.8 knots
Wind Gust: 9.7 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.32 in (1026.7 mb)
Air Temperature: 64.8°F (18.2°C)
Dew Point: 59.0°F (15.0°C)
Water Temperature: 66.4°F (19.1°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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