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.

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Latest Emerald Isle Fishing Reports

July 2121
7/23/2021 8:20:00 PM -  This month has been all about the reds.  The weather hasn't allowed me to fish the ocean much so with flounder closed I have been hitting the marshes for red drum.  Most day

June 2021
6/27/2021 4:36:00 PM -  The summer is starting off hot hot hot with reds.  Most of trips have been marsh fishing and the red drum bite has been good.  When the wind hasn't been blowing we have pick

Summer is approaching
6/1/2021 10:08:00 AM -  The fishing has been good.  On pretty days we have had good numbers of Spanish mackerel along the beach and flounder and grey trout on the reefs.  Inshore the red drum bite

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Emerald Isle Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 8 - 0 PM on Tuesday.

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data in Emerald Isle, you should target one of the following top 6 species for this time of year:
  1. Flounder - 26.83% Catch Rate

  2. Spanish Mackerel - 14.63% Catch Rate
    Spanish Mackerel

  3. Red Drum - 7.32% Catch Rate
    Red Drum

  4. Wahoo - 7.32% Catch Rate

  5. Blue Marlin - 4.88% Catch Rate
    Blue Marlin

  6. Mahi-mahi - 4.88% Catch Rate

  7. Recommedations above based on 23 local reports and 16 species of fish for July in Emerald Isle.

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Top Emerald Isle Fishing Charters & Guides

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

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

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

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Top Emerald Isle Bait & Tackle Stores

The Tackle Room
TheTackleRoom.com 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.

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

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,

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Top Emerald Isle Marinas

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!

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

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

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41064 - Onslow Bay Outer, NC (LEJ3)
July 27, 2021 8:08 pm EDT
Location: 34.207N 76.949W
Wind Direction: S (170°)
Wind Speed: 9.7 knots
Wind Gust: 13.6 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.98 in (1015.4 mb)
Air Temperature: 82.2°F (27.9°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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