Morehead City Fishing

Morehead City Fishing

Morehead City is known as a Fisherman’s Paradise, and is home to the world famous Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. With beautiful estuaries, the Gulf Stream relatively close to land, hundreds of reefs and wrecks off the coast, and the best inlet in North Carolina, Morehead City offers some of the best fishing on the East coast.

Offshore fishing out of Morehead City allows anglers to target billfish, including Blue Marlin and Sailfish. The Gulf Stream constantly pushes Mahi-mahi, Wahoo, and many different species of tuna past the area all season long. Fishermen can target many different highly migratory species of fish from these waters.

The nearshore fishing on the numerous artificial reefs and shipwrecks around Morehead City produce lots of Amberjacks, Black Sea Bass, Triggerfish, and Grunt. Big grouper and snapper are a favorite target as well. There is also excellent Albacore, Spanish, and King Mackerel fishing much of the year. During November and December is typically when the Giant Bluefin Tuna show up, with some fish weighing over 1,000 pounds.

The creeks around Morehead City are filled with Flounder much of the year. With deep water along the Port Wall, a favorite place to fish among Sheepshead and Shark anglers, a variety of big fish pass through the area. The flats around Morehead City are home to many Red Drum and Speckled Trout, making this a top destination for avid saltwater fishermen.



Top Morehead City Fishing Spots

  1. Atlas Tanker
    6/9/2012 1:56:27 PM - The SS Atlas was sailing alone from Houston, Texas to Seawarren, New Jersey loaded with 83,00 barrels of gasoline. At 0250 EWT, a torpedo struck the #6 tank on the starboard s


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


  3. 1700 Rock
    3/20/2011 12:34:45 AM - Good place for trolling and bottom fishing. 


  4. 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


  5. Patch East
    9/13/2016 9:33:33 PM - Live Bottom


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


  7. PARKINS
    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


  10. BARGE WRECK
    3/20/2011 12:48:16 AM - 34.5978333333333 -76.6091333333333



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Morehead City Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Morehead City, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Pinfish

  2. Pinfish

    There is a 23.47% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 7099 Pinfish counted.


  3. Spanish Mackerel

  4. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 10.36% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 3133 Spanish Mackerel counted.


  5. Pollock

  6. Pollock

    There is a 8.95% catch rate for Pollock, based on 2707 Pollock counted.


  7. Atlantic Croaker

  8. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 8.19% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 2478 Atlantic Croaker counted.


  9. Pigfish

  10. Pigfish

    There is a 7.32% catch rate for Pigfish, based on 2215 Pigfish counted.


  11. Black Sea Bass

  12. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 6.83% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 2065 Black Sea Bass counted.


  13. Lizardfish

  14. Lizardfish

    There is a 4.68% catch rate for Lizardfish, based on 1415 Lizardfish counted.


  15. Flounder

  16. Flounder

    There is a 3.53% catch rate for Flounder, based on 1068 Flounder counted.


  17. Bluefish

  18. Bluefish

    There is a 2.53% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 766 Bluefish counted.


  19. Atlantic Menhaden

  20. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 2.36% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 713 Atlantic Menhaden counted.


Recommedations above based on 107 species of fish and 30253 fish counted for September around Morehead City.

To date, there are 161 species of fish and a total of 471564 fish counted for Morehead City and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1854 (168 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 9:18:23 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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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Latest Morehead City Fishing Reports

  • 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


  • Aug 29- Spanish Mackerel on Foot
    8/29/2021 11:41:00 AM -  Hello. I'm back. Its been a long strange trip indeed..... Anyway this morning I walked out on Radio Island armed with a spinning rod and a stimgsilver. Yesterday had seen a


  • 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


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Top Morehead City Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. 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.

  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

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Top Morehead City Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Down East Guide Service
    Your Carolina and Costa Rica Connection. Professional Guides, Great Boats and Vacation Planning

  2. Top Water Charters
    Top Water Charters and Capt. Marty Moore is one of North Carolina's Premier Nearshore and Inshore Big Fish on Light Tackle Fishing Guides. Consistently producing Fish that earn NC Citations is my trademark.

  3. 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

  4. Mount Maker Charters
    Mount Maker fishing team offers world class fishing charters for cobia, red drum, flounder, trout, king mackerel, spanish makerel, shark, tuna, dolphin, grouper, bottom fishing and more. We fish near Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Beauf

  5. Bill Collector Charters
    52' Sportfishing Charter for hire out of Morehead City, NC. Fishing the best waters of the coast of North Carolina for 25 years with Capt. Stephen Draughon.

  6. Diamond Girl Charters
    The Diamond Girl is a NC deep sea fishing charter boat out of Historic Morehead City, North Carolina Waterfront. Our boat is a custom 61` Carolina Sport Fish, constructed by Paul Spencer Yachts. The Diamond Girl has a fast cruise speed and state of

  7. Beagle Sport Fishing Charters
    Offshore charters will be fishing for tuna, dolphin., wahoo, billfish and other gulf stream species. We will be using the very best in light and heavy tackle. We use only the freshest bait available.

  8. Energizer Sportfishing
    Energizer Sportfishing is about experience. Experience that can give you the fishing adventure of a lifetime. We have fished the North Carolina waters for more than 35 years. We have fished from the Bahamas to Ocean City with lots of stories to te

  9. 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

  10. Carolina Princess
    The Carolina Princess has been a well known name around the Carolinas from the 1960's to the present. From our first trip 47 years ago on the original Carolina Princess, to the current Carolina Princess, we have always been a premiere force in &q

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Top Morehead City Marinas

  1. 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

  2. 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

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

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