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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.

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 14.99% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 10017 Pinfish counted.

    Morehead City Pinfish Counts Chart


  3. Black Sea Bass

  4. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 13.83% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 9243 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Morehead City Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  5. Spanish Mackerel

  6. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 13.15% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 8788 Spanish Mackerel counted.

    Morehead City Spanish Mackerel Counts Chart


  7. Mahi-mahi

  8. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 8.5% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 5678 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Morehead City Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  9. Bluefish

  10. Bluefish

    There is a 7.44% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 4970 Bluefish counted.

    Morehead City Bluefish Counts Chart


  11. Pigfish

  12. Pigfish

    There is a 6.08% catch rate for Pigfish, based on 4062 Pigfish counted.

    Morehead City Pigfish Counts Chart


  13. Atlantic Croaker

  14. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 5.64% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 3767 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Morehead City Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  15. Spot Croaker

  16. Spot Croaker

    There is a 3.9% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 2604 Spot Croaker counted.

    Morehead City Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  17. Striped Mullet

  18. Striped Mullet

    There is a 3.48% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 2325 Striped Mullet counted.

    Morehead City Striped Mullet Counts Chart


  19. Atlantic Menhaden

  20. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 3.37% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 2252 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

    Morehead City Atlantic Menhaden Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 116 species of fish and 66833 fish counted for June around Morehead City.

To date, there are 182 species of fish and a total of 1269649 fish counted for Morehead City and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (170 years).

Last Update: 6/5/2023 4:42:29 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 Morehead City Fishing Spots

The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Morehead City are the following:

  1. Atlas Tanker
    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. 1700 Rock
    Good place for trolling and bottom fishing. 

  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

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    34.306416666667 -76.405516666667

  8. C
    34.511712 -77.034883

  9. Black Sea Bass

  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 Morehead City Fishing Reports

  • Cobia fishing report
      I’ve been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars over my career to take people out under miserable conditions which I would not choose to go out into myself but I’ve never p

  • Spring 2023
     This is the start of my 16th season.  It has been a good start.  The reefs have held Atlantic Bonita grey trout blue fish and flounder.   Inside the grey trout sea mullet an

  • Roanoke River
     I know I know I have not been posting much here but I have been trying to keep the fishing reports updated at  Roanoke is firing off in case you w

  • Capt Greg Voliva reports
     1 person 50 shad less than 3 hours. 

  • shad fishing two at a time
    Even with the colder weather spring has sprung! The shad run has been on fire with good numbers pushing up into Weldon NC. With triple digit days clients are  pulling them in

  • When you get a minute can you explain what is happening with the stripe bass situation on the Roanoke.
      My take of course and I will try to be brief.   Striped bass have evolved to maximize spawning success on their perspective rivers.    Egg size and buoyancy is different on

  • Tue 14 Feb 2023 00:58:00 +0000
      We raised a blue Marlin that didn't eat catch one for two on sailfish one mahi mahi and four yellow fin tuna  left the tuna biting 

  • Feb. 12
     3 for 6 on sailfish and 1 for 1 on mahi mahi today 

  • Roanoke River E mail thread
      Bummer   that was always  the treat at the end of a great day fishing bringing some home. I'll think I'll sit this one out this year. Thanks as always Hap Get Outlook for A

  • Pics from the last few days with Capt. Bud

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Top Morehead City 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

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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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Bouy Conditions

Station 41064 - Onslow Bay Outer, NC (LEJ3)
June 9, 2023 10:08 pm EDT
Location: 34.207N 76.949W
Wind Direction: SW (230°)
Wind Speed: 5.8 knots
Wind Gust: 7.8 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.90 in (1012.6 mb)
Air Temperature: 76.1°F (24.5°C)
Dew Point: 63.9°F (17.7°C)
Water Temperature: 74.8°F (23.8°C)

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