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

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

3/20/2011 12:48:13 AM - 34.6046666666667 -77.035

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

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Latest Morehead City Fishing Reports

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

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Morehead City Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 5 - 9 AM on Thursday.

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data in Morehead City, you should target one of the following top 6 species for this time of year:
  1. Red Drum - 16% Catch Rate
    Red Drum

  2. Flounder - 16% Catch Rate

  3. King Mackerel - 16% Catch Rate
    King Mackerel

  4. Spanish Mackerel - 8% Catch Rate
    Spanish Mackerel

  5. Blackfin Tuna - 4% Catch Rate
    Blackfin Tuna

  6. Vermilion Snapper - 4% Catch Rate
    Vermilion Snapper

  7. Recommedations above based on 19 local reports and 15 species of fish for October in Morehead City.

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Top Morehead City Fishing Charters & Guides

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

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.

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

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Top Morehead City Bait & Tackle Stores

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.

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 Morehead City Marinas

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

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)
October 20, 2021 7:08 am EDT
Location: 34.207N 76.949W
Wind Direction: WNW (290°)
Wind Speed: 13.6 knots
Wind Gust: 19.4 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.22 in (1023.2 mb)
Air Temperature: 71.2°F (21.8°C)
Water Temperature: 75.9°F (24.4°C)

Current Moon Phase

Full Moon

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