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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. Spot Croaker

  2. Spot Croaker

    There is a 45.4% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 3841 Spot Croaker counted.

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  3. Southern Flounder

  4. Southern Flounder

    There is a 22.16% catch rate for Southern Flounder, based on 1875 Southern Flounder counted.

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  5. Black Sea Bass

  6. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 14.02% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1186 Black Sea Bass counted.

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  7. Striped Mullet

  8. Striped Mullet

    There is a 4.9% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 415 Striped Mullet counted.

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  9. Red Drum

  10. Red Drum

    There is a 3.03% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 256 Red Drum counted.

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  11. Whiting

  12. Whiting

    There is a 1.35% catch rate for Whiting, based on 114 Whiting counted.

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  13. Sheepshead

  14. Sheepshead

    There is a 1.1% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 93 Sheepshead counted.

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  15. Spotted Seatrout

  16. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 0.91% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 77 Spotted Seatrout counted.

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  17. Grey Triggerfish

  18. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 0.86% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 73 Grey Triggerfish counted.

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  19. Atlantic Menhaden

  20. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 0.71% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 60 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

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Recommendations above based on 65 species of fish and 8461 fish counted for February around Morehead City.

To date, there are 186 species of fish and a total of 1652845 fish counted for Morehead City and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (171 years).

Last Update: 2/26/2024 10:54:13 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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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


  7. 14
    34.306416666667 -76.405516666667


  8. Black Sea Bass


  9. C
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  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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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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Bouy Conditions

Station 41064 - Onslow Bay Outer, NC (LEJ3)
February 26, 2024 5:08 pm EST
Location: 34.207N 76.949W
Wind Direction: SSW (200°)
Wind Speed: 9.7 knots
Wind Gust: 13.6 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.14 in (1020.8 mb)
Air Temperature: 55.9°F (13.3°C)
Dew Point: 52.9°F (11.6°C)
Water Temperature: 51.6°F (10.9°C)


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