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Ocean Isle Beach Fishing

Ocean Isle Beach Fishing

Ocean Isle Beach, a little town with lots of charm, is located on the Atlantic Ocean and is connected to the Intercoastal Waterway, offering its own escape from more touristy locations down or up the beach. While Ocean Isle Beach is popular with vacationers looking for a place to unwind, it is also a great spot for fishing.

When you are thinking about Ocean Isle Beach fishing, there is no shortage of options. The town is entirely coastal, and it runs from Tubbs Inlet to Shallotte Inlet in North Carolina. With great backwater flats, ocean side pier, and lots of guides in the area, it means that there are ample opportunities for inshore fishing. Black Drum, Flounder, Red Drum, and Speckled Trout are the most common targets.

If you are in search of a big catch, then Ocean Isle Beach fishing could be just the thing for you. In the spring and fall, the population of King Mackerel is especially abundant. This makes it possible to snag one of these fish on a regular basis, and some large specimens have been recorded in the area. There is also good Cobia fishing in May right off the beach. Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel are prolific much of the year.

Bottom fishing on the many reefs and shipwrecks off the coast provide lots of action. Lots of Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Scamps, and Snowy Grouper are caught from the nearshore to the deep. The Gray Snapper (Mangrove Snapper) state record was caught here weighing 12 pounds and 5 ounces. A 6 pound and 9 ounce Vermilion Snapper (Beliner) also holds a state record from nearby structure.

If you are interested in catching Tuna or Wahoo, then Ocean Isle Beach fishing can be quite appealing. During certain parts of the year, it is not uncommon to reel in Blackfin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, or Yellowfin Tuna. In 1987, someone even managed to reel in a Sailfish that weighed 100 pounds. That NC state record still holds to this day, and it is a testament to how prolific these waters can be. The bottom line is that fishing in Ocean Isle Beach offers a wealth of possibilities to eager anglers.



Top Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Spots

  1. AR 425 - YAUPON REEF
    3/20/2011 12:48:43 AM - Black Seabass and many varieties of Sharks can be found on the reef all year round. There are nice Cobia and Gray Trout in the Spring on the reef.  From Spring through


  2. SHALLOTTE LEDGE
    3/20/2011 12:48:09 AM - 33.8755 -78.2255


  3. GENERAL SHERMAN WRECK BUOY
    3/20/2011 12:49:13 AM - GENERAL SHERMAN WRECK BUOY


  4. AR-460
    5/21/2011 12:05:35 AM - Average Depth: 38'  Buoy Location in GPS ddm: 33° 50.217' / 078° 22.033'  LORAN Coordinates: Chain (GRI) 7980 / 45398.0 / 59323.0  General Location: 183


  5. Belky Bear
    3/20/2011 12:35:31 AM - 47' deep N 33 29.600 W078047.570 0038846731 0023677349


  6. BILL PERRY REEF
    3/20/2011 12:49:05 AM - Part of the South Carolina Artificial Reef Program, this is a dual site consisting of a tug-boat and a military landing craft. The site attracts a variety of fish, including


  7. AR 425 - YAUPON REEF
    3/20/2011 12:48:43 AM - 33.8841666666667 -78.1058333333333


  8. Atlantic Ledge
    6/9/2012 1:56:28 PM - This bank had a depth of 76'. The ledge drops a few feet and it long. Grouper May/June and Oct. / Nov.  Good place to troll for kings.


  9. LITTLE RIVER REEF
    3/20/2011 12:49:17 AM - LORAN C-45424.0/59409.0  GPS-33 48.812/078 30.522 1 buoy marks reef, bearing 125�/2.7 nm from south jetty at Little River Inlet. Steel Pup Tents 33 48.515/078 30.069 Ma


  10. SHALLOTTE LEDGE
    3/20/2011 12:48:09 AM - 33.8825 -78.2228333333333



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Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Ocean Isle Beach, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Atlantic Croaker

  2. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 22.28% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 1057 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE OCEAN ISLE BEACH ATLANTIC CROAKER COUNTS CHART


  3. Black Sea Bass

  4. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 18.76% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 890 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE OCEAN ISLE BEACH BLACK SEA BASS COUNTS CHART


  5. Spotted Seatrout

  6. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 17.07% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 810 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE OCEAN ISLE BEACH SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  7. Red Drum

  8. Red Drum

    There is a 8.47% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 402 Red Drum counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE OCEAN ISLE BEACH RED DRUM COUNTS CHART


  9. Pinfish

  10. Pinfish

    There is a 6.16% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 292 Pinfish counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

    ENLARGE OCEAN ISLE BEACH PINFISH COUNTS CHART


  11. Whiting

  12. Whiting

    There is a 5.33% catch rate for Whiting, based on 253 Whiting counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Whiting Counts Chart
    Whiting

    ENLARGE OCEAN ISLE BEACH WHITING COUNTS CHART


  13. Black Drum

  14. Black Drum

    There is a 3.69% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 175 Black Drum counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Black Drum Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE OCEAN ISLE BEACH BLACK DRUM COUNTS CHART


  15. Bluespotted Sunfish

  16. Bluespotted Sunfish

    There is a 3.14% catch rate for Bluespotted Sunfish, based on 149 Bluespotted Sunfish counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Bluespotted Sunfish Counts Chart
    Bluespotted

    ENLARGE OCEAN ISLE BEACH BLUESPOTTED SUNFISH COUNTS CHART


  17. Weakfish

  18. Weakfish

    There is a 2.19% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 104 Weakfish counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Weakfish Counts Chart
    Weakfish

    ENLARGE OCEAN ISLE BEACH WEAKFISH COUNTS CHART


  19. Anchovy

  20. Anchovy

    There is a 2.11% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 100 Anchovy counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Anchovy Counts Chart
    Anchovy

    ENLARGE OCEAN ISLE BEACH ANCHOVY COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 59 species of fish and 4744 fish counted for December around Ocean Isle Beach.

To date, there are 153 species of fish and a total of 280968 fish counted for Ocean Isle Beach and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (162 years).

Last Update: 12/8/2022 12:54:40 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.

View full Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

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  • November 3 2022 Capt. Smiley Fishing Report
    11/3/2022 2:55:08 PM - November 3  Morning surface water temperatures are still in the lower 60s inshore around Little River.  It’s definitely trout time at the top of the South Carolina coast and 


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Top Ocean Isle Beach Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Ocean Isle Fishing Center
    Our mission at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center is to be the ultimate source for fishing in the Carolinas; providing the what, when, where and how-to you need to be a better fisherman. Our staff is made up of the most successful fishermen in the area wh

  2. Fish On Outfitters
    local bait and tackle shop also offer charters and boat rentals rod and reel rentals as well live bait.

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Top Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. North Myrtle Beach Fishing Charters
    We are a full service, Private North Myrtle Beach Fishing Charter company offering Backwater, Inshore, Offshore, Gulf Stream and Deep Sea Fishing for up to six anglers per boat. Deep Sea Charter Fishing service consists of three offshore boats rangin

  2. Rigged & Ready Charters
    Located in Holden Beach, NC. Rigged & Ready offers quarter day, half-day, three-quarter day, full-day near shore, full-day offshore and gulfstream Holden Beach Fishing Charters. We use live and synthetic bait and target Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Bi

  3. Captain Smiley Fishing Charters
    Light Tackle and Fly specialist. Targeting Redfish, Flounder, Speckled Trout. Fishing Little River South Carolina...Just minutes from Myrtle Beaches Grand Strand.

  4. Capt'n Hook Outdoors
    Sport fishing charters specializing in offshore and backwater trips, sandbar adventures, and sunset cruises in Ocean Isle and Holden Beach, NC.

  5. Twister Charters
    Twister Charters licensed charter boat captains are experienced fishermen, in-shore and off-shore to the Gulf Stream. Their fishing skills produce a variety of Atlantic Ocean species: Black Bass, Spanish and King Mackerel, Grouper, and Cobia. If Shar

  6. Low Country Fishing Charters
    Come fishing with Captain David Cutler of Low Country Fishing Charters, Inc. of beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Low Country Fishing Charters offers a wide variety of options to fit your needs. We offer inshore fishing charters, offshore fishi

  7. Voyager Fishing Charters
    We have a top-notch crew on board offering you the Finest Service in The Business. Our Vessel, the Voyager is equipped with some of the most modern electronics & safety equipment which is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Voyager has a 1

  8. Fish Screamers
    Book your charter today for a fun, fantastic fishing experience with the pros. You can give us a call or visit us online. Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook. Fishing and fishing charters in the Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Little River..

  9. Calabash Fishing Fleet
    Exciting Gulf Stream Bottom Fishing --- Catching- Red Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Gray Snapper, Silver Snapper, Pink Snapper, Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Red Mouth Grouper, Large Ocean Sea Bass, Amberjack, King Mackerel & Mahi-Mahi

  10. Ollie Raja Charters
    Inshore,offshore nearshore fishing charters serving Holden Beach and Oak Island, NC.

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Top Ocean Isle Beach Marinas

  1. Ocean Isle Fishing Center
    Our mission at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center is to be the ultimate source for fishing in the Carolinas; providing the what, when, where and how-to you need to be a better fisherman. Our staff is made up of the most successful fishermen in the area wh

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41024 - Sunset Nearshore, NC (SUN2)
December 8, 2022 7:08 pm EST
Location: 33.837N 78.477W
Wind Direction: ENE (70°)
Wind Speed: 1.9 knots
Wind Gust: 3.9 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.17 in (1021.7 mb)
Air Temperature: 62.1°F (16.7°C)
Dew Point: 61.5°F (16.4°C)
Water Temperature: 60.6°F (15.9°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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