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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.

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. Black Sea Bass

  2. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 15.85% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 5671 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 15.04% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 5382 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  5. Bluefish

  6. Bluefish

    There is a 9.32% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 3335 Bluefish counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Bluefish Counts Chart


  7. Atlantic Menhaden

  8. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 8.92% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 3190 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Atlantic Menhaden Counts Chart


  9. Spanish Mackerel

  10. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 6.4% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 2291 Spanish Mackerel counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Spanish Mackerel Counts Chart


  11. Spot Croaker

  12. Spot Croaker

    There is a 6.14% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 2195 Spot Croaker counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  13. Pinfish

  14. Pinfish

    There is a 5.41% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1936 Pinfish counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Pinfish Counts Chart


  15. White Grunt

  16. White Grunt

    There is a 3.33% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 1193 White Grunt counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach White Grunt Counts Chart


  17. Vermilion Snapper

  18. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 2.83% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 1012 Vermilion Snapper counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Vermilion Snapper Counts Chart


  19. Whiting

  20. Whiting

    There is a 2.64% catch rate for Whiting, based on 944 Whiting counted.

    Ocean Isle Beach Whiting Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 121 species of fish and 35777 fish counted for May around Ocean Isle Beach.

To date, there are 173 species of fish and a total of 529197 fish counted for Ocean Isle Beach and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (164 years).

Last Update: 5/23/2024 4:17:45 PM

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 Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Ocean Isle Beach are the following:

  1. AR 425 - YAUPON REEF
    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

    Good area for trolling for kings


  4. AR-460
    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
    Good King Markerel fishing here. Some Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel here as well. Few Black Seabass on bottom.

    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
    33.8841666666667 -78.1058333333333

  8. Atlantic Ledge
    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.

    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. Lighthouse Rocks
    Ledge 50' deep N 33 45.700 W 78 08.820 33.761699963361025 -78.146989960223436

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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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  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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Latest Fishing Spots

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Black Seabass

Black Seabass

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41024 - Sunset Nearshore, NC (SUN2)
May 26, 2024 1:08 pm EDT
Location: 33.837N 78.477W
Wind Direction: SW (220°)
Wind Speed: 5.8 knots
Wind Gust: 9.7 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.92 in (1013.3 mb)
Air Temperature: 76.3°F (24.6°C)
Dew Point: 72.7°F (22.6°C)
Water Temperature: 78.3°F (25.7°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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