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Ocracoke Fishing

Ocracoke Fishing

Historically, Ocracoke, North Carolina, is best known for being the home of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. Ocracoke is part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. This means that Ocracoke is located on an island, poised between the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound. The city of Ocracoke is nestled by a harbor known as Silver Lake. With so much ready access to the water, it is no wonder that Ocracoke fishing is noteworthy.

The most popular Ocracoke fishing happens off the coast in the waters of the Atlantic. Ocracoke is positioned ideally for the Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream is a warm current that moves along the coast. Many fish are drawn to the Gulf Stream. In Ocracoke, Gulf Stream fishing can be especially bountiful. You have the chance to reel in some impressive Billfish. This includes Blue Marlin and White Marlin. You could even catch Sailfish, Mahi-mahi and Wahoo. The NC state record Wahoo was caught off Ocracoke and weighed 150 pounds. During the winter, these waters are also inhabited by species like Bluefin Tuna and King Mackerel.

The Gulf Stream is definitely popular for Ocracoke fishing, but it is not the only option. The waters near Ocracoke offer bottom fishing. You can find many popular fishing spots with local reefs and shipwrecks along the continental shelf. If you feel like trying bottom fishing, Ocracoke might yield Amberjack, Gray Triggerfish and Black Sea Bass. Other common catches include Gag, Red, and Snowy Grouper and many different species of Snapper.

Some people like to fish closer to shore. When choosing surf fishing in Ocracoke, you can enjoy the flourishing populations of Flounder, Red Drum, Speckled Trout and Bluefish. The fishing in the area is so good that many record-breaking fish have been caught in these waters. Another 2 NC state records for King Mackerel weighing 82 pounds and a Spanish Mackerel weighing 13 pounds were caught in Ocracoke waters, proving this is one of the best places to fish on the east coast.

Ocracoke Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Ocracoke, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Yellowfin Tuna

  2. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 19.44% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 3340 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

    Ocracoke Yellowfin Tuna Counts Chart


  3. Mahi-mahi

  4. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 11.26% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 1934 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Ocracoke Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  5. Spot Croaker

  6. Spot Croaker

    There is a 10.17% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 1747 Spot Croaker counted.

    Ocracoke Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  7. Weakfish

  8. Weakfish

    There is a 9.99% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 1716 Weakfish counted.

    Ocracoke Weakfish Counts Chart


  9. Bluefish

  10. Bluefish

    There is a 5.64% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 969 Bluefish counted.

    Ocracoke Bluefish Counts Chart


  11. Atlantic Croaker

  12. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 5.44% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 935 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Ocracoke Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  13. King Mackerel

  14. King Mackerel

    There is a 4.45% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 764 King Mackerel counted.

    Ocracoke King Mackerel Counts Chart


  15. Little Tunny

  16. Little Tunny

    There is a 3.92% catch rate for Little Tunny, based on 673 Little Tunny counted.

    Ocracoke Little Tunny Counts Chart


  17. Blackfin Tuna

  18. Blackfin Tuna

    There is a 3.85% catch rate for Blackfin Tuna, based on 661 Blackfin Tuna counted.

    Ocracoke Blackfin Tuna Counts Chart


  19. Grey Triggerfish

  20. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 3.21% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 551 Grey Triggerfish counted.

    Ocracoke Grey Triggerfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 74 species of fish and 17182 fish counted for April around Ocracoke.

To date, there are 170 species of fish and a total of 1315038 fish counted for Ocracoke and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/18/1885 (139 years).

Last Update: 4/19/2024 9:43:25 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 Ocracoke Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Ocracoke are the following:

  1. The Rock Pile
    The Rock Pile, is probably the most famous fishing spot off Hatteras and South of The Point. A ridge of rocky structure in 180 feet of water that runs from the Southwest to

  2. Triple Zeros South
    000 South holds lots of Gray Triggerfish and Beeliners. Also good trolling for Wahoo and Mahi. 

  3. AR-230
    The fall and winter months will produce King Mackerel, Sailfish, and Bluefin Tuna. On bottom lots of Black Seabass, Gray Triggerfish, Gag Grouper, and Red Snapper. 

  4. MR. J.C. REEF AR-230
    MR. J.C. REEF (AR-230) is 3.5 nm from the Hatteras Inlet sea buoy.  105' tug MR. J.C. sunk 15-Sep-87 35° 06.121' / 075° 42.951' 130’ yard f

    Depth 180' N 34 51.250 W 75 31.500 0003194213 89999830723


  7. Captain Earls Hump
    Captain Earls Hump

  8. Captain Earls Spot #2
    A small drop off right on the 3 mile line.

  9. The Doubles North
    Grouper in the summer, King Mackerel in the fall, BSB in the spring.

  10. Short Stop
    Grouper in the summer, King Mackerel in the fall, Black Sea Bass in the spring.

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  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
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  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
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Top Ocracoke Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Tradewinds Bait & Tackle
    Ocracoke Island's best bait and tackle shop.

  2. Frisco Rod and Gun
    The Tackle Shop, The Gun Shop and The Market with fuel pumps are all centrally located at the corner of Billy Mitchell road and Highway 12 serving Buxton, Frisco and all of Hatteras Island with full service and supplies for locals and visitors alike.

  3. Teach's Lair Marina
    Teach's Lair is a full service Hatteras marina located at the south end of Hatteras Village, the closest point to the Gulf Stream north of Florida. Whether you're interested in offshore, inshore or sound fishing, or wreck diving or dockage fo

  4. The Pelican's Roost
    The Pelican's Roost is a family owned tackle shop located at the heart of Hatteras Village. Ice, Bait, Tackle, Snacks, Drinks, and Local Knowledge.

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Top Ocracoke Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Dream Girl Sport Fishing
    The Dream Girl is a state of the art fishing boat outfitted with the best fishing equipment and modern tech located on Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We offer fishing charters for everyone and all ages, Come see us!

  2. Fish Ocracoke
    We specialize in full day offshore gulf stream fishing charters and nearshore half-day charters out of Ocracoke Inlet. All of the fishing trips that we offer are conducted aboard the beautiful 46′ Sportfisher “Laura Linn”.

  3. Gecko Sportfishing
    Exciting Ocracoke Island offshore and inshore fishing charters.

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Top Ocracoke Marinas

  1. The Anchorage Inn and Marina
    Our marina offers DOCKAGE, GAS/DIESEL, 30 AMP and 50AMP POWER, and WATER. CABLE TV at the dock is available when requested in advance. Our ships store offers ICE, BAIT, TACKLE and other supplies. Boaters have swimming POOL PRIVILEGES at our harbor si

  2. Teach's Lair Marina
    Teach's Lair is a full service Hatteras marina located at the south end of Hatteras Village, the closest point to the Gulf Stream north of Florida. Whether you're interested in offshore, inshore or sound fishing, or wreck diving or dockage fo

  3. Hatteras Harbor Marina
    Either offshore or inshore, Hatteras has it all and no one takes fishing more seriously than the captains and mates of the Hatteras Harbor Marina Charter Fleet. The largest and most experienced in the area, the fleet enjoys one of the shortest runs t

  4. Oden's Dock
    Oden's Dock is a full service marina which includes: A charter fleet running half day inshore and nearshore charters and full day offshore fishing charters. Fishing aboard the headboats Miss Hatteras and Captain Clam. Parasailing and kayak tou

  5. Village Marina
    Sometimes the best things come from small places! We have a 12 room motel, 32 transient boat slips, boat ramp, and store with beer, tackle and gifts.

  6. Hatteras Landing Marina
    Finest Marina destination on the Outer Banks! Community of fine stores, eateries, playground and more. Live music on the deck and fishing charters!

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Latest Fishing Spots

Golden Tilefish Ledge
This spot is the center of a ledge that runs for at least half a mile. The eighth of a mile or so to the east northeast and west southwest
crab pot

crab pot

cedar tree

crab pot


Yellowtail Snapper

Red Porgy

Red Porgy

Red Porgy

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41025 - Diamond Shoals, NC
April 20, 2024 10:40 pm EDT
Location: 35.01N 75.454W
Wind Direction: NE (40°)
Wind Speed: 5.8 knots
Wind Gust: 7.8 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.97 in (1014.9 mb)
Water Temperature: 64.0°F (17.8°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous Moon

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