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.



Top Ocracoke Fishing Spots

  1. The Rock Pile
    3/20/2011 12:48:05 AM - 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. Pamlico Point Light
    6/2/2016 3:07:17 PM - The Pamlico Point Shoal Lighthouse was screwpile light station that was built on Gull Shoal near Pamlico Point in November of 1891 by the United States Coast Guard. The light


  3. Triple Zeros South
    7/1/2016 9:23:39 PM - 000 South holds lots of Gray Triggerfish and Beeliners. Also good trolling for Wahoo and Mahi. 


  4. AR-230
    2/24/2016 2:13:26 PM - 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. 


  5. MR. J.C. REEF AR-230
    5/8/2011 12:26:28 AM - 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


  6. EMPIRE GEM
    4/17/2012 10:31:17 AM - Attributes RECRD 634 VESSLTERMS EMPIRE GEM FEATURE_TYPE Not Charted LATDEC 35.030456 LONDEC -75.475978 GP_QUALITY Low DEPTH 0 SOUNDING_TYPE YEARSUNK HISTORY HISTORYNM DATED 8/


  7. OCRACOKE ROCK PILE
    3/20/2011 12:35:51 AM - Depth 180' N 34 51.250 W 75 31.500 34.854260003194213 -75.524989999830723


  8. Captain Earls Hump
    2/27/2017 4:46:16 PM - Captain Earls Hump


  9. Captain Earls Spot #2
    2/27/2017 4:48:25 PM - A small drop off right on the 3 mile line.


  10. The Doubles North
    5/14/2017 6:30:43 PM - Grouper in the summer, King Mackerel in the fall, BSB in the spring.



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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. Mahi-mahi

  2. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 27.41% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 8035 Mahi-mahi counted.


  3. Flounder

  4. Flounder

    There is a 12.29% catch rate for Flounder, based on 3604 Flounder counted.


  5. Pollock

  6. Pollock

    There is a 6.01% catch rate for Pollock, based on 1762 Pollock counted.


  7. Atlantic Croaker

  8. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 5.89% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 1728 Atlantic Croaker counted.


  9. Pinfish

  10. Pinfish

    There is a 4.59% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1345 Pinfish counted.


  11. Spanish Mackerel

  12. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 4.33% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 1270 Spanish Mackerel counted.


  13. Florida Pompano

  14. Florida Pompano

    There is a 3.83% catch rate for Florida Pompano, based on 1122 Florida Pompano counted.


  15. Bluefish

  16. Bluefish

    There is a 3.21% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 941 Bluefish counted.


  17. Wahoo

  18. Wahoo

    There is a 2.8% catch rate for Wahoo, based on 822 Wahoo counted.


  19. Scup

  20. Scup

    There is a 2.8% catch rate for Scup, based on 821 Scup counted.


Recommedations above based on 86 species of fish and 29316 fish counted for September around Ocracoke.

To date, there are 152 species of fish and a total of 254124 fish counted for Ocracoke and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/18/1885 (137 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 4:24:35 PM

*** 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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Latest Ocracoke Fishing Reports

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    9/24/2022 8:42:25 PM - Today’s high was 72 low was 61. Winds have been light all day and switching directions. Currently it’s 66 feels like 63 with WSW winds around 5mph. Tomorrow’s winds are going


  • Wahoos and Blackfins
    9/22/2022 9:17:54 AM - Great day Father and Sons day on board the bite me. Good fishing too mess of wahoos including a citation 44 pounder. Blackfin tunas including a 23 pound citation. Thanks fella


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    9/21/2022 8:14:21 PM - Today’s high was 84 low was 72. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 73 feels like 75 with E winds around 6mph. Tomorrow’s high is predicted to be 85 while winds a


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    9/20/2022 10:54:52 PM - Today’s high was 86 with a real feel of 92. Low was 70. Winds have been light which made for a stifling day. Currently it’s 73 feels like 80 with ENE winds around 3mph. Tomor


  • Wahoo and dolphin
    9/20/2022 6:00:18 PM - Friends from Delaware on board today. We caught a couple of wahoos out of several bites sometimes that is how wahoo fishing goes but we batted way less than.500 Caught a few d


  • Fall coming in full swing
    9/20/2022 5:15:33 AM - Lately our fishing has been really good with trout blues and drum of all sizes. Thankful for this pretty weather awesome fishing and good crowds. Give me a call to... The pos


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    9/18/2022 10:02:01 PM - Today’s high was 84. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 74 feels like 78 with ENE winds around 5mph. Tomorrow’s winds look similar to today but temps look to be


  • Tuna Wahoo and a dolphin
    9/18/2022 11:04:05 AM - The Gregory clan on board today from Virginia. I little prettier weather today. We caught a wahoo on the high speed missed a couple of bites caught a second wahoo one out of t


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    9/17/2022 9:10:17 PM - Today was beautiful with a high of 81 gentle NE/NNE winds and Day at the Docks going on! Hatteras was busy with all the activities going on and it sounded like it turned out


  • 9/16/22
    9/16/2022 10:16:31 PM - We’re still catching Blues slot and big Drum at the Hatteras Inlet. The Spanish Mackerel are back again now that the water has cleared up. The post 9/16/22 appeared first on


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Top Ocracoke Bait & Tackle Stores

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

  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. 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.

  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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Bouy Conditions

Station 41025 - Diamond Shoals, NC
September 25, 2022 10:50 am EDT
Location: 35.01N 75.454W
Wind Direction: W (260°)
Wind Speed: 15.6 knots
Wind Gust: 17.5 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.96 in (1014.5 mb)
Water Temperature: 80.4°F (26.9°C)


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