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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. Weakfish

  2. Weakfish

    There is a 41.2% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 3640 Weakfish counted.

    Ocracoke Weakfish Counts Chart


  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 15.89% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 1404 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Ocracoke Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  5. Whiting

  6. Whiting

    There is a 13.12% catch rate for Whiting, based on 1159 Whiting counted.

    Ocracoke Whiting Counts Chart


  7. Spot Croaker

  8. Spot Croaker

    There is a 6.38% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 564 Spot Croaker counted.

    Ocracoke Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  9. Bluefish

  10. Bluefish

    There is a 3.54% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 313 Bluefish counted.

    Ocracoke Bluefish Counts Chart


  11. Northern Kingfish

  12. Northern Kingfish

    There is a 2.29% catch rate for Northern Kingfish, based on 202 Northern Kingfish counted.

    Ocracoke Northern Kingfish Counts Chart


  13. Blackfin Tuna

  14. Blackfin Tuna

    There is a 2.18% catch rate for Blackfin Tuna, based on 193 Blackfin Tuna counted.

    Ocracoke Blackfin Tuna Counts Chart


  15. Silver Perch

  16. Silver Perch

    There is a 1.88% catch rate for Silver Perch, based on 166 Silver Perch counted.

    Ocracoke Silver Perch Counts Chart


  17. Little Tunny

  18. Little Tunny

    There is a 1.68% catch rate for Little Tunny, based on 148 Little Tunny counted.

    Ocracoke Little Tunny Counts Chart


  19. Pinfish

  20. Pinfish

    There is a 1.52% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 134 Pinfish counted.

    Ocracoke Pinfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 51 species of fish and 8835 fish counted for December around Ocracoke.

To date, there are 166 species of fish and a total of 1280915 fish counted for Ocracoke and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/18/1885 (138 years).

Last Update: 12/1/2023 7:57:33 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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Latest Ocracoke Fishing Reports

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 70 while the low was 64 with light to moderate winds. Gusts up to 33mph today. Currently it’s 66 feels like 65 with WSW winds at 410mph. Gusts around 18mph. Tomo

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 70 while the low was 42 with light to moderate winds. Gusts up to 33mph today. Currently it’s 70 feels like 65 with S winds at 15mph. Gusts around 25mph. Tomorro

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 57 while the low was 34 with light winds. Gusts up to 15mph today. Currently it’s 48 feels like 43 with NNE winds at 5mph. Tomorrow the winds should be light to

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 43 while the low was 30 with light winds. Gusts up to 20mph today. Currently it’s 36 feels like 28 with W winds at 5mph. Tomorrow the temps should get back up to

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 64 while the low was 54 with light to strong winds. Gusts up to 45mph today. Currently it’s 54 feels like 49 with WSW winds at 10mph. Tomorrow’s winds should be

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 54 while the low was 52 with light to moderate winds. Gusts up to 45mph today. Currently it’s 54 feels like 46 with NNE winds at 13mph. Gusts around 20mph. Tomor

  • 11/25/23
    There were some nice slot black drum off of the Frisco beaches today with reports of sharks this evening at the point as well as a few at the Avon Pier last night. Have a gre

  • 11/24/23
    Reports of a few drum off of 44 today as well as plenty of blowtoads. Looks like its going to be a windy one tomorrow come in and grab a windbreaker or hoodie to help you sta

  • 11/22/23
    We had one citation to fill out today from the point as well as reports of lots of puppy drum. We will be open tomorrow come in and grab some mullet and enjoy the holiday! Ha

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 64 while the low was 59 with moderate winds. Gusts up to 30mph today. Currently it’s 63 with SSE winds around 20mph. Gusts around 33mph. Tomorrow’s winds should

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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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Latest Fishing Spots

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Red Porgy

Red Porgy

Red Porgy

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41025 - Diamond Shoals, NC
December 6, 2023 6:40 am EST
Location: 35.01N 75.454W
Wind Direction: N (10°)
Wind Speed: 17.5 knots
Wind Gust: 23.3 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.87 in (1011.6 mb)
Air Temperature: 55.2°F (12.9°C)
Dew Point: 46.4°F (8.0°C)
Water Temperature: 72.0°F (22.2°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Crescent Moon

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