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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.



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. Bluefin Tuna

  2. Bluefin Tuna

    There is a 17.33% catch rate for Bluefin Tuna, based on 787 Bluefin Tuna counted.

    Ocracoke Bluefin Tuna Counts Chart
    Bluefin

    ENLARGE OCRACOKE BLUEFIN TUNA COUNTS CHART


  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 17.02% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 773 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Ocracoke Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE OCRACOKE ATLANTIC CROAKER COUNTS CHART


  5. Yellowfin Tuna

  6. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 17% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 772 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

    Ocracoke Yellowfin Tuna Counts Chart
    Yellowfin

    ENLARGE OCRACOKE YELLOWFIN TUNA COUNTS CHART


  7. King Mackerel

  8. King Mackerel

    There is a 6.61% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 300 King Mackerel counted.

    Ocracoke King Mackerel Counts Chart
    King

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  9. Black Sea Bass

  10. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 6.32% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 287 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Ocracoke Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

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  11. Striped Bass

  12. Striped Bass

    There is a 3.7% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 168 Striped Bass counted.

    Ocracoke Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

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  13. Spiny Dogfish

  14. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 3.59% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 163 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Ocracoke Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart
    Spiny

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  15. Red Drum

  16. Red Drum

    There is a 3.52% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 160 Red Drum counted.

    Ocracoke Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

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  17. Little Tunny

  18. Little Tunny

    There is a 3.26% catch rate for Little Tunny, based on 148 Little Tunny counted.

    Ocracoke Little Tunny Counts Chart
    Little

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  19. Spotted Seatrout

  20. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 2.55% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 116 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Ocracoke Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE OCRACOKE SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 59 species of fish and 4542 fish counted for February around Ocracoke.

To date, there are 158 species of fish and a total of 591381 fish counted for Ocracoke and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/18/1885 (138 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 3:57:59 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.

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Latest Ocracoke Fishing Reports

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    2/8/2023 6:59:48 PM - Today’s high was 67 while the low was 54. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 54 with SW winds at 4mph. Tomorrow’s winds will be similar to today’s but should inc


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    2/6/2023 8:41:11 PM - Today’s high was 55 while the low was 46. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 46 feels like 40 with NNE winds at 7mph. Tomorrow’s weather will be similar to today


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    2/3/2023 6:11:59 PM - Today’s high was 46 while the low was 42. Winds have been light to moderate with strong gusts. Currently it’s 38 feels like 27 with NNE winds at 13ph. Gusts up to 25mph. Tomo


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    2/1/2023 8:44:25 PM - Today’s high was 48 while the low was 42. Winds have been light to moderate with strong gusts. Currently it’s 43 feels like 35 with NNE winds at 9mph. Tomorrow we’ll see wind


  • Time to turn the page
    2/1/2023 8:40:11 PM - Another duck season is complete. Thankfully we had a safe and successful season. Thank you to all the folks who went hunting with us. We finished packing things in today... T


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    1/29/2023 10:51:03 PM - Today’s high was 63 while the low was 46. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 59 feels like 57 with SSW winds at 6mph. Tomorrow’s winds will be increased while te


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    1/28/2023 10:56:17 PM - Today’s high was 56 while the low was 35. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 43 feels like 38 with NW winds at 5mph. Tomorrow’s winds will be nearly the same as


  • 2023 Season Coming Fast
    1/25/2023 9:53:08 PM - I’ve been bad about keeping up with reports. With all of the new mandatory reporting requirements that all the charter boats have to fulfill to NOAA it doesn’t leave much tim


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    1/24/2023 8:54:11 PM - Today’s high was 48 while the low was 37. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 39 feels like 33 with N winds at 6mph. Tomorrow’s winds are going to start off light


  • Online Booking Now Available for 2023 Season
    1/24/2023 5:42:08 PM - Just a note to let everyone know that the online booking calendar for 2023 is online and up to date. We look forward to fishing with everyone again in 2023! https://www.hatter


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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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Good drum, trout, and flounder
Gag Grouper 14809

Gag Grouper 14808

Gag Grouper 14804

Gag Grouper 14803

Gag Grouper 14798

Gag Grouper 14794

Gag Grouper 14793

Gag Grouper 14788

Gag Grouper 14783

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41025 - Diamond Shoals, NC
February 9, 2023 12:40 am EST
Location: 35.01N 75.454W
Wind Direction: ENE (60°)
Wind Speed: 3.9 knots
Wind Gust: 5.8 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.29 in (1025.9 mb)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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