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


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


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


  10. Short Stop
    5/14/2017 6:26:09 PM - Grouper in the summer, King Mackerel in the fall, Black Sea Bass in the spring.



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Ocracoke Fishing Prediction

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 30.54% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 8867 Mahi-mahi counted.


  3. Pollock

  4. Pollock

    There is a 7.8% catch rate for Pollock, based on 2264 Pollock counted.


  5. Spanish Mackerel

  6. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 6.19% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 1797 Spanish Mackerel counted.


  7. Flounder

  8. Flounder

    There is a 5.22% catch rate for Flounder, based on 1515 Flounder counted.


  9. Spotted Seatrout

  10. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 5.06% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1470 Spotted Seatrout counted.


  11. Atlantic Croaker

  12. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 4.76% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 1381 Atlantic Croaker counted.


  13. Yellowfin Tuna

  14. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 4.58% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 1329 Yellowfin Tuna counted.


  15. Weakfish

  16. Weakfish

    There is a 4.44% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 1290 Weakfish counted.


  17. Pigfish

  18. Pigfish

    There is a 4.18% catch rate for Pigfish, based on 1213 Pigfish counted.


  19. Silver Perch

  20. Silver Perch

    There is a 3.64% catch rate for Silver Perch, based on 1057 Silver Perch counted.


Recommedations above based on 81 species of fish and 29034 fish counted for May around Ocracoke.

To date, there are 120 species of fish and a total of 229968 fish counted for Ocracoke and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

*** 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 1939..

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Latest Ocracoke Fishing Reports

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    5/24/2022 6:26:04 PM - The high today was 81. Winds switched up on us again today. It’s currently out of the S/SE at 7mph. Gusts got up to 19mph earlier and will get back up there later tonight. Lo


  • Hooked up Blue Marlin
    5/23/2022 4:49:31 PM - there have been some blue marlins around and we have had a couple shots but it did not work out for us. Well today we had Dylan and his family for a graduation present fishing


  • Team Monkalur
    5/22/2022 6:30:47 PM - Team monkalur on the boat today. https://www.monkalur.com/ we set out on a weedline and caught a handfull of dolphin and we heard the blue marlins were biting. we put out the


  • Dolphin Tuna and a shot at a Blue Marlin
    5/21/2022 6:32:15 PM - Pretty day today for our crew from Virginia and a couple of guys from Wildcat Propellor where we get our wheel work done. some weedlines produced some dolphin nice gaffer size


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    5/20/2022 8:54:27 PM - We had a high of 85 today with a steady temp of about 75. Winds are out of the South and South West with gusts up to 12mph. Didn’t get much of a report in the shop today for


  • Fri 20 May 2022 22:26:00 +0000
    5/20/2022 6:26:00 PM - Pretty good Gaffer fishing today and a few Tunas. Some Blue Marlins showed up. We went out there and raised one but did not get the bite.  Choppy Southwester not as terrible


  • Week of 5/15
    5/20/2022 11:29:16 AM - Body:  We've seen catches of Dolphin continue to hold strong for offshore boats many of them bringing in nice gaffers. There have also been Blackfin and a few Yellowfin Tuna


  • The Great hunt
    5/19/2022 8:16:28 PM - Lately we have been hunting the American Buffalo and it is a hell of a tasks to hook capture and clean the exotic American buffalo. Cobias have been few and... The post The G


  • 05/18/2022
    5/18/2022 11:50:30 PM - Plenty of citation Drum have been caught at the point the last several days. Sea mullet at ramp 38 and 48. Had two citation specks from the sound on bait tonight. Should be g


  • Wed 18 May 2022 21:37:00 +0000
    5/18/2022 5:37:00 PM - A little scrappy for us today. A bite here and there and at the end Mr. Jim and crew had some meat.  Mahi and a bonus Tuna.  Pretty day with a great crowd Thanks y'all!


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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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