Oregon Inlet Fishing

Oregon Inlet Fishing

Oregon Inlet is known as the Tuna Capital of the East Coast. Formed during a hurricane in 1846, and named after the ship that weathered the storm and discovered the new inlet, Oregon Inlet joins the Pamlico Sound with the Atlantic Ocean. With excellent estuaries for inshore fishing, quality bottom fishing, and premier tuna and billfish grounds close to the Gulf Stream, no other city in North Carolina holds as many state fishing records as Oregon Inlet.

Yellowfin Tuna are caught offshore of Oregon Inlet year round, but the highlights are in the Spring and Fall when huge schools of tuna move through the area and feed. Most are between 20 and 50 pounds, but a few are caught that are much bigger. During the Summer there is usually a good Bigeye Tuna bite, and in the Winter and early Spring the giant Bluefin Tuna run down the coast. There is also plenty of Albacore, Blackfin, and Skipjack Tuna around most of the year. The Albacore (62 pounds), Bigeye (311 pounds), and Bluefin Tuna (805 pounds) North Carolina state record fish were all caught offshore of Oregon Inlet, proving that this is one of the best fishing destinations for catching tuna in the world.

Not only is Oregon Inlet known for its excellent tuna fishery, but for also excellent offshore billfishing. The North Carolina state record Atlantic Blue Marlin was caught here on August 15, 2008 and weighed a staggering 1228 pounds. During late August and September, the world class White Marlin bite goes off, with many boats getting more than 20 bites a day. There are also lots of Sailfish and a few Spearfish caught each year. Billfish can be caught year round here, but the best time is from May through September.

Trolling offshore can also provide opportunities to catch Dolphin (Mahi-mahi) and Wahoo much of the year. Bottom fishing can produce Black Sea Bass (another OI state record), Grouper, Snapper, Tautog (19 pound state record), and Blueline Tilefish (also a state record). The Mako (768 pounds) and Thresher (185 pounds) shark state records were caught here as well.

Inshore fishing around Oregon Inlet offers excellent Red Drum action nearly year round. Most of the year you can also find lots of Bluefish, Croaker (5 pound state record) Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Striped Bass (64 pound state record), and many other inshore species of fish. The month of May often provides excellent Cobia (116 pound state record) fishing close to the inlet and off the beaches. During the winter, the Speckled Trout bite can be phenomenal.

Top Oregon Inlet Fishing Spots

  1. Navy Tower A
    7/17/2012 10:56:58 AM - N 36* 13.514 W 075* 14.970 Good reef donkey action.

  2. Bonner Bridge Catwalk
    8/25/2013 6:09:05 PM - There is a catwalk on the southern end of the Bonner Bridge (aka Oregon Inlet Bridge) that many people fish. Flounder, Mullet, Blues, and in the winter striper are comm

  3. Pappys Lane Shipwreck
    10/18/2017 10:25:39 AM - The Pappy’s Lane shipwreck is located off of Pappy Lane in Rodanthe, NC. The wreck once believed to be a gravel barge from the 1960's, is now being cosidered

  4. AR-1607 Zane Grey
    3/20/2011 12:34:56 AM - The Zane Grey is a 441' Liberty Ship from World War II  that was decommissioned and sunk as part of the Oregon Inlet Reef (AR-160) on December 12, 1974. 

  5. Research Platform
    1/3/2019 9:24:23 PM -

  6. Platform
    1/3/2019 9:24:22 PM -

  7. Slab Rocks
    3/14/2017 2:02:21 AM - Slab Rocks

  8. 9 Fathom Rock
    3/20/2011 12:34:53 AM - 35.558329978957772 -75.300000021234155

  9. JRBFS-D68
    2/7/2017 10:36:12 PM -

  10. Oyster Rocks Pea Island
    6/7/2018 7:06:27 PM -

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Oregon Inlet Fishing Prediction

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Oregon Inlet, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Mahi-mahi

  2. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 20.33% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 14913 Mahi-mahi counted.

  3. Pollock

  4. Pollock

    There is a 17.14% catch rate for Pollock, based on 12573 Pollock counted.

  5. Yellowfin Tuna

  6. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 13.33% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 9774 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

  7. Bluefish

  8. Bluefish

    There is a 8.74% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 6412 Bluefish counted.

  9. Atlantic Croaker

  10. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 4.84% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 3553 Atlantic Croaker counted.

  11. Whiting

  12. Whiting

    There is a 4.12% catch rate for Whiting, based on 3024 Whiting counted.

  13. Spotted Seatrout

  14. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 4.03% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 2954 Spotted Seatrout counted.

  15. Spanish Mackerel

  16. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 3.93% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 2883 Spanish Mackerel counted.

  17. Flounder

  18. Flounder

    There is a 3.85% catch rate for Flounder, based on 2823 Flounder counted.

  19. Pigfish

  20. Pigfish

    There is a 2.8% catch rate for Pigfish, based on 2054 Pigfish counted.

Recommedations above based on 78 species of fish and 73340 fish counted for May around Oregon Inlet.

To date, there are 123 species of fish and a total of 545529 fish counted for Oregon Inlet and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

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 Oregon Inlet Fishing Reports

  • Tranquil Tuesday
    5/17/2022 9:53:00 PM - Waters were slick calm today! Another day another empty creek -- fishing slowed a bit offshore compared to the last few days but they still got in with great mahi yellowfin b

  • Sunday/Monday Mahi Madness + Photo Dump
    5/16/2022 10:36:00 PM - We've had an empty creek the last couple days and it hasn't been for nothing! Tons of mahi made its way back to our docks along with good handfuls of yellowfin and blackfin t

  • Dolphin Tuna and sunrise
    5/16/2022 8:33:00 PM -  

  • TW’s Daily Fishing Report
    5/16/2022 7:53:55 PM - Dolphin fishing has been very good out of Oregon Inlet the last few days for the offshore fleet with multiple boats catching their limit. Black Sea Bass season opened yesterda

  • Dolphin Tuna but today was Nice Gaffers
    5/15/2022 8:23:00 PM -  Gaffers was the catch today yesterday anglers reeled in a few Dolphin and Tuna.

  • TW’s Daily Fishing Report
    5/15/2022 6:21:42 PM - Fishing in the sound has really picked up this weekend! We are getting reports of some Big Speckled Trout and a few large schools of overslot Drum seen. A lot of folks out loo

  • Dolphin and Tuna
    5/15/2022 4:32:12 PM - A nice catch of Tuna and Dolphin today! Great work! The post Dolphin and Tuna appeared first on Fish The Pelican.

  • Quick update and now It’s Time to FISH!!
    5/15/2022 9:31:45 AM - Spring has been busy and tons of fun!  A huge thank you to all our Spring Turkey hunters!! (Sorry for the lack of pics… the boss has them all 🙂  The first wave of crops are

  • Empty Creek
    5/14/2022 10:22:00 PM - There's nothing like coming to the marina in the morning seeing an empty creek with a slick sheer sound back view. All of our offshore boats made an attempt to get out onto t

  • TW’s Daily Fishing Report
    5/14/2022 6:47:24 PM - We just got a load of Fresh Mullet and Live Fiddler Crabs. The weather is beautiful and the fishing is beginning to get good! Little Bridge has been reporting decent catches o

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Top Oregon Inlet Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. TW's Bait and Tackle
    Each store offers extensive inventories of rods, reels and tackle plus a complete selection of fresh, frozen and live baits. Exquisite custom rods is just another example of how TW's strives to include items for even the discriminating angler. We

  2. Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is the home of the largest and most modern fishing fleet on the eastern seaboard. A full service marina, Oregon Inlet offers a comprehensive fishing experience for the "old salt" or the vacationing fisherman.

  3. Oceans East Bait and Tackle
    Premier tackle shop in Nags Head, North Carolina specializing in inshore, offshore, surf and sound fishing.

  4. Hatteras Jack, Inc.

  5. Fishing Unlimited
    Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Fishing Unlimited and it's owner/founder Garry Oliver, along with his staff of recreational fishing professionals, have been helping anglers make the most of their Outer Banks fishing experience for o

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Top Oregon Inlet Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Carolina Style Sportfishing
    Outer Banks Inshore and Offshore Fishing Charters, located at Wanchese Marina.

  2. West Wind Sportfishing
    New to the water June 2001, The West Wind is a 57' custom sportfisher built by Leonard Rigsbee in Morehead City. The West Wind has twin 735hp Detroit diesel engines with a cruising speed of 28 knots.

  3. Obsession Fishing Charters
    Experience the beauty and unique location of North Carolina's Outer Banks.... only 35 miles from the Gulf Stream. Challenge the power and majesty of a giant blue marlin during an intense battle.... or experience the exciting jumping abilities of

  4. Pelican
    The charter boat Pelican’s port of call is Oregon Inlet Fishing Center located within one mile of Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina. This area offshore of the East coast of the United States is considered one of the most product

  5. Fistful Sportfishing
    Fistful Sportfishing is an Outer Banks Charter service that proudly customizes Outer Banks charter fishing adventures to the angler’s preferences and desires. We listen to YOU, the client, and make recommendations based on personal requests from the

  6. Bi-Op-Sea
    Offshore fishing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is some of the best in the world. The combination of bottom structure on the continental shelf and the gulfstream current and eddies provide excellent year round deepsea fishing for blue marlin, w

  7. Country Girl Charters
    Our Carolina-style charter boat plays a special role in the Oregon Inlet fleet being the only one licensed and built to take more than six anglers per Gulf Stream Charter. The 57-foot vessel was built by Capt. Allan with the help of his father-in-la

  8. Fishin' Frenzy
    The Fishin'Frenzy is a 53' Carolina Sportfisher built by Capt. Billy Holton. Operating out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Capt. Greg has been at the helm since 1999 after coming south from the Jersey Shore.

  9. Fin Planner Sportfishing
    Running out of Oregon Inlet fishing center on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina you are pretty much guaranteed to have a trip of a lifetime. Powered by twin 825 HP Detroit Diesels which give us a 28 knot cruise speed Captain Tony Tillet wi

  10. A-Salt Weapon Charters
    Offshore and Gulfstream fishing is an adventure you will not want to miss this year. The Outer Banks of North Carolina offers some of the best fishing on the Atlantic, and A-Salt Weapon Charters is your first choice to reel them in. To pilot you an

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Top Oregon Inlet Marinas

  1. Pirate's Cove Marina
    If you're a serious angler in search of the catch of a lifetime, an Outer Banks vacationer looking for fun, or a boat owner seeking a new marina to call home . . . Pirate's Cove can hook you up! Pirate's Cove Marina is a protected,

  2. Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is the home of the largest and most modern fishing fleet on the eastern seaboard. A full service marina, Oregon Inlet offers a comprehensive fishing experience for the "old salt" or the vacationing fisherman.

  3. OBX Marina
    At Outer Banks Marina in Wanchese, NC, we offer a state of the art working yard with a Inboard & Outboard Engine Service, Full Electronic Services, Welding Shop, Canvas Repair and our new Dry Stack facility.

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Buoy Conditions

Station 44100 - Duck FRF 26m, NC (430)
May 20, 2022 12:56 am EDT
Location: 36.258N 75.593W
Significant Wave Height: 2.0 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 6 sec
Average Period: 4.9 sec
Mean Wave Direction: SSE (152°)
Water Temperature: 62.4°F (16.9°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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