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.
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Navy Tower A
7/17/2012 10:56:58 AM - N 36* 13.514 W 075* 14.970 Good reef donkey action.
Bonner Bridge Catwalk
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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
Pappys Lane Shipwreck
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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
AR-1607 Zane Grey
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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.
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There is a 20.33% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 14913 Mahi-mahi counted.
There is a 17.14% catch rate for Pollock, based on 12573 Pollock counted.
There is a 13.33% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 9774 Yellowfin Tuna counted.
There is a 8.74% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 6412 Bluefish counted.
There is a 4.84% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 3553 Atlantic Croaker counted.
There is a 4.12% catch rate for Whiting, based on 3024 Whiting counted.
There is a 4.03% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 2954 Spotted Seatrout counted.
There is a 3.93% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 2883 Spanish Mackerel counted.
There is a 3.85% catch rate for Flounder, based on 2823 Flounder counted.
There is a 2.8% catch rate for Pigfish, based on 2054 Pigfish counted.
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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
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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.
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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
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
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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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