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 Forecast

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 16% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 13412 Mahi-mahi counted.


  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 14.53% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 12180 Atlantic Croaker counted.


  5. Scup

  6. Scup

    There is a 7.86% catch rate for Scup, based on 6587 Scup counted.


  7. Pollock

  8. Pollock

    There is a 7.05% catch rate for Pollock, based on 5912 Pollock counted.


  9. Flounder

  10. Flounder

    There is a 6.09% catch rate for Flounder, based on 5105 Flounder counted.


  11. Spanish Mackerel

  12. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 6.08% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 5099 Spanish Mackerel counted.


  13. Yellowfin Tuna

  14. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 4.87% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 4079 Yellowfin Tuna counted.


  15. Pigfish

  16. Pigfish

    There is a 4.75% catch rate for Pigfish, based on 3980 Pigfish counted.


  17. Pinfish

  18. Pinfish

    There is a 3.81% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 3194 Pinfish counted.


  19. Spotted Seatrout

  20. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 3.4% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 2847 Spotted Seatrout counted.


Recommedations above based on 97 species of fish and 83806 fish counted for September around Oregon Inlet.

To date, there are 142 species of fish and a total of 572079 fish counted for Oregon Inlet and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/19/1884 (138 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 9:18:55 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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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.
    THE GREATEST LITTLE TACKLE SHOP WITH AMAZING LOCAL KNOWLEDGE & YOU CAN'T BEAT THE FRESH MULLET.

  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. 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

  5. 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

  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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Bouy Conditions

Station 44100 - Duck FRF 26m, NC (430)
September 25, 2022 8:26 pm EDT
Location: 36.258N 75.593W
Significant Wave Height: 3.0 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 4 sec
Average Period: 3.7 sec
Mean Wave Direction: SSE (154°)
Water Temperature: 74.3°F (23.5°C)


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