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Pamlico Sound Fishing

Pamlico Sound Fishing

At 80 miles long and 15–20 miles wide, Pamlico Sound is the largest lagoon on the US East Coast. Low barrier islands, known as Outer Banks, divide the sound from Atlantic Ocean. This row of islands extends 200 miles with some of the top locations including Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Lookout National Seashore and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered the sound in 1524 and mistook it as Pacific Ocean. By 1987, Congress deemed the sound as an estuary of national significance. Most of North Carolina commercial fish catches come from Pamlico Sound.

Atlantic Croaker, Black Drum, Flounder, Red Drum, and Spotted Seatrout are popular species you could catch while inshore Pamlico Sound fishing. You also have a good chance of catching Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel are also popular fish to target. Nearshore fishing from Pamlico Sound can produce Cobia, King Mackerel, and Bluefin Tuna. On offshore trips, you may reel in Blue Marlin, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, and Wahoo.

Top Pamlico Sound Fishing Spots

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  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. 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. 

  6. 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


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

  9. The Doubles North
    5/14/2017 6:30:43 PM - Grouper in the summer, King Mackerel in the fall, BSB in the spring.

  10. 9 Fathom Rock
    3/20/2011 12:34:53 AM - 35.558329978957772 -75.300000021234155

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Pamlico Sound Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Pamlico Sound, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Bluefin Tuna

  2. Bluefin Tuna

    There is a 17.57% catch rate for Bluefin Tuna, based on 775 Bluefin Tuna counted.

    Pamlico Sound Bluefin Tuna Counts Chart


  3. Yellowfin Tuna

  4. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 17.55% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 774 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

    Pamlico Sound Yellowfin Tuna Counts Chart


  5. Spiny Dogfish

  6. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 13.4% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 591 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Pamlico Sound Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart


  7. Anchovy

  8. Anchovy

    There is a 9.84% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 434 Anchovy counted.

    Pamlico Sound Anchovy Counts Chart


  9. King Mackerel

  10. King Mackerel

    There is a 6.8% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 300 King Mackerel counted.

    Pamlico Sound King Mackerel Counts Chart


  11. Black Sea Bass

  12. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 6.51% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 287 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Pamlico Sound Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  13. Striped Bass

  14. Striped Bass

    There is a 3.79% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 167 Striped Bass counted.

    Pamlico Sound Striped Bass Counts Chart


  15. Red Drum

  16. Red Drum

    There is a 3.63% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 160 Red Drum counted.

    Pamlico Sound Red Drum Counts Chart


  17. Little Tunny

  18. Little Tunny

    There is a 3.36% catch rate for Little Tunny, based on 148 Little Tunny counted.

    Pamlico Sound Little Tunny Counts Chart


  19. Grey Triggerfish

  20. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 2.15% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 95 Grey Triggerfish counted.

    Pamlico Sound Grey Triggerfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 54 species of fish and 4411 fish counted for February around Pamlico Sound.

To date, there are 161 species of fish and a total of 1397350 fish counted for Pamlico Sound and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/19/1884 (139 years).

Last Update: 2/1/2023 2:46:59 AM

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.

View full Pamlico Sound Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Pamlico Sound Fishing Reports

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    1/22/2023 10:43:12 PM - Today’s high was 63 while the low was 46. Winds have been light to strong. Currently it’s 61 with SW winds at 6mph. Tomorrow will bring similar winds and a little cooler temp

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    1/21/2023 9:00:21 PM - Today’s high was 48 while the low was 39. Winds have been light to moderate. Currently it’s 39 feels like 33 with ENE winds at 4mph. Tomorrow winds will increase into the aft

  • 1/20/23
    1/20/2023 4:59:18 PM - Black Drum and Red Drum reported at Ramp 55. Dog sharks at ramp Ramp 34!   Sweet!  Water is blue and weather is fine.     The post 1/20/23 appeared first on Red Drum Tackle S

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    1/19/2023 8:26:41 PM - Today’s high was 63 while the low was 45. Winds have been light to moderate. Currently it’s 64 feels like 59 with SW winds at 13mph. Tomorrow winds will be a bit stronger tha

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Top Pamlico Sound Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Frank & Fran's Fisherman Friend
    Frank and Fran's is a family owned tackle shop located in Avon, NC. We welcome anglers to stop and visit, tell us a tale & enjoy free cup of coffee!

  4. 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.

  5. Dillon's Corner
    Your first and last stop for all your bait, tackle and local Outer Banks fishing expertise!

  6. Red Drum Tackle Shop
    RDT is the "Oldest Complete Tackle Shop at Cape Hatteras" We carry everything for the Sport Fisherman: Bait, Ice, Tackle, Rod & Reel Repair, Custom Rods & Camping Supplies.

  7. Tradewinds Bait & Tackle
    Ocracoke Island's best bait and tackle shop.

  8. Bob's Frisco Tackle and Convenience
    A nice little tackle shop in Frisco.

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Top Pamlico Sound Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Fingeance Sportfishing
    We offer affordable charters that will make your NC Outer Banks visit or vacation a memory of a lifetime. Our Fishing Charters will take you to the fish. Ride aboard the safe, fast, and comfortable Fin-geance, a custom-built, true Carolina sportfis

  2. Good Times Sportfishing
    The goal of the Good Times is to make your fishing experience a memorable time. A trip to go home and tell your friends about all the “big” ones that you caught. Even bring your cameras or phones and take pictures to show your friends at the office w

  3. Bite Me Sportfishing Charters
    Year round action from Hatteras North Carolina, closest run to the Gulfstream north of Florida!Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Dolphin Wahoo, and More aboard the Bite Me a Fast and Air Conditioned 51' Buddy Cannady Sportfish.

  4. Carolina Girl Sportfishing
    Now is your chance to become “first mate” and star in your own “reality” sport fishing adventure when you “hook up” with Captain Myjestic “Jessie” Anderson, as seen on National Geographic Channel’s hit series Wicked Tuna… Outer Banks. Jesse offers a

  5. Free Agent Sportfishing
    Hatteras offshore and inshore fishing or crabbing trips for families and seasoned anglers alike!

  6. Tradition Fishing Charters
    Tradition Fishing Charters is an in-shore charter operating out of Hatteras Harbor Marina in beautiful Hatteras, NC. Hatteras has some of the best fishing in the Outer Banks. We offer top-quality, family-friendly fishing adventures at affordable rate

  7. Native Son Sportfishing
    The Native Son is a 48 ft. custom Carolina boat built by Captain Sheldon Midgett of Wanchese, NC. She is powered by a new 10 cylinder 825 horsepower Daewoo diesel providing a smooth, comfortable 23 knot cruise to get you to the fishing grounds more q

  8. Tuna Duck Sportfishing
    Offshore sportfishing charters fishing for blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, tuna, dolphin (mahi-mahi) and wahoo!

  9. Whatever Sport Fishing
    Whatever swims or "whatever" you want to catch Whatever Sport Fishing can put you on a fish of a lifetime. Based out of Odens Dock in Hatteras, NC the F/V Whatever is a one of a kind Custom Carolina Express fishing machine. With just a sh

  10. Tightline Charters
    Inshore/Sound fishing for: Red Drum, Cobia, Gray Trout, Speckled Trout, Bluefish and Clams. Come fish on the beautiful Outer Banks in Cape Hatteras, NC!

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Top Pamlico Sound Marinas

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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