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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.

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. Atlantic Croaker

  2. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 30.55% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 14584 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Pamlico Sound Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  3. Spot Croaker

  4. Spot Croaker

    There is a 17.81% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 8503 Spot Croaker counted.

    Pamlico Sound Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  5. Bluefish

  6. Bluefish

    There is a 15.27% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 7288 Bluefish counted.

    Pamlico Sound Bluefish Counts Chart


  7. Weakfish

  8. Weakfish

    There is a 4.01% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 1913 Weakfish counted.

    Pamlico Sound Weakfish Counts Chart


  9. Northern Puffer

  10. Northern Puffer

    There is a 3.75% catch rate for Northern Puffer, based on 1791 Northern Puffer counted.

    Pamlico Sound Northern Puffer Counts Chart


  11. Spotted Seatrout

  12. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 3.73% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1780 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Pamlico Sound Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  13. King Mackerel

  14. King Mackerel

    There is a 3.71% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 1773 King Mackerel counted.

    Pamlico Sound King Mackerel Counts Chart


  15. Flounder

  16. Flounder

    There is a 3.61% catch rate for Flounder, based on 1723 Flounder counted.

    Pamlico Sound Flounder Counts Chart


  17. Silver Perch

  18. Silver Perch

    There is a 2.4% catch rate for Silver Perch, based on 1146 Silver Perch counted.

    Pamlico Sound Silver Perch Counts Chart


  19. Red Drum

  20. Red Drum

    There is a 2.27% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1082 Red Drum counted.

    Pamlico Sound Red Drum Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 71 species of fish and 47741 fish counted for November around Pamlico Sound.

To date, there are 169 species of fish and a total of 3011647 fish counted for Pamlico Sound and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/19/1884 (139 years).

Last Update: 11/23/2023 3:02:20 PM

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 Pamlico Sound Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Pamlico Sound are the following:

  1. Pamlico Point Light
    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

  2. AR-230
    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. 

  3. MR. J.C. REEF AR-230
    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


  5. Slab Rocks
    Slab Rocks

  6. The Doubles North
    Grouper in the summer, King Mackerel in the fall, BSB in the spring.

    The Dixie Arrow was one of a series of "Arrow" ships built for and owned by the Socony-Vacuumm Oil Co., aka "Mobil", There were the Broad Arrow, China Arrow, India Arrow, Japa

  8. Broken Bottom
    Broken Bottom

  9. Ocracoke Rocks North
    Wahoo and King Mackerel in the summer and fall.

  10. AR-255 - Buoy
    AR-255 - Buoy   Small Black Sea Bass. Good trolling for mackerel and bonita. 

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Latest Pamlico Sound Fishing Reports

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 43 while the low was 30 with light winds. Gusts up to 20mph today. Currently it’s 36 feels like 28 with W winds at 5mph. Tomorrow the temps should get back up to

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 64 while the low was 54 with light to strong winds. Gusts up to 45mph today. Currently it’s 54 feels like 49 with WSW winds at 10mph. Tomorrow’s winds should be

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 54 while the low was 52 with light to moderate winds. Gusts up to 45mph today. Currently it’s 54 feels like 46 with NNE winds at 13mph. Gusts around 20mph. Tomor

  • 11/25/23
    There were some nice slot black drum off of the Frisco beaches today with reports of sharks this evening at the point as well as a few at the Avon Pier last night. Have a gre

  • 11/24/23
    Reports of a few drum off of 44 today as well as plenty of blowtoads. Looks like its going to be a windy one tomorrow come in and grab a windbreaker or hoodie to help you sta

  • 11/22/23
    We had one citation to fill out today from the point as well as reports of lots of puppy drum. We will be open tomorrow come in and grab some mullet and enjoy the holiday! Ha

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 64 while the low was 59 with moderate winds. Gusts up to 30mph today. Currently it’s 63 with SSE winds around 20mph. Gusts around 33mph. Tomorrow’s winds should

  • 11/21/2023
    Reports of just a couple puppy drum caught on ramp 44 today. Some black drum down at ramp 55. Scattered reports of sea mullet up and down the beaches. Have a great night …………

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 63 while the low was 57 with light to gentle winds. Gusts up to 30mph today. Currently it’s 57 with NE winds around 7mph. Gusts around 16mph. Tomorrow’s winds sh

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 72 while the low was 61 with light to moderate winds. Gusts up to 19mph today. Currently it’s 63 feels like 65 with N winds around 4mph. Tomorrow winds should sw

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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. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

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

  10. 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

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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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