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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. Mahi-mahi

  2. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 28.02% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 10012 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Pamlico Sound Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  3. Bluefish

  4. Bluefish

    There is a 11.11% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 3970 Bluefish counted.

    Pamlico Sound Bluefish Counts Chart


  5. Whiting

  6. Whiting

    There is a 6.57% catch rate for Whiting, based on 2348 Whiting counted.

    Pamlico Sound Whiting Counts Chart


  7. Weakfish

  8. Weakfish

    There is a 6.22% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 2224 Weakfish counted.

    Pamlico Sound Weakfish Counts Chart


  9. Spanish Mackerel

  10. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 5.79% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 2069 Spanish Mackerel counted.

    Pamlico Sound Spanish Mackerel Counts Chart


  11. Yellowfin Tuna

  12. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 4.8% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 1714 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

    Pamlico Sound Yellowfin Tuna Counts Chart


  13. Pigfish

  14. Pigfish

    There is a 4.59% catch rate for Pigfish, based on 1641 Pigfish counted.

    Pamlico Sound Pigfish Counts Chart


  15. Atlantic Croaker

  16. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 3.93% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 1404 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Pamlico Sound Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  17. Silver Perch

  18. Silver Perch

    There is a 3.09% catch rate for Silver Perch, based on 1105 Silver Perch counted.

    Pamlico Sound Silver Perch Counts Chart


  19. Spot Croaker

  20. Spot Croaker

    There is a 3.08% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 1102 Spot Croaker counted.

    Pamlico Sound Spot Croaker Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 89 species of fish and 35735 fish counted for May around Pamlico Sound.

To date, there are 173 species of fish and a total of 3062517 fish counted for Pamlico Sound and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/19/1884 (140 years).

Last Update: 5/23/2024 5:17:58 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. Bonner Bridge Catwalk
    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
    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. AR-1607 Zane Grey
    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. 

  4. 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. 

  5. 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


  7. Slab Rocks
    Slab Rocks

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

  9. 9 Fathom Rock
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    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

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Latest Pamlico Sound Fishing Reports

  • Tuna and a dolphin
    Foggy day! Two things I hate to fish around: Lightening and Fog. at least we didn’t have lightening. about a quarter mile of vis all day but everyone out there worked together

  • Tuna and a bonus
    Josh and the boys aboard the bite me today. we were treated to a great sunrise We set out looking for dolphin in scattered to hell grass we finally had a bite it was a barracu

  • May 13 All Day Sight Casting Trip
    Cobia Spanish Mackerel Bluefish Trip Summary Off today in search of Cobias to sight cast to while trolling for Spanish Mackerel as well.Water was dirty and we saw some Cobia

  • Jules and the Delaware Destroyers
    our old friend Jules and his ever-changing cast of characters on board today. ride out was great but then became snotty southeaster. We hooked a few tunas but could not get th

  • Dolphin and Tuna
    Nice catch of dolphin around a float and turned it over to another boat caught a few small blackfins for our new French Canadian friends!

  • Happy Mother’s Day
    old friends on board from Baltimore. Their Birds are playing well this spring even though they called up Jackson Holliday too soon Supposed to go on Saturday but we moved it t

  • Mon 13 May 2024 22:36:00 +0000
    My friends John and Julie have been showing up in Hatteras the same time as the Dolphins and Marlins for as long as I can remember. They tried their luck with us today and ca

  • May 11 all day “INLET ADVENTURE”
    Spanish Mackerel Cobia Redfish Trip Summary Off this morning on an all day “INLET ADVENTURE” trip. Very windy this morning. Spent the whole looking for Cobias & Red Drum to s

  • May 9 morning 1/2 day “INLET ADVENTURE”
    Spanish Mackerel Bluefish Trip Summary Well today we were faced with rough seas and dirty water in the Ocean soooo we spent the morning trolling for Spanish Mackerel & Bluefi

  • May 6 All Day “Inlet Adventure Trip”……Great Day!!!
    Fairly choppy today …but the fish didn’t care….they were already wet!! Spent the whole day trolling for Spanish Mackerel and looking to sight cast to Cobia & Red Drum…..The p

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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. 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.

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

  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. 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!

  2. 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

  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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Latest Fishing Spots

Golden Tilefish Ledge
This spot is the center of a ledge that runs for at least half a mile. The eighth of a mile or so to the east northeast and west southwest
crab pot

crab pot

cedar tree

crab pot


Red Porgy

Red Porgy

Red Porgy

Red Porgy

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