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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 44.83% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 17542 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Pamlico Sound Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  3. Bluefish

  4. Bluefish

    There is a 8.65% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 3386 Bluefish counted.

    Pamlico Sound Bluefish Counts Chart


  5. Atlantic Croaker

  6. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 6.51% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 2547 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Pamlico Sound Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  7. Spanish Mackerel

  8. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 5.41% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 2116 Spanish Mackerel counted.

    Pamlico Sound Spanish Mackerel Counts Chart


  9. Spot Croaker

  10. Spot Croaker

    There is a 3.74% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 1464 Spot Croaker counted.

    Pamlico Sound Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  11. Flounder

  12. Flounder

    There is a 3.63% catch rate for Flounder, based on 1420 Flounder counted.

    Pamlico Sound Flounder Counts Chart


  13. Atlantic Menhaden

  14. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 2.58% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 1011 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

    Pamlico Sound Atlantic Menhaden Counts Chart


  15. Grey Triggerfish

  16. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 2.54% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 993 Grey Triggerfish counted.

    Pamlico Sound Grey Triggerfish Counts Chart


  17. Yellowfin Tuna

  18. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 2.38% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 933 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

    Pamlico Sound Yellowfin Tuna Counts Chart


  19. Pigfish

  20. Pigfish

    There is a 1.67% catch rate for Pigfish, based on 655 Pigfish counted.

    Pamlico Sound Pigfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 101 species of fish and 39131 fish counted for June around Pamlico Sound.

To date, there are 167 species of fish and a total of 1819643 fish counted for Pamlico Sound and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/19/1884 (139 years).

Last Update: 6/8/2023 8:44:40 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.

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Top Pamlico Sound Fishing Spots

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.

  7. Broken Bottom
    Broken Bottom

    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

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

  10. Broken Bottom
    Broken Bottom

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Latest Pamlico Sound Fishing Reports

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    Overcast for a bit of the day but nice once the sun came out.. The high was 74 while the low was 63. We’ve had light to gentle winds. Gusts up to 15mph today. Currently it’s

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    Another nice day. The high was 77 while the low was 66. We’ve had light to gentle winds. Gusts up to 16mph today. Currently it’s 66 feels like 70 with N winds around 4mph. To

  • more dolphin action
    new friends on board the bite me today these folks fish a lot and are on the Native Son tomorrow. We found some dolphins right off the bat catching a nice mess bailers and gaf

  • Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel
    Caught several Bluefish and some Spanish Mackerel. Most bites were on pink Clark spoons. Picture of the first 3 fish.

  • Tue 06 Jun 2023 22:09:00 +0000
    Excellent bailer Dolphin fishing again this morning. Brendan caught a nice Wahoo soon after. We looked around for another quality bite with not much luck. Ocean was choppy so

  • Great dolphin fishing continues
    Old friends on board today been quite a while since they’ve been aboard the Bite Me. went right to where we left them biting yesterday and found them again. a few more gaffers

  • Mon 05 Jun 2023 22:06:00 +0000
    We landed in them this morning. The guys and gals went straight to work with the bailing tackle and caught most of their limit right away. Took me a little bit to find the ba

  • Family Fun Day with a Load of Dolphin
    In North Carolina we call them Dolphin. Elsewhere they are known as Mahi-Mahi and Dorado but we aint in Mexico or Hawaii! Family fun with our crew from Raleigh and they caught

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    Windy and cool. The high was 66 while the low was 59. We’ve had light to strong winds. Gusts up to 40mph today. Currently it’s 66 feels like 63 with NE winds around 11mph. Gu

  • Still blowing Northeast
    If anyone is still wondering it is still blowing Northeast everyday. Fishing has been good but I am ready for some traditional summertime weather. I have a few days open... T

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

  5. 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

  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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