Wilmington, North Carolina, is an idyllic city on the Atlantic coast. As the British settled in North America, Wilmington became an attractive port city, and it was a crucial supply point during the Revolutionary War thanks to the deep Atlantic waters and easy access to the Cape Fear River. Today, the old-world charm and quaint coastline make Wilmington popular for film and television production. It is also a popular destination for fishing.
Wilmington fishing is really something special. From Wilmington, it is easy to take a boat out to the Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream runs up and down along the coastline, and it is a popular migratory path for many Atlantic fish. This warm water stream attracts big-name fish like mahi-mahi and wahoo. You may even get lucky and catch blue marlin or blackfin tuna. Better still, many of these fish are present all season long. This means if you are looking to score a big catch, Wilmington fishing can be just what you need.
The nearshore fishing is just as appealing. The shallower waters by the shore are flush with shipwrecks and artificial reefs. This has allowed the local fish populations to stay vibrant over the years. In these Wilmington fishing areas, you might expect to snag albacore tuna and king mackerel nearly all year long. On bottom you might catch big grouper, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, and grunt. Other common saltwater fish caught in the inshore waters of Wilmington can include the distinctive flounder, red drum (redfish), speckled trout and black drum are popular catches.
The Cape Fear River is an important fixture in the area, and it is also good for fishing. Largemouth bass are especially prominent in these inland waters and nearby freshwater lakes. There have been documented reports of bass up to 8 pounds. Other popular fish in these waters include striped bass and catfish.
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AR 425 - YAUPON REEF
3/20/2011 12:48:43 AM -
Black Seabass and many varieties of Sharks can be found on the reef all year round. There are nice Cobia and Gray Trout in the Spring on the reef. From Spring through
3/20/2011 12:48:09 AM - 33.8755 -78.2255
5/21/2011 12:05:33 AM - AR-372
WELDON HALL WRECK
3/20/2011 12:48:31 AM -
Weldon Hall wreck is located in approximately 78' of water.
Fanny and Jenny Wreck
6/13/2013 11:55:54 AM - She was built in Blackwall Yard, London by Money and Wigrams in 1847 for the Chester & Holyhead Railway Company for a passenger service between Holyhead and Kingstown (Dun
AR 355 - NEW RIVER REEF
3/20/2011 12:48:21 AM - 34.352 -77.334
10 Mile Rock
3/20/2011 12:34:42 AM -
King Mackerel on the troll. Black Seabass on bottom. Also so Gag Groupers.
AR 425 - YAUPON REEF
3/20/2011 12:48:43 AM - 33.8841666666667 -78.1058333333333
5/21/2011 12:05:32 AM - AR-362
5/21/2011 12:05:33 AM - AR-376
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There is a 12.75% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 5892 Atlantic Menhaden counted.
There is a 12.21% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 5645 Black Sea Bass counted.
There is a 11.55% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 5338 Atlantic Croaker counted.
There is a 10.65% catch rate for Pollock, based on 4923 Pollock counted.
There is a 8.28% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 3829 Spanish Mackerel counted.
There is a 7.76% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 3586 Pinfish counted.
There is a 4.73% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 2186 White Grunt counted.
There is a 3.81% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 1760 Bluefish counted.
There is a 3.57% catch rate for Flounder, based on 1649 Flounder counted.
There is a 2.48% catch rate for Whiting, based on 1147 Whiting counted.
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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 1939..
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