Wilmington Fishing

Wilmington Fishing

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.

Top Wilmington Fishing Spots

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

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Wrightsville Beach NC Fishing Forecast-May 2021
5/1/2021 2:48:42 PM - Southeast NC in May when fishing really gets cranked up!  Many different species of fish start to show up and it’s when I feel like summer fishing has really started.  And af

Wrightsville Beach NC Fishing Forecast-April 2021
4/2/2021 9:39:11 AM - North Carolina springs can be anything but predictable that is about the same for spring fishing around these parts as well.  So far we’ve had a pretty good winter temperatur

Wrightsville Beach NC Fishing Forecast-February 2021
1/29/2021 10:10:17 AM -   February in Southeast NC is one of the tougher months to get out and fish the weather windows are much smaller and the temp can be downright cold some days.  But it’s not a

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Wilmington Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 4 - 8 AM on Wednesday.

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data in Wilmington, you should target one of the following top 6 species for this time of year:
  1. Flounder - 13.95% Catch Rate

  2. Red Drum - 12.79% Catch Rate
    Red Drum

  3. Bluefish - 10.76% Catch Rate

  4. Spanish Mackerel - 10.47% Catch Rate
    Spanish Mackerel

  5. Black Drum - 7.27% Catch Rate
    Black Drum

  6. Cobia - 6.98% Catch Rate

  7. Recommedations above based on 275 local reports and 35 species of fish for May in Wilmington.

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Top Wilmington Fishing Charters & Guides

Cape Fear Guide
Captain Mike Dennis came to the Cape Fear area to work for the E.I. Du Pont Company in 1974. He fell in love with the beauty of the crystal clear waters at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. and the abundance of grey trout, king mackerel, speckled trout that w

Carolina Explorer Fishing Charters
Inshore and Coastal light tackle fishing charters in Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and Southport. On our trips you can catch flounder, red drum, trout, sharks, spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, tarpon, croaker, whiting, sports

ProFishNC Charters
Whether you are a Pro going after that Citation Fish or your taking your Family for a Family Fun Fishing Trip, Capt. Trevor’s expertise, excitement and unique ability to find you Fish will make this Adventure one you will always remember! After all,

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Top Wilmington Bait & Tackle Stores

Fathom Offshore
We manufacture the finest saltwater tackle in Wilmington NC.

Tex's Tackle and Bait
Based in Southeastern North Carolina, we are one of the largest independently owned and operated tackle shops around. From the marsh to the gulfstream, we have a full line of the best tackle to make your next fishing adventure successful as well as

Intracoastal Angler
A full service saltwater fishing outfitter located in Wilmington , NC at Wrightsville Beach. Our mission is to provide the finest products for the most competitive price for your fishing pursuits. We believe our customers deserve the top shelf servic

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Top Wilmington Marinas

Masonboro Boat Yard and Marina
Slip owners enjoy Yacht Club privileges and the new facility including: * Bath house * Laundromat * Club room

Bennett Brothers Yachts
Bennett Brothers Yachts specializes in fine yacht repair, service, and brokerage. Dedicated craftsmen in all departments; continual operation since 1986.

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41037 - Wrightsville Beach Offshore, NC (ILM3)
May 18, 2021 6:08 pm EDT
Location: 33.988N 77.362W
Wind Direction: E (80°)
Wind Speed: 11.7 knots
Wind Gust: 19.4 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.27 in (1025.2 mb)
Air Temperature: 71.6°F (22.0°C)
Water Temperature: 71.2°F (21.8°C)

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Quarter Moon

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