Fishing on the Outer Banks

February 20, 2012

For the fishing enthusiast, one will be hard pressed to find a more relaxing locale than the Currituck Outer Banks to partake in your favorite activity. Pleasant, year-round weather, spacious beaches, and excellent locales up the coast allow for excellent fishing on charters, area piers, and even the shore. Grab your tackle box and your best spinning rods and spend the day in Currituck. Whether you take home just one drum or an entire cooler full of spot, a day of fishing in the Outer Banks beat a day at work.

Where to Fish in the Outer Banks

The northern coast of the Outer Banks and Knotts Island offer many places for serene, comfortable fishing. Residents and visitors alike often congregate at the Coinjock Marina, where one can fish off the pier or charter a boat trip for some deep sea action. On Knotts Island, there Pearl’s Bay Villa Marina & Resturant across the Currituck Sound from Carova Beach. There the fish are plentiful and the views especially breathtaking.

Types of Fish in the Outer Banks

Many associate the Chesapeake Bay area with crabbing, and indeed you may find a number of commercial trawlers on the sea when you head out to fish. Truth is, though, there are a variety of fish to be had in the Currituck Outer Banks. On a good day, one can catch bluefish, speckled trout, spot and puppy drum, as well as some croaker, black drum, flounder, and even small sharks. When the tides are right, pier fishermen may be able to catch some red drum, while striped bass is reported found near Oregon Inlet.

Weather Conditions for the Outer Banks

The best thing about fishing in the Outer Banks is that it need not be limited to the warmer months. Truth be told, the warmth in this region stretches further through the year than in most areas, and during the off-season the beaches are not crowded. Fishermen can take advantage of the time before Spring Break for uninterrupted fishing.

From March through November you may see lows in the 60s in the colder months, and highs into the 80s-90s at the peak of summer. Consequently, water temperature also varies, in the 50s during colder month, warming in the summer and staying relatively warm (as high as 70 degrees) as late as October.

Whether you want to fish early in the year or in the heat of summer, the Outer Banks should be a must visit for all fishing enthusiasts.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writers whose travel articles appear on many websites, including VisitCurrituck.com, the official website of Currituck County Travel and Tourism.