Carolina Beach Fishing
Home To Some Of The Best Offshore And Inshore Fishing In NC
The waters around Carolina Beach are home to some of the best offshore and inshore fishing in North Carolina. Whether you're a novice fisherman or an experienced angler, you can hit the water on a fishing charter expedition, compete in a fishing tournament, or cast a line off Carolina Beach Fishing Pier and reel in a great catch.
Over 20 fishing charters are available to take you on an adventure at Carolina Beach. Whether you want to go on an inshore, near shore, offshore or even deep sea fishing adventure, there’s a charter perfect for you. Deep-sea charters reach the Gulf Stream quickly in pursuit of marlin, tuna, dolphin, king mackerel, grouper, snapper, and sailfish. Inshore fishing charters find flounder, red drum, trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and more. Most charters depart from the Carolina Beach Fishing Center and Marina and all boast experienced captains who will navigate to the best fishing spots.
Family owned and operated, the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier offers classic fishing fun. With a restaurant and tackle shop, the full-service pier offers everything an angler needs to spend a day trying to reel in their biggest catch.
Surf and Shore Fishing
Fishing right from the shore in Carolina Beach is popular with both casual and experienced fisherman as it only requires grabbing your pole, tackle and finding a spot in front of open surf. Surf and shore fishing requires a North Carolina fishing license which can be purchased online.
Carolina Beach is home to some of the region's most popular and unique fishing tournaments. In July, the East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament draws fishing competitors to the beach for days of fishing fun, celebratory parties and award ceremonies. In fall the beach becomes an angler's paradise with a frenzy of seasonal fishing tournaments including the Carolina Fall Flatfish Tournament, Carolina Fall King Challenge and the area's premiere surf fishing tournament, the Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge featuring three days of fishing and family-friendly events.
Want to find out what fish are biting? Check out the Carolina Beach Fishing Report to see when the best time is to reel in catches including redfish, black drum, flounder, speckled trout and more.
Dock Your Boat
If you are bringing a boat to Carolina Beach, check the Carolina Beach Marina List to see all the area spots where you can dock your boat including public day docks which are free for up to three hours for non-commercial boats 25 feet and under.
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association
PO Box 30324,
Raleigh, NC 27622-0324
Cruising the ICW
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230
NC Division of Marine Fisheries
3441 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
US Army Corps of Engineers