10 Most Common Fish Caught off North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

The Crystal Coast has attracted visitors from across the country for its pristine waters and beaches for years. With its long stretch of clear, serene coastline, the Crystal Coast is definitely a fishing enthusiast’s paradise. You don’t have to go to the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores to spot these beauties! The region draws people from all over the world for its exceptional fishing. With major fishing events happening every year, everyone from competitive fishermen to amateurs will love their stay. 

Top 10 Fish To Catch

While there are plenty of fish in the sea here on the Crystal Coast, here are ten of the most popular. Catch one of these, and you’ll be the envy of all of the anglers in town!

man holding a sea bass
  1. Sea Bass
  2. Striped Bass
  3. Bluefish
  4. Red Drum
  5. King Mackerel
  6. Amberjack
  7. Pompano
  8. Sheepshead 
  9. Yellowfin tuna
  10. Mahi

Where To Fish

Depending on what type of fishing you are interested in, you will probably want to try heading to a different part of the region. 

For inshore fishing, head to the saltmarshes via the sound side of the Fort Macon State Park. Be sure to bring bug spray and waders for this experience. 

For pier fishing, the 1,000-foot long Bogue Inlet in Emerald Isle is a fantastic place to bring the whole family. With fish cleaning stations and bathroom facilities, you can enjoy a whole afternoon of fishing.

For offshore fishing, you’ll find a variety of charters that leave from Beaufort, Morehead City, or Atlantic Beach. These charters are a great way to find some of the game fish like tuna and mahi. 

If you’re in Beaufort at one of our Beaufort beachfront rentals, the Beaufort Paddle is a wonderful place to pick up a rental kayak and head out for a solo fishing trip. You can also book tours, guided treks, or lessons from this friendly, local company.

man fishing at the ocean

Fishing Charters

If you want to head out on a fishing charter, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Here are a few tried and tested favorites.

Anchorage Marina

At the Anchorage Marina, you’ll find plenty of options for fishing adventures. You’ll find the marina near the Oceana Fishing Pier. Nearby are plenty of restaurants and shops to explore after your trip.

Capt. Joe Schute’s Charters

Set off with an experienced professional. With Captain Joe Schute, you’ll be guided on your expedition by a local who knows the waters of the Crystal Coast well. This is a friendly fishing charter company that always uses exceptionally high-quality gear.

Teezher Charters

These charters leave from the center of Emerald Isle. The company is locally owned and operated, so you’re guaranteed a quality, friendly experience. If you’re after an exciting trip using live bait, this charter company will not disappoint!

Fishing Events

The Big Rock Blue Marlin is an annual tournament that attracts anglers from around the world for its hefty $100,000 prizes. It’s usually held in the first few weeks of June. The tournament is fun for the whole family, as the area is filled with entertainment and a festival feeling.

The Cape Open King Mackerel Tournament is held in late July and also attracts plenty of eager anglers to the area.

Book A Waterfront Rental and Bring Your Boat

Here at Spectrum Properties, we offer a wide range of stunning coastal homes. If you’re planning a fishing trip to our pristine waters, our Atlantic Beach rentals with boat slips are perfect for you. In our Atlantic Beach home rentals, you’ll fall in love with our beautiful furnishings and the iconic NC laidback way of life. Find out more today.