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There are lots of great saltwater fishing destinations in the southeastern United States, and the Outer Banks in North Carolina is right up there with the best. Once you’ve got your gear from Eat My Tackle, it’s time to check out these islands and why it’s one of the top fishing spots in the eastern seaboard.

Location The Outer Banks are located around the Gulf Stream offshore waters and the Labrador Current, and it is home to a wide range of saltwater gamefish. Another benefit of fishing here in these islands is they are near the southern current compared to any other land in the US eastern coast. What this means is it can be as near as a 12 miles off the shore.

When is the Best Time to Fish? Summer is the best season to go fishing here, but as long as the weather is good you’ll be able to land good catches all year round. There is no shortage of charter boats along the Gulf Stream, and each one usually has space for up to half a dozen anglers. Not only will you have good company during your trip, but you’ll also be going for the big species like dolphinfish, wahoo, tuna and marlin. Multi-passenger boats are also available if you want to bring your friends or family along for the ride. You can also opt for full day or half day party boats where you have the opportunity to fish around reefs and inshore wrecks, great for catching grouper, sprouted trout, flounder and croaker among the many species found in the area. You will also find lots of opportunities for surf fishing. Once you’re here you’re going to find anglers onshore who catch substantial amounts of striped bass around 100 yards from the beach, and this goes to show the potential here.

For First Time Visitors If it’s your first time to visit the Outer Banks, you don’t have to be concerned about not being familiar with the locations. The majority of the people here are into angling and will be more than happy to show you the best spots, and they’ll be glad to guide you as well. If you’ve done some research on the area or go with a party, you’ll be hauling fish in no time. Generally speaking it’s best to have a skipper or a certified fishing expert to guide you. Note that if you’re going to fish in Currituck Sound at Corolla, a license permit is needed. To its south is Duck and it is one of the best spots to go angling and is also known as a good surf fishing spot. This is also a good spot to find sports fishing charters and party boats.

Other places where you can fish are Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk, all of which offer offshore and inshore fishing for Bluefin tuna, billfish, flounder and striped bass. In other words, the Outer Banks offer a little bit of everything for the new and experienced angler.

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