Fall is fishing time on the Outer Banks. The surf and pier fishing has really picked up, there’s lots and lots of tournaments scheduled for the season and offshore has been reporting a banner year.
Not everyone, though, is wants to fish the ocean, so we checked with some local fisherman about some great locations to fish on the sounds.
WHALEHEAD CLUB BOAT BASIN
A protected spot, and there are some surprises here. Flounder have been caught in the basin—surprising because the water there is mostly fresh. Also look for big mouth bass. A great location for kids.
Little Bridge, Manteo Causeway
One of the most popular places around. There’s usually something biting. Rumor has it a great trout hole lives on the south side.
Roanoke Island, South of Washington Baum Bridge Boat Ramp
At the end of the Ramp there’s a dock built by NC Marine Fisheries and locals swear by it. Rock fish seem to really like the waters there, and spot are very common.
If crossing the Washington Baum Bridge, turn left at the light at Pirates Cove.
South Side of Oregon Inlet
A great place to take kids and it’s almost ocean fishing. Just on the south side of the Bonner Bridge, there’s parking with an easy trail that leads to a shallow lagoon or small bay. The bay is very sheltered and is a great place for kids to learn how to fish.