Fishing Honey Holes Along The OBX

– A Joe Lamb Jr. Blog Series

Welcome back to the third and final installment of our Outer Banks fishing blog series. Our first post of the series displayed the most popular types of fishing in the OBX while the second post focused on popular fish that you can catch here in the Outer Banks

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We are smack dab in the thick of the fishing season here in the Outer Banks. With the right insight and a little luck, you will be reeling in some monster fish in no time! So dream big and travel far!

Some of the Best Surf Fishing Spots in the OBX

A fisherman is silhouetted by a sunset on a beach in North Carolina as he gets a rod ready to cast out. Birds can be seen flying in the background

What are some of the most plentiful surf fishing areas?

On the Outer Banks, many people enjoy going surf fishing. It’s a fun activity, especially in the fall when the fishing is excellent and the ocean and air are both cooling off, making a day at the beach even more enjoyable. Where do you even begin when there are miles and miles of beach on which to cast your line? Here’s a rundown of some of the most well-known surf fishing spots along the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Inlet

Hatteras Inlet’s northern end requires a 4WD vehicle. Alternatively, you can park at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum parking lot and walk 2 miles north to the beach. Take the ferry to get to the other side of the island. Summer ferries run every 30 minutes, from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, with each ferry holding 30-60 vehicles; off-season ferries run every hour. The trip takes about 40 minutes and follows the coastline of Hatteras Island before heading out into the open inlet waters. 

You can park near the ferry docks and walk to the beach, or you can drive to the 4WD beach access ramp down the road from the ferry docks. Before driving on the beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, make sure you have a beach driving permit and a fishing license that are both still current.

Cape Point

Cape Point is a well-known surf fishing spot on the Outer Banks. North and South facing beaches are formed as a result of land jutting into the Atlantic Ocean and curving sharply back towards the shore at the Point. There are two powerful ocean currents that meet off Cape Point: The Labrador and the Gulf Streams. To get to the Point, you’ll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle and a beach driving permit, or you can walk from the public access point.

During peak times, Cape Point can be overrun with anglers vying for prime casting spots. Don’t trespass on anyone’s fishing territory, but don’t be shy about striking up a conversation either. Many of the local fishermen have been coming to Cape Point for decades and are happy to share a fish story or two, or even a few tips, with a newcomer.

Oregon Inlet

Oregon Inlet is the most visited inlet on the Outer Banks, and for good reason: it has an abundance of fishing spots. The sandy beach stretches from the oceanside to the sound side on the northern beach, and 4WD vehicles are authorized with a permit. It’s a great spot for surf fishing. In the inlet, the beach turns into a seawall and the soundside has a small sandy beach access. The southern beach is excellent for surf fishing. The southern side is better for fishermen who want to park their car and walk to the beach, while the northern side is better for anglers who want to drive out to the beach.

You don’t have to go to one of these places to have a productive surf fishing trip. Almost anywhere on our beaches is a good place to try your luck with the fishing rod. If you’re not a fan of surf fishing, try throwing a line in from one of the Outer Banks’ many piers instead. There are plenty of types of fishing for you to explore in the OBX! 

Some of the Best Sound Fishing Spots in the OBX

View of the Sound at sunset looking west

Where are the best fishing spots soundside?

When it comes to Outer Banks fishing, fall is prime time. However, fishing in the ocean isn’t for everyone, so we asked some local fishermen about great spots to fish in the sounds. Here are a few of the best-kept secrets in the Outer Banks. When fish find a spot with plenty of bait they stay there.

South Side of Oregon Inlet

It’s a great place to take kids and you can go fishing in the ocean-like waters. There’s parking and a short trail to a shallow lagoon or small bay right next to the Bonner Bridge on the south side. The bay is a great place for kids to learn how to fish because it is sheltered.

Whalehead Club Boat Basin

This is a safe place with a few surprises. Flounder have been caught in the basin, which is strange considering that the water is primarily fresh. Also, keep an eye out for largemouth bass. It’s a wonderful location for families with children.

Roanoke Island, South of Washington Baum Bridge Boat Ramp

NC Marine Fisheries built a dock at the end of the ramp, and locals swear by it. There are a lot of Rockfish and Spot in the water.

See You Soon in the OBX

The Outer Banks are unmatched by any other vacation destination, especially for Outdoor Junkies. Snag huge Bluefish, Stripers, and more from the beach. Paddle around the sound side of the islands to keep an eye out for big Red Drum, delicious Flounder, and other marine life. Add a rich fishing history and beautiful surroundings to the mix, you’ve found the ideal fishing spot.

Are you thinking of going fishing on the Outer Banks? Finding the new trails and roads less traveled is always exciting, so try a few of these spots and venture out to find some honey holes in the OBX on your own!

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Top 10 Reasons to Rent Monthly during the Outer Banks Winter

We all know about the amazing summers spent on the Outer Banks, frolicking under the warm sun, splashing around in the refreshing Atlantic and spending warm nights under the stars Barbequing with friends and family. Labor Day use to mark the end of the “busy” season here on the beach but each year, the peak season seems to last a little longer and the fun continues later into the Fall.

You would have never guessed that roughly 20 or so years ago after Labor Day the Island was completely vacant… Only a very small few knew the secret of how special the Outer Banks is once the sun begins to set a little earlier, the nights grow a bit cooler, the traffic subsides and each person you pass you know by name. Slowly but surely it seems that the long kept secret of winter on the Outer Banks is out and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share our special slice of heaven with you!

Show Me the Winter Rentals!

Many people still don’t know what to expect from winter on the Outer Banks so let me paint a picture for you!

Off-Season Renters in OBXImagine, starting your day first with a cup of locally brewed fresh coffee and taking it down to the beach, that’s right some days are still warm enough that with the proper bundling or garments you can enjoy a sunshine-filled stroll down the beautiful coast collecting more seashells and sea glass than would have ever been possible during the summer months! Shell collecting becomes one of my absolutely favorite hobbies during the winter months, there is something so serene about taking a walk down an empty beach, feeling the sun on your face & watching it glint off the water while the bird’s perform a private concert just for you! Days are blissful but the nights do get a little colder. Visualize yourself cozying up with loved ones in front of a fire, drinking hot cocoa, snuggled up in the blanket you purchased at one of the many unique boutiques that are only on the Outer Banks, listening to the mighty melody of the oceans roars in your extremely well priced Ocean Front cottage!

So, now that the stage is set and the picture is painted, what else does winter on the Outer Banks have to offer besides peaceful nights and extremely LOW rental prices? The list goes on and on… So let me break it down for you:

The Top 10 Reasons to Rent in the Winter in the OBX

  1. Collecting Shells During the Off-Season
    The winter season is the BEST time to find shells!

    No lines! Visit the grounds of your favorite spots like all the amazing Light Houses, or the Wright Brothers Monument without having to wait in those long hot summer lines!

  2. Most of Your Favorite Restaurants are still opened with NO WAIT and delicious menu items.
  3. Holiday shopping, Tree lighting ceremonies and Parade events are a must!
  4. Bird Watching at Pea Island and of course FISHING!!!!
  5. Sea Glass/ Shell collecting is at a peak due to the rough seas washing up treasures from the sea floor! (your friends that are stuck in the city will love it as a souvenir and wish they would have come with you!)
  6. Peaceful time spent on reflection, the Outer Banks is one of the most premiere spots for artist to get away and focus on their work; whether you’re a writer, painter, photograph or musician the solitude and beauty of each day is just what you need to inspire your next piece of work!
  7. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub while watching an unparalleled Outer Banks sunset from your vacation rentals deck.
  8. Witness the possibility of snow fall on the SAND! Due to our sunny days it melts quickly but it sure is a site to behold if given the chance!
  9. Take a walk around Historic Whalehead club in Corolla and see it completely decorated with a Christmas tree in each room!
  10. Did I mention, the AMAZING DEALS and LOW LOW PRICES!!


So what are you waiting for? Check out our winter rentals OBX page to find your hidden treasure.