Everything You Need to Know About Morehead City, North Carolina Fishing

Fishing in Morehead City

With an ideal location, Morehead City (and nearby Emerald Isle) are great jumping-off points for inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing. With a wide variety of fish species and endless spots to catch them, this is an ideal place for any angler to take a trip.

Morehead City Inshore Fishing

Inshore fishing lets you explore the inlets, miles of shoreline, and sounds that Morehead City has to offer. The major bodies of water commonly fished are the Beaufort, Barden, and Drum inlets, and the Bogue, Back, and Core sounds as well as the Newport River. This provides plenty of inshore fishing opportunities and spots to target the species you are after. The inshore species you can expect to catch are redfish, black drum, spotted sea trout (speckled trout), and sheepshead. There are so many options, it is easy for our guides to tailor a trip based on your needs.

Morehead City Nearshore Fishing

There are endless reefs, shipwrecks, and underwater structures off the coast holding tons of exhilarating fish. Various snapper and grouper species along with tilefish hang out around these deep structures and dropping baited lines is the best way to catch them. Trolling around the reefs and other nearshore structures will produce sea bass, amberjack, kingfish, and albacore all of which will put up an incredible fight. Nearshore fishing out of Morehead City is an ideal fishing trip with short travel times and plenty of formidable fish.

Offshore Fishing in Morehead City

Located in the corner of North Carolina, the area gets some incredible offshore fishing. Heading out to the vast offshore fishing grounds your options include sought-after sportfish like tuna, sailfish, mahi-mahi, and wahoo. If you are feeling adventurous, head here for the giant bluefin tuna run from December through February. For anglers that can’t get enough, take an overnight trip out to Ocracoke or Hatteras to hit remote waters that hold giant fish.

Things to Do in Morehead City

Morehead City has an incredible history and beautiful scenery and as a result, provides plenty of activities on and off the water. For the history buff in the group, Fort Macon State park highlights the history of the area with the opportunity to tour the perfectly restored Civil War-era Fort Macon. The Radio Island Public beach offer relaxation and ocean views while the Calico Creek Boardwalk offers peaceful sightseeing. With plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you entertained, Morehead City is the perfect place for your next trip.

Morehead City Tides and Weather

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Places to Stay in Morehead City, North Carolina