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Your Fall Guide to the Fish in the NC Crystal Coast

Fishing on the NC Crystal Coast is a beloved activity for both locals and visitors alike. The fall season brings in an abundance of new fish species on the NC Crystal Coast. You can cook these fresh catches in the fully equipped kitchens featured in the Emerald Isle vacation rentals offered by Spinnaker’s Reach Realty. Enjoy an unforgettable fall getaway in one of our Emerald Isle rentals that feature options such as oceanfront views, private pools, and more! 

Top Fish Catches During the Fall in the NC Crystal Coast

Redfish/Red Drum

Redfish, also known as Red Drum, is the NC state saltwater fish. They can grow to the size of a small adult at 5 feet tall and 100 pounds. Late spring–early fall is when Redfish are in abundance on the NC Crystal Coast. Florida Sportsman has some delicious recipe ideas for Redfish, such as Parmesan Panko Encrusted Redfish Recipe and Oven-Fried Baked Redfish Sliders Recipe. 

Speckled Trout/Spotted Trout

Speckled Trout, sometimes called Spotted Trout, are popular fish in the NC Crystal Coast from spring to fall. They can grow to be as big as 12 pounds and 40 inches. A tasty recipe idea for this NC coastal fish is Speckled Trout in Capers and White Wine. This recipe is fairly quick and easy to make and even easier to quickly devour. 


There are three species of flounder in North Carolina: Gulf Flounder, Southern Flounder, and Summer Flounder. The fall is the peak time of the year in the NC Crystal Coast to catch this fish species. This Baked Flounder with Parmesan Crumbs recipe has a 5-star rating from 35 reviews and is simple and quick to make. Flounder with Shrimp Stuffing is also a popular recipe you can whip up in no time.

Blackfin Tuna

Blackfin Tuna is a delicious fish most commonly found during the fall season in the NC Crystal Coast. This barbecue-eared blackfin Tuna will be a great way to utilize the fully equipped kitchens in our Emerald Isle vacation rentals. This Fresh Blackfin Tuna Salad recipe is a quick and tasty meal. 

King Mackerel 

The King Mackerel is a popular fish to catch off-shore fishing in the NC Crystal Coast during the fall. Try this easy King Mackerel Islamorada-style recipe with a 5-star rating from two reviews. This Grilled Mackerel with Toasted Garlic Butter is also popular, with a 5-star rating from 7 reviews, and only takes 20 minutes to make.

Book your fall getaway with Spinnaker’s Reach Realty to enjoy the fresh fish and create lifelong memories!