Your Guide to the Best NC Surf Fishing

Surf fishing is more than just a hobby; it’s a way of life! And lucky for you, Emerald Isle is one of the best places for NC surf fishing. From early morning casts to surf fishing tournaments, the island offers plenty of opportunities for fishing. With our tips, your skills, and a little bit of luck, you’re sure to catch fish all day!

Along with great fishing, Emerald Isle has a lovely atmosphere and offers various exciting activities for the whole family. To take advantage of the best of Emerald Isle, access our Complimentary Itinerary, and start planning what you’ll do, where you’ll eat, where you’ll stay.

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An Introduction to NC Surf Fishing  

We know you are anxious to start your NC surf fishing trip. Before you grab your rods and reels, take a few minutes to make sure everyone in your group has all the essentials for a fantastic day spent surf fishing in North Carolina. 

Here’s what you’ll need:  

Now that you know what you’ll need, you’re ready to begin surf fishing on the North Carolina coast!  

Where to Cast Your Line  

For the most part, any spot along the shoreline should give you access to various species of fish. Many avid anglers like to set up along the coastline near the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier. Regardless of where you set up, the Crystal Coast promises a great time. So, feel free to choose an open area, set up your surf rods, and cast your line!  

Pro-tip: Keep in mind that you may need to recast between low tide and high tide, so be sure to check the tides before you head out. 

Try a Local Fishing Challenge  

If you’re ready to take on some competition, register for a local fishing tournament. The Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament is a local favorite, and it takes place each fall. The rules are simple: all fish must be caught by fishing on foot, either in the surf, pier, inlet, or sound. The contest stretches from Emerald Isle to Fort Macon. The bounty here is speckled trout, and the contest runs from mid-October to the end of November. Registration is free, so don’t miss your chance to catch a fish in the Atlantic Ocean and earn a prize!  

Stay with Spinnaker’s Reach

The best place to take advantage of all this great NC surf fishing is in a beautiful rental home, Spinnaker’s Reach! Choose from our wide selection of oceanfront homes for easy beach access.  

If you’re planning to fish at Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier, consider renting Sanctuary, which is just a seven-minute drive away from the pier! This three-story house includes a rec room, five bedrooms, and a third-floor living area. The top floor is our favorite part of the house because this is where you get the best view of our beautiful Atlantic Ocean. This property rents weekly, Saturday to Saturday, and features a private pool, foosball table, and two adult beach cruisers with helmets available during the summer season.  

Not sure where you want to rent? Check our specials before booking to get an incredible deal! We’re continually updating this list to make sure we’re giving our guests the best rates possible.  

So why wait? Browse our rentals and book your stay today. We look forward to having you!