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So you want to go fishing while you visit the Outer Banks? Maybe it wasn’t in your original travel plans, but it’s hard not to notice all the fishing opportunities when you are surrounded by water.

On the Outer Banks there are fishing opportunities that can cost as little as $10.00 or as much as $2000.00. You can enjoy the solitude of fishing alone on a quiet beach or you and a group of friends can visit the Gulf Stream on a million dollar sport fishing yacht!

Let’s start with the less expensive end of Outer Banks Fishing. There are countless places where you can fish the surf or sound from public beaches. Surf fishing is one of the most popular pastimes on the Outer Banks. All it takes is a saltwater fishing license, a lightweight surf combo rod and reel and some fresh bait. If you didn’t bring a rod and reel, you can pick up a good combo for well under $50.00 at any local tackle shop and they will be more than happy to show you how to rig up and what to use for bait.

You could also visit any of the local piers, which offer daily, weekly and yearly passes. Many of the piers offer a blanket saltwater fishing license, which covers you at no additional cost while you fish from the pier. The piers also have rod and reel rentals at very affordable prices. This way, you can try it out, and if you like it, you can purchase one of your own!

It would be hard not to notice the many charter boat marinas up and down the banks. These professionally guided boats offer a chance to go to sea with some of the world’s best skippers. They begin with backcountry fishing on open boats. These guides fish for stripers, red drum, trout and flounder to name a few. The boats are similar to boats that guide the flats in the Florida Keys. The costs average about $350.00 for a half-day with two or three anglers.

In addition to the back country boats, there are also inshore and near shore boats. These boats are mostly six passenger charter boats equipped with marine toilets, sun protection and enclosed


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