Fishing on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Buxton, North Carolina

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Fishing is to Cape Hatteras National Seashore as surfing is to Hawaii, horseracing is to Kentucky, and eating is to New Orleans: You do it there because it’s the absolute best place to do it. The Outer Banks is known the world over for its fishing opportunities, especially billfishing, thanks to the nearby sweep of the Gulf Stream. Surf fishing, pier fishing, and inshore fishing are equally renowned. Cape Hatteras is regarded as the transitional point between two fishing zones, the Mid-Atlantic Bight and the South Atlantic Bight, which means that the diversity of the fish caught and the length of the fishing season are greater here than anywhere else along the Atlantic coastline. The fishing grounds around Cape Hatteras National Seashore seem endless —72 miles of ocean surf, including a knobby cape stuck far into the Atlantic; the vast reaches of the Pamlico Sound, over 80 miles long and up to 30 miles wide in some places; winding mazes of tidal creeks and marshy shorelines; and the endless expanse of Atlantic Ocean.
Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores

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Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores

by Molly Perkins Harrison (Falcon Guides)

Fishing is to Cape Hatteras National Seashore as surfing is to Hawaii, horseracing is to Kentucky, and eating is to New Orleans: You do it there because it’s the absolute best place to do it. The Outer Banks is known the world over for its fishing opportunities, especially billfishing, thanks to the nearby sweep of the Gulf Stream. Surf fishing, pier fishing, and inshore fishing are equally renowned.

Cape Hatteras is regarded as the transitional point between two fishing zones, the Mid-Atlantic Bight and the South Atlantic Bight, which means that the diversity of the fish caught and the length of the fishing season are greater here than anywhere else along the Atlantic coastline. The fishing grounds around Cape Hatteras National Seashore seem endless —72 miles of ocean surf, including a knobby cape stuck far into the Atlantic; the vast reaches of the Pamlico Sound, over 80 miles long and up to 30 miles wide in some places; winding mazes of tidal creeks and marshy shorelines; and the endless expanse of Atlantic Ocean.

©  Molly Perkins Harrison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Buxton
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Contacts: Contact information for the national seashore, visitor centers, and local resources are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Fishing on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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