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Your Guide to the Best NC Surf Fishing


Surf fishing is more than just a hobby here on Emerald Isle: it’s a way of life! And luckily for us, Emerald Isle is one of the best places for surf fishing in North Carolina. There are plenty of opportunities to cast your line during your vacation. With our tips (and with a little bit of luck) you’re sure to catch something! Plus, there are a great number of annual fishing tournaments in the area. Don’t miss out on some great NC surf fishing!

After you’ve spent a couple hours taking advantage of some great NC surf fishing, you’ve probably worked up quite an appetite. Get our recommendations for incredible Emerald Isle restaurants! Get our recommendations for the best places to eat in town when you download our free Vacation Guide. When you’re hungry, the last thing you want to do is search for a restaurant. Our Vacation Guide makes it easy to find the perfect place to grab a meal quickly. Plus, everything listed has the Spinnaker’s Reach stamp of approval so you can feel confident in your choice.

An Introduction to NC Surf Fishing

There are a ton of great fishing opportunities on Emerald Isle. While many visitors head to Bogue Inlet Pier for a day of fishing, true surf fishing means feet in the sand. Any spot along the shoreline should provide plenty of fish during the changing of the tides. Make sure you're staying in one of our incredible oceanfront homes for easy access to the beach. If you’re looking for a great NC surf fishing report, the Atlantic Beach Fishing Report is a great resource. Before you head out, make sure you have your North Carolina fishing license!

Enter an NC Surf Fishing Tournament

Are you ready to take on some competition? Then you’ll definitely want to register for one of the local fishing tournaments.

The Founder Surf Fishing Tournament takes place every year at the start of surf fishing season. The rules are simple: All flounder must be caught by fishing on foot, either in the surf, pier, inlet, or sound. The contest stretches from Emerald Isle to Fort Macon. Registration starts around mid-August, and the contest runs from mid-to-end September. It’s totally free to sign up, and there are some great prizes for the top three anglers.

Another option for a surf fishing tournament is the Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament. The bounty here is speckled trout, and the contest runs from mid-October to the end of November. Just like the Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament, everything must be caught on foot, and the contest stretches to Fort Macon. Registration is free, so don’t miss your chance to 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 on fishing 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 living area that encompasses the third floor. The third 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 also 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 constantly updating this list, making sure we’re giving our guests the best rates possible.

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