For a great day of fishing in North Carolina rent an outer banks party boat.
Rent A Boat
There are several options for fishing in the outer banks area, but to get out to where the big fish are you will need to rent an outer banks party boat. Rates and services vary, so call around and make sure you are getting the services you want for the money you are paying. Some boats can be chartered for as low as $650.00 for the day and as high as $1200.00. The price depends on the services offered, number of people in your party and the type of fish you want to catch.
What You are Angling For
- Blue Marlin: Big fun with this fish. The Blue Marlin is what comes to mind when thinking of sports fishing. Blue Marlins grow up to 16 feet long and can weigh as much as 1800 pounds. They are fast, swimming up to 50 miles per hour and are tremendous fighters. These fish are subject to a catch and release policy.
- Sailfish: A legendary sports fish. The sailfish is considered the fastest fish in the ocean with a top speed of 68 miles per hour. They grow up to 10 feet long and are usually found to be under 200 pounds. These fish are subject to a catch and release policy.
- Yellow Fin Tuna: Fun times for all with this fish. They enjoy a least concern status on the conservation list so if you catch one you get to keep it. They grow up to 7 feet long and can weigh up to 400 pounds. They are fast, they fight well and can be used to make outstanding sashimi.
- Blue Fin Tuna: Blue Fin Tuna can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh as much as 880 pounds. They have a conservation status of critically endangered, so if you catch one you will have to release it.
- Bigeye Tuna: This breed of tuna has a conservation status of vulnerable which means they are threatened but not endangered. If you catch one of these tunas you will probably be able to keep it.
- Black Fin Tuna: Generally weighs about 50 pounds. They have a dark flesh but are just as tasty as their larger tuna friends.
- Mahi Mahi (dolphin-fish): These are a great tasting and fun to catch fish. They are fast swimmers reaching speeds of up to 57 miles per hour and good fighters. If you win the fight be ready for a real treat. They are a sweet tasting fish with a tender flesh that fries and bakes well. Try them crusted with macadamia nuts or pistachios. They usually weigh in between 15 and 25 pounds.
- King Mackerel: These fish are generally caught using a trolling, but you can also try a large rod and reel setup. They can get as large as 15 pounds and some have even been caught weighing up to 90 pounds.
- Wahoo: These are very tasty fish and if you can catch one you will have a great dinner. They can grow up to eight feet long and weigh as much as 180 pounds.
- Mako Shark: Can get as large as 9 to 13 feet in length and have been known to weigh more than 1000 pounds. These are very fast sharks and they have been known to leap out of the water making them a fun challenge to anglers. Their conservation status is rated as vulnerable which is on the high end of the threatened bracket. This means that there is some concern in regards to their status as a species.
Outer Banks Party Boat
An outer banks party boat will give you the chance to catch (and possibly release) a large variety of fish. Starting January 1st 2007, a fishing license is required to fish along the outer banks and as far as three miles off shore. For those under the age of sixteen a license is not required. Fishing season starts June 1st.