• Offshore Fishing

    North Carolina's coastal anglers caught 18 percent fewer fish last year than in 2015.

    North Carolina coastal recreational anglers caught fewer fish in 2016

    18 percent decrease over 2015's catch
    June 03, 2017 at 8:07am
    Do small boats have a place on the deep blue sea?

    Small boats! Big water? How to fish big Carolinas water in a small boat

    More boats in the 20- to 30-foot range are showing up offshore every day, and fishing can be great if you make good plans, take precations and know the difference between small-boat and big-boat fishing in the bluewater.
    June 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Sam Bush caught this hammerhead shark off the coast of Hilton Head while fishing with Outcast Sport Fishing Charters.

    VIDEO: Hammerhead shark makes fishing reel scream

    First 20 seconds of shark fight is drag-peeling fun
    May 31, 2017 at 8:45am
    Greg Marquart (left) and Alex Chandler (right) were happy to bring this 96-pound cobia to Chasin' Tails Outdoors during the 2017 Cobia Challenge.

    NC angler boats 96-pound cobia off Cape Lookout

    Fish was caught during Chasin' Tails' Cobia Challenge
    May 30, 2017 at 11:25am
    Danny Juel (left) and  T.J. Nixon (right) pose with the 115-pound wahoo they caught over live bottom in about 90 feet of water out of Little River.

    Litte River angler catches 115-pound wahoo

    Big fish was caught over live bottom
    May 22, 2017 at 5:08pm
    May is a great month for tuna fishing off the coast of the Outer Banks.

    Hit the OBX tuna blitz

    Yellowfins, blackfins are May visitors of the bluewater off North Carolina’s Outer Banks
    May 17, 2017 at 12:03pm
    Gabriel Petteway, 9, from Rocky Mount, caught his first two Spanish mackerel on a June 2016 trip with Noah’s Ark Fishing Charters.

    Cape Lookout speaks Spanish

    Mackerel are first on the list of targets for nearshore fishermen this month
    May 15, 2017 at 11:04am
    Know the different grouper and snapper species — this one’s a scamp grouper — and make sure you know the most up-to-date regulations.

    Know your bottomfish — or else

    May 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Dolphin make a huge push into South Carolina’s offshore waters this month, especially for boats from Lowcountry ports.

    Look for May Mahi

    Dolphin flood SC bluewaters this month
    May 02, 2017 at 11:10am
    Jeff Reid of Sanford, N.C., removes a hook before releasing a spring-run king caught off Oak Island, N.C.

    Spring king run visits SE NC beaches

    Mackerel congregate close to shore from Cape Fear to Little River
    May 02, 2017 at 10:55am
    Deep jigging is a great spring tactic for offshore bottomfish in North Carolina’s bluewater.

    Dance a spring jig - North Carolina’s offshore bottomfish

    Jigging for offshore bottomfish is a great way to get spring cranked up along North Carolina’s Cape Fear coast.
    May 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Wahoo and blackfin tuna are waiting around a series of great offshore fishing spots off the coast along the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

    Feelin’ blue (water) ain’t bad in April

    Bluewater action cranks up this month in offshore areas from Cape Fear to Cape Romain. Here’s how to find the wahoo and blackfin tuna you deserve.
    April 01, 2017 at 7:00am