Fish Tales in the Brunswick Islands

DSC_3069_OAK ISLAND PIER_LRIt’s almost fall, which means cooler weather and water temperatures, and one of the best seasons for fishing is here again! In the Brunswick Islands, the fish are abundant, and all levels of anglers and fisherman can gear up to go after their big catch. With several ways to fish, the Brunswick Islands offer the best methods and top areas to catch fresh seafood this fall.

If you’re looking for beautiful scenery without needing a boat, pier fishing is for you. The Brunswick Islands has five ocean piers to choose from, all equipped with concessions, handicap access, bait, tackle and rentals. Pier fishermen can expect to catch red drum, sea trout, mackerel and more.

DSC_4299_DEEP SEA FISHING_LRFor the more adventurous fisherman, fishing charters are the way to go. Fishing charters are great for family trips or even a get together with old friends. Take a charter out to the Gulf Stream where the warm waters make for an eventful day of fishing with possibilities of catching tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, giant sea bass, king mackerel and more. Charters run both half day and full day trips, or if you are a truly dedicated fisherman, you can take a 24-hour immersion trip on a bunkhouse-fitted charter.

For bird and other wildlife spotting, kayak fishing may be up your alley. While kayaking through salt marsh creeks, black water rivers and coastal bays, you will be able to catch trout and flounder while enjoying the Brunswick Islands’ pristine nature. Surf fishing is also a great alternative for a casual day on the shore.

US Open cmsSolidifying the Brunswick Islands as a hotspot for fishing, the area is home to one of the state’s oldest tournaments, the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, which will be held September 29 – October 1, 2016 in Southport. The competition attracts over 400 boats and welcomes all ages, as well as spectators when the competitors bring in their catches.

The five ocean fishing piers and commercial fishing charters provide blanket fishing licenses but, if you are fishing in another setting, don’t forget your fishing license! For more information on saltwater licenses, please visit, and for freshwater licenses, visit The Brunswick Islands feature several free public ramps for launching a boat, as well as plenty of parking spaces for your cars and trailers. Information on boat rentals can be found here.

Join us in the Brunswick Islands for your next fishing excursion and see why our waters are an angler’s paradise. For more information about fishing in the Brunswick Islands, visit

Fishing in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands

no need to resort to tall fish tales when fishing North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Locals and visitors agree that the barrier islands between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, which make up North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, are home to some of the best fishing spots on the eastern seaboard.  The catch is abundant, from Amberjack to barracuda, to tuna to wahoo. So is the variety of fishing experiences and techniques to catch them!

Tournament Fishing

Here, the fishing is so “fin-tastic” that the area hosts more than a dozen competitive tournaments for all ages. If you enjoy competitive king mackerel fishing, enter The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, Oct 2 -Oct 4, 2014, for a tournament full of entertainment, food, fun, and of course, fish. The tournament is held in Southport and the public is encouraged to come and watch this premier fishing event.

Kids can enjoy fishing tournaments as well. Captain Charlie’s Kid’s Fishing Tournament will be held Oct 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. free of charge. Kids (up to age 15) will get a chance to win a variety of prizes donated by merchants and the first 100 kids even receive a free t-shirt. Best of all, this is a catch-and-release tournament — an environmental lesson for kids.

Pier Fishing

You will find plenty of elbow room for surf and pier fishing with residents and visitors around to offer free, friendly advice and encouragement. There are treasured landmark fishing piers on four of the five barrier islands of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, with handicap access and concessions for food, bait, tackle and even beach rentals. Check out these piers in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands foDSC_6454_HOLDEN BEACH PIERr more information:


Gulf Stream, Bottom Fishing Charters, and Kayak Fishing

For those that desire big trophy fish and delicious game species, there’s always an option to fish the Gulf Stream this winter. The North Carolina coast is graced with moderate temperatures in the winter influenced by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Here, fish swim the Gulf Stream much like an express lane, gobbling up its rich supply of bait fish before being hooked by an angler experiencing the adrenaline rush of a lifetime.DSC_6722_HOLDEN BEACH FISHING CHARTER

Closer to shore, half-day fishing charters are the most popular fishing trip for family groups, enjoyed by children, grandparents, bird watchers, sunbathers and sightseers. First-time anglers, as well as more experienced fishermen can catch black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, whiting, flounder and other species.

For a low-to-the-water, bird and wildlife experience, try guided kayak fishing. From April to November, gliding through salt marsh creeks, black water rivers, and coastal bays, visitors can get up close without spooking the trout, flounder and redfish commonly caught here. While casting, you will see blue and green heron, otters and turtles might glide almost close enough to touch. Around the bend one might glimpse a surprised female deer with her fawn, or a brown pelican dive-bombing for his own tasty dinner.

The surf’s always up for fishing in and around Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach and Bald Head Island. For a list of what’s biting, when and where, please visit here. For more information on fishing permits, piers and a full list of charters, please visit here.  For a list of marinas and public boat launches visit here.