If there’s a better place for a fishing adventure than Carolina Beach, I’d like to know where it is!
Located on the Atlantic just south of Wilmington, N.C., Carolina Beach offers year-round angling excitement provided by experienced charter captains and their crews. With the warm, nutrient-rich Gulf Stream just offshore, opportunities for trophies are simply incredible.
For the best experience consider booking one of the top fishing charters in Carolina Beach!
Ideally situated for both inshore and offshore fishing, there’s something in Carolina Beach for every angler.
Whether you want to chase flounder, reds, or specks in shallow bays and salt flats, or prefer the heart-pounding excitement of marlin and tuna, there’s a captain ready to share their local expertise.
A man-made section of the Intercoastal, Snow’s Cut is an ideal place to chase species like flounder.
Inaccessible to commercial fishing, Snow’s Cut is a prime destination for charter captains and their clients, as the shallow, warm water and abundance of prey items concentrate the action.
Carolina Beach is blessed to have plenty of reef access just offshore. These natural habitats have been added to strategically sinking ships and other large debris to create ideal structure for prey as well as species like flounder, king mackerel, and amberjack.
Within easy reach of Carolina Beach’s marinas, opportunities abound to test your skills against big fish in open water.
These artificial habitats were created by sinking boxcars 5 and 10 miles out from Carolina Beach. Bathed in warm, nutrient-rich water from the Gulf Stream, these thriving ecosystems provide excellent fishing for king mackerel, black sea bass, and barracuda.
10-Mile Boxcar also sports populations of cobia, amberjack, and sailfish, making it a once-in-a-lifetime destination for hard-core anglers.
Rising from the ocean floor to just hundreds of feet from the surface, The Steeples cause the Gulf Stream’s powerful current to rocket toward the surface, sweeping nutrients along with it.
And where there are prey, there are predators!
These unusual submerged features create some of the most exciting deep water fishing in the world, offering opportunities for tuna, marlin, and sailfish that are the envy of anglers the world over.
But you don’t have to set foot on a boat to enjoy Carolina Beach’s bounty.
The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier offers fantastic access to blues, flounder, and sheepshead.
There’s no need for a fishing license if you’re fishing aboard a licensed charter. If you want to venture out on your own, you’ll need to purchase a valid license. Regulations on bag and size limits apply, and your captain will keep you informed about these.
Be aware, however, that the charter captains of Carolina Beach cater to conventional tackle. While fly anglers are welcome, you’ll need to bring your own tackle and gear.