Surf fishing is one of the most popular activities on the Outer Banks. It is a great pastime, especially in the fall when the fishing is good and the ocean and air cool down to make a day on the beach extremely enjoyable. With miles upon miles of beach available to cast your line, where should you start? Here’s a list of some of the most well-known spots to surf fish on the Outer Banks.
Cape Point is the infamous Outer Banks surf fishing spot. At the Point the land jets out into the Atlantic Ocean and then takes a sharp curve back towards the shore, creating north and south facing beaches. The Labrador Current and the Gulf Stream meet just off the Point, making Cape Point one of the best surf fishing spots on the East Coast! A 4WD vehicle and beach driving permit is the easiest way to access the Point, or be prepared to walk quite a distance from the public access.
The most popular inlet on the Outer Banks, Oregon Inlet offers numerous fishing locations for anglers. The northern beach is a great location for surf fishing, the sandy beach wraps around from the oceanside to the soundside, and 4WD vehicles are allowed with a permit. The southern beach is also great for surf fishing, the beach turns into a bulk head in the inlet and the soundside has a small sandy beach access. The southern side is better for anglers who want to park their vehicle in a parking lot and walk onto the beach, whereas the northern side is better for those who want to drive out onto the beach.
To access the northern side of Hatteras Inlet, you will need a 4WD vehicle and a beach driving permit or you can park at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum parking lot and access the beach from there but you will be about 2 miles north of the Inlet Peninsula. To get to the southern side, take the ferry (the trip takes approximately 40 minutes). There is a parking lot next to the ferry docks where you can park and walk onto the beach, or drive to the 4WD beach access ramp just down the road from the ferry docks. Always remember to get a permit before driving on the beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and to have a valid recreational fishing license.
You don’t need to go to one of these spots to have a successful surf fishing adventure. You can cast your line almost anywhere along our beaches! If surf fishing isn’t for you, consider fishing from one of the piers along the Outer Banks.