5 Pressing Questions Answered: Fishing in Emerald Isle


 5 Pressing Questions Answered: Fishing in Emerald Isle

One of the best ways that you can get outside this spring is by doing what the locals here have been doing since Emerald Isle was born: fishing! Fishing is such a fun activity for the whole family! With the salty sea breeze, warm sun, a fishing pole in your hand, and a choice spot along the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier, you are set for a great day of fishing ahead! Now if you’re not sure how to get started, never fear! We have answers for the 5 most pressing questions about fishing in Emerald Isle.

1.Where should I go?Where Should I Go?

As you are in Emerald Isle for your vacation, there is one place for family fishing that you will not want to miss out on: The Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier. Located at 100 Bogue Inlet Dr, this is the best place for pier fishing in Emerald Isle. This 1,000 ft wooden fishing pier has available parking, a snack area, bathrooms, and plenty of space for fabulous fishing. Stairs lead down from the pier to the beach as well, so you can go catch some waves after you’re finished fishing. For maps and directions, you can check out this page on the official Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier.

2.What kinds of fish can I catch?

Sitting on the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier with your fishing pole and some sun on your face couldn’t get any nicer—at least that is what you think until you get a tug on your pole and pull up your first catch of the day! Priceless! However, what types of fish are you pulling up? Well, fish such as puppy drum, black drum, blowfish, pompano, bluefish, spots, sea mullet, trout, and more can be caught in the warm waters of Emerald Isle! There are so many different types of fish that can all be caught on one pier! You can look for more types of fish along with the current fishing report on this page. Especially in the warm spring weather, there are more fish than ever and the seasonal fish for winter and summer are swimming together for a great variety of fish!

3.Do I need a license? Do I Need a License?

The great part about pier fishing is that you generally do not need a license if the pier’s license covers everyone. This is the case with the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier. You don’t need to go out and buy any type of license if you will be fishing from the pier. This is not only less of a hassle, but also saves you a few bucks. You can purchase a pass for the pier, but the expense for you ends there as you won’t have to worry about any extra licensing for you or your kids. If you get a package deal at the pier, you can even get the rod and tackle included with your pass. If you are not planning on going to the pier, you will need a license for anyone 16 years and older.

4.What kinds of equipment do I need?

You will need to make sure that you have a fishing pole along with bait or a lure. That’s really all you need! If you don’t have your own fishing equipment, you can rent some at the pier itself, even getting a package deal with your pass. You can ask the attendants for help determining what kind of bait is best for catching certain kinds of fish. They’re happy to help! Various packages are available for rentals and passes. You can check out this page to get more information on the great deals.

5.Where can I get more information?

You can get more information about the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier on their official website. However, if you are looking for more information about other places to fish along the Crystal Coast, you can check out this website. For more information on the different kinds of fish that you can find along the Crystal Coast, you can visit the North Carolina Wildlife website. If you are planning on going
Come Backfishing along the beach, or at another location, make sure you go to this website for information on license that are required for those 16 years of age and older. But, if you are looking for the best information on fish, fishing spots, bait and tackle, and more, your best bet is to ask a local! With our southern hospitality and love of seafood, you are sure to find some help for all your fishing needs!


We hope that you are getting excited to be outside this Spring! Fishing is one of the best ways that you can enjoy the beautiful warm weather, salty sea breeze, and time with your family. And hey, if you get a good catch you’ll not only be having a good time, but you’ll be having a great dinner too!

Share with us: Have you gone fishing in Emerald Isle? What are your stories about the "one that got away?” (Come on, we know you have them!)