Fishing in Morehead City, NC

On the Intracoastal Waterway, Morehead City is the place for fishing.  Reel in the big one or watch others catch the fish of their dreams at one of the annual fishing tournaments held in the area.  These businesses can help you with your fishing needs.

Featured Local Businesses

Fishing Reports

What's biting when and where is as important to avid anglers as the world news is to the rest of us. Information about catches is available at most bait and tackle shops, marinas, piers or charter boat rental offices. To get the inside track on where to fish, read the Carteret County News-Times. Every Friday it publishes "On the Line," a column by fishing writer Capt. Jerry Dilsaver. Pick up a print copy of the paper or read it online.

Head, Charter and Tour Boats

Carolina Princess Morehead City Fishing
Sixth St., on the waterfront
Morehead City, NC
(252) 726-5479
(800) 682-3456

Fishing at its best! The Carolina Princess has it all. Choose from their Full Day, 24-hour, 18-Hour or Half-Day Deep Sea Bottom Fishing. Private charters and waterfront cruises are available for all of your special events. Third-generation Captain Terrell Gould is one of the area's best-known captains, and he has obtained...more about Carolina Princess

Carolina Princess
Captain Stacy Fishing Center

Fishing Gear

4667 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC
(252) 247-4725

EJW's has been in business for more than 50 years and offers more than 5,000 square feet packed with popular brands of gear for a variety of sports, including hunting, biking, paint ball and archery. Fishing, however, is its primary focus, and you can find an assortment of rods and reels...more about EJW Outdoors

Saltwater Fishing Tournaments

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Morehead City Fishing
Various locations
Morehead City, NC
(252) 247-3575

June 11 - 19, 2021  Big Rock — one hardly needs to say more. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament celebrates its 64th anniversary in 2021 and is one of the oldest and largest sport-fishing tournaments of its kind in the country. The nine-day event includes a one-day lady angler tournament boasting...more about Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Spanish Mackerel and Dolphin Fishing Tournament Morehead City Fishing
Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 222-6222

July 9 - 11, 2021 Carteret Community College Foundation invites all those who love to fish to the 13th Annual Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Fishing Tournament – North Carolina’s Premier Family Fishing Tournament.  Held at Jaycee Park in Morehead City, NC, this two-day event will be filled with a Captains’ Social, fishing...more about Spanish Mackerel and Dolphin Fishing Tournament

Swansboro Rotary Bluewater Tournament Morehead City Fishing
Various locations
Swansboro, NC 28584
(252) 241-0669

May 29 - 31, 2020 Swansboro Rotary Club's Bluewater Tournament is held on Memorial Day weekend. Formerly combined with the King Mackerel tournament, the tournaments were split into two separate weekends. The new name for the tournament series is The Swansboro Rotary Fishing Tournament Series. The King Mackerel and Inshore Trout and LizardFish tournaments take place in October. 

The May...more about Swansboro Rotary Bluewater Tournament

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