Lifestyles of Carteret County
Fish the Crystal Coast
With miles of shoreline that includes river and creeks, the Bogue Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean, the Crystal Coast is easily a top North Carolina fishing destination. Plus, it's home to some of the largest and most prominent events in the sport of fishing, like the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, as well as a variety of other smaller tournaments. And thanks to its miles of varied shoreline and easy deep-sea access, the Crystal Coast offers a diverse selection of fishing opportunities—from quiet shoreline fishing to deep sea charters. So bring your pole and your boat, or try something new and charter a deep sea excursion or participate in a top tournament! It's time to fish the Crystal Coast.
Crystal Coast Homes for Sale
Since boating and fishing are such a big part of life on the Crystal Coast, many homes and communities in the area offer easy access to boating and fishing opportunities. Many feature private docks or ramps, fishing piers, deep water access, and more. Take a look at some of the most fish-friendly homes for sale on the Crystal Coast.
Fishing Resources for the Crystal Coast
Activities & Events
Top Events & Tournaments
- Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament - Morehead City
- Reelin’ for Research Bluewater Tournament - Morehead City
- Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Speckled Trout Challenge - Atlantic Beach
- Barta Billfish Tournament - Beaufort
- Frank & Fran's Kayak Fishing Tournament - Hatteras Island
- Carolina Redfish Elite - Morehead City
People & Businesses
Charters & Guides
New to fishing or want to try a new kind of fishing? The Crystal Coast is the place to do it! Fishing charters are available in Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, and Harkers Island, and it's a great opportunity for those looking to take a boat out into deeper waters. Guides throughout the area can offer services that include blanket licenses, safety gear, and of course, intimate knowledge of the top fishing spots on the coast. Fly fishing, deep sea, river, Sound, ocean, offshore and on shore… there’s a guide for everything.
Places & Amenities
Fishing Piers & Marinas
A wealth of community docks and piers throughout the Crystal Coast area offer plenty of opportunities for both Bogue Sound and Atlantic fishing. The two largest of these piers are the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier in Emerald Isle and Oceana Fishing Pier in Atlantic Beach. Both piers offer affordable daily fares for anglers.
Shallow Water Fishing
It’s not all about ocean or Sound fishing. There are a plenty of rivers, creeks, lakes, and inlets perfect for fishermen seeking quiet waters. Both onshore fishing and offshore fishing—usually from shallow drafting boats—are common in these areas.Learn More
Fish & Animals
Common Fish of the Crystal Coast
There are a multitude of fish to be found along the Crystal Coast and its many inlets and tributaries. Flounder, red drum, black drum, striped bass, speckled trout, sheepshead, ladyfish, and cobia are all common. The sizes and species of fish most common will, of course, depend on the season, with large cobia being popular in spring, black drum in fall, flounder in summer, and striped bass and speckled trout in January and February.
In open ocean, it’s not uncommon to land bluefish, spanish mackerel, flounder, grouper, or even shark. Recommended areas include inlets and jetties, or waters over coral reefs and plant life.
Ready to Find Your Crystal Coast Home?
Learn more about the fabulous vacation communities found along the Crystal Coast and throughout Carteret County! Browse beautiful homes for sale, explore neighborhoods and communities, and contact us when you're ready to schedule a showing.