Roanoke Island Fishing

Including Manteo, NC, Fishing

The history of Roanoke Island fishing is notable in the overall legend of Outer Banks fishing. Manteo and Wanchese, the two towns on Roanoke Island, have been home to generations of families who made their living off the water through crabbing, oystering, clamming, shrimping and commercial fishing.

What kind of Roanoke Island fishing can you do? Certainly the notorious Outer Banks surf fishing isn’t the draw, and there isn’t exactly a lot of pier fishing happening on the island (unless you count the gazebo that juts out from the waterfront boardwalk, which, if you’re a serious pier fishing angler, we wouldn’t recommend). What you’ll find here is an easily accessible point of debarkation for a variety of Roanoke Island fishing charters, both inshore and offshore. The surrounding sounds and the island’s location very near Oregon Inlet make it the perfect location for fishing harbors, and there are several marinas on Roanoke Island. Prices for a private, full-day, off-shore charter, usually accommodating six people, run $1,100 to $1,500 a day, not including a tip for the mate. Half-day inshore and inlet charters start around $375 and go up depending on the length of the trip and the type of fishing.

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Get Crabby with Roanoke Island Fishing

But not that way! Roanoke Island fishing also includes the Zen-like experience of crabbing — an activity that every visitor should try, if only to make them relax and be very, very still for a little while. We don’t refer here to the business of crabbing where you set the crab pots that dangle from the colorful buoys you see dotting the sounds. No, indeed. That form of crabbing is very hard work. What we mean is the version of crabbing that requires only string, a few good chicken necks, a scoop net and quiet patience to be rewarded with the beautiful blue-shelled, sweet-eating crustaceans. Manteo’s waterfront is rimmed with a boardwalk that provides you with an endless number of locations to try your hand at a different sort of fishing on Roanoke Island.

Check out our Outer Banks Fishing section for more information on all the fishing opportunities in the area and for information about Outer Banks Charter Fishing. And get your daily Outer Banks fishing report here.

Roanoke Island Fishing & Manteo NC Fishing

Country Girl Charters

Roanoke Island Fishing
1 Sailfish Drive, Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

As one of the few boats in the Oregon Inlet fishing fleet that is licensed to carry more than six anglers, the 57-foot Country Girl can be...read more

As one of the few boats in the Oregon Inlet fishing fleet that is licensed...read more

Crystal Dawn Head Boat

Manteo Fishing
2000 Sailfish Drive, Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

Looking to get out on the water? Crystal Dawn, docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, is a comfortable, 65-foot, double-...read more

Looking to get out on the water? Crystal Dawn, docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on...read more

OBX On The Fly

Manteo Fishing
107 Sir Walter Street, Suite 107, Manteo
(252) 473-1300

The Outer Banks' only fly-fishing shop is in downtown Manteo. OBX On The Fly is the fly-fishing hub of the Outer Banks, where you can purchase rods, reels,...read more

The Outer Banks' only fly-fishing shop is in downtown Manteo. OBX On The Fly is...read more

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina

Nags Head Fishing
2000 Sailfish Drive, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Manteo
(252) 473-3906

Just about every afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m., a dozen or more sport fishing boats return from the Gulf Stream to the Pirate’s Cove Marina to unload their...read more

Just about every afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m., a dozen or more sport fishing...read more

Wanchese Marina

Wanchese Fishing
4457 Mill Landing Road, Wanchese
(252) 473-3247

Big things are happening at Wanchese Marina, located in the heart of Wanchese. New owners totally revamped and added to the restaurant, marina, fleet and...read more

Big things are happening at Wanchese Marina, located in the heart of Wanchese. New owners...read more

Fishin' Fannatic is proud to offer an unmatched Outer Banks fishing experience with Captain Mark Fann and his seasoned crew. With more...read more

Keller Fishing Supply sells commercial fishing products and supplies, but you don't have to be a commercial fisherman to shop there. Recreational fishermen...read more

Mashoes Boat Ramp is located along East Lake and gives access to South Lake, Alligator River and Albemarle Sound. There's a single boat-launch lane that's...read more