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.

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

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

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six or more people. Call for rates and schedules. These Outer Banks charter fishing trips usually yield tuna and mahi-mahi, wahoo, king mackerel, marlin or sailfish depending on the season and conditions. The Country Girl also offers head boat-style wreck fishing. The 57-foot sportfisher can accommodate up to 27 passengers and... read more

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six... read more

Crystal Dawn Head Boat

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

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Crystal Dawn is conveniently accessible for anyone based on the northern Outer Banks. The comfortable 65-foot double-decker boat offers head boat fishing in the sounds and around Oregon Inlet as well as a variety of fun cruises around Roanoke Island. On a head boat fishing trip you'll catch fish... read more

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags... read more

Fishin' Fannatic

Wanchese Marina
Wanchese Fishing
4457 Mill Landing Road, Wanchese Marina, Wanchese
(252) 473-7092

The captain and crew of the Fishin' Fannatic take their fishing passion seriously, welcoming anglers of all ages and skill levels to experience a day at sea and make memories that last a lifetime. Captain Mark Fann has more than 35 years of fishing experience and is an expert fin-finder for a range of catches including tuna, mahi, wahoo, sailfish and marlin. With plenty of... read more

The captain and crew of the Fishin' Fannatic take their fishing passion seriously, welcoming anglers... read more

OBX Marina

Wanchese Fishing
708 Harbor Drive, Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park, Wanchese
(252) 473-9991

One of the most popular things to do on the Outer Banks is to go fishing. OBX Marina offers centralized booking for offshore and inshore charter fishing equipped with a fleet of 15 charter boats. Their booking service provides hassle-free, book-where-you-board convenience. OBX Marina offers many varieties of fishing charters, from full-day excursions to the Gulf Stream to half-day, light-tackle trips in the sound. They also... read more

One of the most popular things to do on the Outer Banks is to go 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 are in the process of totally revamping and adding to the restaurant, marina, fleet and property. The on-site restaurant, The Landing, has been totally renewed with a bright dining area upfront, a new kitchen and a new steam bar that looks out over the marina in back. They serve breakfast,... read more

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