Fishing is abundant in our area and can be as relaxing or as exhilarating as you want it to be, but don’t forget your fishing license (see below for more information). We’ve also got you covered if sports are your game – from golf to skateboarding to tennis and beyond.
If you are over 16 years old, you must have a CFRL (Coastal Recreational Fishing License) for freshwater and saltwater rod and reel fishing. Licenses range from $15-$30 depending on residency and type and can be purchased at most sporting good and tackle shops, including Wal-Mart. Contact the North Carolina Wildlife Organization (888.248.6834) for more information.
The excitement of reeling in a giant fish is fun for the entire family, not just the salty dogs. Our area is well known for excellent fishing throughout the year and trips can be tailored to fit your group – freshwater or saltwater, inshore, offshore or gulf-stream, quarter-day to full-day – whatever floats your boat! Click here for more information on local charter fishing.
Pier and Surf Fishing
Cast a line from your beach chair or from one of our two great fishing piers – Oak Island Fishing Pier (910.278.9400) and Ocean Crest Pier (910.278.6674). You can also fish from the Southport City Pier located next to Southport’s Waterfront Park.
Whether your participating in the tournament or just enjoying the festivities, there are several great fishing tournaments in our area throughout the year. Check out these great fishing tournaments!
Boat Ramps & Marinas
We have many marinas and boat ramps for boats of all sizes, from kayaks to sport fishers. Stop in to fuel up and replenish, or dock for the night or longer. Click here for a list of area boat ramps and marinas.