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29 Mar 2023
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Calling all fishing enthusiasts!

A renowned fishing village, the Oak Island and Southport North Carolina waters are popular for local anglers and big traveling & tournament fishermen. Home of the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, the area attracts a major sport fishing event that draws over 400 boats and awards thousands for the overall winners. Ready to explore the fishing yourself?

Popular locations for fishing are piers and the area is home to plenty of spots, like the Southport City Pier, the Oak Island Pier, Ocean Crest Fishing Pier, and other smaller public fishing docks throughout the island. 78th Street Crab Dock, Malcolm Register Park, Veterans Park, and there’s access points through the island at the end of streets on the Davis Canal and the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Surf fishing is likely one of the most popular ways to fish at Oak Island. The Oak Island Recreation Center offers fishing seminars that take you from the surf sand to the frying pan.

Fishing charters are typically high producing adventures for a fresh catch. Most of the Captains are locals and they intimately know the waterways and are bait ready and full equipped to help you fish successfully. They know what is biting and when, the regulations, and are certified. Get more information here!

Bait and tackle stores are all around the area, like Oak Island Sporting Goods, Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle, Wildlife Bait & Tackle, and Mad Kingz Tackel.



Your fishing adventure isn't complete without booking your stay! View our selection of Oak Island vacation rentals, ranging from oceanfront homes to cozy cottages rows back. Questions? Use our contact form to submit any inquiries about your trip planning!