Fishing is part of the history of Corolla and the Currituck Banks dating back to the original native tribes and first settlers. Everything the Outer Banks fishing enthusiast needs is readily available in Corolla from fishing equipment rentals and bait and tackle outlets to Outer Banks fishing charters in the ocean and sound. And for complete information on everything to do with Outer Banks fishing, just click the What’s Biting link to the left or go to Outer Banks Charter Fishing.
All saltwater anglers are required to buy the N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License. The Outer Banks fishing license can be purchased on a 10-day, annual or lifetime basis or combined with other licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Children younger than 16 do not need a license. For-hire vessels and ocean fishing piers have the option to purchase a blanket license that covers all their fishing patrons, so you may not need the license to fish on a certain pier or charter boat; be sure to ask. Outer Banks fishing licenses can be purchased online at www.ncwildlife.org or by calling (888) 248-6834 or at many of the local tackle shops.
If part of your Corolla fishing plans involve fishing in the northern Currituck Sound, you’ll need a Freshwater Fishing License. Licenses are available at tackle shops, Wal-Mart, K-mart and at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla, or they can be purchased at www.ncwildlife.org.
Remember, there’s a reason they call it fishing and not catching. You won’t catch something every time you go out on a Corolla fishing safari, but if you’re persistent, you’ll have something to show for your efforts.
Below you’ll find many of the local Corolla fishing businesses. Also visit our Outer Banks Charter Fishing Guide for a list of charter fishing boats.
- 1070 Ocean Trail
- (252) 453-9500, (252) 453-9690
Keith Cummings, owner of Corolla Bait and Tackle, goes beyond the call of duty when it comes to sharing his fishing knowledge. Everyone who comes through the door gets fishing instruction. This full-service tackle shop sells every major brand of tackle for fresh and saltwater plus gear, fresh bait, crabbing supplies, ice and more. The advice is free. Corolla Bait and Tackle rents rods, reels and crab pots. Surf fishing classes are offered as well. See Outer Banks Charter Fishing Adventures for guided fishing opportunities.
- 815B Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza
- (252) 453-3339
TW’s is a well-respected Outer Banks tackle shop that’s been in business for 29 years. TW’s sells all the fishing gear, sportswear and bait you’ll need for the whole family to enjoy fishing in the sound or ocean. They have a large selection of lures, jigs, bottom rigs, nets, crabbing supplies and more, and they stock fresh bait like shrimp and mullet and lots of frozen baits. You can rent rods and reels here. Best of all, the folks at TW’s offer lots of free advice for everyone from the novice fisherman to the experienced angler. TW’s is also located in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head. See Shopping for more about the sportswear and home décor items sold here.
Corolla Jeep Adventures and Wild Horse Tours
- 1070 Ocean Trail, Whalehead Bay Shoppes
- (252) 453-6899, (252) 453-0077
Corolla Jeep Rentals and Tours offers a variety of fishing charters, held in either the sound or the ocean, for a half-, three-quarter or full day. Depending upon which trip you choose, you can catch mackerel, marlin, tuna and dolphin. The boats carry up to six passengers, and if you don’t have a group of six ready to go; they can accommodate you with a make-up charter. All fishing tackle is included, so all you need to bring is lunch.
Outer Banks Charter Fishing Adventures
- 603 Currituck Clubhouse Drive, The Shoppes at the Currituck Club and 101 Austin Street, Corolla Light Village
- (252) 453-9500, (252) 453-9690
Keith Cummings, owner of Corolla Bait and Tackle, provides these guided fishing opportunities. He’s a pro, and he loves sharing his fishing knowledge.