Fishing in Wilmington, NC

If you're really serious about fishing, the Wilmington, NC area hosts some of the state's premier fishing tournaments. Recreational anglers will enjoy easy access to the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean as well as Sutton Lake where bass fishing is popular. Charter fishing is also popular. No matter what you select - pier fishing, surf fishing, kayak fishing or something else - sure to get a recreational fishing license required by the N.C. Wildlife Commission.

Featured Local Businesses

Head Boats and Charters

No Excuses Fishing Charters Wilmington Fishing
Wilmington, NC
(910) 777-8405

This year-round fishing charter service specializes in custom, light tackle saltwater trips around Topsail Island, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and the Cape Fear River. Captain Mike Pedersen is USCG-licensed with more than 30 years of fishing experience. There are no cookie cutter charters here; Captain Mike listens to your interests, considers...more about No Excuses Fishing Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC
(910) 619-8509

Experience a chartered fishing trip in Wrightsville or Topsail Beach aboard the Corona Daze, a TR 22 Triton Sea Hunt with center console. The Corona Daze comes equipped with full electronics, including two GPS systems featuring sonar and radar. Captain Mike Hoffman, a Wilmington native, has been fishing since he was...more about Corona Daze Charters

Wilmington, NC
(910) 231-6133

Plan your next inshore or offshore fishing adventure through Hieronymus Fishing Charters. They offer a wide variety of inshore fishing from slight casting for red drum in two feet of water to exploring 50 feet of water around near-shore reefs for big king mackerel. you're sure to catch fish aboard the...more about Hieronymus Fishing Charters

435 Eastwood Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 792-6945

Hook, Line & Paddle Canoe & Kayak Outfitters is one of the largest kayak fishing and paddleboard fishing dealers in North Carolina. As the sport of paddle fishing grows in popularity, so does the store's large stock of fishing kayaks, fishing stand up paddleboards and tons of paddle fishing accessories. Join...more about Hook, Line & Paddle Canoe & Kayak Outfitters

5419 Peden Point Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28409
(910) 619-9580

With Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters you’ll find a variety of boats perfect for fishing the calm waters of the Cape Fear waterways. Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters provides fishing experiences for inshore, near-shore and the backwaters of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Southport and Bald Head Island. From sight-casting for redfish in Buzzard’s Bay to live-bait fishing...more about Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters

Vonda Kay Fishing Charters

Fishing Piers

6300 River Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 798-7198

River Road Park, south of the State Port and about 10 miles from downtown Wilmington, features a handicapped-accessible fishing pier on the Cape Fear River. The park has a boat ramp and parking, playground equipment, picnic tables, bathroom facilities and a shelter that can be rented for social occasions. Call (910)...more about River Road Park

Equipment and Supplies

Riley Rods Wilmington Fishing
Wilmington, NC
(910) 319-7025

Riley Rods designs and builds custom fishing rods using the latest high-tech components and materials that deliver both performance and personality. Their Loki Lightning Coastal Rods are a favorite of tournament-winning anglers for targeting red drum or a sow speck. For fishing open waters there's Thor Thunder Jigging Rods®, designed and...more about Riley Rods

Snyders Fishing Tackle Wilmington Fishing
2801 River Rd SE
Winnabow, NC 28479
(910) 337-2816

Jim Snyder spent more than 25 years working in the fishing tackle industry including serving on the advisory panel for Fishing Tackle Retailer Magazine, the top publication of the fishing industry. As a result of this experience, Jim can help you with anything you need to know about fishing in fresh...more about Snyders Fishing Tackle

Leland, NC 28451
(910) 599-4054

Fine tackle and custom rods make dreams of hooking prize fish come true. With more than 50 years of combined fishing experience in eastern North Carolina fresh and salt waters, this crew of expert anglers knows what it takes to catch fish. From casting to spinning, trolling and bottom fishing, they...more about Drift Brothers Tackle and Custom Rods

6332 Oleander Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 392-3500
(888) 325-4285

Intracoastal Angler is a full-service inshore and offshore tackle shop. Intracoastal specializes in custom rigging, destination outfitting and advising anglers on the latest techniques to catch more fish from local waters. You can also book your next guide trip for inshore, offshore and saltwater fishing through the store's network of local captains....more about Intracoastal Angler

215 Old Eastwood Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 791-1763

The largest independent tackle shop in the region, Tex's Tackle & Bait carries everything you need for a successful fishing adventure, including rods, reels and frozen bait. The store's extensive inventory is impressive, as is its commitment to carrying only the best quality products at competitive prices. The line winding department...more about Tex's Tackle & Bait

Drift Brothers Tackle nad Custom Rods

Fishing Licenses

3220 Wrightsville Ave.
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 791-6280
816 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC
(910) 793-1904
127 Cardinal Dr.
WIlmington, NC 28403
(910) 796-7215
815 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC
(910) 799-5360
5226 Sigmon Rd.
Wilmington, NC
(910) 392-4034
Riley Rods
No Excuses Fishing Charters
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