Duck fishing enthusiasts know that there’s more than one way to catch a fish on the Outer Banks. Those with a lot of Outer Banks fishing experience will often just set off on their own to surf fish, drop a line in the Currituck Sound or cast off from one of the nearby Outer Banks fishing piers. But if you’re new to Duck fishing and want more help, you can choose from head boats, off-shore charters or private guides where you’ll have a captain and a mate to show you the ropes. Outer Banks fishing charters are available to take you to any of the surrounding sounds. Or, if you want to have that thrill of offshore Gulf Stream fishing where you pull in the big game fish, you can book a charter boat that heads out of Oregon Inlet, Pirate’s Cove, Manteo or Wanchese.
Duck fishing fans (well, all Outer Banks fishing folks, to be exact) should know that all saltwater anglers are required to buy the N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License. The 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. 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 your Duck fishing excursion includes freshwater fishing in the northern Currituck Sound, a Freshwater Fishing License is required. Licenses are available at tackle shops, Walmart, 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.