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Corolla Fishing

Corolla 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 what is biting on the Outer Banks, check out Outer Banks Fishing Reports or go to Outer Banks Charter Fishing to book a charter.

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.

Corolla Bait and Tackle

1070 Ocean Trail
Corolla
(252) 453-9500
603 Currituck Drive
The Shoppes at the Currituck Club
Corolla
(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. 

Outer Banks Charter Fishing Adventures/Corolla Bait and Tackle

Thicket Lump Marina
1070 Ocean Trail
Corolla
(252) 453-9500
603 Currituck Drive
The Shoppes at the Currituck Club
Corolla
(252) 453-9690

Corolla Bait and Tackle offers two-hour sunset cruises where you take a relaxing cruise around the sound and see Monkey Island, birds and other wildlife. They also offer a pontoon-boat trip to the winery at Knott’s Island. You enjoy a short boat trip across the sound, participate in a wine tasting at the beautiful vineyards then motor back to Corolla. Be sure to bring binoculars, snacks and drinks. Want a little more action? Ask about the full range of fishing trips offered here; for more information see Fishing. Keith Cummings, owner of Corolla Bait and Tackle, also provides guided fishing opportunities. He’s a pro, and he loves sharing his fishing knowledge.

TW’s Bait and Tackle

815 B Ocean Trail
Corolla
(252) 453-3339
3864 N. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 4
Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-7848
2230 S. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 10.5
Nags Head
(252) 441-4807

TW’s Bait and Tackle stores in Corolla, Kitty Hawk and Nags Head have been an angler’s landmark destination for many years. Each location is a full-service tackle shop offering the latest and greatest selection of inshore, offshore, surf, fly and freshwater tackle. TW’s stocks quality tackle from some of the top manufacturers such as Avet, Daiwa, Shimano, Costa Del Mar, Black Bart Lures, Berkley Gulp, Bluewater Lures and Yeti Coolers to name a few. When it comes to bait, TW’s has it covered, from lively eels, bloodworms and minnows to a huge selection of fresh and frozen fish-catching delicacies. TW’s also carries ballyhoo, high-speed jigs and accessories for the offshore angler. They also carry fun and functional clothing for the whole family, stocking brands such as Columbia, Under Armour, Pelagic,Salt Life, Calcutta, Guy Harvey, Costa Del Mar, Buff, Heybo and Drake. Get your “Fish On” with their awesome selection of gifts, fish mounts, Tervis and Signature Tumblers, custom T-shirts, sweats, hats and decals. TW’s is one-stop shopping for those who love to fish or just look like they do. The shops have a warm friendly atmosphere and a helpful experienced staff. Stop by, weigh a fish and share your fishing story.