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Fishing in North Carolina, A brief look

From the 6,000-foot peaks of the Smoky Mountains to the sun splashed beaches of the coast, North Carolina is blessed with abundant waters and quality fishing. Some of the Atlantic's best red drum fishing can be found in North Carolina along with premier blackwater swamp streams and clear, fast-flowing trout fishing rivers of in mountains. Another unique attribute to North Carolina fishing is due to the proximity of the Gulf Stream which comes closer off Cape Hatteras than any other location along the eastern seaboard. This provides excellent blue marlin fishing off North Carolina's coast.

One of the most popular North Carolina fishing destination is high in the Appalachian mountains close to the Tennessee border where trout fishing ranks high. Over two-thousand miles of trout fishing waters extends as far east as the Upper Dan River north of the Winston-Salem area. Some of the best trout fishing in the U.S. can be found in these areas and specifically the streams off the Nantahala River, which is also popular for bass fishing. The Outer Banks, composed of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, provide a unique and pristine fishing environment.

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North Carolina Fishing Locations

Fishing in North Carolina is the most prevalent in the following areas: Fresh water fishing: Upper Dan River, Nantahala River, Cheoah Reservoir, Tuckasegee River, Fontana Lake, Piedmont River, Catawba River System, Lake Hickory, Lake Norman, Yadkin River System, Yadkin-Pee Dee, High Rock Lake. North Carolina Coastal Plains, North Carolina Sounds, Currituck Sound, Hatteras Island

North Carolina Fishing Species

Popular North Carolina fishing species include: Trout varieties, bass varieties, flathead catfish, channel catfish, walleyes, carp, suckers, shad, bluegills. Coastal fishing: sunfish, carp, shad, striped bass, pickerel, black bass, panfish, mackerel, flounder, bluefish, trout, cobia. Offshore game fish: blue marlin, wahoo, dolphin, bonito, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna, king mackerel, sailfish, white marlin

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