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From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, the “Tar Heel State” is about as diverse as it gets. It’s a hotbed of angling activity year-round, with something to cater to all tastes and skill levels. And, as far as we’re concerned, a must-visit for anyone wanting to try a diverse range of fishing techniques. But what about the specific fishing seasons in North Carolina?
Before deciding where and when to cast your line, you want to know what’s biting when. No matter what kind of fishing you’re looking to try, we have you covered below. We’ll give you a rundown of all fishing seasons in North Carolina, going month-by-month in this in-depth guide. By the time you’re done reading, we’re sure you’ll either be reaching for your rod or booking your next visit. So let’s get started!
What to Expect from North Carolina Fishing Seasons
Diverse is the best term to describe fishing in North Carolina, and that goes for its fishing seasons, too. Whenever you visit, there’ll be something biting from the rivers to the lakes, and out to the Atlantic Ocean. But the specific fish that pass by – or at least hit their peak – will vary month-by-month. And it all depends on whether you want to try saltwater or freshwater fishing.
In the saltwater world, there’s always something biting. As you can see below, some inshore favorites are available year-round. That means that a trip to the OBX’s inshore sounds is always in the cards. It also goes for the bays on the state’s southern coast too.
But if you’re looking for an offshore adventure, you’d better choose what you want to target carefully. Tuna are biting year-round, with Bluefin Tuna even available in winter – although the weather conditions may not be great. Billfish, meanwhile, peak in summer, and go on through the start of fall, along with Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and more.
As for freshwater fishing, there are also clear seasons where fishing peaks and troughs. For example, Trout fishing in mountain streams takes off in spring, with a fall run also offering anglers a second chance later on in the year. This will particularly entice fly anglers, with Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout all available.
Then you have your year-round favorites, like Largemouth Bass and Panfish. While these creatures are available whenever you visit, you may need to keep an eye on the moon and time of day to get that perfect bite. With Catfish brightening up your summer, Perch offering different seasons, and Spotted and Hybrid Striped Bass also showing up, North Carolina’s freshwater fishing season is always changing!
When is North Carolina’s best fishing season?
As we mentioned above, we’ll give you a run through North Carolina’s fishing seasons month by month. With every kind of fishing you could imagine possible, it’s tricky to pick the best season. It all boils down to you and your preferences!
To see what’s biting this month, why not check what North Carolina fishing guides are saying right now? If you’re looking for a particular time of year, though, read on and find out what’s biting when you want to visit.
If you’re looking to start the year in style, then North Carolina has a treat for you. It may be cold, but there’s one creature willing to brave it all to give you the chance for the catch of a lifetime. Bluefin Tuna love the winters in the Atlantic Ocean, as their cold blood means they can survive it comfortably and even dive deep with your line. Not only that, but they grow to incredible sizes and offer plenty of delicious meat. Just beware, an offshore trip this time of year may be weather-dependent.
That’s not to say that saltwater fishing isn’t possible on a choppy day. Far from it. The sounds and bays of North Carolina are full of creatures just waiting to take your bait. Black Drum, Redfish, and Trout are options for anglers of all levels, while Snappers are also biting nearshore.
Freshwater fishing more your thing? No worries. Despite the cold, there’ll be plenty of action to keep you warm, with Panfish and Largemouth Bass the most likely to take your bait. They’ll feed throughout the day, usually coming up a couple of hours after sunrise and staying until mid-afternoon. Give Lake Tilley or High Rock Lake a try, depending on where you are.
Don’t worry about the winter blues in North Carolina – there’s always fishing to cheer you up. It’s more of the same come February, with Bluefin Tuna starring in the deep waters offshore. While it won’t be easy – neither to plan your trip nor land these beasts – the rewards are well worth it. You’ll have a hearty meal guaranteed if you take a Tuna home.
Fishing in the sounds and bays is going strong, with the usual suspects like Redfish rearing their heads to the water tops. This is a great way to test your skills and get beginners into sportfishing, with the Outer Banks and oceanside cities like Morehead and Jacksonville offering plenty of opportunities whenever you visit.
Inland, there’s also plenty to target, with White Perch making an appearance in the rivers. Bluegill and Crappie are also popular in urban and suburban lakes, meaning that anyone can land a tasty dish to take home. Whether you’re near Raleigh, Wilmington, or all the way up near the Virginia border, there’s a body of water with your name on it.
As winter fades away, spring threatens to break through and there are signs of new life everywhere you look. That’s actually why you won’t be able to target certain species in certain areas, as the authorities want to let some baby fish flourish. We’re talking about the hatchery-supported Trout fisheries, where you’ll be banned from fishing throughout March.
That doesn’t mean that freshwater fishing in North Carolina is off the table completely, however. Spotted, Striped, and Hybrid Striped Bass, along with Perch are thriving in streams and lakes, particularly in remote areas. Lakes Gaston and Norman, and Badin Lake promise the best action, but there’s plenty more across the state.
It’s heating up in saltwater, too, although it’s still not peak fishing season in North Carolina. We suggest you practice your skills inshore before big game season hits, with Black Drum, Redfish, and Trout all worthy opponents. If your heart is set on an offshore adventure, Yellowfin Tuna are on the menu, rubbing shoulders with their Bluefin cousins for a short period only. Again, just make sure that the weather is good before heading out.
Spring has truly spring in North Carolina come April, and anglers from all corners of the state (and beyond) come out. Fly fishing season kicks off for freshwater anglers, while saltwater fishing heats up the further out you go. Whether looking for some RnR during spring break, or hoping to take the kids away, NC is the place to be.
We mentioned fly fishing, and it’s the mountain streams in the north and west that deserve your attention. The Great Smoky Mountains, in particular, are brimming with hungry Trout – three kinds in fact! The action peaks towards the end of the month as the waters warm up. It’s also non-stop action in the rivers and reservoirs, with multiple Bass species joining Panfish to provide a fishing frenzy.
There’s no letting up on inshore fishing, either, as the usual suspects are likely to be on the end of your line. Further out, Kingfish, Cobia, and Amberjack start to show up in big numbers, while big game fishing promises plenty as the weather gets calmer. Yellowfin Tuna swim by in the Gulf Stream, so it’s all about meat wherever you go.
North Carolina’s peak fishing season gets underway in May. Freshwater fishing is better and better, with the Atlantic Ocean also promising numerous bites and tough battles. Make the most of Memorial Day weekend at the Cherokee Trout Tournament, or hit up any of the numerous festivals that take place around the water.
Speaking of Trout, Brook, Brown, and Rainbow varieties really hit their stride across the state. If we’d have to pick one location to visit, we’d suggest the Catawba River and its “special” waters. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, though, any local lake or river will do, since Crappie, Bluegill, as well as Spotted and Hybrid Striped Bass are also in the cards.
Offshore, it’s not quite peak season for the pelagics, but you can find some early arrivals. If you can’t wait for that deep sea adventure, you could hook into Mahi Mahi and Billfish, along with Tuna. But we suggest hitting the surf or a North Carolina fishing pier, where Cobia and Kingfish come close enough to reel in. It’s also an excellent time to hit the bays and sounds to practice your skills before the real monsters arrive.
It’s the time everyone has been waiting for. Big game fishing season in North Carolina is here, as the warm weather brings with it hungry pelagic creatures. The benefit of fishing in June is that you get all the pluses of fishing in summer without the crowds! You can discover the wilderness of the Outer Banks, where fishing is a way of life. Explore bustling towns like Wilmington. And you can still even escape from it all and hit the mountain streams. June really does have it all.
Firstly, let’s focus on offshore fishing, with Mahi Mahi and Wahoo arriving in great numbers. Between dry land and the Gulf Stream everything is possible, but it gets better the further out you go. Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna promise tasty fish fillets after a tough workout, but the real prize comes when you encounter Billfish. Blue and White Marlin, along with their cousins, Sailfish, will give any angler a run for their money.
That doesn’t mean that there’s no inshore fishing to be had, however. On the contrary. Tarpon make their way to North Carolina in June, giving you the chance for a battle comparable to that of a Billfish in the shallows! Meanwhile, Trout, Bass, Perch, and Panfish are still in their peak season, so there’s an endless list of places to visit!
Things calm down a little inland as it gets hotter, but that just means getting your time of day right. Get out on the water early in the morning or around sunset, and you could get your fill of Trout and Bass. Stay throughout the day, and Catfish are a new possibility, as they hungrily lurch along the river and lake beds.
When it comes to saltwater fishing, anglers from all over the country flock to the coastline – and for good reason. Not only is school out, but it’s also peak fishing season in North Carolina. Tarpon are in full swing in the shallows, while Redfish, Bluefish, and Speckled Trout mean that the whole family can enjoy the water.
Want to head further out? Fishing has never been better. Sailfish and Blue and White Marlin are a real sight for sore eyes in the Gulf Stream. But you’d better get ready for sore arms, too, if you plan on doing battle with these brutes. There’s also plenty to fill the cooler, too, with Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Bigeye Tuna offshore. What better way to end the day than with some fresh fish on the BBQ as you look back out on the sea?
Looking for a summer getaway? North Carolina’s 3,000-plus miles of coastline might just have something to tempt you. From relaxing on the pristine beaches of Bald Head Island to spotting wild horses in the Outer Banks, there’s almost nothing NC doesn’t offer! With incredible fishing wherever you look, what more could you want?
As ever, the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds are teeming with inshore fish. Head out to the Gulf Stream, and Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo are still possible. And, if you’re looking for the ultimate test of attrition, Billfish are biting strongly in the deep. As a result, be sure to bring plenty of liquids for those hot summer days.
It’s still a little warm for freshwater fish to come out and play, although Catfish are still going strong. Meanwhile, Perch are also available in abundance, and they may be tempted to the water tops first thing in the morning. Pitch up near a local lake and spend a whole day with the family – with one eye on the fishery, of course.
The kids are back in school and the focus turns to the holiday season rather than summer vacation. But we’re here to tell you why that shouldn’t be the case! The fish aren’t going anywhere and it’s still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. Meanwhile, there’s the added bonus of the lack of crowds, giving you the perfect opportunity to get away from it all.
Saltwater fishing is still at its strongest. You can make the most of calm waters offshore, as you go after Billfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and more. Inshore, Redfish are at their biggest, making for a truly memorable battle against what they call “Bull” specimens. With Tarpon still prowling the shallows, there’s never been a better time to visit.
As it cools down towards the end of the month, Largemouth Bass hit their stride once more, while Brown, Brook, and Rainbow Trout are also active in rural streams. Catfish make the most of the last of the warm weather, and there’s always a Panfish or two ready to take your bait. All in all, there’s something for everyone!
While the highs of summer are certainly gone, North Carolinians get back to the day-to-day. And where there’s water, there’s fishing. Come and see just how fishing is a part of everyday life, from the Great Smokies to the Outer Banks, via Lake Sutton, and more.
There are still some lingering Billfish if you can find a day when the weather is good enough to take you offshore. If not, then the shallows are still as productive as ever. Tarpon remain fierce throughout the month, while Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder promise action and tasty treats.
It’s peak fly fishing season once again, as Trout make their annual fall run. Hit the Great Smokies or the Cherokee Reservation for the best action, but explore any lake where these beauties are stocked and you won’t be disappointed. Looking to tackle Bass? Hybrid, Spotted, and Largemouth varieties are all biting in good numbers, so you’re sure to have the chance to test your skills.
Veterans Day is the last real holiday where fishing can take center stage, so why not pay a visit to North Carolina and land something delicious for the family for Thanksgiving? Okay, so it’s not traditional, but with the range of creatures on offer, you bet nobody will be complaining if you serve them up some fish.
While Bluefin Tuna return to the deep waters, the choppy waters make for a difficult excursion. Therefore, we suggest sticking to the bays and sounds, where there’s little risk of getting lost at sea. All the favorites are still biting, with Redfish, Bluefish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout all likely to take your bait.
It’s more about the game than table fare in freshwater, as Trout remain active in the rivers and streams. Sure, you can take a couple home with you, but we suggest catching and releasing these fish to fight another day. After all, you’ll want to come back again in spring when they come back, hungrier than ever before!
It’s getting cold and some charter operators shut up shop for the holiday period. But that doesn’t mean you have to pack away your angling gear. We all know the weather can be fickle, so find a calm day and get out on the water. As is always the case in North Carolina, the fishing possibilities are endless.
Freshwater fishing tails off to some extent, as the cold waters put some fish in hibernation. Not all creatures are scared of the cold, though. If you get your timing right, however, you could hook into Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill, and a range of Bass. Not bad for the so-called “off-season”, eh?
Saltwater fishing is more reliable, however. While you’ll only find the hardiest captain to take you on a Bluefin mission, the inshore waters are still as good as ever. Reds, Blues, and Trout are staples of the North Carolina fishing scene, so stock up the freezer with this enviable range of species and see out the year in style!
North Carolina Fishing Seasons: The Party Never Stops
So there you have it. You now know exactly when to come to the Tar Heel State for your angling adventure. As we’ve already said, whenever you visit, the fishing is sure to be on fire. It all depends on what you want to catch. Pair up with a local charter guide or head out on your own. No matter what you do, serious thrills and even better rewards are all but guaranteed.
What’s your favorite fishing season in North Carolina? Any tips or tricks to share with our readers? Hit up the comments below and get in touch!
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5 Reasons Why All Inclusive Resorts Like Holy Ship! Wrecked Might Be Better Than A Festival
Imagine a music festival that is right on the sandy beaches of Mexico. Drinks, food and lodging are all taken care of the entire weekend and you are always just minutes from any of the stages.
Well, there’s no need to imagine because numerous events around the world like Holy Ship! Wrecked are happening at all-inclusive resorts.
Here’s why all-inclusives might actually be better than a normal festival.
The convenience of being at an all-inclusive resort while simultaneously being at a music festival is unmatched. The walk from your bed to each part of most resorts is no longer than 10 minutes.
No more waiting for Ubers to the festival itself, because you are already on the festival grounds, 24/7. Feel free to grab a bite to eat while jamming out to your favorite artists. Most resorts have grab-and-go food options that allow you to eat what you want, at the speed you want.
2. Included Amenities
Talk about a beautiful backdrop for a music festival, as the Hard Rock Cancun Resort sits on the beautiful beaches of Cancun. With your stay you get a music festival ticket, all-you-can-eat meals, and all-you-can-drink alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) beverages.
At the Hard Rock, you can also expect to have 24-hour room service and a jacuzzi in your room. If that wasn’t enough, you can enjoy many amenities on the property as well, such as a gym, swimming, and even a whole water park!
3. No Hidden Fees
Have you ever been to a city festival and realized that you wanted to get a drink? And then you realize later that you lost track and accidentally bought a few rounds for each of your friends?
Sometimes city festivals can cost more than originally planned, which is the beauty of an all-inclusive resort festival. You are made aware of all amenities beforehand and unless you want to participate in an off-resort activity, or you break something in your room, you will not be charged anything extra to enjoy what the Hard Rock Resort has to offer.
4. Unlimited Re-entry
While not allowing re-entry at most festivals is a measure put in place for safety reasons, it can be an inconvenience when you have scanned inside the festival and forgot something like a jacket or water bottle.
When you get to Holy Ship! Wrecked, there is programming that lasts almost all day and night. At any time you are allowed to leave, go to your room, and come back to the music. Having unlimited re-entry can allow you to go swimming during the day and dress into your best rave fits at night!
5. Make Friends Around the World
Holy Ship! Wrecked attracts a worldwide crowd, many of whom will be traveling to Cancun, Mexico for this year’s edition of the festival.
While at city-wide festivals there can be some travelers, the majority of the attendees are from the city/country the festival is being held in.
The majority of attendees of Holy Ship are not living in Cancun, Mexico, so it gives attendees a chance to meet new friends from around the world and experience a little bit of what makes Mexico such a fantastic place to visit.
Holy Ship! Wrecked is taking place in Cancun, Mexico December 12-16, 2023. Click here to reserve a room.
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Published Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2023 18:59:14 +0000
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Party Favor and NITTI‘s house project never misses a beat. SIDEPIECE has earned a reputation for pulling inspiration from a wide gamut of genres, all the while keeping pace with a 4 beat kick drum. The duo specializes in house music, with a focus on groovy basslines and catchy hooks. Their shows carry a certain type of unique energy that enthralls listeners who can’t help but dance. After a huge year of releases including a recent collab with the Golden State Warriors, The GRAMMY-nominated Los Angeles based house duo returned to New York for the next iteration of their tour Friday December 1st, with support from Mark Knight, Cloverdale and Akki.
Having followed the duo since their early days working together, it was amazing seeing their sound evolve into what is today along with their production. SIDEPIECE as a project has an easy to grasp and goofy concept that doesn’t take itself too seriously; and it reflects in the energy and music that they produce. This carries over into their live performances as well, where Dylan and Ricky think quick on their feet and are able to deliver exactly what the crowd wants and when they want it. You can tell that they are just there to have fun, and it puts the crowd at ease and encourages them to do so as well. The Great Hall was decked out with large inflatable lips — aligning with their visual concept, and the stage was elevated and well thought out. There was no shortage of lights, lasers, and cryo cannons. It was a spectacular show, and one of the last few tour stops this year. Make sure to catch them if they are in your city! Ticket information here.
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Published Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2023 16:20:56 +0000
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Finland’s Weekend Festival Announces Headliners
Weekend Festival returns to Espoo’s new Vermo Arena for a second time on August 2 and 3 2024 with a mouthwatering line-up of global dance superstars. The first wave of headliners for this year’s event includes Timmy Trumpet, Ann Clue, Boris Brejcha, Da Tweekaz, Darude, Deniz Bul, Kanine, Moritz Hofbauer, Showtek, Sub Zero Project, Tungevaag, Vibe Chemistry, Will Sparks and on top of that come even more global superstars including Alan Walker, Tiësto, Wade, Miane, Coone and Dion Visser.
General sale will start on December 11th 8 am CET.
The Award winning Weekend Festival has fast established itself as one of the best electronic festivals in Europe and is considered the best party of the year in Finland. Over the last decade, it has welcomed more than 850 artists, over 840,000 visitors from more than 50 different countries and has been held not only in Finland but also in Estonia and Sweden. It is an unforgettable two days for those who seek the adrenaline rush of live performances but also look for a comprehensive experience that includes visual arts, interactive installations, and the companionship of like-minded music lovers.
Weekend Festival welcomes 20,000 people to the Vermo Arena – a famous horse racing track venue. It is a great setting with plenty of nearby accommodation options, and is accessible from local train and tram stations just 10 minutes away from Helsinki city centre. It comes alive with next level production, world class sound systems, immersive lights and plenty more. This year Weekend Festival will cater for 18+ attendees only.
Weekend Festival continues to uphold a remarkable reputation by offering the largest-scale electronic music event ever witnessed in Finland, backed of course by top level production. This significant investment in the festival’s production is also reflected in the event’s appeal, the pre-sale registrations exceeded 15,000—a number that greatly surpasses the registration figures of previous years. The limited availability of tickets further highlights the festival’s exclusivity and high demand.
Weekend Festival 2023 Main Stage – © Heikki Salonen
Says Marketing Director Atro Anttila, “We definitely think that going back to our roots was exactly the right direction for us. Electronic music is again clearly growing internationally, and Weekend Festival is the only festival of this scale in Northern Europe where you can get such a comprehensive electronic dance music experience. Coming back to Espoo felt like a warm homecoming. With our finger on the pulse of the latest trends and an ear for the globe’s hottest beats, we are ready to amplify the energy and bring the most electrifying parties to Northern Europe. Get ready for an even more vibrant, bass-dropping, and unforgettable festival journey as we continue to cater exclusively to the most passionate adult fans of the electronic music scene.”
This year the theme is ‘Disco Nation’ and there will be three impressive stages to choose from; WKND Stage which offers more mainstream sounds, the Future Stage which deals in hardstyle and drum & bass, and CNNCT Stage which offers techno and tech house. As well as that there will be plenty of food areas, an indoor VIP space and VIP Tribune.
Weekend Festival 2023 – © Olav
Musically, all bases are covered with EDM superstars Timmy Trumpet and Showtek, joined by cutting edged selectors such as Boris Brejcha whose label Fckng Serious will take over The Future Stage on Friday and will feature a set from the man himself as well as Ann Clue, Deniz Bul, Moritz Hofbauer and Frieder & Jakob. Also playing will be Brennan Heart, Da Tweekaz, Sub Zero Project, Tungevaag and Will Sparks.
Added on December 4th are further legends such as Norwegian hit maker Alan Walker, pioneering trance star Tiësto, hardstyle heavyweight Coone and influential house innovators Wade, Miane and Dion Visser.
Weekend Festival is like nothing else in Finland and is an experience not to be missed.
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Published Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2023 15:21:59 +0000
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