Archive for Outer Banks Fishing

18th Annual “Inshore Slam” Fishing Tournament

October 16-17, 2015 at the Manteo Waterfront


Participants compete for largest fish in four categories: stripers, flounder, puppy drum and speckle trout … plus there’s a single “Grand Slam” award for the individual who weighs in fish from at least three of the four categories, with the highest total weight.


Held on the first weekend in October with the expectation of more fish and warmer weather, the tournament commences on the Manteo waterfront, with docking available at the Maritime Museum, where registration will occur 4-7pm Friday October 16. A welcome social will include food, beverages and entertainment.


As a family event, promoters make it a special point to “take a kid fishing”. Prizes and trophies will be awarded in adult, women’s and youth divisions. A silent auction includes great prizes and gifts available for all tastes and budgets. Saturday night awards banquet will be fun for all with live music and a pig pickin’ by Chef Paul Mann & Crew.


This Manteo Rotary community fundraising event has provided over $260,000 in scholarships to deserving young people in Dare County. Bring the whole family out for great fun and support a great cause!


Details about this and more online at the Official Outer Banks Events Calendar.




Outer Banks Fishing Charters – Fistful Sportfishing

Fistful SportfishingOff-shore charter fishing excursions for trophy billfish like marlin, backwater in-shore sound fishing charters for striped bass, half-day relaxing near-shore fun trips for spanish mackerel and everything in between. Capt Karl Helmkamp brings you a lifetime full of experience to catch anything from white perch to white marlin. Also contact us for our companion business, Albemarle Outfitters, for expert waterfowl and turkey hunting guide services.


Book Fishing Charter Online


Fistful Sportfishing
PO Box 202
Kill Devil Hills NC 27948
252-395-1907 or 252-455-1595
Fistful Sportfishing Website


Outer Banks Fishing & Boat Tours – Driftwood Charters

Driftwood ChartersDriftwood Charters specializes in Outer Banks, NC light tackle, saltwater fishing, offering quality affordable inshore fishing trips for all experience levels; beginner to advanced. Fishing trips are 4 and 6 hours in the Pamlico, Roanoke and Croatan sounds area, including Oregon Inlet, NC. Specializing in the pursuit of Striped Bass, Red and Black Drum, Speckled and grey trout, sheepshead, flounder, bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Great fun for the family! Fly fisherman are welcome. Trips are available for 1-6 people all year round 7 days a week. Your group is the only one onboard.


Driftwood Charters also offers 1.5 Hour Evening Boat Tours. The boat is all yours for only $100 (1-6 people included). Enjoy an evening on the water and experience the beauty of the Outer Banks. The 1.5 hour evening boat trip departs approximately 2 hours before sunset. You will experience wonderful sunsets over the Croatan and Albemarle sounds, a huge variety of bird species and marine wildlife, often including dolphins and sea turtles. Book your trip now to see a waterman’s view of the wonderful Outer Banks, NC. Your Captain Ben Hoffmier is knowledgable and Fun! Whether you are looking for a romantic escape, family fun or solo exploration; high speed, low speed, anchored, big water, creeks and estuaries, marinas, and/or all of the above. Each evening boat tour is customized for you.


Book Fishing Charters or Evening Boat Tours Online


Captain Ben Hoffmier
4610 S. Cobia Way
Nags Head, NC 27959
Driftwood Charters Website


October Events on the Outer Banks

October is one of the best times of the year on the Outer Banks. The weather is so pleasant and there are great activities to enjoy.

Here are some upcoming events on the Outer Banks:

The 9th Annual Outer Banks International Wine and Beer Festival will take place on October 15 and 16 from 12-5pm at Native Vine in Point Harbor.  There are more than 50 wines and beers to taste, great food, live music and local artists.  There will be a special reserve tasting of wines from Santa Duc (Rhone Valley, France) that will include Santa Duc's Gigondas Prestige Cuvee 2004 and 2005, as well as other wines from one of the Rhone's top producers.  So far, bands include The Houndog Family Bank (a must see) on Saturday, and Mercy Creek and Ask Fester on Sunday!   Tickets can be purchased and printed online here!   

2nd Annual Fishing Tournament Super Slam
October 14 - 16
Marshes Light Marina, Manteo. Super slam fishing tournament with four categories: King Mackerel, Wahoo, Dolphin and Tuna. Cash prizes and proceeds to benefit local charities. (252) 305-4737 or

October 21 - 24
 International centennial celebration of Orville Wright's 1911 world record glider flight that gave birth to modern soaring. Two independent Wright 1911 Glider Builder Teams will display their gliders, one at Wright Brothers National Memorial and one at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. >more info

Outer Banks Fishing Tournaments

There are some exciting annual fishing tournaments in August on the Outer Banks. The 22nd Alice Kelly Billfish Tournament held August 13 - 14, is a ladies only fishing fund raiser event for the Outer Banks Cancer Support Group.  Followed by the 28th Annual Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament on August 15 - 19. This a world-class fishing event and home to the State Record Blue Marlin caught on the 25th Anniversary of the tournament, weighing in at a whopping 1,228.5 pounds!Prize money is big - $850,000 !


The Nags Head Inn hosts many fisherman because it is close to the Pirates Cove Marina & Oregon Inlet Fishing Center - both world class locations for Outer Banks Charter Fishing. The surf fishing is also great on our 20 acres of oceanfront in Nags Head. Plus we are close to the great pier fishing at  Jeannette’s Pier !

If you are interested in registering for the fishing tournaments visit: