The Most Popular Topsail Island Fishing Adventures
Topsail Island is an angler's paradise with abundant opportunities to drop a line and reel in the ocean's bounty. Whether you're just starting out or you've been fishing all your life, there are plenty of ways to fish the days away during your Topsail beach vacation. Try one or try them all. The best part is that all of these fishing adventures are close and convenient to your Topsail vacation rental, so you never have to go far to have a great day of fishing.
Here are the most popular fishing adventures on Topsail Island. Let the fishing begin!
Topsail Fishing ChartersLet Topsail's expert captains guide you on a fishing excursion and show you around the local waters. Get out there and get hooked.
Pier Fishing on Topsail IslandLucky for you, each Topsail Island town has its own fishing pier. So whether you're vacation rental is in North Topsail Beach, Surf City, or Topsail Beach, there's a pier right near to you. Pier fishing makes for a wonderful family adventure or the perfect solo adventure where you'll be amidst the company of other local anglers. Each Topsail Island pier offers everything you need to fish, including a blanket fishing license. Plan your pier fishing adventure and see what catch of the day awaits you.
Surf Fishing on Topsail BeachStep right out of your Topsail oceanfront vacation rental and onto the beach for some of the best fishing around. Surf fishing on the beaches of Topsail Island offers a fishing adventure with little expense, no boat to drag around, easy access to good conditions, lots of action and plenty of fun. With a minimum of effort and expense, anyone can catch Drum, Spanish, Albacore, Bluefish, Flounder, Trout, and literally anything else from the beach.
So what about the technique? Surf fishing is easy to start but very difficult to master. Very often, fish feed at the surf break line and this is a good place to start fishing. To start, don't try to cast much beyond the breaks. Retrieve back through any possible bait. Or cast into the break, with sufficient lead weight, and let the bait rest until something bites. When fish are schooling the action can not be beat. Lures need to be cast out and retrieved to look like a harried bait fish swimming away from a predator. On an average day, early morning and late afternoon will be the best fishing times. The best days will occur when the high tide peaks in the early morning, from say 6a.m. to 7a.m. in the morning.
What else do you need to consider when planning for a day of surf fishing on Topsail Island?
- Keep your bait fresh and out of the sun either in a cooler or refrigerator. Baits can catch multiple species of fish.
- Lures and rigs are easily lost so buy spares. Many other things will also work.
- It may be best to go to a nearby bait and tackle shop for advice. The local Topsail tackle shops are a wealth of insider information and local knowledge. Don't be afraid to ask for advice!
You can read more about surf fishing in North Carolina here.
Saltwater Fly Fishing in North CarolinaSaltwater fly-fishing is quickly gaining in popularity, probably because it's a type of fishing that requires great skill and a fantastic love of the sport. Need a few tips to get you started? Here are a few helpful hints for your saltwater fly fishing adventure.
- Get some gear just for fishing saltwater. You're best bet is to get another fly rod and reel for your saltwater fishing adventures. Your freshwater gear is undoubtedly going to be lighter than may be necessary to deliver that big fly in a stiff offshore breeze, and you're better off leaving your high-dollar equipment out of the punishing salt air.
- Get a good 10 weight rod. There are a number of reasons you need to use heavier tackle. One is because you will need to make longer casts with larger flies in typically windy conditions. Another is because when you see that fish you need to deliver the fly IMMEDIATELY. Doing that will be considerably easier with heavier equipment.
- Put your money in the rod. If you have to make a choice between spending money on rod or reel, choose rod. You can get away with a less expensive reel but you will not get the control you need with a cheap rod because it will flex more when you try to cast. The rod is more important than the reel.
- Buy a reel made for fishing saltwater. You will still have to clean it after use but it will hold up better than one designed for freshwater.
- Buy the best fly line you can afford. More expensive fly lines last longer and perform better than cheaper lines, it's as simple as that. Your lines are the one place you can't afford to pinch pennies. Also be sure to keep your lines clean and dressed with a good line dressing if you expect top performance from your lines.
- Fabulous flies. Keep in mind what your game fish eats and mimic it (most of the time). Sometimes the fish will only bite the bizarre, but usually you're better off with flies that look like minnows, shrimp, crabs, worms, and various other small saltwater creatures.
What's your favorite kind of fishing on Topsail Island, NC? We want to know!