Fall is Fabulous For Fishing in Sunset Beach, NC

Fall is Fabulous For Fishing in Sunset Beach, NC | Sunset Vacations

Time to get reel! 

The ocean, creeks and inlets around Sunset Beach, NC are known for great fishing. There are several ways to get your hook in the water, and fall is a great time to try your luck. So take a break from work, school, and life. Book yourself a vacation rental through us – Sunset Vacations. Launch an amazing fishing trip on the Brunswick Isles of the North Carolina coast and enjoy the crisp fall weather (and discounted rental prices). 

Here is what you need to know to plan your trip: 

Choose your dates

What you pull in will vary depending on the weather when you arrive. Some fish prefer the cooler waters of late fall, and some varieties will be high tailing it for Florida. No matter when you choose to visit Sunset Beach, something will be biting. 

Check out available rental homes and see if any line up with your schedule. Then book it! Our best rentals go quickly. 

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Learn about fishing licenses

All residents and non-residents will need a fishing license. The only exception is if you plan to fish off the pier (you are covered under the pier's blanket license). If you want to fish from the shore or in one of our little inlets or creeks, just grab yourself a fishing license through the NC Wildlife Resources Commission or one of our local tackle shops. 

  • Spots to purchase a license:  Dave's Outpost or Coastal Hardware & Supply
  • All individuals 16 years and older need to have their own fishing license. 
  • There are different requirements for residents and non-residents, as well as for inland and coastal recreational licenses. Click here to ensure you buy the right one, or just ask the bait shop for details. 

Pick your spot

An informative first place to hunt for a good fishing spot is the NC Wildlife website link, "Where to Fish" (click here). 

There are four main ways to fish here in Sunset Beach. Try one or try them all. They include pier fishing, surf fishing, charter fishing and kayak / land fishing. Here is more information about each one: 

Sunset Beach Pier | Sunset Vacations

Pier Fishing

Sunset Beach Pier (101 W. Main Street): 

Enjoy fishing from the 900 foot pier with fantastic views and great company. No fishing license is required,  you are covered under the pier's blanket license. They sell live bait and you can rent fishing equipment. Enjoy the grill which offers hot dogs, fries, pizza and more. Restrooms, too! Pier fishing is probably the easiest way to keep fishing simple during your Sunset Beach vacation. 

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Surf Fishing

Surf fishing is just that... just throw in a line from the edge of the beach. It's one of the simplest ways to fish, as long as you have the proper equipment and some patience. You might be surprised to find that several varieties of fish are biting right beyond the surf. Fall is the best time to try surf fishing, since the ocean and air are cooler and you won't spend your time baking in the heat. We love surf fishing if you have children in tow, because they are endlessly entertained by the beach anyway. It's a win all around. 

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Charter Fishing

Did you know that North Carolina has some of the best saltwater fishing in the world? An excursion on a charter fishing boat will get your adrenaline pumping. The fish are bigger and every catch is exciting. Experienced anglers will find award-winning marlin and sailfish, yellowfin and bluefin tuna, as well as mahi and more. 

Hook up with a local company and book the fishing trip of a lifetime. Here are a few we recommend: 

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Kayak & Land Fishing

Sunset Beach is part of a barrier island, which means we have access to hundreds of creeks, rivers, and inlets. Fish love it here! All of these little waterways make the coastal waters of North Carolina the ideal spot to try kayak fishing. You are likely to catch fish like flounder and trout from a boat or just from the land around these brackish waters, all while taking in the beautiful nature these secluded spots have to offer. 

Here are some public kayak launching sites to try: 

  • Sunset Beach Town Park
  • Sunset Beach Public Boat Ramp (Sunset Blvd)
  • At the end of Park Road (off Sunset Blvd. N)
  • Near the sharp curve on Shoreline Drive West and Beach Drive (beside the Regency)

Need to rent a kayak? Click here

Gather your gear

If you are really into fishing, you probably already have everything you need to fish and should be writing this blog post for us! But if you don't want to haul all of your gear to Sunset Beach, fear not. There are a few places you can rent everything you need. As we mentioned above for fishing licenses, try Dave's Outpost or Coastal Hardware & Supply for fishing supplies and bait. If you choose to fish from the pier, they will also have gear you can rent. Don't forget a cooler to bring your fish home. 

Cook it up in your vacation rental

Our Sunset Vacations rentals are all stocked with almost everything you need to prepare a delicious meal. Make sure you stop by the local grocery store for the rest of your provisions (lemons, herbs, potatoes, veggies and wine, perhaps). Didn't catch anything today? Or does your family prefer to catch and release? No problem. There are a few wonderful seafood markets right up the road where you can grab everything you need for a seafood feast, including fish, shrimp, and much more. Here is more information about how to make the most of your vacation rental kitchen: 

One final note about Travel Insurance

We recommend purchasing travel insurance to all of our guests, but it's especially important during the fall. We hate to even have to talk about it but this is hurricane season after all, and we would hate for your plans to be ruined! By insuring your reservation, you will have the peace of mind that you won't lose all of your money in case of an emergency. Read more by clicking this link: 

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