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Fishing – A popular watersport in the area is fishing. Wet a line on one of the Piers in our area, from the 28 miles of beach, or from a watercraft. NC Fishing License is required to fish in NC. Piers and charter boats will have a blanket license that will cover you while fishing with them.
Fishing tournaments are held periodically. The largest is also one of the largest king mackerel fishing tournaments on the East Coast is the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament and is held the first weekend in October in Southport. Anglers from across the nation flock to the waters off the Southport-Oak Island area to enjoy fishing on the many artificial reefs sites built and maintained by the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association. In cooperation with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, this non-profit organization established eight reef sites.
So pack up the family, hook up the boat and come on down. Just make sure to check at the local tackle shops and piers for license info, catch bag and size limits and tips on what’s biting before going out.