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Outer Banks Fishing Ethics Etiquette Catch ReleaseFishing Ethics

When you’re fishing, be nice to others. If you don't plan to eat it, then let it go. If it's not legal, let it go. This is called "Catch and Release".

Prepare for Your Trip

Make sure you have a valid fishing license. You need separate licenses for freshwater and saltwater fishing. Become familiar with the fish species commonly caught here then check the latest size and bag limits. These regulations can change frequently. Stock your tackle box with a pair of needlenose pliers or a dehooking device, a tape measure and glove or towel.

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Outer Banks Fishing with Kids ChildrenChildren under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license.

Very important – if your child is under the age of 13 they must have a life jacket on while in a boat that is moving. Read Life Jackets Keep You Safe We recommend life jackets even when fishing from a dock unless the children are experienced swimmers.

Children love to be included in family activities and try new things. We think there’s no better way to get a kid outdoors and away from electronics than a fishing trip. They will learn about nature, responsibility, safety and they will be active. If a child can walk, they can enjoy fishing.

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Free Fishing Spots Outer Banks Fishing with ChildrenObviously, all of the waters here are on the Outer Banks are free for fishing. The problem is how to get to the fish. Fortunately, the state and counties have reserved much land for public access. Of course, you can surf fish all day long and even with seasonal localized beach closures on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, there are still numerous places to get on the surf. And there are accesses to the sounds as well. Check here for Northern Outer Banks beach access areas and their facilities.

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Lures, hooks, sinkers and fishing line come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Knowing what rig to use is essential to a successful fishing trip. Any Outer Banks fishing pier or tackle shop will be happy to help you get rigged up properly for fishing. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Here are some of the most common and versatile saltwater fishing rigs to get you started:

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