When it comes to fishing, there's no place like the Outer Banks, and thousands of anglers come from all over the East Coast to take advantage of the exceptional pier, surf and charter fishing the ‘Banks has to offer. As a result, vacationers will find no shortage of local bait and tackle stores that offer the best bait for the beach, top-of-the-line or budget friendly fishing gear, and local angling experts on hand to answer questions.
The majority of bait and tackle shops on the Outer Banks are decades-old establishments that have been in business for as long as visiting fishermen have been coming to the beach. In short, these stores know their stuff and can point Outer Banks newcomers in the right direction when it comes to the right bait and gear to purchase for their specific area, and what types of fish are worth catching. In addition, the local bait and tackle stores are the perfect place to find out what's biting and what's in season, when the local tides are, what big catches have been landed recently, and the staff can basically provide a primer on Outer Banks fishing in general.
Reel in an especially large specimen? Your local bait and tackle store can also weigh your fish, and if it's large enough, can assist you in filling out the forms for a North Carolina Citation. This frame-worthy certificate, provided by the US Fish and Marine Services, acknowledges exceptionally large catches for certain North Carolina species, and is a proud (and free) souvenir of your fishing adventures that's mailed directly to your home.
For stories of local fish legends, current fishing conditions, the best area-specific gear to purchase or use, and everything in between, newcomers will find no better resource than the local Outer Banks bait and tackle stores.
Independently owned by a member of one of the Outer Banks’ oldest families, the Ben Franklin Store is stocked with just about everything a visitor would need to go to the beach. The beautiful blue ocean mural with whales and dolphins that covers the entire exterior, painted by local artist Robbie Snyder, is n...