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The coast offers some of the most enjoyable fishing in North Carolina. Unspoiled beaches and uncrowded waterways offer unparalleled opportunities for sportsmen and casual fishermen alike. Whether on a boat, at the pier, or sitting and looking out at the ocean, opportunities abound to catch and enjoy the seafood bounty our local waters offer.


Surf Fishing on Topsail Island

Surf Fishing
Surf fishing may be the most popular type of fishing on Topsail Island. The relaxation of sitting on a sunny, pristine beach and watching the dolphins play is hard to beat.

You’ll need an appropriate rod, reel and rigs. A cooler for bait and a cooler for snacks and drinks, is a must. A fishing kit and rod holding spikes may be picked up at one of the local tackle/sport shops along with plenty of helpful advice for newbies and of course, a fishing license. Bring some beach chairs and before you know it, you'll be catching fish or at least having fun while trying.

For Information on local fishing seasons please click the  following link:

Pier Fishing on Topsail Island

Pier Fishing
Topsail Island has three fishing piers. Surf City Ocean Pier in Surf City. Jolly Roger Pier in Topsail Beach and Seaview Pier in North Topsail Beach. Each one has everything you need in one place, including restrooms and restaurant facilities. Many of them will even cook your catch for you. It’s great fun whether alone or with the entire family. Before visiting, please check out their individual websites for any Covid-19 restrictions or notifications.

Surf City Ocean Pier
12 South Shore Drive
Surf City, NC 28445
Phone: (910) 328-3521
Surf City Ocean Pier Website

Jolly Roger Pier in Topsail Beach
803 Ocean Blvd.
Topsail Beach, NC 28445
Local: (910) 328-4616, Toll Free: (800) 633-3196
Jolly Roger Pier Website 

Seaview Pier in North Topsail Beach
124 Fishing Pier Ln.
North Topsail Beach, NC 28460
Phone: (910) 328-3172
Seaview Fishing Pier Website

Charter Fishing on Topsail Island

Topsail Island Charter Fishing 
Interested in chartering a boat for a few hours or full day? Topsail Island has a multitude charter fishing experiences and trips available for any taste and budget. Check-out some of these online resources to find a fishing experience tailor-made for your vacation.

Topsail Island Fishing License

North Carolina Fishing Licenses
Saltwater Fishing Licenses are required in North Carolina. They can be purchased online at: or from a local tackle shop or an outdoor sports retailer that serves as a wildlife service agent. North Carolina fishing licenses are good for one year from the date of purchase unless otherwise noted on the license. All fishermen age 16 years and older are required to have a valid fishing license to fish in North Carolina waters. The exception are fishing piers. They are covered by a blanket license, so you don't have to worry about getting your own.