If you know where to look, the Outer Banks can be a beachcomber's paradise. With miles of shoreline to explore, hidden beaches that are relatively untouched, and literally piles of shells washing up on the beaches after a storm, shelling on the OBX beaches is simply a matter of timing and area expertise.
Oregon Inlet is one of the most dynamic waterways on the East Coast, so it is fitting that the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is the home of the coast’s largest, most modern fishing fleet. Situated on the northwest corner of the inlet overlooking the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, the fishing center offers a full service marina and some of the best inshore and offshore charter fishing opportunities on the Outer Banks --- a vast improvement from its humble beginnings in 1953 when a bulkhead and small bait shop were first built at the site.
Located eight miles south of Whalebone Junction off N.C. 12 on the north end of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the fishing center includes a well-stocked store with ice, fishing and camping supplies, clothing, boating equipment, and food and beverages. The National Park Service maintains a boat launch behind the center, and there is plenty of parking for vehicles and trailers. Even for those who don't fish, there is plenty to appreciate in the spectacular location. On a good fishing day, it's fun to watch all the charter vessels come back through the inlet at about 4 p.m ,and then see the happy fishermen offload their catch at the dock.