North Carolina is an extraordinary place for a fisherman. With an abundance of salmon, striped bass, walleye, crappie, catfish and trout native to the lakes and rivers and a bounty of saltwater fish in the connecting Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, it's a fisherman paradise.
South Carolina boasts a plethora of freshwater fish, many the same as North Carolina. The striped bass, red snapper and red drum can be found off the coast of North and South Carolina and are local favorites in both states. Pan-seared red snapper served over buttered rice is a Southern delicacy.
Hatteras is on the Outer Banks and is a saltwater-fisherman's perfect escape. It's been touted as North Carolina's fishing capital. A novice fisher can charter a boat and travel offshore to fight the mighty bluefin tuna and blue and white marlin or pull in a bevy of yellowfish tuna or mahimahi. Stay at one of the local campgrounds and grill the fresh catch over a campfire or stay at one of the local bed and breakfast, like the SeaSide Inn built in 1928, for a little bit of local history.
Murrells Inlet is known as South Carolina's seafood capital. It's home to some of the best golf courses and fishing locations, making it a popular destination. Troll for Spanish and King Mackerel or go off shore for more challenging shark fishing.
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