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October Fishing On Ocracoke

October is the peak fishing month on Ocracoke Island. Jumping mullets move along the inlets and beach, providing a great source of bait for game fish such as drum and bluefish. Water temperatures start to cool down toward the end of the month, bringing larger bluefish and citation (over 40 inches) red drum to the surf.

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Tradewinds Tackle had about 6 ” of flooding in the shop. Built in 1969, this was the first time ever water has been inside. We were fortunate and had most product up out of reach. We did lose freezers full of bait but in the big scheme of things, we are ok. Sadly, our busiest season for us is October and we had ordered boxes and boxes of shirts and hats for all of our customers’ annual fishing trips that arrived UPS in the days after the hurricane. Since they have not opened the island yet, we are trying to at least get some items moving and maybe salvage a small piece of business. We are adding  pieces as quickly as we can to the shop so check back often.

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Tradewinds Tackle Shop

We are a retail tackle and bait shop on Ocracoke Island that specializes in all surf, inshore, and offshore fishing needs, as well as beach goods and clothing. You can find over 100 different models of rods and reels from

Ocracoke Weather & Tides

Ocracoke Weather What should you pack to wear this week? How does the weather look this week for fishing?  Click here for a weather station on Ocracoke Island that lets you know what is happening here real time. The weather

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of our most frequent questions regarding our products we sell in the shop, fishing on Ocracoke, rules and regulations while fishing on the island, fees, permits, access and other miscellaneous questions. If you need additional information, please