About Us

 “I believe it is generally agreed that there is no finer place along the entire Atlantic coast for engaging in fishing than Ocracoke.” Carl Goerch, 1956

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Much has changed on Ocracoke since 1956, but fishing still tops the list of favorite sports here. Tradewinds Bait and Tackle is located on Ocracoke, the southernmost island in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Ocracoke’s location is unique for surf, inshore, and offshore fishing.

Hatteras and Ocracoke Inlets are the closest point to the Gulf Stream on the east coast anywhere north of central Florida. As a result, it’s a short ride to Gulf Stream fishing and warm water eddies up to the beach. Our surf water temperatures are frequently warmer than Morehead City to the south and Cape Hatteras to the north.

Tradewinds Tackle is ready to get you in the water or on  the water where you can cast a line almost year round with success. Jeremy and Jackie purchased Tradewinds in 2024 – Jeremy is an avid fisherman, and the couple jumped at the opportunity to raise their family in the small, tight-knit community of Ocracoke Village. In the afternoons and in the summer, you may meet one (or more) of their four children helping at the register and chatting with customers. 

The shop carries name brands in rods, reels, and tackle, as well as gear especially designed for this area. They know where and when to go, what bait to use, and all the N.C. Marine Fisheries rules. Tradewinds is an official N.C. weigh station and issues the required fishing licenses. The shop also rents clam rakes, sells crab nets, string and bait, camping supplies, ice, snacks, beach gear, t-shirts, caps and sunglasses.

While early Spring and late Fall hours are usually 8AM to 5PM, they operate Tradewinds from 7 AM to 7 PM from mid-Spring through peak Fall. In the winter, Jeremy’s phone number is posted on the door when the shop is closed so he is always available. Make Tradewinds your go-to place for all things fishing on Ocracoke.