Photo credit: Jerry Dilsaverhere.
Because the waters from New Bern to Oriental are full of fish-producing spots..
Almost all North Carolina residents know where New Bern is, but few think of it as a saltwater fishing destination. The former state capital, New Bern sits at the junction of the Trent River and Neuse River. The railroad trestle crossing the Trent and the site of a former US 17 Bridge across the Neuse mark the boundary between inland and joint (coastal/inland) waters, but many saltwater species ignore the boundary, especially during dry summers, and take up residence in the two rivers and the myriad of creeks that join them in this area.
Oriental is a little farther down the Neuse River, situated on the north bank across from where the Intracoastal Waterway emerges from Adams Creek as it works its way northward from Morehead City. Just a few miles upriver from the Pamlico Sound, Oriental might actually be a little easier to reach by boat than by vehicle, but NC 55 east from New Bern ends there. Oriental is far enough down the Neuse that the water is always salty.
She's a Beaut..!
A full 23 ft with Bowsprit and Two 150 hp Outboards pushing from behind. Seating for four anglers (plus your USCG Licensed Captain) a Hardtop, Cuddy Cabin with head, sink and plenty of room to give you and your fishing mates cover when the elements turn against you.
She's amply equipped with everything you need including rods, rod holders, out riggers, down rigger, tackle and plenty of the right bait to help you reel in a boatload of memories and bragging rights for a life-time.
So jump on board and let's go get 'em.
Rates include up to four anglers
Full Day 8 hours
Half Day 5 hours
The Neuse River forms at the confluence of the Eno and Flat rivers and flows southeasterly for 242 miles where it enters Pamlico Sound below New Bern. It supports abundant and varied fresh and brackish water sport fisheries. Both commercial and sport fisheries exist in the Neuse River below New Bern for striped bass, southern flounder, Atlantic croaker, spot, bluefish, gray trout and channel bass. Above New Bern, freshwater sport fisheries exist for largemouth bass, sunfish, catfish, and yellow and white perch.
The variety of fish in the Neuse River (below New Bern) varies with salinity concentrations that change seasonally depending upon the amount of freshwater inflow and wind tides. The primary freshwater fishing area on the lower Neuse is between Streets Ferry and New Bern. Important tributaries below New Bern are the Trent River, Upper Broad Creek and Brices Creek. Some better fishing streams above New Bern are Swift, Batchelors, Contentnea and Turkey Quarter creeks.
Largemouth bass and sunfish are abundant in the river and its tributaries. Fishing with live bait (minnows, crickets and worms) and artificial lures is productive. Black crappie are among the most sought after fish in late fall and early spring and are fished for with live minnows primarily. Important commercial and recreational sport fisheries exist for American and hickory shad in the Neuse during their spring spawning run. Prime areas for shad fishing include Pitch Kettle and Contentnea creeks above New Bern, with the peak season occurring between March and May. Striped bass fishing in the Neuse and Trent Rivers is best in the early spring and fall. Popular areas include the bridges near New Bern and in the deep holes in the Neuse and lower Trent.
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