Tradewinds Tackle

Over 38 years of fishing tradition on Ocracoke Island

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 e-mail us at

Is Highway 12 open all the way down to the Hatteras/Ocracoke ferry? Is the Hatteras/Ocracoke ferry running?

Yes- Highway 12 is open all the way down to the Hatteras ferry. The NCDOT has worked to repair ocean overwash from this past winter's NE storms. The Hatteras/Ocracoke ferry has completed the major dredging to reduce shoaling from the winter storms. The ferry is running an altered schedule until they get Coast Guard approval to return to regular schedule. For the ferry schedule and updates visit


Do you sell NC fishing licenses? How much are they?

We do sell the NC fishing license in the shop.

North Carolina requires those ages 16 or older to hold a Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) to saltwater fish in the state. State residents ages 16 or older are $5 for 10 days and nonresidents are $10 for 10 days. An annual CRFL is available for $15 for residents and $30 for nonresidents.The license may also be purchased online at

Do I need a permit to drive on the beach on Ocracoke? What is the cost of a beach driving permit? Where do I get one?

Ocracoke Island is part of the National Park Service's Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The National Park Service sells their beach driving permit at the Ocracoke NPS visitor center located by the ferry landing on Silver Lake. The cost of the permit is $50 for a 7 day permit or a $120 for a yearly permit that expires December 31st. The permit goes to a specific vehicle so you need the registration in hand when purchasing the permit.


Are areas of the beach closed to driving? 

Certain areas of the beach are set aside for pedestrian only access, and some areas may be closed for resource closures. Last year, over six miles of beach remained open to off road vehicles (ORV) during the summer and another five miles remained open for pedestrians on Ocracoke Island. During the spring and fall, more beach is open to ORVs and pedestrians. For the current map on beach access, please visit the NPS Google Earth map at or call our shop for the latest information.



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