Fish Identification? How does it work? We've divided the fish which are commonly found in Coastal North Carolina into several categories. These relate to either the type of fish (tunas, billfish, etc) or the locations where they are most commonly caught. Of course, sometimes some of the fish in the Offshore/Reef group might swim closer to shore and be found where you would expect Inshore/Coastal fish. Likewise, some of the Inshore/Coastal fish is as much at home offshore as inshore. We have also listed all the fish by name only, in case you have no idea where they are commonly caught.
NC Division of Marine Fisheries Fish Identification