North Carolina’s coast has a wide variety of marine life that provides its visitors and residences with both commercial and recreational activities. The coastal fish in our area range from bait fish, like the Mud Minnow, to the predatorily Sand Shark. Due to the abundance of salt marshes and wetlands, the coast of North Carolina is an ideal location for breeding adults to return and spawn in the spring months. This allows the fish to grow to maturity throughout the summer so they are able to survive cold winters. This Masonboro Inlet Fish Profile will offer descriptions, as well as habitat information, of the fish caught in Masonboro Inlet. The species include: Flounder, Black Sea Bass, Pinfish, Pigfish, Northern Puffer Fish, Oyster Toadfish, and Speckled Trout.