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Top Fishing Charters in Hatteras

Fishing in Hatteras

Hatteras fishing charters are famous for their skilled crews and huge fish. From the shallow grass beds of Pamlico Sound to the warm currents of the Gulf Stream, local captains spend their lives chasing monsters. Along the way, they built up a selection of trips to make the most of every fishery. These are the most popular options.

Sound Fishing Charters

Pamlico Sound is heaven for inshore anglers. This maze of shoals and seagrasses holds Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and more. Sight casters and fly fishers will be in their element. Sound fishing isn’t just for pros, though. Families and beginners will also love these trips.
You can choose between half and full day trips inshore. The fishing grounds are very close to town, so you catch some fish and be back in time for lunch. More time on the water means a better chance of a trophy, though. And at as little as $100 per hour, why not make a day of it?

Nearshore Charters

A world of opportunity opens up as you head through Hatteras Inlet. On half days, you can fish local structure for Sheepshead, Seabass, Bluefish, and more. Stay out longer to take on bigger fish like Cobia or King Mackerel. And of course, you can still catch trophy Reds in the shallows.
Nearshore charters can be tailored to any group. Kids and beginners will have a blast reeling in small reef fish. Serious anglers can test their skills against local specialities like “Smoker Kings.” Prices vary greatly, as small inshore vessels and large offshore charter boats can both fish here.

Deep Sea Charters

Deep sea trips blow straight past Cape Hatteras’s local waters all the way out to the Gulf Stream. You’ll be traveling 20+ miles to battle Blue and White Marlin, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. In short, all of the Atlantic’s top predators.
Deep sea charters are designed for experienced anglers. These are long days, often 10 hours or more. The seas can be rough. The battles are beyond tough. It’s a real bucket list fishing adventure but it doesn’t need to cost the earth. Most boats are around $150 per hour.
Hatteras fishing charters come with much more than just the boat. When you step aboard, you’re joined by generations of local knowledge. A lifetime of hard-earned skills. Fishing is a way of life out here, and putting you on a monster is a matter of pride. Wherever you go, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime.
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Hatteras Fishing Seasons

The year kicks off in a frenzy of screaming drag, with monster Bluefin Tuna putting even the world's best anglers to the limit. This is the toughest, most high-reward fishing experience in the world. Interested?

The Outer Banks Tuna season is still going strong offshore. If you fancy something calmer, take to the inshore waters for a year-round population of many great table and game fish.

Yellowfin roll into town as the Bluefin begin to move on. They may not taste quite as good but they still put up some serious fight and their population is a lot more stable, making them a sustainable alternative.

The first few Mahi Mahi appear in April, joined by Wahoo and a ton of huge Yellowfin. Inshore, you have Red and Black Drum, Trout, Bluefish, and Spanish Mackerel. Take your pick, the fish are everywhere!

Yellowfin Tuna hit their peak in May, and are slowly joined by a host of different billfish towards the end of the month. This is a great chance to fish the Outer Banks before the summer crowds roll in.

The Blue Marlin Capital of the World begins to earn its name in June, with huge Blues turning up offshore, joined by Sailfish, White Marlin, and a host of other big game pelagic species.

July is peak tournament season, with the Hatteras Grand Slam Billfish Tournament and the Hatteras Marlin Club Blue Marlin Release Tournament June drawing in the biggest names in the industry.

The tournament crowds may move on in August, but the fish certainly don't! Big Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna all swarm the deep, just waiting to be caught.

Hatteras offshore fishing in September is still great for Billfish, especially White Marlin, who stick around well into the start of fall. You will also find plenty of Blackfin Tuna and a year-round inshore fishery.

Huge "Smoker Kings" draw the most attention in October and November. If you fancy casting your bait into a sea of ravenous King Mackerel, this is the time to visit.

The King Mackerel are still biting anything you throw their way, and you will have no trouble pulling in your limit. The first big Bluefin are starting to show up offshore, spiking adrenaline all over town.

Is an 800-pound Bluefin Tuna all you want for Christmas? We can't blame you! Climb aboard and head out to the deepest edge of the continental shelf for your chance of fighting one of these colossal brutes.

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What People Are Saying About Hatteras

"Great day on the water ?"

Lisa W. fished with Seas The Day NC on August 8, 2019

Ask around for the best spots and bait. Most people are more than happy to help out and wish you the best of luck.

"Fishing with Charlie"

Tom G. fished with Sea Dream Offshore Charters on July 16, 2019

Take a boat like to see drain for the meet and captain and teach you how to fish be very patient with you

"Full day trip with Captain Ethan"

Janell K. fished with Seas The Day NC on July 6, 2019

You will get wet. Bring extra sunscreen.

"Half Day Trip With Captain John"

John W. fished with Hook Up Charters on July 2, 2019

Highly recommend The Hook Up. He makes it very easy for first time anglers.

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Top Types of Fishing in Hatteras

  1. Offshore Fishing

Top Fishing Techniques in Hatteras

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Hatteras



Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)





Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Blue)