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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 have spent their lives chasing monsters. Along the way, they built up a selection of trips to make the most of every fishery. 
 
Inshore charters explore the sounds in search of Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and more. Even half days can produce a ton of fish, making this a great option for families and beginners. Sight casters and fly fishers can stay out longer to chase monster Drum in spring and Fall.
 
Heading into the ocean, nearshore charters are fun for any group. Kids and beginners will have a blast reeling in smaller fish like Sheepshead and Seabass. Serious anglers can test their skills against local specialities like “Smoker Kings” in fall or Cobia in spring.
 
Deep sea trips are where the real action is. Speed 20+ miles out to the Gulf Stream to spend the whole day battling Blue and White Marlin, Bluefin, Bigeye, and Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and more. This is real bucket list fishing, designed for experienced anglers.
 
Most local charters leave from Hatteras Harbor and other nearby marinas. If you’re visiting in June, you can test your skills in the Hatteras Marlin Club Release Tournament, which has been running for over 60 years. Whenever you visit, you’ll find plenty of fish and some unforgettable memories waiting for you on the water!

Rules & Regulations

Fishing licenses are included on charters in North Carolina. Species like Flounder, Cobia, and Seabass have seasonal closures that may change annually, so be sure to ask your captain about important limits and closed seasons.

Hatteras
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January

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?

February

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.

March

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.

April

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!

May

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.

June

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
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.
August

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.

September

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.

October

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.

November

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.

December

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.

Hatteras Fishing Calendar

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Plan for any kind of weather! We had beautiful sun and 65* but were prepared for cold weather too.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Plan for any kind of weather! We had beautiful sun and 65* but were prepared for cold weather too.
Barbara  R.
Barbara R. Monroe, NC
I'd recommend booking with an experienced captain as the conditions are constantly changing in the area. Getting some first hand knowledge will help us greatly on future outings.
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I'd recommend booking with an experienced captain as the conditions are constantly changing in the area. Getting some first hand knowledge will help us greatly on future outings.
Michael  B.
Michael B. United States
Pay attention to the weather and dress accordingly! Relax, have a good attitude, and enjoy.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Pay attention to the weather and dress accordingly! Relax, have a good attitude, and enjoy.
Jamie  D.
Jamie D. Virginia Beach, VA
Come earlier in the year to have better chance of catching targeted fish. Ours was Tuna
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Come earlier in the year to have better chance of catching targeted fish. Ours was Tuna
Jerry  H.
Jerry H. Myrtle Beach, SC
Ask around for the best spots and bait. Most people are more than happy to help out and wish you the best of luck.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Ask around for the best spots and bait. Most people are more than happy to help out and wish you the best of luck.
Lisa  W.
Lisa W. Moneta, Virginia
Take a boat like to see drain for the meet and captain and teach you how to fish be very patient with you
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take a boat like to see drain for the meet and captain and teach you how to fish be very patient with you
Tom  G.
Tom G. Oriental, NC
I would try a makeup charter if you want to go offshore and only have 1 or 2 people. Great way to get that experience for a fraction of the cost.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I would try a makeup charter if you want to go offshore and only have 1 or 2 people. Great way to get that experience for a fraction of the cost.
Glenn  C.
Glenn C. Lewis Center, OH
Plan your trip accordingly. Hatteras seems like it is a long way from Nags Head. There are plenty of good restaurants once you arrive. Tight lines.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Plan your trip accordingly. Hatteras seems like it is a long way from Nags Head. There are plenty of good restaurants once you arrive. Tight lines.
Herman  W.
Herman W. Topping, VA
Allow yourself a couple of possible days to go fishing. Wind and weather can be unpredictable year-round and it's nice to have another day to go if you get blown out.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Allow yourself a couple of possible days to go fishing. Wind and weather can be unpredictable year-round and it's nice to have another day to go if you get blown out.
Steve  W.
Steve W. Dublin, Ohio
Limit your expectation to the time of year and what fish are biting. Do a little research and as long as you know what to expect and you get a good crew (check out the reviews) you should have a great experience.
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Limit your expectation to the time of year and what fish are biting. Do a little research and as long as you know what to expect and you get a good crew (check out the reviews) you should have a great experience.
Kevin  A.
Kevin A. Suffolk, VA
Book your trip with Capt Ross! Great experience, very knowledgeable and professional!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book your trip with Capt Ross! Great experience, very knowledgeable and professional!
Linda  S.
Linda S. Prospect, VA
Go with someone like ethan who can build your cofidence and meet you where you are not where someone wants you to be. This ain't wicked Tuna it's hatteras hookup.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go with someone like ethan who can build your cofidence and meet you where you are not where someone wants you to be. This ain't wicked Tuna it's hatteras hookup.
Paul  K.
Paul K. Greenville, NC
I would recommend you book a charter with an experienced captain and just go try it.
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I would recommend you book a charter with an experienced captain and just go try it.
Ernest  A.
Ernest A. United States
Take a deep sea charter, fish the sound from the end of Hatteras island (get an ORV Permit at the lighthouse), try squid bait.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take a deep sea charter, fish the sound from the end of Hatteras island (get an ORV Permit at the lighthouse), try squid bait.
Diane  B.
Diane B. Lynchburg, Virginia

Free Agent Sport Fishing
Free Agent Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 35 reviews
Everything about our experience fishing offshore wrecks with Captain Caton was fun. From the boat ride out to the wrecks, catching black bass, grouper, and triggerfish. Captain Caton even arranged for our dish to be cleaned for us. We will definitely book another trip with him again!
Charlie  H.
Charlie H. United States
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 62 reviews
Beautiful day coming out of Hatteras with Capt. David and his mate Jim. Grabbed some bait from a fellow fisherman and proceeded to catch King Makerel non-stop. Can't say enough good things about these guys!! They got us to a hot spot right away and Jim worked to keep all us first time deep sea fisher people from tangling our lines, landing fish, and baiting lines. Returned with over 200 lbs of fish!! These guys will take care of you!!
Mike  T.
Mike T. BRWNSBORO VLG, KY
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 62 reviews
Overall a good time , the fish did not completely corporate but we had a fun time
Daniel  R.
Daniel R. Roanoke, Virginia
Red Finn Charters
Red Finn Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Zach did a great job. Took all over the sound trying to find fish Only caught two keepers but was not for lack of trying by Zach
Chad  C.
Chad C. Mansfield, OH
Under Pressure Charters
Under Pressure Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 39 reviews
Fishing on the Under Pressure was great. The Caption is a great guy and he had a great first mate. He did his best to find fish. But just was not in the cards. We only caught two false albacore all day. He did all he could do to get them to bite. But weeks of bad weather and bad currents did this trip in. Hopefully I can go back with him in the Spring.
Jerry  A.
Jerry A. Barnardsville, NC
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 31 reviews
Captain and crew worked hard all day find fish and stay on them. If it slowed they would radio other boats in the area, we would move and be on the fish again!!
Tim  K.
Tim K. Elmhurst, IL
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 62 reviews
Just simply an outstanding day with our young family catching fish and making memories! David and Jim made the experience rewarding for all! Smiles and fun all around we appreciate you guys! Thanks for a super safe, great time…FISH ON!!!👍🇺🇸
Kristopher  S.
Kristopher S. Chicago, Illinois
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
We had the best time ever. Captain put us on some fish fast and it was almost non stop from there. The first mate was amazing. We look forward to going out on the Bonehead again next year!
Christy  P.
Christy P. Greensboro, NC
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
We had a great time fishing with Capt. James and First Mate Mitch! Caught Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and albacore tuna.
Larry  W.
Larry W. Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 31 reviews
Capt Shaun and the Dunn Deal Charter are nothing short of fantastic. The Capt warned us that fishing had been slow and gave us options we chose to go out. Didn’t regret it one bit. They put us onto fish and far exceeded our expectations. Definitely recommend this team. Top notice for sure!!
Rudy  G.
Rudy G. Manassas Park, VA
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 62 reviews
Did an early half day trip. The bluefish were hitting well and we caught one false albacore. It was a successful October outing and we would do it again sometime.
Donald  V.
Donald V. Catlettsburg, KY
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
Super awesome dudes. We didn’t catch any whoppers but we made the best of it and landed two dozen. I highly recommend them.
David  A.
David A. United States
Reliance Fishing Charters
Reliance Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Captain John got us to the fish. Kids had a great time. Hope to book next year.
Douglas  S.
Douglas S. China Grove, NC
Free Agent Sport Fishing
Free Agent Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 35 reviews
The weather was terrible on are day to go out. The captain called us and moved the trip up a couple days for better weather. The first mate Josh was awesome he has all the patience first first timers and kids. I will tell everyone that the Free agent charter is awesome. Thanks again Captain and Josh
Michael  S.
Michael S. Posen, MI
Red Finn Charters
Red Finn Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Great trip, great captain!!!! Worked hard to get our limit and just a blast to talk with ! He is just a good person. If you are thinking about it stop now and just book it! You won't regret it. Thanks Zack for such a memorable trip it was truly a pleasure!
Terri  J.
Terri J. Hereford, MD
Predator Sport Fishing Hatteras
Predator Sport Fishing Hatteras
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 41 reviews
The trip on the predator was exactly what we had hoped it would be !! Chris and Bobby were knowledgeable , friendly , entertaining , and fun ! We would certainly do it again . What a GREAT DAY !!!
Ronald  B.
Ronald B. North East, MD
Red Finn Charters
Red Finn Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
We had an awesome day with Captain Zach. Fun, relaxing and FISH! Zach was knows how to find the fish and make it fun. Would recommend Captain Zach to anyone looking for a great experience on the water. We will definitely be booking with him again!
Ron  W.
Ron W. Center Cross, VA
Twin Bills
Twin Bills
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
We enjoyed the day fishing weather was beautiful had a great time with Willie and Dale look forward to our next trip in the spring.
Jack  B.
Jack B. Salem, VA
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 62 reviews
Professional, courteous knowledgeable crew. Put us on the fish. We had a productive and memorable day. Captain Dave knows his boat. The ride was smooth and enjoyable. My thanks for a day to remember. I strongly recommend Sailing on the Godspeed for a day you will not forget.
Brett  P.
Brett P. Goochland, VA
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
Captain Jimmy and Mitch are the best around. If you get the chance I highly recommend fishing with these guys!
Bradley  M.
Bradley M. Clarkesville, GA

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Hatteras

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Hatteras costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $550, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,490. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Hatteras is 37 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Team Dempsey Guide Service, Godspeed Charters, and Seas The Day NC are some of the most popular fishing charters in Hatteras, North Carolina. Full list of top fishing charters in Hatteras.

Team Dempsey Guide Service, Godspeed Charters, and Seas The Day NC all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Hatteras.

The best way to experience fishing in Hatteras is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Hatteras, North Carolina.

The most popular fish species you can target are Cobia, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Bluefish. Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and bottom fishing. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Hatteras.

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