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Hatteras Fishing Charters

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Top Fishing Charters 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 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, or take on Tarpon in the summer.
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.

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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.

Hatteras Fishing Calendar

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Full day with Kenny
Jerry H. fished with Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters on November 7, 2020
Come earlier in the year to have better chance of catching targeted fish. Ours was Tuna
Full Day deep sea with Cap'n Tyler and 1st mate George.
Frederick W. fished with Sea Dream Offshore Charters on October 1, 2020
Load up & get there. The fish are hungry.
Half day with Capt. Jake
Brian M. fished with Team Dempsey Guide Service on July 20, 2020
Test out your sea legs before coming a full day trip.
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.
Great day of fishing
Glenn C. fished with Flatland Charters on June 17, 2019
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.
Half day trip with Captain Ethan on "Seas The Day"
Dianne B. fished with Seas The Day NC on June 16, 2019
Book with "Seas The Day". They will take good care of you.

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