Cape Hatteras

24 Fishing Charters

Cape Hatteras Fishing Charters

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Cape Hatteras: 24 fishing charters available

Godspeed Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(69 reviews)
Hatteras
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $650

Team Dempsey Guide Service

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(73 reviews)
Hatteras
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $350

Under Pressure Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(40 reviews)
Hatteras
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850

Finn Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(63 reviews)
Hatteras
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Bonehead Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Hatteras
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Seas The Day NC

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(162 reviews)
Hatteras
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Got-em Charters

Hatteras
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(69 reviews)
Hatteras
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $950

Dunn Deal Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(34 reviews)
Hatteras
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $900

Twin Bills

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(24 reviews)
Hatteras
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $650

Whether you’re yet to earn your sea legs or are a seasoned angler chasing your next trophy, fishing the waters of Cape Hatteras is a thrill unlike any other. If there’s one thing Cape Hatteras fishing charters like to boast, it’s incredible offshore action a short boat ride away from the port. And with bluewater action happening 15 miles away from the coast, they’re right to!

Where To Fish

Inshore

Heading inshore from Cape Hatteras doesn’t mean the hook ups will get any less intense. The shallow Pamlico Sound allows you to wade for miles around, since large parts of it are less than 5’ deep. Hatteras fishing charters heading into the inshore and backcountry waters of the region offer a wide range of species you can look forward to battling.

Fighters like Cobia can offer you with some of the best pound-for-pound challenge for many miles around. Speckled Trout and Redfish are two of the A-listers for inshore trips. An inshore trip is perfect for testing the region’s waters – many captains offer a combination of angling and clamming.

Offshore

Blue waters are where fishing Cape Hatteras really starts to shine (not to say the inshore action isn’t excellent!). The Gulf Stream is just 15 miles away from the island, you don’t even have to settle in before the hook ups start. The edge of the continental shelf is roughly 30 miles away from the inlet, so fans of deep sea fishing don’t have to spend hours traveling. The Gulf Stream brings in a lot of food for predators and allows them to migrate along the coast. Combine that with the really deep waters of the locale and you have the recipe for world-class Blue Marlin fishing. Multiple record-breaking Marlin have been hauled aboard over the past 100 years in these very waters.

If you are looking for the perfect place to experience bluewater angling for the first time, this is it! Blue and White Marlin dominate the top of the target list of the region, with novices and pros alike scrambling to grab as many as possible. They’re closely followed by the Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo action, a favorite of fishers looking to fill their coolers and try a new recipe. Target Amberjack, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, and you’re just scratching the surface of the variety of predators that stalk these waters. Experienced charter captains know all the plateaus and underwater structures, so a trip with them will boost your chances of landing that new personal best.

Surf

The proximity of the bountiful Gulf Stream to Cape Hatteras means that fishing the surf here is an experience that’s tough to reproduce! As predators move from the Gulf Stream chasing their prey, they get within your range. You can cast from practically any shore on the island and the excellent conditions attract thousands of anglers to the coast. You can usually see dozens of anglers, if not more, fishing from the sand at one time. The catch list explains just why: Drums, Mackerel, Bluefish, various Sharks, Cobia, and even the occasional pelagic predator define this legendary fishing locale.

Need To Know

If you needed more reasons to choose Cape Hatteras, NC as your next destination, nothing speaks louder than the fact that this island sees numerous fishing tournaments, year after year. Some events are invitation-only for the titans of sportfishing, while others are open to walk-ins. The tournament season is generally from late August to October, so if you want to mingle with the top sharks and pick up a few tricks, this is the time to go. Who knows, maybe this is the year you become the champion underdog and win?

You won’t need a fishing license to fish from a boat, but you do need it to fish from the shore. Many beaches are closed seasonally due to nesting birds. Don’t worry – charters run all year round!

First-time offshore enthusiasts should take some motion sickness medicine so as not to spoil what’s most likely an amazing experience. Pack a windbreaker too, the winds can go up to 20 miles per hour on average.

Budget

Fishing Cape Hatteras varies in price mainly by where you want to go and how big of a boat you’d like. Inshore charters cost around $300-$400 for a half day trip, with full day trips ranging from $600 to $1,000. Offshore trips cost anywhere from $1,000-$2,000. Deep sea angling is awesome wherever you go, but investing the extra money will really take you to the next level. Thanks to its premier position, half day offshore trips are very viable and you can get a proper taste of bluewater action for as low as $500.

Getting There

You can get to the island by car, boat, or plane – the transport infrastructure has improved over the past decades, thanks to many anglers and tourists visiting. There’s a small airport on the island, the Billy Mitchell Airport – you can practically step off the plane and start casting right away. If you’re coming in from the state capital, Charlotte, you’re looking at a 6 to 7-hour drive. Many boat owners in the area offer transportation, they’ll be more than happy to take you to the island for a fee.

Cape Hatteras
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Tuna action is red-hot despite the cold weather. Yellowfin, Blackfin, and Bluefin Tuna are very good. Tilefish and Groupers are also attractive targets, as are Amberjack.

February

Various Tuna species stay strong throughout February, joined by decent Striped Bass and Weakfish hook ups from the shore. Spotted Seatrout can also be targeted.

March

Inshore action starts to pick up with Black and Red Drum appearing in shallow waters. Bluefish, Striped Bass, and Weakfish are alternate fish you can go after. Offshore, you can look forward to more good Tuna fishing.

April

Redfish fanatics can enjoy excellent action in April, as the warm waters attract more Black Drum, Bluefish, Cobia, and other species. Offshore, you can look forward to one more month of good Yellowfin Tuna action.

May

As the Tuna species slow down they’re replaced by numerous Mahi Mahi, Bluefish, Cobia, Kingfish, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout. Groupers and Tilefish are still good during May.

June

Billfish time! The hot summer weather brings Blue and White Marlin, as well as Sailfish, closer to the shore and in greater numbers. Delicious Wahoo and colorful Mahi Mahi complement the bluewater catch list.

July

Billfish and offshore season is in full swing while fans of fishing closer to the shore can hook up Cobia, Spanish and King Mackerel, as well as various Snappers and Groupers.

August

The last month of intense action off the coast of Cape Hatteras for Blue and White Marlin, and Sailfish. Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Flounder, Groupers, Snappers, and many other species are still very good.

September

Mahi Mahi and Wahoo are still hot in September. Closer to the coast, Spanish Mackerel, Black and Red Drum, Flounder, and Bluefish, among other species, offer anglers a test of their skills.

October

Blackfin Tuna makes a comeback as a good target in offshore waters. Most of the action shifts inshore and nearshore with excellent Black Drum, Redfish, Bluefish, Flounder, Kingfish, and Seatrout fishing.

November

Despite the chill setting in, inshore and nearshore fishing will keep you warm! A-listers like Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder, Seatrout, and many other species are numerous and very hungry in November.

December

Though it’s far from the tourist season, anglers can look forward to more awesome Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna hook ups offshore. Make sure to dress well, the wind can get cold out there.

Cape 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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Very good
4.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

Under Pressure Charters
Under Pressure Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Captain and crew were great. Would highly recommended. He put us on the fish and we had a great time.
Shawn  C.
Shawn C. Orrville, OH
Finn Charters
Finn Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Fishing with our granddaughter she caught lots of fish and had a wonderful day . So glad we went and excellent captain and guide.
Steven  N.
Steven N. Whitefish, MT
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
Enjoyable boating and fishing. Weather hasn't been cooperative. We had a small catch of 11 blues which were delicious! Clean boat. Captain Dave and 1st mate Jim hustled to keep us on the lines. Excellent job performance by each of them. Thanks guys!
Jane  B.
Jane B. Templeton, MA
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
We went out after a nor’easter went through. Only caught 3 fish but not for lack of trying. The captian maneuvered through the rough seas without shaking us up too bad. Overall made the best of a poor fishing day.
Sally  H.
Sally H. Hatteras, North Carolina
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Captain Shawn and his first mate are A1.They take pride in what they do,go out of there way to make you have a great trip.We went out after a northeastern and had eight foot + seas. he knows his stuff and will help you in anyway he can. i would rate him and his crew a 12+ out of 10. will book again for July.
Bob  Z.
Bob Z. Princeton, NC
Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters
Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
Had a great time out fishing today. The first mate Jake and Captain Tim were great. We started out slow but end up with 13 Spanish mackerel and 3 Albacore. Jake was great getting us fish and especially being on the rougher side. Would recommend Rabid Tuna sportfishing charter everything was great thanks for a great time.
Nathan  B.
Nathan B. Albion, NY
Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters
Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
This was a first time fishing trip for me and some college friends and it was great. The crew is super cool, chill and helpful. Captain explained our trip very well and the first mate was awesome. Rabid Tuna definitely will be our boat choice for all fishing trips. Boat is very spacious
Jared  F.
Jared F. Durham, North Carolina
Burrus Custom Outfitters–Reel Angel
Burrus Custom Outfitters–Reel Angel
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Great day fishing with an awesome captain. He wasn’t afraid to pick up and run at extra 20 miles to put us in the meat when he got a call of a hot bite!
Matthew  L.
Matthew L. Chesapeake, Virginia
Sea Dream Offshore Charters
Sea Dream Offshore Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(32 reviews)
Three of us came down for a week from NYC to surf fish. We figured we would try a boat one day to mix it up. Excellent and very successful trip. Charlie and first mate Cody were great guys and very knowledgeable. Cody worked his butt off all day to keep 7 lines out while trolling and it was an absolute bloodbath. At one point, 3 fish on simultaneously. All top of the line Shimano gear. Thanks again guys. We will definitely be back. Absolutely recommend fishing with these guys.
Matt  T.
Matt T. Hatteras, North Carolina
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Reservations are easy to make and James confirms same day. The boat was clean and ready for an on time departure. If you are looking for a laid back fishing approach and easy conversation book James and his boat for a couple hours or longer. Looking forward to fishing with James in the future. Remember to get a pound of boiled little shrimp with seasoning from Risky Business before departing. So good!
Maureen  M.
Maureen M. United States
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
First mate grant was awesome! He really worked his butt off! Boat was gorgeous….equipment was top notch…on a day where many werent catching captain shaun did a great job of finding us fish to catch and have fun! Highly recommend! We will def be back!
Shaun  W.
Shaun W. Indiana, PA
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
We booked a 1/2 day. Absolutely incredible time. Captain Jimmy was the best, First Mate Mitch was a a hard worker. We had a great time, great variety of fish caught and we will book again!
Suzanne  K.
Suzanne K. Raleigh, NC
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
We took this trip for my son's 16th birthday. We had a great time and we were put on some pretty nice fish.
Timothy  C.
Timothy C. Prince George, VA
Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters
Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
We went off Shore with Rabid Tuna and had a great time. Captain Tim put us on the fish and we caught some huge wahoo, yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, mahi and a big king mackerel. The Captain and first mate were both super helpful, encouraging and friendly.
Wesley  M.
Wesley M. Fayetteville, NC
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
We had a group of six. Two ten year olds, parents, and grandparents! Dave and Jim ensured everyone was able to have the best experience possible! They were very kid friendly!
Shannon  W.
Shannon W. Honeoye Falls, NY
Finn Charters
Finn Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
We had an awesome time with Captain Zach. He is knowledgeable, laid back, and great with kids. We felt very comfortable with him and the kids loved him. Caught more fish than anyone else around! We will definitely book with him again in the future!
Jill  M.
Jill M. Beaver Dams, NY
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 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
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(69 reviews)
Overall a good time , the fish did not completely corporate but we had a fun time
Daniel  R.
Daniel R. Roanoke, Virginia
Finn Charters
Finn Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 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
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(40 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

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Cape Hatteras

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Cape Hatteras costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $563, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,500. 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 Cape Hatteras is 36 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Godspeed Charters, Team Dempsey Guide Service, and Under Pressure Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Cape Hatteras. Full list of top fishing charters in Cape Hatteras.

Godspeed Charters, Team Dempsey Guide Service, and Under Pressure Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Cape Hatteras.

The best way to experience fishing in Cape 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 Cape Hatteras.

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. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

As the Tuna species slow down they’re replaced by numerous Mahi Mahi, Bluefish, Cobia, Kingfish, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout. Groupers and Tilefish are still good during May. Check availability for local fishing charters in Cape Hatteras.