Cape Hatteras Fishing Charters

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Cape Hatteras Fishing Charters

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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Cape Hatteras are: Full list of top fishing charters in Cape Hatteras

The average price for a private 4 hour Cape Hatteras fishing trip is $578, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,598 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Cape Hatteras that received great reviews from families are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Cape Hatteras are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $395
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $543
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $637
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $600
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $788
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $1,033
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,110
  • 11-hour fishing trips – $1,748
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $1,850

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
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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.

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Dress warm and wear semi water proof gear. Have the fish cleaning service filet your catch. Bring extra coolers to take your catch home.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm and wear semi water proof gear. Have the fish cleaning service filet your catch. Bring extra coolers to take your catch home.
Jim  H.
Jim H.
The weather is the determining factor. But if you can get out there is some really good fishing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The weather is the determining factor. But if you can get out there is some really good fishing.
Stephen  M.
Stephen M.
Be open and flexible if things don't go as planned. And don't get discouraged if the bite isn't as good as was hoped for. Being on the water on a beautiful day is the cake and catching fish is the icing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open and flexible if things don't go as planned. And don't get discouraged if the bite isn't as good as was hoped for. Being on the water on a beautiful day is the cake and catching fish is the icing.
Constant  C.
Constant C.
I would recommend you try a little of every thing. Inshore fishing was great and offshore was great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend you try a little of every thing. Inshore fishing was great and offshore was great!
Gary  K.
Gary K. Raven, VA
Stay in the Hatteras Island inn. It’s real close to most of the marinas and is a quality hotel that was all enjoyed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay in the Hatteras Island inn. It’s real close to most of the marinas and is a quality hotel that was all enjoyed.
Jacob  H.
Jacob H. Hayes, Virginia
The 2 hours was perfect as we're not fishermen. Bring a beverage, a hat and sunglasses. Prepare to have fun and great conversation!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The 2 hours was perfect as we're not fishermen. Bring a beverage, a hat and sunglasses. Prepare to have fun and great conversation!
Jeff  B.
Jeff B. Roanoke, Virginia
Be prepared for a good or bad day. Don't give up and enjoy the experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a good or bad day. Don't give up and enjoy the experience.
Mark  A.
Mark A. Biglerville, PA
You can’t predict the weather (try). It was super easy to book a day in advance. It’s hot though a 630am 4hr charter was perfect weather even on a steamy day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You can’t predict the weather (try). It was super easy to book a day in advance. It’s hot though a 630am 4hr charter was perfect weather even on a steamy day.
Stan  K.
Stan K.
The weather dictates alot of fishing here ,but the captains here go above and beyond to find the fish for you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather dictates alot of fishing here ,but the captains here go above and beyond to find the fish for you.
Stevean  B.
Stevean B. New Market, MD
Bring snacks and be patient. Once the lines start biting it’s an amazing time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring snacks and be patient. Once the lines start biting it’s an amazing time!
Michael  N.
Michael N. Stanardsville, Virginia
Bring lots of water and sunscreen or a full sleeve lightweight shirt with a hood. Wet down that shirt with fresh water when it gets hot out. Drink more water, like a gallon per person..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring lots of water and sunscreen or a full sleeve lightweight shirt with a hood. Wet down that shirt with fresh water when it gets hot out. Drink more water, like a gallon per person..
Chad  C.
Chad C. Alexandria, VA
Bring cash for getting fish cleaned at the dock. Guy's a magician with a filet knife.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring cash for getting fish cleaned at the dock. Guy's a magician with a filet knife.
Joe  R.
Joe R. Moneta, VA
Only thing that I found different from charters elsewhere, cleaning of the fish wasn't included
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Only thing that I found different from charters elsewhere, cleaning of the fish wasn't included
Brian  D.
Brian D. Buxton, NC
Try to get you fishing trip earlier in the season, May or June would be best I think, the offshore fish are more active at that time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try to get you fishing trip earlier in the season, May or June would be best I think, the offshore fish are more active at that time.
Lionel  P.
Lionel P. Virginia Beach, VA
Gear up properly and if you have a four wheel drive vehicle get an ORV permit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Gear up properly and if you have a four wheel drive vehicle get an ORV permit.
Gary  B.
Gary B. Columbia, MD
Will get very hot on the boat during summer. Bring plenty of cold water/drinks.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Will get very hot on the boat during summer. Bring plenty of cold water/drinks.
Cameron  M.
Cameron M. Maggie Valley, NC
Be ready to reel in from deep water bottoms or long distance. Wear a hat, bring a washcloth or neck cloth to wet in cooler and wipe sweaty face and cool your neck.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Be ready to reel in from deep water bottoms or long distance. Wear a hat, bring a washcloth or neck cloth to wet in cooler and wipe sweaty face and cool your neck.
Jennifer  B.
Jennifer B. Norfolk, VA
Reach out to the captain early when planning what time of year to book, to see what fish to honestly expect during that season.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reach out to the captain early when planning what time of year to book, to see what fish to honestly expect during that season.
Mike  N.
Mike N.
Fish from the beach or if going out do the inshore/nearshore if first time great experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish from the beach or if going out do the inshore/nearshore if first time great experience.
Cody  C.
Cody C. Buchanan, VA
Make sure you bring plenty of drinks and snacks as it is hot and you are in the sun. Sunglasses and sunscreen is also a must. Check out Finn Charters!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you bring plenty of drinks and snacks as it is hot and you are in the sun. Sunglasses and sunscreen is also a must. Check out Finn Charters!
Matthew  B.
Matthew B. Lafayette, Louisiana

Gambler Sportfishing
Gambler Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We couldn’t have imagined we would have such a blast. Four adults and two children under 6. Everyone caught fish. Captain Stephen put us on a bunch of king mackerel and mate Bob worked his butt off to keep lines in the water so we could keep reeling em in. Would definitely book with the Gambler again during mahi season in the summer.
Andy  K.
Andy K.
Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
My son and I had an incredible experience with Got ‘Em Charters. Capt. Jerry was a joy to fish with. Despite a very windy and rainy morning, he quickly got us on a school of sheephead and then a school of red drum! We caught our drum limit! His knowledge of the waters, fish habits, and warm personality were second to none. Couldn’t recommend Capt Jerry and Got ‘Em Charters more highly. Book ‘Em!
Hayne  G.
Hayne G.
Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Jerry is a great guy. Even if you don’t catch many fish you will enjoy your time with Captain Jerry. Dr. Charles D Cook
Charles  C.
Charles C.
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
Great, comfortable boat with a crew that really strive to put you on the fish and to have a great day. While we didn’t catch a ton of fish on our trip, we still had a great time and would highly recommend this boat and crew for anyone looking to go fishing! Will definitely be coming back to hook up on some more fish in the future!
Ian  M.
Ian M.
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
We had two first timers and they had a blast. We caught plenty of fish. 2 citation wahoos and a citation trigger . Would highly recommend this captain
John  M.  J.
John M. J.
His Fin Charter
His Fin Charter
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Very kind! Put us on some nice drum! We had a wonderful day and the weather was perfect!
Tina  L.
Tina L.
Finn Charters
Finn Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Zach is great guy and worked with us around bad weather. When we did get out we immediately caught fish! When we limited out, Zach took us to a wreck that he recently found and we got our limit of sheephead there! We’re three old guys that have been fishing all of our lives but we were like 12 year old kids having a blast yanking in fish after fish. I would definitely recommend Zach’s charter service!
Jim  H.
Jim H.
Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Captain Jerry is battle tested and a GREAT captain! We had a wonderful time and will definitely book with him again.
Jon  B.
Jon B.
Finn Charters
Finn Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
We caught more bluefish that we could eat. Zach did a great job hunting the fish and directing our casts. My 12 year old son had a blast.
Eric  B.
Eric B.
Longer Days Sportfishing Charters
Longer Days Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Captain Tom and his first mate were great! The seas were rough, but we had a great time. We caught fish and that’s always good! This was our second year using them and will be back next year. Thanks and God bless!🙏🏼🇺🇸
Ray  D.
Ray D.
His Fin Charter
His Fin Charter
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
My husband and I had such a great time on this charter trip. The waves were a little rough that day but we had a great time stopping in multiple places to fish and caught a large drum early in the trip. We will do this again!
Diane  G.
Diane G. Lake Park, NC
Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(76 reviews)
Although the weather didn't allow us to catch very many fish the time on the water with my son was priceless. And Jerry was very informative about the area and the fish that we did catch. He was really good with my boy explaining everything he could about his first reddish. Thanks agian Jerry for your time and experience will have to try it agian next year.
Stephen  M.
Stephen M.
Offpoint Sportsfishing
Offpoint Sportsfishing
Fishing charter in Buxton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
The fishing was slow due to weather and high water and the wind, however the captain done everything in his power to put us on the fish. Highly recommended this captain and any trip he does is he use everything in his ability to put you on the fish!!! Highly recommended this captain! The best!!
Jim  H.
Jim H. Hudson, OH
His Fin Charter
His Fin Charter
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Cap’n Tiki Bob knew right where to go to put us on the fish. The bluefish feeding frenzy on the way back to the marina was a rush! What a great day for our group!
David  W.
David W.
Twin Bills
Twin Bills
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(68 reviews)
The odds were against us with the recent storm and cloudy water. Plus, we crammed way to much beach into the day before but it turned into a nice day. We caught several fish including two ribbon fish. They were quite tasty! Captain Willie was great!
Barbara  C.
Barbara C.
Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Captain Andy was very knowledgeable and accepting to all our needs. Was very good with everyone especially my 9 yr old grandson
Barney  S.
Barney S.
His Fin Charter
His Fin Charter
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Had a wonderful time! Really appreciated the variety of things he offered. Definitely will go again!
Gary  K.
Gary K. Raven, VA
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(161 reviews)
Captain Jimmy and First Mate Mitch were excellent and my whole party had a very good time.
Richard  C.
Richard C.
His Fin Charter
His Fin Charter
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Captain Tiki Bib was the best, actively looked for fish to catch and also took us clamming. Great experience and would highly recommend him.
Louie  T.
Louie T. Clifton, VA
Twin Bills
Twin Bills
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(68 reviews)
With hurricane Lee in the Gulf Captain Willie worked hard to get us fish. Well worth it fun was had by all
Steve  H.
Steve H. Covington, KY