Hatteras Offshore Fishing Charters

Hatteras Offshore Fishing Charters

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in Hatteras

Hatteras: 16 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(85 reviews)
Hatteras
Trips from US $800
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(70 reviews)
Hatteras
Trips from US $975
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(154 reviews)
Hatteras
Trips from US $895
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(25 reviews)
Hatteras
Trips from US $1,995
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Hatteras
Trips from US $875
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(64 reviews)
Hatteras
Trips from US $1,400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(37 reviews)
Hatteras
Trips from US $1,000
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Hatteras
Trips from US $1,000

Offshore Fishing in Hatteras

Hatteras offshore fishing is, without a doubt, some of the most rewarding angling you can find in this country. From awesome sportfishing for Marlin and Sailfish to incredible food fishing for schooling Mahi Mahi a hundred strong, there is something here for everyone. What Hatteras offshore charters specialize in is giving you the best of both worlds. Many of the local specialty species are that magic mix of hard-fighters and great table fare. Bluefin Tuna rules this category, but Bigeye, Yellowfin, Wahoo, and monster King Mackerel all show up in huge numbers offshore, and will help you work up an appetite to match.

What can I expect from an offshore trip?

Your experience will change hugely depending on what you are going after. Each fish presents a new challenge, and when they are around will also affect your experience of targeting them. You will have a blast no matter what you go after, and will almost always head home with a ton of great fish. The difficult part is choosing what to target, so with that in mind here’s a rundown of your options to (maybe) make the decision easier.
 

King Mackerel

Big Kingfish can be caught throughout much of the year in Hatteras but it is in the fall months of October and November that they really hit their best. Late-season “Smoker Kings” are a big deal in these parts and for many local anglers this is one of the underrated events of the Outer Banks fishing calendar. Expect huge, ravenous packs of fish as big as 50 pounds, and very little trouble reaching your daily limit of 3 fish per angler. 
 

Mahi Mahi

The largest Mahi Mahi are found pretty far offshore, but throughout the early summer you can find huge schools of “chicken dolphin” within easy reach. They may only weigh around 5 pounds but that doesn’t stop them tasting great! Besides, during the main schooling months of June and July you will hit your limit of 10 fish per person with plenty of time to go after something a bit bigger if you want to.
 

Tuna

Tuna really are nature’s gift to the Outer Banks. Monster Bluefin scream through the depths in 5,000 feet of water, way out at the far reaches of the gulf stream. For those daunted by the idea of four-hour-long battles and overnight stays on the high winter seas, there are plenty of smaller Tuna found much, much closer to shore. Bigeye, Yellowfin, Blackfin, Skipjack, and Albacore all tag each other out over the course of the year, so there is never a time when Tuna is not on the menu. Even the biggest of these have a 3-fish catch limit per angler, as if things weren’t good enough already!

How long will I need?

Hatteras charter captains must just love being out on the water. Many describe a half day as 5 hours, and 10 hour trips are often considered a bit short for real blue water action. Some captains even say that anything this side of the gulf stream is “nearshore”. Whatever they call it, your best option is an eight-hour trip. This will give you plenty of time to catch your limit and get in some fun sportfishing for other local game fish like Barracuda and Sharks. 
 
If you are pushed for time, though, you can always book a half day. This will give you enough time to catch some great King Mackerel or smaller Tuna, although you will miss out on the chance of decent-sized Bigeye or Yellowfin.
 

How much will it cost?

A half day trip aboard a local center console or small sportfishing boat can cost as little as $500. The biggest boats kick that price up to around $800, but you can get more people onboard so that’s only fair. Eight-hour trips start at just over $1000, and top out at around $1500 for a full-sized cruiser. These boats come with the works: tournament-winning crews, the very best tackle and bait, and usually food, drinks, and licenses for everyone onboard.
Hatteras
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 28,949 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Offshore Fishing in Hatteras

Great people in hatteras. Family friendly and easy to navigate. Traffic was good too.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great people in hatteras. Family friendly and easy to navigate. Traffic was good too.
Island Time Charters
Island Time Charters
Don't forget your sunscreen, hats, and waters!! If you don't see the fish right away, be patient - it is well worth the wait!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't forget your sunscreen, hats, and waters!! If you don't see the fish right away, be patient - it is well worth the wait!
Team Dempsey Guide Service
Team Dempsey Guide Service
Only rating it this because when we got back to the docks, three other charters were coming in with 50 lbs of the fish we wanted to target.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Only rating it this because when we got back to the docks, three other charters were coming in with 50 lbs of the fish we wanted to target.
Seas The Day NC
Seas The Day NC
Make sure to listen to your Captian. They have your best interest and safety top of mind. Sea sickness is no joke!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to listen to your Captian. They have your best interest and safety top of mind. Sea sickness is no joke!
Under Pressure Charters
Under Pressure Charters
You are never promised fish when fishing salt water. So many factors come into play. Enjoy your family or friends that your on the boat with and give it a chance. The fish are the icing on the cake to the great memories you will cherish forever..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You are never promised fish when fishing salt water. So many factors come into play. Enjoy your family or friends that your on the boat with and give it a chance. The fish are the icing on the cake to the great memories you will cherish forever..
Twin Bills
Twin Bills
May can be a hard month, weather wise. If Mother Nature allows, then you should put some fish in the box.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
May can be a hard month, weather wise. If Mother Nature allows, then you should put some fish in the box.
Under Pressure Charters
Under Pressure Charters
We are a family of fishing novices. We have young children 11,11,& 12 and we caught a bunch of fish. My kids had a blast. I highly recommend Cait. Johnny!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We are a family of fishing novices. We have young children 11,11,& 12 and we caught a bunch of fish. My kids had a blast. I highly recommend Cait. Johnny!
Island Time Charters
Island Time Charters
"What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Hatteras for the first time?" - The weather isn't always going to cooperate and give you a nice day. Talk to your captain ahead of time and they will tell you how to prepare yourself for when you are on the boat. They want you to be comfortable and have a great time, so listen to what they say.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
"What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Hatteras for the first time?" - The weather isn't always going to cooperate and give you a nice day. Talk to your captain ahead of time and they will tell you how to prepare yourself for when you are on the boat. They want you to be comfortable and have a great time, so listen to what they say.
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
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.
Finn Charters
Finn Charters
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.
Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters
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.
Under Pressure Charters
Under Pressure Charters
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!
His Fin Charter
His Fin Charter 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.
Longer Days Sportfishing Charters
Longer Days Sportfishing Charters 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!
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters 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.
UnWind Charters
UnWind Charters Biglerville, PA
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.
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters 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!
Stormy Petrel Charters
Stormy Petrel Charters 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..
Predator Sport Fishing Hatteras
Predator Sport Fishing Hatteras 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.
Under Pressure Charters
Under Pressure Charters 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
Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters
Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters Buxton, NC

Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in Hatteras