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Offshore Fishing in Outer Banks

The Outer Banks are a dream offshore fishing location. Not far from the shore, you can sample some of the finest deep sea fighters. Yellowfin, Bluefin, Blackfin Tuna, Marlin, Mahi, and Wahoo are within a full day trip’s reach. The warm currents of the Gulf Stream flow near, which means OBX offshore fishing stays hot even during the winter.

Why are the Outer Banks great for offshore fishermen?

The Outer Banks boast a favorable fishing terrain. They are close to the continental shelf. Approximately 30 miles east of Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet, the water depth changes rapidly. It drops all the way from 600 feet to 6000 feet without a notice. You know how fish like moving around physical structures? They like depth changing even more. Here, game fish can find loads of bait fish. This means an easy meal for Tuna swimming by. Meanwhile, the warm currents bring nutrients, and it all adds up to one big offshore playground. To make most of it, you will need to hire a skillful charter to take you out close to the action. There, you’ll need all your grip to get them to bite.

How to get them when you get there?

Offshore fisheries around the Outer Banks are rewarding, but may not always suit novice fishermen. If you are adventurous and want to head out, great! Getting to the fishing grounds is only one part of the equation, though. You will need to know how to get the gear right, but luckily many of the local captains are crazy about offshore fishing. They have the skills and will work hard to put you on fish. If you’re fishing during the summer months, trolling for Mahi, Wahoo, and of course Blue and White Marlin is a great way to spend the day. When Tunas arrive in winter, head out and either start trolling or employ chunking. By the way, Tunas love Menhaden.

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What People Are Saying About Offshore Fishing in Outer Banks

"Full Day offshore with Captain John Canning"

Rick Clark fished with Reliance Fishing Charters on March 11, 2019

I have been taking offshore charters at least once usually multiple times a year for over 20 years. This was my first time with the Reliance and it was by far the most enjoyable. Captain John and his son were awesome and just down to earth good guys. Very knowledgeable and a great experience. I would highly recommend a trip with Captain John.

"Half day trip"

Anthony Brasberger fished with Carolina Girl Sportfishing on August 23, 2018

Took 3 grandsons n son in law on thier first charter trip today Jesse was both very professional and friendly ,the mate Greg was wonderful Highly recommend this boat , looking forward to coming back for an offshore trip soon !

"July fishing trip"

Joshua Madison fished with Hitman Sportfishing on July 26, 2018

By far my best trip yet. Capt. James and mate Drew went out of there way for our children. Tried to go offshore and was to rough for little ones came back to fish sound. Made everyone feel right at home. Both of these men are first class.

Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in Outer Banks

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)


Tuna (Yellowfin)

Marlin (Blue)

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