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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Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in Outer Banks

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Tuna (Yellowfin)


Marlin (Blue)

What People Are Saying About Offshore Fishing in Outer Banks

"Albacore on the fly with Captain Joe"

fished with Carolina Traditions Guide Co. on May 9, 2018

An epic day hooking and fighting albies on a 9 weight just offshore with Captain Joe. Beautiful day, beautiful location and beautiful albies!

"All day with a Capt Andy"

fished with Reel Adventures on April 23, 2018

They don’t call him Big Tuna for nothing! We went to the Gulfstream from Oregon Inlet twice last summer, caught tuna both times as weir as Israel’s Dolphin. Capt Andy is a passionate and knowledgeable offshore angler. He maintains his 28 ft Carolina Classic in Bristol fashion. An experience not to be missed!

"July fishing trip"

Daniel Magro fished with Carolina Girl Sportfishing on July 6, 2017

Great day with a great crew. Would highly recommend booking, we will be back next year for an offshore experience. Thanks again for a great time.

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