Outer Banks deep sea fishing can easily yield the most attractive catches on the entire East Coast. With the warm currents of gulf stream nearby, OBX deep sea fishing never really seems to stop. Charter one of the boats nested along the coastline, and a full day trip will suffice. These deep waters offer feisty fighters and nutritive specimens. Read on to see what you can get.

OBX deep sea game

To reach the battlegrounds, it will take you an hour or so. The big ones swim some 30 miles and more off the coast, depending on your launching point. Whether it’s Hatteras or Oregon Inlet, it won’t take too long before you get to the hotspots. There, depending on the season, you may find Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, and Mahi Mahi. But, there’s more to it. Wahoo’s acrobatic feats, brawny Yellowfin Tuna, or Bluefin’s amazing bite force are what you may get on a full day trip.

When to head out

Depends what you want to get. You can take advantage of the Outer Banks terrain most of the year, but the summer’s super hot. Yellowfin Tuna come first. Their numbers heat up from late March to mid-July, and then again from September to early days of December. They are joined by Mahi Mahi and Wahoo near the end of April. These frenetic fish bite readily throughout the summer, and stay until fall, Wahoo even until November. As for Marlin, you can catch Blues from May until September, and their White relatives from June until September.

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Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Outer Banks

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Tuna (Yellowfin)


Marlin (Blue)

What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Outer Banks

"4 hour near shore charter with Captain Randy "

Matt Tracy fished with No Sweat Sportfishing on July 27, 2017

This was a fantastic charter. I can't wait to book the next charter. We caught 5 albacore tuna, a mahi, and a gar. The waves were choppy and Captain Randy piloted the boat with ease. First Mate Jonathon was very knowledgeable and energetic. As he was setting the deep water tackle, he explained how the rig worked. Very informative. I highly recommend this charter.

"Rough seas but still awesome!"

Diane Becker fished with Predator Sport Fishing Hatteras on July 16, 2017

Second time out deep sea in a month with Predator. Capt Chris and Alex are the coolest! Wouldnt go with anyone else.

"Half Day Morning Trip "

Melissa White fished with Prowler Fishing Charter - Hatteras on July 6, 2017

Captain tried extremely hard to get us in some fish. Caught a lot of small sea bass but no keepers and one king macarel. Besides some seasickness it was a great trip. My husband definitely wants to come back and go out deep sea fishing in the Gulf Stream.

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