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Hatteras Fishing

Hatteras Fishing

Hatteras has long been known as the Blue Marlin Capital of the World, and is arguably the best fishing destination in the United States. With the cold water from the Labrador Current coming from the north and the warm Gulf Stream waters coming from the south, they collide off Hatteras and provide one of the most diverse fisheries anywhere on earth.

Fishing offshore Hatteras offers abundant billfish, including Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Sailfish. With the shortest ride to the Gulf Stream north of Florida, you can also catch lots of Mahi-mahi (dolphinfish), Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, and Yellowfin Tuna most of the year. In the winter months you also have the opportunity to catch giant Bluefin Tuna and King Mackerel.

With many shipwrecks, reefs, and the continental shelf off the coast, Hatteras provides excellent bottom fishing. You can expect to catch Amberjacks, Black Sea Bass, and Gray Triggerfish, as well as many different species of Grouper, Snapper, and Tilefish.

Inshore and surf fishing in Hatteras will produce catches of Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, Red Drum, Sea Mullet, Spanish Mackerel, and Speckled Trout throughout the year. Anglers travel from all over the world to fish Hatteras just for the chance to fight a big bull Red Drum, North Carolina’s state fish. Fishing in the Pamlico Sound can be just as rewarding as a day offshore with the variety of fish that are in these waters.

Top Hatteras Fishing Spots

  1. 280 Rocks
    5/23/2011 8:50:38 PM - 280 Rocks at this point is 348 feet deep. There are ledges and rocks in this area and the Gulf Stream pushes up bait and fish from the deep. This area is one of the most pop

  2. The Rock Pile
    3/20/2011 12:48:05 AM - The Rock Pile, is probably the most famous fishing spot off Hatteras and South of The Point. A ridge of rocky structure in 180 feet of water that runs from the Southwest to

  3. Diamond Shoals Light Tower
    3/20/2011 12:35:35 AM - In the early 1960s, "Texas Tower" lighthouses were erected at six offshore sites on the East coast. Diamond Shoals was the second to last to be built, and was activated in 1

  4. Hatteras Hole
    4/1/2015 8:35:09 PM - This is a good place for bottom fishing as well as trolling for billfish blackfin and yellowfin tuna.

  5. 230 Rocks
    5/25/2013 11:07:39 PM - The 230 Rocks off Hatteras are composed of ledges and rocks and usually a break is in the area. This is a good area to work and troll north toward 280 rocks. Lots of tuna, i

  6. U-576
    4/17/2012 10:33:30 AM - German submarine U-576 was a Type VIIC U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine during World War II. She carried out five patrols, sank four ships of 15,450 GRT and damaged

  7. Pappys Lane Shipwreck
    10/18/2017 10:25:39 AM - The Pappy’s Lane shipwreck is located off of Pappy Lane in Rodanthe, NC. The wreck once believed to be a gravel barge from the 1960's, is now being cosidered

  8. Triple Zeros South
    7/1/2016 9:23:39 PM - 000 South holds lots of Gray Triggerfish and Beeliners. Also good trolling for Wahoo and Mahi. 

  9. Pamlico Canyon
    7/11/2013 1:53:30 AM - This is a deep drop from 984' to over 3000' in less than 2000' of distance.

  10. AR-230
    2/24/2016 2:13:26 PM - The fall and winter months will produce King Mackerel, Sailfish, and Bluefin Tuna. On bottom lots of Black Seabass, Gray Triggerfish, Gag Grouper, and Red Snapper. 

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Hatteras Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Hatteras, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Yellowfin Tuna

  2. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 18.87% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 784 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

    Hatteras Yellowfin Tuna Counts Chart


  3. Bluefin Tuna

  4. Bluefin Tuna

    There is a 18.77% catch rate for Bluefin Tuna, based on 780 Bluefin Tuna counted.

    Hatteras Bluefin Tuna Counts Chart


  5. Spiny Dogfish

  6. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 11.6% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 482 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Hatteras Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart


  7. Anchovy

  8. Anchovy

    There is a 10.32% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 429 Anchovy counted.

    Hatteras Anchovy Counts Chart


  9. King Mackerel

  10. King Mackerel

    There is a 7.22% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 300 King Mackerel counted.

    Hatteras King Mackerel Counts Chart


  11. Black Sea Bass

  12. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 6.93% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 288 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Hatteras Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  13. Red Drum

  14. Red Drum

    There is a 3.83% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 159 Red Drum counted.

    Hatteras Red Drum Counts Chart


  15. Little Tunny

  16. Little Tunny

    There is a 3.59% catch rate for Little Tunny, based on 149 Little Tunny counted.

    Hatteras Little Tunny Counts Chart


  17. Striped Bass

  18. Striped Bass

    There is a 2.5% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 104 Striped Bass counted.

    Hatteras Striped Bass Counts Chart


  19. Grey Triggerfish

  20. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 2.33% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 97 Grey Triggerfish counted.

    Hatteras Grey Triggerfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 53 species of fish and 4155 fish counted for February around Hatteras.

To date, there are 151 species of fish and a total of 1378351 fish counted for Hatteras and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 4/27/1883 (140 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 12:29:22 AM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

View full Hatteras Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Hatteras Fishing Reports

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    2/8/2023 6:59:48 PM - Today’s high was 67 while the low was 54. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 54 with SW winds at 4mph. Tomorrow’s winds will be similar to today’s but should inc

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    2/6/2023 8:41:11 PM - Today’s high was 55 while the low was 46. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 46 feels like 40 with NNE winds at 7mph. Tomorrow’s weather will be similar to today

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    2/3/2023 6:11:59 PM - Today’s high was 46 while the low was 42. Winds have been light to moderate with strong gusts. Currently it’s 38 feels like 27 with NNE winds at 13ph. Gusts up to 25mph. Tomo

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    2/1/2023 8:44:25 PM - Today’s high was 48 while the low was 42. Winds have been light to moderate with strong gusts. Currently it’s 43 feels like 35 with NNE winds at 9mph. Tomorrow we’ll see wind

  • Time to turn the page
    2/1/2023 8:40:11 PM - Another duck season is complete. Thankfully we had a safe and successful season. Thank you to all the folks who went hunting with us. We finished packing things in today... T

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    1/29/2023 10:51:03 PM - Today’s high was 63 while the low was 46. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 59 feels like 57 with SSW winds at 6mph. Tomorrow’s winds will be increased while te

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    1/28/2023 10:56:17 PM - Today’s high was 56 while the low was 35. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 43 feels like 38 with NW winds at 5mph. Tomorrow’s winds will be nearly the same as

  • 2023 Season Coming Fast
    1/25/2023 9:53:08 PM - I’ve been bad about keeping up with reports. With all of the new mandatory reporting requirements that all the charter boats have to fulfill to NOAA it doesn’t leave much tim

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    1/24/2023 8:54:11 PM - Today’s high was 48 while the low was 37. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 39 feels like 33 with N winds at 6mph. Tomorrow’s winds are going to start off light

  • Online Booking Now Available for 2023 Season
    1/24/2023 5:42:08 PM - Just a note to let everyone know that the online booking calendar for 2023 is online and up to date. We look forward to fishing with everyone again in 2023! https://www.hatter

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Top Hatteras Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Frank & Fran's Fisherman Friend
    Frank and Fran's is a family owned tackle shop located in Avon, NC. We welcome anglers to stop and visit, tell us a tale & enjoy free cup of coffee!

  2. Teach's Lair Marina
    Teach's Lair is a full service Hatteras marina located at the south end of Hatteras Village, the closest point to the Gulf Stream north of Florida. Whether you're interested in offshore, inshore or sound fishing, or wreck diving or dockage fo

  3. Frisco Rod and Gun
    The Tackle Shop, The Gun Shop and The Market with fuel pumps are all centrally located at the corner of Billy Mitchell road and Highway 12 serving Buxton, Frisco and all of Hatteras Island with full service and supplies for locals and visitors alike.

  4. Dillon's Corner
    Your first and last stop for all your bait, tackle and local Outer Banks fishing expertise!

  5. Red Drum Tackle Shop
    RDT is the "Oldest Complete Tackle Shop at Cape Hatteras" We carry everything for the Sport Fisherman: Bait, Ice, Tackle, Rod & Reel Repair, Custom Rods & Camping Supplies.

  6. Bob's Frisco Tackle and Convenience
    A nice little tackle shop in Frisco.

  7. The Pelican's Roost
    The Pelican's Roost is a family owned tackle shop located at the heart of Hatteras Village. Ice, Bait, Tackle, Snacks, Drinks, and Local Knowledge.

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Top Hatteras Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Fingeance Sportfishing
    We offer affordable charters that will make your NC Outer Banks visit or vacation a memory of a lifetime. Our Fishing Charters will take you to the fish. Ride aboard the safe, fast, and comfortable Fin-geance, a custom-built, true Carolina sportfis

  2. Good Times Sportfishing
    The goal of the Good Times is to make your fishing experience a memorable time. A trip to go home and tell your friends about all the “big” ones that you caught. Even bring your cameras or phones and take pictures to show your friends at the office w

  3. Bite Me Sportfishing Charters
    Year round action from Hatteras North Carolina, closest run to the Gulfstream north of Florida!Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Dolphin Wahoo, and More aboard the Bite Me a Fast and Air Conditioned 51' Buddy Cannady Sportfish.

  4. Carolina Girl Sportfishing
    Now is your chance to become “first mate” and star in your own “reality” sport fishing adventure when you “hook up” with Captain Myjestic “Jessie” Anderson, as seen on National Geographic Channel’s hit series Wicked Tuna… Outer Banks. Jesse offers a

  5. Free Agent Sportfishing
    Hatteras offshore and inshore fishing or crabbing trips for families and seasoned anglers alike!

  6. Tradition Fishing Charters
    Tradition Fishing Charters is an in-shore charter operating out of Hatteras Harbor Marina in beautiful Hatteras, NC. Hatteras has some of the best fishing in the Outer Banks. We offer top-quality, family-friendly fishing adventures at affordable rate

  7. Native Son Sportfishing
    The Native Son is a 48 ft. custom Carolina boat built by Captain Sheldon Midgett of Wanchese, NC. She is powered by a new 10 cylinder 825 horsepower Daewoo diesel providing a smooth, comfortable 23 knot cruise to get you to the fishing grounds more q

  8. Tuna Duck Sportfishing
    Offshore sportfishing charters fishing for blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, tuna, dolphin (mahi-mahi) and wahoo!

  9. Whatever Sport Fishing
    Whatever swims or "whatever" you want to catch Whatever Sport Fishing can put you on a fish of a lifetime. Based out of Odens Dock in Hatteras, NC the F/V Whatever is a one of a kind Custom Carolina Express fishing machine. With just a sh

  10. Tightline Charters
    Inshore/Sound fishing for: Red Drum, Cobia, Gray Trout, Speckled Trout, Bluefish and Clams. Come fish on the beautiful Outer Banks in Cape Hatteras, NC!

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Top Hatteras Marinas

  1. Teach's Lair Marina
    Teach's Lair is a full service Hatteras marina located at the south end of Hatteras Village, the closest point to the Gulf Stream north of Florida. Whether you're interested in offshore, inshore or sound fishing, or wreck diving or dockage fo

  2. Hatteras Harbor Marina
    Either offshore or inshore, Hatteras has it all and no one takes fishing more seriously than the captains and mates of the Hatteras Harbor Marina Charter Fleet. The largest and most experienced in the area, the fleet enjoys one of the shortest runs t

  3. Oden's Dock
    Oden's Dock is a full service marina which includes: A charter fleet running half day inshore and nearshore charters and full day offshore fishing charters. Fishing aboard the headboats Miss Hatteras and Captain Clam. Parasailing and kayak tou

  4. Scotch Bonnet Marina
    The Scotch Bonnet is located in Frisco in the heart of Hatteras Island on the beautiful, windswept Outer Banks of North Carolina and has been a Hatteras Island landmark for 58 years.

  5. Village Marina
    Sometimes the best things come from small places! We have a 12 room motel, 32 transient boat slips, boat ramp, and store with beer, tackle and gifts.

  6. Hatteras Landing Marina
    Finest Marina destination on the Outer Banks! Community of fine stores, eateries, playground and more. Live music on the deck and fishing charters!

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Latest Fishing Spots

End Point
Good drum, trout, and flounder
Gag Grouper 14815

Gag Grouper 14814

Gag Grouper 14811

Gag Grouper 14809

Gag Grouper 14808

Gag Grouper 14804

Gag Grouper 14803

Gag Grouper 14798

Gag Grouper 14794

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41025 - Diamond Shoals, NC
February 8, 2023 11:40 pm EST
Location: 35.01N 75.454W
Wind Direction: E (90°)
Wind Speed: 3.9 knots
Wind Gust: 7.8 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.30 in (1026.1 mb)
Water Temperature: 71.8°F (22.1°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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