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 Prediction

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. Mahi-mahi

  2. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 30.59% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 8845 Mahi-mahi counted.

  3. Pollock

  4. Pollock

    There is a 8.64% catch rate for Pollock, based on 2498 Pollock counted.

  5. Spanish Mackerel

  6. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 6.22% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 1799 Spanish Mackerel counted.

  7. Pigfish

  8. Pigfish

    There is a 4.82% catch rate for Pigfish, based on 1395 Pigfish counted.

  9. Flounder

  10. Flounder

    There is a 4.7% catch rate for Flounder, based on 1360 Flounder counted.

  11. Yellowfin Tuna

  12. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 4.6% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 1329 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

  13. Atlantic Croaker

  14. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 4.58% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 1324 Atlantic Croaker counted.

  15. Whiting

  16. Whiting

    There is a 4.51% catch rate for Whiting, based on 1303 Whiting counted.

  17. Silver Perch

  18. Silver Perch

    There is a 3.51% catch rate for Silver Perch, based on 1016 Silver Perch counted.

  19. Weakfish

  20. Weakfish

    There is a 3.46% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 1000 Weakfish counted.

Recommedations above based on 81 species of fish and 28915 fish counted for May around Hatteras.

To date, there are 119 species of fish and a total of 227020 fish counted for Hatteras and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

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 1939..

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Latest Hatteras Fishing Reports

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    5/24/2022 6:26:04 PM - The high today was 81. Winds switched up on us again today. It’s currently out of the S/SE at 7mph. Gusts got up to 19mph earlier and will get back up there later tonight. Lo

  • Hooked up Blue Marlin
    5/23/2022 4:49:31 PM - there have been some blue marlins around and we have had a couple shots but it did not work out for us. Well today we had Dylan and his family for a graduation present fishing

  • Team Monkalur
    5/22/2022 6:30:47 PM - Team monkalur on the boat today. https://www.monkalur.com/ we set out on a weedline and caught a handfull of dolphin and we heard the blue marlins were biting. we put out the

  • Dolphin Tuna and a shot at a Blue Marlin
    5/21/2022 6:32:15 PM - Pretty day today for our crew from Virginia and a couple of guys from Wildcat Propellor where we get our wheel work done. some weedlines produced some dolphin nice gaffer size

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    5/20/2022 8:54:27 PM - We had a high of 85 today with a steady temp of about 75. Winds are out of the South and South West with gusts up to 12mph. Didn’t get much of a report in the shop today for

  • Fri 20 May 2022 22:26:00 +0000
    5/20/2022 6:26:00 PM - Pretty good Gaffer fishing today and a few Tunas. Some Blue Marlins showed up. We went out there and raised one but did not get the bite.  Choppy Southwester not as terrible

  • Week of 5/15
    5/20/2022 11:29:16 AM - Body:  We've seen catches of Dolphin continue to hold strong for offshore boats many of them bringing in nice gaffers. There have also been Blackfin and a few Yellowfin Tuna

  • The Great hunt
    5/19/2022 8:16:28 PM - Lately we have been hunting the American Buffalo and it is a hell of a tasks to hook capture and clean the exotic American buffalo. Cobias have been few and... The post The G

  • 05/18/2022
    5/18/2022 11:50:30 PM - Plenty of citation Drum have been caught at the point the last several days. Sea mullet at ramp 38 and 48. Had two citation specks from the sound on bait tonight. Should be g

  • Wed 18 May 2022 21:37:00 +0000
    5/18/2022 5:37:00 PM - A little scrappy for us today. A bite here and there and at the end Mr. Jim and crew had some meat.  Mahi and a bonus Tuna.  Pretty day with a great crowd Thanks y'all!

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

  4. 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.

  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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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

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

  8. 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

  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. Albatross Fleet
    Capt. Ernie has been charter fishing Hatteras since 1958. So, if you are planning a fishing trip, whether it is an “off-shore” adventure with friends, the excitement of a Blue Marlin, the raw power of a giant Bluefin Tuna in the winter, or a first f

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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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Buoy Conditions

Station 41025 - Diamond Shoals, NC
May 25, 2022 1:40 pm EDT
Location: 35.01N 75.454W
Wind Direction: NNW (330°)
Wind Speed: 11.7 knots
Wind Gust: 13.6 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.18 in (1022.1 mb)
Water Temperature: 77.0°F (25.0°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Crescent Moon

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