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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.



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. Weakfish

  2. Weakfish

    There is a 34.11% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 27836 Weakfish counted.

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  3. Spot Croaker

  4. Spot Croaker

    There is a 20.81% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 16986 Spot Croaker counted.

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  5. Atlantic Croaker

  6. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 10.87% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 8873 Atlantic Croaker counted.

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  7. Bluefish

  8. Bluefish

    There is a 7.16% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 5839 Bluefish counted.

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  9. Anchovy

  10. Anchovy

    There is a 4.56% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 3725 Anchovy counted.

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  11. Yellowfin Tuna

  12. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 4.35% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 3551 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

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  13. Atlantic Menhaden

  14. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 2.36% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 1925 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

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  15. Mahi-mahi

  16. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 2.36% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 1925 Mahi-mahi counted.

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  17. Northern Puffer

  18. Northern Puffer

    There is a 2.27% catch rate for Northern Puffer, based on 1850 Northern Puffer counted.

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  19. Northern Kingfish

  20. Northern Kingfish

    There is a 1.29% catch rate for Northern Kingfish, based on 1054 Northern Kingfish counted.

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Recommendations above based on 84 species of fish and 81605 fish counted for April around Hatteras.

To date, there are 164 species of fish and a total of 3078894 fish counted for Hatteras and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 4/27/1883 (141 years).

Last Update: 4/18/2024 2:35:30 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Hatteras are the following:

  1. The Rock Pile
    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


  2. U-576
    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


  3. Triple Zeros South
    000 South holds lots of Gray Triggerfish and Beeliners. Also good trolling for Wahoo and Mahi. 


  4. Pamlico Canyon
    This is a deep drop from 984' to over 3000' in less than 2000' of distance.


  5. OCRACOKE ROCK PILE
    Depth 180' N 34 51.250 W 75 31.500 0003194213 89999830723


  6. EMPIRE GEM
    Attributes RECRD 634 VESSLTERMS EMPIRE GEM FEATURE_TYPE Not Charted LATDEC 35.030456 LONDEC -75.475978 GP_QUALITY Low DEPTH 0 SOUNDING_TYPE YEARSUNK HISTORY HISTO


  7. Blueline Tile Hole
    This is a good area to drift for Blueline Tilefish in the 600-800' range. When it drops to 800 - 1000' you will find Snowy Grouper.


  8. Captain Earls Hump
    Captain Earls Hump


  9. BLUEFIELDS
    The tanker Ormidale, later renamed Bluefields, which was torpedoed and sunk in 1942 by German submarine U-576. Year Built: 1917 Place Built: Manitowoc, Wisconsin Shipyard:


  10. The Doubles North
    Grouper in the summer, King Mackerel in the fall, BSB in the spring.


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Latest Hatteras Fishing Reports

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    The high was 63 while the low was 55 with light to moderate winds. Gusts up to 33mph today. Currently it’s 57 feels like 45 with W winds around 16mph. Gusts around 32mph. Tom


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    The high was 66 while the low was 54 with light to gentle winds. Gusts up to 22mph today. Currently it’s 61 feels like 58 with SSW winds around 7mph. Tomorrow the temps shoul


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 63 while the low was 52 with light to moderate winds. Gusts up to 35mph today. Currently it’s 57 feels like 49 with SW winds around 15mph. Gusts around 25mph. To


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 55 while the low was 46 with light to gentle winds. Gusts up to 17mph today. Currently it’s 54 feels like 52 with ENE winds around 5mph. Tomorrow’s winds are goi


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    The high was 52 while the low was 46 with light to moderate winds. Gusts up to 40mph today. Currently it’s 46 feels like 38 with NNE winds around 10mph. Gusts around 25mph. T


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 66 while the low was 57 with light to strong winds. Gusts up to 36mph today. Currently it’s 64 feels like 54 with SE winds around 24mph. Gusts around 36mph. Tomo


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 63 while the low was 52 with light to strong winds. Gusts up to 30mph today. Currently it’s 61 feels like 52 with WSW winds around 15mph. Gusts around 29mph. Tom


  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 57 while the low was 50 with light to moderate winds. Gusts up to 35mph today. Currently it’s 50 feels like 44 with NE winds around 7mph. Tomorrow’s going to be


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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. 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.

  3. 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

  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. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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

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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

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

  10. 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

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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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Golden Tilefish Ledge
This spot is the center of a ledge that runs for at least half a mile. The eighth of a mile or so to the east northeast and west southwest
crab pot

crab pot

cedar tree

crab pot

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Yellowtail Snapper

Red Porgy

Red Porgy

Red Porgy

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41025 - Diamond Shoals, NC
April 18, 2024 8:40 pm EDT
Location: 35.01N 75.454W
Wind Direction: ENE (60°)
Wind Speed: 3.9 knots
Wind Gust: 5.8 knots
Average Period: 4.8 sec
Mean Wave Direction: S (181°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.01 in (1016.3 mb)
Water Temperature: 67.8°F (19.9°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous Moon

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