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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. Atlantic Croaker

  2. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 65.26% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 52530 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Hatteras Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  3. Bluefish

  4. Bluefish

    There is a 8.41% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 6769 Bluefish counted.

    Hatteras Bluefish Counts Chart


  5. Weakfish

  6. Weakfish

    There is a 5.83% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 4691 Weakfish counted.

    Hatteras Weakfish Counts Chart


  7. Spot Croaker

  8. Spot Croaker

    There is a 3.63% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 2922 Spot Croaker counted.

    Hatteras Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  9. King Mackerel

  10. King Mackerel

    There is a 2.2% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 1767 King Mackerel counted.

    Hatteras King Mackerel Counts Chart


  11. Northern Puffer

  12. Northern Puffer

    There is a 2.17% catch rate for Northern Puffer, based on 1743 Northern Puffer counted.

    Hatteras Northern Puffer Counts Chart


  13. Flounder

  14. Flounder

    There is a 2.03% catch rate for Flounder, based on 1630 Flounder counted.

    Hatteras Flounder Counts Chart


  15. Silver Perch

  16. Silver Perch

    There is a 1.34% catch rate for Silver Perch, based on 1082 Silver Perch counted.

    Hatteras Silver Perch Counts Chart


  17. Black Drum

  18. Black Drum

    There is a 1.13% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 907 Black Drum counted.

    Hatteras Black Drum Counts Chart


  19. Red Drum

  20. Red Drum

    There is a 1.12% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 901 Red Drum counted.

    Hatteras Red Drum Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 68 species of fish and 80489 fish counted for November around Hatteras.

To date, there are 160 species of fish and a total of 3025171 fish counted for Hatteras and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 4/27/1883 (140 years).

Last Update: 11/23/2023 11:32:44 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.

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Top Hatteras Fishing Spots

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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.

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  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

    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

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 64 while the low was 54 with light to strong winds. Gusts up to 45mph today. Currently it’s 54 feels like 49 with WSW winds at 10mph. Tomorrow’s winds should be

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 54 while the low was 52 with light to moderate winds. Gusts up to 45mph today. Currently it’s 54 feels like 46 with NNE winds at 13mph. Gusts around 20mph. Tomor

  • 11/22/23
    We had one citation to fill out today from the point as well as reports of lots of puppy drum. We will be open tomorrow come in and grab some mullet and enjoy the holiday! Ha

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 64 while the low was 59 with moderate winds. Gusts up to 30mph today. Currently it’s 63 with SSE winds around 20mph. Gusts around 33mph. Tomorrow’s winds should

  • 11/21/2023
    Reports of just a couple puppy drum caught on ramp 44 today. Some black drum down at ramp 55. Scattered reports of sea mullet up and down the beaches. Have a great night …………

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 63 while the low was 57 with light to gentle winds. Gusts up to 30mph today. Currently it’s 57 with NE winds around 7mph. Gusts around 16mph. Tomorrow’s winds sh

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 72 while the low was 61 with light to moderate winds. Gusts up to 19mph today. Currently it’s 63 feels like 65 with N winds around 4mph. Tomorrow winds should sw

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 72 while the low was 54 with light to gentle winds. Gusts up to 15mph today. Currently it’s 63 feels like 61 with E winds around 6mph. Tomorrow temps will be in

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 61 while the low was 54 with light to gentle winds. Gusts up to 30mph today. Currently it’s 54 feels like 48 with NE winds around 7mph. Tomorrow’s winds will be

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    The high was 59 while the low was 43 with gentle winds. Gusts up to 30mph today. Currently it’s 43 feels like 39 with W winds around 4mph. Tomorrow should bring stronger N wi

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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. 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!

  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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Latest Fishing Spots

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Red Porgy

Red Porgy

Red Porgy

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41025 - Diamond Shoals, NC
November 28, 2023 9:40 am EST
Location: 35.01N 75.454W
Wind Direction: NW (310°)
Wind Speed: 23.3 knots
Wind Gust: 31.1 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.08 in (1018.5 mb)
Air Temperature: 47.5°F (8.6°C)
Dew Point: 36.7°F (2.6°C)
Water Temperature: 66.6°F (19.2°C)

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