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. Gaffers and Bailers
    5/26/2014 11:41:11 PM - We fished above Monitor Buoy on Sunday. Lots of scattered grass on the 78-80 degree break in 35 fathoms. Caught some nice gaffers and a few bailers. Most were caught on Eye

  9. False Albacore off Hatteras
    2/23/2014 5:23:02 PM - Fished Saturday. Had a hard time finding the break. Went out to 230 Rocks and went toward Diamond Shoals Tower. Had a hard time finding any break, but ran into scattered gra

  10. 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. 

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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. Mahi-mahi

  2. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 28.02% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 8053 Mahi-mahi counted.

  3. Flounder

  4. Flounder

    There is a 9.91% catch rate for Flounder, based on 2848 Flounder counted.

  5. Pollock

  6. Pollock

    There is a 6.84% catch rate for Pollock, based on 1966 Pollock counted.

  7. Florida Pompano

  8. Florida Pompano

    There is a 4.92% catch rate for Florida Pompano, based on 1415 Florida Pompano counted.

  9. Spanish Mackerel

  10. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 4.36% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 1254 Spanish Mackerel counted.

  11. Scup

  12. Scup

    There is a 4.21% catch rate for Scup, based on 1210 Scup counted.

  13. Bluefish

  14. Bluefish

    There is a 3.89% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 1118 Bluefish counted.

  15. Atlantic Croaker

  16. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 2.9% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 834 Atlantic Croaker counted.

  17. Wahoo

  18. Wahoo

    There is a 2.86% catch rate for Wahoo, based on 822 Wahoo counted.

  19. Grey Triggerfish

  20. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 2.66% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 765 Grey Triggerfish counted.

Recommedations above based on 91 species of fish and 28737 fish counted for September around Hatteras.

To date, there are 143 species of fish and a total of 251306 fish counted for Hatteras and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 4/27/1883 (139 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 8:50:36 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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Latest Hatteras Fishing Reports

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    9/24/2022 8:42:25 PM - Today’s high was 72 low was 61. Winds have been light all day and switching directions. Currently it’s 66 feels like 63 with WSW winds around 5mph. Tomorrow’s winds are going

  • Wahoos and Blackfins
    9/22/2022 9:17:54 AM - Great day Father and Sons day on board the bite me. Good fishing too mess of wahoos including a citation 44 pounder. Blackfin tunas including a 23 pound citation. Thanks fella

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    9/21/2022 8:14:21 PM - Today’s high was 84 low was 72. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 73 feels like 75 with E winds around 6mph. Tomorrow’s high is predicted to be 85 while winds a

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    9/20/2022 10:54:52 PM - Today’s high was 86 with a real feel of 92. Low was 70. Winds have been light which made for a stifling day. Currently it’s 73 feels like 80 with ENE winds around 3mph. Tomor

  • Wahoo and dolphin
    9/20/2022 6:00:18 PM - Friends from Delaware on board today. We caught a couple of wahoos out of several bites sometimes that is how wahoo fishing goes but we batted way less than.500 Caught a few d

  • Fall coming in full swing
    9/20/2022 5:15:33 AM - Lately our fishing has been really good with trout blues and drum of all sizes. Thankful for this pretty weather awesome fishing and good crowds. Give me a call to... The pos

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    9/18/2022 10:02:01 PM - Today’s high was 84. Winds have been light to gentle. Currently it’s 74 feels like 78 with ENE winds around 5mph. Tomorrow’s winds look similar to today but temps look to be

  • Tuna Wahoo and a dolphin
    9/18/2022 11:04:05 AM - The Gregory clan on board today from Virginia. I little prettier weather today. We caught a wahoo on the high speed missed a couple of bites caught a second wahoo one out of t

  • Hatteras Island Fishing Report
    9/17/2022 9:10:17 PM - Today was beautiful with a high of 81 gentle NE/NNE winds and Day at the Docks going on! Hatteras was busy with all the activities going on and it sounded like it turned out

  • 9/16/22
    9/16/2022 10:16:31 PM - We’re still catching Blues slot and big Drum at the Hatteras Inlet. The Spanish Mackerel are back again now that the water has cleared up. The post 9/16/22 appeared first on

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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. 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. 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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Latest Fishing Spots

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41025 - Diamond Shoals, NC
September 25, 2022 8:40 am EDT
Location: 35.01N 75.454W
Wind Direction: W (270°)
Wind Speed: 15.6 knots
Wind Gust: 17.5 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.96 in (1014.7 mb)
Water Temperature: 80.4°F (26.9°C)

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