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Hatteras, NC

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A deep sea fisherman’s paradise

Hatteras is known for it’s proximity to the Atlantic Gulf Stream, a nutrient rich natural current that is home to some of the best fishing on Earth. While many East coast charters offer Gulf Stream trips, many of them are tens of miles away from the Gulf Stream, meaning that a lot of your day will be spent motoring to and from the actual fishing grounds. Because of Hatteras’s outer location as a barrier island, the travel time to the Gulf Stream is greatly reduced. Less time traveling, more time fishing!

Hatteras is home to some of a saltwater angler’s most prized catches. Only a short boat ride out to the Gulf Stream, anglers can hook into gigantic blue and white marlin, as well as other billfish and tuna species. For a shorter day out, anglers can bottom fish close to shore for snapper and other species.

Off the water, you can enjoy the unpopulated beaches of the Outer Banks and enjoy the rich fishing heritage of this town.

Basic Info
  • 53° 40° Dec-Feb
  • 67° 54° Mar-May
  • 84° 73° Jun-Aug
  • 73° 60° Sep-Nov
Atlantic Ocean Gulf Stream, Pamlico Sound
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Hatteras, NC

Bluefin Tuna

A prized food and gamefish, the Bluefin Tuna can reach 1,000 pounds in weight and fights with every ounce of it.


Color dark blue on top, brown-blue laterally and silvery white underbelly. First dorsal fin greatly enlarged in the form of a sail with many black spots.


Wahoo are steel blue on their top side and pale blue on their underside. Also known for a series of blackish-blue vertical bars on their sides.

Yellowfin Tuna

One of the larger tuna species, with a vibrant yellow dorsal fin and anal fin. An incredibly tough pound for pound fighter.

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