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Everything to Know About Booking a fishing charter in Hatteras

What are the best fishing charters in Hatteras?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 13 trips in Hatteras, and the most popular trips in the area are Full Day Trip (Apr - Nov) - 45’ Sheldon Midgett guided by Jay, Nearshore Sightfishing guided by Ricky, and Trolling/Sight-Casting/Drifting guided by Ricky.

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Another popular fishing spot nearby for booking a charter is Frisco.

What types of fishing charters are common in Hatteras?

Inshore fishing is the most popular in Hatteras as well as nearshore fishing and offshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Hatteras are: 1. cobia, 2. redfish, 3. speckled trout / spotted seatrout, 4. flounder, and 5. spanish mackerel.

The most common fishing techniques in Hatteras are live bait fishing, light tackle fishing, and trolling but artificial lure fishing and heavy tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much do Hatteras fishing charters cost?

in Hatteras prices can range anywhere from $500 to $1,900, but the average price for a half day in Hatteras is $592. The average price for a full day in Hatteras is $1,250.

When is the best time to go fishing in Hatteras?

The best time to go fishing can depend on a number of factors. Call us to talk fishing!

Where can I get a Hatteras fishing license and what are the bag limits in Hatteras?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Hatteras, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Hatteras. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Hatteras.

Hatteras Fishing Charters

Perhaps one of the most legendary spots in the Outer Banks, Hatteras has earned an exceptional reputation for deep sea fishing. The Outer Banks are a series of islands and peninsulas that separate the Atlantic Ocean from the North Carolina Coast. It’s one of the most famous and time-tested fisheries in the world with early European explorers describing boats filled with fish. The vast shoreline provides incredible inshore fishing opportunities while its proximity to the Gulf Stream serves as an excellent jumping-off point for offshore fishing. The Outer Banks has earned a legendary reputation for fishing and it continues to be one of the most productive places to wet a line.

Hatteras Inshore Fishing

The inshore fishing on the Out Banks is top tier with abundant habitat, rich waters, and a variety of species to target. The inshore geography is made up of beaches, inlets, bays, rivers, and interconnected inshore sounds that are protected from the open ocean. With so many types of habitat, the bite will move from spot to spot but it’s always on fire.

The most popular inshore species on the Outer Banks are redfish, speckled trout, tripletail, flounder, and rockfish (also known as striper.) These fish are the most prominent but only make up a fraction of the potential species you can catch. While fishing the Outer Banks surf, sounds, bridges, and piers anglers can also catch bluefish, black drum, pompano, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, sea mullet, spot, croaker, tarpon, and cobia.

The seasonality of these fish can be hard to pin down but in general cobia peaks in the spring with trout, redfish, black drum, and bluefish. During the summer months, Spanish Mackerel and tarpon move into the area with flounder also beginning to heat up. Heading into fall, trout, redfish, black drum, and bluefish are hot again but rockfish are the main attraction. For anglers that love catching rockfish the winter months are the best time to hit the Outer Banks. These fish are firing on all cylinders once the water drops below 60 degrees and stay hot until the water drops below 45.

With such a wide variety of inshore species visiting the Outer Banks throughout the year, there are endless methods and techniques used to catch fish. Depending on the type of trip you’re looking for, you can choose from trolling, drifting, bottom fishing, and even fly fishing. If you’re looking for a high-caliber inshore trip the Outer Banks have you covered.

Hatteras Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Deep sea fishing is the first thing that comes to mind for most anglers when they think of the Outer Banks. With easy access to the Gulf Stream, some of the best offshore fishing in the world is only a short boat ride away. The Gulf Stream is the primary hunting grounds and migration corridor for some of the biggest, fastest, and most powerful fish. Offshore from the Outer Banks, you can catch monster fish like blue marlin, white marlin, yellowfin tuna, and bluefin tuna.

The giant fish aren’t the only ones that pack a punch with sailfish, wahoo, mahi mahi, and kingfish also dominating these waters at different times. These fish may be smaller but their speed and agility will make your reel smoke. Cobia are also caught in the Outer Banks but they can range from nearly inshore waters out to the open waters depending on the season. These delicious fish can be seen swimming near the surface either in schools or by themselves but if you hook into one prepare for a formidable fight.

While trolling and drifting are the most popular ways to target offshore fish, bottom fishing the reefs and shipwrecks is also a great way to spend a day on the water. Amberjack, snapper, and grouper hunt and take shelter around structure in deep water. With hundreds of shipwrecks, great fishing spots are everywhere.

Things to Do

The Outer Banks have become a prominent vacation destination thanks to its beautiful scenery, historical sights, and great accommodations. If you love the beach there are plenty to choose from and with an amazing view relaxing takes no time at all. For those of you who love the water paddle boarding and surfing are great in the Outer Banks. There are also amazing historical sights to check out including lighthouses, war sites, museums, and even where the Wright Brothers took off on their first flight.

After a day full of activities, head to any of the 100 locally-owned restaurants that are serving up everything from freshly caught seafood to Mexican cuisine. If you want a drink to unwind after a long day there are plenty of bars where you can swap stories or just enjoy a view. Whatever you’re looking for on your next trip, the Outer Banks have it all.

Hatteras Tides and Weather

The weather at the Outer Banks can change quickly but to be better prepared for your trip check out tides times and charts here, and weather forecast here.



How are fishing conditions in Hatteras?

Hatteras Fishing Reports from Our Damn Good Guides. See more reports for Hatteras.

    Fall fishing in Hatteras is some of the best anywhere. Lots of large and slot drum, specks, flounder, blues and Spanish.
    Fall fishing in Hatteras is some of the best anywhere. Lots of large and slot drum, specks, flounder, blues and Spanish.
    Fall fishing in Hatteras is some of the best anywhere. Lots of large and slot drum, specks, flounder, blues and Spanish.