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Our World Famous Outer Banks Fishing

     
 

Without a doubt the most popular activity on the Outer Banks is still the world famous fishing. But some visitors don't have any idea just how many different ways there are to fish here. Warm ocean waters resulting from the balmy Gulf Stream currents make Hatteras Island an exceptional place to fish nearly every month of the year. Granted, it takes a hearty sole to stand in the sand on a blustery January day and try to cast for the famous Hatteras giant red drum but the truth is that there are usually several days in January, February and March that are warm and calm enough to entice many enthusiastic anglers with "cabin fever."  Note: There are some great detailed books listed below on how to get the most out of your OBX fishing trip.

 
       
Sign Up For a Walk-On Sportfishing Charter!  

Per-person charters have been called many things from walk-on, make-up, group-share and trip sharing charters.  The rates for sportfishing charters are based on a full group of six anglers. This means that individual anglers have a difficult time locating enough anglers to fill a charter. We have created calendars that you can check to see if we have a group share charter available on the dates that you are available. Our program is designed to create a database of individual anglers and alert the entire group's database when anglers are looking to fill a charter group on a certain date.  Please visit our website and let us know the dates when you would like to find a group or just sign up to receive notices when group sharing charters are available.

 
       
 
Here are the some of the more popular methods of fishing that are done in this area:
 

♦ Surf Fishing ....  Basically this involves taking a rod, a reel and some bait down to the surf and seeing just what kind of fish just happens to be cruising through the area. What makes Hatteras Island unique is that it has been a long standing local tradition to drive your 4 wheel drive vehicle through a designated spot (ramp) in the dunes and park right where you want to fish. Check out this great informational article on "Sand / Beach Driving 101." Beach driving means no carrying gear and coolers hundreds of yards in order to enjoy the ocean. This comes in pretty handy when you are an older retiree like myself. Don't worry, if you don't have a 4 wheel drive there are also several designated parking areas where you can hike over the dunes while carrying your equipment. I did it for years and I survived it. Surf fishing results depend on the time of year and the attitude of the fish themselves. If you are thinking of planning your trip around the fishing at Hatteras it would be a good idea to check out the tackle shops and their fishing reports listed below for information on what is biting and what all you will need to bring.

Fishing on Hatteras Island

Fishing on Hatteras Island

 
 

♦ Pier Fishing ........   So you didn't bring your 4X4 truck. Do you still want to experience some great fishing? Around here that's no problem at all. A short walk out on the Rodanthe Pier or the Hatteras Island Pier in Avon can produce some awesome fishing for both the experienced angler as well as the inexperienced visitor. These piers look like giant boat docks and they extend well out into the ocean and beyond the surf breakers and shoals. When fishing on a pier you don't even have to cast your line out. All you do is drop your line over the side and then hang on. If it is your first time out on a pier fishing, you can nearly always count on assistance from some of the other regular "pier rats" that frequent these natural fish magnets The good folks that work at these piers can get you rigged up for whatever type of fish you want to catch. Whether you just want to catch a "mess" of fish for dinner or you want to target one of the monster ocean fish that are cruising the surf zones for their own dinner, the Hatteras Island piers rarely fail to produce great fishing for anyone willing to try. Our piers are a great place to learn about fishing on the Outer Banks.

Fishing on Hatteras Island

Fishing on Hatteras Island

 
 

♦ Inlet Fishing ........ There are also many great fishing opportunities for those that want to tow there own boats to Hatteras and give it a try. Normally Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet start seeing good action from several desirable species of game fish as our waters warm in late April and early May. Drifting through the inlet and also searching the shoals immediately inside and outside the inlet can produce the fishing experience of a lifetime. In Hatteras, anglers can launch their boats at any one of the several Village marina's. Normally the cost of launching includes both launching and parking for your truck and trailer. Oregon Inlet has free public ramps and parking.

Fishing on Hatteras Island

 
 

♦ Inshore Fishing ....  Although a lot of people use this term to incorporate other types of fishing, basically this style is done with a boat that is trolling baits within a couple of miles of the beaches. Many times the larger fish that use the surf zone for their feeding also cruise just out of the casting distance of the anglers along the beach. Trolling along these areas can produce some really good catches. This type of fishing is most popular in the summer months when weather and water conditions are more dependable for safe boating with smaller craft. All Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet marinas offer 1/2 day inshore charters where you can simply sit back and let a professional crew do all the work plus guarantee your success.

Fishing on Hatteras Island

 
 

♦ Sound Fishing ....... The Pamlico Sound is a giant body of water on the west side of the island. This is also a quality place for the folks that want to bring their own boat to enjoy some great fishing. Finding fish in such a vast amount of water isn't always easy but getting some advice from a local tackle shop can result in some fantastic fishing. Normally this type of fishing really starts to heat up in the months of June, July, and August. Pamlico Sound fishermen can catch flounder, red drum, speckled trout, grey trout, bluefish, striped bass, spot, croaker and many more species. Several very well qualified guides are always available to take you into the Pamlico fishing if you are an angler that wants to be sure that you are going to get a good meal or two out of their vacation experience. Note: When the weather is calm it is possible to fish the soundside with nearly any size boat but it is highly recommended that the owners of smaller boats watch the weather and wind closely. Any vast and relatively shallow body of water can become very rough in moments and with relatively no warning. Safe anglers always check the weather before going out and also let folks know where they will be and when they plan to return.

Fishing on Hatteras Island

Fishing on Hatteras Island

 
 

♦ Offshore Fishing .....  Offshore sportfishing has to be the granddaddy of fishing excitement. Both Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet offer large fleets of sportfishing yachts designed to tackle the big water and big fish just off North Carolina's coast. Because the warm Gulf Stream waters meander close to our coast along Hatteras  Island many deep water pelagic species of fish such as yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, blackfin tuna, wahoo, mahi (dolphin), king mackerel, sailfish, white marlin and of course the ever elusive and spectacular blue marlin roam the waters just off our Hatteras coast. Private anglers with larger boats often tow them to this area and launch at one of the local marinas. The most dependable method of offshore fishing that has made the Outer Banks famous is its spectacular fleet of beautiful sportfishing yachts. You can charter one of these 34' to 60' fishing machines most any day of the year and because this is one of the most experienced sportfishing locations in the world you will almost be guaranteed of having an outstanding fishing experience that you and your family will continue to remember for years.

Fishing on Hatteras Island

Fishing on Hatteras Island

 
 

 

 
 
 
     
     
 
 

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