Hatteras Fishing

Of all Outer Banks fishing locations, many would argue that Cape Hatteras is the mecca, the big kahuna, the place that serious anglers call home.

Some would even say it’s the North Carolina sport-fishing capital. And, believe us, Hatteras fishing is serious business. Hatteras charter fishing boats go after the big game of the Gulf Stream that’s easily accessible from Hatteras Village marinas year round. The notoriety of the Outer Banks fishing experience has spread so far and wide that many visitors come here for that alone. Nevermind the beach, sound, shopping or whatever else those other visitors come for. For anglers with the penchant for Hatteras fishing, nothing else hooks their attention.

Hatteras Island Charter Fishing

So, why is Hatteras fishing such a big deal? It’s the chance to head offshore on a fishing charter to fight blue and white marlin, sailfish and giant bluefin tuna or to bring in a healthy catch of yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi. If you ever experience the thrill of strapping into a chair, feeling that initial tug and then hanging in through the long, sometimes exhausting and always exhilarating reeling in of that huge fish, you know that it’s an experience you want to repeat. There’s fishing, then there’s Cape Hatteras charter fishing.

We know — it almost sounds like an exclusive club of Hatteras Island anglers in the know, right? But, actually, anyone can charter a boat to take them offshore fishing. The boats take up to six passengers and supply all the bait and tackle you’ll need plus a mate who’ll do everything but reel in your fish. And, with six Hatteras Village marinas, you can get on a boat somewhere!

Of course, offshore fishing charters aren’t the only draw for the fish-afflicted. Fishing the Hatteras Island sound, on near-shore wrecks, in the surf and from piers is equally popular. During certain times of the year, especially fall and spring, surf fishing is phenomenal on the Outer Banks. Red drum, striped bass and bluefish are some of the favorite fall surf catches, along with flounder, trout, sea mullet and pompano in the summer. If you need a little surf fishing advice, ask at the local Hatteras Island tackle shops. Numerous guides are available to take you out on inshore fishing trips in the sound or on near-shore ocean wrecks. There are currently two fishing piers in this area.

Here are some helpful Hatteras Island fishing links. Check out Outer Banks charter fishing in all its glory from Corolla to Ocracoke. And, here's where you can get your daily Outer Banks Fishing Report

A NOTE FOR ANGLERS: Saltwater anglers in North Carolina are required to buy a Coastal Recreational Fishing License. The license can be purchased on a 10-day, annual or lifetime basis or combined with other licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Children younger than 16 do not need a license. For-hire vessels and ocean fishing piers have the option to purchase a blanket license that covers all their fishing patrons, so you may not need the license to fish on a certain pier or charter boat; be sure to ask. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at www.ncwildlife.org or by calling (888) 248-6834 or at many of the local tackle shops.

Hatteras Fishing

Albatross Fleet Marina at Foster's Quay

Hatteras Fishing
57976 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras
(252) 986-2515

Albatross Marina at Forter's Quay is home base for the three Albatross offshore vessels. It's located between Oden's Dock and the Village Marina in the heart of Hatteras Village. Here you can charter full- or half-day charters with Captain Ernie Foster and his other captains and mates. The Fosters were the pioneers of offshore Gulf Stream fishing on the Outer Banks starting in 1937!

Hatteras Harbor Marina

Hatteras Fishing
58058 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2166
(800) 676-4939

This full-service marina books offshore and inshore fishing trips year round with a 24-boat charter fleet. They offer deepwater slip rentals with water and electric hookups and sell diesel fuel. Shower and laundry facilities, apartment rentals, a gift shop and the Harbor Deli are on site.

Teach's Lair Marina

Hatteras Fishing
58646 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2460

Teach’s Lair is a full-service marina offering both inshore and offshore fishing charters year round as well as fish-cleaning services. Slip rentals with hookups are available by the day, week, month or year. A ramp for launching boats can be used for a $10 fee. A convenience store, ship’s store and tackle shop are onsite, and you can self-purchase an N.C. Recreational Fishing License on... read more

Teach’s Lair is a full-service marina offering both inshore and offshore fishing charters year round... read more