Lots of people travel to Cape Hatteras to fish the Gulf Stream waters that lie just a short distance from the coast. Many plan a day or two offshore for an exciting activity during their week long stay on the Outer Banks, while others make the drive just for a day's fishing.
Either way, an offshore adventure can be an event of a lifetime, and you never know what will happen from one day to the next. We can, however, try to predict the best time to fish for a particular species based on years of experience, but it's not uncommon for the Gulf Stream to "throw us a curve" from time to time.
The cooler months tend to produce our best catches of yellowfin tuna. I like March and April in the spring, while preferred fall months for yellowfin are October and November.
The month of November also ushers in one of my favorite fisheries. Our "live bait" king mackerel fishing is unlike anywhere else in the world. You just have to experience it, 20-50 pound kings on 20-pound class tackle. It is a blast.
Also in the cooler months, it is not unusual to snag a wahoo.
The last few years have produced some excellent bluefin tuna fishing in the late winter and early spring. February and March have been productive for 80-150 pounders. The bag limits change according to what quota has been caught, but we can normally keep one, and release the rest.
In May, we usually begin to have excellent dolphin (mahi) fishing. We catch dolphin all year, but May through September is the best time.
I like late summer and early fall for wahoos, and we often do well on these lightning fast pelagics.
Hatteras is known for its great marlin fishing too. May through September holds pretty good promise of a billfish bite. I tend to think that our better blue marlin fishing is earlier, May to June, while our white marlin and sailfish bites seem to pick up in July. It is not out of the question to catch any and all of our billfish species through the summer months, and there is always that possibility of a "grand slam," especially in July and August.
This is just a brief overview of what you can expect offshore of Hatteras, throughout the year. For more information, go to the Species Sought page, or feel free to email me with your questions.
~ Capt. Dave
The Kelmer Klan
Today my great friend (and ex-slave) Jonboy brought his family out for the annual Godspeed adventure.
Things were slow all over today. I found an edge this morning that I would have bet the farm on, but never had a dolphin
bite. We batted 500, landing 2 out of 4 wahoo
s, thanks to Mitch and Zander. The weather was beautiful and we had lots of laughs in between the bites. Thanks guys!
So, this is what it's like to have sons AND daughters. Today was the daughter's day and Thursday the sons have to try and beat them.
None of the girls had ever been offshore before, so I thought the did pretty good. We had several schools of dolphin
today and wound up with a barrel full of bailers plus Mattie's nice gaffer. OK boys...gonna have to strap it on!
7/26 Hatteras Offshore Fishing Report
Today Craig brought a boatload of kids, which was fine, but we REALLY needed some bailers to get them in the game.
Fishing was slow. Davis hooked a wahoo
first thing, but a shark got more than half of the fish before we landed it. After pulling a lot of grass and only a couple other bites, they decided to wrap it up and head back in. The cool thing is that I'll have a chance to redeem today's slow fishing this fall. See you then!
7/23 Hatteras Offshore Fishing Report
Today was beautiful and sunny till the afternoon, then it became beautiful and drizzly.
There were very few dolphin
found today so we stuck to the task of wahoo
fishing. We had five bites and landed two. Not a ton of action today but some nice steaks for the grill! Thanks again guys!