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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

Read the latest from the Outer Banks Fishing Report

More May Gaffers

- 5/22/2015
Today, Steve, Frank, and the boys toughed out a choppy day offshore but were rewarded with a barrel of gaffers!

There was a scattered gaffer dolphin about everywhere you went today. See you guys in the morning for day two!


- 5/21/2015
The marlin bite was on again today, although we didn't get an invitation.

The southeast winds made the grass difficult to fish for dolphin, but we still landed a handful of nice gaffers while we waited for the blue marlin that never showed up. Thanks Chris for another great day!

Monkey Off

- 5/20/2015
It's always a great feeling get your first blue marlin of the year out of the way...and on to number two!

Our day started out with two wahoos, the we missed the next four. Conditions sounded great offshore so we moved out a little deeper where we got jumped by a 350 pound blue marlin. Tom did a great job angling the fish to the boat after a great show. The grass was pretty scattered in the deep, and some guys found floats and did well with the dolphin. We caught five gaffers to go with the wahoos and marlin memories. Thanks Roger!

Split Day

- 5/18/2015
Woody and the guys wanted to split the day up, so we fished a few hours offshore and then back in to look for some cobia.

Things started out pretty slow offshore, We missed a few dolphin bites and lost a wahoo before jogging back in to the beach. We spotted several cobias, hooked three and landed two. The guys were happy to try something different from yesterday and all enjoyed spotting the fish! Thanks Woody.

5/17 Hatteras Offshore Fishing Report

- 5/17/2015
We're in the middle of another "pretty weather stretch"...and I'm liking it!

The blue marlin bite was better today than yesterday, but my group showed no interest in a big bite. Dolphin fishing was a little more "scattered" today but we stuck with it and put together a nice catch of gaffers. See you guys in the morning!

Day In The Deep

- 5/16/2015
We couldn't have asked for a better day. Slick calm and great fishing!

I had hoped to find a few dolphin early and spend the rest of the day looking for a blue marlin. Thanks to my ol' buddy Finn, who found and handed off a float loaded with gaffers, we got the first part done. The marlin bite was on, and with all the boats fishing on the last day of the tournament, there was plenty of action. We got a tug out of a mystery bite, and later had a blue marlin try both long riggers, but no hook up. Plenty of action around the fleet though. Thanks guys, see you again soon!