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
More First Timers
My buddy Peter showed up with a bunch of newbies today, and even though it was a little like boot camp, we whipped them in to pretty good shape!
It took several stops but we managed to catch a limit of nice bailers, with a few gaffers mixed in. We only had three wahoo
bites today because we spent a lot of time out in the deep, but we did land two of them. The highlight was David's sailfish
, that put on a great show and posed nicely for a photo before being released. Thanks for another great day Peter!
Lots Of Laughter!
Today we had another group of Godspeed first timers, and I know they had fun because they were laughing all day, especially when we were bailing dolphin
in the rain!
We had a mixed bag today but overall fishing was GREAT offshore. I don't know how many wahoo
bites we had today, probably a dozen or more. We managed to land five...pretty happy. We didn't really concentrate on dolphin fishing but I found some grass patches and we got a nice catch of big bailers plus a couple of nice gaffers. Still happy. We had three sailfish
encounters today and Sarah got the job done as she angled hers to the boat successfully for a photo and a release. Great job Sarah! You guys were great, can't wait to see you again!
My guys requested "table fare" rather than marlin, but we got to do both anyway!
I knew that we were gonna have an early dismissal today, so I didn't wander too far to the south. I hung around the break and we had some wahoo
action. We managed to land three of our six bites plus a few dolphin
. Near the end of the day Carter had a great battle with a sailfish
...AND WON! Great job guys. Enjoy the fish this week.
Father And Sons
Today I had the pleasure of spending the day with Jack, who had the pleasure of spending the day with his four sons!
The weather was perfect, so the boat ride alone was wonderful. I trolled offshore quite a ways till I found some grass patches and a couple different schools of dolphin
. These guys caught on pretty good for first timers and we wound up with a nice catch. I spent the afternoon looking for a nice fish and finally found Jack a wahoo
. Thanks guys, it was truly our pleasure having you on board today!
Today Ronnie and the boys showed up, and brought the rain with them!
It was raining when we left the dock, and it rained the whole time we fished. After a couple wild rounds of thunderstorms, and more on the way, we decided to cut the day short and play it safe. Fishing was pretty good though, we had good dolphin
action and there were some wahoo
and billfish bites around the fleet as well. See you guys in October!
7/18 Hatteras Offshore Fishing Report
We had a choppy northeaster to deal with today, and on top of the rough seas, the fishing was scrappy.
It's crazy how things change, but today there was plenty of grass and very few dolphin
. We got lucky and caught all three of our wahoo
bites, and I feel like we had the best of the wahoo action. The wind is supposed to die down for tomorrow, and hopefully the fish will be hungry! Thanks Keith!
Red Necks With Bailing Rods
...there's nothing more dangerous!
There northeast winds had the grass scattered but we put a lot of work into finding dolphin
this morning and scrapped out a nice catch. In the afternoon we concentrated our efforts on wahoo
fishing and it turned out to be a good call as well. We caught about half of our bites and wound up landing five. Thanks for another great day James!