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
4/27 Hatteras Offshore Fishing Report
My good buddy Emmett scheduled a last minute trip, hoping for some blackfin action. We caught some nice gaffers in the morning and the big blackfins came to the top in the afternoon!
...and then it happened. Gaffers everywhere.
I went the wrong direction this morning, but fishing was so good that it didn't take long to get on track. We wound up with a box full of gaffer dolphin
, one wahoo
and a couple blackfins. There were a few yellowfin
s around as well. Thanks Jim!
Long Time, No Sea!
My friend Dale, who was a faithful customer back in the 90s, finally moved back from across the country. Today was the first time back out since '97!
It was very windy this morning, gusting to 33 at 6:00. We held off until we saw signs of improvement before pulling out. The ocean was rough but not as bad as I had thought. Fishing was pretty spotty this morning but in the afternoon we found some big blackfins and dolphin
, and put together a nice catch late in the day. Thanks guys, see you soon!
4/22 Hatteras Offshore Fishing Report
Great weather and even better fishing!
When your first fish of the day is a citation, 41 pound wahoo
, you gotta believe it's gonna be a great day. We wound up catching three wahoo
s before moving offshore to look for yellowfin
s. The gaffer dolphin
found us first, so we whacked a bunch of them. Towards the end of the day we caught two out of four yellowfin
bites and a couple blackfins. Nothing like variety!