The Outer Banks and Cape hatteras fishing offers some of the world's best fishing. Known for their close access to the gulf stream and continental shelf, the Outer Banks offer prime fishing, first rate marinas, and the finest, most modern charter fishing fleet ever assembled. The same currents that have moved the sand to create the islands of the Outer Banks are constantly steering fish into the waters off the Outer Banks. Though they are very close to each other, Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet offer two very different fisheries.
Fishing from Oregon Inlet, which is closer to the towns of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills, a 35 mile boat ride brings you to the tuna rich grounds southeast of Oregon Inlet off Hatteras Island near Cape Point in Hatteras, N.C. This area boasts year round opportunities at several different species of tunas. The colder months are dominated by bluefin tuna and the warmer months find bigeye tuna in the area.
Unique to Oregon Inlet, any day of the year, there is a strong likelihood that yellowfin tuna can be found and caught, and usually is good size and numbers. Aside from spectacular tuna fishing Oregon Inlet is also the scene of world class fishing for billfish- including blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish during the summer months. Throw mahi mahi and wahoo into the mix during the spring, fall, and summer, and fishing the Outer Banks through Oregon Inlet is an angler's paradise.
Further south of Oregon Inlet is Hatteras Inlet. Hatteras Inlet is closest to the towns of Rodanthe, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and of course Hatteras Village. Hatteras offers a very short ride to offshore Hatteras fishing grounds. Most days fishing from Hatteras you will find yourself with lines in the water and your baits being seen by big game within one hour of pulling away from the dock. Hatteras offers great fishing the entire year. Winter and spring species include bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, and blackfin tuna. The bluefin tuna will typically be found off Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks of North Carolina from around valentines day until late april.
After the bluefins depart, yellowfin tuna will make a brief run through Hatteras and usher in a world class dolphin run that will typically start in late april and run through the duration of the summer. Billfish will show off Hatteras starting in may and the potential to catch a white marlin, sailfish, or big blue marlin will be around all the way through september. This is why Hatteras charter fishing is such a big draw to so many top anglers.
In late august, september, and october, the wahoo bite will get fired up in off Hatteras and trophy sized king mackerel will be around for the rest of the year. Hatteras also hosts world class inshore fisheries such as an incredible cobia run in may and near year round fishing for huge red drum. The reefs off Hatteras offer year round fishing for a multitude of species of snapper, grouper, and other reef species.
At any given time, you can charter a boat out of either Oregon Inlet or Hatteras Inlet and have a chance at offshore big game. The Outer Banks of North Carolina are located within an easy driving distance of anywhere in the mid atlantic area and if you come and give it a try once, we are sure you will be back for another shot at some awesome Hatteras charter fishing.