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
9/29 Hatteras Offshore Fishing Report
Cool, calm and cloudy. That described the conditions today.
Fishing was a little tough, but we pieced together a catch and there was no shortage of entertainment on the Godspeed. These guys always have fun. We found a few dolphin
here and there. It was hard work trudging around in the scattered grass but we got a nice handful of big bailers and a gaffer. We fought a sailfish
for a while and even though we enjoyed the show he put on, we lost him. One nice wahoo
and a blackfin tuna rounded out our catch. Thanks again Marlon, see you guys next time!
9/27 Hatteras Offshore Fishing Report
We ventured out into another choppy ocean thanks to northeast winds at 20-25.
After yesterday's butt kickin' ride home, most of the fleet headed further up the line to be in position for a better angle home. I was the southern most boat and was figuring in enough time to troll up the beach for a good ride home. We found two places of dolphin
and bailed a handful each time. It would have been easier to work if the seas were calmer, but my guys did ok. We pulled off one wahoo
, but some of the guys had a handful of bites east of where I fished. Thanks for tuffing it out guys. Enjoy the dolphin
9/26 Hatteras Offshore Fishing Report
Today the weather forecasts were dead on. Reasonably nice in the morning but pretty slanty out of the north by lunchtime.
You always have to keep your angle in mind. Some of the guys headed way south where the better wahoo
fishing was yesterday, but I didn't want to commit to the butt whippin', if the wind picked up. We didn't have any wahoo action, surprisingly, but there were a few bites down the line. We found some grass out in the deep and bailed some dolphin
around it, and later in the day hooked a triple header of sails and landed two. Great job Dave and Reggie! See you guys in November for some yellowfin