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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

Too Many Plans

- 10/25/2014
I always do better when I make a plan and stick to it.

Today we went to find live bait to look for kings, but menhaden were hard to come by. We headed out with a well full of small blues but I got frustrated after fishing in a good looking spot with no bites, so I headed out and switched over to the trolling gear. It wasn't a bad plan, and we had a fair amount of action, but we didn't have the best luck today. We landed one out of five wahoo bites, three gaffers, missed a sail, broke off a white and saw a blue marlin chasing bait. Right near the end of the day I found some big kings. We caught a couple trolling and switched back over in time to catch a nice one on live bait. Thanks Ronnie!

10/24 Hatteras Offshore Fishing Report

- 10/24/2014
The morning breeze was brisk out of the northwest, but it began to subside by the afternoon.

We caught some live bait and looked around for some kings in the morning. Sam caught a 27 pounder and we missed a couple others before jogging out further. Fishing wasn't red hot but we got lucky and caught two wahoos, including Ronnie's 40 pounder, and a handful of gaffer dolphin. It's supposed to be calm tomorrow...can't wait!

10/20 Hatteras Offshore Fishing Report

- 10/20/2014
We had the luxury and flexibility of picking any day we wanted this week, so we chose today. No regrets!

The weather was slick calm and the dolphin fishing was great offshore. We caught our limit in one stop and went looking for something else. There wasn't much else in the blue water for us. We caught a blackfin tuna and missed a sailfish. The guys with live bait did good on the kings this morning. Thanks Jaimie!