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Cape Hatteras, NC

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58646 NC Highway 12
 
Cape Hatteras, NC 27943
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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

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Weather for Hatteras NC

  • Today
    Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with an east wind 15 to 20 mph.
    High 65
    Mostly Sunny then Mostly Cloudy and Breezy
  • Tonight
    Rain likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 5am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.  Cloudy, with a low around 60. Windy, with an east wind 21 to 26 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
    Low 60
    70% Chance Rain and Breezy then Heavy Rain and Windy
  • Tuesday
    Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain.  High near 65. Windy, with a southeast wind 30 to 32 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
    High 65
    100% Heavy Rain and Windy
  • Tuesday Night
    Showers likely, mainly before 2am.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Windy, with a south wind 26 to 31 mph decreasing to 13 to 18 mph after midnight.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
    Low 62
    60% Showers Likely and Windy
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