The Outer Banks is a premium location for deep sea fishing. Our beaches are just 12-15 miles from the Gulf Stream, giving you the opportunity to catch large fish like Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), Wahoo and Sailfish. The Outer Banks is “The Billfish Capital of the World,” and for good reason. Hundreds of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are caught and released in our waters every year.
Marinas and Inlets
There are plenty of offshore charter boats ready to take you and your group out for the day. Charter boats head offshore through Oregon Inlet or Hatteras Inlet, and there are a few different marinas located near both inlets. Marinas in Hatteras include Albatross Fleet Marina, Hatteras Harbor Marina, Hatteras Landing Marina, Oden’s Dock, Teach’s Lair Marina and Village Marina. On the Northern end there is OBX Marina, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Pirates Cove Marina, Shallowbag Bay Club Marina, Thicket Lump Marina and Wanchese Marina. If you’re staying in Ocracoke, the Anchorage Marina would be your go to for going off-shore. Some marinas even offer a service to cook your catch of the day for your group to sit and enjoy while reminiscing on the day’s exciting activity on the water.
What to Expect
Your offshore fishing adventure will be an all-day event. Even though we are in close proximity to the gulf stream it still takes an hour or so to get there – be prepared to leave the marina in the early morning hours around 5am and expect to return somewhere around 4-5pm. Most offshore charters will take up to 6 people, and the cost of the trip will range from $1200 – $2,000+ before tips. You often “get what you pay for” and can find more affordable boats, but they may not come with the level of comfort and quality of the more expensive charters. Choose the option that is best for you, your pocketbook and the type of off-shore fishing experience you want to have. Charters are a great option for experienced and novice fishers alike as the crew will have the boat fully prepared and ready to go. On most boats you’ll just need to bring personal items like sunscreen, food and drinks, medications, etc. It’s always good to be prepared, so consider taking something for motion sickness just as a precaution. You may not end up needing it but conditions on the water are hard to predict each changing day, so better safe than sorry! The captain and crew will provide all the equipment and assistance when the fishing begins!
Now that you’ve got the basics, it’s time to decide on a charter to bring you all the angling opportunities! The Outer Banks offers an abundance of Offshore fishing charters, some of which you can find listed below.
A-Salt Weapon Sport Fishing Charters
Pirates Cove Fishing Center Manteo, NC 27954 Visit Website
A-Salt Weapon Sportfishing Charters and Captain Dennis Endee, featured on ESPN and Versus, are the team you need to reel in your sportfishing adventure. Over 20 years of experience and title holders of several awards including the most recent: 2018 NC State record holder Bluefin Tuna 877 pounds. The A-Salt Weapon is available for all tournament fishing and company outings. All rods, bait, tackle, and ice are included for your convenience. Experience Gulfstream Fishing Today!
57976 NC Hwy. 12 Hatteras, NC 27943 Visit Website
North Carolina’s pioneer offshore charter fishing fleet founded in 1937. Located in the heart of Hatteras Village, three custom built boats of local design, offer offshore gulf stream and inshore 1/2 day fishing charters. The original Albatross also provides a 1.5 hour Salt Marsh Tour for $20 per person.
Bi-Op-Sea Fishing Charters
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Nags Head, NC 27959 Visit Website
Bi-Op-Sea is located only 35 miles from the excellent sportfishing waters of the Gulf Stream. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, Bi-Op-Sea strives to provide an enjoyable Outer Banks charter fishing trip for all aboard. The company welcomes families and children and encourages angler participation!
Captain Duke’s Fishing Charters
126 Brakewood Drive Manteo, NC 27954 Visit Website
Captain Ira “Duke” Spencer III, a 4th generation fisherman on the Outer Banks, has 30 years of experience on the Atlantic Ocean and North Carolina sounds. Fishing aboard the 36 foot “Captain Duke” can be fun and rewarding for all ages! What a great way to create memories as a family experiences the “Thrill of the Catch!” Captain Spencer and his Mate will do all they can to make your day memorable and fun.
Carolina Girl Sportfishing Charters
708 Harbor Road Wanchese, NC 27981 Visit Website
The Carolina Girl is run by Capt. Troy Salmon. He has over 30 years fishing these waters year round. His father started him fishing here on his boat Megabyte in 1982 and has been fishing here ever since. Carolina Girl is a 38’ Viking. The Carolina Girl is heated and cooled in all areas for comfortable fishing in all conditions. The Carolina Girl also has a full bathroom, kitchen and dinette with 2 flat screen TVs with satellite TV service, satellite phone and all of the best electronics. The Carolina Girl offers a variety of trip options from full day Gulf Stream fishing for tuna dolphin and marlin to half, 3/4 or full day inshore fishing for species like amberjack, cobia, flounder, Spanish mackerel, bluefish etc. According to their website, they also do specialty trips for wreck fish and shark upon request!
Carolina Style Sportfishing
4457 Mill Landing Road Wanchese, NC 27981 Visit Website
Carolina Style Sportfishing specializes in both inshore and offshore guided fishing charters from Wanchese, NC. They boast an unmatched ability to cater to your needs and still be notably productive, all while offering simple, affordable pricing. Carolina Style operates two separate boats—one for inshore and nearshore fishing, the other for offshore and deep sea fishing. They understand the vastly different requirements of fishing the Pamlico Sound versus offshore fishing. Whether you’re looking to stock the freezer, become a better angler, enjoy a peaceful day catching some delicious fish, make the most of your OBX vacation, or all of the above, Carolina Style promises to work hard to provide you with memorable fishing charters for a lifetime!
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