Driving vehicles onto the Cape Hatteras beaches in order to surf and commercial fish was popular even before auto manufacturers started making affordable four wheel drive vehicles! Surf fishing is still spectacular but the areas that are fishable varies greatly depending on NPS beach closures. It is always a good idea to check this (NPS beach access map) during the time you are going to be here in order to know which beaches are open to four wheel drive traffic or possibly only accessible by foot or even closed completely. Surf fishing anglers fish for seasonal species. What might be in the surf one month might not be here the next month. Some of the most common species that are found in or near the surf are pufferfish, spot, croaker, bluefish, flounder, whiting (sea mullet), striped bass, red drum, various sharks, pompano, cobia and spanish mackerel. Don't worry if you are unable to bring heavy tackle or cast 100 yards. Some of the best fishing can be had by flipping small baits right into the waves coming up on the beach as the fish often ride the wave up on the sand to eat the sand fleas. Short casts withg small hooks can catch a quick dinner in short order.
Stop in at any one of the local tackle shops or check out the tackle shop's fishing reports online for tips on how to get in on all of the best action and find the lures/baits that are working best.
Tourists travel from long distances to enjoy the exotic Hatteras deep sea fishing. Cape Hatteras Inlet is the closest location on the entire East Coast to the balmy waters of the Gulf Stream which translates to shorter boat rides and more time fishing. The Gulf Stream offers seasonal angling for pelagic species such as yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, bluefin tuna, wahoo, mahi, sailfish, white and blue marlin.
The Hatteras marinas offer large fleets of licensed professional offshore fishing charters. These charter boats vary from 34' to 60' and they are state-of-the-art fishing yachts which will provide everything including fishing licenses, all fishing gear, bait, ice and an offshore deep sea fishing experience that you will never forget.
For anglers that want to trailer their boats, Cape Hatteras offers great summer fishing for species like flounder, speckled trout, gray trout, red drum and cobia. Check with a local island tackle shop like Frisco Rod and Gun, Fran and Fran's or Teach's Lair/Hatteras Landing for what species are biting and how to catch them.
Several top quality licensed professional inshore fishing guides are also available at the various Hatteras Marinas (Teach's Lair, Hatteras Landing and Hatteras Harbor Marina). They will provide everything for your trip including the gear, bait, state-of-the-art boats and a thorough knowledge of the local waters.
Guess what? You don't need to spend over $2000 and charter a 44' yacht in order to catch a lot of nice fish at Cape Hatteras! We fish with light manageable tackle for Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Gray Trout, Cobia, Flounder and more. We cater to families, individuals, youngsters, experts and novices. Just anyone who wants the excitement of feeling a nice hard fighting, good tasting fish on their line. We provide everything including a 40 year experienced expert guide/captain, all licenses, all fishing gear and fresh bait. Read all about our Hatteras light tackle Pamlico Sound charters on our Speck-Tackler website.