Offshore Gulf Stream Fishing (also known as deep sea fishing) on the Outer Banks is legendary. In fact, the Outer Banks is known as “The Billfish Capital of the World” with the Outer Banks holding many records for the size of fish caught. In 2008, a new state record for blue marlin was set at 1,228.5 pounds by the “Mimi” fishing a tournament out of Pirate’s Cove.
Every year, hundreds of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are caught and released in the Gulf Stream waters off the Outer Banks waters. And the season for billfish is long with consistent catches from spring to fall. You can catch giant fish weighing hundreds of pounds including blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tun, bluefin tuna, bigeye tuna, albacore, wahoo, dophin (mahi-mahi) and mako.
Offshore fishing means taking a charter boat or your own boat out of either Oregon Inlet, Hatteras Inlet or Ocracoke Inlet and heading straight to the deep cobalt blue water of the Gulf Stream for deep sea fishing at its best. That’s where the giant fish are. The run to the Gulf Stream is generally 30-45 miles one way from Oregon Inlet and 20-35 miles from Hatteras Inlet and Ocracoke Inlet depending on conditions and time of year. Why so much variation? Because the Gulf Stream moves.
A trip to the Gulf Stream is generally an all-day trip leaving before sunrise and returning late in the afternoon. Charter boat are comfortable with interior salons with air conditioning and heat, comfortable places to sit and lie down, head (restroom) and all the latest navigational, safety, comfort and even entertainment options. The captain and mate are professionals and will teach you all you need to know. They take parties of up to six people although smaller groups and individuals can be worked in with makeup charters. Trip prices are expensive but remember you are splitting this between six people. A generous tip for your hard working mate is also expected. Everything is provided except for your own personal drinks/food. Learn the Basics of Charter Fishing to prepare for your trip and then find a charter boat near you.
If you want to catch blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, big tuna and dolphin, you have to fish offshore. You cannot do this from a half day inshore/near shore charter. You can book an offshore fishing charter through one of the fishing marinas or by visiting our charter boat directory and contacting the captain directly.