The very best guide to charter fishing on the islands….WITH SLIDE SHOW

If you’ve never been fishing off Hatteras or Ocracoke, it’s definitely worth looking into.  The variety of trips, boats, captains, and species of fish available is quite impressive, and there are options that can accommodate almost any budget or interest.

That said, with so many options available, choosing the right charter can be a daunting task, especially for first-timers. To make it a little bit easier, The Island Free Press has compiled a guide to Hatteras and Ocracoke charter fishing.  With answers to frequently asked questions, information on everything from choosing a boat to cleaning your fish, advice on making your trip more enjoyable, and pictures to rouse your inner angler, this guide is designed help get you off the docks and on the water. 
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PBR Classic Tournament at Avon Pier Garners Record-Breaking Donations and Drum

The PBR Classic Fishing Tournament was held at the Avon Fishing Pier over Veterans Day Weekend, and the event, which raises funds for The Sons of the American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors, made a big impression in more ways than one. 
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All-Women Team Wins 2018 Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Surf Invitational Fishing Tournament

The Outcasters, an all-women’s team from Nags Head, won the 61st Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Surf Invitational Fishing Tournament. 
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Working Watermen Commission Framework Approved at BOC Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the proposed framework of the recently revived Commission for Working Watermen at their November 5 meeting, paving the way for commission member appointments to be made. 
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Commercial Watermen Needed to Remove Lost Crab Pots

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is currently accepting applications from commercial watermen to be hired to assist in its annual on-the-water Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project. 
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Island Fishing:  Finally…Fall!

October started out in the mid 80s but has finally settled in to normal, cooler temperatures.  Everything has been running late this year, but lately the fishing has been great. 
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New Artificial Reef in the Spotlight at Upcoming Outer Banks Anglers Club Meeting

A new artificial reef that will be located approximately eight miles south of Oregon Inlet and three miles off the beach will be the focus of the upcoming monthly meeting of the Outer Banks Anglers Club.  Read more

It’s Fall, and It’s Fishing Tournament Season!

By the time October rolls around on the islands, the summertime crowds have certainly thinned, but there’s always a steady wave of “new” visitors that hit the beaches in full force – the fishermen.
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Commission for Working Watermen Starts to Take Shape at Reorganizational Meeting

The newly revitalized Dare County Commission for Working Watermen began to take shape on Monday evening at a lightly attended but energized meeting that attracted potential applicants and commission members.
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Blessing of the Fleet Draws a Crowd to Honor N.C. Watermen...WITH SLIDE SHOW

On a bright and crisp Saturday evening, a line of local vessels made a slow procession along the Hatteras waterfront before heading out into the open water for a somber but uplifting moment of gratitude, prayer, and remembrance. The on-the-water gathering was due to the annual Blessing of the Fleet, an event that has deep roots for local watermen, and which is traditionally a favorite part of the annual Day at the Docks festival. 
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Commission for Working Watermen Reorganizational Meeting Scheduled for October 8

The recently revived Commission for Working Watermen will hold an inaugural reorganizational meeting at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center Building on Monday, October 8, at 7 p.m. 
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Shellfish Harvesting from Outer Banks Waters Resumed Saturday

With the massive amounts of floodwater flowing through the sounds and coastal rivers of North Carolina from Hurricane Florence, the harvesting of oysters and clams has ground to a halt.

Testing of the waters from Ocracoke to Wanchese has come back safe, so shellfish producers in Dare and Hyde counties are able to harvest their mollusks and send them to market again. 
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Island Fishing:  Hatteras Island Fishing in September

It is with a grateful heart that I give thanks that Hatteras Island was spared from the worst of hurricane Florence.  The massive 600-mile wide storm was forecasted to make landfall as a category 4, somewhere between Wilmington and Hatteras. 
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Marine Fisheries Commission Seeks Advisers

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to advise it on various fisheries issues. 
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Last Week’s MFC Meeting Overview from the North Carolina Fisheries Association

The following is from the North Carolina Fisheries Association’s (NCFA) weekly news and updates. Learn more about the NCFA at

At last week’s Marine Fisheries Commission meeting, several actions were taken. At the public comment period, NCFA’s Chairman Brent Fulcher and Executive Director Glenn Skinner both addressed the Commission. 
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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting set for September 5-6, 2018

NOAA Fisheries, (NMFS), will hold a meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel on September 5-6, 2018, at the Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. 
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Marine Fisheries Commissioners Sworn In

Three new members of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission were sworn in on Thursday, August 15, at a ceremony in Raleigh. NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall administered the oath, and NC Secretary of DEQ, Michael Regan, assisted with the proceedings. 
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Gov. Cooper Makes Three Appointments to Marine Fisheries Commission

Gov. Roy Cooper appointed three new individuals to the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) on Wednesday, August 1, per the North Carolina Fisheries Commission.
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13 Foot Hammerhead Shark Caught off of Ramp 38 in Avon

A 13 foot 6-inch hammerhead shark was caught off of Ramp 38 just south of Avon on Wednesday, per the Red Drum Tackle Shop in Buxton.
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Marine Fisheries Panel in Disarray Ahead of Quarterly Meeting

Just as the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission convenes on Wednesday for its quarterly meeting in Raleigh, there has been a complete turnover of the panel’s commercial fishing members. 
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New Shrimping Rules Slowly Migrate Through Sea of Bureaucracy

Almost two years after it surfaced, a proposal to radically curtail commercial shrimping is crawling through the state’s rule-making process.

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation petitioned the Marine Fisheries Commission for the new rules in November 2016, and after modifications, the panel accepted the request on Feb. 16, 2017. 
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Island Fishing: Settled Into Summer

Looking out my living room window, I am greeted by a rare sight … sunshine!!  The last couple of weeks have left us drenched and ready for some blue sky.  Over 20 inches of rain fell on Hatteras Island last month, so locals and vacationers alike are anxious for a change.  A temporary shellfish closure has been in effect due to the runoff, which has greatly impacted my clamming business.  Fortunately, the closure has been lifted, and it’s back to business as usual. 
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Artificial Reef Program to Propose 4-Year Plan

Meetings are planned in Raleigh, Ocracoke, Wilmington and Morehead City in August for the state Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program representatives to share information and receive feedback on a proposed four-year artificial reef enhancement plan, the state agency announced Wednesday. 
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Shellfish Area Closures: There’s An App For That!

A new web application on the Division of Marine Fisheries website will help fishermen find what shellfishing waters are open or closed to harvest in real time.
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Heat Wave: Fishing is Hot in July on the Islands

On the news, all you hear these days is about how hot it is everywhere.  Oh, it has been hot indeed, but we are blessed to be surrounded by eighty-something degree water which keeps us a bit cooler in the summer than areas inland.  There are definitely pros and cons to living on a barrier island that sticks out in the Atlantic Ocean.  The same water that keeps us cooler in the summer helps keep us a bit warmer in the winter as well. 
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Funds from the BIG Grant Program Available for Transient Recreational Boating Facilities

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program for federal fiscal year 2019.
BIG is a grant program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that reimburses up to 75 percent of costs for projects that construct, renovate or maintain tie-up facilities and related amenities for recreational transient vessels that are at least 26 feet long. The grant program was authorized by Congress in 1998 and is funded by excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel. 
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Beware of Private Online Sites That Appear to Sell Fishing Licenses

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are reminding the public to beware of private online sites that appear to sell state fishing licenses. 
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Spotted Seatrout Season Reopens

The spotted seatrout fishing season reopened today in North Carolina waters.

The recreational bag limit will be four-fish per person per day, and the minimum size limit will be 14 inches total length. All undersized or over the daily harvest limit fish caught must be immediately returned to the waters where taken, regardless of the condition of the fish. 
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