What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Hatteras, North Carolina for the first time?

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Adam Lewis
Wood-Ridge, NJ
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Went fishing with Got-em Charters on Septiembre 20, 2022
Don't buy expensive gear if it's your first time and if you're not sure you're going to like it. Just get a simple rod and reel setup from a local bait and tackle shop and use some pre-made steel high low rigs to start with a 1, a 2, or a 3 ounce weight. You probably won't need 4 to be honest. Shrimp and squid are good live baits and reasonably priced. Clam is okay. Some people swear by worms, but they're pricey down here. For surf fishing, you won't need anything more than 12-15 lb test I wouldn't think, so don't go crazy. You're not catching Tuna. When you get ready to fish, look at the surf and see what the ocean is doing. Try to spot sandbars and look at where the waves are breaking. You want to try find some deeper water right past the sand bar or deeper water right before the sandbar. That should churn up the ocean and fish will be looking to feed there. Last and maybe most importantly, try to fish at dawn/dusk and at high tide when the water is deeper. If high tide coincided with dawn and dusk, that's absolutely idea, so check the Avon tide chart by googling it. You can go out at low tide and look at the beach to see where the deeper water might be..

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James Digges
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Went fishing with Dunn Deal Sportfishing on Noviembre 24, 2023
"What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Hatteras for the first time?" - The weather isn't always going to cooperate and give you a nice day. Talk to your captain ahead of time and they will tell you how to prepare yourself for when you are on the boat. They want you to be comfortable and have a great time, so listen to what they say.

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Constant Corpuz
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Went fishing with Under Pressure Charters on Septiembre 27, 2023
Be open and flexible if things don't go as planned. And don't get discouraged if the bite isn't as good as was hoped for. Being on the water on a beautiful day is the cake and catching fish is the icing.

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Dean Gates
Anchorage, AK
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Went fishing with Yankee Sport Fishing on Abril 16, 2023
The fish species change throughout the seasons, if you're targeting specific fish plan for the right time. April is awesome for plenty of regional inshore fish and no crowds, but next time we'll target mahi mahi, tuna and marlin in june-aug

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Jim Hovanec
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Went fishing with Finn Charters on Octubre 15, 2023
Dress warm and wear semi water proof gear. Have the fish cleaning service filet your catch. Bring extra coolers to take your catch home.

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Gary Keen
Raven, VA
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Went fishing with His Fin Charter on Septiembre 21, 2023
I would recommend you try a little of every thing. Inshore fishing was great and offshore was great!

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Jacob Hines
Hayes, Virginia
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Went fishing with Longer Days Sportfishing Charters on Septiembre 9, 2023
Stay in the Hatteras Island inn. It’s real close to most of the marinas and is a quality hotel that was all enjoyed.

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Jeff Baxter
Roanoke, Virginia
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Went fishing with Bonehead Charters on Agosto 28, 2023
The 2 hours was perfect as we're not fishermen. Bring a beverage, a hat and sunglasses. Prepare to have fun and great conversation!

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Stan Kuba
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Went fishing with Bonehead II on Agosto 10, 2023
You can’t predict the weather (try). It was super easy to book a day in advance. It’s hot though a 630am 4hr charter was perfect weather even on a steamy day.

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Matt Blundin
Woodberry Forest, VA
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Went fishing with Bonehead Charters on Agosto 10, 2023
Just go! Anybody can have a good time. Water can be rough at the inlet, so be prepared if you get motion sickness.

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Chad Cowles
Alexandria, VA
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Went fishing with Predator Sport Fishing Hatteras on Julio 25, 2023
Bring lots of water and sunscreen or a full sleeve lightweight shirt with a hood. Wet down that shirt with fresh water when it gets hot out. Drink more water, like a gallon per person..

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Stevean Beall
New Market, MD
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Went fishing with Bonehead Charters on Agosto 8, 2023
The weather dictates alot of fishing here ,but the captains here go above and beyond to find the fish for you.

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Lionel Phelps
Virginia Beach, VA
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Went fishing with Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters on Julio 22, 2023
Try to get you fishing trip earlier in the season, May or June would be best I think, the offshore fish are more active at that time.

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Jennifer Bennett
Norfolk, VA
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Went fishing with Seas The Day NC on Julio 8, 2023
Be ready to reel in from deep water bottoms or long distance. Wear a hat, bring a washcloth or neck cloth to wet in cooler and wipe sweaty face and cool your neck.

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Mike Nolte
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Went fishing with Under Pressure Charters on Julio 1, 2023
Reach out to the captain early when planning what time of year to book, to see what fish to honestly expect during that season.

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Matthew Bailey
Lafayette, Louisiana
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Went fishing with Finn Charters on Junio 15, 2023
Make sure you bring plenty of drinks and snacks as it is hot and you are in the sun. Sunglasses and sunscreen is also a must. Check out Finn Charters!

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Joe Salas
Fayetteville, NC
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Went fishing with UnWind Charters on Junio 13, 2023
Search the Internet for the best times to catch the fish you're targeting in the area you're in. I would recommend offshore vice near shore and ocean side versus sound side.

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Peter Schneider
Marlborough, MA
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Went fishing with Runaway Sportfishing Charters – Hatteras on Junio 9, 2023
Find a good boat if your going offshore. They will take care of everything and have you on the fish. June is a good month for Mahi, wahoo, triggerfish and blue runners.

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Jimmy Jones
Poquoson, VA
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Went fishing with Longer Days Sportfishing Charters on Abril 26, 2023
the bite was good for Mahi and Tuna. We had a blast and will be back in June. Captain Tom and Hunter were awesome and the best people we have ever fished with. Hard working and fun to be with.

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Trey Hudson
Washington, District Of Columbia
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Went fishing with Island Saltwater Adventure on Octubre 12, 2022
Hire Captain Jeff with Island Saltwater Adventures. He caters to newbies and is extremely knowledgeable.

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Catherine Greene
Lynchburg, VA
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Went fishing with Island Time Charters on Julio 14, 2021
July isn't the best fishing month but it was when we were invited to visit our children. We were happy to catch puppy drum and enjoyed being on the water.

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Michael Bussey
United States
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Went fishing with Seas The Day NC on Mayo 28, 2021
I'd recommend booking with an experienced captain as the conditions are constantly changing in the area. Getting some first hand knowledge will help us greatly on future outings.

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Tiffany Harlow
Temple Hills, Maryland
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Went fishing with Hatterascal Charter Fishing on Agosto 13, 2020
we went fishing after a big and long storm. The fishing was not good that day and it was in the afternoon. But we got to go out to the ocean and see some sites.

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Lisa Williams
Moneta, Virginia
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Went fishing with Seas The Day NC on Agosto 8, 2019
Ask around for the best spots and bait. Most people are more than happy to help out and wish you the best of luck.

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Tom Ginty
Oriental, NC
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Went fishing with Sea Dream Offshore Charters on Julio 16, 2019
Take a boat like to see drain for the meet and captain and teach you how to fish be very patient with you

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Glenn Cox
Lewis Center, OH
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Went fishing with Flatland Charters on Junio 17, 2019
I would try a makeup charter if you want to go offshore and only have 1 or 2 people. Great way to get that experience for a fraction of the cost.

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Everett Eddy
Roanoke, Virginia
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Went fishing with Hatteras Blue Inc. on Junio 7, 2019
Certainly a place for first time a fishing experience. Last time was my first and I came back again this year and booked the Hatteras Blue again.

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Stacy Salarano
Robertsville, MO
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Went fishing with Prowler Fishing Charter on Mayo 28, 2019
Take something for motion sickness. Even if you don't think you need it, it is not worth taking the chance. Bring a hat!

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Herman Walton
Topping, VA
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Went fishing with Carolina Girl Sportfishing on Mayo 2, 2019
Plan your trip accordingly. Hatteras seems like it is a long way from Nags Head. There are plenty of good restaurants once you arrive. Tight lines.

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Steve Wrzesniewski
Dublin, Ohio
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Went fishing with Reliance Fishing Charters on Agosto 10, 2018
Allow yourself a couple of possible days to go fishing. Wind and weather can be unpredictable year-round and it's nice to have another day to go if you get blown out.