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Are there charters late October/early November?
Posted By: beach bunny - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 1:59 AM




DH and I are staying at Durant for 2 weeks, Oct 28th. He wants to fish. Who's still fishing then and what are they after-what fish? Thank you!

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RE: Are there charters late October/early November?
Posted By: Mikec - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 2:36 AM




You mean Durant Station Condos in Hatteras Village? If so give the folks at Hatteras Harbor Marina a call.

At the marina are two types of boats, smaller 25' boats that fish in the sound or relatively close off shore in the ocean. You likely will find Drum. Maybe speckled trout, blues. A four hour trip for one would be around $350 plus tip and fish cleaning costs.

The other type of boats are the bigger offshore boats, 38' up to 57'. Those trips are eight hours long and can cost $1,000-$1,600 for up to six people. Mahi, grouper, wahoo can be caught.

When you talk to the marina they likely will have better ideas on what is being caught.

RE: Are there charters late October/early November?
Posted By: Pickle - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 7:44 AM




MikeC's answer is right on. Everybody's still fishing. I'm not familiar with "Durant" but if that's Hatteras, I can't give you very specific info on species caught in Hatteras at that time. I operate a Charterboat out of Wanchese, and the fleets that use Oregon Inlet don't always catch the same fish. In late October we are really targeting Tuna. In Hatteras I would say Offshore they still have good catches of Dolphin, Wahoo, King Mackerel, but Tuna would be more scattered or the smaller Blackfins. In the Sound you should have Drum, Trout, Flounder along with small bottom fish. If your looking for Wreck/Bottom fishing those fish are heavily regulated by Federal Regulations, both Seasons and Bag Limits. Many "Tasty" fish will be out of season or catches heavily restricted.
I'm going to take this a bit further. I read your post "Between the lines" and I get the idea it's only 2 people or maybe only your husband. If so, you may be looking for a Make-up Charter, where you split the cost of a trip with other people. The cost of chartering a boat just for one or two may be prohibitive for you. Offshore Make-up Charters can run from $275 to $350 per person without the Mates Gratuity and Fish Cleaning Services. That's based on 6 people. Inshore it could be $60 to $100 per person depending on boat, fishing and number of people. Make-up Charters are not always available. Make-up charters are not an everyday business and generally are put together at the last minute. Very rare to have more than a weeks confirmation. They are used to fill in a boats open dates. No Charter boat waits for random people to come along. In the Fall Make-ups become scarce because the big vacationer influx is gone. Most Marinas put together Make-up Charters. Assuming you are staying in Hatteras, Call the three big Hatteras marinas: Hatteras Harbor, Teaches Lair and Odens Dock. There may be one other option and that is the Miss Hatteras Headboat. A Headboat takes up to 50 people for a specific price "Per Head" Depending on the type of trip it could be $50 to $125 per person. Once again assuming you are in Hatteras that's where you will fish out of. The Northern part of Hatteras Island (Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo) can travel North to the three "Northern" marinas (OBX Marina, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and Pirates Cove). I hope this info helps. Have fun and leave one fish for me.

RE: Are there charters late October/early November?
Posted By: Mikec - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 10:08 AM




It appears from checking Miss Hatteras's operators site that October 31 is their last trip. They run two boats, both head boats. They go on different types of fishing trips. The one fatal flaw, they need a certain number of anglers to make the boat trip financially viable. You could book a trip and the morning of the trip they tell you 'sorry, not enough people'. When you book your own charter the only things that stop the trip is weather or boat malfunction.



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RE: Are there charters late October/early November?
Posted By: beach bunny - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 10:47 AM




Thanks!! We are at Durant Station Condos, Hatteras Village so your info was all right on. Steve, DH, has chartered before and we were just wondering if the fishing boat Captains stayed on Hatteras or moved south for the winter. You've answered that re the Miss Hatteras but he wants at least sound or off shore fishing. Tuna sounds good, or grouper, or whatever is good eating.Thanks again!!!

RE: Are there charters late October/early November?
Posted By: Mikec - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 10/5/2017 11:03 AM




Beach bunny, several of the big expensive offshore boats do go south for the winter. They have to pay for those 57' boats.

If he wants to go offshore he should check with the marinas as soon as you get on site. A makeup charter isn't outrageous but you need a minimum of five.

RE: Are there charters late October/early November?
Posted By: Renee - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 10/12/2017 6:28 PM




A lot of them (Patrick Caton on the Little Clam is my family) switch over to commercial fishing for the winter. I know Patrick does. His father, Capt. Rick Caton on the Free Agent, out of Oden's Dock is still running winter charters and he is a fishing machine.


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