For several decades the main attraction on Hatteras Island was the incredible fishing opportunities. Our remote island is the closest position to the warn flowing Gulf Stream waters after Miami. Fish following the Gulf Stream north to escape the extremely hot southern summer water temps come directly to Hatteras. Uniquely the Labrador Current flows south bringing many cold water fish species down along the coast. It is the perfect scenario for fisherman.
Fantastic surf fishing was the main draw to the Avon/Buxton areas of Hatteras Island. With miles and miles of drivable beaches this area was growing quickly with a huge demand on local businesses to supply the fishing vacationers. A few years ago the National Park Service began closing many Hatteras Island beaches to protect bird and turtle nesting. All the NPS claimed many of the open beaches were open they were actually inaccessible by vehicle or foot traffic because they were blocked on three sides.
Since Avon has many rental properties along the oceanfront fortunately most of the beach areas within Avon remain open to foot traffic. Surf fishing vacationers can find a walkover point on the Avon dunes and hike to a spot on the Avon beaches. However, it is wise to check the National Park Service website for the closure map before making plans to use a particular beach. We would post the map here but closures change almost daily and we don't want to mislead visitors.
If your life's dream is having the opportunity to catch a really big fish than Hatteras is the right place to try and it is only a 17 mile drive from Avon. Hatteras has fleets of beautiful charter boats with professional captains and mates that specialize in offshore fishing for such giants as tuna, wahoo, marlin, sailfish and mahi. Chartering is as simple as a phone call to the right boat captain. He will discuss things like how far offshore you would like to venture and what you would like to catch. Here is an excellent article on the reasons for combining your fishing charter with your accommodations in one package. Hatteras fleets have charter boats that will fish either inshore or offshore and are priced accordingly.
If you don't want to venture into the ocean, Hatteras also has several guides that can take you fishing in the Hatteras Inlet or Pamlico Sound. They specialize in catching species like flounder, speckled and gray trout, cobia and spanish mackerel. These are smaller open boats and not as expensive as the enclosed charter yachts. Avon is closer to Hatteras Inlet Marinas but if you are considering a family friendly Oregon Inlet fishing charter give Sharky's Bait, Tackle and Charter Reservations a call (252-255-2248)
Per-person charters have been called many things from walk-ons, makeup charters, group-share and trip sharing charters. The rates for sportfishing charters are based on a full group of six anglers. This means that individual anglers have a difficult time locating enough anglers to fill a full charter. Our program is designed to help individual anglers and small groups locate a charter boat that is looking to fill out a charter group for a certain date. Please visit our Walk-On website and let us know the dates and location you would like to find a group and we will check with our boats to see what is available. When we find a match we will ask the captain to contact you. (Walk-On Charters)