Charter Fishing – Sportfishing Species

Fish for mahi/dolphin, wahoo, yellowfin, bluefin, and blackfin tuna, spanish and king mackeral. Blue and white marlin or sailfish. Also try some bottom fishing to bring in amber jacks, sea bass, snappers and triggers.



Blue Marlin

Habitat and Range: Blue Marlin inhabit tropical and subtropical waters worldwide, including the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. In North Carolina, they are commonly found offshore in the warm Gulf Stream waters.

Seasonality in North Carolina: Blue Marlin fishing season in North Carolina typically peaks during the summer months, from June to August. During this time, the warm waters of the Gulf Stream bring Blue Marlin closer to the coast, providing prime fishing opportunities.

Sporting Qualities: Blue Marlin are prized by anglers for their immense size, strength, and acrobatic displays when hooked. They are known for their powerful runs and leaps, providing an exhilarating challenge for sport fishermen seeking an adrenaline-filled experience [6].


Habitat and Range: Sailfish are commonly found in warm oceanic waters worldwide, including the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In North Carolina, they inhabit offshore waters, often near the Gulf Stream, where they can be found in depths ranging from 120 to 300 feet. Seasonality in North Carolina: Sailfish are most prevalent in North Carolina waters during the summer and early fall months, from June to October. This period coincides with warmer water temperatures and the migration of baitfish, attracting Sailfish closer to the coast.

Sporting Qualities: Sailfish are known for their incredible speed and agility, making them highly sought after by anglers. When hooked, they are famous for their spectacular aerial displays, leaping out of the water in an effort to shake the hook. Their speed and agility provide an exciting challenge for sport fishermen




Habitat and Range: Mahi-mahi, also known as dolphin fish, are pelagic species found in off-shore temperate, tropical, and subtropical waters worldwide and are extremely abundant here in the Atlantic. These fish thrive in warm waters and love to hang out near floating debris or weed lines where they indulge in squid and smaller fish.

Seasonality in North Carolina: In North Carolina, Mahi-mahi season peaks in the summer months, from May to September, when the oceans water temperatures rise and the fish migrate closer to shore. Your deep sea fishing charter experience will give you a great chance of landing a mahi-mahi.

Sporting Qualities: These are one of the favorites of sport fishermen due to their acrobatic displays and the ability to fight like a heavyweight champion. These fish will have your heart pumping and will take you on a wild ride, often leaping out of the water in an attempt to throw the hook. The prized fish are exhilarating to catch and taste pretty good too!


Habitat and Range: Wahoo, characterized by their fast-swimming nature, are commonly found in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide, including the Atlantic Ocean. They have a circumtropical distribution and are known to inhabit the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. In North Carolina, wahoo roam the offshore bluewaters, providing ample opportunities for anglers to pursue them

Seasonality in North Carolina: Wahoo fishing in North Carolina varies moderately throughout the year, with the high season typically from May to November and the low season from January to March. However, October is considered the peak of the fall wahoo bite off Cape Lookout, with September also seeing some activity. Additionally, the largest wahoo are typically caught during the spring, and late summer and early fall are considered the best times to catch them, although April, May, and June can also produce large numbers of fish

Sporting Qualities: Wahoo are highly regarded among anglers for their sporting qualities. They are known for their speed, agility, and powerful runs, offering exciting sportfishing experiences. Anglers enjoy the challenge presented by wahoo during the fight, making them a sought-after species for sportfishing enthusiasts.


Habitat and Range: Yellowfin tuna are highly migratory fish and they are found in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide, including the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Reefs and other underwater structures bring these fighting fish closer to shore but they prefer offshore waters.

Seasonality in North Carolina: Yellowfin tuna usually can be caught between the summer and fall months to, with peak fishing season occurring from June to October. The Gulf Stream is their desired playground and can be found cruising underwater

Sporting Qualities: Yellowfin tuna are known for their strong, sustained runs and aerial displays, challenging even the most experienced fishermen. Combined with their powerful fighting ability and impressive size, they are another anglers dream. Be prepared to go 12 rounds with these powerful fish and land your trophy fish on your offshore fishing charter aboard the Barbara Ann.

Bluefin Tuna

Habitat and Range: Bluefin Tuna are majestic creatures found in the Western Atlantic Ocean, ranging from Nova Scotia to Brazil, including North Carolina’s coast. Their habitat extends across temperate and subtropical waters, where they roam the open ocean in search of prey

Seasonality in North Carolina: In North Carolina, Bluefin Tuna are present year-round, but their abundance varies seasonally. They are typically most plentiful during the colder months, from late fall through early spring, when they migrate southward in search of prey

Sporting Qualities: Anglers covet Bluefin Tuna for their incredible strength and endurance. They are known for putting up a fierce fight, challenging even the most experienced fishermen. Landing a Bluefin Tuna requires skill, patience, and the right equipment, making it a thrilling pursuit for sport fishing enthusiasts

Spanish Mackerel

Habitat and Range: Spanish Mackerel inhabit the coastal waters from the Gulf of Maine to the Yucatan Peninsula, including North Carolina. They prefer open waters near the coast and migrate northward and southward following changes in water temperature

Seasonality in North Carolina: Spanish Mackerel are most abundant in North Carolina during the warmer months, from late spring to early fall. They can be found in nearshore waters, making them accessible to anglers seeking a fun and rewarding fishing experience

Sporting Qualities: Known for their speed and agility, Spanish Mackerel provide anglers with exciting and fast-paced action. They are voracious predators, making them eager to strike lures or bait, resulting in thrilling battles for fishermen of all skill levels.

King Mackerel

Habitat and Range: King Mackerel inhabit open ocean waters near the coast, ranging from the Gulf of Mexico to the northern Gulf Coast, including North Carolina. They are often found in deeper waters and around structures such as reefs and wrecks [3].

Seasonality in North Carolina: King Mackerel are present in North Carolina waters throughout the year, with peak abundance during the warmer months from late spring to early fall. They migrate along the coast, providing anglers with ample opportunities for exciting catches

Sporting Qualities: King Mackerel are prized for their impressive size and strength, offering anglers a thrilling challenge. They are aggressive feeders, known for their powerful runs and acrobatic leaps when hooked, making them a favorite target for sport fishermen.

Amberjacks, Sea Bass, Snappers, and Triggers

Habitat and Range: Bottom fish, including amberjacks, sea bass, snappers, and triggers, inhabit various offshore and nearshore habitats along the coast of North Carolina

Seasonality in North Carolina: Bottom fishing for species like amberjacks, sea bass, snappers, and triggers in North Carolina can be productive year-round, with seasonal variations in abundance and behavior. Spring and fall are often considered peak seasons for bottom fishing in North Carolina due to favorable weather conditions and the presence of migratory species

Sporting Qualities: Amberjacks are known for their powerful fighting ability, providing an exhilarating experience for anglers. Sea bass, snappers, and triggers are prized by anglers for their delicious taste and can provide exciting action when hooked .

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