If you’re looking for world-class blue marlin fishing along the East Coast, you need to be in Hatteras, North Carolina May 11 – 15, 2021 for the Hatteras Village Offshore, an InTheBite Captain of the Year sanctioned event. Hatteras Village offers a laidback atmosphere for the opening tournament in the NC Billfish Series, where year after year quality blue marlin are brought to the dock. In addition to the great fishing, we have amazing food lined up for you three out of the five nights, leaving you a couple of free evenings to enjoy all that Hatteras has to offer.
Hatteras has been known as the Blue Marlin Capital of the World for years. The Hatteras Village Offshore Open exemplifies this designation. May is peak blue marlin time in Hatteras, and the catch per boat effort is higher than any other tournament in the U.S. Since its inaugural year in 1995, there have been six blue marlin over 600 pounds that won the biggest blue marlin category, with an 861 pound giant in 1998. Over the last five years, the biggest blue marlin have ranged in size from 531 pounds to 690 pounds. In 2019, four blue marlin were brought to the dock with the largest a 656 pounder.
The Hatteras Village Offshore Open has a three out of four day fishing format and offers seven different levels in which to win money. Levels include heaviest blue marlin, daily release points and game fish (tuna, dolphin and wahoo), with the overall winner scoring the most release points.
There is dredging occurring now with a solid plan in place and we are anticipating a safe and well-marked channel from the docks to the fishing waters, easily accommodating larger boats. There are four marinas – Oden’s Dock, Hatteras Harbor Marina, Village Marina and Teach’s Lair – to handle any size boat, or pull up to the Hatteras Marlin Club.
The Hatteras Village Offshore Open could not happen without the support of our sponsors, some of them have been with us since the very first tournament. We give special thanks to our Grand Slam Sponsor the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and Blue Marlin Sponsor Atlantic Packaging. Other sponsors include Bonze Lures, Spencer Yachts, Western Branch, Gregory Poole, Bayliss Boatworks, Jarrett Bay Boatworks, Albemarle Boats, Midgett Realty, Bray’s House Moving, Flying Fish and Jernigan Oil.
Proceeds from the tournament support the Hatteras Village Civic Association in their mission to continue providing scholarships to college-bound village residents as well as supporting charitable causes within the community.
We were unable to hold our tournament last year due to Covid, so we are excited to get everyone back out on the water during peak blue marlin season. Come and experience the world-class fishing and local hospitality in Hatteras Village all while supporting a great cause.
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