Hatteras Inlet: Fishing


The parade of deep-sea charter fishing boats and working watermen vessels through Hatteras Inlet and into the village harbor is a special sight. In 1846, a gale opened Hatteras Inlet, spurring Hatteras village’s growth as a shipping hub. At the Civil War’s start, two Confederate forts guarding the inlet fell, opening Union control of the Pamlico Sound region. In the mid-1930s, a newly dredged channel attracted the now-sizable fishing fleet. The best way to observe the inlet is by ferry. Visitors can also hike or use off-road vehicles to see the inlet from the southwestern end of Hatteras Island. Tidal flats at the inlet are closed seasonally for nesting shorebirds. The inlet is readily viewed from the northeastern end of Ocracoke Island with a short walk from the ferry terminal. Best viewed in daylight hours.


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