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2012 Full Day Charter Rates
$1500 Per Day Through Dec. 20
Winter Rate (Dec. 21-March 20) $1650 Per Day
Hatteras, North Carolina
To Book:
772-219-9592, Mary
252-216-6160, Capt. Dan

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50' Custom Charter Boat "TUNA DUCK "

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There's a page for each billfish, tuna and other meat fish species we target..
Best time to catch 'em, how we fish for them, size range, and more:

Blue Marlin | White Marlin | Sailfish | Yellowfin Tuna | Bluefin Tuna | Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) | Wahoo | King Mackerel

Dec. 2010 ...BLUEFINS ARE HERE NOW. Give us a call to take advantage of this exciting fishery! Our salon is heated to make your winter fishing day more comfortable.

bluefin tunaBluefin tuna are the ultimate catch and release heavy tackle test providing a spectacular show when striking baits. Since 1995 the TUNA DUCK has caught and released well over 500 bluefin tunas, tagging many of them to aid in research to find out more about these spectacular giants.

WHEN: We begin fishing for bluefins in November and continue through early to mid March. We are often asked about the "best" time to come bluefin fishing. Once the fleet locates the fish early in the season, any time is a good time! We invite you to call us for further information on this truly exciting fishery! In addition to bluefins, at this time of year there are yellowfin tunas to be caught as well as king mackerel.
Captain Dan Rooks 252-216-6160

HOW: Because bluefins act differently every season, the techniques vary. The most standard procedure is trolling 2 to 4 lines with 80 lb. tackle until the school of fish is located. Often it is possible after a fish is hooked to stop the boat and chunk menheden to keep the school around the boat. Although this method produced tremendous numbers of fish in the middle to late 90's , over the last few seasons the majority of the fish caught have been caught trolling. We provide 130 lb. outfits because many of the fish are over the size limit that can be kept and we feel that heavier tackle gives them a better opportunity of survival after release. However, many of our customers prefer to bring their own lighter tackle.

SIZE: Bluefin tunas range in size from 100 to 700+ lbs.

Regulations allow us to retain 1 bluefin per boat per day if it is over 46 inches and under 73 inches. We do not emphasize this or "advertise" retaining a bluefin for two reasons. First, these regulations can change at the "drop of a hat" and second, we often do not see fish under 73 inches...often they are too large!

The picture below was taken aboard the Tuna Duck while bluefin fishing several years ago. Giant bluefin tunas in their feeding frenzy, chasing bait fish, cause the desperate fish to gather into a tightly packed school in a futile attempt to save themselves. This phenomenon is known as"balling bait".

balling bait

Chartering and Booking information:

Available year 'round for charter in Hatteras, North Carolina and east coast tournaments. Fishing from the Outer Banks off Cape Hatteras, N.C. for yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dolphin (mahi mahi), and king mackerel.

Located at the southern end of Hatteras Island in Hatteras Village, and fishing out of Hatteras Inlet, between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

All tackle and bait furnished; Leave at dawn and return between 4 and 5 PM with 6 to 7 hours actual fishing time. Run to the gulfstream takes only 1 to 1- 1/2 hours. Per Coast Guard regulations, 1 to 6 people on a charter.

To book, call 772-219-9592 to speak with Mary, our booking person, available 7 days a week from 9 AM till 11PM, or Capt. Dan, available when he is not out in the ocean, 252-216-6160.

Reservations are held the day of booking. To confirm the reservation, a $500 deposit within a week of booking is required. Master Card and Visa, personal checks, and money orders are accepted. Checks can be made out to "Tuna Duck" and sent to:
Jerry Shepherd
1041 Clara Ct.
Richmond, KY 40475

For a full refund of deposits, trips can only be canceled at the discretion of the captain. Parties must be at the dock in Hatteras the morning of the trip; the weather in Hatteras is so "fickle" that often even 24 hours before a trip, it cannot be determined whether a day will be fishable or not.

For exciting tuna action and spectacular billfishing aboard the charter boat "Tuna Duck," we are your experienced North Carolina saltwater fishing guides for hire for deep sea, offshore, saltwater, gulfstream sportfishing charters. Let's go fishing!!

Capt. Dan Rooks
Fish with Capt. Dan Rooks
Over 20 years' offshore & tournament experience
Contact Dan:
PO Box 351
Hatteras, NC 27943