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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

Click to read about:
Location ~ Capacity ~ Gratuity for Mate ~ What to Bring/Wear ~ Time of Departure ~ Fish Cleaning and Freezing ~ Make Up Trips ~ Driving Directions ~ Airports ~ Limo Service ~ Motel Info ~ Restaurants ~ Children?


Hatteras Harbor Marina, slip # 1 in Hatteras Village
at the southern end of Hatteras Island, leaving out of Hatteras Inlet
between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.


6 People, per Coast Guard regulations.
Although the boat is certainly large enough to accommodate more passengers,
we cannot take more than 6, due to stringent USCG regulations.

Gratuity for Mate:
Customary tip for the mate is 20%

What to Bring and Wear:
Hats, sunglasses (to better see the action under the water), jackets, sunscreen, soft-soled (preferably white soles) shoes, and a CAMERA to record the excitement. Fill a cooler with what you want to eat and drink for the day.

Time of departure is dawn.
Please arrive at the dock about 15 to 20 minutes before we depart.
Click here for sunrise chart January - June.
Click here for sunrise chart for July - December.

Fish cleaning and freezing:
Dolphin, wahoo, and tuna, 35 cents per pound
Bottom fish $1.00 per pound (won't be caught on the Tuna Duck)
Shrink wrap is $2.00 a bag, containing 1 to 5 lbs.
$5 per night to store, with a $15 minimum
This facility is separate from Tuna Duck.
For more detailed info, contact Jeffrey's Seafood
at 252-986-2800 or 986-2961.

Make - Up Trips:
Unfortunately we don't see enough volume to be able to pre-arrange split parties.
However, our marina arranges what we call "make-ups" on its boats
according to a rotation schedule.
Make - ups cannont be arranged weeks ahead;
bookings are done weekly from May through September or October.
To get your name on the make up list, just call the marina
at 252-986-2166 when you get to Hatteras.
The price of a make up is $240 per person for a 6 party trip
and $270 per person for a 5 person trip.

Driving Directions :
From Interstate 95 in North Carolina:
Take the Rocky Mount exit, state Rt. 64 east
Follow Rt.64 east to Manteo
Route 158 North to Rt. 12 south to Hatteras Island.
This point is 1 hour from Hatteras Village. Follow Rt. 12 to Hatteras Village.

From Interstate 81:
From I - 81, take Interstate 64 east to Norfolk, through Norfolk to Chesapeake.
Take Rt. 168 South.
168 becomes Rt. 158.
Follow 158 through Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head.
Take Rt. 12 South to Hatteras Island.
Follow Rt. 12 to Hatteras Village.

From New York, Philadelphia:
Take Route 13 South through Delaware and Maryland through the
Chesapeake Bay - Bridge Tunnel.
Take Rt. 64 West to Chesapeake. Take Rt. 168 South, becomes 158 South.
Follow 158 through Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head.
Take Rt. 12 South to Hatteras Island.
Take Interstate 95 to Richmond, VA.
Take Interstate 64 East to Chesapeake, then 168 to 158 to Nags Head
Take Rt. 12 South to Hatteras Island.
Follow Rt. 12 to Hatteras Village.

By Ferry :
From Jacksonville, NC take Rt. 24 to Morehead City.
Take Rt. 70 North to Rt. 12 to Cedar Island Ferry.
Ferry takes 2 1/4 hours and requires reservations.
Call 1-800-856-0343
On Ocracoke Island, take Rt. 12 North to the Hatteras Ferry, which is free and takes 4o minutes.
Hatteras Harbor Marina is 1 minute from the ferry dock.

Airport Info:
Norfolk International Airport is 3 1/2 hours from Hatteras Village.

Manteo, NC has a regional airport, accommodating private charters.

Billy Mitchell Field landing strip in Frisco, NC, 6 miles from the dock.
For transportation from this airport,
contact Mary Shepherd 772-219-9592
or Capt. Rooks 252-995-3076

Limousine Service:
Coastal Limo
Lighthouse Limousines
Pager 888-930-8573

Hatteras Island motel information:
We recommend Village Marina Motel, located beside the marina.
Phone: 252-986-2522

Other motels within walking distance:
Hatteras Marlin Motel
Hatteras Harbor Motel
Burris Motor Court

Comfort Inn in Buxton, 7 miles from the dock:

Breakfast and lunch are served on the marina premises at the
Harbor Seafood Deli 252-986-2500.
If you call the night before your trip, they will prepare lunch for you.
For dinner, we recommend the Breakwater or Dinky's , both next door to the marina.

We take children as young as 5 or 6, providing they are properly supervised by an adult.
Please call to discuss bringing very young children on board.

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