Dive Hatteras offers not just trips for
SCUBA divers, but we can take you and your group out for a day of
Spearfishing as well. The waters off Hatteras offer spearos an
environment that is not matched by any other location in the
The confluence of the Gulf Stream and
Labrador provide us with a variety of resident and pelagic species
to hunt. Our numerous shipwreck sites provide the necessary
structure for the fish to congregate and the Gulf Stream will bring in
the big pelagic species. The Gulf Stream edge and
associated currents will also create large mats of Sargasso grass and
these make an ideal location for drift hunting the deep blue water.
primary species that we encounter on the wreck sites are the reef
complex fishes of groupers and snappers, spade, triggerfish, cobia, greater and
lesser amberjack, blue and rainbow runners, sheepshead, flounders,
etc. A variety of pelagic species frequent our sites as well to
include tunas, mahi, wahoo, african pompano, and many other game
fish. The reality is that you never know just what will show
up on a Hatteras wreck site, North Atlantic or Gulf Stream Pelagic - on
occasion we get them all.
The boat has all the required federal and
state permits to allow sport fishing and spearing without the divers
having to obtain individual permits. You may spear any
non-protected specie that you might encounter provided they are in
season, up to the the daily game limits (excluding Giant Blue Fin Tuna).
The captain and crew understand the sport
and have participated in several of the Hatteras Blue Water Open tournaments
in the past. We understand the challenge and enjoy the sport
To spear from our boat you are required to use common
sense as well as normal safety precautions while handling and using your
speargun. Though single diving is allowed, buddy teams of one up,
one down are preferred. Free shaft if you choose, but this is
not the Florida Keys and I suggest a gun with a line reel and a surface
float for free diving.
The boat has proper racks for your guns and plenty of
other safe areas to store extra guns, shafts and other gear. Tip covers are
expected to be used when spears are on the boat. The use of
power-heads is discouraged, but not prohibited provide proper safety
precautions are followed.
Diver John Ratay is
pretty stoked about this large African Pompano. He took it with
one good shot while diving at the Dixie Arrow.
"Florida Stretch" needed in this photo!
Captain Rich shows
off the Cubera Snapper he snapped up at the Keshena wreck.
These big "dog tooth" snappers have scales like armor
plating and you have to hit them just right. Dive Hatteras
Cliff used his OMER
gun to get this big Cobia.
This is just one example that
the "Cobia Slayer" has brought to the boat.
boat is well designed for both SCUBA and free diving, big and
comfortable with a
walk-through transom door and a very wide strong dive platform.
There is always a proper fins on ladder to make getting back on board
fast and easy.
Plenty of deck space means no crowding and our large SSI cooler can hold
some really big fish! If you fill that, there is an under deck
live well that can also hold big fish and ice.
from the flybridge allows us to keep a close eye on freedivers
without being right on top of them. We will still be ready
to move in and help out if the action gets a bit too tough and the
diver needs a pickup.
a dive boat we are very good at operating around divers in the
water and can do so safely and efficiently. We know how to
get freedivers in and out of the water quickly and safely,
dropping you in the right spot to make the most out of the drift
over the hot spot at the wreck sites.
A school of African
Pompano swim past.
Curiosity kills not just
|If you want
to set up a blue water hunting expedition you need to do some
planning and get on our schedule. First thing would be to contact us and talk
about the type of diving you want to do, when you want to do it,
so we can discuss the details and costs.
For all spear fishing trips, we can
provide the large coolers and ice for the catch. If you wish
to SCUBA, we have all the necessary equipment on board to do so
safely. For freediving excursions, we often remove tank
racks for additional deck space along the gunnels but leave the
dressing bench in place.
A thorough briefing is given prior
to departure for either type of trip that covers what to expect and the diving conditions of the day to make your trip as safe and
of course as productive as possible.
or call us at 703-517-3724 to get started setting up a blue water
hunting expedition for you and your dive buddies.
Cliff boats another barely legal
He said that he couldn't get the big ones
he saw, so he had to settle for this little one.
Flounder are usually taken on SCUBA as you
have to hunt for them around the perimeter of the wreck where they lay
camouflaged in the sand .
Another Pompano hits
This one took a hit
from a small JBL gun that I usually use for flounder.
Diver Eric Koehler shows off a nice Wahoo
that was taken near the Proteus wreck.
Cliff Cason boated this good sized
Gag with an OMER gun while diving at the 150 foot deep Manuela wreck
site in November of 2010.
The deeper offshore sites generally
have more of the really big snapper, scamp and groupers but it takes
a higher level of dive experience to make a dive to sites greater
than 120 feet.
Diver John Ratay got this 38 pound Cobia
on the Keshena wreck site in July. There have been a good
number of Cobias on the near shore sites for the past month and they
average this size and larger.
When the Tax Man shows up, just make
your payment. If you push them off with your gun, they may try
and take more than they are due....
Captain Rich strikes again with his OMER
Cayman ET gun. This 39 lb Cubera got shot right thru the head for
a real stone shot. This fish was taken on Sept 16, this year.
Sept 14 to 16 we had a very short 3
day mini-season open up in NC for Red Snapper, so we took
advantage of it and this is just one of the Red fish that came on
the boat. This one that Diver John Ratay brought aboard was
19lbs. They are plentiful and most are this class size or even
If you need any spearfishing or freediving
gear, contact Mark at
- The Place to get some really great
spearfishing equipment. They have a wide range of spearguns and
accessories to fill your bluewater hunting needs. The owner, Mark,
and his staff really know all about the sport of freediving and spearing
and they can get you covered with some of the best gear available.