The blue marlin moves gracefully, its body under perfect control, quietly gliding into the baits in no particular hurry. A long, powerful fish with a spiked bill, formidable shoulders and a scythe-like tail, the marlin’s pectoral fins light up in the most astonishing electric blue. In the blink of an eye it breaks the surface, bursting through the water in a neon arch, sharp scales vibrating with power, gills flaring in a plume of mist, snatching the bait and plunging beneath the surface 50 feet from where it began. The blue marlin is more than just a fish. For the captains of the Albatross Fleet in Hatteras Village, the marlin represents history, tenacity and a little bit of magic all wrapped up in its neon blue pectoral fins.
The original charter fishing fleet on the Outer Banks, the Albatross Fleet is a true pioneer in sportfishing; in fact, the art of catch and release fishing in North Carolina was born on its boats. From its beginnings in 1937 to the present day, the Foster family has fished on their fleet of round-stern boats with distinctive candy-striped outriggers, created specifically for the waters off Hatteras. Their proximity to the Gulf Stream is a key advantage for the Albatross Fleet in the pursuit of marlin and other big game fish. And, through the years, the blue marlin has played a role in the Albatross Fleet’s exciting history and present-day lore.
If you’re serious about catching a marlin, Captain Mattingly recommends booking two or three days to account for weather and opportunity. While you never know what catch awaits you on an angling trip from the shores of Hatteras to the warm, blue waters of the Gulf Stream, perhaps one fish defines the scope and power of what charter fishing can offer: the blue marlin. And who knows? Book a trip with the Albatross Fleet and maybe you’ll come home with a marlin tale of your very own.
Foster's Quay, Hatteras Village, NC 27943
(252) 986-2515 | albatrossfleet.com