Excellent Year Round Fishing off World Famous Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

About the Crew

Hi, I'm Captain Rom Whitaker, a native of Kinston, NC.  I first started fishing with my father and grandparents at the age of three.  I can remember my grandmother, Attwood Cameron, taking me fishing from dawn to dusk on the piers at Atlantic Beach.  She loved to catch flounder.  I always told her if I could get out in that ocean I could really catch some big fish.  My father and grandfather spent many hours teaching me how to catch bass and speckled robin in Broad Creek on the lower Neuse River.  My first trip to Hatteras was in 1970 in a 19' Thunderbird boat where I quickly realized there were some big fish out there and I needed bigger tackle.  Over the next few years, I purchased a 23' SeaCraft and took it to Hatteras fishing just

 about every weekend.  Finally with my wife's blessings, I moved to Hatteras in 1986 and started fishing for a living.  I have been blessed with a wonderful wife, Elaine, and two great sons, Rom IV and Cameron.  Fishing has really been good for me.  I owe my success to all my loyal and supportive customers from all over the US.  After 29 years of fishing as a vocation, I am often asked, "Don't you get tired of fishing?"  Fishing is what makes my job so much fun. I can truly say that every morning when I get up I am excited and ready to go to work.  Fishing is truly unique at Hatteras because you never know what your next big bite is going to be.


Here is a list of the Billfish Tournaments in which I participate.


  Name of the Tournament                         Date                     Past History Winnings

Hatteras Village Offshore Open                             May 11-14                     1st, 2nd, 3rd place

Swansboro Rotary Club Bluewater                        May 28-29                     3rd place

Big Rock Tournament                                            June 13-18                      Meatfish category

Hatteras Marlin Club                                              June 27-July1                1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Meatfish

Hatteras Grand Slam                                               July 7-9                         2nd, 3rd place and Meatfish

Tred Barta Boy's Club Tournament                        July 14-16                     5th place

Ducks Unlimited Billfish Tournament                   July 29-30                      3rd place and Meatfish category

Alice Kelly                                                             August 14                       Meatfish category

Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament                          August 16-19                 3rd place and big fish category

Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament                      August 25-27


I like to fish tournaments for marlin. Some last two days with $2,500 entry fees and some are 5 and 6 days with $12,000 entry fees.  Of course, your winnings are based on the entry fees. If you are interested in participating, please give me a call (252-986-1031) or email me (Contact Us above) and we can discuss details.


Below is a photo of my wife, sons and me receiving my 5th Governor's Cup Billfish Conservation Series Award from the governor of North Carolina.    Click here to learn more about this award.

Hi my name is Andy Trant. I was born and raised in Hatteras, NC. Growing up in a fishing family, I have spent a large part of my life  on the water. I made my first trips offshore as a boy, where I was able to see firsthand the world class fishing Hatteras has to offer. I've been hooked ever since and take every opportunity I get to go fishing.


 After graduating high school in 2004, I moved to Wilmington, NC to attend college. I finished two semesters and decided to take some time off and travel. I spent time fishing and surfing in Costa Rica and the Bahamas and summers in Hatteras charter fishing. In 2006 I decided to go back and finish up with school. I graduated from Cape Fear Community College in 2008 with a degree in business administration. After school I got my captains license and moved back to Hatteras. I have been charter and commercial fishing since then and I love what I do.


 As your mate I will work hard and do the best I can to make sure you have an unforgettable offshore experience. I look forward to fishing with you and being part of a successful day aboard the Release!

Captain Rom Whitaker     PO Box 150     Hatteras, North Carolina  27943    Docked at Hatteras Harbor    Phone 252-986-1031 &  252-216-6106



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