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Not so long ago, fishing was the major draw for a Hatteras Island vacation. Hatteras is world-renowned for both surf fishing and charter boat fishing. Anglers on the beach eagerly seek striped bass, mammoth red drum, enormous bluefish, and many others, while a day in the Gulf Stream on a charter boat can reward lucky fishermen with blue and white marlin, sailfish, mahi mahi, wahoo and tuna. Anglers appreciate the opportunity to drive their 4-wheel drive vehicles right onto the beach in designated areas to access their own secret spot. Permits are required for driving and fishing. A commercial fishing fleet is still active here and an evening visit to the docks is an interesting way to learn more about this Hatteras tradition.