08/27/08

Blue Marlin Blitz – Charter Fishing in the Gulf Stream

During the 25th Annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, on The Outer Banks of North Carolina, held August 11 – 15, 2008, a North Carolina state record was broken when Florida resident Trey Irvine landed the largest blue marlin in the state’s history, weighing in at a whopping 1,228.50 pounds. This smashes the previous record weight of a 1,142-pounder caught in 1974.

While the record catch received the bulk of the attention, the majority of anglers did well during the tournament, landing a total of 23 blue marlin, 59 white marlin, 20 sailfish and one spearfish.
The recent tournament, and its’ blue marlin star, brings to national attention a fact that frequent visitors and locals already knew: Hatteras Island is Marlin Country. Continue reading


08/12/08

National Park Service Programs

Every year, the National Park Service (NPS) offers seasonal programs to assist visitors in exploring all the wonders of the national seashore, and to pick up a new found education and appreciation of Hatteras Island beaches along the way.
The activities are typically 1-2 hour sessions, and are available at a number of NPS centers, and local attractions, including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Oregon Inlet fishing center, and the Hatteras Village Weather Station.
All of these programs are seasonal, typically running from the end of May until Labor Day weekend, and vary on location, dates and times, so it’s best to check out the NPS online calendar at http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/events.htm or call (252) 473-2111 to find out about the programs available during your vacation.

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08/12/08

Off the Road, and on the Beach

Basics of Beach Driving

Exploring the seashore from your 4WD vehicle, with your family and your beach gear comfortably along for the ride, can be a fun and convenient way to head to the beach.

Beach Driving is allowed via access ramps up and down the island, from the north side of Oregon Inlet, to Hatteras Village’s Pole Road, the most southern point of Hatteras Island. Look for the brown vehicle signs adjacent to public parking areas for off road ramp access, or visit the NPS website, http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm for a comprehensive map of ramps, as well as NPS rules, regulations and guidelines. The Park Service will occasionally restrict an access point, so keep an eye out for signs marking closures and please be respectful of them. Continue reading


08/10/08

Hatteras Island Fishing Basics

Hatteras Island attracts fishermen from around the world with its first class fishing. From the shoreline to 50 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, there are a multitude of ways to reel in the big one:

Charter Fishing: Just 15 miles from the Gulf Stream, the island is a perfect launching point for deep sea fishing trips. A fleet of charter boats leaves daily from both Hatteras Inlet and Oregon Inlet in search of landing the big one. Depending on the season, many boats come back full with a variety of fish, including dolphin, tuna, bluefish, wahoo, channel bass, Spanish and king mackerel, cobia, and blue and white marlins.

Call one of the numerous charter businesses along the island, (offering half day and full day trips), to schedule your Gulf Stream adventure. You can typically book a party of up to 6 people, or if there’s just one or two fishermen on the adventure, you can combine with another charter fishing party. Be sure you call well in advance, as charter fishing is popular and can book quickly. Continue reading


08/10/08

National Park Service Guidelines and Rules

Before you start exploring the 70 miles of gorgeous National Seashore that comprises Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following Park Service rules and guidelines to make your beach days breezy and worry free.

Pets on the Beach

Pets are allowed on most Hatteras Island beaches as long as they are kept on a 6 foot leash. The park service will issue a ticket for an unleashed pet. Always clean up after your pet.

Surf Fishing

North Carolina State law regulates fishing within the National Seashore. Limits, seasons and licensing requirements are set by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, which can be contacted at (800) 682-2632 www.ncfisheries.net. Size and limit sheets can also be found at most local tackle shops. Continue reading