04/1/11

Record Breaking Bluefin Tuna Caught Off Hatteras Island Coast

Corey Shultz (bottom right) and friends with his catch. Photo via GrindTv.Com

Corey Shultz (bottom right) and friends with his catch. Photo via GrindTv.Com

You never know what type of fish you may catch in the beautiful blue waters along the Hatteras coastline. Maybe cobia; or perhaps a Spanish mackerel; or possibly one of the giant bluefin tuna that shows up this time of year where the Gulf Stream and Labrador Current meet off Hatteras Island. Maybe you will even catch a record breaking bluefin tuna. That’s exactly what Corey Schultz, of Waverly, Virginia did!

Shultz and some friends hopped aboard the Sea Breeze, a chartered fishing boat at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, and set out on their journey. Little did they know it would turn into a history making adventure! It took two-and-a-half hours to reel in the monstrous bluefin and all eight men to pull the titanic fish aboard. They still had no idea just how magnificent their catch was until they weighed the fish at the dock. What justifies a North Carolina record breaker? 805½ pounds. Yes – you read that correctly! Huge! The previous NC bluefin tuna record was 744 pounds in 1995 – also caught off Oregon Inlet!

It just goes to show that you never know what kind of fun and adventure you are in for when you visit Hatteras Island! Maybe YOU will be the next record breaker when you plan your vacation with Surf or Sound Realty!

If you have any pictures of you or your family fishing on Hatteras Island we want to see them! Post them on our Facebook page and share them with the community!


02/17/11

Visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

One of the must do things on Hatteras Island is a trip to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum which holds some of America’s most important maritime history. The museum preserves Outer Banks maritime history and shipwrecks from the earliest periods of exploration and colonization to the present day.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a public, non-profit, educational institution and it is part of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System within the State History Museums, Division of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources. The museum preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets its collections for the benefit of the general public and specialized audiences. For more information on what you might find and learn at the museum visit www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com.


01/13/11

“Fee Free” Holiday Weekend at Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wright Brothers National Memorial will be joining other national park sites across the country in celebrating the up-coming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by waiving admission fees January 15-17, 2011.

Recently Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service will waive admission fees on seventeen selected dates through-out 2011. Fee free days will also be offered during National Park Week (April 16-24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (September 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 11-13). Additional information can be found on line at http://www.nps.gov.

“Our national park system continues to provide opportunities for affordable family vacations close to home,” said Superintendent Mike Murray. “National parks are places for everyone to recreate, reconnect with nature, build a sense of ownership and stewardship toward parks and the environment, and to learn more about our great country.”

The staff of Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore encourages everyone to visit one of our national treasures this year. Enjoy exploring the nation’s site of first powered flight, the site of the first English settlement or our nation’s first national seashore.

Entrance fees are not charged at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site or Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For more information on winter hours and available services, please visit the park’s websites at www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/fora, and www.nps.gov/caha, or call 252-473-2111.

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05/1/10

Old Corolla shipwreck to go to Hatteras museum

Remains of a ship nearly 400 years old salvaged from the surf early this month will be moved from Corolla to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

The wreck now sits exposed to the elements under an oak tree near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. State and local officials agreed it would be better off out of the weather. Continue reading


04/12/10

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse To Open Friday, April 16, 2010

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will open to the public for climbing from April 16 through Columbus Day, October 11, 2010. Climbing fees for the Lighthouse will be $7 per adult, and $3.50 for children under 12 and senior citizens. The opening day of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will continue to be a “fee-free” day, as it has in the past, for local community members to climb the Lighthouse. Continue reading


02/24/10

Bodie Island restoration project is underway

The Bodie Island Lighthouse, located in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore just north of the Bonner Bridge, is getting a much needed and long awaited facelift.

The $2.8 million project to restore and refurbish the lighthouse got underway late last year and is expected to take about 18 months. Continue reading


01/18/10

"Nights in Rodanthe" house Serendipity is moved to its new home

On January 18th at 11:00 a.m., Serendipity, the home featured in the 2008 movie “Nights in Rodanthe” made its move along NC Highway 12 to its new home, approximately 1/2 mile south on Beacon Street. The move took about 30 minutes, and the highway was blocked off to traffic going north and south.

A large group of onlookers were gathered around the house as it slowly made its way down NC Highway 12, taking photos, in what resembled a large parade. The move was successful, and workers will spend the rest of the afternoon placing it securely in its new location.


01/5/10

Rodanthe Movie House "Serendipity" Sold and Saved

The beachfront house featured in the movie “Nights in Rodanthe” will soon have a new home itself, thanks to a bail bondsman who fell in love with the surf-threatened house after his wife bought the movie for him as a Christmas present last year. Continue reading


09/30/09

Moonlight tours offered at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The National Park Service will offer evening tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Oct. 4 to coincide with the full moon. Each tour – at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – is limited to 30 people.

Climbers are asked to bring their own flashlights to navigate the lighthouse’s 257 steps. At the top, they will stand on the balcony to witness the beam of the light shining out onto the ocean. Continue reading


09/23/09

NPS Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Move on Friday,

Superintendent Mike Murray invites visitors and locals alike to a special program on the grounds of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on Friday, October 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon to recognize the 10th anniversary of the move of this extraordinary beacon. Continue reading