At 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, a group of Surf or Sound Realty staff members met at Jockey’s Ridge State Park at the corner of the 4-lane bypass in Nags Head. Cheerful, but somewhat sleep deprived, these folks quickly got to work setting up tables, lining trash cans, setting up fishing poles and beach chairs on the side of the highway, and filling up about 4,000 cups of water, give or take a few. Continue reading
Who says the Fall season is slow? This past week, Hatteras Island was the place to be with a multitude of events going on, including the birdwatchers’ Wings Over Water Festival, the Outer Banks Marathon, and perhaps most importantly, the annual Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Fishing Tournament. The tournament, held every November since 1958, carried on as planed despite a couple of very rainy days, and by judging day on Saturday, the weather was simply perfect.
The staff at Surf or Sound Realty congratulates Chuck Davis, our Avon office housekeeping supervisor, on his completion of the 3rd annual Outer Banks Half Marathon on Sunday, November 9th. The half marathon began in the Northern Outer Banks village of Nags Head, looped through Jockey’s Ridge, crossed the Causeway that leads to Manteo, and finally ended in Roanoke Island Festival Park. The total length of the course was a painful 13 miles.
Despite the challenge, Chuck finished 381 out of almost 3,000 half marathoners, and the Surf or Sound Realty volunteers who manned a water station along the
A breath-taking rainbow decorates the sky on Hatteras Island.
Photos courtesy of Lisa Brooks-Hill, Dana Wells, Lisa Latham and Sherry Wright of Surf or Sound Realty
As the water and air temperatures cool, locals and visitors alike get to enjoy a not-so-fringe benefit of the fall season: shells start popping up everywhere. It’s no big secret that the fall marks the beginning of excellent beachcombing for months to come, and while Hatteras Island is known for offering a variety of fantastic finds throughout the year, the fall and winter months are particularly favored among shell collectors.
The two determining factors that make these colder months the best for shelling are relatively simple: More wind, and less people.
A breezy week turned into a gorgeous weekend as the Northeast winds subsided long enough for anglers to hit the beaches in T-Shirts, and offshore boats to enjoy calm waters all the way to the Gulf Stream. Lots of fish were being reeled in from all over the Outer Banks, including lots of drum, blues, sea mullet, and even speckled trout around the jetties near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
We’re expecting a coastal storm over the next couple of days, but that just means the shelling is going to be great by the weekend, when the air temperatures are expected to reach almost 70 degrees. It’s certainly shaping up to be a good November. Continue reading
A family of Jack-o-lanterns poses for a group photo on a spooky Hatteras Island night
Photo taken and pumpkin carving by Rita Dwight of Surf or Sound Realty
True to typical fall form, this past week on Hatteras Island started with a couple days of wild weather, followed by windy, but sunny days later on in the week. The big story this past week wasn’t just the weather, but also the drum which were being reeled in all over the island. This is in no small part thanks to the Annual Frank & Fran’s Red Drum Tournament, which was held over the weekend and attracted 300 anglers, despite the windy weather. With a total of 154 red drum registered and released, ranging from 18″ to the winning 49 ¼”, it’s safe to say that the drum are keeping island anglers busy. Continue reading
The sunrise on Hatteras Island and great Fall fishing, who could ask for a more perfect day?
Photo taken by Ann Wood, Marketing Director for Surf or Sound Realty