10/14/08

Outer Banks Fishing Report 10/13/08-Hatteras Island

With a couple rainy days here and there, anglers stayed a little damp, in and out of the water, but at least the fishing made a couple drizzly days worthwhile. Early in the week, there were lots of blues and sea mullet to go around, as well as a few big drum catches.
Later in the week, a northeast wind made the ocean a little rough for Northern Hatteras Island, but good news is on the horizon. We have a week of gorgeous weather coming up, with light winds and temperatures expected up to 80 degrees. This will definitely be a great week to play hooky from work, and take a fishing trip to Hatteras Island. Continue reading


10/10/08

New documentary to be filmed on Pea Island

While the upcoming Richard Gere and Diane Lane movie “Nights in Rodanthe” is drawing lots of attention, it’s not the only film in the works that centers around Hatteras Island.
Alan Smith of Dreamworks Productions and his crew are planning an October trip to Hatteras Island, (their 4th trip in 2008), for the filming of their upcoming documentary “The Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers.” The film is based on the 2001 book “Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers” by David Wright and David Zoby. Continue reading


10/8/08

Picture of the Week

Surf or Sound Realty’s own Vanessa Gagliano, now Vanessa Paxton, makes a beautiful beach bride as she says her vows in the sand.


10/8/08

Outer Banks Fishing Report 10/6/08-Hatteras Island

What a gorgeous week for fishing. With mild air temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s, and postcard perfect weather, Hatteras Island anglers were treated to a much-deserved beautiful week. The stormy days we had a couple weeks ago brought in piles of shells from Rodanthe to Ocracoke all week long, so beachcombers were treated to a great week of exploring too.
The drum run continues on the island, and bluefish have been everywhere for the beach fishermen. The blues might not always be the biggest catch on the beach, but at least no one left the shore empty handed.
Here’s what local anglers have been reeling in on Hatteras Island: Continue reading


10/7/08

Nights in Rodanthe: The reviews are in.

Love it or loathe it, one thing that all critics across the country agreed on is that the Outer Banks is certainly one terrific spot to film a romantic movie. As the reviews of the new Richard Gere and Diane Lane film Nights in Rodanthe pour in, almost all critics comment on the beautiful setting, regardless of whether they liked the movie or not.
Here are just a few excerpts of the glowing reviews, (of Hatteras Island, that is), that were published over the last couple of weeks. Continue reading


10/6/08

Avon Cafe

Fans of Hodad’s, the former Avon restaurant that had been around for over a decade, were surprised when a makeshift banner was placed over the original Hodad’s sign, reading “Avon CafĂ©” in the spring of 2008.

Folks were even more surprised when the marquee began advertising dishes that weren’t the run of the mill Hatteras Island seafood fare, such as rack of lamb and Maryland Crab Cakes.

While change doesn’t always come easy to Hatteras Island, the patrons who finally indulged their curiosity and decided to give this new place a try, were delighted to find that the atmosphere hadn’t changed, and the food was exceptional. Continue reading


10/6/08

The story of Hatteras Jack

Not all unexplained mysteries on Hatteras Island are unhappy ones, as evident by the story of one of the island’s most beloved legendary figures, Hatteras Jack. Visitors will spot the moniker almost everywhere they go, (as the name of local businesses, tackle stores, and vacation rental homes), as the phrase “Hatteras Jack” seems to have proud and trustworthy implications.
According to legend, in 1790 the Hatteras Inlet waters in between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands were well known for being a treacherous passageway for ships trying to get to port. With shifting sandbars and currents, many mariners struggled to make it through these waters.
Assistance for these ships came in a very unusual form.
Captains soon began to notice an albino, white as snow dolphin preceding each boat through the inlet, indicating the path. Somehow, the dolphin, who was dubbed “Hatteras Jack,” always seemed to know the exact route to follow to avoid cuts and sandbars. It wasn’t long before the captains began to trust and even seek out Hatteras Jack, blowing their foghorns as they drew close to the inlet. Continue reading


10/6/08

OBX Wavefest rescheduled to Columbus Day Weekend.

The OBX Wavefest, held September 15 – 29, was a mixture of gorgeous breezy days, a couple stormy days, and a few surprisingly windless days. While the majority of the freeform days were perfect for boarding attendees to hone their skills across the Atlantic, the three day Wave Challenge tournament was rescheduled to October 11 – 13th, Columbus Day weekend.
Bill Bell, who updates the status of the OBX Wavefest regularly on his blog, and is one of the organizers of the festival, thinks the new October date will bring out great winds, and even greater kiteboarding. “Hopefully we will score with some wind and surf,” he says. Continue reading