11/4/08

Outer Banks Fishing Report 11/3/08-Hatteras Island

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


10/30/08

Outer Banks Fishing Report 10/20/08- Hatteras Island

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


10/21/08

Trick or Treating Island Style

Planning a late October Hatteras Island vacation, but don’t want to miss out on trick-or-treating? No problem. There are actually plenty of family friendly neighborhoods and unusually fun trick-or-treating destinations that offer a little touch of the Outer Banks charm, but more importantly, plenty of candy. 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 Café” 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

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


09/29/08

Outer Banks Fishing Report 9/29/08-Hatteras Island

It’s been a wild week with a Nor’easter putting a temporary halt on the fishing scene for a day or two, but the gorgeous weekend weather made up for a couple of stormy days.
With few people on the shore, except for on the island’s most popular beaches, weekend anglers got to enjoy the great weather and good fishing all to themselves. With a light breeze and cooler temperatures, (but still warm enough for shorts and sunscreen), it’s definitely starting to feel like fall. On Hatteras Island, this means three things: Good sales, good shells, and great fishing.
This past week, it was all about the drum, as almost every fishing spot on the island reported good drum catches. Look for the drum runs to continue this week, as the air and water temperatures remain consistent, and the weather stays nice and mild.
Here’s what local anglers have been reeling in on Hatteras Island: Continue reading


09/10/08

Pirate Week on The Outer Banks September 15-20

Kick off your fall vacation with the annual Pirate Festival hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. This week-long event begins on Monday, September 15th, with community events happening all week all over the Outer Banks.
Enjoy Pirate history, storytelling, reenactments, and shows. The culmination of a fun filled week of events will be on Saturday September 20th at the Kitty Hawk Kites Store, MP 12.5, Nags Head. Throughout the festival, Captain Jack Sparrow will make special guest appearances throughout the Outer Banks at various Kitty Hawk Kites stores. Continue reading


09/4/08

Red Drum Tournament

On October 23 – 25, Frank and Fran’s Fisherman’s Friend tackle shop in Avon will host the 9th annual Red Drum Tournament. This is a three day invitational tournament with 300 anglers competing to catch and release the largest and most red drum as they make their annual migrating run past Hatteras Island on The Outer Banks of North Carolina. The tournament begins with appetizers and a meet and greet with the judges, and will culminate with the annual banquet and distribution of prizes.

Prizes total over $12,000 for multiple winners and categories. For more information on the upcoming tournament, visit Frank and Fran’s website, www.hatteras-island.com, or call (252) 995-4171. Continue reading


08/28/08

New Independent Theater in Avon

Labor Day weekend marks the tentative grand opening of the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island’s first small Independent Movie Theater, adjacent to the Big Wave Dave’s convenience store and Village Grocery in Avon.

David Dixon, a local resident, film aficionado, and owner of Big Wave Dave’s, established the theater with a large projection screen and 40 comfy theater seats.

The theater will be able to serve beer and wine and will showcase primarily independent films — movies that aren’t generally available to an everyday audience, let alone an audience on Hatteras Island. Continue reading


08/25/08

Going Green on Hatteras Island

With a population that swells in the summertime, Hatteras Island has its’ own unique challenge in going green. Many folks say that Hatteras Island can be a little behind the times when it comes to everyday life, and certainly time here seems to move at a slower pace than it does in the rest of the world, but visitors and locals alike have taken the initiative in making these sandy white beaches a little more green.
For the conservation savvy, there are a few recycling centers on Hatteras Island so you can stay green even while on vacation. The Chicamacomico Fire Station in Rodanthe and the Village Grocery Parking Lot in Avon both have drop-off centers that are accessible 24/7. Continue reading