A Taste of Hatteras Island As We Welcome March

St. Patrick’s day is just a few of weeks away, and what better way to celebrate than with a recipe that combines the best of the Irish with what’s in season here on Hatteras Island.

With the warm Gulf Stream just offshore, our winters offer plentiful fishing, and Striper season just winding down. Striped Bass, also known as Rockfish or Striper, can be found all along the Atlantic Coast, but it’s here in North Carolina that fishermen land more large striped bass in the winter than in any other state. If you’re up for catching your own fare, surf fishing spots on Hatteras Island are a good bet. Or head to a local market, most of which will be opening their doors back up spring season in the next few weeks.

Creamy Rockfish Chowder

Creamy Rockfish Chowder (8 Servings)

A step above the typical pub fare of fish and chips, this chowder incorporates winter vegetables like leeks and carrots, with a creamy base that will warm your soul as we march into spring.


1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 stick of celery, cut on the bias into ½ inch pieces
4 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
3 cups of chicken stock
4 ounces stewed tomatoes, diced
1 carrot, shredded
¾ cup milk
¼ cup cup heavy cream
1 pound striped bass, cut in to cubes
salt and pepper to taste
5 or 6 sprigs of dill for garnish


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the celery, leeks and potato, cooking until potato has softened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Pour in chicken stock, tomatoes and carrots, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add milk and cream, season to taste and stir in striped bass. Continue to simmer, uncovered until the fish is flaky and no longer translucent in the middle, about 10 minutes. Garnish with dill and serve immediately with Irish soda bread or oyster crackers.


The 2011 Red Drum Fishing Tournament

The third annual Red Drum Fishing tournament is currently being held on Hatteras Island till tomorrow (October 22nd at 4pm). The event is organized by the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) and is headquartered at Frank and Fran’s tackle shop located in Avon. All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Methodist Men’s Hatteras Relief Fund (Buxton, NC) in support of the Hurricane Irene recovery. In addition NCBBA is sponsoring “Toys for Tots” at registration for children of Hatteras Island.

There are 250 fishermen participating in the tournament which started at 12:01am on Thursday (October 20th). There are participants from 15 states ranging from Texas to Massachusetts. On the first day 10 drum were caught and 9 out of those 10 were citation size fish. Matt Burleigh caught the largest drum so far at 50″. A total of 22 drum were caught up to today ranging anywhere from 19″ to 50″. Two anglers caught three drums each so far. No female or junior catches have been reported yet.
Danny Fletcher is leading the blue fish division with his catch being 16.25″ long. George Mood is leading the sea mullet division with a 1lb 6oz catch.
Updates are being made every 6 hours and you can call Frank and Fran’s tackle shop for details at 252-995-4171.


Killer Whales Spotted off of Oregon Inlet

These photos of a VERY rare pod of orcas were taken from “Hooked Up II,” a charter boat fishing off of Oregon Inlet this week. Orcas, more commonly known as killer whales, normally do not come further south than Iceland. The killer whales were attacking the Blue Fin Tuna that were hooked up behind the boat. Many boats have been fishing out of Oregon Inlet in recent weeks because the Blue Fin fishing here has been phenomenal. With Outer Banks fishing, you never know what you will see, but it’s always sure to be exciting!


Offshore Charter Boats -Fishing the Gulfstream

An adventurous, fun-filled day of offshore charter fishing starts at 6am when the boat leaves the dock and heads out to the gulfstream. The morning sunrise leaves a warm glow over the water as the mate gets the boat and bait prepared for a successful day of fishing.

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Fishing expert and writer catches first bluefin out of a kayak in the Gulf Stream

For the past month, the bluefin bite has been outstanding off the cost of Hatteras Island. According to Ric Burnley, writer and frequent Hatteras Island fishermen, boats running to the edge of the Gulf Stream have been catching 100- to 200-pound bluefin by chunking, jigging, trolling – even throwing top water poppers. Continue reading


Wahoo Hoo-Ha! Hatteras Tournament celebrates music and fishing

Page Skelton, creator of the original Cackalacky condiment brand and the Booze Bait fishing lure company, will be donating his unique products to the Music Maker Relief Foundation’s upcoming fishing tournament and fundraiser.

The fishing tournament and benefit, called the Wahoo Hoo-Ha!, will take place in Hatteras, NC on October 16th and 17th. The weekend event will culminate in an awards dinner on Saturday evening followed by a concert featuring Cool John Ferguson, Big Ron Hunter & Captain Luke at the Hatteras Community Center. Continue reading


Day at the Docks will be Saturday, September 19

Sea captains extend an invitation to all sailors and landlubbers to join them at the 3rd annual Day at the Docks on September 19, 2009. Festivities will begin on the Hatteras village waterfront at 10:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m., followed by a work boat parade and the annual Blessing of the Fleet. Continue reading