Outer Banks Fall Fishing

Hatteras Island is known for its beautiful beaches that offer an abundance of serenity and relaxation. Hatteras Island is also known for something else – FISHING.

During the off season there is nothing better than grabbing a rod, reel, and cooler full of snacks and heading to the shoreline.

News station WXII in Greensboro-Winston-Salem hit the Outer Banks earlier this month and experienced what the ocean has to offer. Click here to watch the FUN video they created.

If you want to keep up with current fishing conditions and find out what is biting, Frisco Rod & Gun’s Fishing Report is a great source to keep you informed! Click here to read the latest report.

Happy Fishing! We’ll see you on the water!


Hatteras Island Anglers Set To Participate In The 28th Annual Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament

Fishing, fun and friends – that’s what the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament is all about! The 28th annual event is set to take place August 15th through August 19th in Manteo.

This world class event is shaping up to be another spectacular tournament for anglers! Top prize money is a whopping $850,000 based on 120 entries. A lot of anglers set out with hopes to break the 1,228.5 lb. State Record Blue Marlin caught during the 25th Anniversary of the tournament!

The weekend leading up to the tournament is all about the ladies! The 22nd Annual Alice Kelly Tournament will be held August 14th. The tournament doubles as a fund raiser for the Outer Banks Support Cancer Group. With an entry fee of $500 per boat, it is a great way to have fun and help out our community!

The 28th Annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament will undoubtedly be a week of fishing, entertainment and activities to be shared with friends to create lasting memories on the Outer Banks. Hatteras Island is home to world class fishing, and Surf or Sound Realty wishes everyone participating in the tournament the best of luck!


Outer Banks Anglers Set to Participate in 53rd Annual Big Rock Tournament

The 53rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament is happening June 10th-18th along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Big Rock is a modified release tournament targeting blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish. Gamefish levels include dolphin, tuna and wahoo. This six-day event will bring out hundreds of the best fishermen in the world, all hoping to take home part of a cash purse that exceeds more than $1 million – a huge difference from the original Big Rock purse of 250 silver dollars!

The waters off the coast of the Outer Banks and along the coastline of North Carolina are notorious for their record breaking blue marlin catches. Did you know there was a time when the existence of blue marlins along the coastline was purely a myth? Residents in Moorehead City, NC had been told many tales by sailors about the blue marlin, and eventually decided to find out for themselves if they existed or not. In the summer of 1957, the small town raised a small cash prize and a small charter boat fleet headed out in hopes of catching the elusive fish. During that summer, many captains claim to have spotted the marlins, but none were ever caught. That all changed September 14th when Raleigh angler, Jimmy Croy, snagged a 143-pound blue marlin aboard the Mary Z. The crew radioed in their catch, and by the time they pulled into port the small town had gathered to greet them with an impromptu parade and a wagon full of silver dollars! For more Big Rock history, click here.

Last year, 155 boats fished the waters off Morehead City, North Carolina and competed for a record purse of $1,658,450. This year looks like it’s shaping up to be an even bigger event, with the 14th Annual Keli Wagner Big Rock Lady Angler Event kicking off the festivities the evening of June 10th. For the complete schedule of events, click here.

Local boats Hunter and Qualifier, both from Manteo, and Sea Creature from Hatteras have already registered and are gearing up for the tournament. On Big Rock’s website you can listen to the captains throughout the day via their boat radios. At the end of the day they also have live feed of the boats coming in to weigh, which you can watch here.

The Big Rock is a non-profit tournament and has donated over $2,300,000 dollars to charity and worthy organizations. Randy Ramsey, board of directors President says, “Our goal is to offer participants the finest sportfishing tournament experience while helping support Big Rock’s many worthwhile charities.”

For more information on the Big Rock tournament, click here.
For a list of retailers selling this years Big Rock T-shirt, click here.
Watch last year’s weigh-in video here.


17th Annual Hatteras Village Offshore Open

Photo courtesy of Hatteras Village Offshore Open

Photo courtesy of Hatteras Village Offshore Open

The 17th annual Hatteras Village Offshore Open kicked off Wednesday and wrapped up today with thirty-four boats on the open waters.

Forecasters were calling for cloudy skies and and a pretty good chance of the thunderstorms, but sunny skies and warm weather prevailed for the anglers.

Cash prizes and trophies were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in different categories.

HVOO started in 1994 and has become a unique tournament enjoyed by local captains and fisherman, as well as visitors who all share a love for Hatteras waters.

Be part of some of these tournaments coming up:

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament June 10-18

Hatteras Marlin Club Tournament June 19-25

Hatteras Grand Slam Billfish Tournament July 8-9


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!


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!


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


Legendary puppy drum run hits Hatteras Island

The recent cold spell that hit Hatteras Island brought an unexpected thrill to local and visiting surf fishermen – puppy drum.

Local fishing reports excitedly spread the news, and anglers came from Manteo to Morehead City for what several classified as the greatest run of puppy drum in anyone’s memory. The drum were literally visible in the waves as giant red blobs, and many fishermen agreed it was something out of a surf angler’s dreams. Continue reading