Any trip towards the south end of Nags Head results in a quick stop at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center for me. Those trips started when I was growing up and my family spent lots of our free time in the Outer Banks. My dad has always loved fishing, and may have fantasized about having a boat every now and then. I’m not sure if the draw to the marina was to look at the boats or the day’s catch, but it was a fun adventure whatever the reason. When we visited, it was always late in the day, just in time to catch the charter boats coming in from a long day of fishing in the Gulf Stream off the coast. After hours of fishing on Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills getting flounder and spot, it was really exciting to see tuna that seemed as big as I was laid out on the dock as the charter captains cleaned their boats. Now that I’m older and my husband has a fishing boat of his own, I have a new appreciation for the boats at Oregon Inlet, and am still in awe of the fantastic catch they bring in each day. On my most recent trip to the Outer Banks, I was in search of a few sunset photos at the Pea Island National Refuge and stopped into Oregon Inlet on the way back north. The colors of the boats against the pink light of the approaching dusk caught my eye, and a snapped a few photos.
Growing up in Virginia Beach meant lots of time at the beach for my family. Just not any beaches in Virginia. Odd? Not if you ask the locals. With thousands of tourists descending upon Virginia Beach each year, the Oceanfront long ago became a tourist mecca with high-rise hotels and condos, loads of gift shops and trendy bars and restaurants. Locals looking for a more low-key experience would venture towards the less crowded beaches miles away from the hustle and bustle of “the strip”. For those that truly wanted to get away from it all, however, the Outer Banks of North Carolina was the place to be, and still is today. Referred to as “OBX” often, the Outer Banks offer miles and miles of natural beaches, and really allows you to relax. My family was fortunate enough to own a cottage in Kill Devil Hills when I was growing up, and we spent nearly every weekend there and usually a week or two in the summer. This photo is of Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, where I spent many early mornings learning to fish.
The month of November in the US usually means beautiful fall foliage, cooler fall days and the kick off to the holiday season with Thanksgiving. While we generally miss out on the fall foliage in the Tampa Bay area, we do enjoy cooler temperatures in November and emerge from our summer hibernations in air conditioning to truly glorious weather. Cooler air temperatures also mean cooler water temperatures and the fish that have been in deep waters for the summer are now moving closer into shore. Average high temperatures in the 70’s and little rain ever forecast this time of year make it a favorite time for recreational fishing in this area. This photo was taken near Veteran’s Reef off the coast of Dunedin, FL.
The quaint fishing village of Wanchese is located on the southern end of Roanoke Island, between the Outer Banks and the North Carolina mainland. Home to several custom boat builders and sport fishing charters, the main attraction is the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park. As the only Federal, State and County-financed project devoted entirely to the seafood processing and fishing industries, the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park is truly one of a kind. Thanks to the rich mix of warm and cold water fish and shellfish off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina, you can find some of the best seafood on the eastern seaboard in Wanchese.
The Oregon Inlet separates the northern Outer Banks from Hatteras Island. Created by a hurricane in 1846, the inlet was named after the first ship that passed through, the Oregon. This inlet serves as a main waterway for fisherman, especially the charter fishing boats at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. The fishing off of the coast of the Outer Banks is some of the best in the world offering Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Blue Marlin, but the seas can be treacherous. The boats kept at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center are as beautiful as they are tough, many built locally to specifically to withstand the rough seas surrounding Cape Hatteras. My family has visited the Outer Banks for years and we always make sure to visit the marina to admire the boats and catch a glimpse of the day’s catch.
The Outer Banks are a 200-mile long string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. Between the Outer Banks and the North Carolina mainland is Roanoke Island, home to a small fishing village called Wanchese. Home to a thriving commercial seafood industry, Wanchese also boasts several custom boat builders that build and repair large sport fishing boats and trawlers. A walk through the marina reveals beautiful sport fishing boats ready for an afternoon charter off shore for some of the best fishing in the world.