Outer Banks head boat tips

Gavin Dibler of Kitty Hawk learned how to inflate a puffer fish while fishing on the Miss Oregon Inlet.

• Check the weather before you go. Wind direction affects water clarity that can determine the fishing. For example, flounder bite better with clean water, while croakers and sea mullet bite better when the water is stained to dirty.

• Dress for the weather. Bring sunscreen, beverages and snacks, plus a camera to record the fun. Rain is always possible in the summer, so dress accordingly.

• Boats furnish bait and tackle, but more advanced angers prefer to bring their own. Sometimes a favorite rod and reel with some different bait can make a big difference in the catch.

• Go to have fun and enjoy the day on the water. Fish bite better on some days and not as well on others. The objective is to enjoy a boat ride with family and friends while wetting your hooks. If you bring home a mess of fish for dinner, so much the better.

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