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Billfish, dolphin key Outer Banks bluewater action

Fishing is jumping at Hatteras, and so are some of the fish.

Offshore fishing at the edge of the Gulf Stream is going strong, and dolphin and billfish – two fish that jump and run and really test a fisherman’s desire – are at the heart of it. The difference is at the end of the fight, the billfish are released to thrill someone else, while dolphin go in the fish box for filets to take home.

“We have some really good offshore fishing right now,” said Capt. Bruce Armstrong, Jr. […]

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Outer Banks residents, businesses take big hit from final NPS decision on beach driving

The National Park Service announced on Jan. 23 its final rule for off-road beach driving and public beach access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and, as expected, it drew mixed reviews from Outer Banks residents, businesses and environmental groups.

“It’s a lot worse than the injunction (that set up interim beach-driving and public-access rules),” said Frank Folb, owner of Fran & Frank’s tackle store at Avon. […]

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October, November are top months for reds in OBX surf

Each fall after the first cold snaps of October, red drum pour out of the inlets and swim along Outer Banks beaches.

“After the first few northeast blows happen each year, people catch a few drum off the Avalon and Kitty Hawk piers or down at Oregon Inlet,” said Frank Folb Jr., of Frank &Fran’s Tackle Shop at Avon, who said drum move out of Oregon Inlet into the ocean, then turn south and head for the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Drum also move through Hatteras, Ocracoke and Drum inlets into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Outer Banks ’Yakking

Matt Landrum get to work and play at the same time. Standing in a parking area at the base of the Mann’s Harbor Bridge, surrounded by vehicles carrying colorful kayaks, Landrum prepared to join a small armada of paddlers heading out on a beautiful morning. […]

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OBX surf fishing hits peak now

If you can pull yourself away from deer hunting this week (the rut’s in full swing across most of eastern and central North Carolina and muzzle-loader season opens Nov. 7 in the piedmont), you might consider heading to the Outer Banks for some surf fishing. […]