Jim, of Hatteras Jack, reports that anglers are hooking big numbers of bluefish and a few puppy drum from the local beaches.
The piers to the north are seeing decent numbers of larger, citation-class red drum, and it shouldn’t be long until they’re feeding locally. Bottom fish like sea mullet and spot are taking an interest in shrimp and bloodworms pinned to double-hook rigs in the surf. Flounder are moving out the inlets into the surf zone, and they will bite soft plastics, live and strip baits, or other offerings.
The speckled trout bite is still going strong in the sound off Rodanthe, and most of the fish are falling for Gulp baits and other soft plastics. Josh, of Rodanthe Pier, reports that bluefish and spot have made up the majority of the action lately.
Ginger, of Frank and Fran’s, reports that there are big numbers of tailor bluefish on the feed in the surf around Avon. Sea mullet and pompano are still around and taking an interest in shrimp and sand fleas on bottom rigs. Anglers working metal lures from the beach at Cape Point are still connecting with spanish mackerel and bluefish. The big red drum are just to the north and on the way, just in time for the NCBBA Red Drum Tournament on October 25-27. Bob, of Frisco Tackle, reports that anglers are hooking some small puppy drum, flounder, bluefish, spot, and more from the Frisco beachfront.
Some sea mullet and pompano are still around, but they seem to be becoming scarcer as the water cools down.
Bluefish and spanish mackerel are still feeding around Cape Point, and anglers are tempting them to bite metal casting lures early and late in the day. Kyle, of Frisco Rod and Gun, reports that anglers are connecting with some spot, pompano, sea mullet, and croaker from the local beaches while casting bottom rigs baited with shrimp, sand fleas, and bloodworms. Rob Alderman, of Outer Banks Kayak Fishing, with a citation red drum he caught and released off the beach at Corolla.
Inshore boaters are hooking bluefish and some speckled and gray trout while working soft plastics and other lures in the sound.
The offshore fleet is finding a solid wahoo bite in the blue water off Hatteras Inlet with blackfin tuna and dolphin mixed in. Ballyhoo paired with skirted trolling lures will fool all the offshore predators, and anglers are also hooking some wahoo on baitless high-speed lures. Jay, of Bite Me Sportfishing, reports that the blue water action off Hatteras Inlet is heating up for fall. Anglers are also seeing some of the first yellowfin tuna action of the fall along the break as well.
Alan, of Tradewinds Tackle, reports that the recent cool snap has triggered the beginning of some solid fall fishing. Sea mullet, puppy drum, spot, and bluefish are also feeding along the beachfront, and bottom rigs baited with cut baits, shrimp, and other offerings will tempt them to bite. Back in the sound, anglers are hooking some gray and speckled trout, sea mullet, flounder, bluefish and big red drum.
Offshore trollers are hooking some wahoo and a few dolphin and sailfish while pulling skirted ballyhoo.
Ocracoke is the southernmost of the inhabited Outer Bank islands, and was the subject of much of Bert Gildart’s article on the Outer Banks that appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of Airstream Life magazine. Near the ferry dock are many examples of overly massive houses that appear to be relatively new.


There are a few interesting things to see in town: a couple of historical cemeteries, the lighthouse, the harborfront. If you care to keep your RV in the center of Ocracoke, within a short walk or bike ride of everything, you can stay where Bert & Janie stayed. Anyone who wanted to stay here in an RV could do as well as us even without a gray water holding tank or solar panels. We were surprised to find that the National Seashore has a Junior Ranger program, which of course Emma had to do.
I took a lot of photos today from all over Cape Hatteras, more than I can fit into the blog, so there’s a new Flickr photoset online if you want to peruse that. We bought two nights   at Frisco when we arrived, but clearly we are going to need more time to explore the area. When it was over, the Airstream was parked so close to the curb that the sidewalls rubbed on the way out (bad for the tires), and we could open the entry door only about a foot. Apparently the Bonine worked because I felt fine for the entire ride, and it was very wavy. Our criteria for a campground on the Outer Banks was simple: someplace with good cellular service (so that you dear blog readers would not be deprived, and so I can get some work done), chosen from the four primitive National Seashore campgrounds. Ocracoke Campground, the southernmost of the four National Seashore campgrounds, looks great but there’s not a spec of cell phone signal there, so we passed it by. Just a few miles north of the ferry landing we found the second campground, called Frisco, and determined that the cell phone does work in about half the sites. It is a short walk to the National Seashore from here, but today the beach is uninhabitable due to the high winds.
The low pressure system that brought us the thunderstorms last night is exiting with a parting gift: gale-force winds that have whipped the normally placid Pamlico Sound into a tempest.
When we arrived there were about half a dozen vehicles parked in the standby area, all with very glum-looking people sitting in them. Now we have a reservation for the 2 pm ferry on Tuesday, but from the marine weather report it looks unlikely that we will actually go anywhere.
It seems likely we will be able to stay parked in line overnight, but if someone asks us to move along, there is a campground adjacent. This spot reminds me of an article which appears in the Summer 2008 issue of Airstream Life (which is already in the mail to you — I promise!). We stopped at the Wal-Mart in Morehead City, NC, because our ferry reservation from Cedar Key to Ocracoke is for 2:00 pm on Monday. One thing I had wanted to do for a while was install the Doran 360RV tire pressure monitoring system we obtained last week in Florida. The 360RV consists of four pressure sensors which screw onto the tire stems (with locking collars so they don’t come off), and a monitor for the truck.
The first sensor I installed, on the left rear wheel, immediately caused the monitor to start beeping an alarm. So I came to the conclusion that we needed to evacuate the Airstream for the safety of the concrete block Wal-Mart. Now, if I had thought about it some more, I would have taken a couple of other things, too. I was worried about Bob and his wife, parked out there by our Airstream, but in the midst of this, I saw Bob fire up his motorhome and drive over to Lowes. I’m pretty sure they got hit by at least a strong downburst, if not a bit of tornadic activity. There are a lot of other trails in the park, and in the right kind of weather I could see hiking all of them.


We passed a warm and humid night, parked in the back of Cracker Barrel, with all three Fantastic Vents running to circulate some air.
Frankly, there wasn’t a lot of interesting nature revealing itself on the trail, except insects such as spiders, beetles and ticks. For most of the hike I was elected to walk in front so my face would collect the webs strung across the path, and I eventually amassed quite a collection of them. Some spanish mackerel are also still in the area, and they and bluefish are taking an interest in metal lures that anglers are working from the sand. A few recent days have also seen decent yellowfin tuna action, and several blue marlin and sailfish have been released over the past week. The wahoo bite remains strong for anglers pulling both ballyhoo and high speed lures along the break.
Several citation-class red drum and more yearling fish have been caught and released from the Ocracoke beach in recent days. This amazing wedding showcases how a rustic beach wedding can come to life with grace and style.
The sites at Frisco have no overhanging shade trees, the days are long, and we don’t need the power-hungry furnace at night. That was an interesting process in itself, since I don’t have much faith in strangers who want to guide me forward or backward.
People were starting to panic, while others were obliviously trying to exit the store into the vortex. He parked under their pick-up area’s awning, safe from hail and mostly in the lee of the wind.
I’ll go shopping for a tire and install it on the trailer, and inspect the Airstream for damage on the windward side. As I lay in bed thinking about it, I could see how drastically this changed my plan for the day. Finally I started keeping my eyes open for spider webs, and that led to my involvement in trying to photograph spiders in their webs. Cut baits are the way to go for the reds, and the bite will only improve as the weather continues to cool and more fish push out of the sound. From the photographer: Whether it was the private beach, wispy tree lined walkway and canal or the gorgeous lawn a€“ either way this venue seemed like a dream.
I also took the precaution of shutting off the propane at the tanks, in case the worst-case scenario happened. Our cell phones worked but the cell phone tower was right next to the Airstream, so if one went, the other probably would too.
For our part, doing the Junior Ranger program   (badge #33) and stopping many, many times to examine bugs and such kept us in the park for about four hours. Playing up the environment and all the possibility their venue offered, Christie and Ross became inspired by casual, breezy looks and inviting spaces. While reminiscing on their wedding day, Christie and Will describe it as the perfect blend of euphoria and awe.



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