Sports and Recreation

A Day with the Bluefish

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I promised myself an afternoon on the water, and it will be one that I will remember for a long time for a number of reasons.

First off the weather was about as perfect as it could get.  You could have sailed a bathtub out Bogue Inlet into the Atlantic yesterday.  The water was amazingly quiet as you can see from the picture of Emerald Isle  that was taken well off of Hammocks Beach.

The White Oak River was even smoother.  There was hardly a ripple as we approached Swansboro.  When we came home three hours later, it was the same.

More importantly it was just as quiet after we left the inlet for the ocean.  A good fishing buddy had told me to go out the Inlet and fish in the channel just where it was filling in with sand.  read more »


A Day on the White Oak Worth Remembering

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Yesterday we were faced with a number of choices of what to do for fun.  We decided to run up the White Oak River.

Bluewater Cove where we live is about half way between Swansboro where the White Oak joins the sound and Stella where the river gets much smaller.  Our subdivision is marked on the Google map with a colored "A."

Going up the river has a number of advantages on a weekend.  First you avoid the crowds, and second you really feel like you have been in the wilderness. There are only two or three homes on the river after Stella, then it gets pretty wild.

It is a much different experience that going out the Inlet where there is a steady stream of boats on the weekend.  read more »


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Those Emerald Isle rocking chairs

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Emerald Isle is one my favorite spots.  My wife and I like to advantage of their very nice walking trails during cooler weather which seems to have found us this week.

We will often go park at one end of town and walk to the other end of town.  It is a very pleasant walk, and it is even fun to do when the tourists are in town.

One of things missing on our walking tour was a place to relax and reflect a little.

I took some Emerald Isle pictures over to the new administrative offices on Tuesday and noticed what nice rocking chairs they have on their front porch.

I got a note back from Mayor Art Schools thanking me for the pictures.  I had mentioned the rocking chairs in my note making sure he had gotten the pictures.

His note back to me encouraged me to take advantage of the chairs when hiking around Emerald Isle.

Today might be a good day to do one of those hikes.  The temperatures are certainly pleasant, and those chairs look very inviting.


An evening on the beach with some Bluefish

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Yesterday was a busy day for me.  I had a closing and a couple of other real estate things to do, but the whole day I kept in the back of my mind the idea that I was going over to the beach to fish a little.

I had a form to be signed to extend a listing which required a trip to the island.  Then I had another meeting where I was dropping off house warming gifts for a recently closed house that required driving back up highway 58.

By the time we were done with all of that the clock was ticking towards 6 PM.  Still we made it over to the beach with plenty of time to fish.

The full fishing story is here.  The summary is that I hit one of my favorite beaches just as the Bluefish were jumping just beyond my casting range.

As luck would have it, the Bluefish moved closer to shore just as the sun was setting, and I managed to meet my goal of a catching a nice 16" long Bluefish.

It was lots of fun since I caught the Bluefish on the light rod that I bought for trout last year.
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High Water Kayaking

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There is something to be said for ignoring the clouds if you are comfortable with getting a little wet.

This morning we had a very high tide.  High tides can cause damage especially during storms, but this high tide came at a time when we had no winds or storms.

I could not resist the call of the high water because the other thing that a high tide does is let you get to places that you normally might not be able to visit because there is not enough water.

A high tide is like increased sea level from global warming except that it does not hang around for very long.

After I had determined that the sputtering precipitation was likely to remain light, I quickly grabbed everything that I needed for a trip out on the White Oak.

In my case, I take my life vest, a fishing rod with a top water plug, a couple of extra plugs, a camera, my cell phone and a few emergency items.  All the small things go into my yellow floating bag that is always with me whether I am in the kayak or at the helm of our skiff.
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3rd Annual Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament

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The Third Annual Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament will be sponsored by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation and The Reel Outdoors. Contact Brittany Wood at 252-354-6350 or bwood@emeraldisle-nc.org for information. Registration is free (Aug. 29-Sept.23) and excellent prizes. All flounder must be caught by fishing on foot (surf, pier, inlet, sound) from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle. The tournament will run from Sept. 26-30, Oct. 1-10, 2009.


Glad that I went kayaking on Saturday

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After our great day on the water on Friday, I was pleased to wake up to blue skies on Saturday morning.  I had gone to bed thinking about kayaking so as soon as my chores around the house were done, I started getting ready for my  trip.

I had two goals for the trip.  Number one was to take some river pictures with my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 and the other was to do a little red drum fishing.

While I have had some significant luck with puppy drum in the past, I have yet to catch one out of the White Oak much less a bigger red drum.  The experts at Dudley's Marina had recommended a particular top water plug so that was all the tackle that I was carrying except for my trusty rod and reel.
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