High Water In The Marshes


I love having a home on an inlet of a big tidal river.  Living with the rhythms of the tides means that things are never exactly the same along the water.
When we get a really low tide,  the marsh becomes beach front property for fiddler crabs.  If we get a really high tide, just about anything can be wandering in the water covered marsh grass including my favorite fish, the red drum.

How high the tide goes depends on lots of things including the wind direction, the moon, and what storm happens to be riding up the coast.

Things get even more exciting out on the river.  During a very high tide, oyster bars can be submerged and the river can look like a lake that is easy to navigate.
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Morning Waters


Blue sky and sunshine energizes me.  Yesterday morning I got up had a cup of coffee, looked outside, and decided to take the boat down the river.

I had the boat dropped in the water and was heading out Raymond's Gut before 7:30 AM.

Morning on the White Oak River is my absolute favorite time of the day, and yesterday morning was a particularly spectacular day to be on the river.

As you can see from the picture there was no traffic and the water was close to glassy calm.

The picture was taken from this spot just up the river from Swansboro.

Other than a couple of diving ducks, and lots of fish on my fish finder, I did not see any signs of life.

But I know most of the White Oak's life is below the surface, and it is hard to see even those shrimp that I have enjoyed.

I spent just enough time out on the river to clear my head and get ready for the day.
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Finishing the Day on the Point


I am not sure the weather can get much better.  Even when it looked like we might get a line of storms yesterday, it turned out to be a false alarm.  This morning it was 64F when I got up.  Even just before 9 AM, we have the air conditioning turned off, and the windows all open.
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A Day on Bogue Inlet


Yesterday was a magnificent summer day.  I got lucky and was able to spend much of it in Bogue Inlet fishing and counting clouds.

It was one of those really nice times that you often get to enjoy here on the Crystal Coast.  It was a super smooth ride out the White Oak River and the Intracoastal.

We had nice breeze to keep us cool.  The fish were biting just enough to keep us interested.  Three bottle nosed dolphins swam by so we could enjoy watching them.

People were playing on the low water beaches.
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The Calm of a Summer Morning


When summer comes, morning becomes a time to get up and get moving early.  In the South, if you miss the morning work window, you risk heatstroke during the heat of the day.

In June morning is nearly perfect here on the Crystal Coast.  The temperature was around 75 degrees when I walked out my driveway to get this morning's newspaper.  The birds were singing all around me, and there was just the touch of a light breeze.
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The Crystal Coast is all about the water


I have written much about why we are living here in western Carteret County near the beaches of Emerald Isle. 

One of my first posts here was Ten Reasons Why We Chose Carteret County.  I stand by what I said in that article, but as we have gotten deeper into what passes for winter here, I have been thinking about what really makes me happy here.  I have been very happy for the last two and one half years.
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I hope it stays like this all year


When you love the out of doors, weather stays a major factor in your life. You get to a certain age, and the idea of going fishing with snow on the ground just does not offer any appeal so warm weather is important if you like to fish.

Last fall I was pretty busy learning about boating and the area. This fall I know enough to enjoy fishing a lot more. While my addiction to fishing is tempered by my love of photography and boating, it remains something I enjoy immensely.  read more »