The year 2020 has truly been the year that keeps changing from day to day. This year’s Pirates Cove Tournament went on as planned minus all of the social events that everyone usually looks forward to every year. The Annual NCBBA Red Drum Tournament has become the latest casualty to fall to cancellation, joining the Nags Head Surf Fishing Club and Cape Hatteras Anglers Club’s annual tournament events. Many fishermen were disappointed by the news but when you sit back and look at the average age of the membership of these clubs, you can see that it was really cancelled because there was probably more risk to those running and judging the tournament because of their ages and health conditions. While we may be disappointed with the lack of tournaments, don’t be too disappointed because the fish will still be in the ocean waiting to be caught!! Fall is a great time to boat, surf and pier fish so take advantage of this time and make plans to come to the Outer Banks and fish in the fall.
For those wanting to head offshore, September is still the time to head out to the White Marlin grounds and try your luck at catching and releasing these epic billfish. Also the King Mackerel bite should be starting out, and the bite should get better as the month progresses. Another great idea to try during this time is to make a reservation on the Miss Hatteras out of Oden’s Dock in Hatteras and go on a bottom fishing trip. This trip is a great value for the money and is also family friendly. Bottom fishing is always great during this time of the year, and you can come back with a cooler full of good fish to eat. Bottomfish are a great fish to vacuum seal and freeze, so you can enjoy them for months after the trip. Check out their Facebook page for information and ways to reserve your spot on one of their trips. https://www.facebook.com/misshatteras
The 2020 COVID Crisis has certainly increased the number of people searching for outdoor activities to pass the time from lack of travel opportunities. This has caused a major increase in sales of outdoor sporting equipment like boats, kayaks, and fishing equipment. I have seen dealers actively looking for used boats to sell because the market is so hot right now. This high demand has also occurred in kayaks with some outdoor outfitters selling their inventory as soon as it arrives or having a waiting list for future deliveries. I have seen social media posts saying that they have been to big box stores and seen empty racks where fishing equipment is usually stocked. While there have been some supply chain disruptions, most of the local tackle shops have what you need to get you on the water and fish– whether it is in the surf, on the pier or in the boat. So get out of the house and go make some fishing memories!
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