Hatteras village and its people are just the best
By JEFF MURRAY
What a place you have in Hatteras! This past June was my
first time visiting the Outer Banks. I was attracted by the fishing to go and
enjoy what you have to offer.
My visit started on May 31 and ended on June 7. I came to a sportfishing school in Hatteras
village, sponsored by the North
Carolina State University. And what a pearl from God
did I find.
The island and people far surpassed my expectations. I found
myself standing in awe of the small island filled with people willing to help
in an instant. Let me tell you how.
I stayed at the Breakwater Inn were the assistant in the
office was so nice I almost passed out. The rooms were very nice and roomy in
every way. The first night I walked around after eating in the local restaurant,
and I was reminded of my home town of Carolina Beach,
just south a ways, except 40 years ago. People were waving to say hello or
asking if you needed anything. My heart was filled with warmth that could only
be described as coming from above. Sunday I went to the Methodist church and
was welcomed with open arms, as if I were a long-lost child coming home.
The next few days were all filled with the same experience
from fishing with Harper’s Folly to asking the fellow at the NAPA store if he sold knives, so I could cut
up my day’s catch. He didn’t sell knives but handed me one of his. I told him
that I couldn't take his knife. I offered to pay for it, and he simply said, “No
just take it.” So I told him that I would bring it back after I used it for my
catch. Later that night he wasn't there, so I placed it in a box in front of
Then it was fishing with Rom Whitaker. I was one of the
fools who drank coffee that morning, so you know what happened next and that was
that. After the stomach problems were over, we caught fish on top of fish and
learned even more.
The Saturday night fish fry at the fire station was the best,
and it brought back memories of Carolina
Beach when I was a kid
and the families getting together for a meal. I never met so many folks that
made you feel like family in all of my years, and they will not be forgotten.