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Outer Banks Angling: Is it winter?

At times lately, it's been hard to figure out whether it’s the middle of winter or the start of spring.

The weather has been very mild at times, and, at times, just down right beautiful. At least for now, it's been a far cry from what we saw the majority of last winter. But, it’s early yet and anything could happen.
For now, we’ll take what we’ve got.  
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Marine Fisheries certifies new state record white marlin

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record for white marlin. Neil Manning of Ashburn, Va., reeled in the 138-pound fish Nov. 16 while fishing off Hatteras. 
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Crabbers join effort to clear marine debris

Winter has come to the sounds and estuaries of the Outer Banks. The wind has been blowing from the north for more than a week and water temperatures have been steadily cooling. Trout and rockfish are heading out to sea or are living in holes in the warmer, deeper waters flowing from mainland rivers.

Blue crabs have burrowed into the mud of the sounds and crab fishermen, after one of the best years they’ve had recently, don’t have much to do this time of the year. It’s the ideal time to clean up the sound, to pick up the crab pots that have drifted away from their buoys – one of the most common types of marine debris seen at the end of the season. 
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Public meeting planned on adding Bonner Bridge rubble to reefs

Construction hasn't even started yet for the replacement for the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet, but the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries already has plans for what do with the rubble from the old bridge.

Marine Fisheries' Artificial Reef Program has scheduled a meeting in Manteo to inform the public about plans it has to enhance four artificial reefs offshore near Oregon Inlet with materials from the Bonner Bridge demolition. 
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Outer Banks Angling:  Rodanthe Pier takes another hit

The Rodanthe pier took another hit this week after an onshore wind created a powerful swell that caused well over 100 feet of pier to break off on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 6. The most recent damage is on the heels of destruction caused in early October by  two weeks of northeast wind and the passage offshore of Hurricane Joaquin. 
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Outer Banks Angling: 2015 has been an interesting year until the end

The weather on the Outer Banks for the past 12 months has been quite interesting. The area had a blistering cold winter, followed by a decent spring and summer, but fall and early winter have been anything but normal.

The Outer Banks actually saw cooler weather late October and throughout November than we’ve seen most of December, and the water temps have been at a level that has allowed beachgoers to go swimming in board shorts at times.
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Oysters tell the story of our coast

With a vast estuary system and a growing locavore movement, is North Carolina poised to become an American oyster capital? The answer isn't simple. 

In the latest installment of their Coastal Carolina Anthology, writers for a new website, Bit + Grain, crack open the story of the Eastern Oyster, North Carolina's native species. Within it, we find a larger story the past, present and future of our coast's economy, environment and culture.
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The very best guide to charter fishing on the islands….WITH SLIDE SHOW

If you’ve never been fishing off Hatteras or Ocracoke, it’s definitely worth looking into.  The variety of trips, boats, captains, and species of fish available is quite impressive, and there are options that can accommodate almost any budget or interest.

That said, with so many options available, choosing the right charter can be a daunting task, especially for first-timers. To make it a little bit easier, The Island Free Press has compiled a guide to Hatteras and Ocracoke charter fishing.  With answers to frequently asked questions, information on everything from choosing a boat to cleaning your fish, advice on making your trip more enjoyable, and pictures to rouse your inner angler, this guide is designed help get you off the docks and on the water. 
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