Ask the Observer: What is this strange-looking fish? Shocking answer

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By Peter Vankevich Long-time fishing buddies Ned Bull and Lanier Smith, both of Kernersville, spotted an unusual fish Dec. 9 while fishing south of the airport...

Late fall fishing on Ocracoke

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Text and photos by Connie Leinbach James Joyce of Mount Airy, Surry County,  has been coming to Ocracoke every October for the last 30 years...

October is the month for fishing on Ocracoke

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October is best the month for surf fishing on the island, according to Alan Sutton at Tradewinds Tackle Shop. “Anything you can catch at the...

Ocracoke Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament registration today, kicks off Thursday

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By Peter Vankevich More than 400 anglers from all over the region and beyond are descending on Ocracoke for the 32nd annual Ocracoke Invitational Surf...

Observed on Ocracoke: fishing with Morty Gaskill

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Heading out of Oyster Creek in a 20-foot skiff with commercial fisherman Morty Gaskill, it is a cool November...

From the Archives: Morty Gaskill Ocracoke’s youngest commercial fisherman

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August 2006 “I’m glad he showed up when he did. Morty jumped right in, he knows what he’s doing,” says Tom Payne about Morty Gaskill,...

October fishing: harvesting ocean treasures

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By Megan M. Spencer It’s the time of year anticipated by anglers from all around. Fall fishing in Ocracoke rings in some of the finest fishing...

Endless possibilities for July fishing on Ocracoke

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July 2014  Ken DeBarth Surf fishing on Ocracoke’s beaches in July is about variety. Different baits and techniques can produce a variety of fish species....

Spring fishing: the red drum are hungry

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By  Ken DeBarth As the air and water tem­peratures rise and the days get longer, large red drum begin their annual spring migra­tion. In...

Ocracoke Fishing: October on the Beach

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October 2013 by Ken DeBarth There is an old saying that tells us the best day to go fishing is today. This is especially true...