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FISHING OPPORTUNITIES ON THE OUTER BANKS CONT. FROM PAGE 6

cabins. Most also provide a professional mate to assist with the fishing. They fish for everything including ocean stripers, cobia, mackerel and bluefish. They also fish wrecks and reefs for tilefish, sea bass, grouper and tautog. A half-day trip on these boats averages about $425.00. All-day trips are available for about $800.00

Finally, there are the offshore or gulfstream boats that fish the canyons 30 to 50 miles out. These are large custom-built sportfishing yachts. They have a rich history of record fish and are world class locally built boats. They are available for all-day only fishing trips for groups of one to six persons. The cost averages around $1400 for these sleek and fast fishing machines. They fish for marlin, tuna, wahoo, king mackerel and dolphin (the fish, not the porpoise). They have caught marlin as big as 1142 lbs. and tuna over 800 pounds.

Whichever type of fishing you choose to do, remember to purchase the new saltwater fishing license at any local tackle shop. Most charter boats have blanket licenses that will cover you while onboard. Other costs such as tips and fish cleaning can be expected. All major marinas offer professional booking services and if you don’t have enough people for a full charter, the marinas will arrange a make-up charter for you. A make up charter puts you with other like-minded anglers so that you can charter a boat as a group. Or, you might consider an inshore or offshore headboat.

Even if you didn’t plan to go fishing when you arrived on the Outer Banks, you wouldn’t be the first person to wet a line on a whim. Many who did, like angler Jack Herrington from Pennsylvania, went home with a whale of a tale. He actually caught the world record 1142 lb. blue marlin while fishing on a make-up charter in 1974 with Capt. Harry Baum. Maybe you’ll have a fish story of your own when this vacation ends!

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