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If your looking to read about something a little closer to home, I would suggest ‘Mullet Roar’, the book by long time Oregon Inlet charterboat captain William K. ‘Billy’ Brown. This is a homespun account of life growing up on the Outer Banks and is full of short stories about hunting and fishing and growing up in the early days of the Oregon Inlet Fleet. In addition to his adventures from the inland woods to the offshore waters, Capt. Billy illustrates the book with prints of his original paintings. For more information on this book go to http://mulletroar.com. And if you want to meet Billy just go down to the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center some morning and ask for him. He is almost always there!

Finally, one of the newest and best books about the history of the famous sportfishing fleets of the Outer Banks is a coffee table book by Neal, John and Jim Conoley called ‘Carolina Flare’. This book is full of photography and text that document the evolution of the custom boat building business here along the coast. From the days of the backyard boat builder to today’s mega-yacht sportfishing machines, every step of their history is chronicled. The legendary boats and their skippers are all here with pictures and stories of monster fish and good old Outer Banks ingenuity and craftsmanship. This book is also an outstanding gift selection for anyone who loves or participates in the offshore fleet. You can find out more about this book at www.carolinaflare.com.

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