Tuesday, December 10, 2013
MANTEO, N.C.--Twenty years ago, it seemed as if half of Central Virginia loaded up their Jeeps and trucks and headed to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. With surf rods stacked in front of the grill, anglers ventured south in order to do battle with one of the most vicious fish that swims – chopper bluefish. When the big blues blitzed the shoreline, they chased schools of trout and other helpless fish up on the beaches. The 20-pound predators would eat anything in front of them and anglers hooked up with every cast. Lines were tangled, scads of bluefish were hauled on the beaches and excitement filled the salty air. But the bluefish attacks are no more. The blues that come from the north seem to stay far offshore, but another great game fish has taken up the slack — red drum. And this has been one of the best years for catching drum in recent memory. They are biting in the surf, in the sounds and in the tidal creeks and backwaters. They are powerful fish, they are delicious to eat and there are plenty of them this year. Capt. Reese Stecher of Beach Bum Fishing said there has been a load of drum in the surf and all around Oregon Inlet. “And it’s a really good class of fish, 25 inches and better,” he said. Big drum (over 27 inches) must be released, but one “puppy drum” ranging from 18-27 inches may be creeled per day. >> Read More
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 3:39 AM
MANTEO, N.C.--Meandering along the narrow streets of downtown Manteo recently, The Boss and I stumbled into a life-changing treasure on the Outer Banks. It wasn't so much the old clothes, ties and pieces of fabric that have been refashioned into place mats, handbags and other items. Nor was it the vibrant, psychedelic colors that arrested the eyes: purples and yellows, blues and reds, pinks and maroons. No, what attracted me was the story behind the store called Endless Possibilities. The narrative isn't new. But it's worth retelling for folks in Hampton Roads unaware of the origins. The store supports the Outer Banks Hotline Inc., which runs a domestic violence shelter, 24-hour phone crisis line, sexual assault response program and other services. The organization began in 1980, and the shelter opened in 1986. Endless Possibilities opened around the turn of this century, and it now operates in a building on Budleigh Street. The store has 17 looms that volunteers use to remake old clothing into something new. >> Read More
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 3:35 AM
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 3:32 AM
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 3:53 AM
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 3:43 AM
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 3:41 AM
Monday, November 25, 2013
www.montiegear.com/blackfriday. Designed to kick-off the Christmas shopping season in style, Montie Gear’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale runs from November 29th through December 2nd. “We want to say thank you to our valued customers who’ve helped make 2013 such a huge year for Montie Gear,” Montie Roland, company president said. According to Roland, some of this year’s most popular items have been slingshots and accessories like holsters, iron and fiber-optic sites, and whisker biscuit arrow rest, as slingshot fans look to enhance their equipment.
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 4:16 AM
www.obxoutfitters.com for just $10 each. A great gift for female beach goers of all ages, Beach Bunny features a whimsical, colorful design by local Outer Banks artist E.M. Corsa on an ultra-soft, 100% organic cotton shirt in a distinctly women’s cut. Bluegrass At the Beach features a design by Raleigh artist Josh Davis, who marked the mix of music and ocean breezes with his “Bluegrass At the Beach” in addition to his “Find Your Happy Place ORV” design celebrating the favorite pastime of driving an off-road vehicle on the beaches of the Outer Banks.
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 4:14 AM
Thursday, November 21, 2013
OCRACOKE, N.C.--It’s a preservation victory when heritage and water quality both stand to benefit from a real estate deal. Last week, the nonprofit Ocracoke Foundation closed on the half-acre Ocracoke Community Square and its docks, shops and views of postcard-pretty Silver Lake harbor. The acquisition is a vital step toward protection of the vibrant heart of the village. But the $4.4 million Community Square Revitalization Project, funded by The Conservation Fund’s Land Conservation Loan Program and foundation partners, goes far beyond saving historic buildings and the traditional centerpiece of the old fishing village. It also includes the purchase of property that will allow construction of public bathrooms and desperately-needed wastewater and stormwater treatment, resulting in improved water quality in Silver Lake. “If you’re looking to be sustainable, this is a great model project,” said Robin Payne, the foundation’s executive director. “This isn’t just a quick flash project that will be over in five years. It’s something that can be depended on.” Payne said that community input will be sought in planning the future of the square, a frequent gathering spot for artisans, musicians and craftspeople during island events like the recent Pirates Jamboree. She added that the foundation’s goal is to restore the buildings and to maintain the historic Community Store as a market. >> Read More
Posted by OBX Outfitters at 8:26 AM