Highlight Reels: ‘Get you some!’

Published 6:50 am Thursday, September 19, 2019

The two remaining ocean fishing piers on Hatteras Island each survived Hurricane Dorian and as life slowly returns to normal on these barrier islands, a few folks have found fun fishing.

In Rodanthe, pier owner Terry Plumbee posted messages about it all on their Facebook page.


This happy young man holds what appears to be a small or “short” red drum at Rodanthe Pier. Courtesy photo

”Praying for everyone else on Hatteras Island, Ocracoke and Nags Head,” the post said. “Sad to hear about two of the best wood piers left on the coast in Avalon and Nags Head – prayers to Tim and Andy.”

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In general, however, fishing has been good since Dorian, they added.

“Especially mornings on a falling tide,” Plumbee wrote. “Catching a little of everything – spots, sea mullet, puppy drum, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, bluefish and Spanish mackerel.”

“Come on down and get you some!” he said.

Tuesday morning, retail clerk Leslie Robinson added that a couple of “nice” flounder had been caught and released along with blues, puppy drum and six-foot long blacktip shark (yes, they live here).

“We didn’t have any damage for a change,” she said. “All the tackle shops are good too!”

“Most of the damage was tree branches and roofing, we’re good!” Robinson added.

Down in Avon, they were reporting a wonderful weekend at the pier with drum, pompano, spot and sea mullet along with a few double hook ups, rainbows, a wedding, epic surf, night fishing and good times all around.

“The Avon Pier is the spot to be and we cannot wait to see you all!” they said.

In addition, the staff at the Avon Pier at Koru Village is thrilled to bring back the all-women’s charity fishing tournament “Fish Like A Girl” for its fifth year.


“This empowering fishing tournament on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a part of Koru Village’s “Paint the Village Pink” campaign and Carolina Brewery’s “Drink Sky Pink” campaign.

Last year’s tournament had more than 200 participants and raised thousands of dollars for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, they said.

The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation is an all-volunteer group that provides support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island.

It’s time to make a difference while having fun with your girls – join this campaign if you’re able!




Lee Scarborough shows off a nice big red drum he caught at Avon Pier Saturday evening. As things are slowing getting back to normal, more people are fishing again on Hatteras Island. Courtesy photo

Editor’s Note: We are always looking for great fishing stories, so please send yours with any photos to obxfishnews@gmail.com.



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