The weather appears to be settling out some after the hurricane and we are finally moving into a fall weather pattern. We have made it into October and the days of northeast winds are helping push some bait out the inlets. Some stronger northeast winds are forecast for the middle of this week, but should be subsiding by the weekend.
We had fairly nice weather this past weekend, but there were some showers and the northeast wind made things a little bumpy offshore. The good thing is that there were some hungry fish spread around to keep folks smiling.
As I said last week, my thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered incredible losses and are trying to put things back together. I have heard from old friends and even a few new ones in the affected areas. They are coping as best they can, but there are definitely some needs that we can assist. The following list of agencies and organizations that are coordinating and assisting with the relief efforts is probably not complete, but it is what I have assembled at this time. Your contributions are very welcome and will be given to the folks that need them. If anyone has any addition to this list, please forward it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will find a place to list it.
Carteret Community Foundation: CCF Down East Relief Fund, P.O. Box 3454, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.
Salvation Army: 1-800-SAL-ARMY, www.salvationarmysouth.org; P.O. Box 241808, Charlotte, N.C., 28224-1808, Morehead City Salvation Army Office, 726-7147. Volunteers call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
American Red Cross: Volunteer or supplies, down east fire stations, including Davis, Stacy, Cedar Island, South River-Merrimon. Those needing assistance can call 1-800-GETINFO. The Carteret Community Foundation, Fishers of Men Inc. and the Nonprofit Corps are working with the American Red Cross.
N.C Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores;
Boys & Girls Club, 601 Mulberry St., Beaufort;
Boys and Girls Club Administrative Office, 105 N. 10th St., Morehead City;
Glad Tidings Church, 726-1060;
Carteret County School, Superintendent's Office, 728-4583;
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, 801 Arendell St., Morehead City; Carteret County Administrative Offices, 107 Safrit Drive, Beaufort;
N.C. Baptist Men's Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 1107, Cary, N.C., 27512-1107;
Second Blessings Thrift Store, Morehead City;
Carteret County Speedway, Peletier;
Hope Mission Soup Kitchen; for more information, call (252) 726-7921;
Hatteras United Methodist Church, PO Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943
Make checks payable to: Hurricane Relief Fund;
Onslow Bay Saltwater Fishing Club, PO Box 1978, Swansboro, N.C. 28584 Make checks payable to: OBSFC-HIRF;
The excellent weekend weather allowed many folks to head out fishing. There was a good yellowfin and wahoo bite at the Big Rock. A few dolphin and kings were mixed in also.
King mackerel bit pretty well this weekend. The king bite was best from just off the beaches out to roughly 70 feet. This fishing is improving after Hurricane Isabel's passing. Off Topsail and Southport were the best bites.
The ocean piers had another good weekend. Spanish mackerel and bluefish were caught almost everywhere. Several piers had good flounder catches and there were large spots and sea mullet too. Several piers reported catching kings, with Ocean Crest Pier, Oak Island, leading the way with 13.
Congratulations to the Mirage II for winning the Onslow Bay KMT and the Tricky Ricky for winning the HOOK (Helping Out Our Kids) KMT this past weekend..
This weekend the US Open King Mackerel Tournament (800-457-6964 or www.usopenkmt.com) will be held in Southport and the Seagull Bait & Tackle Fall Surf Tournament (910-458-7135) will be held in Carolina Beach.
Capt. Jerry Dilsaver