“It’s not fish ye’re buyin, it’s men’s lives.” — SIR WALTER SCOTT

“Commercial fishing built the courthouses and the businesses of these communities; it’s built the schools and churches, our homes and provided for us for generations. Fishing dollars have built our communities,” said a community leader at the annual Blessing of the Fleet several years back. And what he said then is still true.

The communities of the Outer Banks Byway were all founded on fishing; first for subsistence, then for a vibrant commercial market for shrimp, clams, crabs, oysters and fish of all kinds. Incomes, determined by weather, the ebbs and flows of migrating fish, and market changes, sustained the economic base of Hatteras Island, Ocracoke and Down East villages for generations. Fishing did, in fact, build these communities and continues to sustain them.

The men and women who work the water continue to define the character of the people — independent and self-reliant. Today, fishing — in all its manifestations — commercial, charter and recreational — is still the anchor for our communities. Once you have tasted North Carolina’s local seafood, whether from a retailer, restaurant or self-caught, you will be hooked!
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    Ketch 55 Seafood Grill

    Chef Seth Foutz comes to Ketch 55 Seafood Grill via a long line of family cooks, a love of the water and an education at a renowned culinary school in Ireland. His philosophy is that a plate of food, whether simple or fancy, should be inventive and use the fresh bounty from the sea and […]

    40396 Hwy 12, Avon, NC
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    Avon Pier - With Audio

    Avon Fishing Pier opened its doors in 1962 and was the final pier to be built on Hatteras Island. Like most piers on the Outer Banks, it usually opens the week before Easter and remains open until the weekend after Thanksgiving. Listen to Mark Jordana talk about his father buying the pier in 1970 in […]

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    Rodanthe Pier

    Fishermen can expect to reel in bluefish, puppy drum, croaker, spot, mullet, mackerels, and even cobia, depending on the season. The pier was the location for several scenes in the movie “Nights in Rodanthe,” based on the book by Nicholas Sparks and starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane. In the movie, the pier house was […]

    24251 Atlantic Drive, Rodanthe, NC
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    Hatteras Jack Tackle Shop

    Hatteras Jack has been a family run business for three generations.  Our custom designed fishing rods are crafted to accommodate each customer’s needs.  We carry bait and tackle, and offer reel repair and cleaning and guide services.

    23902 Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC