FDS: September 2003 Archives

September 30, 2003

Shock Leader Knot

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September 29, 2003

Ferry Reservations

Cedar Island still not taking reservations as of morning 9/29. I guess they are waiting on official word that OI is opening on a specific date before they start booking again. I was told to call back end of week and maybe things will have changed. If anyone else still needs reservation and is able to get one, please post your success!! Thanks!

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September 27, 2003

New Satellite Photos

Chris Brown led me to these via Debra. Thanks, you two. I owe ya'll a beer at Howard's if we ever get onto the island.

A directory containing all the photos taken can be seen here. Here's a map of the area each one shows.

The same information for Hatteras is here. The top three links are maps. The bottom link contains the pictures. The new inlet photo is here.

The House

Click on pic for source photo (Caution: Source Photo is frigging huge.)

Damned if I can figure out how to get there, or how many cars we can park there. Best I can tell the road is either to the left, under the trees, or to the right, and flooded.

But once we get there, it looks as if the channel is reachable from all of the end and the entire right side of the pier. The big hole Mason noticed off the point is still there as well, say a couple of house lengths off the point.

And we're isolated as hell, so Clifffffffff's snoring won't keep the neighbors awake.

The South Point

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Last year to reach the part of the point we fished from we had to wait for the tide to go out. It would appear that Isabel has re-arranged the point so that the low spot that held us up has disappeared. Or perhaps the point is all low spot now, though the visible tide line leads me to think that this is not so.

If you look at the source photo, there's an area of dark sand just to the north of the inlet--the very tip end of it appears in the picture above. Just below it is where the inlet channel comes in closest to the shore. We should be able to use the darkened sand as a landmark to get to it, assuming we get there early enough in the day to claim the spot.

As far as the rest of the beach, there are a couple of spots near the airport road that look good as well. I think once we're on the beach those holes and others like them will be more obvious than they have been in a long time. Take a look at the other photos of the beach north of the point and see if you notice anything.

To my eye, almost without fail, wherever there is an obvious overwash of sand into the vegetation, there is a corresponding break in the outer sandbar opposite. My theory is that when the storm surge came ashore it would have been more powerful in places where there was a break in the bar, so it would hit the beach with more force, carrying sand further inland.

Now, not only are those breaks made more obvious by the large fingers of sand washed inland, but the force of Isabel should also have deepened and widened them, and there's been no weather since to erode sand back into the gaps, though the normal action of the tides may have reduced them somewhat.

If we want to fish the beach, we just need to drive along the edge of the vegetation until we see a big ass overwash, then turn to the sea.

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September 25, 2003

Cutting it close

According to a post from Nancy at Tradewinds on her site, there was a civic & business meeting held last night with all the emergency officials. The best case scenario has visitors back on the island starting October 9th.

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Bait plan

Unless we end up south of OI/OBX, we don't know for sure that fresh shrimp will be readily available. Smart plan might be for everyone to go ahead and get 1 pound of shrimp before you leave town. Freeze it overnight, wrap it up in newspaper and ice it down for the ride. (Right next to the cold beers!) Once on OI/OBX, we can store in the freezer and thaw and use as needed. This will at least guarantee fresh shrimp supply for bottom rigging and then we can get the cut bait from our bottom rig fishing. I'll also be taking a cast net. If we get local shrimp at beach, we can always fryor broil up our supply and eat w/all the fish we catch. It actually might be cheaper here than on the beach. This would give us 10+ pounds of good fresh frozen shrimp to start the week and eliminate the need to hunt it down after arrival. Be prepared....

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Another Ocracoke story, with a nice pic of ongoing work on NC 12

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Aerial Isabel Photos

I've gotten permission from the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Duke to post some of the aerial pictures they took of the coast on Sunday. The entire list of pictures can be seen here. Nag's Head Pictures are at the top. Cape Lookout pictures are at the bottom. Pictures of Ocracoke are the series running from 2236 through 2253. If you want permission to use them yourself, you must ask first.

North Point

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The north point, with Hatteras in the background. You can see a better photo of the point and inlet here. The big dunes between the road and the ocean are gone, though there does appear to be a good bit of beach left between the road and the water. I think most of the thin lines of sand are from overwash. Hearteningly, DOT dozers were already at work clearing the road on Sunday. They appear in several photos, but the best shot of them is here.

Ocracoke Airport

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Shot of the airstrip and access road, with the town in the background. Note that the big dune we had to drive over just past the airport last year is gone. Looks like most of it washed off to the left or straight down the road until it crossed NC 12. Looks like a dozer and a dump truck are working there, too.

A photo of the village as a whole can be found here. Our house is just across the channel from the patch of woods on the lower right, kind of off by itself.

So we know it made it through with a roof, at least.

South Road

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End of the south road on the way to the southern point and Ocracoke inlet. Evidence of numerous overwashes, some of which made it all the way across what we all know is a very wide part of the island. The last turn of the road to the left as it curved towards the beach has been completely erased. Still, it didn't stop that guy on the far left from getting out on the beach. Another view of the south road, with part of it underwater, can be seen here. You suppose that puddle's big enough to swallow a Jeep?

South Point

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There's not a real good view of the south point; this is the best I could find. It shows our friend on the beach again. I wish it showed the point, but that may not matter. Take a look at how what looks to be the high tide line curves towards the water. I want to fish there. (Unless that dark bit is part of the plane rather than water, in which case all bets are off.)

If that is water, then there's a channel right next to shore, and it appears most accessible just across from the last bits of dark brown vegetation. All we have to do to get there is drive until the last dune ends, then hang a sharp left.

Alger Willis One

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I thought ya'll might like seeing how Alger Willis fared. The cabins we stayed (just down from the cars, and on the extreme right) in are still there, but some of the others are definitely missing. The ones that did survive we all on stilts, I think, and they all appear to be level with the ground now. All the dunes are gone, so I guess under the houses is where the sand that was in them went.

Alger Willis Two

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The rest of the fish camp, and a better shot of the vehicle lot. Most of that area was once green, but all the grass has either been washed away or covered up. There's no sign of the road south to the Cape. Pictures of the Portsmouth fish camp can be seen here. It looks much the same.

And finally, Drum Inlet, where Isabel came ashore. It looks.....pretty good. The points on either side seem nice and high, and the channel looks like it's been deepened. Wouldn't mind throwing a line there, not that anyone will get a chance to before March.

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September 24, 2003

Another One Bites the Dust

Sid - I regret to inform you that I will not be able to make it down at all. God damit (one of the harder decisions I have had to make). We have recently become very short staffed here at the office. It couldn't have happened at a worse time since this is the close of our fiscal year. I am swamped now and will be through the 3rd week of October. Not a break in sight.

Sorry if I let you guys down. Let me know how I can make it up to you.


John Wnek


That leaves us with 12 people planning to come for the first half of the week, 11 of whom have paid, and 11 people for the second half of the week, 10 of whom have paid.

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A really, really long Isabel slideshow.

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Ocracoke pics

Mostly road work, here.

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Good Omen.

According to this story, about a mile of NC-12 pavement on Ocracoke has been destroyed, which is far less than I had feared.

Ocracoke -- The road was washed out in three places, totaling about one mile of destroyed pavement. Dunes were flattened and dispersed along about 6 miles of highway just south of the ferry docks on the north end of the island.

One mile of pavement could probably be relaid in a day.

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September 23, 2003

Stay On Target

DOT working on north road. Pictures here.

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Cape Lookout

Alger Willis Fish Camp is probably closed for the season. The announcement at some pics are here.

Some others here.

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Eyewitness Account of Ocracoke

Personal information has been removed by request.

"I talked with #### this evening and he told me they are "fine with no problems". There is a large generator on the Island which they are running from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM and #### told me the generator would power the entire Island - but not with all the properties rented, at least not for a long period of time.

Today he drove the beach to the North end and told me that from the Pony Pen North the road, beach, power lines and everything else was destroyed. All of the power poles are gone and he told me the North end was completely flat.

His view is that the road from the Pony Pen to the North end will be a sand road for some time. The first bridge coming out of Ocracoke survived but the road was washed out for about 30 feet on each side of the bridge, but that has already been filled in. The Village itself is fine.

One of the issues which I had not thought about was that there is no way to get trash off the Island. The Hyde County land fill is flooded and not available. ####'s count was 48 power poles that were down or broken off and must be reset - all at the North end of the Island. He told me bread and milk arrived by ferry today and some of the stores were open. He was careful not to guess whether we would get to come on our vacation - my guess is 60 / 40 that we shall get to go.

### said where the airport access was located you look our from the road and everything is flat and you look from the road right at the ocean. The south end is completely flat with no contour whatsoever. All of the vegetation which was on the south end was destroyed and is in a line back from the surf. They have no TV or newspapers (which sounded somewhat nice) and are living somewhat the was Ocracoke was long years ago. I am optimistic that we shall get to go - perhaps as the first tourists to visit the Island.

#### said what all of the posts are saying, that the change is remarkable and not easily described - you must see it. Particularly on the North end - there are no dunes and the Island is flat from surf to sound - Our Island may be permanently changed."

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Power Update

I've talked to the Public Relations director at Tideland EMC again. Here's the deal at present.

Tideland EMC, even though it is the direct power supplier for mainland Hyde county, gets power for Ocracoke proper from the Hatteras Electrical Membership Cooperative, whom they share a substation with at Hatteras Village. Power travels from there to Ocracoke via an armored underwater power cable which costs $20 a foot and has to be laid by a specialized outfit out of Toms River, NJ. It was laid in 1999. The previous cable now functions as a backup.

According to what the PR director was told yesterday by an engineer from the Hatteras Electrical Membership Cooperative, that company plans to have power restored to that shared substation by October 6th.

So it would appear that whether the new Hatteras inlet has been refilled or not does not matter as far as the power supply is concerned, since the earliest prediction for that event is early November. I'll try to get in touch with the HEMC to confirm all of the above.

Tideland does not expect the storm to have affected the ability of the underwater cable to deliver power to the north end of Ocracoke, though it may have shifted the cable from its original line. It may have been moved, but it ain't broke. This concerns Tideland to a degree, in that the sand to fill in the new Hatteras inlet is going to come from the old Hatteras inlet, and if the dredge hits the cable there will be hell to pay. As long as the dredge stays well away from the original GPS positions of the cable everything should be alright, but right now Tideland does not know if or how much the cable was shifted out of position by Isabel.

So far, so good. But here's where the problems begin. Tideland was apparently not expecting the power to be restored to the south end of Hatteras as soon as the 6th, and is now trying to gather enough resources to deal with what has become for them an accelerated schedule.

Right now there are a couple of constraints the PR director talked about during our conversation.

The first is power crews. Tideland only has three linemen on Ocracoke at present. The rest are still engaged in restoring power to homes on the mainland of Hyde county, of which there are about 500, each of which must be inspected before power can be restored to it. The state has sent Tideland 12 extra inspectors to aid in this process, but Tideland does not have a timetable as to when they'll be done. Even if power is restored to those homes within in the next day or two, all of the Tideland crews have been working non-stop since Thursday. Tideland needs fresh crews to do what needs to be done on Ocracoke, and they don't yet have them.

Second is materials and machinery. Replacement power poles are a ferry ride away from Ocracoke, but there is no way to get them to the north end of the Island. Bucket trucks need a road. The poles can be moved via helicopter, but Tideland doesn't have one. They'd like to get one from the state, but their efforts in that direction have so far been fruitless. Tideland also needs a forklift, for what I don't know. Perhaps to unload poles and transformers?

The impression I got is that Tideland can do whatever needs to be done if they can get the extra resources to do it, resources that need to come from the state. The restoration of grid power on Ocracoke is seemingly going to be dependent on what they get and when.

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If OI is out then...

Cape Point @ Buxton, NC. If we can't go to OI, then this might be the best option. Based on what I have read, roads & power should be back up and running at least to Isabel Inlet by the time we are going down on 10/11. Frisco/HI was hammered pretty good but areas north should be opened back up. As Sid had mentioned earlier, Avon/Buxton area would be a great place to try things. Cape Point, considered the "holy grail" for surf fishing is just S of the CH lighthouse. Accessable by 4x4 so we can do our usual thing. A call ahead or email to the tackle shop(s) could put to rest questions about bait & supplies post Isabel. There is a huge jetty at the CH lighthouse that have consistantly been productive for surf fishing. Still praying for OI but Avon/Buxton area and fishing at Cape Point might be the back up plan. No late night places to eat/drink after 10. We found that out this summer on a cobia fishing adventure.

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Morning News

Ocracoke Intact, Isolated After Isabel

Don't close new Hatteras Island inlet

I agree. Keeping the new inlet open is bad for business, but good for fishing.

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Ocracoke Power

If Ocracoke power depends on filling in the new inlets, we're screwed.

For centuries, North Carolina's barrier islands have been carved and reshaped by the fury of wind and surf. Hurricane Isabel's mark is a ten-foot-deep inlet bisecting Hatteras Island's southern end.

State transportation officials hope to fill the sandy scar and replace the road that ran across it by late October. Engineers and others familiar with similar projects say the timetable is optimistic.

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Ocracoke makes the Washington Post

Isolation makes Ocracoke irresistibly inconvenient. The eccentrics and the party boys and the black sheep of uptight families get lost here on purpose. They shack up in little cottages down the street from sturdy fishermen and a few landed gentry, who trace their lineage here almost back to the time of the pirate Blackbeard and have family cemeteries in their front yards to prove it.

As much as they treasure this remote, far-off existence, the 700 or so Ocracokers, as they call themselves, always could take the ferry north, to the more populated islands of the Outer Banks, to pick up supplies, catch a movie or eat fast food. But their 30-minute northern escape route is cut off now, a casualty of Hurricane Isabel, and this island is feeling more remote than it has in decades.

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September 22, 2003

Update

Talked to the Realty. The lady I spoke with didn't know of any damage to the house, but she couldn't rule it out either. I got the impression that the realty knows which houses are on the significant and obvious damage list, and our is not. They are still conducting surveys.

As to getting on the Island. Non-residents will not be allowed on until Ocracoke has been re-connected to the power grid. I'll talk to Tideland again and see if they have an updated estimate for the island. Rumor has it that a dredge is heading for the new Hatteras Inlet right now; going to Ocracoke will probably hinge on how successful the attempt to fill in the new inlet is.

I'll wait until the 6th, or until I'm told "forget about coming" before I cash in the insurance and try booking another house.

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EI Fishing Report

Emerald Isle 9/5-9/14. Blues were running the entire week. First "mullet blow" of the year. Caught finger mullet in the surf w/cast net and then used this as cut bait for the blues. Caught at least 100 plus for the week. We had 2 that topped 4 pounds. Many 3 pounders. Majority were the usual 1 to 2 pound range. Small pompano on shrimp and a few spots and croakers. Name of the game was blues. Light tackle and old fashioned bottom rigs did the trick!!

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September 21, 2003

Message from the Tideland EMC Public Relations Director

Ocracoke will run indefinately on the emergency generator.

Since Hatteras Island was completely severed, we will not get normal transmission power for a VERY, VERY long time. Plus, we had about 50 of our own poles on the north end of the island that were swept out to sea.

The bridge at the Ocracoke pony pen was washed out and roads are impassable on what is left of the north end of the island. Black hawk helicopters are taking some emergency personnel over there at 6:30 and 7:30 this morning.

It looks like we will only be running the generator 12 hours a day starting today or Monday. We have not determined what 12 hour period we will run each day yet. We're considering 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you need more info call me.

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September 20, 2003

Reasons To Think The Island Might Open Back Up Soon

From the Orlando Sentinel.

In Hatteras Village, entire motels were picked up off their foundations and tossed like cigarette butts. Just to the south, at one end of Ocracoke Island, hundreds of yards of beach and highway were washed out; at the other end, home to most of its residents and businesses, it seemed as if Isabel had blinked on its way by.

Also, NBC 17 is reporting that residents are being allowed back on the island tomorrow. If there's not a lot of damage, then three weeks might be enought time to get everything back up and running. I think the electricity is going to be the deciding factor. How quickly can they put up 68 new poles, especially if the northern road is out?

I've emailed the press secretary at Tideland EMC to see if there's an estimate on when Ock will be re-connected to the grid. I'll let ya'll know whatever she tells me.

From the Chicago Tribune.

At Howard's Pub on Ocracoke Island, a stretch of land that sits 25 miles out and is accessible only by ferry, people had ridden out Isabel bellied up to the bar, eating crab legs and drinking beer. When the island was spared from major damage, they decided to name a drink after the merciful storm - the Dizzy Izzy. By late Friday, pub patrons - plenty dizzy themselves - were still fine-tuning the drink. So far it included margarita mix, orange juice and a shot of Sprite.

From Kansas.com

The village of Ocracoke, whose European roots date to the 1600s and whose lore includes the death of pirate Blackbeard in 1718, was largely spared by the storm. About 300 people out of the year-round population of 800 rode out the hurricane there.The island's wild ponies -- believed to be descended from stock that swam ashore when a Spanish Galleon sank -- were freed again by Isabel.

Their pens, erected in 1960 after they were branded nuisances to traffic, came undone in the storm. The ponies were seen grazing nearby Friday and all but one was accounted for.

Also safe was Ocracoke's 1823 lighthouse, one of the oldest on the East Coast, but an aerial survey revealed Friday that the island's shape had been altered by the hurricane.

Finally, the total outage numbers Down East as of about midnight, Saturday. 30,166. The quicker that goes down, the better off we, and by extension every one else, are.

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Back up! Back up! Back up!

Hell of a Nag's Head hurricane video, here. Sound kicks in about halfway through.

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Inlet

If you had planned on driving through Hatteras, either coming or going, I'd suggest getting Swanquarter or Cedar Island ferry reservations as soon as you can. I suspect the new Hatteras Inlet won't be repaired by the time we are due to go.

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September 18, 2003

Ocracoke Survived

The eye came in over Drum Inlet. According to the Tradewinds Messages board and various news stories, there's a few shingles off, some trees down, and flooding, but that's it. Howard's stayed open the entire time. There's more over at Hraka.

See you in 23 days.

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My Special Prayer

Dear Lord,

Please take care of Ocracoke. Without it our fishing week will be ruined.........and a lot of beer will be wasted. Just give us one patch of beach where we can park our car and wet our hooks (and tastebuds). I'm ready to fish and get hammered, and that is all in your hands.

Amen

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September 16, 2003

Isabel is Weakening

It's declined to a Category 2 status as of the 11am update.

A NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft reported that the central pressure continues to slowly rise and the eye has become poorly defined on a radar image transmitted from the aircraft. Peak flight-level winds were 105 kt in the northwest quadrant from 7000 ft...which would support surface winds of about 90 kt. This makes isabel a category two hurricane on the saffir-simpson scale. Water vapor imagery continues to show dry air in the western part of the circulation...and the convection has weakened markedly over past few hours. Recent images...however...show an improvement in the outflow Pattern northwest of the center.

The initial motion is 330/7. There has been no significant change to the track forecast. Isabel is on the west side of a deep-layer Ridge extending from the canadian maritimes south- southeastward to east of the hurricane. A broad area of westerly flow is over the central and eastern united states...with a shortwave trough lifting northeastward through the great lakes. Large-scale models indicate that the ridge should build westward as the shortwave lifts out... Which should cause isabel to move in a general north- northwesterly direction through 72 hr.

With the deterioration of the central core...additional weakening seems likely over the next 24 hours. Most of the model guidance continues to show increasing anticyclonic outflow over isabel as a result of a digging and negatively-tilted upper-level trough that should interact with the hurricane in the 24 hours prior to landfall. For this season...the official forecast allows for some restrengthening. It is possible...however...that the circulation could become so disrupted over the next day or so that isabel would be unable to respond to the more favorable upper-level forcing.

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September 15, 2003

Comparisons

The last time Ocracoke was hit with a Cat 3 hurricane was when the eye of Gloria passed over Hatteras in 1985, and I suspect most of what is there now was there then. If the eye jogs just a bit more to the east as it nears the Outer Banks it will be almost an exact duplicate of Gloria.

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Bug out in Progress

Mandatory evacuation in Ocracoke as of 12:30 today.

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Go to Snell

How to snell a hook illustration.

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How to find the Secret Spots on Ocracoke

Here, though that's assuming the island is still there, and that the holes have not been totally re-arranged by the hurricane by the time we get there.

More info on that post can be found here.

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Isabel

3 day forecast has it coming in right over the southern inlet. There's a good chance that, even if it does hit Ocracoke head on, it won't be a Category 4 storm by then. The prediction right now is for it to be a Cat 3 by Thursday.

In any case, the trip is insured, so even if Ocracoke is leveled, we should be able to just go somewhere else.

Of course, I have no idea where that would be right now.

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September 12, 2003

A Little Song

You're so vain
You probably think this link is about you
You're so vain
I'll bet you think this link is about you
Don't you? Don't you?

Well, they aren't. Neither is this one.

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September 11, 2003

Beer Festival

Right now I've got me, Charlie, Colin, and Kevin going. Anyone else?

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Wish List

Now, in case anyone hasn't bought all their beer yet and are looking for suggestions, this is the stuff I want to bring but have yet to get. I can't possibly get it all, but if someone else buys one it at least narrows the list.

If anyone does buy one of the below, let me know, and I'll add it to the list above.

Old Speckled Hen - Cliff's favorite from last year
Tetley's English Ale
Any Spaten
Weihenstephaner Kristall
Old Peculier
Anything from Abita
Anything from the Weeping Radish
Antything from Flying Dog Ales.
Anthing from the Mash House.
Woodpecker Cider
Anything from Unibroue
Oranjeboom
Anytyhing from Dixie
Any Oktoberfest
Hoegaarden
Sam Adams White Ale
Harp

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September 09, 2003

Equipment

Got some stuff from Digital Dagger so Kevin and company will have something to tie to and with the day of the beer festival.

Spool of Ande monofilament - 40 pound test. For making shock leader. I don't expect to be hooking anything that can produce over 40 pounds of pull.

Spool of Trilene Big Game Supreme monofilament - 17 pound test. For the Penn 109 reel and 7 foot Sanhu casting rod I got over ebay.

Purty red Gamakatsu Octopus circle hooks - 5/0, 6/0, 7/0, 8/0, 9/0 and 10/0, 6 each.

Just in case you wanted to know.

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T-shirt update!!

Okay - Drinkers and Stinkers,

This is what I have in terms of T-shirt orders. Please add and amend any mistakes. I will get the shirts going tomorrow.

Greg K - 1 XL White
Clif - 1 Gray XXL
Sid - 1 XXL White, 1 XL White - paid
Charlie - 1 L Gray - paid
Kevin Mangum - 1 XL Gray
Mason - 1 XL White
Colin - 1 XL Gray - paid
John Turner - 1 XL Gray paid
Travis - 1 XL White paid
Scott - 1 XL White paid
Curt - 1 XXL Gray
John Gray - 1 XL Gray
Adam S - 1 XXL White
Dallas - 1 XL White
James - 1 XL White
Andy - 1 XL Gray
Andy's Dad - 1 XL White

OKAY!! Got everyone?!!
Last call for T-shirts..........

I will post the cool fishing shirt options later this week.....

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September 05, 2003

World Beer Festival

Saturday October 4th, at the DAP in Durham.

Who else can go?

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September 04, 2003

web site

found a pretty detailed site. www.ncwaterman.com you may have already been there, but it looks pretty good.

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Liquid Solutions

I've placed the order witrh Liquid Solutions. To save money, I didn't order any of the Stone Imperial Stout, Bigfoot Barleywine, or MacTarnahan's Gran Luxe Tripel.

Here's what I did get

Macbeth's Three Witches Cider
Romulan Ale
Avery The Reverend
Moose Drool Brown Ale
Duchesse de Bourgogne
Avery Salvation
Avery Hog Heaven

Aside from the Duchess, Romulan and Moose Drool, all are bigger beers, which are cheaper to ship. The MacBeth's was the most expensive, but they were 90% of the reason I was ordering anyway.

I've also ordered Strongbow Cider and Colin's SpringBank Scotch from Internet Wines.

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N&O Fishing Report

Charters out of Oregon Inlet are catching good tuna and dolphin and sporadic white and blue marlin.

Open boats are catching blues, Spanish and a few cobias 1-5 miles off the beach, and stripers, flounder and blues in the sound.
Farther south, Bluefish are blitzing in the inlet in the evenings. Tons of Spanish in the sound, as well as gray trout on jigs. A few cobia and big rays are still around.

Surfers are catching pompano and flounder. Offshore, it's a mixed bag of dolphin, wahoo and scattered tuna and billfish. Ocracoke has nice pompano, flounder and blues in the surf; the same plus drum in the sound, and mostly bailer dolphins offshore.

The central coast has great Spanish fishing (many more than 4 pounds), and big redfish on nearshore rocks and in the Haystacks. Flounder are moving up creeks and rivers; Queens Creek and the White Oak River are good bets. Offshore, dolphin are around the Christmas Rock and the D Buoy. Kings are good from AR 330 to East Rock.

The southern coast has some pompano in the surf between Carolina and Kure beaches, and some flounder in the back waters. Off-shore boats have dolphin and kings in 80-plus feet of water.

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Drum in the Sound

The big drum are in the Pamlico now. They should be starting to leave when we're on the island.

Found it interesting that they were using menhaden as bait. Also, we may have started our night fishing too late in the past to have any chance.

"I like to be set up, with baits in the water, by 6 o'clock. Lots of nights, the best bite is from then until it's pitch dark," he said. "We'll fish the deep water, about 16 feet, for a while, and near dark we'll ease into some shallower water, closer to the shoal."

A slick was soon found, and the anchor dropped.

Within minutes, DeHart and McCauley baited large circle hooks with pieces of fresh menhaden and mullet. Small chunks of bait were tossed behind the boat to chum the fish in. Five rods bristled from the stern.

They used sliding sinker, "fish-finder" rigs that allowed the drum to pick up the bait and move off without feeling the drag of the sinker.


Also, I sent the realty the rest of their money today, so the trip is officially on.

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September 03, 2003

Looking Into Renting One Of These

Nothing like being able to just drive the car over to Portsmouth.

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T-SHIRT TIME!!!!

Okay - t-shirt time. You guys have seen the design. We are going to be able to do White and Gray T-shirts, long-sleeve Beefy T's. The price is $15.00 per shirt.

You can paypal me the money at clif@brandfuel.com

Respond in the comment section as to what color and size that you will need, and how many. I know last year Sid was giving these out to any middle aged woman who would approach the house....so do as you see fit.

I will post again for the fishing shirts.....

The T-shirt order will go in next week - lets say, next weds the 10th. So you have until then to order.....

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September 01, 2003

Driving arrangements

Apologies to Clif. I know you're going to be disappointed, but I did not purchase a 4x4 today. I bought a pre-owned 2003 Honda Accord LX instead. I figure I need 4x4 once a year. Fuel economy I need every day.

On the other hand, it's a pretty sweet vehicle. Black with Tan leather interior. I will certainly be willing to take it to Ocracoke in place of the Clif Mobile.

The Green Bean is dead. Long live the Green Bean.

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interesting catch

just got back from little river and had to pass this along. i decided to go surf fishing saturday evening for a few hours. only caught one fish...a four foot juvenile hammerhead shark! talk about a pull! he picked up my bait about 70 yards out and ran about 70 more off! he walked me up and down the beach four times before he tired to where i could get him in the wash. needless to say, the evening swimmers left the water, fast. he really nicked my leader line good, so i had to cut off and re-tie, but it was well-worth the time. that was the best pull i have had all summer, aside from the rays caught at buxton and rodanthe. i am so pumped now, i figure i will just take the next two months off, go to ocracoke, camp and wait for you guys to arrive. see ya there!

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