Happenings on the Coast

Check out what’s happening on the coast for clues as to what to expect in each week’s delivery.


  1. Walking Fish Said,

    April 12, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Weather on the coast is – finally – improving. Good sign for the first delivery in Durham this week!

  2. Walking Fish Said,

    April 17, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    The struggle to get fresh fish has been complicated by regulations limiting what offshore bottom fisherman can catch, along the highest fuel prices in years. Vermillion Red Snapper and Grouper are closed until May 1, and the offshore winds have been very strong this winter and early spring. We survived the bad weather this weekend here on the coast, unlike like our neighbors just inland.

  3. Walking Fish Said,

    April 20, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    The water is warming up on the Crystal Coast-the marsh grass is turning green, the fiddler crabs are peeping out of the sand, the osprey have returned and the summer flounder have arrived.

  4. Walking Fish Said,

    May 25, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    Field Trip… Yesterday to my daughter’s suprise, I checked her out of school early for a Father-Daughter outing. Loaded with vats of ice and a few snacks, we hurried to meet the Cedar-Island Ocracoke Ferry. Our mission was to meet the seafood supply for this Thursday’s Walking-Fish delivery. The fishing conditions in Carteret County have not been optimal for the last few days. My daughter didn’t mind being checked out of school early or the ferry ride. What she did mind, was that we spent only ten minutes on the beautiful island. It seemed as though everyone on Ocracoke played a part in our successful trip. The ferry captains, traffic attendant, fishermen, and employees at the fish house helped us exit the ferry, load the spanish mackeral, and get back on the ferry in just ten minutes! Thanks to all who helped! We hope you enjoy your seafood this Memorial Day weekend. We plan on grilling ours and making fish tacos.

  5. Walking Fish Said,

    June 17, 2011 @ 6:18 am

    Happenings on the coast… the hot weather, and lack of rain is making what looks to be a good crop of ” Brown summer” shrimp. The inshore fishing has been limited to a few Hog Fish, J. Mullet and Spot. The Flounder gigging continues to be very productive and Lynn is certainly working hard to catch his share. The offshore fishing has been slow from what I hear. The full moon makes for a lot of tide and the bottom fishing has been effected by fast moving currents, making it difficult to anchor. The Mahi bite has been limited to a very small class of fish which is typical for hot summer weather. Also the offshore fishing has been centered around the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament which is going on this week. (Go to “Big Rock” for info).

  6. admin Said,

    July 14, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    The Dogs days of summer have arrived. Brown summer shrimp are here and are abundant. The fishing has been slow, however. There are Red Drum starting to show up inshore. Along the beaches and inlets Bluefish are feeding. The full moon has made the Flounder gigging slow and combined with hotter water, the fish are staying in the deeper holes waiting for the darker nights to actively feed. Unfortunately Flounder net fishing is set to shut down in all of Core Sound tomorrow, because the turtles are back in huge numbers. This will impact many Down East fisherman and their families who depend on the fishery. For now, they have to wait until the fall when pound net fishing traditionally opens. Last night we had strong thunderstorms, wind and much needed rain. Offshore the bottom fishing has been primarily targeted to Vermillion Snapper and Grouper. It sounds like the offshore conditions have been favorable over the last week, and most bottom boats came in with decent trips.

  7. admin Said,

    August 24, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    Fingers crossed that Hurricane Irene heads out to sea.

  8. admin Said,

    September 28, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    Finally some relief for Carlisle Gilgo of Coastal Seafood has come in the form of red drum and flounder. Hurricane Irene did extensive damage to Coastal Seafood located in Sea Level, NC. The storm surge brought eight feet of water into Carlisle’s fish house, washing over docks and carrying equipment into the marsh. Fishermen Cecil Simmons, Anthony Salter, Ryan Willis, and Danny Davis supplied the red drum from their pound nets and gill nets to Coastal Seafood. This week Walking Fish members will be receiving red drum from Pamlico and Core Sounds as well as beautiful flounder that WF member Lin Chestnut gigged last night in Core Sound. White shrimp (green tails) from South Carolina were provided by Kenny Pittman.

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