Ready to fish in any weather on an Outer Banks Beach
The Outer Banks weather is kind of iffy this week. Not anything like they’re experiencing in the Northeast with ice, snow and freezing temperatures–but it’s definitely December, the wind tends to blow from the northeast and it’s time to break the jackets out.
The good news is the fishing hasn’t been too bad. Well, it was terrible over the weekend with a 20-30 mph wind and falling temperatures, but things are moderating a bit now. There are some scattered reports of puppy drum and speckled trout being caught in the surf and from the piers, which seems to be a continuation of last week when all reports pointed to a lot of good sized fish being landed.
To get to that favorite spot, some folks walk out on the beach and a lot of others drive. For the fisherman who is driving on the beach, it’s a good idea to know the rules.
The most restrictive regulations are Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Duck. Southern Shores and Kitty Hawk do not allow beach driving. Duck allows beach driving between October 1 and April 30, but access is restricted to private ramps. Use of the ramps is by a permit that is only issued to residents, their guests and renters.
Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head allow beach driving between October 1 and April 30. It’s free in KDH; Nags Head charges a $25 permit fee.
The least restrictive rules are probably Corolla. North of the paved section of NC12, driving on the beach is permitted at any time. Along the paved section of the road, driving is prohibited during the summer but is allowed from October 1 and April 30.
The National Park Service issues one week permits ($50) and annual permits ($120). An NPS pass will be needed to drive out to the Oregon Inlet Point. There are other areas of Cape Hatteras National Seashore that are open to 4WD vehicles at this point in time, but they’re all south of Oregon Inlet and very difficult to get to because the Bonner Bridge is closed.