Monday, October 03, 2011


John Crowe, friend and part-time Ocracoke resident, sent me the following photos yesterday. These are just two of the nine Drum he and his wife Joan caught in Ocracoke inlet on Friday. They also caught four on Saturday. All were between 40 & 45 inches. You can see the excitement in their faces. John says "the action was fast and furious. Nine fish in 90 minutes before we ran out of bait."

Of course, all of the fish were released after being caught.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of slavery on Ocracoke. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous7:02 AM

    Amazing! Some good eating, too!

  2. Anonymous7:05 AM

    Oops! I just reread the post....released the Drum...happy Drum, I'm sure!

  3. North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has set a limit of one drum per person per day. Total length must be between 18" & 27".

  4. Anonymous8:05 AM

    Wow, nice job.

  5. Anonymous8:24 AM

    I hope they washed their hands after handling those fish. I'm lost. Do people go fishing for a certain type of fish thus releasing the species they do not desire. I would think owning a boat is expensive as is fuel, therefore going out to fish and not eat what you catch -- the benefit is the thrill of reeling in a catch... I just have thoughts of the Old man and the Sea and the trouble that fellow had reeling in the fish ---and then well, I don't want to spoil the ending for those that have not read a great piece of literature... But in this day and age does modern man have so much free time on their hands that eeking out an existence it not a problem. Yes these folks are having fun and no doubt making valuable contributions to society but what is life all about . I am thankful for what little I have and it is amazing the greatness of the USA gives us the freedom pursue happiness. Actually Thomas Jefferson said we could and should right there in the Declaration of Independence

  6. Anonymous8:55 AM

    I kindly suggest that Anon. 8:24, needs to take a day and go fishing!

  7. Kevin9:01 AM

    Why, that's not just any old fish! The Red Drum is the official salt water fish of NC.

  8. In WV we have catch and release only streams. It is for the fun.

  9. Anonymous8:28 AM

    Whatever-We've been trying to fish off the sound in front of our house and so far caught a pin, crab and almost a seagull. You do need a boat or waders.
    Phillip wanted to thank you for your posts-loved the squirt fish story too and that Hyde won the food bank $. I found it posted somewhere a few days ago and signed it. I so remember "Queen"-what a wierd show-like a contest to see who has the saddest story! Heck-how would you feel if you lost? Hide the knives!

    Thanks also for taking some time to answer our haunting ? at the SI at likely a night off for you at the Mandolin Orange concert. (we were trying not to be too "dingbatty" but likely were). The fan went on again last night in the kitchen but now think we are all just messing with each other. House makes some crazy noises however-as it should with this relentless wind! Will write in the house journal that visitors should attend your "You Ain't heard..or your ghost walks/talks to find all about the SI's hauntings...Thanks again. Will stop by your place this week. SueM./IL