In the world of sportfishing, there are certain classes of fish. At the tippy top of the elite A-list are billfish, those fish that must be reeled in with the pinky of the reeling hand outstretched just so. Billfish are released to fight again, garnering a swell of pride and an immediate need for a mobile status update to Facebook.
On a warm, sunny, calm day, Capt. Mike Taylor navigated his 24-foot bay boat through Bogue Inlet without a hitch until he hit the last set of breakers. As the boat crested the final wave and slammed down into the trough on the ocean side, he changed course eastward.
Atlantic Beach and Morehead City have been favorite fishing destinations for many North Carolina fishermen for many years. Atlantic Beach is the eastern end of Bogue Banks and has an ocean beach, while Morehead City is located across the Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound on the mainland. The bounty of fish caught in the waters here is legendary, and most years something is ready to stretch a curious anglers string all year.
With each twitch of his wrist, Howard Vainright chugged the Bang-O-Lure across the calm surface of the woodland pond in River Park North. The lure dipped just under the surface each time it moved, and it left a series of expanding circles in its path, allowing Vainright to track its progress.