It seems that everyone has the springtime blues here on Ocracoke lately. Lots of rain, wind, and generally predictable early spring weather for the Outer Banks of NC.
We are working hard with annual maintenance items on the Laura Linn getting here all ready to go for the upcoming fishing season. We are excited about several upgrades and additions for this year. One of those new upgrades is in the electronics department. The changes that have come to the marine electronics field in the last 5-10 years are nothing short of incredible. We now have access to sonar that a decade ago only the government had.
With these advances in technology comes new opportunity. One of those is the daytime sword fishery here in NC. While pioneered in the waters off of Florida, daytime sword fishing has become big business throughout the Southern US. It is an incredible experience, dropping a bait to the bottom of the ocean is 1200-2500′ of water in search of a true sea monster (that tastes soooo delicious!). It wasn’t until the last several years that folks started (with the help of the new electronics) to explore this fishery here in NC. What we found was beyond our wildest dreams; LOTS OF BIG BIG BIG FISH! It turns out we have a fishery here in NC that will rival that which has been recognized in Florida as the worlds best.
We dipped our toes in the game last year, and were lucky enough to land the first ever daytime sword out of Ocracoke. We are very much looking forward to putting our new electronics to work searching for these monster swords this season.
If catching a swordfish is on your bucket list, or you think you might want to give this style of fishing a shot, let Captain Rob know.
Now…. Back to the maintenance