Certainly the water is what attracted me to the Crystal Coast. There were a lot of other things that were important, but it really was all about the water.
Fishing has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Long afternoons fishing with my childhood friend Mike were part of what made growing up in the fifties and sixties so special.
I have fished all my life, and when I wasn’t fishing, I wished I was fishing. In 2003 I brought my wife to Beaufort, NC for our thirtieth anniversary. The anniversary didn’t have anything to do with fishing, but Beaufort is on North Carolina’s coast, and I fell back in love with saltwater and the coast.
We have lived on the water or close enough to look at water for much of our married lives. As my career at Apple was winding down, we started searching for a place to create some new memories for a life that has been filled with them.
The trip to Beaufort in August 2003 was the unofficial beginning of our search. There is a lot to like about Beaufort, but unfortunately it turned out to be too expensive for us. We didn’t have to go far to find a place on the shores of the White Oak River. We still visit Beaufort on a regular basis.
Carteret County along the shores of the White Oak has turned out to be a very good place to be for a number of reasons. The first of course is the water. We found a new home on a gut of water that leads to the river. It is just a little over 25 feet from my garage to my 20 ft skiff which sits on a lift waiting for the opportunity to fish.
When the weather is nice, going fishing is not a complicated decision. I call one of my fishing buddies, and we can be fishing less than ten minutes after leaving my dock, or we can spend twenty minutes and be fishing in Bogue Inlet.
The second reason is also water. The beaches of Emerald Isle are hard to beat. Whether you search for an isolated stretch of barely above water beach or are content with the beach by Western Regional Access in the middle of town, it is hard to complain about the beaches here on the Crystal Coast.
We can be at a beach in ten minutes by car, or we anchor off one of those more isolated ones in Bogue Inlet in fifteen to twenty minutes. The water is great at any of the local beaches.
It is probably no surprise that the third reason we love it here is that our local waters provide some wonderful seafood.
Of course our area waters also keep us cool in the warm North Carolina spring and warm much of the early fall and winter.
On top of that, our area waters are crystal clear. There is nothing quite so enjoyable as surf fishing while standing ankle deep in slightly cool water.
Here on the Crystal Coast, it is all about the water.