While many areas consider Labor Day the last gasp for boating, here in Eastern North Carolina, we expect to enjoy summer waters for another two to three months. Summer still has a grip on us and many of us will continue boating all through the winter. I will probably skip kayaking in January and February, but I will in out in our skiff almost every week this coastal winter unless we get iced in for a while.
The waters in our big rivers like the White Oak will take a long time to cool down from their mid-eighty temperatures. Just to make sure the cool waters do not come quickly, we are in the midst of some serious warmth with high temperatures in the mid to upper eighties. There is nothing like going into fall with a blast of summer weather.
It has been so warm that midday boating can actually be almost too hot unless you get out into the ocean. Of course if you love the water, a little heat is not going to slow you down.
Even with the warmth, I have managed to kayak on the river three times this last week of August 2014 and have had our skiff out a couple of times as well. The main difference between our late summer heat and our mid-summer heat is that the fish have started biting in earnest. I have caught three keeper flounders this week, one at 1.5 pounds, one at 1.75 pounds, and another at 2.25 pounds. At a market price of nearly seven dollars a pound, that is over $38 of flounder.
With bright blue skies and warm waters, it is a perfect time to enjoy our beaches. The wet weather that was hanging around in mid-summer seems to have disappeared and there is also some surf fishing action.
This Labor Day weekend does mark the last of the crowds for us. Next week we will likely visit the Emerald Isle Food Lion for the first time in a couple of months. I am already planning a hike over at the Point. My last trip over in mid-August, the Coast Guard Road parking lot that I use had no empty spaces so I had to head up the beach for my hike.
This is one of my favorite times to hike the beach. During the first two weeks of September, the beaches are still vehicle free so I try to make the most of that. There is nothing to match standing in the surf on a warm evening and fishing.
If you have the flexibility to do a fall vacation at the beach, you will not regret coming. It will not be long and we will be having warm days with less humidity and not even the hint of a crowd on the beach or the waters. Even the skies seem to get a deeper shade of blue.
Our most recent Crystal Coast newsletter went out a month ago and can be read at this link, Stunning Weather. Summer Is Here was the previous edition of the newsletter. You can also read what has been happening in the last few months on our Southern Outer Banks site or visit my my homepage for more links. Our next newsletter will be out by September 1.
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