Coastal storm halts fishing charter operations

OUTER BANKS, NC — With a powerful coastal storm offshore and the multi-day closure of NC Highway 12, many visitors to the Outer Banks have had to put their plans on hold.

When harsh weather halts travel, it halts operations at local businesses like the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, where fishing charters depend on good weather.

What do you want to know

  • A coastal storm halted all fishing charters in the Outer Banks this week
  • Charters postponed canceled trips until 2023
  • Fishing charters, like Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, depend on good weather

“They are trying to reschedule if time permits. Like this week we couldn’t reschedule last week [for] people because it’s been literally a whole week since they’ve been able to go fishing because of the weather,” said Mckayla Creef, reservations manager for the company.

She said that with around 50 boats in their marina, they schedule over 1,500 fishing charters a year. With the cessation of operations, fishermen lose this activity and tourists are disappointed not to be able to go on the water.

“A couple came in this morning who were literally bored. The weather canceled their fishing trip. People spend a lot of money to come here, so when the weather does that, they don’t understand that’s what it is,” Creef said.

Creef was born and raised in the Outer Banks and says his unpredictability is part of his beauty. She lives near Mann’s Harbor and knows how powerful flooding from coastal storms can be.

“As an owner, I have often been inundated. I had two houses that were flooded and I always choose to rebuild. You know, you keep going,” Creef said.

She says coping with changing conditions is part of the fabric of the islands.

“It’s a legacy, it’s our history, it’s what we’re used to. It’s our people, it’s the small town vibe that we love, you know…it’s what makes it our home,” Creef said.

As the storm weakens throughout the week, workers at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center are confident they will have many trips rescheduled and boats back on the water.

Robert A. Glidden