Nothing beats an ice-cold beverage while relaxing on the beach. Nothing is worse than reaching for an icy drink and finding your cans swimming. Coolers are essential for family days on the sand. A good modern cooler will keep food and drinks fresh for days. In addition to beverages, fishermen rely coolers to keep bait fresh, and hopefully the catch of the day. Walk onto any beach or pier in North or South Carolina and you’ll see a plethora of cooler models and sizes. Cooler technology has advanced rapidly in modern years. Top-end hard-sided coolers can keep ice frozen for a week. Soft coolers are easier for one person to carry onto a beach, but can still keep food cool for days. Cooler materials and price points vary wildly, so we put together this guide with our recommendations for your coastal vacation.
Captain Rick Caton is an experienced waterman who runs Custom Sound Charters out of Oden’s Dock in Hatteras Village. He offers a variety of trips such as the Waterman and Inlet Adventures.
The Waterman teaches several ways that seafood is harvested. The trip is on the calmer, backwaters of Pamlico, Croatan and Roanoke Sounds. Live like a waterman by pulling in a shrimp net, catching crabs and doing rod and reel fishing for flounder, trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel. This is a great trip for families, and children always are welcome to fish with Captain Rick.
Inlet Adventures includes light tackle wreck fishing for black sea bass and triggerfish. You also can troll for Spanish and king mackerel and bluefish. Try sight casting for cobia and red drum and drift backwaters for flounder, sea mullet, croakers and trout.
Captain Rick offers half- and full-day trips. The kind of species you target depends on the weather and season. Tackle and bait is supplied. You bring food and drinks, sunscreen and wear sensible sport shoes. Call to make a reservation. Oden's dock is open year round.
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