Here we found a huge school of bluefish swimming along the coast Ocracoke Island, just a short drive off the area's main highway, Route 12. A perfect opportunity to save a few $$ and catch our own dinnertime meal.
In need of bait? Usually the shoreline has plenty washed up minnows, so help yourself! Otherwise, metal lures or squid chunks seemed to work just fine for us. At the time of this photo, so many minnows had washed up that it was hard not to walk without squashing some underfoot. We had no trouble collecting a bunch, casting our lines out and immediately hooking them time after time.
As you can see here, big buckets were also required to store our catches. If you plan on doing the same, make sure you bring a similar container/cooler and some ice! Bluefish aren't hard to find around Ocracoke, but if you hit the motherlode like we did, you'll be happy you have plenty of storage space.
Should you reel in a brag-worthy-mega-catch, or just feel like sharing what you caught, snap a picture of you with the fish, and deliver a copy to the local bait and tackle shop, Tradewinds (linked below). They'll host your photo in a slideshow online for many years to come!
Finally, be sure to finish the night with a great fish fry and fire! :)