Water Sports

Water sports including: boating, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and more.

Cruise the Coast to Celebrate National Estuaries Day

Cruise the Coast to Celebrate National Estuaries Day

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC Sept. 9. 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation is hosting the inaugural “Cruise for the Coast” to celebrate our estuaries and support the federation’s education programs. The three-hour cruise to Masonboro Island will depart from Carolina Beach on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. aboard the 65-foot Winner Cruise Queen.   On the island, participants can walk the beach with federation staff and Richard Cecelski of Carolina Ocean Studies. The return trip will be through Snow’s Cut, just in time for the sunset, and guests can enjoy music, complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages on the upper deck.   National Estuaries Day is an annual celebration that’s been held since 1988 to highlight the importance, beauty and vulnerability […]

Boating and Driving Safety Campaign Underway this Labor Day Weekend

Boating and Driving Safety Campaign Underway this Labor Day Weekend

RALEIGH, NC August 21, 2014 — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, a multi-agency initiative designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure everyone can safely travel on highways and waterways during summer months, continues throughout Labor Day weekend. “There are dangerous consequences when an impaired driver gets behind the wheel of a car or boat,” said Capt. Todd Radabaugh with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Think before you drink. Have a designated driver for the water and the road. Don’t let an arrest or accident spoil your end-of-summer fun.” On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive   The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign concentrates […]

Join Federation Advocate Mike Giles on a Rich Inlet Exploration

Join Federation Advocate Mike Giles on a Rich Inlet Exploration

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 17, 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation along with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours Inc. will sponsor two boat trips with the federation’s Coastal Advocate Mike Giles and Capt. Joe Abbate to explore Rich Inlet and the Lea Island complex of shoals and sandbars north of Figure Eight Island. The first trip is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29 and the other for Friday, Sept. 26. Both four-hour trips start at 8 a.m. The boat trips, part of the federation’s Coastal Adventures series, will explore diverse marine ecosystems, visit important birding areas and see first-hand the unspoiled Hutaff-Lea Island barrier island complex. Lunch will be provided aboard Abbate’s boat, Shamrock. “The trips will give people the chance to […]

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Symposium – September 5 & 6

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Symposium – September 5 & 6

HATTERAS, NC August 15, 2014 – The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is hosting an Underwater Heritage Symposium bringing together state, local and regional professionals in the diving and underwater archaeology fields. The symposium takes place at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras on September 5 & 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The two-day symposium provides the opportunity to connect with leading experts that bring knowledge from the Graveyard of the Atlantic to the surface.   North Carolina Maritime Museum System Director, Joseph K. Schwarzer, opens the symposium that covers a wide variety of topics including near shore and offshore shipwreck diving, laws protecting underwater cultural heritage, technologies for marine science and ocean exploration and recreational […]

Charlotte Girl Reels in State Record Green Sunfish

Charlotte Girl Reels in State Record Green Sunfish

CRESTON, NC August 15, 2014 — It was a team effort that landed 13-year-old Victoria Navaroli a state record fish from a private pond in Creston. In the early morning hours of July 12, the 13-year-old Charlotte girl watched as her big brother Jack baited his hook with ¼ of a nightcrawler and then handed his fishing rod to her. Two casts later, Victoria reeled in the record-breaking green sunfish. The fish weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces and measured 12 inches in length, breaking the previous state record, held since 2008 by Sean Vanderburg, by 1 ounce. While some brothers might not appreciate the irony of handing over a rod and reel to watch a sibling reel in a state […]

Posted in: Charlotte NC, Fishing
Cruising, Clamming and Chowder with the North Carolina Coastal Federation

Cruising, Clamming and Chowder with the North Carolina Coastal Federation

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 11, 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation’s Local Bites: Coastal Culinary Adventures on Saturday, August 23, will include a day of boat cruising, clamming, beach combing and feasting. Attendees will enjoy a boat ride and hear stories about the delightful shorebirds and stunning coastal environment, including information about the federation’s restoration and preservation efforts along the southern N.C. coast. “We look for creative ways to help people experience first-hand the amazing environment that we share in the Cape Fear region,” says Tracy Skrabal, the manager of the federation’s office in Wrightsville Beach. “At the same time, we help them to understand that stewardship of our coast is everyone’s business, and each person can help us to […]

NC Wildlife Commission Proposes No-Wake Zone Changes on Mountain Island Lake

NC Wildlife Commission Proposes No-Wake Zone Changes on Mountain Island Lake

CHARLOTTE, NC August 8, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on Aug. 21 to take comments on adopting into its rules three no-wake zones established by the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission and creating one new no-wake zone on Mountain Island Lake. The hearing, which begins at 3 p.m., will be held at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 3413 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road in Charlotte. The three no-wake zones  established under Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission rules are at Neck Cove, Whispering Cove and Gar Creek. The proposal, if approved, will give Wildlife Resources Commission enforcement officers authority to enforce these no-wake zones. The Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission dissolved on June 30, 2014. […]

Posted in: Boating, Charlotte NC
US Open King Mackerel Tournament October 2nd – 4th, 2014

US Open King Mackerel Tournament October 2nd – 4th, 2014

36th Anniversary U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament October 2nd , 3rd  and 4th  at Southport Marina   SOUTHPORT, NC August 7, 2014 – Thirty-six years ago a group of forty community leaders met and decided that they needed an event to showcase the great fall fishing Southport-Oak Island area has to offer. Those community leaders signing a promissory note at a local financial institution guaranteed the $10,000 first place prize money for the first tournament – thus the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament was born. The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast of the United States attracting 425 boats in 2013. An all CASH GUARANTEED prize structure adds to […]

North Carolina Wildlife License Fee Changes Go into Effect Aug. 1

North Carolina Wildlife License Fee Changes Go into Effect Aug. 1

RALEIGH, NC July 28, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Aug. 1. Changes include: Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a short-term hunting license also will increase from six to 10 days, making it consistent with short-term fishing licenses. Eligibility requirements for senior licenses, which raise the age to 70 for residents who were born after Aug. 1, 1953. The age requirement remains 65 for residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953. Elimination of county licenses, which include Resident County Hunting, Resident County Trapping, and Resident County Inland Fishing. Increased reciprocal license fees for Georgia, […]

UNCW Seahawks Name Jason Memont Swimming & Diving Coach

UNCW Seahawks Name Jason Memont Swimming & Diving Coach

WILMINGTON, NC July 28, 2014 – Jason Memont, who swam collegiately at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and enjoyed successful coaching stints at William & Mary and South Carolina, has been named UNCW’s head swimming and diving coach. Memont, 36, has spent the last seven years with the Gamecocks, assisting Coach McGee Moody with all phases of the successful SEC program in Columbia. He takes over for veteran coach Dave Allen, who retired recently following a 37-year career that produced 16 Colonial Athletic Association championships, including three on the women’s side and an impressive string of 13 consecutive men’s titles spanning back to 2002. “I’d like to thank Jimmy Bass and the UNCW athletic department for this opportunity,” said […]