There’s so much to do on the Outer Banks in August it was hard to pick just three fun things. The weather is usually cooler than July and the ocean is almost always warmer. Towards the end of the summer, the crowds begin to thin out as the beach begins the transition to the fall season. Sea Oats are at their full length and bear their fruit. Here are three fun things that should be on your Outer Banks Bucketlist for August.
Take an Offshore Fishing Trip
August is a great month for an offshore fishing trip. There’s a reason why many of the marinas have their annual billfish tournaments this month. That’s because this is a great time of year to catch a marlin. Marlin fishing heats up this month as those fish begin their migration south. This is also a great time of year to catch mahi mahi. Those great tasting fish congregate by just about any flotsam and jetsam found in the Gulf Stream.
For most of the month the weather will also be in your favor with warm days and light winds. The Outer Banks has some of the best offshore fishing captains in the world. One reason why they are so good is that they share information and work together to help their customers catch fish. Chances of a safe and successful trip are about as good as they get with a boat from our Oregon Inlet fleet.
Catch a Blue Crab
The sounds of the Outer Banks are full of tasty blue crabs. Behind Bodie Island Lighthouse and at the western terminus of the bridge from the beach to Roanoke Island are popular places to crab. However, just about anywhere in the Roanoke, Albemarle or Pamlico Sounds near a channel should be a good spot to crab.
The most common, least expensive and probably the most fun way to catch blue crabs is to tie a weight and a chicken neck to a string and throw it in the water. Local tackle shops have the crab rigs and nets for sale. No license is needed for this type of crabbing.
Keeper crabs are at least five inches from point to point across their carapace. August is a good time to crab because the crabs have had a chance to fill in their new shells. There’s nothing like a crab feast on the Outer Banks. Go crabbing this time of year and enjoy this fresh delicacy. For more information and to search for regulation changes go to the NC State Marine Fisheries Web site here.
Play an OBX Golf Course
There are four different 18 hole golf courses on the Outer Banks. Each one is unique and fun to play. Nags Head Links was created to emulate a Scottish Links Course. The Seascape Golf Course has some holes with great elevation and ocean views and others in Kitty Hawk’s maritime forest. A few holes have both. The Currituck Club is the newest of the three and the only one located in Corolla.
It has numerous holes on the Currituck Sound. Duck Woods is a country club that often allows some private play. There’s water hazards on almost every hole of this course. Unlike many inland courses, it may be easier toget a tee time on the weekend in the summer at one of these courses in the summer. That’s because most visitors don’t play the day they arrive at the beach.
August is a great time to be on the Outer Banks. Choosing just three bucketlist items is not easy! Hopefully you’ll get a chance to get here and enjoy your own Outer Banks Bucketlist for August items. For more things to do on the Outer Banks, check out the OBX Living tab on our website.