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Our Own Jerry Garcia…Retires. Ciao Whalebone tackle

In our world he is a rock star.
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There are very few fishermen who have not sat on the porch, chewed the fat by the counter, told a bold face fishing lie as to where they were, what they caught , and how many. Welcome to Whalebone Tackle! I cannot tell you how many times we all talk about retiring. Maybe the clients were tough, the opinions rough, or the day not what we wanted it to be. Darn if he didn’t beat Will and me to retirement!

This is where I rigged up, ordered, had a custom rod made, had my rods repaired, had my reels repaired or thrown across the counter as junk. Take your pick. “Do you need something or do you need to just go???” and since we were all friends, it was the start of a conversation.
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It was an era of cut off shorts, ragged jeans, everyone broke, flannel shirts, and young children in tow.Like many kids, Charles grew up going in and out, having a free pop(because Bill was the best), and telling Billy about the drum that drug him across the bow on his duff because he was so light at the time! We later all morphed into parents, grandparents, owners, workers, and fishermen hailing from many ports. Billy was a constant…A little W.C. Fields and a little Jerry Garcia all rolled into one.

The surf teams that that rolled into town yearly made their stop for mullet there as did the locals. If you needed the jigs, Billy had em’ with the fresh bait to boot. He was on top of the game, the info, the how and where and the scales stood on stand by. If you were some of those teams and couldn’t be here today, know it was standing room only as we put our boots to the ground and showed up in force. Many a beer was raised to cheer on a person who stood as a bit of a driftwood compass in our day to day.
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I wanted my speech to be here as to reach those who could not come but know a good time was had by all! The stories were ongoing as I left. I wanted to thank Billy for the times he put our bill on hold when we didn’t have the money.I wanted to thank him for the times he said “just try this, if it doesn’t work, just bring it back.” When we did, we made sure to do our business there as that is what small businesses try to do for one another.

There is a new owner coming into his spot who is already remodeling. The place will be undergoing a few changes but for now, we “cheers” our very own Jerry Garcia.
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See you nearshore as I know you already got that boat!

Viv & Will
Sinbadsportfishing

Welcome Hatteras Flyway

“That which shall not be named” is in the process of being named! I saw in print that the catwalk on the old bridge may retain Bonner and the new span Basnight but we shall see. In the meantime, residents, on lookers, two wheels, four legs, all showed up for the walk across the new bridge spanning Oregon Inlet. Yep, on the radio it will always be “the bridge” or the “Oregon Inlet Bridge” versus, new inlet, new bridge manns harbor, old manns harbor…you get the picture. It was wind chill in the 30′s, NE 22plus, and we all showed just to see the view you cannot get when you are driving 55mph.
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The birds were below us and I put my ipod on and just cruised.Surprisingly easy considering the conditions. I will point out there was alot of help to make this happen and between Park, management, ems etc-they should also be handed a big atta boy. There was even a shuttle there to cross if that was the only way you could walk one way. Just no motorized vehicles.
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The bridge is set to open up this month and the profiles appeared like a DNA helix; the old and the new side by side.It was hard not to notice that there were plenty of canines in tow. Whether sage,
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or budied up; they kept their humans going!
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I had a chance to see the current from above, the building of shoals, where we push through now, and where we can in the future.
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I must admit, the old span sits in the water like a Barber’s comb dividing the rush of the ocean.I know each corner of the pilings, each cast I made, each piece I drifted as well as the sunrise that shone through those spans in the morning. That will always be the imprint. It is that version that will signify coming home or leaving after 36 years. Old dogs learn new tricks but they also don’t forget!
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The bar is a gauntlet no matter where you viewed it and the marsh showed the hues reminiscent of winter! Summer is never soon enough and these types of days you hope not to see alot of come shorts time. A howl is a howl and we want that left to the wolves!
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When I left, more folks coming in with a spring in their step. The returning vikings were ready to warm up, saddle up, and call it a walk. It says it all lol.
Fishing is around the corner!I will be updating shortly. Thank you to all who follow us and as we see it, we will post it!

Vivian McPherson & Cpt Will
Sinbadsportfishing 252 423 0039 boat cell.
**we are working in two places right now so leave a message if we don’t pick up right away. Thanks for understanding!

Tap…Tap…ok so not SO bad

I will be honest. The last two seasons have been the busiest in the winter we have had in a while. I am no where to be found. Missed card games (believe me I am no danger but fun to watch go down in flames), lunches, and the time my boots get a workout hiking are missing. When my crews board us in the summer and tell me they have zero time and this is their break; I hear you! I am right there with you! Life happens and you better run Forrest!

Boats continue the search on bluefins, shrimpers are still putting some in the freezer (wow, how about it?), and hunters go in and out of the blinds. I would LIKE to complain about the pace but we get to live here. Great restaurants, good seafood (demand local), empty beaches in the winter that lend to a walk with man’s best friend. As much as seasonal businesses are such; we cannot imagine full time somewhere else.

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I am working on some things for you all and as we see changes marina side I will post it here. I have friends who have been on hiatus and we are hoping to see you back on the job shortly-indefinitely. You cannot live around the parks and oceans and not see it. Know that we appreciate everything you do.

BOOKINGS: call us at home as the marina is changing hands and calendars there may not be up to date. I am booking here and holding nothing so you can reach us on cell at 252 423 0039. Leave a message plz as telemarketers have been consistent and we want to talk to everyone!

If you are waiting on the next arctic cold front do NOT blame it on Canada. They did not make it (I have a running joke with some clients as they wanted to know why we always call it that as if it were manufactured there). Cheers and here is to a thaw.

Viv McPherson& Cpt Will McPherson Sinbadsportfishing

Roll on to Roll in

It seems as if I am slower to post here than to click on our other social media. I think it is due to the fact that moments are instant in nature and intricate thoughts are moments strung like Christmas lights.
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The winter season means many things to many people. Celebrations around the world carry beyond the New Year to usher in an artic breath of renewal.
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It doesn’t matter how you celebrate or where you are; a moment of calm is something everyone can use!
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Puppy drum and blow toads continue in the surf. Kings made their run in Hatteras and boats will return to the nets and grounds to grind away the winter here. Three days of pretty then three to four of breezes. Welcome to the Outer Banks! No matter where you are resting, climbing, meandering, or passing the time we wish you the best!
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I will be posting here as we see the changes coming and that keeps you on the same string as us!

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Feliz Natal, Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings
Cheers!

Cpts. Viv & Will McPherson

What’s Old is…New Managers Dockside

We have been on a bit of a hiatus of late from posting which is never ever productive. I wanted to wait until I had some clear information and put it on the deck for our customers to see.

New Management has taken the reigns of the marina currently known as Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. We look forward to working with those coming in and are excited to see what may be down the pike! Fishing is not static in nature and what better way to reflect that then with a swish of this aspect.

My customers know we will continue to execute the level of service we are personally known for as the approaching summer looms. You know us, you know our boat and gear, and we look forward to it! You can still book directly with us for the 2019 season.

As things progress, I will keep you posted but for now let us get ready for the nog, light the candles, and enjoy the weathervane switch. If you are in the snow and not boarding, skiing, or sledding then think of the balmy breezes to come. Remember the boats, take a walk on the sandy side, and let the thoughts warm you up!
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Tight lines ! More to come!
Cpt Viv McPherson
Cpt Will McPherson Sinbadsportfishing cell 252 423 0039

It’s Fishing & Then Some

Of course it is always about the fishing! Even in the Fall it has been!
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This is what we do but know that there is alot here for everyone once you depart the boat. Sunshine is on tap this week until almost next Saturday so this is the slice of heaven with no snow, no ice, no 38F.
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Put your sneakers on, walk the beach on the shell hunt and don’t forget that EVERYONE needs some exercise!
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I love sneaking out early to get a feel for what is moving when everyone else is sipping on coffee & tea. There is a stillness that is put on like a blanket only to be shrugged off as cars begin to move.
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Sometimes you see the norm for nature (is there such a thing? I think not! Look at that Duck in Central Park).
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Other times you can just stop, gawk, enjoy, and drive on. We have nothing open this week and stripers were on tap like last year on the backside. If you had a jig, a lead head you were casting and jigging! Plenty of my neighbors enjoying that these past few weeks.
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So settle back, enjoy the week, cast a line in, pick a shell up, and we will have more post November to discuss!

Thanks to those who kept us untied and rang us up! If you are booking into next year please call our cell at 252 423 0039 Cpt Will McPherson

V McPherson
Sinbadsportfishing

The Man of Steel

I could NOT believe I missed such a kind compliment. Somewhere out there is a person (from Steel Country) who took the time to stop by the dock, speak with Will, and pay me a compliment on some of the eye candy I place here. I remember the steel workers we used to take in the “old days.” Know that I so appreciated what you said. I actually had a class that I was taking ( I know shocker…the old dog so to speak) and my instructor would not have given me a pass had I not sat in the seat.

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Thank you. Truly. I think it is easy for me to sit in my recliner and type away on the random thoughts. People think it must be a chore but it isn’t. For me, folks are sitting at my table across from me. Poor you! Such an ear bender! You should see the book that I have in my head. I need a ghost writer…or a lottery ticket…no wait; a WINNING lottery ticket. ;)
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Winter is still pushing around the edges but temperatures continue to be in that sweet spot leaving us along the beaches on good days for blues etc. Backside saw some trout action earlier but we are not available this weekend so good luck to those coming in! I still guard some memories of a warmer place and a nice view; wonder if my hiking boots can travel this year? Maybe a pack and my GoPro/Cannon..wishing. lol
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Change has turned the weathervane. When the new information is given to us, I will be passing it along so we are all in the same loop. In the meantime if you are here, enjoy the beach, the temps, and the weekend get away!

Thank you to those who have kept us untied

V McPherson
Sinbadsportfishing
Cpt Will McPherson 252 423 0039 cell/boat

One Fish Two Fish

A big Mathew Mcconaughey “alright alright alright.” That is really all one word lol. Stellar conditions these past two days gave way to the perfect Sunny Tuesday with good seas, limits of blues, and some spanish on tap! The Heckert crew have fished us in the past and returned again to put their toes in the sand and the lines in the Atlantic. Fall can be a challenge as you get a bit of time oceanside then have to run the rest of the time backside due to winds.
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They went away with plenty to put in the smoker and on the table. Blues and the last of the spanish continue to migrate and specks are still in the surf (yesterday, reports from Nags Head).One circle after another put the lid open and the fish over the boards.
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My hats off to Cpt Will…oh yeah…I had to laugh as I was obligated somewhere else yesterday (yep life happens and momma needs a new pair of shoes so I am multi-tasking) and he got a brief stint in my shoes. SOMEONE came home ready for Brunswick Stew but very happy our clients roll with it all. Folks want to have a good time, see nature, catch a few, and being able to do that in any capacity is a privilege. I have always told folks that he really doesn’t need me but it was nice to be missed! And yes yes…I know I am your ray of sunshine as I tell you not to backlash the power pro (she said rolling her eyes with humor) but hey, that is how we bond! Thank you Heckerts! So appreciate you always giving us the chance to go!
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That was the window that nature left for us and today puts us right back to North winds moving the flags! If you are here that will put you backside on choppy days and oceanside when it lays down. Surfers are still sneaking out in great water temps for October so enjoy the beach, the eateries, and see you on the flip!

V McPherson
Sinbadsportfishing
Cpt Will 252 423 0039 cell/boat

“Falln”

The shadows grow longer and the breezes become persistent. Gusts turn the Gale flags and winter begins to push a bit here and there.
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Slick calm seas and some macks have given way to this weekend’s blow. Clear water with speckle trout bites in Kitty Hawk stopped temporarily as the ocean turned to chocolate milk. Definitely Fall!
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A skiff here and there, bridge fishermen all in a row of late. We will be dodging oceanside when the opportunity presents and no doubt backside to the sound many will be looking for the next trout, Hatteras Drum on the shoals, or striped bass before the masses descend during the holiday season.
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The conditions need to be decent there as well. If you are here enjoy the terrific temps and sunshine. We have more gusts on the way it seems. No excuse no to have the sand in your toes, a rod in the surf, or a kite in the air!
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As we see it we will post it! Thank you for those blown out and the thought! Heads up!

V McPherson
Sinbadsportfishing.
Cpt Will 252 423 0039 cell/boat

Open the Window for 2 Days

We came off Michael with just a few ruffled feathers so we are grateful!
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We have had some good catches and fish to clean prior to that. If they are on the carpet they are on my board! Seas never completely left us until post storm so it kept us shoalside on the roll.
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Macks and blues hit the deck and kept the rods bending. My anglers came to enjoy the sunshine and the beach and whether they were with us or toes in sand, it was truly vacay.
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That is the beauty of Fall. No lines, no crowds, no rush. Fish migrate down, fronts blow through, and we creep closer to December.We have about two days until the next chill down so take advantage if that is your wish!
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We have Mon-Tues availability beyond that we close availability for a few days as you can see. Thank you to those who called, switched it up prior to Michael and got on board! I know it can be a hurry up but with what went on; whew what a hustle!
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You can book directly with us and if there is a species you are interested in , bets to call prior to booking at all to make sure it is around! When it blows fish still continue migrating so there you go!

V McPherson
Cpt Will McPherson Sinbadsportfishing 252 423 0039 cell/boat