Albemarle Striped Bass
by Capt. Gary Dubiel

The Albemarle-Roanoke estuarine stripers live in a vast area of water during the course of the year. Their wintering grounds are directly to the west of the Northern Outer Banks of North Carolina. Such famous beach towns as Nags Head and Kitty Hawk are a stones through away from outstanding fishing. Although boat anglers have an advantage over wade fisherman, shore anglers do stand a reasonable chance to get into fine striper fishing.

The Outer Banks has the entire infrastructure necessary to make for a fine fishing trip. Plenty of motel and cottage rentals, excellent restaurants and a number of tackle shops and professional guides can be found here. To shorten your search, try these web sites and numbers.

Visitorís information can be found at:
http://www.outerbanks.org

Tackle shops and fishing information:
TWís Bait and Tackle, Kitty Hawk 252-261-7848 and Nags Head 252-441-4807
NC Department of Marine Fisheries; http://www.ncfisheries.net

Guides:
Captain Bryan DeHart 252-473-1575
Captain Gary Dubiel 252-249-1520
Captain Rick Caton 252-473-1209
Captain Brian Horsley 252-449-0562

Boating Access:
Dare County-Outer Banks:
NCWRC ramps at Kitty Hawk Bay (Avalon Beach), Roanoke Sound (Washington Baum), Croatan Sound (Bowerston Road) and East Lake (Mashes) with a private ramp at Mannís Harbor.

The Roanoke River meanders 137 miles from Weldon to the Sound and there are a number of towns along the route for anglers to stay. The majority of available guided trips will take place at Weldon. This area will have the most striped bass for the longest period. Although occasionally crowded, the fishing will remain quite remarkable. The scenery is wonderful, with eagles, turkey, deer, osprey and muskrat roaming the lush shorelines of the river. It is here as well that the life cycle of the striped bass begins.

Fertilized eggs from the Weldon are will float down River and hatch near Hamilton. The young striper larva will continue to mature until it reaches Plymouth as a juvenile and then spend the next year of his life growing in the Albemarle.

Visitorís information can be found at:

Lower River:
Washington County Chamber of Commerce 252-793-5823
Martin County Chamber Of Commerce 252-792-4131

Upper River:
www.visithalifax.com
Halifax County Tourism Development Authority 1-800-522-4282

Fishing information and licenses:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission: http://www.ncwildlife.org

Guides:
Captain Gary Dubiel 252-249-1520
Captain Jack Eudy 252-537-1386
Captain Bryan DeHart 252-473-1575
Captain George Beckwith 252-249-3101

Boating Access:
NCWRC ramps at Plymouth (3), Bertie County on the Cashie River, Williamston, Hamilton, Scotland Neck, Weldon and Gaston with addition private ramps near Jamesville(2).
Capt. Gary Dubiel runs the SpecFever Guide service out of Oriental, NC. http://www.specfever.com