July 21, 2011

News & Observer: Sand between the toes and fish on the line

Jul 21, 2011

KURE BEACH -- The grinding whir of a transmission laboring along in low gear sounded in perfect harmony with the ultra-low rumblings of ocean waves rolling up and then back down the tawny sand.

Rick Keenan, the park ranger at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, drove his four-wheel-drive vehicle out of one rutted pathway, crossed a hump of sand, then bottomed out the tires in another of dozens of wheel ruts crisscrossing 100 yards of flatness between the waving sea oats of the dunes and the foam of the surf...

He said he has seen many stuck vehicles, but that if people use common sense, anyone can experience a fantastic surf fishing trip

"Our numbers are up for summer attendance, compared to last year," he said. "Fourth of July weekend was very busy.

"On weekends, we see lots of people who just want to drive on the beach. But, on weekdays almost everyone you see is surf fishing, and it's never very crowded."

Keenan drove along, waving to anglers who tended their surf rods and sunbathers reclining in folding chairs...

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