July 18, 2012

Video: Waterspout 35 Miles Off the Carolina Beach Coast

When fishing in the East Coast Got-Em-On Classic tournament, one can expect to capture some great video images of prized fish catches. But one doesn't typically expect that they will capture some amazing video of a waterspout churning up the Atlantic waters.

On Saturday, July 14th, 2012, Brian Stancil was fishing with James Harris and Brian Allen approximately 35 miles off the Carolina Beach shoreline.  Shortly after 12 noon, they noticed a storm beginning to build. They watched the storm from a distance as it grew in size and based on their radar, they estimated that it was about four miles wide.  

After about 40 minutes, they decided for their own safety that they better move out of the storm's path.  It was at about that time that the storm produced a funnel cloud.  They watched the water spout for about 10 to 15 minutes before it retreated back into the clouds. 

The video was shot by Brian Stancil while he was aboard the boat, WallHanger, owned by Captain Brian Allen, Raleigh, NC.

Thanks to the boaters for providing us with the information about the day's events and for okaying the use of their info in this blog post.  As for the actual fishing, they didn't catch any kings but they did catch some sharks, amberjacks and one dolphin.

NOTE: On August 18, 2011, a waterspout came ashore in Carolina Beach causing minor damage.  The spout/tornado was widely photographed and videotaped, to see images from that day, go here.
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