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April 2019 Fishing Reports

FRANK & FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 5/4/19

To be early May it felt like a mid June day today with temps reaching the mid 80's! That didn't stop the fishing though! Most of the island is catching Sea Mullet, Blues and Spanish! Make sure you've got your metal ready to sling out there!

Frisco reported a 2lb 13oz Pompano and Hatteras had small Blues most of the day on cut bait!

Rylee (Great Granddaughter to original owner Frank Folb and daughter of Laken Elizabeth Tinsley) caught this beautiful Sea Mullet today and is one proud Fisher Girl! Keep it up Rylee!

And to keep with trend the Catawba County Boys, yet again slayed the Sea Mullet and have enough for an awesome fish fry!

Our very own Heather Patterson James and hubby, Tim James, had a great day of fishing, getting a deck full of Spanish and Blues!

Cobia are definitely here! Ian Folb (Grandson of Frank Folb) and his friend brought in these beauties today caught off of a boat just north of the Rodanthe Pier!

Thanks to everyone for coming in and sharing pics! Open Tomorrow 6am-7pm!


FRANK & FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 5/1/2019

Today is May 1st and do you know what that means? It means we are excited that cobia season is now open. We had a report of one cobia caught from the beach in Buxton today. We are stocked up on Bowed Up, Meat Hog and Spro jigs. We also have Savage and Gulp eels and Gulp grubs in stock.

Today we weighed in an 8 lb 15 oz sheepshead and a 1 lb 15 oz pompano both caught in Avon. We also had reports of blues up and down the beach today.

Fresh mullet arrived tonight. We are now open 6 AM - 7 PM.


FRANK AND FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 4/27/19

What a day! As the 4Plus 4WD Surf Fishing Tournament tournament continues we've had the pleasure to weigh in and measure several fish today including Sea Mullet, Blues and Flounder! Everyone has been so friendly and having a great day! Keep it up!

Rodanthe reports quite the mixed bag of Sea Mullet, Blues, Croaker, Blowtoads, Flounder and Spanish! The Spanish must have heard us talk about them on the radio this morning!

Salvo also reported Spanish, Sea Mullet and Blues. Avon Pier had Grey Trout as well as the Sea Mullet and Blues. Frisco and Hatteras both reporting Sea Mullet, Blues and Small Flounder with the catches slowing down a bit.

Beautiful week ahead of us, come on out!


FRANK AND FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT 4/26 - 4/27/19

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Yesterday was quite a busy day for us, thanks to all of our great friends and new customers, we appreciate your business!

Weather here yesterday threw several surprises at us including strong winds, beautiful skies but also black clouds that brought extremely strong winds and sheets of rain! Luckily that has ended and as the sun comes up it looks to be the beginning of a beautiful day! https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/nc/avon/27915 shows temps in the mid 70's today with diminishing winds throughout the day!

4Plus 4WD Tournament begins today and we wish all the anglers Good Luck and Tight Lines!

300lbs of fresh mullet arrived late last night just in time for today! Come and get it!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

If you or anyone you know lost a bank envelope today with some cash in it, we found one at Frank & Fran's. Please stop by, tells us the bank name and the amount of money in the envelope to claim it.

FRANK & FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 4/25/2019

Check out Steph Sloan with a nice blue fish caught in Buxton today. We also had reports of sea mullet and blues in Avon. We weighed in a 1.75 lb sea mullet brought in by Linda Hart.

Fishing has been great this week! Just in time for the 4Plus tournament this weekend. Welcome 4Plus anglers. We will be open at 6 am and have fresh mullet, shrimp and blood worms as well as frozen bait.

FRANK & FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 4/23/2019

Lordy Lordy looks who’s here! The big Blues and some Big Beautiful Drum! The bite is definitely on! Citation size Bluefish, Sea Mullet and Drum were all caught today along with Blowtoads and Croaker! Shrimp for the Blowtoads, Bloodworms and fresh cut bait have been the baits of choice!

Now’s the time! Get here! Get your Bait! Get out there! And GET YOURS!

Another fresh load of mullet arriving this evening will make us the place to be tomorrow to get your fresh bait!

See you there! 6am - 5pm!




FRANK & FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 4/22/2019

Today we had reports of sea mullet on ramp 38 in Avon and the Avon pier. Sara Smith also shared this picture of a grey trout (weakfish) caught today.

We will be open at 6 am and have fresh bunker.

The weather is going to be beautiful so get out there and enjoy!

FRANK & FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 4/18/2019

We had reports of sea mullet and blowtoads at ramp 38. Big drum last night and this morning at ramp 44. Blowtoads and sea mullet at ramp 55. Congrats to Harris on his first citation drum.

Our spring apparel order is starting to come in. Check out two of our new designs.

We also received a new order of Frogg Togg rain jackets just in time for the rain and wind blowing in the next few days.

We will be open at 6 am and have fresh bunker available.

FRANK & FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - APRIL 17, 2019

Today we had reports of blowtoads, sea mullet and puppy drum in Avon and Buxton. There has also been big drum at the point.

Frankie is pictured here having fun catching some blowtoads. Way to go Frankie!

Heather had a chance to go to Portsmouth Island this week and try out the new Ninja Tackle King James rig. It did a great job catching blues and sea mullet. Stop in and grab one and give it a try.

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FRANK & FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 4/14/19

While the weather was decent 70% of the day we still had strong winds and some rain. Rain at times was quite heavy and chased folks off the beach.

There was still some decent fishing going on as Rodanthe Pier had Blues, Sea Mullet, Blowtoads and one Puppy Drum. Avon beaches had Blowtoads as well as a few Blues. Frisco down to Hatteras reported Sheepshead, Black Drum, Pups and Blowtoads!

Don't forget that the best hook and bait for those Blowtoads are the long shank hooks as the Blowtoads have a beak like mouth and they're less likely to swallow the long shank hooks. Shrimp and FishBites Bloodworms have been the bait of choice!

Wonder what else you might need? Come in and we'll fill you in and get you set up!

12 year old, Daniel Hair, from Lexington, NC caught this beautiful 6lb Black Drum today! His dad also caught a Puppy Drum! Great job guys and thanks for sharing!

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FRANK & FRAN’S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT 4/12/19

Beautiful but windy day today causing conditions to be quite rough. Unfortunately we didn’t hear much going on today other than the natural exfoliations the island provides!

Here’s to hoping for better conditions tomorrow! Don’t forget to come and see Captain Marty Brill tomorrow night at the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club! Potluck Dinner at 6:30! See you there!

Until then here’s a look at Frank & Fran’s through the years!

FRANK & FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 4/8/19

Blowtoads, Sharks, Sea Mullet, Blues, even some Puppy Drum all being caught. Now's the time and its getting ready to blow up, we think! Hopefully the sound will also begin to open up and have some activity!

200lbs of FRESH Beautiful sound-caught Mullet just arrived this morning! Come and get it and get out there!

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THERE'S STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE 2nd ANNUAL KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT!

Only 20 days left for early registration for the 2nd Annual Frank & Fran's Kayak Tournament. Register now to ensure we order a t-shirt in your size!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!  https://form.jotform.com/90136379659166



FRANK & FRAN’S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 4/5/19
Quite cloudy here today, however, the temps remained in the low sixties and the fishing did NOT disappoint! Drum caught in Avon behind the houses, Blowtoads just about everywhere from Salvo south all the way to Hatteras. Also reports of small Flounder behind the motels in Buxton!

No matter what you’re targeting we’ve got you covered with fresh Bunker, Mullet (some beautiful cobbs), bloodworms and shrimp, as well as the frozen assortment!

Check out some of the catches from this morning and yesterday. Thanks for sharing!

Open 6am - 5pm tomorrow!

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FRANK & FRAN’S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 4/4/19
An absolutely beautiful day here on the island! The new merchandise keeps rolling in and so are the Blowtoads! As the water warms up the Blowtoads will slow down, but for now, they’re here! Also reports of a few Sea Mullet and Pups on the South Beaches.

We just received over 200lbs of fresh beautiful sound-caught jumping mullet, fully iced down and ready to go! Come and get it! Open tomorrow 6am-5pm!

Check out some of the new stuff we put out today!

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VIBE KAYAKS
​Do you want to paddle alone sometimes and be able to share the adventure sometimes? Check out the Vibe Yellowfin tandem kayak which can be paddled double or solo. We have this and other great Vibe models in stock at Frank & Fran's.

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BEACH ACCESS RAMP UPDATE>>>DATED APRIL 1
Beach Access Status
Last Update: April 1 at 8:24 AM

Date & time only change when there are status updates to report.
Consider the info below to be current, even if the date listed above is not today's date.

Bodie Island
Ramp 2 (Priority Ramp)
-North: PED Access Only
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide. Two foot sand cliffs present.

Ramp 4 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide. Two foot sand cliffs present.
-South: Open to ORV for 0.2 miles (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Hatteras Island
Ramp 23
-North: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14 (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14 (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 25 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV for 1.74 miles (AO) (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 27 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV or 0.1 miles (AO) (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Pedestrian access only. Open to pedestrians for 1.3 miles (AO)

Ramp 30
-North: Pedestrian access only. Open to pedestrians for 0.65 miles (AO)
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)

Ramp 32
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); Beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Pedestrian access only.

Ramp 34
-North: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14 (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14 (Night Driving Route Open); Beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 38
-North: Seasonal ORV route from open from October 15 to April 14 (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); Open to pedestrians for 2.01 miles (AO).

Ramp 43 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); sand is extra soft, consider airing down more than normal.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); sand is extra soft, consider airing down more than normal.

Ramp 44 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV; Cape Point is open (Night Driving Route Open)
American oystercatcher at Cape Point
American oystercatcher walking the shoreline near Cape Point.

Inside Road
-Open

South Beach Road
-Open

Ramp 48 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-West: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)

Ramp 49 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-West: Open to ORV, including the seasonal ORV route (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 55
-East: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14 (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-West: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Pole Road
-Open


Ocracoke Island
Ramp 59
-North: Pedestrian access only; beach is not accessible at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); high tide to the dunes at the washover area.

Ramp 63
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); high tide to the dunes at the washover area.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable during hours around high tide.

Ramp 67
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable during hours around high tide.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable during hours around high tide.

Ramp 68
-North: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14 (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Pedestrian access only

Ramp 70 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)

Ramp 72 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV; South Point is open (Night Driving Route Open); sand above high tide line full of humps due to wind but still passable.

ORV: Off-Road Vehicle; AO: American Oystercatcher; CW: Colonial Waterbird; PP: Piping Plover; ST: Sea Turtle; WP: Wilson's Plover

Pedestrians have access to all ORV areas, unless otherwise noted


​​​FRANK & FRAN'S HATTERAS ISLAND FISHING REPORT - 4/3/2019
What a difference a day can make. Yesterday we had hurricane force winds, big waves and some minor flooding. Today was a beautiful day.  We had some reports of puppy and black drum in Buxton and Frisco as well as blowtoads in Hatteras.

We have photos of some awesome junior anglers to share. Craig Nichols shared this photo of his son, Landon Craft with a 32" drum. Way to go Landon.

Nick shared a photo of his daughter Ava while caught a black drum on shrimp today. Ava is sporting her Frank & Fran's hat that she won during our weekly kids fishing tournament last year. I hear that her brother's goal is to win this year!

Great job Nick and Craig on getting your kids hooked on fishing!

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