Outer Banks Articles & Shorts - Albatross Fleet

If you’re like a lot of people – like hundreds of thousands of people – you love the Outer Banks of North Carolina. You might consider us presumptuous drawing this conclusion so quickly, and we would agree with you . . . except for the fact that we’re right. You love the Outer Banks beaches, the Outer Banks water sports, the Outer Banks towns, Outer Banks shops, the Outer Banks events and Outer Banks activities . . . everything about this place (you wouldn’t be on this site if you didn’t). We do too. And, lucky for you, we also love writing about the Outer Banks. Locals and visitors alike value our Outer Banks information.

Our local writers tell you how to negotiate dining out if you have a big crowd. We show you, step by step, how to pick a crab. We’ve written articles highlighting Corolla and the Currituck Outer Banks or about charming Manteo on Roanoke Island or telling you the mysteries of Ocracoke Island. We cover the events happening on the Outer Banks – and, boy, are there a lot of them to cover! Outer Banks activities, everything from water sports to walking tours to lighthouse tours to birdwatching trips, are focal points. Businesses, rituals and legends local to the Outer Banks are detailed in our articles. You’ll find out how that restaurant got its name or the modest beginning of that now-booming business. We give you insider Outer Banks information about staying safe in the ocean, how to navigate those pesky turn lanes, which restaurants to check out for the best Southern cuisine in the area and resorts’ present and future aspirations. Our Outer Banks articles are good reading. You’ll feel like a local with all the knowledge you’re sure to collect! And we’re adding to them all the time. Click on in to learn about the Outer Banks from the locals' side!


Marlin Tales

By Heather Frese
The blue marlin moves gracefully, its body under perfect control, quietly gliding into the baits in no particular hurry. A long, powerful fish with a spiked bill, formidable shoulders and a scythe-like tail, the marlin’s pectoral fins light up in the most astonishing electric blue. In the blink of an eye it breaks the... Read More

Return to the Wild

By Heather Frese
And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we... Read More

A Legacy of Firsts

By Heather Frese
From the first English child born in the colonies to the first powered flight and the first national seashore, the Outer Banks is an area known for its historic beginnings. In 1937, Hatteras Village native Ernal Foster pioneered the industry of sportfishing. Commercial fishing was common on Hatteras in those days, but... Read More

Working on the Water

By Amelia Boldaji
Inside the Albatross Fleet’s dock house there’s a wall filled with old photographs that tell a story about the early days of charter fishing on Hatteras Island. There you can see Captain Ernal Foster, the man who single-handedly started the Outer Banks charter fishing industry in 1937, as he poses with his first giant... Read More

Timeless Adventure-The Albatross Fleet

By Heather Frese
 At length did cross an Albatross, Through the fog it came;As if it had been a Christian soul,We hailed it in God's name. There's no such thing as a typical day of fishing on the Albatross Fleet. Something magical happens when you set foot on one of their round-stern boats on an early Hatteras morning, salty air soft... Read More