For years, a fish at the bottom of the food chain was king in Carteret County. The menhaden industry is gone now, but the songs of the fishermen endure.
“A big neighborhood” is what Carl Goerch called this state, and in this neighborhood, these mountains, Sandhills, and beaches, he found himself. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the magazine he founded, we used his writings as a guide and explored North Carolina by plane and car, pen and camera. We understand why he fell in love.
Capt. Ernie Foster is likely the last captain in the original family of sport fishing — his father started the first charter boat in North Carolina in 1937. Now this Hatteras captain works to keep the family fleet that fishes for fun in harmony with neighbors who fish for profit.