Currituck County is effectively comprised of more water than land, thanks to the 30-mile long Currituck Sound.

This expansive body of water separates the mainland from the barrier island beaches, offers some of the best fishing opportunities in Eastern NC, and serves as the home for countless permanent and migrating wildlife.

Currituck Sound

Significance to the area

When the Currituck Sound was first formed centuries ago, it was bordered by the original Currituck Inlet, which fed the sound with saltwater and contributed to its enormous size.

The inlet was gradually filled in as new inlets - specifically Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet - were formed further south, and in the ensuing centuries, the water of the Currituck Sound changed.

With just rain water feeding the sound for the past 200 years or so, the water quality has become nearly freshwater, which makes it the most unique sound along the Outer Banks. (Neighboring sounds of comparable size, like the Pamlico Sound and the Albemarle Sound, are still fed by saltwater from their respective adjacent inlets.)

Because of this freshwater quality, coupled with its massive size, the Currituck Sound is distinctive, and is significant to the Currituck County region for a number of reasons:

  • The Currituck Sound ecosystem and freshwater qualities can accommodate both freshwater and saltwater species, making the region a goldmine for fishermen and biologists alike.
  • Historically, the Currituck Sound has been the biggest attraction for Currituck County. Hunters and anglers from all across the country began visiting the area as early as the late 1800s.
  • The three refuges or preserves that border the Currituck Sound - the Currituck Banks Reserve, the Currituck Wildlife Refuge, and the Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge - offer hundreds of miles of refuge for local wildlife
  • The Currituck Sound serves as a temporary home for thousands of migrating waterfowl, including Canadian geese, ducks, herons, egrets and ibises.
  • Knotts Island, located in the heart of the sound, is served by one of the state of North Carolina's seven ferry routes, namely the Knotts Island - Currituck Ferry.
  • Talks have been in the works for several years to build the "mid-Currituck bridge," which would be built across the sound, and would connect the Currituck mainland with the barrier island beaches. If a bridge is built, it will become one of the most traveled bridges in the state of NC.
  • The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) cuts through a section of the Currituck Sound in the heart of Currituck County, and is used by thousands of mariners every year. Travelers along US Highway 158 will cross over the ICW in Coinjock on Stringer Bridge.
  • The Currituck Sound is responsible for thousands of visitors to the region every year, thanks to its exceptional kayaking, bird watching, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, and boating.

Currituck Sound

Fishing

Fishing is one of the most popular activities in the Currituck Sound, thanks to the abundance of terrain to explore and wide range of fresh and saltwater species that call the sound waters home.

Anglers who want to check out these largely uninhabited and fruitful waters will want to keep the following considerations in mind.

  • A freshwater or saltwater fishing permit may be required, depending on where in the Currituck Sound an angler is fishing.
  • Local tackle shops can help newcomers determine what type of permit is required, and anglers can purchase the license on-site as well. Area tackle shops include TW's Bait & Tackle inCorolla, Currituck Sports in Barco, East Coast Home & Garden in Moyock, Midway Marina & Motel in Coinjock and Stewart's Hunting Lodge in Currituck
  • Fishing licenses can also be purchased online before arrival via the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) website at http://www.ncwildlife.org/
  • The best months for fishing in the Currituck Sound region are April, May, September and October
  • A number of saltwater and freshwater species can be caught in the sound, including flounder, trout, sun fish, catfish and crabs.
  • The most prized and sought-after fish in the Currituck Sound is the largemouth bass, which is making a gradual comeback to the region after decades of over-fishing.
  • Anglers can enjoy a wealth of different fishing from a boat, kayak, or via a public fishing deck or boardwalk.
  • Fishing platforms, decks or general venues for anglers without a boat can be found at Veterans' Memorial Park in Coinjock, Poyner's Road Park in Moyock, and Maple Park in Maple.
  • Several charter companies also offer inshore trips for Currituck Sound anglers, including East Carolina Charters, Albemarle Fishing Charters, the Carolina Sunrise, Island Girl Charters and Outer Banks Charter Fishing Adventures.
  • There are regulations for the minimum length and bag count which are monitored by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Complete guidelines by species can be found online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-fishing-size-and-bag-limits.

 

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Brew Thru

No trip to the Outer Banks is complete without cruising through Brew Thru, the Outer Banks’ original drive thru convenience store. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing cold beverage of Coke, Pepsi and other soft drinks on the go, stocking up your cooler with refreshments to enjoy at the beach or piling up on beer and wine for a party, Brew Thru is a fun and unique experience all vacationers need to see for themselves.

Drive-Through Beer & Gear

Brew Thru is Your One-Stop Shop at the Beach

The year was 1977, and Dana and Becky Lawrentz were chatting with friends over brews in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. They got to talking about a gas station convenience store in the area that had built a makeshift drive-through. Everyone agreed it would be pretty great if you could actually drive through a convenience store and pick up everything you needed without getting out of the car. But what would you call a place like that?

Well, you’d call it a Brew Thru.

It was an idea they couldn’t shake, so the Lawrentzes moved to the Outer Banks and built the first Brew Thru with the help of a partner. The idea was that people could come buy everything they would need for their trip to the beach—beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, ice—without getting out of the car. That same year, a t-shirt salesman visiting the store and talked them into adding t-shirts to their product line—and 44 years later there are now more than five million Brew Thru t-shirts out in the wild.

The Lawrentzes’ daughter Brandy and her husband Philip Foreman purchased the business from them in 2002, and they now operate five locations across the Outer Banks.“We love being the one-stop shop for folks on the way to their beach house,” Foreman says. “Our car tenders are the friendliest people at the beach. We’re here to greet you, get you everything you need for your trip, load it up in the trunk for you, and have you leaving with a smile on your face.”

The store is quite expansive, featuring more than 100 brands of beer, dozens of wines and even a vast selection of cigars—not to mention all the snacks, t-shirts and other gear. To make ordering a little easier, customers in line get a menu—fondly known as the Summer-y—that outlines everything available at the store. These Summer-ies are also available in many of the beach rentals, which allows vacationers to decide what they want before driving through.

For customers who would like to get out and stretch their legs, there’s the Brew Thru Shop in Kill Devil Hills, where you can find their world famous t-shirts and other gifts. New t-shirt designs are created each year, making a yearly Brew Thru t-shirt a favorite of locals and annual visitors to the Outer Banks.

The Foremans both grew up in the Outer Banks, and they love that Brandy’s parents’ vision for a friendly and convenient place for people to grab their brews and other beach stay essentials is continuing to flourish.

“Our family has been welcoming people to the Outer Banks since 1977,” Foreman says. “We love this beautiful place, and we want everybody to get to enjoy it.”

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Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

Serving our customers on the Outer Banks since 1994, Big Buck's ice Cream is dedicated serving you “The Best.” We offer a full line of super-premium ice cream products, smoothies, chocolates, and custom-made ice cream cakes! 2 locations are open all year: Duck  and Manteo, at The Waterfront Shops.

 

We offer a full line of Espresso Drinks from Hot Vanilla Cappuccinos and Hot Chocolate to Iced Caramel Lattes & Frozen Mochas, all made to order. Big Buck’s fresh fruit smoothies are lactose-free and made to order. Also offering lactose-free sorbets made from the best fruits available. Old time favorites are sure to please! Choose from a delicious collection of milkshakes, sundaes and banana splits.

 

Savor the moment with our Homemade Chocolate! Chocolates are made daily in each location. We offer a large selection from Dark to Milk to White. Milk Chocolate Oreos & Almond Toffee, Dark Chocolate Berries and Cherries Clusters & Hand-dipped Peppermint Patties with a Drizzle of White Chocolate, Extra-Dark Sea Salt Caramels & our famous homemade caramel chocolate pretzels oh & don’t forget the ever-popular caramel pecan turtle, just to name a few treats!

 

Belinda Pleva grew up serving ice cream out of her parent’s shop. She loved being part of what she calls “a happy business.” “I love it when people come into the shop and you hand them something, and it makes them smile,” Pleva says. “That moment when you hand an ice cream cone over to a little kid and their eyes just light up. That’s what I love about the ice cream business.”

 

In 1994, Pleva opened up her own ice cream and chocolate shop, Big Buck’s Ice Cream, in the brand-new Timbuk II Shopping Center in Corolla. Business was good, but something was missing.

 

“I was never satisfied with the ingredients in the ice creams and chocolates you could purchase back then. I wanted to serve my customers delicious flavors with ingredients they could actually pronounce,” Pleva says.

 

Pleva took a trip to Italy to study the gelaterias. She fell in love with the incredible flavors, and when she returned home to the Outer Banks, she began working tirelessly to perfect the flavors in her own ice cream.

 

Big Buck’s homemade ice cream combined the flavors of the Italian gelaterias and the richness of American ice cream. It quickly became a tourist favorite. After having the same unsatisfactory experience with the readymade chocolates she was selling, she also took a trip to Brussels to learn more about making handmade chocolates. Pleva brought the chocolate-making experience right back with her, and the result was the finest quality of chocolates on the Outer Banks.

 

After her huge success in the Corolla shop, Pleva was able to open up three more shops—one in Kitty Hawk, one in Manteo and one in Duck.

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