KHK Holiday Weekend: Hangin’ with Santa, Kites with Lights, Black Friday Savings and More!

Come spread the holiday cheer with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Jockey’s Ridge Crossing crew. Free visit and pictures with Santa, cocoa and cookies, and a light show with kites on Jockey’s Ridge are just a few of the fun and festive things going on… not to mention all the amazing holiday sales!

Share all your Christmas wishes and get your picture taken with Santa at Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head on Friday, November 25 from 10am – 2pm and Saturday, November 26 from 1pm – 4pm. Have some fun with Santa’s elves and try out classic toys straight from the workshop! On Saturday, we’ll also have a bake sale with plenty of holiday treats to enjoy, with the proceeds benefitting Beach Food Pantry.

Be sure to make it out on Saturday, November 26 from 4pm – 6pm for a light display like none other. Kites with Lights, at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, will feature large 19-to-30 foot kites decked out in the spirit of the holiday season! At 5pm, enjoy the lighting of the Jockey’s Ridge State Park Solar Christmas tree out on the dunes directly across from Jockey’s Ridge Crossing.

Plus, we encourage you to make a donation to Toys for Tots at our Nags Head and Hatteraslocations to help support local children in need this holiday season!


– FRIDAY 11/25 –
Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, Nags Head
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Photos with Santa – FREE! … Bring your own camera and smile with jolly old St. Nick!

SATURDAY 11/26 –

Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, Nags Head
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Photos with Santa
– FREE! … bring your own camera and smile with jolly old St. Nick!
Bake Sale Benefitting Beach Food Pantry

Jockey’s Ridge State Park
4:00 PM – DARK
Kites with Lights
– FREE! … bring flashlights, glow sticks, and other light-up toys and join the fun on the dunes!

For more information on Hangin’ with Santa or Kites with Lights, please contact Janet Chesson, Asst. Marketing Director and Events Coordinator, at [email protected]

Recreational cobia regulations go into effect Monday 23 May 2016

Recreational cobia regulations go into effect Monday 23 May 2016

Release: Immediate

Contact: Patricia Smith

Date: May 20, 2016

Phone: 252-726-7021 or 252-342-0642

Recreational cobia regulations go into effect Monday

MOREHEAD CITY –The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has issued a proclamation consistent with the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission’s decision to impose restrictions on the recreational cobia fishery. On Thursday the commission voted to impose the following restrictions on recreational cobia: 

  • A 37-inch fork length (measured from the tip of the snout to the fork in the tail) minimum size limit for all recreational fisheries.
  • Anglers fishing from private boats may only fish on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays under daily possession limit of two fish per vessel or one fish per person if only one person is on board.
  • Those fishing from the shore or shore-based structures (pier or surf) may fish seven days a week with a daily possession limit of one fish per person.
  • Those fishing on a for-hire boat (charter or guide) may fish seven days a week with a daily possession limit of four fish per vessel or one fish per person if fewer than four people are on board.
  • Those practicing catch-and-release may fish seven days a week.

The commission’s decision was in response to a federal announcement that, because the annual catch limit was exceeded last year, it intends to close the recreational cobia season in federal waters north of the Georgia-Florida border on June 20. In order to remain consistent with the federal fishery management plan, the federal government encouraged states close state waters for recreational cobia season on June 20. The commission did not approve the division’s recommendation to either close state waters on June 20 or select one of eight size and vessel limit combinations already analyzed by federal government that would have resulted in a lengthened season if adopted by both North Carolina and Virginia.

The commission’s decision to impose these additional restrictions is an effort to extend the recreational cobia season in state waters. These new restrictions go into effect on Monday. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will submit these new restrictions to the federal government and request an expedited review to determine whether these actions will be sufficient to allow the season to be extended in state waters beyond June 20. If the federal government determines that these restrictions are not sufficient to remain consistent with the federal fishery management plan for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic regions, additional restrictions may be necessary.

For more specifics on the regulations, see Proclamation FF-25-2016 at
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Conditions right for trout cold stun events

Conditions right for trout cold stun events

MOREHEAD CITY – No cold stun events have been reported for spotted seatrout this year, but conditions are such that one or more could occur in coastal creeks and bays.

Anyone seeing a trout cold stun event should report it to the N.C. Marine Patrol at 1-800-682-2632 or to N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries spotted seatrout biologist Steve Poland at 252-808-8159 or [email protected]. A picture is worth a thousand words. If you have one of the cold stun event, send it.

During the winter, spotted seatrout move to deeper, warmer waters in coastal creeks, bays and ocean. Cold stuns occur when there is a sudden drop in water temperature or prolonged periods of cold weather that makes the fish so sluggish that humans can harvest them with their hands.

Many fish may die from the cold. Others fall prey to birds and other predators. Studies suggest that cold stun events can have a significant impact on spotted seatrout populations, however, many cold stunned fish may survive if left alone.

Under the N.C. Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan, if a significant cold stun event occurs in at least four coastal counties, the state Division of Marine Fisheries will close all spotted seatrout harvest until June 15. A significant cold stun event may be defined based on the numbers of fish and/or the size classes of fish involved. The intent of the closure is to allow the fish that survive the cold stun event the chance to spawn in the spring before harvest reopens. Peak spawning occurs in May and June.

Under N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission rules, the spotted seatrout season automatically closes in inland waters when it closes in adjacent coastal waters.