Over the July 4th holiday, Oriental was alive with visitors from several states attending our Croaker Fest celebration. For a small city with limited public parking, finding a prime parking spot was challenging if you didn’t know where to look. I found one just fine. I had no valet service. I had no parking attendants. All I had were shorelines, flounders, puppy drum and speckled trout. Instead of eating fried dough and cotton candy, I went on a kayak fishing trip up the river and into several creeks. The Neuse River flows downriver from southwest to northeast as it passes by Oriental. If you pay attention to the wind and head in the correct direction, it will push you…albeit some paddling required. On Sunday the light northeast wind provided much of my push as I started several creeks away from Oriental and fished my way upriver to the past Oriental. My reward was a fist full of fish….and free parking.
…don’t let the big one get away
Capt. Bobby Brewer