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Fall on Masonboro

28 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Fall on Masonboro
Fall on Masonboro

The Spartina grass is completeing it's transformation from green to gold. The last of the sea turtle nests are hatching. In the back bay, fish are biting and herons are stalking. It's a wonderful time of year to be on Masonboro island, and there's only one boat that can get you there: the Shamrock.

We're still running trips this late in the year, and would love for you to join us on one. Perhaps a Masonboro cruise or Eco-tour, where you can experience the wonder first-hand under the tutelage of a knowledgable guide. We were incredibly fortunate last week to get to see a baby sea turtle, newly hatched, crawl towards the ocean and begin its arduous migration towards the Sargasso Sea.

We are fortunate that we have a diverse population of marine turtles that build their nests on the North Carolina coast. Loggerhead and Green turtles are the most popular nesting species, but North Carolina will occasionally see Leatherback and Kemp's Ridley turtle nests on our beaches as well. Hawksbill turtles, although occasionally seen in our waters, do not build nests on our coast.

Sea turtles begin laying their eggs at the end of April and in early May, and nests have an incubation period of on average between 55 and 75 days. Most hatching is done by October. In 2014, Masonboro Island had 8 loggerhead nests and 7 green turtle nests, with a nest success rate of 73.3%. More information can be found at

Watch the video here:IMG_1509

We also have a place for you on a fishing trip, where we drift in the waters of Masonboro inlet and catch whiting, sea bass, pigfish, and, of course, monster flounder. Check out this beast that we reeled in yesterday!


Autumn is a time of constant change in the dynamic environment that is Masonboro. Don't miss out on it. Call Capt. Joe at (910) 200-4002 to schedule a trip today.

All tours by reservation only.