Day At The Docks

A Community Heritage Celebration
Hatteras, NC


September 15 & 16, 2017

Competitions and Demos

There are competitions and demonstrations for every member of the family...young or older.  Among the competitions are the concrete marlin contest, dunking booth,  techniques in net fishing,  and net hanging.  Commercial and charter boat captains are scattered along the docks showing their boats and demonstrating their equipment, and fishing techniques.  Even the Coast Guard brings its 47 foot Motor Launch for tours.

Crab Races will be at Oden's Dock and the time TBA....stop over to see what the schedule is on Saturday morning.


Fish Cleaning Demonstrations:  These will be along the waterfront near Willis' Boat landing....times are TBA.  Stop by to check the schedule on Saturday morning.  A skilled fish cleaner will be on hand for the day to demonstrate the proper techniques to clean and filet a fish...Come join us to watch and learn.


The Kids Fishing Contest: Registration starts at 1pm at Jeffrey's Seafood and fishing starts at 2pm.

Concrete Marlin Contest


The premier competition of the day is the Concrete Marlin Contest.  Professional captains and mates vie against each other and time as they "hook" and "gaff" a concrete cylinder that replicates the weight of a fighting marlin.  It has become so popular that a new division, the Concrete Sailfish, has been added for the younger fishermen.  Time and location TBA.

Net Hanging and Pound Net Display


So few people can make the connection from boat to table.  Capt. Tall Bill VanDruten brings his fishing vessel into the harbor with gear in place and fish in the net.  He gives a fascinating demonstration of the techniques used in net fishing and answers any and all questions.


Local fishermen will have a display to show how pound net fishing works.

Working Boats


Commercial and charter boats are in the harbor to show your their gear and explain their techniques.


The Coast Guard brings its 47 foot Motor Launch for tours and "piloting lessons" for kids!

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