With several prime fishing spots, two large cleaning stations with fresh running water, and a grill and ice cream shop with plenty of screened-in outdoor seating, the Surf City pier is the place to be this summer!
If you’re looking for the freshest seafood Topsail Island has to offer, it’s hard to beat Surf City Crab Seafood Market without catching it yourself. This fresh seafood marketplace has been in business for more than 20 years and during that time, they’ve served the local community and visitors to Surf City and all of Topsail Island with the freshest seafood available. They take great pride in their ability to bring out the best selection and freshest seafood day after day.
Surf City Crab is open daily from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm and they do offer plenty of onsite parking. The market itself is owned by the Kugatow family and is currently under the management of Adrian Kugatow and J. M. Moseley.
Not only do they provide excellent quality in a wide variety of fresh seafood, we believe you’ll find the prices at Surf City Crab to be outstanding. A trip to Surf City Crab might not seem like the top of your priority list but it’s quickly becoming a Topsail Island tradition. You can even purchase really cool tee-shirts to commemorate the event. This tradition always ends in folks sitting around their own table, enjoying delicious fresh seafood dishes in the company of their closest friends and families. Now what could be better than that?
The market operates year round offering a fine selection of fresh seasonal seafood. Whether you’re celebrating Mardi Gras with a crawfish boil or shrimp etouffee or you’re looking for oysters for your holiday dressing — or maybe a romantic evening in, they’ve got you covered.
If you’re a little lost for what to do with the bountiful selection of seafood, or perhaps you’re not the greatest cook in the world… don’t worry. Just ask some questions on what to buy and how to best prepare and you’ll be amazed at the helpful hints, tips, and suggestions you can get form the friendly staff at Surf City Crab. These people know seafood!. Most importantly, you’ll surprise your family and friends by preparing a culinary masterpiece they had no idea you could create. Find The Surf City Crab Seafood market on Facebook or check out this short video about Surf City Crab
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Planning A Topsail Island Vacation?
Why wait for the summer to come to the beach? If you reside in Jacksonville or anywhere near Topsail Island, September and October are great months for a weekend getaway to the beach!
Top Ten Reasons to Visit Topsail Island in the Fall
9) Warm Water: In September, the average sea temperature is still 81 degrees! October’s average is 77 degrees.
8) Water sports: With the weather and the water being so pleasant on Topsail this time of year, surfing, swimming, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and the like are all very enjoyable.
7) Golf, Tennis, and More: Take your pick from one of several nearby golf courses like North Shore Country Club, Castle Bay, Olde Point, or Belvedere Plantation, and enjoy several rounds from sunrise to sundown. There are several public tennis courts on the island and several of our condo properties and neighborhoods have private courts accessible to renters. Don’t forget our local parks, where guests can enjoy playground areas, basketball courts, picnic shelters, and other local concerts/events.
6) Shopping: Golfing not really your thing? Why not take home some Topsail Island treasures? Lots of local shops are still open in September and October, and the discounts abound as shopkeepers transition into the off season.
5) FISHING: One of the best times of year to fish on Topsail is in the fall. Go to fisherman’s post for a report of the local action. Then, check out one or more of Topsail’s fishing piers, like Sea View, the Jolly Roger, or Surf City Pier, or try your hand at surf fishing from your own tailgate–in one of the few places where you can actually drive your vehicle out on the beach (on the northern tip of the island). Of course, there are fishing charters available as well for those who prefer offshore trips. Contact Topsail Charter Fishing or Rough and Ready Charters for more information. Don’t miss the Spot Festival happening September 28th and 29th!
4) SEA TURTLES Hatch: Many of the sea turtle nests on Topsail will come alive in September and October. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness the miracle of life as these endangered creatures emerge and make their way into Topsail’s waters. For more information see Topsail’s local Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center website.
Take a look at this video captured on Topsail:
3) SHORT STAYS Available: Need a break from the grind? Why not getaway just for the weekend on Topsail? Enjoy a 2 night stay in nearly all of our condos. Some homeowners will accommodate 3 or 4 night stays on those long weekends as well. Give us a call for more info. or to book a short stay: 800-762-3961.
2) CHEAPEST RATES: Stay in an oceanfront condo cheaper than you can stay in some of the mainland hotels! Rates start at just $90 per day!
…and the NUMBER ONE reason to come to Topsail in the fall is…
1) R & R: Escape the noise of city life and enjoy the beauty and serenity of Topsail Island in the fall. This is the time of year when you can really get a sense of what it might be like to have your own private beach! Experience the peace and tranquility that settles over your soul as you breathe in the salty air, listen to the waves roll, and watch the wildlife. But be forewarned…just a weekend may not be enough; you may be tempted to extend your stay!
Just imagine yourself and your significant other enjoying a fall sunset from your private balcony at the St. Regis:
…Or maybe here on the sound side?
With mild temps, our cheapest rates, short stays, excellent fishing, awesome surfing, and fewer crowds, now is the time to plan your fall visit to one of the most beautiful places on earth! Don’t wait; give us a call today to book your 2, 3, or 4 night stay on Topsail Island: 800-762-3961.
*Several photos appearing in this post were taken by previous Treasure Realty guests and have “FlipKey Traveler Photo” logos. These photos are provided courtesy of FlipKey.
Topsail Island as you probably already know is one of the most beautiful places on the planet to relax and enjoy yourself with friends and family. As you can see from the pictures included here, the Topsail Island sunsets are absolutely amazing. They are filled with vibrant colors and cloud formations that are truly mesmerizing and that’s just for starters.
Topsail Island also has 26 miles of white, sandy beaches on which you can walk, play or just lay back, relax and soak up some sun. In addition to our beaches, Topsail Island and nearby Sneads Ferry are home to some of the best restaurants you’ll find anywhere. From fresh local seafood and shellfish to italian, chinese, authentic mexican and more, Topsail Island has something for every taste.
And things to do…. the choices seem endless. Shopping, dining, golf, boating, surfing, kayaking and more are all easily accessible here on the Island and in nearby Sneads Ferry, Wilmington and Jacksonville. There is something to satisfy everyone in the family making Topsail Island the “perfect” family vacation destination. And we have something else here on Topsail Island.
NOTE: Special thanks to Darlyne for the beautiful pictures. Visit Her On Facebook To See More
Did I Mention Topsail Fishing?
Topsail Island and surrounding areas are host to some of the best coastal fishing anywhere. You can relax on the sand and fish in the surf, you can check out one of the 3 piers here on Topsail island or you can book a trip with one of many experienced, local Captains for either in-shore or off-shore fishing excursions.
This time of year you can expect to catch a wide variety of fish in Topsail waters. Red Drum are typically plentiful in the surf and sound during the summer as are flounder and also sheepshead. Flounder are my favorite fish. Flounder, for those of you who haven’t tried it, is a mild, white, flaky fish that is absolutely delightful fried, baked, grilled or any other way you choose to prepare it.
On the piers during the summer you will find folks reeling in spanish, blue fish and also good size trout which are are another delicious fish to eat. Some of these catches require specialized bait and tackle but the trout are caught a lot of times on nothing more than live shrimp. Our friends at East Coast Sports offer a frequently updated fishing report. Watch a recent report for July 3rd, 2013.
Here are a few resources you might want to check out if you have an interest in fishing here on Topsail island
Topsail Island Fishing Piers
Topsail Island is truly a vacationers paradise and more than that, it is a fisherman’s paradise.
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Everything You Need For Fun In The Sun
Before heading out for some fun in the sun with family or friends, stop at Herring’s Outdoor Sports. Located in Surf City on Topsail Island, Herring’s Outdoor Sports store has everything anyone could ever need for virtually every type of oceanfront sport you can think of. This store carries kites, kayaks, fishing gear, beach items, camping essentials, tools, knives, hammocks, and even products for pets. They also offer men’s, women’s, and children’s sportswear, footwear, and accessories.
Brand Names and High Quality Items
The Herring’s Outdoor Sports store knows how important it is to have safe, durable, and high-quality products, so they only offer the best of the best. Some of the brand named apparel customers will see in the store include The North Face, Horny Toad, Patagonia, Royal Robbins, Lole, Ex Officio, and Life Is Good. In the footwear section, customers will have a wide range of choices, by trusted brands like Teva, Crocs, Keen, Olukai, and Merrell. Each product has been carefully selected to meet Herring’s high demands of durability, function, quality, and value.
The Kayak Specialists
Herring’s is a business that is focused on families and one activity that families enjoy in North Carolina is kayaking. In fact, Herrings Outdoor Sports is the area’s premier kayak outfitter. Not only do they have new and used kayaks for sale in the store, they also have kayak rentals. Whether it’s the first time you’ve been in the warm water that surrounds Topsail Island or your one hundredth time, Herrings guided and self-guided tours are the best in the area.
Here Is A Great Video Shot By A Topsail Island Visitor During July of 2012. Looks Like Fun.
When the weather is warm, get outside and play or take a kayak out and enjoy the blue skies and amazing scenery in and around Topsail Island, North Carolina. If you need gear to get your adventure going, the friendly staff at Herrings Outdoor Sports store will have you ready in a snap.
For more information about Herrings Outdoor Sports, visit their website at: http://www.herringsoutdoorsports.com.
This is a great video I found on Dailymotion.com. If you love charter fishing, you’re going to love this. Enjoy the video.
Here are some links that you may find helpful if you enjoyed this video.
Kick Your Habit into High Gear with Bad Habit Sportfishing Today
Bad Habit, with Captain Marc Hairston at the helm, is your ticket to some of the best sportfishing Topsail has to offer. In fact, with a first place finish in the Topsail king mackerel tournament 23 and under division under its belt, the Bad Habit Fishing team looks like a good bet for your next charter fishing adventure.
There’s nothing in the world quite like the excitement of deep sea fishing on the beautiful waters of the Atlantic—except perhaps glancing over to see a pod of dolphins playing in the waves beside you. It really doesn’t get much better than spending your days catching fish on the open sea and then bringing a cooler full of them home with you at the end of a long day on the water. Captain Mark has spent his entire life on these waters and he knows where you need to go to catch a handsome supply of bluefish, Spanish mackerel, grouper, or king mackerel for your coffers.
The Bad Habit (that would be the boat) is a 2006 Contender that’s 27 feet long and loaded with the latest equipment and electronics designed to keep passengers safe. With her twin Yamaha F250 four stroke engines; she’ll get you there faster than many other charter boats on the market. This gives you more time to fish and enjoy the scenery. You’re sure to enjoy the feeling of wind in your hair when this girl gets going. More importantly, you’re sure to catch a ton of fish.
Vacations to Topsail Beach and Sneads Ferry are just missing something if you don’t take the opportunity to get out on the open water and fish for some of your time. Captain Marc at Bad Habit Sportfishing is ready to help you make that mission possible. Visit http://badhabitsportfishing.com/ today to learn more.
If you are interested in Charter Fishing, here are some more links you may find useful…
Topsail Charter Fishing
When it comes to tackling the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, whether you’re looking for inshore or offshore trips, you can bet you’ll have a load of fun with Topsail Charter Fishing. Located at 409 Roland Ave in Surf City, North Carolina, the captains at Topsail Charter Fishing have decades of experience in the North Carolina waters giving you a better a better chance of finding that next big fish.
Topsail Charter Fishing: Types of Charters
Not everyone wants to spend an entire day out on the water, so Topsail Charter Fishing offers quarter, half and full day trips. You can choose to fish inshore or offshore. If you are more interested in fishing from the surf, feel free to contact a captain to give you a hands-on lesson in the art of surf fishing.
Have a family in tow and still want some time on the water? Family Day Charters are all about combining the love of fishing with family time. You have a full day to do as you please on the open water. You can choose to fish the morning away, then crab for a bit before tubing to your heart’s content. Family Day Charters are priced by the day so you’ll have more than enough time to catch that big fish and if not, there is plenty of fun to be had in the process.
Topsail Charter Fishing: What to Bring on a Charter
Topsail Charter Fishing provides almost everything you need to take in a day of fishing, but there are a few provisions you need to make the day complete. Don’t forget your lunch and something to drink for the entire day. Alcohol is allowed for persons of legal drinking age, but no illegal drugs please. Wear a pair of shoes that will get wet and bring medications for motion sickness if you think that will be a problem. If you catch a big one, you’ll want a camera and you need a cooler to keep that boy cold.
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If it’s your first time coming to Topsail Island on a deep sea fishing trip, there are some essential things to know to make it a fun-filled and successful one. Here are some of the key points to keep in mind if you’re planning to visit Topsail Island for some deep sea fishing fun.
Topsail Fishing: Overlooked Things To Bring
For sure, fishing equipment and food and clothing are the ones that are always remembered by people who are planning a deep sea fishing trip. However, there is other stuff equally important that a lot of people overlook when planning their trip.
One good example would be a cooler. Bringing along a cooler with ice, icepacks or even frozen water bottles is very important, especially since this is what you’ll use to keep cold and retain the freshness of all the fish you’re going to catch.
Another thing to remember is spare cash. Beyond being vital for emergencies, you will need a little cash to enter the biggest fish pool especially since you’re going to catch the biggest fish. =) You’ll also need a little cash to tip the mate and thank him for providing you help throughout your Topsail fishing excursion.
Another thing to remember that can save you a lot of headaches, no pun intended, is seasickness medicine. Dramamine is one highly effective solution for this problem and it’s relatively inexpensive. You’ll want to start the Dramamine a couple of days prior to your trip to make sure it’s in your system before you step o the boat. As always, you should check with your Doctor before starting any medication if you are currently taking any prescription meds.
For those who are already used to boats, this kind of problem may seldom be encountered. However, it will still be beneficial if you pack a small first aid kit. Bring band-Aids, antacids, tissues, and disinfectants in the kit, just in case minor injuries occur during the trip.
Topsail Fishing: General Deep Sea Fishing Overview
In general, a deep-sea fishing trip will last about four to eight hours, or more depending on how long you and your friends want it to be. You can arrange trips with your charter or party boat in the morning or afternoon. In fact, if you have a special occasion, you can even schedule evening trips. Whatever your preference, there are boats and Captains who will accommodate your requests so make sure you ask about custom trips if you’re looking for something beyond the normal half day, full day fare.
If you’re looking for a special variety of fish, make that known as well as some fish are more plentiful at certain times of the year and methods used and areas fished vary greatly from one fish to the next.
One last thing is be sure to ask a lot of questions, let the Captain know about your group and make sure the boat is a fit for you and your friends. For example, make your Captain aware when you book that there will be beginners in the group so that he can make arrangements to have crew on board to assist. Make him aware that none of you have equipment, you need someone to help clean your catch, etc. The more information you can give the Captain prior to your trip, the more enjoyable your Topsail fishing excursion is likely to be.
Topsail Fishing: Freebies On The Side
The great thing about visiting Topsail Island for a deep sea fishing excursion is that sometimes you can get really great freebies on the side. Beyond the obvious camaraderie with your friends and the adventure of being out on the open ocean, you may also be graced with more glories of nature like the appearance of dolphins playing alongside the boat and you’ll almost certainly see sea birds chasing each other and diving into the water after a meal of their own. Combine all this with the taste of the fresh fish as you enjoy the most gorgeous sunset on the planet and you are sure to remember your Topsail Fishing trip for a long, long time.
Below are a couple of links to charters that we think you might enjoy:
One of the best things about going on a beachfront vacation is the easy access
to deep sea fishing. Unfortunately, boats are expensive and require maintenance
and expertise to operate. Not to mention, finding the best fishing spots for
various fish preferences isn’t always easy either. That’s where services like
those offered by Rough and Ready Fishing Charters are invaluable to visitors
intent on pulling in a nice big haul of Gag Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, King
Mackerel, Seabass, Red Snapper, or even Bluefin Tuna.
Fishing charters like these can accommodate families, coworkers, and even a
group of golf buddies. Rough and Ready Fishing Charters offer a wide range of
fishing opportunities that include nearshore fishing, offshore fishing, live
bottom fishing, and river inlet fishing. They are sure to have a half or full
day fishing excursion that will appeal to everyone in your fishing group and
prove fun for everyone.
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a trophy fish to mount on your wall or
you want to find the most flavorful offerings with which to fill your freezer
you can’t go wrong when you make arrangements with Rough and Ready Fishing
With more than twenty years of experience in commercial fishing they have the
skills and knowledge of the local waters to put you in the best position to
bring in your big haul. They will take you where the fish are. Getting the fish
to bite is up to you.
Just make sure you make your plans and book early so you can be sure of a time
slot available during your stay in Topsail Beach or Sneads Ferry. It would be
such a shame to miss out on this experience that could make this vacation the
vacation of a lifetime for you and your family.
Learn more about Rough and Ready Fishing
Charters here: Rough and Ready Fishing Charters
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