North Carolina Redfish Are So Surprised They’re Making a Comeback in Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence rerouted redfish north to Cape Fear, North Carolina. (OAK ELSEN/Washington Post via Getty Images) Redfish are making a comeback, much to the delight of local fishermen. Hurricane Florence forced commercial redfish and…

North Carolina Redfish Are So Surprised They’re Making a Comeback in Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence rerouted redfish north to Cape Fear, North Carolina. (OAK ELSEN/Washington Post via Getty Images)

Redfish are making a comeback, much to the delight of local fishermen.

Hurricane Florence forced commercial redfish and bull trout fishing to stay shut down from North Carolina to the eastern tip of Maine during September. The stretch includes the world-famous Cape Hatteras fishing grounds, the home to some of America’s top seafood.

With the reopening of the fishery, business for fishermen is booming.

“I think we have a glut of redfish in the market place and I think that’s bad for the rest of the economy,” Peter Belic, a commercial fisherman in North Carolina’s Outer Banks said. “I’ve been fishing the Cape Hatteras for a long time and I’ve never seen it so glutted.”

In Dare County, North Carolina, redfish caught by local fishermen are being sold for more than $5 per pound.

Customers say the catch is best-tasting and has the right balance of saltiness and sweetness.

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