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Found off the coast of North Carolina, the feared barracuda generally haunt the wreckage of ships. Many of the wrecks are old blockade runners sunk during the War Between the States, others more recent wrecks, such as the petroleum tanker Esso Nashville, sunk by a German U-boat during World War II. Sports fishermen enjoy the aggressive, energetic movements of the barracuda as they skip bait across the water, catching specimens at times weighing more than forty pounds.
Artificial reefs are used to increase fish habitats and areas for sports fishing. The state is constructing its first artificial fishing reef off the coast of New Hanover County between Masonboro Inlet and Carolina Beach. The reef will be about a mile in length and about 200 yards wide. It will rise twelve feet from the ocean floor. A combination of old automobile bodies and large household appliances are being used in the construction.
Efforts at Carolina Beach, North Carolina are being made to bring deep sea fishing within the means of the public. This new installment plan has taken the form of the Deep Sea Fishing Club; anyone can become a member of this exclusive club by paying a $10 initiation fee and then paying $10 per month dues. This provides access to daily fishing with a guest, and plans are in the works for an ultra-modern floating clubhouse.