Steve would like to thank Matt and Nick Miller and Brian Davis, Jr. for their contributions to this column. We just returned from the annual family vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Each summer, 20 or so Millers descend on OBX from the mid-Atlantic and the Chicago areas. This year the weather was great, the surf was warm and challenging, the soft-shell crabs simply other-worldly - and the fish were biting. Or were they?

Last year for the first time a group of six teenagers and adults embarked on a deep sea fishing expedition out of the Oregon Inlet (http://www.oregon-inlet.com/), home of the largest fishing fleet on the east coast. From spring through fall, several dozen 50+ foot boats depart each morning shortly after 5 a.m. to navigate the 40 plus miles to the canyons of the Gulf Stream in search of tuna, both yellowfin and bigeye, wahoo, dolphin (mahi-mahi) and the sport-fishing prizes, sail fish and both blue and white marlin. OI has developed a justified reputation for its fishing prowess over the years, with many sportfishing records and a history of ecstatic vacationing amateur fishermen.

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