Welcome to Tradewinds Tackle! Thank you all for another amazing fishing season on Ocracoke! We look forward to seeing you again in March 2022 for Tradewinds Tackle’s 47th season!

December Fishing On Ocracoke

December brings an end to the tourist season, with very few people visiting the island. The people that do visit may find only one or two restaurants and motels staying open for the winter. But there is a special opportunity for those few visitors to enjoy the solitude and quiet, open beaches. Weather can vary from a beautiful blue sky to windy gray, so come prepared for the season.

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We are closed December, January, and February to finish our last building repairs from Hurricane Dorian- finally! Wishing you all safe and happy holidays! We look forward to seeing you all in the spring!

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After yet another incredible season and after considerable thought, we have decided to start looking for the next owners of the Tradewinds Tackle business and property.
Founded by Wayne Teeter in the mid 1970s, Bob and Nancy Sebrell made Tradewinds a bait and tackle destination from the late 1980s through 2005. They gave us the opportunity to carry on the tradition for the past 16 years.
We have been truly blessed to be supported by wonderful customers and a close knit community, allowing us to raise our children on Ocracoke and support them as they pursued their college education. While we’re not planning to leave Ocracoke, we feel it’s time to help someone carry on the Tradewinds traditions, take over the wheel and steer Tradewinds into the next generation.

If you have a serious inquiry, email us at fishtradewinds@gmail.com.
Thank you all so much for your support and patronage.
Alan and Melinda Sutton

Edit**** Thank you so much for all your amazing comments. Again, we are just starting to look for the right people to take over the business and if we don’t find them, we will still be seeing you all this summer! We are so blessed to have such wonderful loving people in our life. It truly makes us want to find the right people to help transition the shop over to the next generation. ❤️
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After yet another incredible season and after considerable thought, we have decided to start looking for the next owners of the Tradewinds Tackle business and property. 
Founded by Wayne Teeter in the mid 1970s, Bob and Nancy Sebrell made Tradewinds a bait and tackle destination from the late 1980s through 2005. They gave us the opportunity to carry on the tradition for the past 16 years. 
We have been truly blessed to be supported by wonderful customers and a close knit community, allowing us to raise our children on Ocracoke and support them as they pursued their college education.  While we’re not planning to leave Ocracoke, we feel it’s time to help someone carry on the Tradewinds traditions, take over the wheel and steer Tradewinds into the next generation.

If you have a serious inquiry, email us at fishtradewinds@gmail.com. 
Thank you all so much for your support and patronage. 
Alan and Melinda Sutton

Edit**** Thank you so much for all your amazing comments. Again, we are just starting to look for the right people to take over the business and if we don’t find them, we will still be seeing you all this summer! We are so blessed to have such wonderful loving people in our life. It truly makes us want to find the right people to help transition the shop over to the next generation. ❤️

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I've appreciated the free air all these years! Hope new owners will continue that.

One of my favorite destinations when we are down there, stopping in there every morning for necessities lol. Definitely gonna miss your advice Alan! But i will still purchase my one combo per season from the new owner! Kinda makes me think about a change of careers...

Tradewinds Tackle Alan and Melinda, the first (or second) year you owned the shop we came in with our kids (then 5 and 4 y/o) and you got us set up to go crabbing and gave recommendations on where to go. Over the years it has become a tradition every time we come to Ocracoke. Even as teenagers and now young adult (21 and 20 y/o), they continued to request to stop by your shop to get chicken necks and go to our favorite spot… Thanks for the great memories you helped us create! You will be missed!

Melinda and Alan, Thank you for providing a well stocked fishing center for the island. Thanks for the hard work, courtesy, an dependability. Good luck as you turn to the next chapter!

Thanks for all you have done. It was always a joy to walk in your shop. Always one of our favorite stops on the island. Good luck and thanks too for your support of NCBBA.

Alan and Melinda, while I’m happy for you in whatever your next endeavor is, I will be truly sad to pop in there and not see you guys. Best of luck to you both.

I also express everyone’s sentiment. Tradewinds has been my and my buddies ‘go to’ every October for the last 15 years or so. Love you guys and best of luck on your next endeavors!

I hope the next owners will be as wonderful and helpful as you!

Wow. Best wishes with this transition! I wear my Tradewinds cap on my daily walk to remind myself of one of my favorite Ocracoke spots.

Cliff Best are you interested , maybe we could go halves

Thank you Alan and Melinda for all your years of service!! We love coming in to see you each time we travel to Ocracoke

I wish you nothing but the best, you guys do an incredible job and I have enjoyed having you as neighbors the past few years

Glad you're not leaving us!

Alan and Melinda you will be missed, You have done remarkable work and so much for your community. Wishing you both a happy and blessed retirement ❤️

Wont be the same! Enjoyed meeting the two of you last time we were down, especially enjoyed Alan’s company and some of the other locals at 1718 when we visited! Special place and will need special people to take it over!

Good luck to whoever gets it!

Make it a point to always stop in.Bought my first silver inline rod from Bob,so long ago

It has been so nice to get to know you guys over the last several years. Good luck with everything!

Best of luck to you guys! Was great seeing you y’all this fall. Thanks for all the years of fishing advice!

While I hate to see you go, what a great ride it's been, now we can go fishin!

Alan and Melinda, it truly will not be the same without you! You have watched our boy grow with each visit. You and anyone in the shop were always so encouraging to him and ready for a quick chat or great advice. We haven't made it out that way in a few years but I hope the next time we do that we run into you somewhere on the island. Maybe we will even see you sometime over on our side of NC - unfortunately the traffic continues to worsen! Best of luck to you!

Wish you all the future luck and appreciate all the service the last few years

NOOOOOO!!!!!!! You guys have been the best!!! But I get that even being on our favorite island, there comes a time that you deserve to repurpose your time. (Retirement isn't really a thing.) May the Lord bless you in your new status and may He bring the perfect replacement to take over the helm of Tradewinds. God bless you both.

Wow. I am hoping to come back over Christmas after a lengthy hiatus. I think the last time I saw you all was at Dale and Sharon's Christmas party in Pocomoke MD on your way to a show in I think Jersey.

Wow! I’m so sad to hear this but understand wanting something new. I’ve appreciated your amazing service the past 15 years or so that I’ve been going to Ocracoke.

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