(30) Albemarle Playground

Recreational fishing has increased greatly since the late 1800s, as the joy of spending time on the water gradually surpassed the economic necessity of putting food on the table. As individual leisure time increased, fishing activities grew to become a favorite pastime. Along the Outer Banks, surf, and deep-sea fishing has developed into a major commercial and tourist industry that today supports a prospering sport boat building industry in the region.