Sea Glass

Sea Glass




If you are on Hatteras now and are looking for a place to find sea glass, you may want to check out the shell bed at Ramp 32 sooner than later. We had the beach to our selves last Thursday and Friday and found a lot of glass (mostly your standard beer bottle green and brown, but we did find six pieces of blue and a few unique blue/green pieces).

The bed changed from one day to the next and I'm not sure how long it will be there. It was long (over one-half mile) and low tide is the time to be there. No whole shells, only a few clam and oyster.




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Wow - thanks for the tip - sorry we won't be down for another month.


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I was there a few days before you but it wasn't as big then. I didn't find much. Unfortunately my job keeps me from going out as much as I would like. Congrats on your finds.



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Love finding glass and very glad you had a week of great hunting. Please be mindful this only my opinion but why would you post the exact spot? No sense in burning a certain spot. Few years back you could go to Pea Island and not see anyone looking for glass now thats impossible. Its downfall was people posting about it online, exact locations. Most shell beds show in the same spot over and over, year after year. Again only my opinion and glad ya had such a great week.


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As a long time "Beach Glass" hunter I have to agree with Drumrun. It's the same as fishing. Do you tell the "World" your best fishing spots. It makes me laugh when private boats will call us (I run a Charter Bat) and ask where's the action. There are several basic pointers. The best places are where there are people or wwas people and houses. Beach Glass is predominantly discarded Beer. Soda, Wine, Whiskey and sometimes storage bottles. Bottles do not wash around in the Ocean and rarely washed ashore from a Wreck unless it is in the Surf Zone. Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills used to be fantastic about 15 years ago. Heavy People Pressure and now Beach Nourishment has done that in. Have to find new Huntin Grounds. Good Luck.


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Love finding glass and very glad you had a week of great hunting. Please be mindful this only my opinion but why would you post the exact spot? No sense in burning a certain spot. Few years back you could go to Pea Island and not see anyone looking for glass now thats impossible. Its downfall was people posting about it online, exact locations. Most shell beds show in the same spot over and over, year after year. Again only my opinion and glad ya had such a great week.

drumrun


I am surprised that it took this long for someone to ask me that question drumrun considering how much some love to look for sea glass.

Thanks, we always have a very nice time the week of Thanksgiving while I close the house for my parents. I almost didn't write my original post, but I figured that since I rarely provide specific advise on this forum, I would share some intel on a topic that doesn't mean much to me but does to others here. I will attempt to answer your question without going off on multiple tangents (but this will be difficult for me to do :-) ).

In prior posts I commented on how my mother loved to search for sea glass, but due to her health, she can no longer do so. I have great memories of her walking on the beach, she was a sea glass finding machine! I also previously posted how I encountered an individual years back who was dumping a bucket full of broken bottles into the wash near the Pocahontas. This encounter completely ruined my childhood vision of where sea glass came from (instead of from a grounded pirate ship, now I can only picture that over weight New Jersey arse-hole with the five gallon bucket). While on Hatteras, sea glass hunting is not on my radar!

Fishing was slow for me on Thanksgiving so we took a walk where we unintentionally found a lot of sea glass. On Friday we decided to take my mother for a ride to the same spot and specifically look for glass while she could only sit in my truck and watch. I am glad that we found some and my kids were able to share their find with their grandmother. My mom and kids had a great time.

I have been coming to Hatteras since 1969 and my parents bought their property in 1972. I am VERY well aware of how things have changed due to the crowds, and many of my "honey holes" have been overrun and essentially ruined due to the "overcrowding" of Hatteras Island. Don't get me wrong, there is no other place I would rather be, but in my opinion you cannot compare the 70's version of Hatteras to now (or even the 80' version). Long gone are the days when you could fish the point with only a couple vehicles parked beside you, or go oystering at the Canadian Hole.

I have learned a long time ago that you do not give up your prime fishing, clamming, scalloping, kayaking, surfing, or empty beach spots because it will be overrun by the masses. Believe me drumrun, I completely get what you are saying. But for me and as it relates to sea glass, I was OK with sharing that specific location. Maybe I am not as observant as I think I am, but I have been on that stretch of beach a lot in my lifetime and I do not recall that shell bed being "exposed" year after year or during any one specific time of year. Then again, when I'm driving down the beach, I am not looking for places to hunt for glass. I am looking for fishy looking sloughs or a spot where I cannot see anyone else.

My intent was to provide some of you sea glass hunters with a little current intel knowing that that bed would most likely be gone in the near future. I apologize if this was one of your "honey holes" and I blew it for you...not my intent. I know I get pissed when one of my spots gets overrun, and I can assure you it has happened a lot since the time our family showed up on the scene.

Good luck with your future glass hunts...you wont be getting anymore "hot tips" from me smiley


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I have mixed feelings about sharing spots. We grew up hunting for sandglass in Florida as my grandparents called it. They would give us a nickel for brown, white and green pieces and a dime for blue or red. Since then we have hunted seaglass on every vacation or place we have lived from Florida to Alaska and Fiji to the Chesapeake Bay. I enjoy finding it on walks rather than going to someone else's spot and harvesting it. If I find an area, I'm happy to share it with a tourist or friend who is looking or can't find any. But...I also really dislike not finding any on walks or not seeing any where I know it should be. I guess it's like my fishing - I enjoy fishing but don't make my livelihood from it; so I like finding a new spot ALMOST as much as catching from a tried and true area.


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Not really sandglass but to highlight how beds come and go this "wreck" appeared once and I have never seen it again. I posted this on here once before but still have never been able to figure out if it's a known wreck.Probably a few hundred yards south of the Metropolis in corolla.





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Love finding glass and very glad you had a week of great hunting. Please be mindful this only my opinion but why would you post the exact spot? No sense in burning a certain spot. Few years back you could go to Pea Island and not see anyone looking for glass now thats impossible. Its downfall was people posting about it online, exact locations. Most shell beds show in the same spot over and over, year after year. Again only my opinion and glad ya had such a great week.

drumrun


I am surprised that it took this long for someone to ask me that question drumrun considering how much some love to look for sea glass.

Thanks, we always have a very nice time the week of Thanksgiving while I close the house for my parents. I almost didn't write my original post, but I figured that since I rarely provide specific advise on this forum, I would share some intel on a topic that doesn't mean much to me but does to others here. I will attempt to answer your question without going off on multiple tangents (but this will be difficult for me to do :-) ).

In prior posts I commented on how my mother loved to search for sea glass, but due to her health, she can no longer do so. I have great memories of her walking on the beach, she was a sea glass finding machine! I also previously posted how I encountered an individual years back who was dumping a bucket full of broken bottles into the wash near the Pocahontas. This encounter completely ruined my childhood vision of where sea glass came from (instead of from a grounded pirate ship, now I can only picture that over weight New Jersey arse-hole with the five gallon bucket). While on Hatteras, sea glass hunting is not on my radar!

Fishing was slow for me on Thanksgiving so we took a walk where we unintentionally found a lot of sea glass. On Friday we decided to take my mother for a ride to the same spot and specifically look for glass while she could only sit in my truck and watch. I am glad that we found some and my kids were able to share their find with their grandmother. My mom and kids had a great time.

I have been coming to Hatteras since 1969 and my parents bought their property in 1972. I am VERY well aware of how things have changed due to the crowds, and many of my "honey holes" have been overrun and essentially ruined due to the "overcrowding" of Hatteras Island. Don't get me wrong, there is no other place I would rather be, but in my opinion you cannot compare the 70's version of Hatteras to now (or even the 80' version). Long gone are the days when you could fish the point with only a couple vehicles parked beside you, or go oystering at the Canadian Hole.

I have learned a long time ago that you do not give up your prime fishing, clamming, scalloping, kayaking, surfing, or empty beach spots because it will be overrun by the masses. Believe me drumrun, I completely get what you are saying. But for me and as it relates to sea glass, I was OK with sharing that specific location. Maybe I am not as observant as I think I am, but I have been on that stretch of beach a lot in my lifetime and I do not recall that shell bed being "exposed" year after year or during any one specific time of year. Then again, when I'm driving down the beach, I am not looking for places to hunt for glass. I am looking for fishy looking sloughs or a spot where I cannot see anyone else.

My intent was to provide some of you sea glass hunters with a little current intel knowing that that bed would most likely be gone in the near future. I apologize if this was one of your "honey holes" and I blew it for you...not my intent. I know I get pissed when one of my spots gets overrun, and I can assure you it has happened a lot since the time our family showed up on the scene.

Good luck with your future glass hunts...you wont be getting anymore "hot tips" from me smiley

Fossilridge


I appreciate the response. Thank you for sharing the story about your mother. I am glad she was able to enjoy the experience with the family. Keep hunting and keep finding. I hope I run into on the beach one day. Maybe we can share some secret spots, albeit in person or via PM. Wink smiley

Regards,

Randy