Eric Evenson is very, very worried about fish.

Evenson, 55, a lifelong North Carolinian, says he’s been fishing since he was a 5-year-old tossing a line into the surf at his grandfather’s cottage on Ocean Isle – one of the first two houses built on that beachfront.

“You could go out there and you could catch a fish almost any time, right in the surf,” Evenson recalled. “Spots, whiting, black drum. You would just feel that jerk on the line, and we would come in with a bucket full of fish.”

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