Fish camps like this one, dotted Bogue Banks in the
beginning years of the twentieth century. During fall “mullet
runs”, the Salter Path, Rice Path men would form groups or crews
and occupy certain areas of the beach with a camp like this one. The
men would set up a lookout in the dunes and keep watch for schools of
mullet from daylight till dark, while women cooked and tended the camp
for them. Each camp had a name and the crew was known by that name.
One example was the Bellco Camp, located near present-day Emerald Isle.