Steve in Mass

Tales and Truths from Avon......

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Pilotman - the Point is currently off limits, and I don't have 4WD anyway, so.......

 

Retainer - I get what you mean and don't disagree, but there are tourists and then there are tourists, if you know what I mean. It is not like I haven't done all this before, much like you. ;):)

 

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That’s right. Hey if you don’t have 4 WD, you should try fishing down at the old Frisco Pier or south of there at Sandy Bay, there is a parking lot on the sound side with a crossover onto the beach. It’s just before you get into the village. You may have better luck at the pier.

i remember a trip up to the Avon Pier and this kid was catching Spanish on a gotcha plug on every cast. You may want to give that a shot.

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Posted (edited)

Under the right conditions of course, the Avon Pier has had some pretty good action in the morning and evening, just about every time that I have been there. 

 

I am pretty sure that the Point is open to pedestrians, per Red Drum Tackle's reports.  I love the Point, but can only take the mile or so walk on sand with gear, once per trip...  I learned my lesson to not try to fish for "big fish" too, while hiking there.  Had a nice 2' Spanish up to my feet and self released, to see my pool stick dancing.  30 minutes later, after the Spanish school was gone and arms ready to fall off, I finally got a huge southern ray in.  Just too much to carry.  Rod, Spanish lures and cooler bag with some waters and ice for the catch is how I am rolling this year.  Maybe some pompano/sea mullet rigs in case the Spanish/blues don't cooperate. 

 

Both Red Drum and Frank and Frans reports seem to appear like fishing is okay.  I was kind of shocked to see how slow your trip has been.  Avon Pier reports are advertisements for their other properties. The pier itself seems to be more of a background photo to whoever runs their site and Facebook account.  I wonder how long that pier will remain there, being about #10 on their list of importance?  I'd say, one more good storm, and say good bye.  Frank and Frans does more reporting for the pier than they do.  I plan to hit the pier at least 1-2 mornings/evenings and hope for a few Spanish for the grill!

Edited by Porktown
The Point...

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10 hours ago, pilotman said:

Hey Steve, keep up with these great detailed posts. Absolutely awesome.. I'm  sorry that things have been slow for you but I have thoroughly enjoy reading your posts thus far. Next best thing to actually being there. You've actually brought me there with you on your trip bc of your detailed posts. Love it!  Don't let the distracters bring you down. Anyone of us would trade places with you in a heartbeat instead of our stressed filled daily grind we call life.

 

.......Keep up the great posts!

^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^

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4 hours ago, Retainer said:

south of there at Sandy Bay, there is a parking lot on the sound side with a crossover onto the beach. It’s just before you get into the village.

I was there yesterday for other reasons but that is getting ahead of the story. It's name fits the spot, as it is definitely sandy. But that is likely cause of the breach that happened in that area a quite a few years ago. And unless you walk out forever (much farther than I can), the water is just too shallow to fish. The spot I go to 25 steps off the sound bank and I am waist deep..........

 

Porktown.....no way I am walking to the point....the 400 steps from our oceanfront cottage to the water line this AM with two rods and a bucket nearly killed me...........not so much on the way out, but on the way back. :o

 

Bad knees........which make for bad legs and not so good for the back............

 

As to Frank and Fran's report, must be overblown as I talked with Ginger about every morning this week, and she said that fishing sucks...........she has already abandoned 3 trips this week and went shopping instead. ;)

 

Front coming thru tonight with a switch to NE winds, so perhaps that will help.

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Quick.....currently temperature 89, dewpoint 79 :eek:

 

Likely the highest dew point I have ever experienced, even down here when the air temp has been over 100.

 

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The Mis-adventures of Huckleberry SIM.  I am enjoying every minute of this.  This should be in a book somewhere.

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Posted (edited)

Hey Steve, when Isabel went through and left Isabel Inlet there, our trip to Hatteras village cancelled that fall. I couldn’t get anyone to go to Frisco instead, so I went down by  myself. I parked at the bathrooms there then walked the mile down to the breach. People fishing, taking pictures, etc. It was crazy seeing the old pilings from the bridge that was originally there, and they had already started dredging sand up the beach from Hatteras to fill the breach. Looking out into the sound, well it was a sad sight.

The old bridge was iron and was removed to melt down for the war effort. Interesting background to that Isabel inlet saga.

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1 hour ago, hobobob said:

This should be in a book somewhere.

It is, right here......that is sort of the point..... ;)

 

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The trip was supposed to be four hours (8-12) but we arrived at the dock at 11:40. :squid:

 

I gave the mate $15 for a tip, which at 20% was quite generous even though she didn't do a damn thing for me, even in fact kinda ignored me when I told her my bait was looking kind of shabby.....all she did was reposition it on the hook, something I was completely capable of doing myself.

 

Back "home" I just hung around the cottage doing some stuff until it was time to shower and head to dinner. We had 5 PM reservations at the Cafe at Inn on the Pamlico. We left way too early even stopping at the produce stand in Buxton that was very overpriced ($10 for a bowling ball sized water melon? :squid: Thanks, but I'll pass.)

 

At the restaurant we got a seat at the window over-looking the sound. Donna got a glass of Merlot and I some Guiness like stout. For an appetizer we shared a plate of  Cured salmon, Pickled Red Onion, Garlic Aioli, Grilled French Baguette, $12

 

Salad were ala Carte, and I got Mixed Organic Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, English Cucumber, Shaved Red Onion, Greek Feta, Raspberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette for $8.

 

Donna got the Spinach and Beet Salad - Baby Spinach, House Pickled Beets, Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette, but they were out of the beets, which was okay as we don't much like beets anyway. $10

 

Entrees, Donna wanted the seared sea scallops, but that was the other things they were out of, so she opted for the Cajun Lump Crabs, Jalapeno Sweet Potatoes, Country Slaw, Whole Grain Mustard Remoulade, $28.

 

I went for the Herford Beef Filet Mignon - grilled 8 oz. Filet, Horseradish Mashers, Wilted Baby Spinach, Forest Mushroom Bordelaise, $32

 

The salmon appetizer was okay, but nothing special, basically smoked lox. The salads were good, surprising the Raspberry Vinegrette on mine was not over-poweringly sweet, which is a good thing. The goat cheese on Donna's was kind of sparse, but so be it.

 

The entrees were both very good, the crabcakes being mostly all crab. She said the mustard sauce made a nice compliment to them. I am not big on sweet potatoes, but since they had Jalepeno, I did give them a taste.

 

My filet was ordered just a bit over rare, which was delivered. It was tender and as tasty as filet can be (which generally fillet really doesn't have a lot of flavor)  The sauce was excellent, although they could have used a few more mushrooms (Donna stole most of them on me!) And the horseradish potatoes were outstanding.

 

By the time we were done we were satisfyingly full, and although Donna almost went for the NY Cheesecake, she decided against it. Tax and 22% tip (I deducted 3 points cause while our young waiter was prompt, attentive, and pleasant, he failed to offer fresh ground pepper for our salads even though he did to the table behind us just as we were done with ours) about $135 total.

 

While we have had slightly better meals there in the past, it was still very nice and worth the expense. :)

 

 

Edited by Steve in Mass

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15 hours ago, Steve in Mass said:

Quick.....currently temperature 89, dewpoint 79 :eek:

 

Likely the highest dew point I have ever experienced, even down here when the air temp has been over 100.

 

It has been disgustingly oppressive for the last 2 days

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Thursday morning wind was light from the northeast, and I figured perhaps some Spanish might be around. Out front, nothing doing, so I hopped in the car to try various other spots.

 

Stopped at the ramp just south of Avon (ramp 38?) and walked over from the parking lot. Walking out in the light wind I was attacked by these flea like bugs.....they were all over my legs and arms. I thought perhaps they were just in the dunes (flies and skeeters are often an issue walking over but not on the beach itself). But I got all the way to the waters edge and after 2 minutes had to turn around and go back, as they were just too annoying to be able to stay. In the 24 years being down here, I had never run into these particular creatures before.

 

Was gonna stop just a bit further down at an old road that runs just behind the dunes, but figured it would be much the same there as it is quite close to the ramp area. So I headed further south to another spot I know of. This particular spot you could park and easily hop onto the beach and be just a bit north of the old lighthouse sight. Without being too specific, I believe years ago there was a coast guard compound of some sort near there (which is now gone.)

 

Unfortunately, they have the road blocked off just as it starts to run along the beach where there are no houses and you could walk over. A chain across the road with a sign "Authorized and Rescue Vehicles Only". Before the blocked road were no parking signs on either side, leaving a spot for one vehicle, which was already taken. Why they deemed it necessary to close this road is beyond me. :squid:

 

So down to the lighthouse area beach, and nothing doing there. Headed further south to the ramps to the Point, parked there and walked over, not a thing happening.

 

Onward down 12, stopped at Connors Market to see if they had any good bacon, with no luck. Rode down the road to the airport in Frisco and that ramp, but it is like a mile hike from the parking lot to the beach there, so that was out.

 

On to Hatteras Village and the beach parking lot just south of Frisco. Hopped over the walkway, made a dozen casts but saw no signs of life. Stopped at the Red and White (which I think used to also be called Burros), and scored some really nice bacon for $5/lb....................

 

Then headed back north...........

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thanks again for the update

 

curious what you were throwing at each of the spots you stopped at? Es lures and sting silvers for Spanish / blues or were you soaking bait?

 

 

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Posted (edited)

23 hours ago, hanlon-surf said:

Es lures and sting silvers for Spanish / blues or were you soaking bait?

For Spanish, all I throw are various color StingSilver type lures, tied direct to the running line, as from what I know, Spanish are terminal tackle shy. If bluefish are about, that works for them as well.

 

Jumping ahead for just a second to today, as I was fishing on the sound I saw an old friend that I met down here many, many years ago, Ralph from near Penn State. Over the years he was always here at least one of the weeks I was, and he always fished the same spot I do, sometimes with his kids that are now young adults. 

 

It made my day to see him again and chat as we casted, and we will meet up again tomorrow, and he was just as thrilled to see me again, if even more so, and actually called his wife to tell her we met up. :):):)

 

Edited by Steve in Mass

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