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  1. I prefer what Drumfish420 is suggesting. I have two "salmon rods" that I use. One is 8'6" and the other is 10'. When wanting to get things out as far as possible, the 10' is used more. The 8'6" is short enough to use on piers and in the sound, but still functions well for sending metals. Kind of an all around rod. I use it for trolling in PA too. The 10' doesn't get any use besides salt and too long to use for more than this (although, I will use for mullet/flounder/etc. small surf fish but other rods are better suited for that). I have some other surf rods that I have used before, but they are too bulky to cast for more than 1/2 hour and too fast action tip that doesn't load with the relatively lighter weight lures, that the salmon rods do. Granted, the salmon rods are pretty much worthless, if you want to cast 6" plugs in NJ or 4 oz of lead and a fish head. For those, I would recommend something a bit faster action, more surf rod style. Search "salmon rods", and keep an eye on what 420 noted about the lure rating. Most salmon rods are lighter action (only rated to 3/4 oz or less), and might break a tip if loading it up with a 2oz. Stingsilver or whatever you are throwing. You want to be able to cast as hard as you can, and not fear breaking it, if you see a school busting just out of reach... Unfortunately, most rods don't advertise their "sweat spot" weight, where the rod seems to load perfectly at. Usually somewhere in the middle of their advertised lure ratings though. Or, check out the NC bait shops and see if some of the custom rods are in your price range. For me, using only 10 days or so per year, isn't worth the custom rod prices. If you are using 50-60 days per year, then well worth it. Some of those guys spent years developing rods specifically for that sort of fishing.
  2. Awesome stuff Hanlon. You'll get your revenge on the red drum in August.
  3. Out front in OC on Wednesday, caught two (30" and 24") on bugs at dusk.
  4. Nice slammer blue. Those things are fun. Good on the smoker too...
  5. Have you tried the Sound? I know up north, they seem to do better in the sounds before the oceans heat up. If the beaches are slow, it couldn't hurt?
  6. Go to Frank and Frans your first day there. Ask for advice of what your best bet is. They have a great staff that will get you on fish. Their job is not to sell you the store on your first trip, but to get you back a few times in that 2 week span and the next time there. Avoid Walmart and whatever on your way down, and give them your business. Well worth the 10% more or whatever their prices are, for the knowledge they share. If planning to fish south of there a bit more, then do the same with Red Drum Tackle. Check out both of their fishing reports. Same with the pier on buying specific lures. They will usually be able to tell you what the hot lure has been, and a shop filled with other tackle. If you already have, then buy some drinks, snacks or t-shirts. $10-$20 here and there for their knowledge, will make them happy and you happy. If planning a trip to the Point. Do a search on this site of the spot, especially on the etiquette of that spot. Don't plan to go to the actual Point itself, and join in the conga line, with braid on your rod. It is highly frowned upon. If you position yourself a good distance away from that spot, with good distance between you and others, then I am sure braid is fine (if that happens to be what you have on your reels). If OBX is the only salt water fishing that you do, then probably consider using mono if you are purchasing line. That area is a washing machine like current, and lines will tangle if joining in the elbow to elbow crowds that gather there when fishing is good.
  7. Some new access points for anyone interested. https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/new-buxton-day-use-area-and-kite-point-access-scheduled-to-be-open-by-memorial-day/?fbclid=IwAR2CrljUchbAlnyK5t-t40FfQaE0zZaMaYzKi2r_yetF0KWbWq7ZUMROwE4
  8. Emerald Isle Woods Park has some sort of kayak specific launcher at the end of their pier. It is a bit of a hike from the parking to the end of the pier, but puts you in a nice looking section of the sound. Pretty easy access to some islands and channels. I have never used, but saw others launching kayaks there.
  9. Early June has good fishing reports in the ocean like Bstriping said. Just the chance of catching a cobia would have me camped out on the beach with beers and gear! A lot of other stuff around too from reports that I have read. I haven't made an early June vacation since I have had kids though. I have fished Delmarva/NJ in recent years at that time, and is filled with bluefish and stripers. So, would assume that most of the bluefish migration will be north by then. Take a look at the satellite view of the sound. Look for the darker areas, which are deeper holes. Also, darker clumps, which are grass beds. The fish will be in deeper water waiting to ambush the shallows where the baitfish will be cruising. The grass beds have a ton of life, bait fish, shrimp, crabs, which get harassed by the bigger fish too. There are a lot of spots from Buxton north the entire island. There might be some access points from Buxton to Frisco as well, but seems to be much more private property there. Public access in Frisco as well. Can access some from public parking, from parking on the road and walking, or if you want to pony up some money for an ORV pass, a few places with dirt roads to take you closer. I don't want to be too specific and spot burn. But, just looking at the map, really will put you on some decent water. A lot of creek channels or other man made deeper holes. A lot of public land north and south of Avon. Depending on how close to Buxton you will be, shouldn't be too far of a drive. Renting a kayak or taking one if you have would be good times if wanting to stay on the sound, and the weather cooperates. Never too early to start day dreaming about fishing!!!
  10. That is awesome. Thanks for sharing. Were they blitzing schools of bunker at the surface, like bluefish/stripers do?
  11. Great looking fish. Congrats!
  12. Awesome report and nice photos.
  13. White seemed to be the color of choice my last few times to Avon and Emerald Isle. The head color didn't seem to matter. Here is an easy loop knot. Seems to work well.
  14. Use Google Earth or other satellite image maping for some good spots to check out. You can see where some deeper water is (looks darker), closer to shore to wade. If you have a kayak, even better. If you have a cast net, there are usually ample amounts of mullet and other small fish around. Shrimp seem to hang out in the grassy areas. If using shrimp, I personally couldn't get it in the water more than a minute, without a pinfish tearing it apart. So, if you have kids that you want to just catch some fish, a small hook, 1/2 ounce weight and small piece of shrimp (or small piece of cut bait) will be similar to fishing a farm pond full of bluegills. For the bigger fish, what Anton58 said.
  15. My bad TimS. I deleted. I should have known better.