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  1. 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.
  2. 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!!!
  3. That is awesome. Thanks for sharing. Were they blitzing schools of bunker at the surface, like bluefish/stripers do?
  4. Great looking fish. Congrats!
  5. Awesome report and nice photos.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. My bad TimS. I deleted. I should have known better.
  9. Hope you don't mess up the finish on your roof with the sand. I like that color. I had a WRX wagon when they first came out, with the bug eyes. Was a fun car. Too fun to have when the kids came along though. Would have been nice in that color.
  10. Nice looking beach crawler. Be careful in this rough surf with that board. My kid's named mine "BlackJack". Which kept them entertained for about 2 hours of our drive, "racing" other cars... i.e. passing a car on 95. Which on that road, is kind of racing if passing anyone.
  11. That is pretty awesome. I'm sure clearance would be the only issue with a Subaru. They are pioneers of AWD. But lifted, you are probably just as high as many SUVs/trucks. I'd imagine you turn a few heads while out. I'd personally think about adding a hitch carrier, with extension like the "BlackHat", to keep the slop outside (and able to open the hatch). Probably the best thing about trucks for ORVs, is the ability to worry about the slop later.
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  13. They say, fish into the wind is the best. That wind should be pushing plankton and other things that baitfish eat to you, which should bring the whole food chain to you. Personally, I fish whatever I can, when I am able to... I would definitely not overlook the Sound. I love fishing the beach, since I am about 300 miles to the closest beach. But, the Sound seems to have more "bigger fish" willing to play. Granted, I never make it to Hatteras when the big drum or big cobia are around, and never target sharks. In those cases, the bigger fish are in the ocean. To me, the "bigger fish" are the puppy drum & speckled trout compared to the sea mullet and croakers that are usual Summer fair. The Sound is loaded with fresh bait too. Most of the bait shops are pretty honest when you stop in, buy some stuff and get a report. Not sure how honest the reports are online. I doubt they lie, but stretching the truth to get more people out, wouldn't be far fetched.
  14. North side, is north of the Point, where the ocean is to the East of the land. South side is south of the Point, where the island turns, and the ocean is to the South of the land. Different winds and other conditions are more favorable for one vs. the other. Same can be said of the Sound behind the island too.
  15. Looking forward to reading some reports and other notes on all of your adventures. Safe travels, and best of luck on the catching. Reports are looking great on catching something. Monsters at night. Enjoy the extended Summer!