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  1. Those are mostly spots. They are most definitely edible. They don't grow very big, but are very tasty when fried.
  2. Aired down to 20 psi like always.
  3. I’ve been out to the beaches around Hatteras many times in an SUV. Just got back from first trip in a truck (2013 Ram 1500.). Wow, what a difference! One time I thought I was buried, and she muscled herself out. Believe it or not a couple of times I drove from the Point back to the ramp in 2wd. (Total stock truck-no lift kit, 20” rims)
  4. I miss the Frisco Pier, like was mentioned earlier, it closed after repeated storm damage and was totally demolished a couple of years ago by the NPS. A couple of other places to get to if you don't have a 4WD. You can go to ramp 43 and park. It's not a terrible walk across to the surf from there. Also, go to the end of Old Lighthouse Rd. in Buxton. There is a parking lot there and relatively short walk to the jetties.
  5. I've got the maroon 40-405 and my son has the green Red Drum Tackle version of the same rod. They are both off the shelf, and are definitely light and easy to cast in my opinion. I'm no expert caster, but you see tons of them being used around Cape Hatteras, so that says something.
  6. Just did a quick Google search- depending on your exact model you've got just below or over 8" of ground clearance, which is not 10" like some trucks, but not it's not bad. Give it a shot, and if in doubt stick to hard sand to begin with.
  7. When I go to the Outer Banks, the last thing I do the night before we leave is to run the vehicle through a car wash to get the salt and sand off her.
  8. With a quick Google search you can find your ground clearance, or just take a measuring tape to the lowest part of the undercarriage down to the ground. If what I saw is correct, you've got about 7.5" of clearance. You might do okay on harder beaches, but I wouldn't try it on softer beaches. I think you'd spend more time digging than driving.
  9. Thanks for the water temp you gave. Big drum normally don't come in any numbers until the water temperature is lower 60s. Not impossible to catch in warmer water in the surf, but not nearly as likely.
  10. You won't catch tarpon in the surf. It is possible to catch a big drum in the surf in early September, but we're still over a month from better drum fishing.
  11. I would be hesitant to take a RAV4 onto a beach because of ground clearance. I was near Cape Hatteras when I saw one flying down the beach. I watched him fly by and until he got it stuck. A few minutes later a big roll back truck drove down the beach and retrieved the RAV. The tow truck drove back out with the RAV on the back and the RAV driver still sitting in his car, I guess that is the "ride of shame." Seriously, I have seen very few small SUVs like RAV4s or CRVs on the beach out there.
  12. Frank and Frans is the main tackle shop in Avon, so stop in there.
  13. I concur about thinking of hitting the beach for a drum. Late October through November is "prime time" for drum fishing. This doesn't guarantee you will catch something, but this is one of the two best times to get one (the other being late March and April.) Like animal said, 12'-13' foot rod that can cast 8 oz. of weight plus a piece of mullet. Look for water temps in the lower 60s and some wind in your face. Hatteras Jacks are good people, if farther down the island I also really like Red Drum Tackle in Buxton.
  14. I've noticed similar fraying of my line after being hooked up with dorsal finned toothy critters.
  15. At Cape Hatteras in March a school of them was being driven toward the shore. A few were caught on artificials. That may have been accidental, but it happened. Definitely not the best way to catch them. Many shops have fresh bunker, or use a net.