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  1. So Fathers Day is coming up, and I'm thinking of asking for a rod and reel for casting for blues and spanish in the the surf. What suggestions do y'all have? I've got a heaver and something else for tossing bottom rigs, but this is strictly for casting metal in the surf. Rod brand and length, conventional or spinning? Thanks!
  2. Pretty work!
  3. Redrhino is correct about engine and transmission temperatures. If your truck/SUV doesn't have a towing package, it's good to add one to it. This would include a transmission cooler which can help.
  4. I'd like to know myself. We're chartering a boat out of Hatteras in three weeks and I'd love to know what if anything is being caught.
  5. Air down to 20psi and make sure you have the necessities- good shovels, piece of wood for a jack stand, good jack, and tow strap. If your car came with one of the little donut tires ditch it and get a full size spare. For the actual driving, keep your momentum going particularly in soft stuff and if your tires start to really spin go ahead and stop to dig before you bury yourself. I'd imagine your 4Runner would be very good on the beach. I've got an older model Pilot and it's pretty decent on the beach and that 4Runner would be more adept on the sand than the Pilot.
  6. Older Honda Pilots do pretty decently in the sand. Its transmission acts like a AWD, in that it is front wheel drive ordinarily and sends power to the rear wheels when there is slippage. It has a VTM-4 mode that enables you to "lock" all the wheels. The big drawback is ground clearance.
  7. I'll second the Yokohama Geolander suggestion. They work well on the beach (Cape Hatteras area) and aren't bad on the road, though I did notice a little dip in highway gas mileage. Like others have said, you don't want a very aggressive off-road tread pattern.
  8. We normally go south of there to the Cape Hatteras area, so I don't know much about fishing that far north. For charters, nearly all the charter boats are licensed for up to six passengers. You will have trouble with that- chartering a boat large enough for eight for sound or near shore.
  9. It all depends on where you are, what season, and what you're fishing for. For most of my cast and retrieve fishing on the Outer Banks I end up using one of a variety of metals- Hopkins, Stingsilvers, or other similar lures for blues and spanish.
  10. To close the loop on the driving subject: the beaches in front of the villages are open for driving through the 14th, the beaches are open for night driving through May 1st. Generally, you don't have to worry about much in the way of seasonal closures because of birds in April so you should be able to get down the point.
  11. "Driving around" won't be any shorter than the ferries, but the ferries would be a lot easier. I'd get a reservation for the Cedar Island ferry, enjoy a nap or good book. Don't ignore the Hatteras Inlet ferry ride. Like someone else posted, it's close to an hour long even though it's a very short trip in distance.
  12. If you're talking about the Outer Banks of NC, April is early. You can can catch bluefish many different times of the year, but Spanish are definitely a warmer water fish. For April, most of your fishing in the Outer Banks will be with bait. Once you get June and July with warmer water you can have a blast fishing for blues and Spanish in the surf, by casting and retrieving Hopkins, Stingsilvers, or other metal plug on a 7-8 foot rod.
  13. Ghost, I can't remember when the beaches in front of the villages are closed to ORVs. It seems like it might be mid-April, but you can look at the seashore's website and find out. I know that we stayed in Avon the first week of April two years ago and could legally drive in front of the house we rented.
  14. In my experience spring and fall fishing is primarily heaving 8 and bait. In the summer when there are Spaniards and blues about get a good assortment of stingsilvers, hopkins, and some metal plugs (the folks at Red Drum can tell you what the color du jour is.) Use a 7-8 foot rod that can whip them out a good ways and a pretty quick retrieve. I haven't caught trout in the surf so I'll defer to others on that.
  15. In our experience April can also have lots of sharks- sand tigers, sandbar sharks, that size. You can't carry them home to eat, but they sure provide some excitement for awhile. Drum can be there depending on weather/water (sort of hit and miss) and there are always skates, the occasional sea mullet or blue.