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Greetings everyone! Now that things are opening back up, I'm heading down to OBX for an extended weekend (wife's birthday). Pops bought a house in southern Nags Head a little over a year ago, so that will be my base of operations. This will be my first attempt at surf fishing. I've been through a lot of posts and articles, bought some gear (that will be staying at the house for many future uses), and would like your tips and thoughts! Time frame: June 4th late pm through June 9th am Luckily, this will give me a outstanding opportunity to catch the spring tide (if I can stay up late enough) and the next very low tide around 2pm. Scouting out where the 1st and 2nd troughs are as well as cuts. I bought two 9' X-Heavy Fast action rods w/ 7000 series spinners, one for me and one for my father in-law. Planning on doing almost matching setups, middle of the road, soaking bait and learning the ropes. Not worried about catching anything in particular. Main setup: 20# mono w/ 50# shock leader, two hook bottom rig w/ 4 oz pyramid and 4/0 circle hooks. Second setup: 17# mono w/ 40# shock leader, two hook bottom rig w 2 or 3 oz pyramid and 3/0 circle hooks. Do the hook sizes and weights seem middle of the road? I'm worried they might be on the big end considering the time of year. Does this seem like a waste (too close together)? should I stick with one setup and have the other be something "more different", like fish finder rig or much lighter/heavier setup? Plan on soaking the bait (and sun), probably squid and shrimp (and beer). Depends what the tackle shop guys recommend. Will mostly be walking/carting out a mile or two from the house. Might take a drive a few miles south but not onto the beach (have 4wd), and staying far away from the point. Also, I will have plenty of opportunity to go out at night, is there anything that is a "must have" for surf fishing at night (do those rod lights actually work)? Let me know what you guys think and I'll be sure to update here and let you know how it goes! Bill
We are thinking about making our first trip to obx around labor day. any suggestions locations and fish that may be caught that time of the year ? We're first timers for surf fishing obx and have 4x4 and probably prefer to stay away from the crowds.
Spent last week on the beach at Ocracoke. Surf fishing was light as is usual for summer, but once you found a hole there were plenty of small (tasty) blues to be had. I fished my new Tica TC2 9' med-heavy/fast rod under an old Squidder all week. My daughter and I booked a half-day fishing trip on the Drum Stick and we trolled successfully for blues and Spanish in Ocracoke Inlet. I would recommend the Drum Stick to anyone! Nick (Mate) and Marty (Capt) were great to fish with! It was a good trip overall!
I am heading down to Cape Lookout from DC area on sunday for the first time. Rolling solo just me and my dog. I typically fish Assateague and Delmarva beaches and am new to fishing OBX. If there are any SOL members that are going to be on the island......I could use some pointers. I will be driving a greenish gray Sierra 1500 with DE Surf Fishing Tag on the front and MD Tags. Black rod rack on rear. Stop by and say hi. Will trade beer for fresh bait. Whats the main difference between north and south island fishing? Best place to get fresh cut bait other than Davis Ferry? Any tips on rig for bull reds? THANK YOU FOR ANY AND ALL INPUT