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I will be heading to Emerald Isle, NC. That's just south of OBX, it's also known as Southern OBX. Has anyone surf fish the area? I will be on the Ocean side. Just three miles north of Bogue Pier. If you've been there, what fish can be caught at this time of year and what bait/lure. What about Ft. Macon? Anyone fish the area? Thanks!

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Spanish still running, Bogue Inlet Pier was extensively rebuilt after last falls hurricane, it is very nice.  Fort Macon State Park on the east end of the island (Bogue Banks) offers surf fishing with access to the jetty and has both ocean front and Beaufort Inlet facing surf fishing opportunities  - I was there yesterday, you must exit the parking lot no later than 8:00 pm.  Chasing Tails and Freeman’s Discount Tackle, both on the causeway at Atlantic Beach, offer fresh bait and updated fishing reports on their Facebook pages.  On the west end (Emerald Isle) you have the Point at Bogue Inlet.  Downtown Swansboro has several pubic (free) piers facing the White Oak River - one was just rebuilt from the storm in the last two weeks.  Pogie’s in Swansboro is a Tackle shop that specializes in Kayak fishing and has extensive rental fleet - they will put you on the inshore fish.  If you want a great Speck trip in the New River (Sneads Ferry) call Captain Ricky Kellum, The Speckled Specialist, for a half or full day inshore trip.  Flounder will probably close on 8/23 but the hearings aren’t finalized (lots of confusion about this regulation change) - plenty of Doormat Founder coming up lately.  Have fun!  OH

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1 hour ago, Old Hunter said:

Spanish still running, Bogue Inlet Pier was extensively rebuilt after last falls hurricane, it is very nice.  Fort Macon State Park on the east end of the island (Bogue Banks) offers surf fishing with access to the jetty and has both ocean front and Beaufort Inlet facing surf fishing opportunities  - I was there yesterday, you must exit the parking lot no later than 8:00 pm.  Chasing Tails and Freeman’s Discount Tackle, both on the causeway at Atlantic Beach, offer fresh bait and updated fishing reports on their Facebook pages.  On the west end (Emerald Isle) you have the Point at Bogue Inlet.  Downtown Swansboro has several pubic (free) piers facing the White Oak River - one was just rebuilt from the storm in the last two weeks.  Pogie’s in Swansboro is a Tackle shop that specializes in Kayak fishing and has extensive rental fleet - they will put you on the inshore fish.  If you want a great Speck trip in the New River (Sneads Ferry) call Captain Ricky Kellum, The Speckled Specialist, for a half or full day inshore trip.  Flounder will probably close on 8/23 but the hearings aren’t finalized (lots of confusion about this regulation change) - plenty of Doormat Founder coming up lately.  Have fun!  OH

Im trying to plan a trip down there also.

Thx for all the info. Good luck OScout.

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11 hours ago, Old Hunter said:

Spanish still running, Bogue Inlet Pier was extensively rebuilt after last falls hurricane, it is very nice.  Fort Macon State Park on the east end of the island (Bogue Banks) offers surf fishing with access to the jetty and has both ocean front and Beaufort Inlet facing surf fishing opportunities  - I was there yesterday, you must exit the parking lot no later than 8:00 pm.  Chasing Tails and Freeman’s Discount Tackle, both on the causeway at Atlantic Beach, offer fresh bait and updated fishing reports on their Facebook pages.  On the west end (Emerald Isle) you have the Point at Bogue Inlet.  Downtown Swansboro has several pubic (free) piers facing the White Oak River - one was just rebuilt from the storm in the last two weeks.  Pogie’s in Swansboro is a Tackle shop that specializes in Kayak fishing and has extensive rental fleet - they will put you on the inshore fish.  If you want a great Speck trip in the New River (Sneads Ferry) call Captain Ricky Kellum, The Speckled Specialist, for a half or full day inshore trip.  Flounder will probably close on 8/23 but the hearings aren’t finalized (lots of confusion about this regulation change) - plenty of Doormat Founder coming up lately.  Have fun!  OH

Old Hunter thank you for the valuable info. I greatly appreciate it! Yosco, good luck to you too brother!! Enjoy your trip.

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Old Hunter covered it pretty good.  The beaches on EI got a major restructuring following Hurricane Florence and many of the sloughs & cuts were filled in.  But that's constantly changing.  The area where you are staying may hold some Northern Kingfish (aka Sea Mullet Mullet), Pompano, croaker, spots & puffers, maybe a black drum, in those sloughs.  Fresh bait shrimp are great baits for those, but the pinfish are so thick that you'll constantly be re-baiting.  Sand fleas (aka Mole Crabs) are probably the best bait for practical purposes.  They're pretty abundant on the EI beaches, and they're free.  There's some flounder as well.  A live finger mullet or mud minnow on a Carolina rig are good baits but you'll probably catch skates, rays & small sharks, plus the bluefish & crabs will maul most of your baits. You can catch small bluefish, 1/2 - 2 lbs.  3/4 oz Kastmaster is a good bet.  Spanish Mackerel will come in close enough at times.  Early A.M. is usually the best, and your choice of long casting metal jig.  You'll get more hookups with mono or fluoro, but you'll get bit off occasionally.  A short piece of wire might be in order.  There are some red drum roaming the surf, but the point by the Coast Guard station, far west part of the Island, is usually the best location for those, and for the Spanish.  Red drum will eat just about anything, but live or fresh dead finger mullet or cut bait on a fish finder rig are good starting points.  They will readily hit a variety of artificials too, including Kastmasters, and hard or soft plastics.  You don't need big surf gear unless you're targeting sharks.  A medium spinning rod and a 3000 - 4000 size reel will do for anything on these beaches.  To set your expectations, EI surf fishing isn't the greatest, especially in the dead of summer, but sometimes it can be pretty good.  As OH mentioned, The Reel Outdoors on EI is very close to where you are staying.  They will have any of the gear you need, and they're great folks.  Good luck.   

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20 hours ago, bmac said:

Old Hunter covered it pretty good.  The beaches on EI got a major restructuring following Hurricane Florence and many of the sloughs & cuts were filled in.  But that's constantly changing.  The area where you are staying may hold some Northern Kingfish (aka Sea Mullet Mullet), Pompano, croaker, spots & puffers, maybe a black drum, in those sloughs.  Fresh bait shrimp are great baits for those, but the pinfish are so thick that you'll constantly be re-baiting.  Sand fleas (aka Mole Crabs) are probably the best bait for practical purposes.  They're pretty abundant on the EI beaches, and they're free.  There's some flounder as well.  A live finger mullet or mud minnow on a Carolina rig are good baits but you'll probably catch skates, rays & small sharks, plus the bluefish & crabs will maul most of your baits. You can catch small bluefish, 1/2 - 2 lbs.  3/4 oz Kastmaster is a good bet.  Spanish Mackerel will come in close enough at times.  Early A.M. is usually the best, and your choice of long casting metal jig.  You'll get more hookups with mono or fluoro, but you'll get bit off occasionally.  A short piece of wire might be in order.  There are some red drum roaming the surf, but the point by the Coast Guard station, far west part of the Island, is usually the best location for those, and for the Spanish.  Red drum will eat just about anything, but live or fresh dead finger mullet or cut bait on a fish finder rig are good starting points.  They will readily hit a variety of artificials too, including Kastmasters, and hard or soft plastics.  You don't need big surf gear unless you're targeting sharks.  A medium spinning rod and a 3000 - 4000 size reel will do for anything on these beaches.  To set your expectations, EI surf fishing isn't the greatest, especially in the dead of summer, but sometimes it can be pretty good.  As OH mentioned, The Reel Outdoors on EI is very close to where you are staying.  They will have any of the gear you need, and they're great folks.  Good luck.   

bmac, thank you very much for the great info. You and Old Hunter made everything a lot easier. This is why I love this Forum. A lot of awesome folks willing to help their fellow fishermen. Thanks again for the very valuable information!!

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