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Old 09-28-2010, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default Best GPS chart for Cape Lookout shoals

This may be pointless because of how quickly mother nature moves things around, but is there a recommended chart for a Lowrance LCX-113c for the Cape Lookout shoals and/or the Core Sound/Bardens Inlet area?

I'm really looking for a good chart for some guidance when fishing the shoals and crossing over to the east side.
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:13 PM   #2
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Check this out - from waterproof Top Spot charts ......... ICM
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For the shoals, charts are nothing more than a general guide. For crossing, the slot area is fairly consistent for larger boats. We tend to cross over much closer in, but you can either read the water or you can't, and the chart won't help. Bottom changes too much to set a track and follow it over time.
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For the shoals, charts are nothing more than a general guide. For crossing, the slot area is fairly consistent for larger boats. We tend to cross over much closer in, but you can either read the water or you can't, and the chart won't help. Bottom changes too much to set a track and follow it over time.
That's what I figured for the shoals....

Some of the spots on that Top Spots map look interesting though... I didn't know about that near shore "barge wreck" for example.
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The shoals are so dynamic, theres not a specific chart for them, same with inside of Bardens Inlet, locally known as The Drain. For navigating, get a NOAA chart for Core Sound. The Barge Wreck is a good place for kings in October, also decent flounder fishing
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Billy, what's the number on that chart?
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Right about where it says "breakers" inside of the wreck is where I've gone through. I didn't have a chart out and don't look at the depth/fishfinder/GPS thingy, I just look at the water. I've never seen the wreck, probably was real close and didn't know it. I don't have a boat to fish on the "outside" anymore, so I guess it doesn't matter.
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When we cross the shoals we just watch the water and run the slew not far off the beach and you basically make a big U crossing them.
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Billy, what's the number on that chart?
Drew ........... Cape Hatteras to Cape Lookout # N242 ........ ICM
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