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Old 01-16-2005, 08:58 PM
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Default Albemarle or Pamlico Sound fishing?

Which sound has better fishing , and what species are there? Also do they have good Cobia Ffishing?
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Old 01-17-2005, 07:38 AM
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I believe most folks would argue that the Pamlico has better fishing than the Albemarle. When you look at the possibilities on the Pamlico, they far outweigh those on the Albemarle. The Pamlico is known for its Tarpon and large Red Drum fisheries in the heat of the summer. You can also expect some great cobia fishing in the late spring, early summer months near Hatteras and Ocracoke Inlets. There are many creeks and marsh areas off of the sounds that hold the usual puppy drum, trout, flounder, and schoolie rock fish. Some of these fish are present the entire year. As far as rock fishing though, you can not beat the Albemarle at Mann's Harbor and often times throughout the entire Albemarle. Both are great, but I believe the Pamlico has the upper hand as far as variety goes.
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Old 01-17-2005, 09:22 AM
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For pure variety, it is the Pamlico......primarily because of it's significantly higher salinity and direct inlets to the ocean.* The Albemarle is much less saline under normal rainfall conditions.....particularly west of a line between Durant's Island across to toward the Pasquatank River.* There are 5 major fresh water rivers (dominated by the Roanoke and Chowan) that tend to keep the salinity down.* That is one of the reasons why bass fishing exists on the Albemarle and not on the Pamlico. * On the other hand, you will rarely hear of a Tarpon in the Albemarle for the same reason.* So, if saltier species are your target......go Pamlico........if you like more fresh water species......go Albemarle.* As far as rockfishing, it is clearly the Albemarle where tag data suggest there are two groups, the original group that lives in the ocean and migrates yearly into fresh water (dominantly the Roanoke River) to spawn, and another group that lives in the sound year round and also spawns up at Weldon.
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Old 01-17-2005, 06:49 PM
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Thanks for the information.I am trying to learn about fishing in the Carolinas.I am nearing retirement age and am thinking of retiring in either North or South Carolinia. I have vacationed at Beaufort SBeaufortouth Carolinia and fished Port Royal Sound and the Broad R.iver.Its pretty expensive.Beaufort North Carolinia sounds real nice and I plan to vacation there next.With Pimlico Sound and the Neuse River , it sounds like the fishing should be similar.Any thoughts?You guys have really been helpful and I value your fishing and boating suggestions.Would a "bay boat" be best for Pimlico Sound and near-shore fishing?All recomendations as brand,length etc. are apreciated also.I just found out about this site a little time ago,I have been avidly reading all your posts,and past posts.Thanks again fellows.
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Beaufort NC is a beautiful little town that has almost grown into Morehead City, or vice versa.* I have a couple of old friends that live or have vacation homes down in that area and they love it.*

As for boats, you will see everything on Pamlico Sound, but the folks with good sense use something with some freeboard on it and a bit of a V bottom.* Reason is that Pamlico (and Albemarle is similar) are relatively shallow so that squalls can get them rough as a corn cob very fast........waves get tightly packed to the point that you will stuff from time to time in the worst of it........thus, you will see the commercial fishermen all using Privateers, Maycraft, old SeaOx, Parker, and similar hulls........freeboard and a V bow.*
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