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Old 05-31-2013, 05:47 PM
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I ran D.I. today with absolutely no problem at all. I ran from Neuse River, when I went through it was about 2hrs before high tide. I found one spot leaving the channel in Core Sound heading toward the inlet and the sounder showed 3.5'. Honestly the actual Inlet was easy to run today the deep water was very easy to spot and I had good water all the way through. 11' was the shallowest I found through the inlet, but it was mostly 15-20'
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I ran D.I. today with absolutely no problem at all. I ran from Neuse River, when I went through it was about 2hrs before high tide. I found one spot leaving the channel in Core Sound heading toward the inlet and the sounder showed 3.5'. Honestly the actual Inlet was easy to run today the deep water was very easy to spot and I had good water all the way through. 11' was the shallowest I found through the inlet, but it was mostly 15-20'
well please God post some numbers so I don't die like everyone thinks I am going to...

seriously, if you have some numbers for crossing the bar before getting to the inlet please share them . Or if you have a track please post a picture if you can. Thanks!
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boy oh boy , I sure could use the track or some #'s also.
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Does this mean y'all are saying I'm going to have to buy one of those GPS/charter things? It's on the list.......

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I know this is gonna sound like it, but Im really not trying to be a smart a**. One of the great things about fishing up there is theres no crowd because a majority of people dont know what to do when theres no buoys. I always share intel about up there via PM. I sure hope this doesnt start looking like my last hideaway that got found....Shark Island. Pretty work on finding the channel though!! Last week I found the actual bar to be far wider than usual and I had 4'-6' of water and breakers. Theres def not 11' of water on the actual BAR, but yes 11' between the N-S points.
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I know this is gonna sound like it, but Im really not trying to be a smart a**. One of the great things about fishing up there is theres no crowd because a majority of people dont know what to do when theres no buoys. I always share intel about up there via PM. I sure hope this doesnt start looking like my last hideaway that got found....Shark Island. Pretty work on finding the channel though!! Last week I found the actual bar to be far wider than usual and I had 4'-6'.
I know where you are coming from. It's still pretty remote even to get to decent ramp.
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Westco you're absolutely right, if anyone needs that info shoot me your email and I'll send it to you.
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Westco, I don't think many will try it even with the #'s it really works good for me leaving PC I can be in the inlet 45-55 min from PC and then 30 miles to blue water, so really for me it'll be roughly the same mileage as going to Ocracoke without dealing with the sound late in the afternoon. I never saw water that shallow but it was CALM there were breakers on both sides but that was it the channel was slick and it was 2hrs before and abt 2hrs after when I went out and came back through. Low tide and some rough water I can see you seeing 4-6'.
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That’s a nice map I made that trip a few weeks ago from oriental to cap lookout via icw then we came around through core sound up to cedar island and back to oriental it was a long day but one on them rare slick as glass days. We stayed clear of old drum inlet but if I had had them numbers I may have slipped to the outside then back in at ocracoke….thanks for posting I am going to run your numbers later this month I will let you know how it works out. The southern Pamlico, and core sound are some of my all time favorite boating areas, many good times and a few scary times and many stories and some tall tales.

I think it was a good idea to take down that map that area is like a good old friend you don’t want everyone to know about. The last time (last fall )I went through old drum I made it no problems, no crowds…..

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We went thru last week at low tide on a 30 footer. We kissed the bottom in several places. Coming from the "intracoastal" (its not really the intracoastal but it is marked) at Atlantic there is a green marker and a post. That is where you leave the marked channel and enter the channel going East. There will be a sand bar on the left with a stake and several buoys. Hug the sandbar and buoys (bottles) until you get to the end and then is it pretty much a straight shot. The bottles do not have red or green, they are white. A few guys have put several chlorox bottle markers-thanks folks.

Yes entering thru the breakers is easy on most tides and winds. But a strong SW with an outgoing tide might cause you to dirty your underwear.

One suggestion is to hang around and follow a local guy/gal.
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i appreciate the help fellas. I am by no means trying to steal a spot, we just don't have the fuel capacity in my boat to fish where we would like running out of beaufort or bardens. drum cuts out a lot of mileage and time.

if I can email someone for that map please let me know. I won't share it, just trying to get my bearings straight before making the run in a few weeks. Thanks guys
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Ran out last Friday morning, just past daybreak, on a strong outgoing tide. Inlet was breaking all the way across, 6' short chop, nasty. It was all my 20' seacraft wanted. But when you commit, there is no turning around. Ran my old track, never got less than 10' on the outer bar. Not going to give numbers, but I can say I limited on gaffers and had laundry on the rigger...
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Alright guys everyone that has asked has gotten #'s I risked my life and limb to brave the "bar" to get you these. Now who can help me out with some live bottom #'s?
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Alright guys everyone that has asked has gotten #'s I risked my life and limb to brave the "bar" to get you these. Now who can help me out with some live bottom #'s?
once we get out i will share anything i find
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Please, anyone that decides to help out with this, please use the PM option.
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We stayed clear of old drum inlet but if I had had them numbers I may have slipped to the outside then back in at ocracoke….thanks for posting I am going to run your numbers later this month I will let you know how it works out. The southern Pamlico, and core sound are some of my all time favorite boating areas, many good times and a few scary times and many stories and some tall tales.

I went through old drum I made it no problems, no crowds…..
Actually, the inlet being used now is Ophelia, New Drum Inlet is closed and gone, and Old Drum Inlet is a few miles to the North just South of the cabins. Old Drum is VERY sketchy and is only accessible by skiff on a good day!!
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Actually, the inlet being used now is Ophelia, New Drum Inlet is closed and gone, and Old Drum Inlet is a few miles to the North just South of the cabins. Old Drum is VERY sketchy and is only accessible by skiff on a good day!!
I have heard this inlet called "Ophelia" several times and just don't understand why some call it that when it was there before hurricane Ophelia hit. I have charts dated prior to Ophelia and the inlet was there and is labeled "Drum" inlet. Why do some call it Ophelia inlet when it was there before she was?? They even dredged the channel to the inlet in the mid-late 90's and they called it "Drum" also.
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I have heard this inlet called "Ophelia" several times and just don't understand why some call it that when it was there before hurricane Ophelia hit. I have charts dated prior to Ophelia and the inlet was there and is labeled "Drum" inlet. Why do some call it Ophelia inlet when it was there before she was?? They even dredged the channel to the inlet in the mid-late 90's and they called it "Drum" also.
Not a downeaster so can't attest to all these events but here is an excerpt from Wikipedia on Drum inlet:

Drum Inlet is an inlet of the Outer Banks in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It connects the Core Sound with the Atlantic Ocean and separates North Core Banks from South Core Banks.
Drum Inlet initially opened in about 1899, but closed naturally by 1919. It reopened during the 1933 Outer Banks Hurricane, but closed again by 1971. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers then opened New Drum Inlet about 3 miles to the south. In 1999 Hurricane Dennis reopened Old Drum Inlet, but it has again closed. In 2005 Ophelia Inlet was opened by Hurricane Ophelia just south of New Drum Inlet, and later merged with New Drum Inlet[1][2]
Over the winter of 2008-2009, all of the inlets shoaled and closed up, leaving only Ophelia Inlet.
In September 2011, Hurricane Irene reopened New Drum and Old Drum Inlets and widened Ophelia Inlet.
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I have heard this inlet called "Ophelia" several times and just don't understand why some call it that when it was there before hurricane Ophelia hit. I have charts dated prior to Ophelia and the inlet was there and is labeled "Drum" inlet. Why do some call it Ophelia inlet when it was there before she was?? They even dredged the channel to the inlet in the mid-late 90's and they called it "Drum" also.
The inlet that is there now was blown thru during Hurricane Ophelia, the Drum Inlet youre referring to (New Drum INlet) was located to the north of Ophelia. but not by far. I used to run New Drum INlet all the time and its definately not Ophelia!! Ophelia was so large and deep, it basically choked off New Drum and it eventually filled in. You can see where it was when running the ocean, you can also easily see it from the air.
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