The frying pan tower is quite a run from Shallotte inlet approx. 47.5 miles
N 33 28 3700
w 77 34 6500
Pick up a chart at the fishing center they have all the local numbers you will need to start. There are alot of local spots closer than the tower. But there is some great bottom fishing on the way and around the FPT. Yo can see the tower on a good day when you get within 8 miles of it.