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Old 06-13-2019, 04:43 AM
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I will be vacationing for the first time in Nags Head in mid august and i will be bringing my boat. (Very seaworthy with 75 gal gas tank) I would like to target mahi if i have some nice weather, what is the best place to start? How far offshore? Any areas that are popular? If the weather is to bad to transit the inlet i was going to target red drum in the sound. Is there any special spots to look for when drum fishing? Or is any open area with chunk bait going to work. I am new to the drum fishing. Thank you for any help! Much appreciated, just looking to catch some fish with my dad
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:31 AM
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What kind of boat do you have? 75 gallons of fuel doesn't sound like an offshore boat. You said it was seaworthy but please make sure cause that inlet is nothing to mess about with...

I took my 26' Proline CC on vacation there last year for the first time. I am pretty new at fishing offshore so take my input with that...
Here's a list of some things I learned last year:
The inlet can be NASTY, fast current, confused seas, nasty wave angles all at once. I would not take a boat smaller than mine or maybe a 24...

To catch mahi mahi you will need to find a weed line. My best advice: Follow the charter boats out of the inlet. At 5 AM! be there or don't go offshore. They can also be unwitting buddy boats just in case... Plus they might get you to some fishing grounds like the point (for tuna) or on a weed line. Just troll up and down the weed line. Troll the length once and then start looking for something else to fish. Depending on your fuel burn, 75 gallons seems light. I burned 30-40 gallons per day. You can easily need to go 20-40 miles out or more to find a weed line. I never found one and my fishing buddy was nervous to get out of sight of land so we only got about 30 miles offshore. After you get out you will probably need to run north or south for a while too.

I mapped a bunch of GPS points for fishing grounds, reefs, and wrecks before I went last year. Most of the GPS coordinates I found online were 50+ miles from the inlet so if you are going offshore some of the fishing is good distance.

If you are like me and buy gas at stations where it is cheaper, there are a couple of Circle Ks on the way down to the inlet on the right hand side of the road. My gig is 50+ feet long so I have to be careful where I pull in. Scout out the ones you can use to pull in easily in the morning to fill your boat. Both of the ones I noted were Circle Ks and both were open early in the morning. It is far easier to fill up at 4 am than anytime during the day.
Oregon Inlet fishing center is a nice setup. Plenty of parking and decent facilities. You can get all your supplies there.

No comment on inshore or near shore fishing as I have no experience there. Actually I want to see what others say about drum fishing as I would like to do that.

Hope some of that is helpful.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:44 AM
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Thank you for all the input, if the weather is nice i may go out but even if i dont get to the mahi grounds, ive read some stuff about kings within 10 miles. I will have to look into more but thank you for all the input! Much appreciated
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What kind of boat do you have? Thatís a great time of year to find weedlines in close. If you get a couple days of light easterly wind the pretty water and weedlines could blow in close (5-15 miles). If youíre just looking to target mahi they should be there if the conditions are right. As a backup there are several ARs and a couple navy towers within 20 miles of the Inlet. Those should keep you busy with Jacks and whatnot at the very least. All of this is weather dependent of course. Play it safe with the inlet, even if the wind is calm locally there could be a big swell running that will get you in trouble crossing the bar. Look for 3ft or less @ 8+ seconds and you should be fine as long as itís not windy.
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:34 PM
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Thank you! Hoping for some nice weather so i wont be restricted to the sound, but i have a 20 ft mckee craft with a mercury 200 on it and a 15 horse kicker for trolling. (Saves me some gas)
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:20 PM
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We fish offshore in a 23í with a 120 gallon tank and a Yammi 200. We burn about 60 gallons running to the stream, trolling all day and then running back. Iíve seen 20í boats out there when itís been super slick for several days in August and assumed they had the fuel capacity to do it. However, I would strongly recommend staying inshore out to 15-20 miles max. Should be able to pick up a few mahi depending on weather etc. Look for current lines / scum lines and troll those. Good Luck!
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:32 PM
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Thats what i was thinking, i hope to find them as close as possible, but i just wasn't sure how far inshore the mahi actually come in during august.
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:07 PM
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Only you know your boat and your comfort level. Go as far as you feel comfortable going if conditions allow of course.
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:00 PM
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Depending on the weather, itís not uncommon for a few to be caught off the ends of the piers.....
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