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FPT or 23-Mile Rock? Distance and species variety

Old 06-13-2019, 05:17 PM
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Looking to do some ballyhoo trolling and cut bait bottom fishing at some point next week. If you had a choice, is there a preferred location - out of Southport to Frying Pan Tower area or out of Masonboro Inlet to 23-mile Rock?
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:03 PM
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I fish both of those and I would still say FPT this time of year. Better bottom fishing, closer to gamefish (mahi only a little further at black jack etc), good king bite. I would say 23 mile a little further into summer in my book
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:21 PM
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I fished at the 23-mile rock for bottom and got plenty of b-liners. I haven't hit FPT yet.
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Old 06-16-2019, 06:24 AM
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Thanks Russ and SailMeeting. curious about the time it takes to reach each of them from our potential launch points: Southport/CFR to FPT or Masonboro inlet to 23-Mile Rock. out of the inlets, if weíre pushing ~25-28mph, are we talking 60, 75, or 80+ minutes? Assuming weíd have to swing wide southwest for FPT to avoid the shoals...no?
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Old 06-16-2019, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by ZDogCajun View Post
Thanks Russ and SailMeeting. curious about the time it takes to reach each of them from our potential launch points: Southport/CFR to FPT or Masonboro inlet to 23-Mile Rock. out of the inlets, if weíre pushing ~25-28mph, are we talking 60, 75, or 80+ minutes? Assuming weíd have to swing wide southwest for FPT to avoid the shoals...no?
Yesterday, i ran masonboro to 23 at 25-28 it took 60 minutes. 2 foot seas. I did it a couple of weeks ago in 3-4 seas about 75-80 minutes. Ran 20-25 all the way there. Iím running 21 SH 150 hp.
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Old 06-16-2019, 08:36 AM
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Yesterday, i ran masonboro to 23 at 25-28 it took 60 minutes. 2 foot seas. I did it a couple of weeks ago in 3-4 seas about 75-80 minutes. Ran 20-25 all the way there. Iím running 21 SH 150 hp.
how did you end up doing? I was at 23 mike rocks yesterday as well, probably ran across you a time or two. A lot of people out fishing yesterday.
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Old 06-16-2019, 08:46 AM
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how did you end up doing? I was at 23 mike rocks yesterday as well, probably ran across you a time or two. A lot of people out fishing yesterday.
Yes it was lots of people trolling near. Once we got back in a guy was telling me about it was a king tournament. I seen about 5 kings boated while out there. limit out on B-Liner, a few Black Sea Bass and some Pinks.
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limit out on B-Liner, a few Black Sea Bass and some Pinks.
Were you using the same rig and cut bait for the snapper as for the BSB? Thinking of cutting up (thin strips) and dropping a (little tunny) Bonita to see what bites?
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Were you using the same rig and cut bait for the snapper as for the BSB? Thinking of cutting up (thin strips) and dropping a (little tunny) Bonita to see what bites?
Yeah thatís what I was doing. My last trip out I used cut up Bonita and we limited out of BLiners within a hour. With the BSB yesterday we caught and release plenty that were to small. Once we increase the bait size to bigger pieces we pulled up a 15 and 20 BSB.(length not pounds) lol
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Yes it was lots of people trolling near. Once we got back in a guy was telling me about it was a king tournament. I seen about 5 kings boated while out there. limit out on B-Liner, a few Black Sea Bass and some Pinks.
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we did pretty pretty good, only trolled for about 30 minutes, didnít feel like dodging other boats. Limited on vermillions easily but couldnít find any bsb to save my life. Did pull in a 35lb Cobia that decided it wanted 7 inch live bait.

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we did pretty pretty good, only trolled for about 30 minutes, didnít feel like dodging other boats. Limited on vermillions easily but couldnít find any bsb to save my life. Did pull in a 35lb Cobia that decided it wanted 7 inch live bait.

Sound like me. We put the rods out for trolling like 5 minutes and then said the same thing. Started searching for BSB. You fish out of Masonboro Inlet often?
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Sound like me. We put the rods out for trolling like 5 minutes and then said the same thing. Started searching for BSB. You fish out of Masonboro Inlet often?
I live 3 hours away in Burlington. But I try to get down to fish at least once a month. Almost always Masonboro, occasionally Southport.
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I live 3 hours away in Burlington. But I try to get down to fish at least once a month. Almost always Masonboro, occasionally Southport.
Same for me, Iím coming for Raleigh area but here once a month at least. Shoot me a PM if youíre interested in buddy boating on a trip.
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Same for me, Iím coming for Raleigh area but here once a month at least. Shoot me a PM if youíre interested in buddy boating on a trip.
Same here...live in Raleigh and making the trip this Thursday (if weather holds). I donít own a boat...been renting boats for the last 3 years. Either out of Topsail or Wrightsville Beach. So much easier than insurance and upkeep of owning.

PM me if anyone is going out this Thursday.
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Same here...live in Raleigh and making the trip this Thursday (if weather holds). I donít own a boat...been renting boats for the last 3 years. Either out of Topsail or Wrightsville Beach. So much easier than insurance and upkeep of owning.

PM me if anyone is going out this Thursday.


You are going out in this?
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You are going out in this?
Ha. Nah thatís why I said if the weather holds. Lightning? Heck no. Otherwise, yes. If too choppy Iíll just fish the flats inland. But if itís something Iíve learned over these years, you canít ever really trust the coastal weather forecast until youíre a few hours out.
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Ha. Nah thatís why I said if the weather holds. Lightning? Heck no. Otherwise, yes. If too choppy Iíll just fish the flats inland. But if itís something Iíve learned over these years, you canít ever really trust the coastal weather forecast until youíre a few hours out.
Lol ok. I will be watching over the next few days and will get in touch with you.
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