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Hey all,

Would like to get some input on some fishing out of Morehead City. Just picked up a Gamefish 25 and would like to do some offshore trolling. If anyone would like to offer any tips or spots to go would be much appreciated. Trying to go out this weekend if the weather permits. Iím pretty new to the fishing around there and offshore. I have been to the Northwest places and the traveler buoy as well as the nearshore reefs. Pretty much would like to catch anything honestly. Kings and wahoo? Dolphin if there is any still around.

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pardon me for being a newbie.

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Originally Posted by billygee371 View Post
Hey all,

Would like to get some input on some fishing out of Morehead City. Just picked up a Gamefish 25 and would like to do some offshore trolling. If anyone would like to offer any tips or spots to go would be much appreciated. Trying to go out this weekend if the weather permits. Iím pretty new to the fishing around there and offshore. I have been to the Northwest places and the traveler buoy as well as the nearshore reefs. Pretty much would like to catch anything honestly. Kings and wahoo? Dolphin if there is any still around.

Thanks guys
pardon me for being a newbie.

Billy
Dolphin are gone. This is king mackerel and wahoo season.

This weekend actually looks okay weather wise. Kings on the east side and hoos on the nearshore side of the rock .
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AR 305 Area is always productive for me in the fall ... 210 rock 14 buoy all close by great for trolling etc. There is live bottom ledge that runs south west for a long time out there that holds all kind of fish. Seems like the barely legal kings stack up thick on the wrecks this time of year and the sea bass are mostly keepers now ... Jigging gets insane when you factor in the AJs too. We normally find a lot of False Albacore when moving around too which helps fill up the bait freezer for spring. The wahoo diamond jig technique for kings works really well and prevents a lot of cut offs. Good luck

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Youíll figure out the fishing by going fishing. Waaaaay more important to a newbie is paying attention to what the wind versus tide is doing when youíll be going thru our inlet. Do whatever you can to avoid coming in during the middle third of a falling tide and the wind is out of the south at more than 10 kts. It can get downright nasty when the wind stacks the water up. Thatís more likely to happen in summer months. Likewise, an incoming tide against a hard north wind will pucker your guppy. Chances are itíll be cooler when thatís happening. You'll learn to take both in stride but the first few times you experience those conditions itís better to be fully aware of why that small area of water is so sporty.

Safety is the most important aspect of boat fishing. Make sure your radio works well in both directions, make sure your permanent and back up bilge pumps function properly, your life jackets are in good shape and if you donít have an EPIRB, Get one.

C17ís suggestions of 210 and 14 buoy are spot on. Iíll add West Rocks. Youíre sure to find something these 3 places most any time of year. Tight lines to ya ! Great crowd of boaters around here.
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
Dolphin are gone. This is king mackerel and wahoo season.

This weekend actually looks okay weather wise. Kings on the east side and hoos on the nearshore side of the rock .
Where about on the east side? Sorry Iím not really familiar with anything over there.
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Originally Posted by C17DUDE View Post
AR 305 Area is always productive for me in the fall ... 210 rock 14 buoy all close by great for trolling etc. There is live bottom ledge that runs south west for a long time out there that holds all kind of fish. Seems like the barely legal kings stack up thick on the wrecks this time of year and the sea bass are mostly keepers now ... Jigging gets insane when you factor in the AJs too. We normally find a lot of False Albacore when moving around too which helps fill up the bait freezer for sting. The wahoo diamond jig technique for kings works really well and prevents a lot of cut offs. Good luck
thank you! Iíll see if I can find some numbers of those places. Iíll also see about the technique you mentioned.
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Originally Posted by BigRockCabo View Post
Youíll figure out the fishing by going fishing. Waaaaay more important to a newbie is paying attention to what the wind versus tide is doing when youíll be going thru our inlet. Do whatever you can to avoid coming in during the middle third of a falling tide and the wind is out of the south at more than 10 kts. It can get downright nasty when the wind stacks the water up. Thatís more likely to happen in summer months. Likewise, an incoming tide against a hard north wind will pucker your guppy. Chances are itíll be cooler when thatís happening. You'll learn to take both in stride but the first few times you experience those conditions itís better to be fully aware of why that small area of water is so sporty.

Safety is the most important aspect of boat fishing. Make sure your radio works well in both directions, make sure your permanent and back up bilge pumps function properly, your life jackets are in good shape and if you donít have an EPIRB, Get one.

C17ís suggestions of 210 and 14 buoy are spot on. Iíll add West Rocks. Youíre sure to find something these 3 places most any time of year. Tight lines to ya ! Great crowd of boaters around here.
Thank you for the info. I will be checking equipment this weekend before I go out that far. Iíll see about finding the numbers you mentioned as well. Iíve been out of the inlet a couple times in some rough water so I understand what you are saying. Only way to learn is to get some more time out there.
Thanks again!
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Twist you some wire and head to 180 feet and zig zag to 350 feet and back working one way or another and you will be fine this time of year. Ride until you start getting bites or mark good bait. Don't worry about the "spots" per say.
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Originally Posted by AB1620 View Post
Twist you some wire and head to 180 feet and zig zag to 350 feet and back working one way or another and you will be fine this time of year. Ride until you start getting bites or mark good bait. Don't worry about the "spots" per say.
I wouldnít even know where to start to be honest. I guess thatís why Iím more curious on a place to go then work off of that.
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Originally Posted by Rick S View Post
thank you! I guess itís easier for me to see it on a map then just getting a bunch of names. I donít want to go too far out for my first couple of times on the new boat. Want to get comfortable before I venture way off. I have to go sit on the boat one night and input a bunch of numbers in and check it out from there
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Northwest Place and Big Ten/Little Ten can be on fire with kings in late Oct and early Nov. Move further out in Dec.

Eastside- 1700 Rock, AR285, AR275, 30-Minute Rock, Shad Boat, D-Wreck will all hold kings.

Westside- Hutton, Suloide, AR330, Jerry's Reef, Southwest Ledges will hold kings.

The charts above are my hand-drawn charts back from when I was running Loran.

Numbers for all of the above can be found on any good grease chart- Name:  AC001_LORAN_lrg.jpg
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Great information, Rick.
I'm hoping to get down to the Carolinas one day to do some near shore fishing and every bit of advice is very much appreciated.
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Originally Posted by billygee371 View Post


I wouldnít even know where to start to be honest. I guess thatís why Iím more curious on a place to go then work off of that.
If you want a Wahoo, I would put the Swansboro Hole into your GPS and then pan down about 5 miles south of it and select a spot in 180 feet. I'd go there and put your lines out. Maybe work that area for a little while and if nothing happens I would start the zig zag north. More days than not you will eventually find them. By the end of the day you should be up around the Big Rock if you didn't do much stopping/circling on fish. This time of year you probably won't make it that far for catching fish.

This is just advice to beginners. Some days you may see something on the SST that says go to X Spot but if nothing excites you from the shots this is a good plan. You will most likely see a few well known boats doing the same.
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Thank you to everyone who has shared info! I appreciate it very much! If anyone would like to shoot me a pm to kinda go into a little more depth with all sorts offshore fishing that would be great. Truly a newbie to everything fishing like tackle, rods and whatever else besides actually running the boat and working on the motors.
Thanks again!!
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You can have more numbers than you'll ever fish loaded onto an SD card then insert into your plotter and download them. Fishing Status I believe is where I got mine. Paid a few bucks and loaded it myself. Cheap, easy and more spots than you'll ever know what to do with.
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You can have more numbers than you'll ever fish loaded onto an SD card then insert into your plotter and download them. Fishing Status I believe is where I got mine. Paid a few bucks and loaded it myself. Cheap, easy and more spots than you'll ever know what to do with.
yeah i contacted them itís a hundred bucks and it has a ton on there. I guess I need to ask if I can pick and choose which ones I download to my simrad unit.
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The Fish Here Map service has been pretty good for us. It'll give you likely spots to hit based on your targeted species. Coordinates for the spots are included along with SST and chlorophyll shots that you can study to try and understand why the recommended spots should produce. It's a big ocean and getting some guidance prior to shoving off is worth the money to some people. Especially so for guys that are starting out or don't get to go very often. We are looking at Monday and Tuesday out of Morehead targeting wahoo and we'll probably get one.
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Originally Posted by Lunchmoney View Post
The Fish Here Map service has been pretty good for us. It'll give you likely spots to hit based on your targeted species. Coordinates for the spots are included along with SST and chlorophyll shots that you can study to try and understand why the recommended spots should produce. It's a big ocean and getting some guidance prior to shoving off is worth the money to some people. Especially so for guys that are starting out or don't get to go very often. We are looking at Monday and Tuesday out of Morehead targeting wahoo and we'll probably get one.
Dumb question but where do I find that service? Planning on going out Sunday and Monday as I am off work. Unsure on what to use for tackle and things of that nature but Iím researching. Spent the majority of my life racing dirtbikes so this is all new to me.

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