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Old 11-30-2019, 09:13 AM
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Default Closest to Beaufort Inlet to get Dolphin

Have a house reserved next july on the ICW and plan on bringing the boat and leaving it in the canal to use for the week.

Heading out from the inlet, where is the closest I should have a decent chance of hooking up?

was going to pick calmest day of the week and head out. Only in a 21footer. I dont want to get into a huge debate about capabilities of boat and such. Yes I have all the saftey gear and electronics . Leaving early in the AM and coming back early before the pop up storms start. Was just trying to figure out how far I actually had to go to have a decent chance. So far the furthest I have been out has been about 5 miles.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 11-30-2019, 09:40 AM
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Edit because I misread

Anywhere from the 14 buoy out to the rock.
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Honestly in July out of Beaufort Inlet you stand to catch a dolphin anywhere from 5 to 50 miles. That time of year they should be scattered. When your vacation gets closer ask this question again. The short answer for now is you should definitely be able to get on some with your boat in July.
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Thanks guys!
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We have caught them under the sea buoy ourselves. But as said before you can catch them closer.
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Trolling in July is hit or miss. We have found that the best way to catch dolphin in July is to go bottom fishing in 90-125ft and keep an eye out for them swimming up to the boat. If you have a rod ready with some bait on it, a quick cast will get hit. If more than 1 show up (which is common) throwing pieces of cut bait to keep them around helps while you get rods ready. 20 miles out of the inlet.
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Originally Posted by Center Crusher View Post
Trolling in July is hit or miss. We have found that the best way to catch dolphin in July is to go bottom fishing in 90-125ft and keep an eye out for them swimming up to the boat. If you have a rod ready with some bait on it, a quick cast will get hit. If more than 1 show up (which is common) throwing pieces of cut bait to keep them around helps while you get rods ready. 20 miles out of the inlet.
Thank you for this!

Out of curiosity, when are the good months for trolling? I live in raleigh and go to the coast quite often.
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Mid April to early June with May being peak time normally
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Trolling in July is hit or miss. We have found that the best way to catch dolphin in July is to go bottom fishing in 90-125ft and keep an eye out for them swimming up to the boat. If you have a rod ready with some bait on it, a quick cast will get hit. If more than 1 show up (which is common) throwing pieces of cut bait to keep them around helps while you get rods ready. 20 miles out of the inlet.
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Chum live and cut bait when bottom fishing in July and the dolphin will show up. If your lucky there might be some weeds by good bottom and it will increase your chances. This has produces big dolphin in my experience.
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Codycat,

I'm also in Raleigh and fish out of Morehead. That time of year you probably want to keep an eye on the transition from Green to blue water and currents that might cause weed lines to form. At times the blue water can push in all the way to big/little 10, but usually closer to the 14 buoy. The biggest wildcard is the weather.
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Happy to compare notes any time as it gets closer.
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Originally Posted by Superfishy View Post
Chum live and cut bait when bottom fishing in July and the dolphin will show up. If your lucky there might be some weeds by good bottom and it will increase your chances. This has produces big dolphin in my experience.
Thank you for the advice!
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Originally Posted by verdenc View Post
Codycat,

I'm also in Raleigh and fish out of Morehead. That time of year you probably want to keep an eye on the transition from Green to blue water and currents that might cause weed lines to form. At times the blue water can push in all the way to big/little 10, but usually closer to the 14 buoy. The biggest wildcard is the weather.
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Happy to compare notes any time as it gets closer.
Thank you for the information, and for offering to compare notes,

However you should know in advance, comparing notes may be a little one sided, LOL. But I may take you up on that!

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WR-14 buoy is always a favorite for me.
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Originally Posted by Codycat View Post
Have a house reserved next july on the ICW and plan on bringing the boat and leaving it in the canal to use for the week.

Heading out from the inlet, where is the closest I should have a decent chance of hooking up?

was going to pick calmest day of the week and head out. Only in a 21footer. I dont want to get into a huge debate about capabilities of boat and such. Yes I have all the saftey gear and electronics . Leaving early in the AM and coming back early before the pop up storms start. Was just trying to figure out how far I actually had to go to have a decent chance. So far the furthest I have been out has been about 5 miles.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!
the ocean doesn't have fences, trying to figure out where the fish are going to be 7 months from now is like searching for a personal turd in a water treatment plant.. The search feature on here works well also
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Originally Posted by lovemydog View Post
the ocean doesn't have fences, trying to figure out where the fish are going to be 7 months from now is like searching for a personal turd in a water treatment plant.. The search feature on here works well also
You are correct in fishing prediction. I guess I didnt mean to be so specific on a location. Just meant in general do I have to go 10, 15,20, etc miles out. I'm all for searching and exploring as that is half the fun.

Believe it or not I did try the search function, cause I didnt want mystery to add his standard catchphrase. Perhaps I didnt search the right keywords.
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the furthest you've been out is 5 miles? Are you going to be comfortable in a 21 footer 20+ miles out when you can't see land?
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Originally Posted by bonecrusher1 View Post
the furthest you've been out is 5 miles? Are you going to be comfortable in a 21 footer 20+ miles out when you can't see land?
I will have a 7 day spread to pick the best day or days. If it ain't a good choice I wont go.

But that is why I was asking how close do they come in.

But yes if conditions are good, I wont have a problem going beyond sight of land.
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I'll just add two more things:
when the time comes, commit to a buddy boat, there's always someone willing to buddy up.
if you have room, bring a local knowledgeable angler with you, a six pack helps, twelve pack just may limit you out. The schoolies may be showing up, depending on temps so ensure you have a couple pitch bait set ups ready to bail
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Originally Posted by lovemydog View Post
I'll just add two more things:
when the time comes, commit to a buddy boat, there's always someone willing to buddy up.
if you have room, bring a local knowledgeable angler with you, a six pack helps, twelve pack just may limit you out. The schoolies may be showing up, depending on temps so ensure you have a couple pitch bait set ups ready to bail
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