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Old 12-09-2019, 09:28 AM
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Default Nearshore ARís - weekend after Christmas

Coming down to Carolina Beach the weekend after Christmas with my boat.

Will the public artificial reefs 12 miles and in be holding any fish? What is the most likely catch?

any use in trolling at those depths?

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Trolling is over with in that range this time of year. There are good black sea bass and even some gags to be had in that depth however catching them on the AR's would be rare. Those places get hammered. look for small 1-2' ledges or rocks and fish those.
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Black sea bass and dogfish will be all over the ARs in that range during late December.

Trolling may produce false albacore but nothing much else
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Originally Posted by Squid Row View Post
Black sea bass and dogfish will be all over the ARs in that range during late December.

Trolling may produce false albacore but nothing much else
will the flounder and reds all be moved inshoreby then?
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Originally Posted by mhbomber View Post
will the flounder and reds all be moved inshoreby then?
not at all uncommon to catch nice flounder in the same 1-2' relief ledges you'll find your BSB or gags but the season's closed
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Originally Posted by mhbomber View Post
will the flounder and reds all be moved inshoreby then?
you might want to brush up on regulations before you fish for anything, FLOUNDER IS CLOSED
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Just in case you don’t know, flounder season is closed.
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Catch and release....
Old 12-11-2019, 07:57 AM
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Should be some nice sheepshead on the reefs.
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Originally Posted by lilsahara View Post
Should be some nice sheepshead on the reefs.
True

If you can get some fiddler crabs or other crab for bait there should be sheepshead and tautog on the reefs.

The problem is getting the bait. Shrimp will work too but you will not be able to keep it on bottom long enough due to the sea bass and dogfish
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I bought several "muddy fiddler" Cranka crabs and believe when I say they work! Sheeps,red drum black drum and they basically hook themselves . Pricey,but very effective and hard to get snagged due to their design.

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