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Old 06-30-2020, 04:56 PM
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Wanted to start a running thread on fishing for all those who fish in, or out of Long Bay areas. Southport, Lockwood Folly, Shallotte, Little River and all in between.
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From the breakers to the deep blue.

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Tried to make it to nearshore reefs Saturday but it was too chopped up for me. Went to Plan B and trolled for kings at 3mi and on/off the beach from Sunset Beach to Shallotte. Not a bite. No Pogies, no Jellyballs, tons of glass minnows, and a weird sunrise thanks to dust cloud from the Sahara...
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Plenty of King Mackerel around the Shark Hole yesterday.

Slick calm conditions.
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Originally Posted by slow1 View Post
Plenty of King Mackerel around the Shark Hole yesterday.

Slick calm conditions.
found the Spanish and false albacore stacked up on top just inside of LHR. Everybody in the parking lot was hooked up. Never saw any big kings caught.
Found zero bait on the beach here so I guess the cigars are the ticket. Wifes wanting in on it so Im off to see if Dutchman or wildlife has cigars. Catchemup
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We ll be heading out of Lockwood in the morning about 630 after kings or whatever bites. It'll be an educational trip. Fished onslow bay the last 20 years but not much in this area. Recently bought a camper in Holden, so trying to learn the usual haunts and mark a few other spots to keep in the GPS. Probably start in the 15 to 20 mile range and work back towards the hill around lunch.
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Buddy and I were talking when we fished hatteras this week. It seems like everyone in long bay gives up on the stream and resorts to 60-80'. Why is that? Surely a couple hours in the morning 140-250' and hit bottom in 100+ would make for a good day. Is it just because the fish get 'scattered'
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Originally Posted by influcx View Post
Buddy and I were talking when we fished hatteras this week. It seems like everyone in long bay gives up on the stream and resorts to 60-80'. Why is that? Surely a couple hours in the morning 140-250' and hit bottom in 100+ would make for a good day. Is it just because the fish get 'scattered'
I guess a big reason is its such a long run and the fish scatter this time of year. But I want to test this theory myself this summer.
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I guess a big reason is its such a long run and the fish scatter this time of year. But I want to test this theory myself this summer.
yeah my motto for offshore fishing is 'Blind leading the Blind" and in this case the go-to 'scattered' comment just turns people away because its the way of the bay.
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Originally Posted by Layedback View Post
found the Spanish and false albacore stacked up on top just inside of LHR. Everybody in the parking lot was hooked up. Never saw any big kings caught.
Found zero bait on the beach here so I guess the cigars are the ticket. Wifes wanting in on it so Im off to see if Dutchman or wildlife has cigars. Catchemup
LHR? Still learning the offshore waters around here. Thanks in advance!
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Light House Rock. A chain of rocks and ledges running off to the SW from the Cape Fear River channel. Runs from nearly the new sea buoy to 40 miles or so offshore. LHR refers to the closest to shore part of the chain. About any fishing chart has the numbers on it. 15 mile rock, Shark Hole are part of the chain.
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7/4
Ran out of Lockwood Folly at 6am, found bait immediately in front of Oak Island. One throw, good sized pogies in the box but high temperature alarm started sounding. Did some light trouble shooting but looked like water pump going bad. Dumped the bait and headed in. Boat in the shop for a few days. Almost due for service anyway, but the timing SUCKED because it was the first time I was able to get my father in law out to fish.

7/5
Got invited to fish with a friend so off we went. Trolled in 70 ft of water for 45 minutes or so with nothing but they wanted to bottom fish anyway so we hit 90-100 ft of water in the Navy Wreck vicinity. It was really slow. Caught some big grunts and one decent strawberry grouper, a few small beeliners and sea bass. Really lackluster day. Missed two NICE grouper bites that I thought were going to save the day. Still had a good time and ran back in at 42 mph in slick calm seas.
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My weekend went as follows. Trolled kings Friday with dead bait rigs, but apparently they only wanted live bait. Trolled Sunday with live bait and apparently the bite was slow and no one was catching anything. Did manage a short cobia. Seen a few hookups here and there. Always a day late. This was 15 to 20 miles out of lockwood folly.
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Also, I dont think I've ever seen so much trash floating offshore as this weekend. Picked up two 5 gallon bucket fulls. Balloons, coffee cups, paddle ball racquets, tackle labels, even found be a brand new volleyball and PFD.
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Also, I dont think I've ever seen so much trash floating offshore as this weekend. Picked up two 5 gallon bucket fulls. Balloons, coffee cups, paddle ball racquets, tackle labels, even found be a brand new volleyball and PFD.
That is weird.... we picked up two volleyballs and saw about a dozen ballons on 6/30. Good year for volleyballs!
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Originally Posted by SlateBlueTriton View Post
My weekend went as follows. Trolled kings Friday with dead bait rigs, but apparently they only wanted live bait. Trolled Sunday with live bait and apparently the bite was slow and no one was catching anything. Did manage a short cobia. Seen a few hookups here and there. Always a day late. This was 15 to 20 miles out of lockwood folly.
We were probably fishing close to one another on Sunday. My son reeled in a nice King at the Shark Hole. Macahoo with cigar minnow. It was my first time ever venturing out so far. Little snotty going out but laid down nicely as the day progressed.
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Fished Several wrecks from 6-25 miles out of LR on Sunday targeting cobia. Caught 1 short, but it seems like the cudas are thicker than ever this year. It would take two or three tries to drift a live bait back without one slamming the bait and breaking off. At one point I counted a wolf pack of at least 11...
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Originally Posted by koiboydavid View Post
We were probably fishing close to one another on Sunday. My son reeled in a nice King at the Shark Hole. Macahoo with cigar minnow. It was my first time ever venturing out so far. Little snotty going out but laid down nicely as the day progressed.
We probably did cross paths at some point. We hit all the usual places, shark hole, LHR, a few ARs and some other numbers I ran across I was doing some research on. Friday was definitely more choppy than I expected but nothing other than being an inconvenience as far as comfort. Both days did end up laying down nicely later on.
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Originally Posted by rcrejzer View Post
Fished Several wrecks from 6-25 miles out of LR on Sunday targeting cobia. Caught 1 short, but it seems like the cudas are thicker than ever this year. It would take two or three tries to drift a live bait back without one slamming the bait and breaking off. At one point I counted a wolf pack of at least 11...
We fished 40 miles offshore and a couple of ledges held dozens of cudas. Very problematic.
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Subscribed. Will be heading back up to Shallotte late this week. My son is coming down from Richmond area to do a little fishing with me. I hope the weather cooperates. We'll be on my older white Triton 240 LTS. I usually launch out of Brickyard Road Landing. BTW, we are moving back to the area at year's end.

We most likely will stay in the Shallotte River unless the inlets have been dredged. How are the Shallotte and Lockwood Folly Inlets these days? We might try to go for Spanish off the Big Hill.

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