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Old 08-18-2020, 06:39 PM
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I recently had someone tell me that the waterway in the southern NC beaches (Ocean Isle, Holden, etc.) was calmer than the waterway in Atlantic/Emerald Isle. He wasn’t referring to boat traffic, but asserted that conditions were rougher further north. I had not heard anyone say that before, but thought I’d toss it out to this group for comment. Thanks for indulging me.
Old 08-18-2020, 07:10 PM
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Guess he was leaving out all of oki, Southport, and the cape fear sound????
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No, he was just saying Morehead/Beaufort/Atlantic water was consistently rougher than more “southern” water. Had not ever heard anyone state that before.
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If the wind is blowing SW then bogue sound can get nasty. Especially between the atlantic beach bridge towards emerald isle. The sound is wider there than anywhere else. But there are plenty of places to get out of the wind and fish.
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The ICW further south of Southport is a lot more sheltered than it is up this way that’s all. Between EI and MHC it can get nasty depending on wind direction.
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There is nothing typical when it comes to the water in it can be good or bad in either place at any given time.
Lot's of contributing factors like current, wind direction, amount of rain, hurricanes...... ICM
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Originally Posted by Nickp1 View Post
The ICW further south of Southport is a lot more sheltered than it is up this way that’s all. Between EI and MHC it can get nasty depending on wind direction.
Exactly this. Just look at a chart and it's very obvious why.
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