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Old 08-27-2020, 04:59 AM
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Hey guys,
Iím getting married the end of September and thinking of taking the Wife to BHI after for a little get away. Looking at going Thursday- Sunday. Iíll take our boat and just get a slip at one of the marinas. Thinking of trailering down and putting in that way. Unless the weather just looks perfect and we can make the run from EI.

Any advise anyone can give me before I book a place would be much appreciated.
Old 08-27-2020, 05:15 AM
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Better call now and get that reservation at BHI. Marina is staying full as thereís no longer an off-season.
Old 08-27-2020, 08:12 AM
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Definitely better call the marina now. Most slips are privately owned and they are hard to come by for transient or short term rentals.

If you call and they are full send me a private message. I know a few slip owners that may have or know of something available
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Old 08-27-2020, 10:05 AM
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Where is BHI?
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Where is BHI?
Bald Head Island - tip of Cape Fear.
Old 08-27-2020, 11:31 AM
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If you are staying anywhere outside the marina area, you will need to rent a golf cart to get there. Unless they have changed the policy, the tram will only take you around the island if you have a ferry ticket.
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Old 08-27-2020, 11:34 AM
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Call Ben the harbor master at BHI and ask him. There is also a dock at Deep Point and the the Landing on the mainland you can dock there and save Ferry fees. They did have a daily dock but it was not cheep.
Price will also depend on size of boat.

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Old 08-27-2020, 01:26 PM
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Where is BHI?
what is it with posters have to use initials. i guess you think you look cool, no, just inconsiderate
Old 08-27-2020, 03:07 PM
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Congrats on getting married. I hope she likes to boat and fish!

Just about every house for rent on the island includes a golf cart with the rental. If you are boating over and not taking the ferry, throw a bike in the back of the boat. When we (family of four) arrive, I bike to the house to grab the cart and come back to pick up the family. This might sound excessive, but it saves you from having to follow the tram schedules when arriving and leaving the island. As far as tips, bring all the beer and wine you need as well as basic food items. The market on the island is well-stocked, but there is no reason to pay those prices if you can bring your own. There is no ABC store on the island, so make sure you bring any liquor you want. Go ahead and get some club passes, too. Shoals or BHI Club. You can get passes to either through the marina when you rent a slip.

We've been down there in late September for the past three years. It is typically very quiet down there at that time of year, which is just the way we like it.
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BHI (sorry Bald Head Island) might be the best place in the world. That said, there is not a ton to do there by boat unless youíre fishing. I enjoy taking my boat there but it is mostly for the run from Wrightsville Beach to the island, not once I get to the island itself. So, in your case, I think I would skip the hassle of trailering a boat down to Southport, launching it, and driving it across the inlet. Iíd just take the ferry there.

Thereís plenty to do on the island without boating during the day, especially on a short weekend. Ride around in bikes or golf carts, get some time at one of the clubs, or do what honeymooners do. I personally would leave the boat at home. Have fun either way.
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Awesome info she loves to fish and weíll certainly do a bit of that while weíre there so the boats a go for sure. This is great info. Heard back from the Dockmaster today and Iíll be booking the slip tomorrow. Whatís the best place to book a house. Was looking in the town website I guess you can call it and VRBO. Not sure if thereís somewhere else that may have other houses listed.
Thanks again for all the great info!
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Here's my take for newlyweds on BHI for a short weekend. Leave the boat at home.
Just getting a slip is a PITA, unloading & packing all your gear to your rental = nuisance.
That doesn't include the aggregation of trailing a boat, very stressful.
To many things can go wrong, causing an argument & ruining your mini honeymoon.
If you want to fish, hire a guide, much less stressful & you both will enjoy walking away.

Focus on doing things together that are fun, make memories, have laffs.
The ferry landing is beautifully done, the ferry ride over is wonderful experience.
BHI is a special place ( don't ruin it for your wife )..... ICM

PS: this ia a general observation only based on years of marriage.
Most wives don't really like to fish. Sure they say they do, but they are lying ........
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Originally Posted by ylyl1943 View Post
what is it with posters have to use initials. i guess you think you look cool, no, just inconsiderate
What is wrong with you? Either help the guy out or keep your negativity to yourself.
Those that know, know it as BHI. What were you going to add if you didn't even know that?....ICM
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Iím going to go the opposite of some on here.

We go to BHI each year the first week oct/last week sept for the US Open KMT. Sure that means we have to take the boat over but we would anyway. Wife and daughter love being on the boat and the ride over is fun.

You are already having to take groceries, beer, wine, liquor etc. unless you want to pay the price at the market which is $$$. So we load the boat and coolers up before we leave the house and then only have to load a few bags of clothes once we get to Southport before putting the boat in. Once you get to BHI load it on a dock cart and take to your golf cart (poster above mention taking a bike as you have to have a way to get to your house in order to pick up your golf cart, this is good advice). We normally rent a golf cart to go with the once that comes with the house. This makes it real easy as we pick it up right at the marina. First time we did not do that and I had a good long walk to the house to get the cart. We still end up buying some groceries at the market and when you factor in what it takes to get things there and such the prices arenít crazy but definitely not mainland prices.

Only issue sometimes is finding truck and trailer parking on the mainland for while you are at BHI. Take the boat enjoy the time on the island and explore. We love riding around the island in the evenings just taking it all in. If you are going to be down there sept 28-oct 4 we will be there and will help our anyway we can.
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Agree with Ice Cream Man. Since you will only be there for a long weekend I would make it as simple as possible. You may also be challenged finding a place to store a truck and trailer. SPT Marina is the most convenient ramp but it is closed. Not sure about up towards Wilmington.

BHI is a cool place. Not that it should stop you but it is still hurricane season and BHI will kick you out pretty quick when the storm gets close. Don't want to have to deal with a boat in unfamiliar territory during that. The Cape Fear River can get sporty on a routine basis. Wouldn't be worth the risk of have to make a go/no go decision and have a delay eat into the long weekend. Not sure what kind of boat you have but if you will be trying inshore fishing around there for the 1st time, you can get yourself in a bind pretty quick in those shallow creeks.

Bald Head is beautiful . Hire somebody to take you through some of the shallow creeks back there and relax. The inshore fishing should be getting cranked up when you are there. Had some epic inshore fishing days around there. Local knowledge will get you on the fish.

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One heads up about this year....Summer is not ending. Do not expect the island to be crowdless. With everyone at home and kids being in school virtually, many rentals are booked through the end of the year. You’ll have no problem finding 1-2 bedroom places but many of the homes are reserved as if it’s still July.

Nickp1, if you would like some advice on fishing on the backside of the island, let me know and I’d be glad to offer it. If you are looking for a guide, I can make a recommendation as well.
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Spoke to Ben today. They still have a decent amount of slips available the first weekend of September
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Love BHI, we are going for 4 nights next month. The whole golf cart vibe is cool.

It does seem that the one company controls pretty much everything.

We always take the ferry, so I can't really speak to the marina situation, but I can share my surf fishing experience.

It wasn't great. We spent back-to-back weekends, first in Duck, NC (outer banks) and then on BHI. At Duck I caught several decent sized bluefish with a surf casting rig and frozen mullet. I tried the same for three days in a row on BHI and got skunked. It could just be where we were, but I decided that this year I will be bringing light tackle to try to fish for reds in Fishing Creek, which is accessible from a boardwalk/walkway behind the house we're renting this year.

I agree with all posts about the on-island market. We always end up going for little things, tourist swag etc. (it's a neat little shop anyways) but we'll pack in beer, wine, steaks, etc. Typical resort-town market pricing. Also there are limited restaurant options on the island, so be prepared for that.

Congrats on the wedding and enjoy! We go with another couple each year and we both have toddlers. We're slowly working our way closer towards the summer, figuring that'll be the only option for us once the kids hit school age. We have been twice in October and this is our second time going in September. It has such a nice, remote feel to it. We were hooked after our first trip. Hell, we even own a place on Hilton Head and still find ourselves renting a place on BHI.
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We used to always stay at a B&B named Theodosias. Not sure if its still there. There was another Inn a block or two away (Still waterfront) that we have stayed at as well. That is easier than renting a house which we have also done a couple times.

Unless ya'll have been together for a while I'd say you're going to have plenty to do between indoor activities, romantic walks on the beach, dining out, visiting the old Baldy lighthouse, etc. and boating back to Southport for shopping and dining. If you bring the boat definitely launch at Southport Marina (if it's open after the hurricane). As indicated make sure you have made reservations fora slip well in advance or your honeymoon will be over before it starts.

It's a really nice place but three or four nights will definitely be enough...unless you are spending most of your time indoors!
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Southport marina is closed for repairs......Rode passed it last Sunday.
Launched at Dutchman's Creek Ramp...... ICM

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