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Old 06-18-2018, 05:47 PM
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Guys I ll be down in with the family in Duck, N.C. for the annual family vacation. Wife told me to bring the boat 25 Grady sailfish twin 200s. So naturally I want to head offshore. I typically fish offshore from Ocean City MD and have been on a few charters out of OI usually early spring / fall and use to fish the sound in my college days at ECU.

Anyways I am looking for a little advise on navigating the inlet (plan to follow a charter - maybe a near shore so I don’t have a line of 60 ft sporties on my tail) and maybe a few locations and techniques. I would be happy finding a weed line and picking up some gaffers.

Also If your familiar with the area and want to go fishing let me know I ll make a spot for you on the boat.

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Old 06-19-2018, 03:31 AM
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I have a 25 Hydra Sport and the depths in the inlet actually weren't that bad this past weekend. The best thing would be to follow another boat for a track, but I made it out without doing that. I did follow the charters back in. The big boats are going under the bridge a couple of spans (I think it was 2) to the south of the main span. You will want to stick close to the red cans in the channel on the ocean side of the bridge.

As you probably know, the inlet can be a real bear when there is any kind of swell from the east or northeast and an outgoing tide.

As far as fishing. There are lots of options for trolling along the beach for bluefish and spanish. There are some artificial reefs for bottom fishing. tilefish can be found on flat areas in 300 - 400 feet. For offshore fishing there are tons of places, but the specific areas change day to day, depending on the gulf stream and the fish gods.

There are folks who fish it a lot more than me that can give some other tips, I'm sure.
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Old 06-19-2018, 04:20 AM
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as long as the weather is decent youll be fine going out the inlet following the big guys. i ran out with them in my 23'cc single motor this past saturday. they normally do not get on it wide open going accross the bar anyways. Just stay close enough to follow but a safe distance back incase they stop quick in front of you. I did tap bottom comming back into the harbor, where you turn right to get to OI fishing center instead of staying straight to manteo. Make sure you split the bouys marking the channel where there will be plenty of water.
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:58 PM
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The first day I would be able to fish is Monday current forwcast is NE wind 5-10 knots seas 2’ I know NE wind is not good for the inlet but being so light do you think it’s good. Sunday night SW wind 5-10. Still a few days out subject to change but how’s that sound for a 25 footer.

Out of my usually grounds in OC MD it would be game on.
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Your good. I wouldn’t expect any heavy NE winds this time of year. Catch em up
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Old 06-29-2018, 02:37 PM
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Yup, catch em up. I plan to fish on my boat one day next week. Likely going after mahi as this time of year that fishery is more productive. That said, if the fleet starts throwing tunas on the dock again the kite comes out.
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Old 06-29-2018, 06:55 PM
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yeah I am planning on making the run Monday. Hopefully catch the last charter out to follow through the bridge / inlet.

As it looks now I have 1-2 spots if anyone wants to hop on.
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Old 06-30-2018, 05:34 AM
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I’ll be going Monday —On A Rampage
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Old 06-30-2018, 12:04 PM
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Yankees - are you trailering down there or leaving from a marina. I plan to be shoving off the ramp around 5am.
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Old 06-30-2018, 12:18 PM
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I am leaving around 5 from Pirates Cove Marina
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Old 06-30-2018, 04:51 PM
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Yup, catch em up. I plan to fish on my boat one day next week. Likely going after mahi as this time of year that fishery is more productive. That said, if the fleet starts throwing tunas on the dock again the kite comes out.

Last SST I saw looks like cooler water is far North and sharks have been bad up there. Might be smart to try South for Mahi. What to do, what to do.....
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Old 06-30-2018, 06:53 PM
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Doom Giver when you say south like headed towards the point.
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Old 06-30-2018, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by skiffler View Post
Doom Giver when you say south like headed towards the point.
At the time I was assuming South of the Point there might be a better chance of finding a weed line and targeting Mahi - BUT this was only a general assumption based on previous experience, not based on any current info. At this point I have very little real intel to go off of and need to see a fresh SST tomorrow to make a better guess of where to go. I prefer to target YFT, but if they're up near the 000's then that might be too far, especially if dolphin are plentiful just South of the Point.
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Old 07-01-2018, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by DoomGiver View Post
At the time I was assuming South of the Point there might be a better chance of finding a weed line and targeting Mahi - BUT this was only a general assumption based on previous experience, not based on any current info. At this point I have very little real intel to go off of and need to see a fresh SST tomorrow to make a better guess of where to go. I prefer to target YFT, but if they're up near the 000's then that might be too far, especially if dolphin are plentiful just South of the Point.
Dolphin were waaaay offshore yesterday. We fished the 680 down to the 590 yesterday and had 1 mahi and ended up with our limit of tiles. The mahi were about 15-20 miles past the 100fa line between the point and tuna hole.
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Old 07-01-2018, 09:11 AM
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Dolphin were waaaay offshore yesterday. We fished the 680 down to the 590 yesterday and had 1 mahi and ended up with our limit of tiles. The mahi were about 15-20 miles past the 100fa line between the point and tuna hole.
Thanks for that info. I saw that TW's posted the charters limited out on them, but I always take those reports with a grain of salt. Is that what you heard from others who caught or?
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Oh, those were the days! I envy you - been in and out there many times in the distant past. Great fishing, great memories! Good luck and safe journeys!
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We are heading out of oregon inlet in the morning in a 23' regulator. Searching for dolphin. Maybe see you out there.
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Old 07-01-2018, 10:20 AM
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Thanks for that info. I saw that TW's posted the charters limited out on them, but I always take those reports with a grain of salt. Is that what you heard from others who caught or?
Somebody found them on a grass mat and called the other boats if they wanted them. The loran numbers be called out we’re about 15 miles farther out than we were. One boat was 58 miles from the inlet when he picked up to come home.
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We are heading out of oregon inlet in the morning in a 23' regulator. Searching for dolphin. Maybe see you out there.
CobiaCstcher - we'll be out also on channel 68. We'll give you a shout if we get imto them.
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Old 07-01-2018, 05:32 PM
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Hey Cobia and doom. I ll give you a shout on 68 I ll probably be on 80. I plan to be at the fishing center around 430 grab ice bait and hit the ramp.
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