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Old 07-01-2018, 04:33 PM
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Default Sportfish aground in Beaufort inlet.

Just came from shack and ran across this. Any idea what boat it is?
Old 07-01-2018, 08:56 PM
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Don’t know, but dad is going to be pissed!!
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Crazy seeing an inflatable pulling a sled like that. Beaufort inlet is probably the easiest inlet in the state. WTH happened?
Old 07-01-2018, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Lunchmoney View Post
Crazy seeing an inflatable pulling a sled like that. Beaufort inlet is probably the easiest inlet in the state. WTH happened?
Motor stopped
Old 07-01-2018, 09:42 PM
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Broke down. Well that's better than run aground I guess. Happens to the best of us.
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Unlucky, but REALLY lucky IMO that it happened on a fairly calm day. On a strong SW and falling tide that Shack shoal is a washing machine, might have punched the gear thru the bottom even drifting up onto the shoal.
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Originally Posted by Ken T View Post
Motor stopped
I bet they did when they tried churning sand. the inflatable couldn't do anything with him up until we left but by the time we got back to the port we seen 3 more heading that way. The bad part is, my buddy pulled a Grady white full of women off nearly the exact same spot a few weeks ago
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So I'm wondering where specifically this is happening? I've been under the impression that as long as you avoid the breakers, the entire inlet is fairly traversable. There's a shoal off the tip of Shack where I've seen 10-12' but never less than that. Has that area gotten worse?
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So I'm wondering where specifically this is happening? I've been under the impression that as long as you avoid the breakers, the entire inlet is fairly traversable. There's a shoal off the tip of Shack where I've seen 10-12' but never less than that. Has that area gotten worse?
Based on the photo, it looks like he is out in front of Fort Macon. There is a shoal in that area that is usually very noticeable by the breakers even on the calmest day. That is the same Shoal that Eddy Teach shipwrecked on!
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It's actually the shoal where shack has eroded away. So coming in the inlet it will be on the far right. I was within 15 or 20 feet of the bow and still had 13' of water under me but the ocean side of that shoal looks to be flat and shallow for a good ways.
Adding a pic, it was around one of these 2 spots will have to go back and look at my GPS to be for sure.

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That's scary - I think I've ran almost every inch of that inlet outside of the breakers. Not sure where I need to be more careful.

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Funny that this thread is happening today. I ran back yesterday and decided to go to Beaufort via the east end of Tailor's creek. It's been since last year that I've gone that way via Beaufort Inlet. My old breadcrumb trails from last year had breaking surf on them. The deep water seems to be a good bit north of where deep water was last year. Glad I ran it in the daylight.
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Originally Posted by jhendric View Post
Funny that this thread is happening today. I ran back yesterday and decided to go to Beaufort via the east end of Tailor's creek. It's been since last year that I've gone that way via Beaufort Inlet. My old breadcrumb trails from last year had breaking surf on them. The deep water seems to be a good bit north of where deep water was last year. Glad I ran it in the daylight.
Yeah, pretty dramatic shift for the western tip of Shack over the last 18 months or so. I too have tracks that run right across the breakers..
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Originally Posted by time_to_relax View Post
Yeah, pretty dramatic shift for the western tip of Shack over the last 18 months or so. I too have tracks that run right across the breakers..
I'm pretty sure I was with you making one of those tracks across the breakers. I recall an alarm buzzing and us skimming across the top of the water.
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Originally Posted by asudchiman View Post
I'm pretty sure I was with you making one of those tracks across the breakers. I recall an alarm buzzing and us skimming across the top of the water.
Nice having a shallow draft on a big boat...
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The erosion on Shack has been dramatic. I remember fishing behind one of the water mounted beacons for the inlet and clearly remember island with trees and whatnot behind it. Someone told me it was due to them dredging the inlet from a min depth of 43' to a new min depth of 53' to accommodate the larger boats.

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