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Old 07-07-2018, 05:10 PM
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Planning to head to the atlas area in the near future. How far south do I need to go before heading east to avoid the shoals? Knuckle? Halfway to the knuckle?
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There are a couple spots to cross but it can move every year. I do not have current numbers for the slough but maybe someone else has run it recently. Running all the way around will make your trip much longer than needed. The shoals are serious business, in the morning you may cross with no swell at high tide and think "this was easy". Then the SW wind comes on strong and you are coming back at low tide. Then you will be glad you have a reliable set of numbers to cross.
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:27 PM
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Planning to head to the atlas area in the near future. How far south do I need to go before heading east to avoid the shoals? Knuckle? Halfway to the knuckle?
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Where are you leaving from? Have you ever been out around the cape or shoals before? I don't have my numbers here but if going for the first time I would absolutely follow someone you trusted or go to the knuckle buoy. There is something eery about motoring along "out in the ocean" and all of the sudden you see big breakers crashing off to your port. It's sort of a oh shit realization.
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If you know how to read the water you can look for openings just south of shark island. I ran through there a couple of times last week. You can also use the west and east slot numbers that you find on public sites. They move a bit but it’s a wide area. They are a bit further down the shoals. Most of the charter boats use the slot when heading east. The old “slough” between the point and shark island has really closed up. I picked my way through there a couple of weeks ago but I would not recommend it unless you can really read the water and it’s nice and calm.
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From Beaufort Inlet run to N34 31.355 W76 30.289, them run to N34 31.694 W76 28.124 . Last couple trips the least I've seen was 9 feet. BE careful, if it looks questionable, go around the Knuckle.
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Thanks guys. Sounds like Ill just go around the knuckle. Im running a 22 CHawk so rough water can beat our teeth out. Were in no hurry to be anywhere when were fishing. I fished from big ten to the knuckle last week and when we got to the knuckle my brother pointed to the horizon and said whats that? It was breakers to the north. Bigguns. We concurred that we would stay well south of that haha
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Ill be leaving out of Beaufort, and yes Ive fished the cape many times just never been east of the knuckle/cape line
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Thanks guys. Sounds like Ill just go around the knuckle. Im running a 22 CHawk so rough water can beat our teeth out. Were in no hurry to be anywhere when were fishing. I fished from big ten to the knuckle last week and when we got to the knuckle my brother pointed to the horizon and said whats that? It was breakers to the north. Bigguns. We concurred that we would stay well south of that haha
Pretty strange and scary sight is it?
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From Beaufort Inlet run to N34 31.355 W76 30.289, them run to N34 31.694 W76 28.124 . Last couple trips the least I've seen was 9 feet. BE careful, if it looks questionable, go around the Knuckle.

punched those numbers in just out of curiosity, is there a more northern pass as well? To the OP, if this sounds scary try running from sea level out of ophelia inlet ,
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If you run out any time later this week (after this blow) let me know. I may follow you out.
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Pretty strange and scary sight is it?
It definitely got my attention.
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You can sneak your way around shark island just off the tip of the cape by reading the water and being careful. High pucker factor but I've seen it done. I usually take the slot that Ken provided. It has been reliable for several years. The water does interesting things there on the shoals even in the slot, I'm always happy to have that part behind me.
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About a mile off the end of shark island is very passable, do it all the time, unless there is s big swell. Just read the water, stay out of the white water. I have one area that I have been crossing for the last 4 years 6-9 ft.
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Ken's numbers are the general area I used a few weeks ago with ease. With the clear water we have had recently and semi calm seas you can see it well. Lots of places to cross through there. Just have to pick your days. My recommendation is to wait until the sun is overhead so you can see better. Early morning attempts may not end well.
I laid a few tracks further out that never got below 10'.
One morning I followed a big Albemarle through there. That guy either knew his stuff or did not have a clue!
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About a mile off the end of shark island is very passable, do it all the time, unless there is s big swell. Just read the water, stay out of the white water. I have one area that I have been crossing for the last 4 years 6-9 ft.
Please post East and West numbers for the crossing at Shark Island

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If you cross the slot to go to atlas from beaufort inlet, how many miles is that run?
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Originally Posted by Ktownboater View Post
If you cross the slot to go to atlas from beaufort inlet, how many miles is that run?
bout 30
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bout 30
Not a bad run. Is the fishing on that side of the shoals worth heading across the shoals. Or can I do just as well on this side?
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Originally Posted by Ktownboater View Post
Not a bad run. Is the fishing on that side of the shoals worth heading across the shoals. Or can I do just as well on this side?
Speaking only about this last Friday - my buddy was at Chicken Rock & Summerlin and caught 6 Kings, including a 40 pounder, 2 Mahi, and a bunch of huge Spanish. They fished with Menhaden until they ran out and then fished Cigars.

At the same time, I went to NW1, 2, 3, and Big10/Little10. Caught 2 barracuda.

You be the judge!
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