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Frisco, NC sound fishing / gigging ? general info on the area?

Old 08-07-2018, 07:33 AM
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Default Frisco, NC sound fishing / gigging ? general info on the area?

rented a place for a week by Hatteras Island on Kings Point Dr. in Frisco, NC, it's on a canal with a dock for direct access to the sound & I'm bringing my 18' john boat (115 yamaha) in case the waves aren't firing, and wondering a few things :
  • any good fishing or gigging areas around there? general tips, not asking for your spots, in my neck of the woods, we fish live mullet / shrimp / mud minnows at low tide around structure in shallow water or at the mouth of creeks on an outgoing or along grass banks with the incoming, or jig fiddlers on moving water around crusty pilings, or gig sandy clear water leeward banks...that's what i'll try around OBX, but wondering if there's any other tips y'all might have for a 1st time fishing trip out there, unfortunately a guide isn't in the budget this trip
  • boat ramp? there looks to be a pay ramp...any free ones??
  • food? any places to try or avoid??
  • anything else you wanna share
boat is a mod-vee with a center console, so it's fine nearshore, but i'm more of an inshore person so i doubt i'll be venturing very far from land

Thanks Y'all
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:58 AM
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There can be decent fishing and gigging on the reef that's about 2- 2 1/2 miles from the canal entrance. Not sure what the water looks like with 20"+ of rainfall in the past month down there.

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Old 08-07-2018, 10:08 AM
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roger that, are you talking about bird island to the north?

i figured we'd scout hatteras inlet & sandy bay for gigging, & fish pretty much every creek between my rental & the inlet. any advice appreciated for sure
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Ramps in Hatteras are at Teach's Lair or Village Marina. $10 to launch. Check out fishingstatus.com for inshore/sound fishing reefs/spots. Water clarity wasn't too bad inshore/nearshore for all the rain. Just got back from there Sunday. Things should improve with the good weather this week. We've done well in the past just drifting squid strips on bare hooks for flounder in the channels. Catch an occasional drum that way too. Drum fishing is in/near the inlet as far as I know. Trout are around somewhere, but I haven't figured them out yet.
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The nearest ramp to your rental is at Scotch Bonnet marina, but a lot of the houses in your neighborhood have them too.
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:19 AM
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Google "Saltwater Series Hatteras" for a Sportsman article from a while back with some info. The reef mentioned above is #4 in the article. The channels down by the inlet have been the most productive for me. There's no free ramp in that neighborhood unless you make friends with a resident that has one. There's a pay ramp at the Scotch Bonnet. Not much tide swing near your rental, water level is mostly wind driven. Familiarize yourself with the area before you start tearing across the sound- lots of skinny water (like ankle deep) but it's pretty easy to pick out once you know what to look for. Good luck.
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great info, preciate it! i got a couple more weeks til we go, so i'm all about knowledge til i can go scope for myself
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I've rented on that street before. That is a real nice neighborhood. If you go due west of the neighborhood you can catch speckled trout in that area. I have fished it in my kayak and done OK there, especially early or late in the day. If you look at the satellite shot of that area, you will see an area of deep water just a few yards off of the bulkhead on the west side. Heading west, the water shallows up for a ways and then drops back off. In the area where it drops back off is where I have caught the trout. I use light jig heads and Berkley gulp swimming mullet baits.

I keep my 25 foot boat in Village Marina when we are there and I have fished all along the ferry channel out towards the inlet. If you look at the satellite shot you can see the shoals and channels. I've caught flounder in that area, but I know folks who know what they are doing also catch drum and trout not too far from Hatteras village.

I've had some luck on the artificial reef north of the neighborhood you are staying in, but have never done real well there. I know lots of folks fish it though. You will see boats out in that area late in the day, and they come back in just after dark. So, I am guessing there are fish there if you can figure out the when, where and with what details.
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Originally Posted by chevyrulz View Post
roger that, are you talking about bird island to the north?

i figured we'd scout hatteras inlet & sandy bay for gigging, & fish pretty much every creek between my rental & the inlet. any advice appreciated for sure
I've stayed in the one of the sound front houses in Sandy Bay for that last 5 years or so. We first tried our gigging stuff there and never see anything, I've also wade fished out there an never caught anything. Go at night down around the flats behind the coast guard station (you'll need an Off road pass). Best conditions are a high tide, with an East wind coming off the ocean. If there are ripples in the water or chop, it will be tough to see. Don't be afraid to get in waste deep water as long as you can see. Look for flounder footprints in the sand. There's some big ones out there.

We plan to head out to some shoals at night this year when we're down in September. Please report back during your trip!
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Also, be careful using Google maps satellite images for locations of shoals by the inlet. It says 2018 images on googlemaps.com but Google Earth shows the exact same images are from 2/19/2017. If you're using a rough guideline, you should be ok.
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Originally Posted by stobra34 View Post
Also, be careful using Google maps satellite images for locations of shoals by the inlet. It says 2018 images on googlemaps.com but Google Earth shows the exact same images are from 2/19/2017. If you're using a rough guideline, you should be ok.
Yup, good point. Especially around the inlet.
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For food, we mostly just pack a cooler and eat on the beach to avoid wasting a bunch of time sitting in a restaurant. Be patient at the restaurants if you go at normal meal times. Seems like they're all crowded and short staffed. Here are some I'd recommend, I'm sure there are other good ones:
For breakfast, go get an apple ugly or two at Orange Blossom in Buxton, get there early. The croissant sandwiches are also good.
Diamond Shoals in Buxton does good breakfast with big pancakes.
Nino's Pizza in Avon makes a good calzone.
Oceana's Bistro in Avon is a good dinner spot that won't break the bank.
The Quarterdeck in Frisco is good for seafood dinner, place has been there for a long time.
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Originally Posted by stobra34 View Post
the flats behind the coast guard station
thanks! yea this area made my scouting list for gigging:

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i figured we'd pole along the hatteras-okracoke ferry route on the sandbars beind the coast guard station looking for doormats, it looked promising on google earth. i don't have lights for walking, they're on the boat, so i'll be restricted to areas with 6+ inches of water
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Consider eating at the Frisco Sandwich Co. I have never had a bad meal there and if they still have fish taco Friday, jump on it.. Have you seen my pickle?
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Originally Posted by chevyrulz View Post
thanks! yea this area made my scouting list for gigging:

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i figured we'd pole along the hatteras-okracoke ferry route on the sandbars beind the coast guard station looking for doormats, it looked promising on google earth. i don't have lights for walking, they're on the boat, so i'll be restricted to areas with 6+ inches of water
Post back with a report please as this looks good!
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Originally Posted by chevyrulz View Post
thanks! yea this area made my scouting list for gigging:

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i figured we'd pole along the hatteras-okracoke ferry route on the sandbars beind the coast guard station looking for doormats, it looked promising on google earth. i don't have lights for walking, they're on the boat, so i'll be restricted to areas with 6+ inches of water
you'll do good here. don't think we've ever been skunked on foot. Got any picutres of you boat? I'm planning on mounting our lights to the bow of my boat for this year.
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Had many a fun and productive day from King's Point.

This time of year most fishing is going to be early morning and late afternoon.

There will be an early morning (first light) and late evening (dusk) speckle trout bite in the transition zone between a grass flat and a deep hole or channel.

There will be schools of "old drum" running the drop-offs that move onto the grass flats in the late afternoon- that area of the one fathom line to two fathom line west side of Clam Shoals and the west side of clam shoal where it drops into the deeper water.

Drift the two fathom break for flounder. All this rain may have them already making their annual exit towards the inlets.

You might check this thread out-

Frisco area

The "reef" is AR 296 good early morning and late evening fishing for a multitude of species- sometimes some nice sheepshead and black drum.

http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=24160156-4b96-49e6-9126-4fa488b49cbb&groupId=38337

You might check this out and do some digging as there is one nearby that isn't listed on the map (I don't know if the buoys are still there or not).
NCDEQ - Oyster Sanctuaries
It would be just south/southwest of the lower red circle-




You can always drift the deeper part of Cape Channel (SW to NW wind best) jigging a Hopkins or Sting Silver tipped with shrimp for gray trout (weakfish). You'll catch grays, specs, sea mullet (king fish), croakers and spot. The problem is that you can't keep but one weakfish per person due to the current stock status being depleted, and the croakers and spot will be mostly small fish...all due to this-

If you venture out past two fathoms, don't get run over by a 70 to 100 foot shrimp trawler-
http://www.ncwaterman.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=80468&title=true-effort-of-trawling-a-snapshot-in-time

If you'd like to hire a guide to get a feel for it, I'd recommend http://www.facebook.com/Specktackler/

I've never personally fished with Rick. His dad is an old friend of mine and if Rick is anything like his dad, you won't find a nicer guy who is local and grew-up fishing these waters.

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Here's a little better map-

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Thanks Rick, for the information. That thread you linked at NCWaterman is depressing. :-( It is hard to believe anything survives that kind of pressure.
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