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Old 02-03-2019, 09:50 AM
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What size boat y’all take out to the tower? Would a 23 sea hunt center console do it safely? Obviously on good days. How long does it take?
Old 02-03-2019, 09:56 AM
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23' is fine provided you have the fuel capacity and you pick the right day. Doing it safely is entirely dependent upon the weather, the operator, condition of the boat and your preparedness in case something happens.
Old 02-03-2019, 10:20 AM
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i fished tower so many times in my Sea Hunt Ultra 225.
Where are you leaving out of? IT's a long run along the coast from Ocean Isle in a 22'
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...yes it is....

only once. will take the "long" way, IC to Southport from now on...
Old 02-03-2019, 11:09 AM
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Me and my buddy have always wanted fish the tower also, is there other live bottom or rocks close by to fish. Hate to make the 2 hour drive down to fish one spot
Old 02-03-2019, 01:42 PM
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I go to the tower and stream whenever i can on my 22 foot single engine center console, and I head out of Carolina beach inlet. Just have to check the weather constantly, and make sure you know some people heading out there as well. Pick your days obviously.
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Back when I was a young man I would take a 18' Mckee Offshore Fisherman with a 90hp Honda out to the Tower. Caught a King Mackerel and a Dorado on the first trip. Followed compass heading out and back out of Lockwood folly inlet. Now I run a 223 Dusky to the Tower.







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Plenty of boat. I do it in my 21' often. What inlet are leaving out of?
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Not sure where I’ll be headed out of yet. I got an ultra 225 and figured I could make it on good days. Just didn’t know everyone’s thoughts. Southport the closest?
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Was there in a 234 Ultra on Friday. used about 50 gallons to get there and back. We also bottom fish ether at the tower or near the twin wrecks when we go. We only go if it is calling for 2 foot seas. Out of CB it is about 45 miles from the inlet, the last 15 miles will be a little rougher than the first 30 and often in a different wave direction. Send me a message with any questions you have. Went 4 times so far since Nov

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There's plenty of places to fish in the Tower area besides the tower. Get one of Chip Berrys charts. It has a ton of spots close by and not so close by. Decent bottom fishing starts around the old position buoy and goes on from there. Lots of good bottom off to the SW from the tower. I started fishing that area in the 80's in a 21' Mako. Not a bad run from Southport.
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i purchased a 19' with a 150 Yamaha 4 stroke, 72 gallons of gas Polar with a deep v. last year hadn't got confident enough yet to take it out that far.
but i have enjoyed fishing out there before.
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I fish out of Southport and it @34 miles I think from the river mouth. Haven’t made it that myself but it’s on the list. Hoping to fish the horseshoe and raritan this year to gain more experience (24 & 26 miles respectively) My question is, are there generally a number of folks fishing those areas in the summer without asking who.s going on the message boards? Don’t really know anyone as I am fairly new to offshore myself and hate to keep asking in general for buddy boats.
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Originally Posted by Kp1226 View Post
I fish out of Southport and it @34 miles I think from the river mouth. Haven’t made it that myself but it’s on the list. Hoping to fish the horseshoe and raritan this year to gain more experience (24 & 26 miles respectively) My question is, are there generally a number of folks fishing those areas in the summer without asking who.s going on the message boards? Don’t really know anyone as I am fairly new to offshore myself and hate to keep asking in general for buddy boats.
The way the wind has been blowing the last couple of years, chances are if you get a good weather day there will be people out in those areas. Middle of the week might be an exception. It seems to me that us guys fishing out of boats under 40', get about 2 days a week to get out due to the fan being on high the rest of the time. NC coast is one of the windiest damn places on earth. Fish ought to be plentiful off our coast because nobody can get out there to catch them consistently! OK, rant over sorry.
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Never be ashamed to ask for a Buddy boat!
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No shame in asking for a buddy boat. That said, Horseshoe is one of the most popular spots in Long Bay. Especially on a weekend, there will likely be lots of folks out there.
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Thanks for the replies.
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We made it out to the Frying Pan in our Sea Hunt Ultra 196 last October. Forecast was 1' seas but of course it turned out to be more like 2'&3'. Slow ride but we made it and had a good day of fishing. Always have a buddy boat!

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Definitely. We do it in a 19'6" Pioneer. No problem. Pick days and fly. Plenty of bottom all through the area too. If you have a good machine you'll have no problems finding bottom. You can also find enough free numbers all over the internet to get you started in that area.

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