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Rich's Inlet

Old 03-04-2019, 01:40 PM
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Default Rich's Inlet

Looking for knowledge of Rich's Inlet.
With the Topsail Inlet getting so tricky, I thought it may be an alternative.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:03 PM
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My experiences with the inlet have been very limited. I would also classify it as tricky. The current can really really rip through there the few times I've been there. There was a video posted on here some time ago of a sea tow captain rescuing people from an over turned vessel close to what I remember was Richs inlet. Sea tow capt done one hell of a job that day.
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Old 03-04-2019, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by GoneNdoneit View Post
My experiences with the inlet have been very limited. I would also classify it as tricky. The current can really really rip through there the few times I've been there.There was a video posted on here some time ago of a sea tow captain rescuing people from an over turned vessel close to what I remember was Richs inlet. Sea tow capt done one hell of a job that day.
You are right about that video took place on the Shoals several (5 ???) years back.
But it changed several more times, shifted north since than. Now it's shifted south.
Getting to the mouth of the inlet is even more tricky now with heavy shoaling on the Fig 8 side as well as the Green's channel around the ICW.
Go with caution, it's dangerous ... ICM
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Old 03-04-2019, 03:27 PM
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Not sure if has been mentioned, but for the past few weeks there has been some type of dredge in front of Olde Point and now it has moved into the "S" curves. Perhaps the inlet is where it is headed.
Anyone know it's story or plans?
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Old 03-04-2019, 04:41 PM
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Just to be an a$$ I think its Rich Inlet Last yr it was not too bad once you get to the inlet I have only been around it in my skiff so far this year good luck running it I hope to run it soon!!
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Old 03-04-2019, 05:13 PM
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Rich's is an extremely condition (wind/tide/swell) dependent inlet. For the past two years there has been plenty of water on the bar, but in bad conditions you will get a good swell and breakers. I have seen them come across the shoals almost perpendicular to the channel in a NE wind. Before Florence, it was a straight shot. After Florence, there was a petty good dog leg to the south. Last time I ran it was New Year's Eve, so it could have changed again. For the most part, the shoaling on the edges of the channel is severe, so it is not too hard to see where the water is. I use it in day light only and when the conditions are favorable. You can get in trouble real fast in there though, so on even borderline days I make the run to MBI. It never hurts to find someone with good, recent tracks and follow them out. Also make sure you have a good mark on the wreck of the Wild Darrell. I am not sure if it is covered by the shoals again, but you don't want to find out the hard way.
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Old 03-04-2019, 06:32 PM
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Sounds like Topsail Inlet is still the way to go. Better the devil I know than the devil I don't.
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Old 03-04-2019, 06:43 PM
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Rich's inlet has the distinction of causing extreme pucker factor every time I've ever tried to exit. 100% of the time, I end up using New Topsail, which in itself, is about as bad, however, bouys and deeper water at Topsail help somewhat, but both are notorious for shifting sand.
For me, Rich's is a lot tougher to read.
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Old 03-04-2019, 06:49 PM
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Smooth day small boat inlet only
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Very navigable (in an outboard boat) if you hug the f8 side even at low tide. if you ever find yourself in the breakers, don't attempt to turn around, punch it offshore

This google earth image is outdated, but gives you a general explanation how I navigate riches. As long as you hug the F8 side you will have plenty of water to reach the inlet. I would recommend viewing the inlet at low tide to indicate the inlet channel. I don't recall my exact compass heading, but the inlet channel curls slightly to the south. If i run offshore this saturday ill report back with a heading.
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by yknot fishing View Post
Just to be an a$$ I think its Rich Inlet Last yr it was not too bad once you get to the inlet I have only been around it in my skiff so far this year good luck running it I hope to run it soon!!
yep, Rich inlet and Mason inlet. Never made sense to me but whatever!
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:11 PM
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It's pretty sketchy. I would go hit it at dead low tide to get an idea of the layout.

At the end of the day TI is still the easier/better inlet by far.
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Need to rename it Tricky Dick Inlet.
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Old 03-10-2019, 07:08 PM
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Man dies after boat capsizes off of Lea Island

Man dies after boat capsizes off of Lea Island......

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And so close to shore. What a tragedy. RIP
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This is sad, sad news, and hits really close to home, and the waters many of us fish.
I can't imagine taking a friend fishing and to not return him home safely or worse, alive.
This tragedy just initiated a new rule for passengers on my boat, mandatory life vest.
If you don't want to wear one, you can fish from shore.
When tragedies such as this happen, they happen in a split second, which is not enough time to react or make survival plans.
Prayers for the boat operator, and this man's family.
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Originally Posted by Lrivenbark View Post
And so close to shore. What a tragedy. RIP
agree...sad thing is when we think of drowning most of us think of deep water. 50yds from shore there I’d be willing to bet you are in 6ft or less. ICM or others may be able to elaborate a little more. I suspect though maybe head trauma, initial shock, swift current or even a combination of all played a roll here.
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Old 03-12-2019, 03:23 AM
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They made some very poor decisions.
Fishing on the shoals should not be attempted. IT'S VERY DANGEROUS!
Tried several times this year to get on the shoals, each time turned back because it was not perfect conditions.
After all it's just a fish, a Red Drum that will be released.
It still saddens me to read about the lost of life...... ICM
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agree...sad thing is when we think of drowning most of us think of deep water. 50yds from shore there I’d be willing to bet you are in 6ft or less. ICM or others may be able to elaborate a little more. I suspect though maybe head trauma, initial shock, swift current or even a combination of all played a roll here.
Eh...probably 6-10' there I would guess.

Couple mouthfulls of water and a little panic, and anything can happen. Hate that it happened, but man, you gotta know better than to be there. Close friend of mind sank his boat almost exactly where this one went down. Thank God that nobody got hurt back then. 1997 or so.
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Heard today from a guide that the boat capsized, the man panicked causing his death from a heart attack.
Don't panic, don't go if you 're not feeling it.
Saddens me to think it could have been avoided.
May we all learn from this horrible preventable accident......ICM
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