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Satellite Scouting - Southport/BHI Area

Old 03-08-2019, 07:25 AM
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Hi all:

I'm doing a little satellite scouting for an upcoming flyfishing trip to the Southport/OKI area and curious to know if anyone has any experience fishing what appears to be a sand flat couched between Smith Island, Striking Island and Battery Island. Based on some of the satellite imagery I've seen, it appears to be a fairly large and shallow sandy-bottom flat, and I'm wondering whether any one has any tips for fishing it, or if it's just a desert. Planning to hit Buzzard Bay as well, though anticipating that will have the black-mud bottoms I see in the vast majority of the salt marshes in that area. I'm a newb to the forum so can't upload the satellite image highlighting the area i'm referencing, but hopefully the islands above are helpful. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-08-2019, 08:13 AM
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Have you ever been back in there? What boat are you running?
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Old 03-08-2019, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by cocmartin86 View Post
Hi all:

I'm doing a little satellite scouting for an upcoming flyfishing trip to the Southport/OKI area and curious to know if anyone has any experience fishing what appears to be a sand flat couched between Smith Island, Striking Island and Battery Island. Based on some of the satellite imagery I've seen, it appears to be a fairly large and shallow sandy-bottom flat, and I'm wondering whether any one has any tips for fishing it, or if it's just a desert. Planning to hit Buzzard Bay as well, though anticipating that will have the black-mud bottoms I see in the vast majority of the salt marshes in that area. I'm a newb to the forum so can't upload the satellite image highlighting the area i'm referencing, but hopefully the islands above are helpful. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
That giant sand flat goes dry at low tide and parts of it are just barely submerged at high tide. Not sure why you would choose to fish over sand

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Old 03-08-2019, 08:35 AM
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This dry ?


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Old 03-08-2019, 08:39 AM
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wow....that really does get shallow. Primary reason for thinking it might be a good option is that I'm flyfishing and i've always found it easier to sightfish over sandy bottoms in low water. I'm running a 1983 15' cc boston whaler with a trolling motor, so should be able to get in somewhat skinny water, but that sounds inaccessible even at high tide.
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Old 03-08-2019, 08:43 AM
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This dry ?

drier than that. ICM has posted pics where u can’t see any water lol.

Its good fishing almost anywhere between ft fisher and bald head. It’s also very tricky and at times dangerous. There are spots of cribbing where on certain tides are covered and your cruising in 4-6ft of water. There are places that are just wide enough for a boat to pass but give no indication as far as left and right a foot or so where your gonna hit a rock. That area takes a while to learn or dumb money as you are gonna mess something up. I’ve been in there 1/2 a dozen times with people that practically live on that water in a ranger banshee and even then there have been times “we’ll we got to push or wait it out” type deals

in short lots of obstacles and water that goes from 6” to 6ft in literally a blink of an eye
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Originally Posted by cocmartin86 View Post
wow....that really does get shallow. Primary reason for thinking it might be a good option is that I'm flyfishing and i've always found it easier to sightfish over sandy bottoms in low water. I'm running a 1983 15' cc boston whaler with a trolling motor, so should be able to get in somewhat skinny water, but that sounds inaccessible even at high tide.
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Originally Posted by cocmartin86 View Post
wow....that really does get shallow. Primary reason for thinking it might be a good option is that I'm flyfishing and i've always found it easier to sightfish over sandy bottoms in low water. I'm running a 1983 15' cc boston whaler with a trolling motor, so should be able to get in somewhat skinny water, but that sounds inaccessible even at high tide.
your boat is suited for that. If on the southport side trailer to the ferry then take the ferry over. Put in at ft fisher wildlife ramp. I would not try to cross the cape fear in your boat. You would do it easily 9 out of 10 times then that one time well let’s just say it could be a major problem. It can turn quick.

Also do yourself a favor and hire seahawk charters before you do it. Be up front “I’ve got a small whaler and I’ve heard this place is treacherous they say you’re the man in these waters show me where I need to avoid” either of the 2 father or son will be more than happy to help. I have another friend that used to guide in that area and knows imo the water equally as well but even he will say that they got it down to a science. Good luck
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Thanks for the PM SquidRow, and thanks for the advice GoneNdoneit...I'll reach out to the seahawk folks. Agreed on your comment about crossing the cape fear...had an experience last year trying to hunt albies and won't make that mistake again.
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2X on SeaHawk Charters, both Capt. Jeff & Capt. Christian, both spent a lot of time on the water down there.
Without getting stuck...... ( wonder who can I be thinking about???? ) .... like me!
The fishing can be incredibly great at times.....ICM

You can be making a big mistake crossing the open water in a small boat.
Please don't do it, plenty of fishing on the Southport side.
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2X on SeaHawk Charters, both Capt. Jeff & Capt. Christian, both spent a lot of time on the water down there.
Without getting stuck...... ( wonder who can I be thinking about???? ) .... like me!
The fishing can be incredibly great at times.....ICM

You can be making a big mistake crossing the open water in a small boat.
Please don't do it, plenty of fishing on the Southport side.
for those of you with children Jeff does an absolutely amazing job with kids. He has a seafood charter (if he still does it) where he does some fishing some shrimping and digging. Great way to keep the kids interested.

The tarpon fishing has seemed to be picking up locally and I can remember when Christian was still playing ball and the tarpon weren’t running he was still out there grinding for them. I may contact him myself for some tarpon action
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NC Tarpon bucket list, every year been giving it a go.... ICM
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Caught a lot of tarpones on the flats behind bald head with Ricky Bishop back in the 90's. You'd be surprised how many sneak back in there in mid spring!
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Caught a lot of tarpones on the flats behind bald head with Ricky Bishop back in the 90's. You'd be surprised how many sneak back in there in mid spring!
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