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Old 07-23-2014, 05:15 PM
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Looking for some guidance on an upcoming fishing trip 3-5 miles offshore from Carolina Beach. Unfortunately I will not be able to get 60 miles out to the 700-900 foot depths. I am trying to figure out what I might be able to catch 3-5 miles offshore by either trolling or bottom fishing. Mostly intested in catching something worth eating. Looking for suggestions on types of fish to target in this area, how to catch them (trolling or bottom), baits suggested, tackle suggested, and specific locations. I know I am asking a lot, but I don't have experience fishing in this region off, but not too far offshore. Any and all help, suggestions and commentary welcome. Thank you in advance!
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:15 PM
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I'm assuming that you are talking about Carolina Beach, North Carolina, you will probably have better responses in the Carolina's section (http://www.thehulltruth.com/carolinas-29/ ).

But you answer your question, there is an artificial reef about a mile offshore carolina beach, and roughly three miles from the inlet (AR 378, http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/look...ar/ar-378-reef ) I've never caught much out there, there doesn't seem to be much structure, but there some decent flounder, but flounder fishing is WAY better in snows cut.

A little further out is the Five Mile Box Cars (AR 378, http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/look...ar/ar-372-reef ) it is like the name implies, about 5 miles out. There are a couple railroad cars and two barges. I've done pretty well with Kings and big spanish out there over the years, but never bottom fished, I would assume there is some black sea bass.

Tackle for trolling/king/spanish, TLD15's with 20# main line on ugly stick tiger lite rods will catch just about anything in that area. I really enjoy live bait fishing and have done really well with balloons this summer. You can PM me if you want me to elaborate on how to set it all up. It is a post within itself but I am happy to help.

Tackle for bottom fishing, Penn battle 3000-4000 series combos with 15# braid, mullet minnows on carolina rigs with 1/0 circle hooks will catch anything on the bottom.


If you haven't run the inlet, pay attention or preferably follow another boat out because it can get tricky, especially at low tide.

If it is too rough to get out, the state record flounder was pulled out of Snows cut and there are always some drum as well as flounder in the inlet.
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:24 AM
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Tperkerson, nailed it!. ........ ICM
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:13 PM
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Tperkinson, thank you very much for the info. I went out on Monday of this past week to the 5 mile spot you mentioned. We dropped some live bait (mullet) and caught a few black sea bass (none big enough to keep) and 6 sharks, what looked like tiger sharks, but I am not 100% sure. Seas were a bit rough that day 5-7ft, but I am glad I went out. Thanks again for the info.
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5-7' seas... What kind of boat you in?
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Yeah Monday was a little sporty, me and Blue_moon went out of Wrightsville Tuesday and it hadn't improved, although it was more 2-4 than 5-7.
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