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rayl posted 04-17-2005 09:52 AM ET (US)   Profile for rayl  
I will be taking my [1986 OUTRAGE 18] to Fripp over Memorial Day weekend. We do this every year, but this will be only the second with my new toy.
We went out last year with no luck, other than catching a bunch of small sharks. :-(

I have been studying the maps and have the appropriate GPS maps for navigation, I know that the Fripp Inlet can be tricky with such a small channel.

Anyway, other than going to Broad River for Cobia, anyone have any tips for fishing in that area??


zotcha posted 04-17-2005 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
rayl, I live in Bluffton, SC, (the south side of the Broad River). Don't know anything about Fripp, other than visiting Hunting Island State Park. Cobia are offshore now and once this NE wind lays down the water should warm up fairly quickly. 68*deg; is what we're looking for.
Unfortunately, the Port Royal Sound (mouth of Broad River) is supposedly the worlds greatest breeding grounds for many different types of sharks, so I'm told. As you may know, you usually have to catch a lot of sharks to boat a Cobe. On the south end of the (Hilton Head) island, there is usually a one week period when schools of snapper (blues), pass through, and with Clark spoons, you can bloody the boat Jersey style. Boy, do I miss that!

With a chartplotter you can navigate these waters fairly easily, always remembering to factor the 8-9 foot tide swings every 6 hours, with 8-9 knot current. Last year, a member here launched a 16-foot Boston Whaler from Hilton Head and navigated over where you will be for a day trip, and had a blast. Something I would never have considered without a plotter after twelve years of living here. But he had the equipment and was rewarded very well for his confidence.

Remember, with some determination, you can almost always stay inshore and slam redfish (spottail bass) and trout. Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend. zot.

jimh posted 04-17-2005 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Fixed several abbreviations. Use four-digit numbers for year. Do not make up your own abbreviations for Boston Whaler model names.]
maverick posted 04-17-2005 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
Hi, Ray -

I live in Aiken, SC, and have been out Fripp Inlet many times in both my 17s and an 85 Outrage 18. That is one tricky inlet, if you've never tried it - be very cautious, as the rips, the breakers on the sandbars, and the wind make it a challenge (not as bad as Organ inlet, NC) but a hold on time. Plus, the sandbars from week to week will change positions, just to mess with your mind. I'd recommend watching for a local to go out ahead of you and follow them - preferably a big honchy Grady that draws about 4' of water, and then go where he goes (assuming he makes it)... I have also gone out way to the right side, paralleled the beach, then do a left 90 and head straight out - that avoids much of the mess of the inlet. As for the Cobia, Port Royal is a good spot, expecially near the shadows of the large can buoys (~50' deep) - they seem to like the shadows. Use a live eel if you have it and freeline it on a 4/0 or larger Penn with about 6' wire leader, as you'll prbably hook up a large shark or two. Also, be careful in Pt Royal over near Parris Island Marine Base and outward as there are a lot of sea turtles cruising, and you can hit one as you crest over one of those giant rollers in the sound. Have you ever tried Betsy Ross reef? How about 6 H.I.? We landed a 48" king at 6HI a few years back - probably would've been a record, but we put steaks in the freezer instead. Head was 13" long. Best, Mav

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 04-17-2005 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Or as an alternative you can call George at Sea Island Marine, Boston Whaler's premier dealer in Beaufort and he'll give you all the 'numbers'.
Whalerider posted 04-17-2005 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerider  Send Email to Whalerider     
TRAFFICLAWYER has it right. I live in Beaufort/Fripp Island and the inlet can be tough. Get the numbers from George at Sea Island Marine and a AVOID the inlet at anything near low tide and you will be just fine.


rayl posted 04-18-2005 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for rayl    
Yeah, I will probably steer clear of the inlet. Not ready to brave the open water in unknown areas. Will most likely stick to the inshore stuff.

As for inshore, anyone got any good recommendations on how to land the spots, trout, flounder during the late May early June timeframe? Those will be the prey of choice for us during this trip. Not sure if anyone has any "general areas", rivers ,etc. that are good around the Fripp Inlet that they would be willing to mention. Believe me, I don't expect anyone to list any specific areas as that may give up their secrets. :-)

TRAFFIC and Whalerider,
Do either of you have experience with Sea Island Marine and restoration type work on classic whalers? Did they do a good job?


TRAFFICLAWYER posted 04-18-2005 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Don't know about restoration, since I only have bought new???????
ocuyler posted 04-18-2005 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for ocuyler  Send Email to ocuyler     

As zot indicated above, I brought our 16 Dauntless and splashed at Hilton Head Island, near him in Bluffton. I went outside at Port Royal Sound and had to go outside 1 to 2 miles to avoid the sand bars. There is an offshore marked channel. Consult your chart.

I would have never attempted it without a good GPS chartplotter with a local or regional chip. Charts are great, if you have a navigator. Fripp was tricky. There is alot of inside stuff for both fishing and cruising. You can run up to Charleston or even down to Savannah. I've also done that in an 11' Whaler and had a blast. Just had to watch out for boat wakes. The 16' was really ideal for that area.



soup posted 04-21-2005 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for soup  Send Email to soup     
You can put in at the landing across the highway from the state park. The rocks at the north tip of Fripp are good for sheepshead and flounder. Underneath the bridge is also good for sheeps.

Or you can put in there and find your way up towards Trenchards Inlet. There are a lot of places to look for reds, trout, flounder in that area. If you can get to the actual mouth of the inlet you might be able to find some cobia hanging around the rips. Or, if you get that far you can navigate around the bars and get to the pond that way.

Hello, Whalerrider and Trafficlawyer. We normally fish out of Georgetown.

rayl posted 04-22-2005 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for rayl    
Thanks for the info.... I have heard that crab is a good bait for sheeps, would you agree?? I am a landlocked Atlantan so forgive the obvious questions..

Also, the Fripp Marina only seems to sell mudminnows for bait(at least that's all they had the last time I was there). Any other marinas/baitshops near that area that carry live shrimp/crab/etc.?


zotcha posted 04-24-2005 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
rayl, what are you looking to have done to your boat? I'm in the process of refurbing mine (all winter). Hope to have it done by the time you arrive. Where is your Whaler normally stored? zot.
rayl posted 04-24-2005 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for rayl    

As it stands, not much right now. However, there are a few things I would like to have done that are more "cosmetic" in nature. I don't have anywhere to do an fiberglass work myself, so I would need to have it hired out.

Things like the thru-hull tubes.. The owner before me had some "non-standard" brass tubes put in. They are a bit larger than the originals and have much more of a profile on the outside of the hull(not sure if that makes sense and I don't have any digital pics to post at this time).

I would like to try and have that retroactively repaired to original state if possible. Again, that is more "cosmetic" in nature. The tubes that are in there are perfectly functional, just not original.

Anyway, just checking to see if those guys at Sea Island would be good to use when I am ready to have some work done.


TRAFFICLAWYER posted 04-24-2005 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Those 'guys' at Sea Island are one of Whalers oldest dealers, just tell em, TRAFFICLAWYER sent ya!

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