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pjonathan posted 06-12-2004 07:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for pjonathan   Send Email to pjonathan  
I am thinking about planning a trip to the outerbanks, perhaps around Avon. I have considered towing my 13 Whaler down and finding a rental place on the sounds side of the obx.
pjonathan posted 06-12-2004 07:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for pjonathan  Send Email to pjonathan     
Sorry - clicked Enter before finishing...

I am thinking about planning a trip to the outerbanks, perhaps around Avon. I have considered towing my 13 Whaler down and finding a rental place on the sounds side of the obx.

I was curious if anyone has taken a small boat down to these areas and had any luck boating/fishing in the sounds.
I would also be curious if anyone found nice areas for putting a boat in the water.

I started looking on line for rental places that might have docks, bulkheads to tie up, etc. Any leads on good rental agencies would be a big help.

I have been down there before surf fishing with friends - but this time I am going with my wife, 3 kids, and two dogs.. :/ But I do hope to get on the water..

Thanks for any info or help.


gansett posted 06-12-2004 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for gansett  Send Email to gansett     
Paul, my son Tyler and his friend Jay run a kayak tour and rental shop on the water in Avon. Hey have a launch ramp ($10) and rent two small Carolina skiffs... a 16 and a 14. They also have dock space for small boat that might come in handy if you don't rent a waterfront place. Its not a marina, so no gas or supplies.

The sound is very shallow and shoaly, but a 13' would be fine. Many locals have jack plates on their boats. Jay has a good "locally drawn" chart in the shop, if you stop in ask to see it. You develop an eye for the sand bars and learn to take it slow.

My son caught black drum in Hatteras inlet this week among the old pilings. That's a long haul from Avon in a 13, but there are fish to be had in the sound there as well. Or you can trailer down to Hatters and put in there too.

Tyler and Jy fish the sound regularly and could tell you what's hitting. Frank and Frans bait and tackle is right down the road and they can also hook you up with advice. Most of the web sites down there report surf-side fishing, and not much said about the sound. But if you post a query on for latest on fishing in the sound, you'll get up-to-date reports and advice. Its a good online community.

Avon is a nice little town. and are two of a handful of rental agents with soundside, or canalside rentals. Both have good online search engines with pictures of the properties. Most canal side locations in Avon are within walking distance of the beach. Look for specials advertised on the Web sites, rentals are down this season. (Gas prices?)

Tyler's site is and has information about ramp and boat rentals and pictures of the little harbor.

HAPPYJIM posted 06-13-2004 12:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
Check with all of the tackle stores to see where the fish are and what they are biting.
Oregon Inlet has a free boat launch with gas at the fishing center next door. Ice, bait, tackle, shirts and hats too.

Lots of fish to catch at the bridge and out of the Inlet, weather permitting. Bring a handheld VHF minimum and tune to weather station if storm clouds are seen on the horizon.

Sheepshead, flounder, small blues,Spanish mackerel and cobia are in now.
If the winds are out of the east go to Mann's Harbor(Pay launch was $5 but probably went up with new owners).

If you just want to boat around there are too many beautiful places to mention here. Many small creeks with Spanish moss covered trees and wildlife to see.

The waterfront at Elizabeth City, Hertford and Edenton is worth the trip if the winds have the ocean and sounds too churned up for comfortable boating. Tree lined rivers and creeks tame the wind quite a bit.

Bring the boat because there is all different water to be found here. Email me and I'll give you my number if you would like to talk.

pjonathan posted 06-16-2004 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for pjonathan  Send Email to pjonathan     
Thanks for your replies - it was helpful informaton! I will report back if I am able to plan and go on this trip! Paul
Moose posted 06-17-2004 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
I've been down to the end of Hatteras Island quite a few times, the last trip in 2002, so some of this might info may be less than current. Good flounder fishing/ferry dodging. Some nice marinas in Hatteras Village, Teach's Lair, Village Marina, both rent slips by the day and have ramps and parking.

Some of the rental agencies have homes on the sound and canals in the Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras Village area, but we've run into a shortage on the choices of dog friendly houses for our German Shorthair Pointer, and what's a vacation without your buddy?! Check Dolphin Realty, I rented from them 5 or 6 times, good luck every time (might be and Midgett Realty,(

Very nice at that end of Hatteras with the inlet right there and Ocracoke Island right next door. Much different area than the Nags Head/Kitty Hawk MetroPlex, slower pace, nice folks, great beaches and, for fisherman like me, plenty of restaurants and fish markets after a hard day of not catching much.

Have fun!


pjonathan posted 06-19-2004 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for pjonathan  Send Email to pjonathan     
Moose - thanks. In addition to the three kids and my wife, we also have three...well..muts that might come along for the ride. So the dog-friendly places are on the radar for us as well.

I guess my main question is, is this area the type of area where I would be glad I brought my 13' down - plenty of areas to get in the water, nice area to boat, good fishing, pretty in general, etc.

From eariler posts, I seems to be the case. As mentioned, I have been down there a few times to surf fish with buddies - but this is a little different.

I am used to boating around Solomons Island (Maryland) on the Chesapeake where the back creeks and various areas of the bay can be nice, calm, somewhat worry-free areas to boat with family.

I was most worried that so much of the sounds in that area is shallow. I am not worried about having to be careful, with a 13', family on board, and a 30hp, I'm not going that fast anyway. But even at low speeds, sitting deep in the water, I wanted to make sure it wasn't that bad in terms of depth.

I think I need to pick up a map of the area to get a better sense of things. But so far it looks like a nice option from what others are saying.

Thanks for the leads on the real estate places and the area in general - I appreciate it!


Moose posted 06-27-2004 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     

Sorry, my posting did miss the mark on your original question.

I'm not very helpful with the Avon sound side boating, only experience in that area is driving through on 12 to the south, and Bubba's BBQ (also in Frisco, the better of the two).

I've often wondered why I drag my Whaler all the way from Michigan to Hatteras, 950+ miles, for the limited use we get out of it. My wife and I really enjoy the area, (we've taken 8 trips there since 1994) but here are a few pros/cons that many be of some use. No slight intended to the area and its many fans for possibly missing some fine points of southern Hatteras Island. I am certainly a fan of the area.


Warm water! Warm air! (Got back yesterday from a week in the Les Cheneaux Islands, Mackinac Island, northern Lake Huron, 52 degree water, 60 degree highs, 40 degrees overnight!), Lots of marinas to launch small boats, flounder are generally catchable, protected, calm waters in the sound, great beaches, dog friendly beaches, not as crowded as towns to the north. Seafood!


The inlets are serious business, in anything less than perfect weather, they are for locals and folks more savvy than myself. Ferries are not there to share the channel, the channel is theirs, and they're faster and closer than they appear, but plenty of fishing areas out of their way. Tides, if you find a great spot for the kids/dogs to play on a sandbar under 2 feet of water, it's one foot deep in 15 minutes. On the Great Lakes we get in the habit of throwing the anchor out in 3 feet of water, 30 feet from shore and spending hours without having to move. Not really any place to go other than up and/or down the shore, to Ocracoke, or just to a spot to fish. Very shallow, 4 and 5 feet deep everywhere, it seems. You'll want to get NOAA chart #11555.

Great place, as you know. Many great vacations there for us.

Hope this poorly written mess has something you didn't already know.

Good Luck!


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