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beantown posted 05-12-2008 09:24 AM ET (US)   Profile for beantown   Send Email to beantown  
Hey all,

I am going on my first ocean trip of the year in two weeks. We are going to Topsail Island, NC. I will be bringing my Nautauk and am going to try to do some fishing with my brother in law and some others. I was wondering if there is someone here familiar with the area could give me some tips. We were talking about some Flounder fishing and some red fish. The fishing thing is relitivly new to me so any info about what to fish with, where to fish, to troll or not to troll, etc... would be very helpful.

Thanks

Jamie

chumboy posted 05-13-2008 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for chumboy  Send Email to chumboy     
Jamie,
I am no fishing expert by any means, but I do know the area. If you want to go outside, should be decent trolling for spanish mackeral and bluefish. I pull Clark spoons, forget the size, but about 3" long, either gold or silver. Use about 18" of braid or wire leader, they are toothy critters. Troll about 6-8 mph just off the beach. Also, look for diving birds, they are usually over schools.

Inshore, for flounder, I like to live bait with finger mullet. You can castnet for them at low tide up in the creeks. About 3-4" long is a good size. Get some "Carolina live bait rigs" at any tackle store. You can hook them thru the nose or the back. I hook thru the nose if the current is strong or I am reeling them in and casting fairly often. If I am just letting them soak, I hook them thru the back.

Don't know where you are staying on Topsail, but the inlet/channel on the south end can be pretty tricky. Watch/follow a local your first time out. I don't know the inlet to the north, but hear it is better.

If you want to cruise down the ICW, head south to Wrightsville Beach for some good restaurants on the water and good boat and people watching.

Let me know if I can tell you anything more and have a great trip.

Dave

beantown posted 05-13-2008 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for beantown  Send Email to beantown     
Thanks for the info Dave,

We are staying on the south end of Topsail, almost down at the end by the beach and Inlet. I here there is good flounder fishing on the island just south of Topsail. Any information is very helpful, since I am a very novice fisherman. I grew up a sailor not a fisherman.

Thanks again

Jamie

beantown posted 05-13-2008 11:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for beantown  Send Email to beantown     
Dave do you have any specific restaurants that you can recommend?

Thanks

chumboy posted 05-14-2008 05:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for chumboy  Send Email to chumboy     
Jamie,
I am an old sailor myself. In fact, I still sail with a very good friend in his 100 bushel Sharpie in the sound on the back side of Topsail quite often. Not sure which week you will be there, but if you see a navy blue hullled sharpie named Jayne Ellen, wave us down.

As far as restaurants at Wrightsville Beach: there are 4 main ones on the water just after you pass under the drawbridge when traveling south. First on your starboard side will be the Bridgetender, the most upscale of all, a little pricey, excellent food. Next to starboard will be the Fish House Grill and then Dockside. Dockside is my favorite, very laid back and casual with mostly outside seating and a nice bar for boat watching while you wait for a table. Mostly seafood of course, raw bar and fresh fish and great crabcakes.

On the port side will be the Bluewater, a very large 2 story affair with outside seating also and great views. I would rate the food ok there, it is even more touristy in a very touristy town. Email me (it is in my profile)if you have any more questions.

By the way, my place is about 5 miles south of Wrightsville, marker 134 on the ICW if you get down that way.

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