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    Default Parking and fishing at Fort Macon

    I've been looking at Fort Macon on Google Earth (boy don't you know the Union wished they could do THAT!).


    I am coming and want to give the sharks a try, and want to fish near (not necessarily "in") deeper water, which appears to be the backside of the "horn" there at Fort Macon.


    Is there easy access to this part of Fort Macon? Is it as long of a walk as it looks?

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    It's a good walk Matt, that's where I always fish. If you have a surf cart loaded down your going to hate life carrying it through the deep sand as we figured out 2 days in a row until I started using the noggin. There is a trail you can take, I highlighted it in a picture. You use the road, easy to pull then there is a gravel road again much easier than the sand. I have my own spot I prefer, it's on the "beach" side right beside the jetty, there is a huge gut between the big sandbar and the jetty, a bait palace of sorts... it's only 30yds out too and where we were catching out Hatteras blues earlier in the year. FWIW I never had any luck closer towards the coast guard side of macon, but I would like to try fishing the huge troughs there. Looks like you may need about a 100yd cast to get out there. You can't wade very far in the surf, it gets deep in a hurry.
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    Wow, thanks for the pic!

    I have a feeling we'll be out there on the falling tide that afternoon after it's warmed up a bit. Depends on what happens that morning at Bogue Inlet pier. Part of me prefers the surf fishing since you can keep sharks and landing big stuff is easier.

    Then again, pier=no sand, nice breeze, easier walk.

    I dunno. Either way we'll have fun.

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    I personally prefer an incoming tide surf fishing. But we have to deal with what we are dealt when time is available!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundrop View Post
    I personally prefer an incoming tide surf fishing. But we have to deal with what we are dealt when time is available!


    I'm with you on that one for sure, however I want to catch the rising tide that morning out on the pier. I have yet to catch a spanish mac and it's killing me to just put one or a dozen in the cooler. Not to mention some nice chopper blues. So for the morning, Bogue Inlet it's gonna be!
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    Default Re: Parking and fishing at Fort Macon

    I like both tides honestly, just the best luck with an hour before and after each tide change. I love low tide, nothing beats walking out on the sandbar and throwing off the other side for who knows what while your walking in the water with em

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    Default Re: Parking and fishing at Fort Macon

    do either of you know how early you can start fishing out there?

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    Make sure you fish the right side of the jetty with the corresponding tide. I was at Fort Macon last week on an outgoing tide and the tide had pushed about 10,000 glass minnnows to the Atlantic beach side of the rocks.
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    Default Re: Parking and fishing at Fort Macon

    Quote Originally Posted by crappie89 View Post
    Make sure you fish the right side of the jetty with the corresponding tide. I was at Fort Macon last week on an outgoing tide and the tide had pushed about 10,000 glass minnnows to the Atlantic beach side of the rocks.
    Thank you for the advice. I'm a novice and will be going with a buddy of mine that has been fishing since he was a little kid. I've never been surf fishing, so I am really looking forward to it.

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