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    Me and a few buddies are staying in a shack on cape lookout later this month. None of us are experienced saltwater anglers so any info on the area would be great. What should we bring? What should we expect to catch? Do we need to bring bait or is there places to catch it with a cast net? Any other info or tips is appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by CityboyNC View Post
    Me and a few buddies are staying in a shack on cape lookout later this month. None of us are experienced saltwater anglers so any info on the area would be great. What should we bring? What should we expect to catch? Do we need to bring bait or is there places to catch it with a cast net? Any other info or tips is appreciated

    thanks


    Really jumping into the deep end with this trip haha. Well you need to bring all.gour own supplies. Cabins have gas but no electricity unless you bring a generator.

    Tackle depends.on what your after. Rods anywhere from 7-13 feet depending on species. In general you can each get by with 3 rods.

    One 7-9 ft rod for casting metal for blues and Spanish. These rods should be able to handle up to 2oz. Typical lures are sting silvers and kast masters. Can also use as extra sea mullet rod.

    Another 7-9 ft rod for bottom fishing for smaller stuff. Use #6-#4 j hooks or #4-#2 circles on this rig. Small pieces of fresh shrimp work best. Also sand fleas of you can find them. Can switch to larger hooks and fish half/whole shrimp or small cutbait for puppy drum.

    Lastly a 10-13 ft rod for big stuff. Big drum, big blues, sharks if your into that. 8/0-12/0 circle hooks for this. Any nice chunk of fresh cut bait works fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mumbo_Pungo View Post
    Really jumping into the deep end with this trip haha. Well you need to bring all.gour own supplies. Cabins have gas but no electricity unless you bring a generator.

    Tackle depends.on what your after. Rods anywhere from 7-13 feet depending on species. In general you can each get by with 3 rods.

    One 7-9 ft rod for casting metal for blues and Spanish. These rods should be able to handle up to 2oz. Typical lures are sting silvers and kast masters. Can also use as extra sea mullet rod.

    Another 7-9 ft rod for bottom fishing for smaller stuff. Use #6-#4 j hooks or #4-#2 circles on this rig. Small pieces of fresh shrimp work best. Also sand fleas of you can find them. Can switch to larger hooks and fish half/whole shrimp or small cutbait for puppy drum.

    Lastly a 10-13 ft rod for big stuff. Big drum, big blues, sharks if your into that. 8/0-12/0 circle hooks for this. Any nice chunk of fresh cut bait works fine.
    Yeah most of us only saltwater fish a few days a year and that's off the surf so we're far from experts lol. Is it easy to catch bait on the Island? Plus how heavy do they check licenses over there, I got one but it expires soon

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    Food for the cabin Mice would be nice..... ICM

    My wife keeps saying I don't listen to her .... or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CityboyNC View Post
    Plus how heavy do they check licenses over there, I got one but it expires soon
    Seriously?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CityboyNC View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mumbo_Pungo View Post
    Really jumping into the deep end with this trip haha. Well you need to bring all.gour own supplies. Cabins have gas but no electricity unless you bring a generator.

    Tackle depends.on what your after. Rods anywhere from 7-13 feet depending on species. In general you can each get by with 3 rods.

    One 7-9 ft rod for casting metal for blues and Spanish. These rods should be able to handle up to 2oz. Typical lures are sting silvers and kast masters. Can also use as extra sea mullet rod.

    Another 7-9 ft rod for bottom fishing for smaller stuff. Use #6-#4 j hooks or #4-#2 circles on this rig. Small pieces of fresh shrimp work best. Also sand fleas of you can find them. Can switch to larger hooks and fish half/whole shrimp or small cutbait for puppy drum.

    Lastly a 10-13 ft rod for big stuff. Big drum, big blues, sharks if your into that. 8/0-12/0 circle hooks for this. Any nice chunk of fresh cut bait works fine.
    Yeah most of us only saltwater fish a few days a year and that's off the surf so we're far from experts lol. Is it easy to catch bait on the Island? Plus how heavy do they check licenses over there, I got one but it expires soon
    Just get your license.

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    Alright re-licensed up, so nobody hate me now

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    Not a matter of hate but it's state parkland so to answer your initial question.. you've got a higher likelihood of getting checked there than most places!

    Go ahead and bring some bait shrimp and fishbites with you to be safe - should be able to catch as much cut bait as you need from there

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCStateFisher View Post
    Not a matter of hate but it's state parkland so to answer your initial question.. you've got a higher likelihood of getting checked there than most places!

    Go ahead and bring some bait shrimp and fishbites with you to be safe - should be able to catch as much cut bait as you need from there
    Was a matter of hate for me. Cant stand people who try and use/abuse a resource without giving back to it. No license, taking more than your limit, undersized fish, leaving trash, and other shady stuff. Wont be helping OP anymore as he showed his true colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mumbo_Pungo View Post
    Was a matter of hate for me. Cant stand people who try and use/abuse a resource without giving back to it. No license, taking more than your limit, undersized fish, leaving trash, and other shady stuff. Wont be helping OP anymore as he showed his true colors.
    I'm sorry if I came across as someone who abuses the system. I always buy my license every year and I almost never catch n keep, Its just my license ran out the day of our last day so I was just wondering if I'd be able to get away with one day of expired license fishing or if I needed to grab a license before. I guess it's kind've ****** and I'm sorry if I came off as a bad person

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    Bug spray!!! And lots of it!!! Just remember, once you are there, you are there. There is no going to the store at 9pm because you forgot something.
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    Make sure you have the saltwater license. Iíve been checked as many as 3 times in as many days out there. Technically you should have your drivers license to show at the same time. By the way itís National Seashore not State. While you can cast net finger mullet on the sound side (google earth shows a spot you can drive to on the north end of the cabins) you may have difficulty this early in the year. If youíre taking Davis Ferry over call them to see if they have any mullet to sell. If not stop on the way and get some. A chunk of finger mullet on a 3/0 circle hook on a Carolina rig will catch reds and blues. Itís a wild and epic place and the fishing can be phenomenal. The bugs arenít bad on the beach except for a west wind. Donít even think about going outside at night though around the cabins. Iím assuming you have a 4x4. Air down your tires to 18-20 after you come off the ferry. Have a shovel, piece of carpet or board and a tow strap. While the south end is the most popular (and 14 miles south of the cabins) there is excellent fishing all along the shore. You can buy ice at the cabins and thereís an air pump there for when you leave.



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    Also if youíve never used a circle hook DONíT set the hook. Just reel. You wonít hook the fish if you set it. You may know this but you mentioned you donít fish much saltwater. Redfish under 18Ē and over 27 must be released. The circle hook helps ensure they donít get gut hooked. They will be hooked right in the corner of the mouth. If the blues are thick use a thin wire leader.

    You also must have an ORV permit to drive on the beach. Information found here.
    https://www.nps.gov/calo/planyourvisit/orv.htm



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    Take a look at http://www.drumwagon.com

    Itís a website for cape lookout. Extensive forum with lots of information. Enjoy your trip!


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    Quote Originally Posted by kdig67 View Post
    Take a look at http://www.drumwagon.com

    Itís a website for cape lookout. Extensive forum with lots of information. Enjoy your trip!


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    And check out the ĎBad Truckí photos.


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