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\nMy wife and I enjoy fishing the fall at Fort Fisher and CB. I am wondering about venturing out to AR425 or similar Artificial reefs to see what the hype is about.
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\nI have a 172 Scout SportFish with a 90hp 2 stroke Yamaha and GPS trolling motor. We have never taken it out of the bay or Intercostal.
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\nPlanned on putting in at Snows Cut and heading down the Cape Fear out around bald head. Boat runs great, etc.
\nAny advice on the trip?
\nLike max wind/weather conditions etc?
\nany advice would be appreciated.
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    \r\n In a 17 foot boat, I would advise not trying Cape Fear with ANY Southerly wind. You might be better off using the West Bar Cut that runs right off of Caswell Beach. The inlet is dicey at best and plain nautical on a S or SW wind. With the outflow of the river and a SW or S wind pushing water directly in towards the inlet, the waves stack up,quickly. This time of year, the prevailing wind is from the SW. I have been on 50+ foot boats and gotten my rear end kicked going through that inlet.
    \nThe West Bar cut is partially protected by Jay Bird Shoals and your ride could be smoother. I would advise following someone out the first time you use the West Bar Cut\r\n
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    \nFederal Point launch will work fine, worked my way through there a lot. Just never ventured past striking and battery island. Just don\'t want to get unsafe and have issues venturing out of the marsh.
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      Default Newbie questions for AR 425 trip

      Hey Guys and Gals,

      My wife and I enjoy fishing the fall at Fort Fisher and CB. I am wondering about venturing out to AR425 or similar Artificial reefs to see what the hype is about.

      I have a 172 Scout SportFish with a 90hp 2 stroke Yamaha and GPS trolling motor. We have never taken it out of the bay or Intercostal.

      Planned on putting in at Snows Cut and heading down the Cape Fear out around bald head. Boat runs great, etc.
      Any advice on the trip?
      Like max wind/weather conditions etc?
      any advice would be appreciated.

      Thanks
      Mickey
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