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    Got down to the coast this past weekend. Kayak fished near the Haystacks area on Saturday, fished with a friend out of Bogue Inlet on Sunday. Second day was more social -- exploring the area from a new boat w/no sonar. Found lots of porpoises and bait out of BI, but no fish.

    Got yak on the water just after dawn on Saturday. Fog was thick, so I heard the splash of the first topwater bite on a Top Dog Jr., but couldn't see the fish hit. Hadn't fished the area in a long time, but fish was right where he was "supposed" to be! (i.e., where I expected to find a drum). Fish was nice 21.5" slot red. Finally located a small school -- got one half-hearted whack on topwater, then nothing. When I reeled the lure in quickly to make a follow-up cast, I noticed a bunch of reds chasing it back to the boat. Fired off a white Gulp swimming mullet on a jig head, and immediately hooked up on an 18" red. Turns out I had forgotten my anchor, so after drifting over and spooking the school, I backed off and after some time, finally snagged another one. This one was a very hard-fighting 21" drum -- this time on a Gulp shrimp (natural/new penny w/chartreuse tail). Drifted back over the school, then couldn't locate them again. Left the area, then returned a couple of hours later -- but a strong eastern wind make it difficult to manage the boat and locate the school, so called it a day.

    Did make it to the north side of the Haystacks, but by then the bottom had fallen out of the tide, and it looked like the surface of the moon up there. Spent more time walking and dragging my yak to deeper water then I did fishing.

    Wish I could have relocated that school and picked off a few more, but grateful for the ones I caught. Hadn't fought a red in a while, so it was nice to feel that line peeling off the reel!

    Photos below of the two 21" fish. Wookie's been taking some nice shots of tails -- and I do love that blue hue. Also a couple of shots of the area & low tide.

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    Nice job and I love the pictures
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    Roll Tide! Could job.

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    Check that..good job!
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    Awsome Pics! Also got my kayak red drum fix on Saturday a ways south of there. 6 slots
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    Friggin awesome........nice photo work...
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    Nice report Joel
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    did you drop in at radio island, the draw bridge, or conch point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by whitey View Post
    did you drop in at radio island, the draw bridge, or conch point?
    just parked off the north side of the causeway and launched right into the marsh. think i will stop doing that. can be a long drag to the water through deep mud, esp if it's not high tide. more of an issue now with my heavy yak (native mariner). easy access to the area from the new boat ramp at the MHC bridge -- think i will launch there from now on, esp in cooler weather (ie not as busy). FYI -- joel
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    Also check out conch point. Public canoe/kayak launch at Bay street/7th street in downtown morehead. None of that muddy mess to deal with, good water on low tide. Google earth it. Locals spot.

    Puts you at the mouth of calico creek, easy access to the backside of the haystacks. ALOT less boat traffic to deal with, as you are not crossing any main channels. Limited parking, but hardly ever crowded. Nice catch, sick photos.

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    Also you don't have to deal with all the rushing ya-hoos that public wildilfe ramps tend to attract this time of year. It is actually where bay street comes to a dead end, you just turn left onto the shell road and there is a small parking lot, a dock, and some picnic tables.
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    That looks like a great spot, Whitey. Will definitely check it out next trip. Crossing that open water from the hwy70 causeway marsh to phillips island and then to the haystacks can be more of an "adventure" than i like -- esp with lots of boat traffic! thanks -- joel
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    Do you edit these pictures, or do they come right out of the camera? They look great!!!
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    Great job on the catch and the pics Joel. I think the last place I remember fishing with you was around the Haystacks. Been a few years.
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    I must admit I'm not a purist, so yes, i have doctored the photos. BUT that slight halo around my Alabama hat is naturally occurring.

    Dennis -- i remember that trip. we should do it again soon. sold my boat, and determined to keep the marsh mud fresh on my kayak.

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