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Hello Everyone,

I am new to NCangler and would love some help and advice on a few questions I have regarding surf fishing on the NC coast. I am 24 and my father has recently retired as a high school administrator after 30 years and has been stir crazy looking for something to occupy his free time. I have planned to take him surf fishing but have no idea which beaches and spots would be the best and most productive to fish. We have all our gear and tackle ready to go, but haven't chosen a destination yet. If anyone has a favorite beach or spot that has proven to yield great fish, I would love to hear of it and any other feedback on this matter from those caring to share! :confused:
In addition, after postponing our trip once because of the gas shortage and price increase scare and again because of Hurricane Ophelia, I am curious how soon after the Hurricane subsides will the water return to normal and the fish return to shallower waters. What is a good estimate on the amount of time I should wait to allow the water to settle and ensure an enjoyable and productive day or two of surf fishing after the Hurricane? :confused:

Thanks for any help you can give!
Justin; Charlotte, NC
 

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That leaves the whole coast as about an equal option so here is my opinon. Hatteras for drum until the water clears up if you can get there this weekend. I would think the inlet area but as you know the storm will change the fishing holes around dramatically. The point at Hatteras is usually one of the fishiest spots in the state. When the water is dirty fish for bottom feeders with fresh menhaden or mullet for bigger drum or fresh shrimp or smaller pieces of cut bait for puppy drum. As slow as this storm is moving the water will still be dirty for a few days. I think the area south of the cape will clear up first. Sight feeders like trout and spanish mackeral feed better in clear water. Lures are genrally better in the surf for sight feeders and bait for bottom feeders. Keep an eye on this thread and I will keep tabs on what is taking place over the next day or 2 and give you a better snapshot of the post hurricane situation. I keep tabs on the whole coast and like I said this hurricane will change the whole surf fishing scene. Al
 
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