me and my buddy always go to the cape fear river, i know thats a little ways from cherry point but if you put in your time and pay your dues on the cape you'll catch a big cat. we fish away from the coast though, around lillington. i dont know about fishing in the cape toward the coast. i dont know how far into brackish water they run. you prob need a boat to fish it though unless you know somebody that has some land on the river. and also, nice size cats run the neuse river. i hope that helps you, let me know if i can help you anymore bro, and thanks for the reply on my post.