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I mainly fish the Pamlico/Pungo rivers and a few times a year I fish the Neuse. When targeting flounder I will cast net for pogys and use them on C-Rigs and also throw soft plastic and/or gulp. I have always worked the banks, docks, etc. my question is would it be productive to drift (or use the trolling motor as needed) further away for the shore line to catch flounder similar to what some anglers may do at the coast and inlets? With only a wind driven tide I think this is would be totally different than at the coast. I have never seen any other anglers drift fishing away from the shore line in these areas. If so, would it be best to drift at the mouth of creeks or much further out to the channel of the river, say a couple hundred yards or more from shore? I want to try something different that may be easier for taking out the family but with limited time to fish I don't want to waste a day of fishing trying something that is a waste of time. Thanks in advance for any advise.
 

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I was trolling grubs in a creek off the Neuse one fall for trout and we crossed over a shallow bar we caught a flounder so we made another pass and then had a double hook up with flounder. The only reason I don't think more people do it in the Neuse is because you will lose alot of tackle.
 

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I have caught a few flounder the same way when trolling some creeks for trout. I am really thinking about giving this a try on my next trip. I will probably give it a try once it gets pretty hot around mid day to see if the flounder are moving out to deeper water. I have a couple of places in mind where the channel of the river moves closer to the shore line.
 

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I have taken my wife out for a boat ride, and surveyed various bottom areas. I have found good looking bottom, and then returned to fish it, but have never had much luck drifting over the same. I always think 2 - 4 feet, near deeper channel, cut, edge, with rippled bottom, something uneven. We fish that way at Eastern Shore of Va and eat them up. I am doing something wrong, I suppose! The secret is, as always, "Where's the bait"
 

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This time of year a lot of the finger mullett are literally one foot from the waters edge on the bank. Thats where the fish are. If you are able to mark a lot of bait in a deeper channel, then fish that spot, most likely this time of year you will catch Stripers or Grey Trout when doing this. Depending on where you are.
 
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