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Spent the weekend at Emerald Isle. The trip was designed as decompression for the wife and family and work on the condo with a little fishing on the side.

We arrived Friday night about 20 minutes too late to secure bait- doh! I figured I'd just find sand fleas the next morning.

Headed to the surf Saturday morning at first light. I quickly discovered 3 problems.

1. It was high tide and there was no readily apparent beach structure- I was fishing "blind ". The Beach has a really flattened out in the area where we visit. The readily apparent structure I saw in April is gone.

2. There were no sand fleas that I could find

3. There was a nasty left to right current and 4 oz would not hold bottom.

Due to the current situation, I was too lazy to get bait once the shops opened. I tried fishing some fish bites naked on a mullet rig, no luck. I did see some Spanish skying within casting distance and threw some metal, but no bites.

A while later while casually strolling and looking for fleas I saw Dr. bogus walking the beach and fishing a nice slough. I walked up to thank him for his website and introduce myself. He told me the Spanish were feeding on really tiny minnows, and wouldn't bite anything, not even small flies.

I finally gave it up after a halfhearted couple of hours. I spent the rest of the day chilling on the beach on a beautiful summer day, not a bad fallback plan. Here's to next time....

Anybody seen sand fleas around the point at EI? I'm not The best at finding them, but I can usually scare up a pod or two. They were scarce.



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You did everything you could and enjoyed the beach and met an incredibly knowledgeable and kind man. He has been getting flounder in that area... and (around)... hint hint
 

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EI was pretty slow all last week. I fished Saturday PM and had decent luck but yeah, 4 oz was barely getting it done. Caught a handful of decent sized blues, a few whiting, short flounder and a million foot long sharks.

I am surprised you couldn't find sand fleas as the part of the beach I was fishing was covered in them. Although in high tide they are not as easy to come across.

The tropical storm really put a whammy on the surf in EI. Three weeks ago there seemed to be no structure whatsoever, just flat beach.
 

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I had the same slow results Sunday. King fished the morning on Bogue and was the lucky one with a 2lb blue. Headed to Radio Island for incoming tide and flounder but all i got was my gulp depleted by toad fish and small blues. Then tried to find the spanish on oceanna in the evening and very few bent rods.. mostly pin fish and some grass shad. My BIL did catch a 12" flounder on a mud minnow but that was it. Seems all the reports from Kure to hatteras where the same ... Slow fishing and bite shut down, great waether though and nice to be out!
 
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