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Surf fishing is tough. There's so much going on it's hard to figure out exactly the proper way to fish. The current is going different directions the foam creates shadows and the current stirs up dirt. Many times you have no idea where to cast. I'm always hoping to see some sign that a fish is in a certain area. I tried finding beach features that stood out. Places where the sand created a crater or some kind of underwater dune. I figured fish might try to pin or trap bait in these places. I worked an area for awhile and used various retrieves. I felt a tug during on one of my retrieves and pulled in my first fish ever caught in the NC surf.

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It was a little bluefish and it gave me the confidence to continue working the surf. I started to trust my hunches about where fish might be. Then I noticed some shadows that weren't moving with the flow of the waves. As I got closer I could tell it was a school of something. I was guessing bluefish. My first cast yielded nothing. The next cast landed right on top of the school. I waited a couple seconds then gave the fly some quick strips. There was some tension then the rod started to bob but the resistance was strange. It felt more like the fly was dragging in the sand than a fish fighting. As the current went out I saw a splash and tail slap. There was a huge disturbance and the other fish in the school bolted. The rod started to really bend and at first I wasn't gaining any line on the fish. Then I saw the tail come out of the water again and noticed the spot that marks a red drum. At about the same time the fish decided it was gonna fight. I figured no big deal I'm using a 9wt. I severely under estimated the fish. Every time I thought I had the drum under control it would make another run. It took awhile but I eventually realized I needed to get the fish into shallow water. I started to work my way back up the beach. The drum gave in after what seemed like 10min.
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The fight red drum dish up is almost unreal. They have so much power in a small package. I've caught bigger reds but I can't remember any of them fighting like this fish. I used to think you could get away with a 5wt in the surf. This fish would have snapped that like a twig. My 9wt was perfect and even with that the fish torqued it good.

As I released the fish and watched it swim away I started to adjust my line and get ready for my next cast. I noticed a dark shadow coming my direction. It looked like a seal. I used to see them all the time in San Diego. Then the shadow moved in front of me and a fin broke the surface. It was a shark and it was swimming no more than 20ft from me. By the time I knew it was a shark it had spotted me thrashed the water and took off. The whole thing happened so fast it really humbled me. It reminded me how vulnerable we really are once we're in the ocean. I think that shark was investigating the area because of the drum struggling as I brought it it. If that shark wanted to get me I wouldn't have had a chance.

You'd think an experience like that would keep me out of the water but it didn't. I was having too good of a day. I continued to work the surf and after several hours of not even a bump I hooked my first flounder.

It was truly an awesome day. All of the fish were caught on a clouser that I tied. Even though it was scary it was cool seeing the shark. Before I left the surf late afternoon I saw a sea turtle. I have never seen once since I've lived in NC. It was so close to shore I could have ran out in the surf and probably swam with it.
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Excellent story dude! Nice! I'll most likely take the long rod when I hit the coast next time but mine's a 6wt.....may have to get something beefier!
 

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Super Awesome.....and Double Extra Credit.....from the Surf and on the Fly...Now head down to the Pamlico Sound...in mid August and get your self a 50 lb er...and u will know why u caught a Puppy Drum.
Well Done. :)
 

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Excellent story. Pretty cool catching 3 species on the same fly too! And yeah, the Redfish is an awesome sport fish.
 

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Things are always bigger in the moment. I would have sworn it was 5ft long but it was probably closer to 4ft. Still big enough to make me think about going back in the water right away. It's dorsal fin came half way out of the water for just a second.
So in other words it got your attention? Hahahaha
 

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Way to go Kevin, but only one? not 40 or 50? Nice flounder too. And don't lay that reel on the sand, if you say you caught it on the fly we will believe you.
I only catch 40-50 drum when I fish with you.:D

I used the rod as a reference for length not so you'd believe it was caught with a fly.
 

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A lot of the time at the coast, we'll be tossing flies that can easily be cast on a 6 wt...and back on the sound side a 6 may be just fine for speckled trout, puppy drum and flounder...if conditions are not too windy. Shift to a heavier leader...certainly a heavier tippet, to provide a little more insurance for "teeth." Several folks are using 6 wts for trout etc off the rock jetty at Cape Lookout...and sometimes even for false albacore when they are running small. But in those situations, I lean to a little beefier outfit...paticularly for the albies.
 
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