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This weekend and next I am going to try to get to ft fisher and see what it is all about. I really want to get into fly fishing for reds, and it seems like a good place to start. Ive never been there but have been studying the layout on navionics and google maps. Im fairly confident in my ability to find fish, but not being so used to freshwater my questions for you guys are about how the wind and tide affect this area. ill be in a kayak so i want to be able to fish on calmer days with relatively clear water. My guess is a generally sw wind will offer clearer water and a lower tide. Would this be correct? From reading various forum post the tide generally doesnt match tide charts by about an hour. exanple being low tide at x hour on a tide chart is about and hour behind the real tide.

Any insight is appreciated, and if anyone needs a tag along ...thanks

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Relatively was the key word there. I am not naive and expecting key west blue water. Im sure the clarity in the area differs depending on the conditions I asked about. So which ones usually result in better clarity?

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be ready to paddle paddle paddle.. Fort fisher CAN be a great place to fish, but the SW wind down there can be extremely difficult to deal with on a yak some days. If the forecast at beach says 10-15, count on 25 there.
 

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Was down there last weekend. Caught a bunch of fish but no size. It depends on how/where you want to fish. We have a beach access permit so out in at one of the ramps on the beach and head to buzzards bay area. Water has not been very clear.
 

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Thanks for the heads up guys. Im wanting to do a lot of salt fly fishing this summer so i want to get to know 1 or 2 areas real well. Im thinking to start at ft fisher and then learn topsail some later in the year. Still researching a lot though.

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A southwest is what usually muddies water down there especially on the beach. A light southwest for a day or two isn't too bad.
The longer it blows though the worse it gets.
thanks for that advise. im still learning what i can but nothing beats experience on the water, which unfortunately i do not get a lot of. hope to change that as much as possible coming soon though.

im considering changing my major to marine biology from computer science and attending uncw, so i figured if i want to learn some water it should be in the area.

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You just went from eating steak to potted meat with that career change idea.:D

Last summer on vacation the wind blew all week in August. She was pretty muddy on the river side.
I was still landing flounder over 20 inches at Fort Fisher along the wall on the river side on artificial.
It was just a pain casting and at times you had your line bowed way out by the wind with the bait dragging bottom.
Not the best fisherman friendly conditions but the fish were still there. Atleast the flounder were. You just had to have the perseverance to overcome.

Half of the battle is getting your mind right to the conditions. I see it all the time with people fishing around the fort. There are a lot of snags river side and ocean side. Some people can't deal with breaking off repeatedly and tying knots all day. Those that get their mind in the right place can have a great fish catching experience at times. My favorite surf spot is like that.

If I've lost a pound of lead there I've lost half a ton over the years but caught some incredible fish in the process. We lose so much stuff there that I catch rigs all the time. 2 drop and drum rigs. I can look at them and know whos they are. Likewise for other regulars. When we see each other we return rigs to each other. Melt the lead back down and go again.
 

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You just went from eating steak to potted meat with that career change idea.:D
You cannot beat doing something you have a passion for. Money was the reason i wanted to become a software engineer. 5 years and 3/4 the way through school I realise I cannot sit behind a desk all day. Still looking into the job market and its outlook before i take the plunge.

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Been a programmer over 30 years and still not sure what I want to be when I grow up...

Mixed bag; I had a passion for it for several years and will sometimes get an interesting project that re-ignites it, but sometimes I am jealous of guys making less but looking forward to going into work every day.

If it were me, I might try to learn Topsail first since I can be there in less time and some intel I have says there are a couple of good spots that have a very short paddle from an easy access point. I haven't done enough exploration based on it to say it is absolutely true yet, though.
 

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I'm a digital engineer for a syndicated morning radio show. Two words, BURNED OUT Dealing with egos alone is a full time job, then dealing with egos of other engineers/program directors pushes me over the edge. Yes, great money but it is no longer fun.

A bad day fishing certainly beats out a good day at work. So I never mind driving three hours in hopes of catching a stringer of fish.
 
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