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So last Sunday (sorry for the delayed report) I took a trip out to CALO on my yak. I Launched from Harker's Island Shell Point and proceeded to island hop my way to Shackleford banks via Blind Hammocks Bay. On my way I was surprised to find the average depth was around 4 ft.
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I spent a little time in these rivers looking for reds and bait fish only to see a few mullet and wild horses on the shore line. I then proceeded around through Bearden's Inlet and past the lighthouse into the bight. The waters were significantly deeper here in places and I started marking fish. After talking to some of the boats anchored up I learned that most people were catching sharks with a few mullet in the mix. A large sea turtle surfaced not 3 feet from my yak and snorted at me before quickly disappearing into the depths.
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With the Cape being mostly closed due to plover migration, I set up camp on the east side of Shackleford across from the spit. Once camp was set, I went out to fish. On my first cast I hooked into a ray and went for a few sleigh rides before releasing him boat side. After that I caught a few sharks and decided to try a different location. I was headed out to the Jetty but the wind was picking up and a passing boat signaled rough seas ahead, So i turned around and headed back to camp. I was trolling during this time with no hook ups so decided to hit the beach. Broke out the surf rod and fished the sunset to catch 20+ sharks in the 2-3 foot range before hitting the hay for the next day. The wild horses came down the beach and visited just before I called it a day.
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The next day I packed it up and headed back to Shell point trolling the whole way to no avail. I decided to use my remaining time trying my luck at Oceana Pier before heading back to Raleigh. Good choice! Between 12 and 5 I caught 40-50 blues on a gotcha plug (gold hooks are key!) and watched a pod of dolphins heard them all up at the end of the pier. I also caught a croaker but soon abandon the bottom rig as the blues kept me busy. Although none of the blues were over the 1 lb range, it made for a good amount of fun. (my camera died and further pics are on my phone but cant get them off-- err)

A great scouting trip. The ferry there will take you to where ever on the cape and charges $5 for Kayaks (each way?). They can also take large groups..hint hint..

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Awesome place to go! Nice report except for the sideways photos! :)
 

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Yes this was a Solo trip... Couldn't get anyone to bite. Sorry about the sideways photos.. they are upright on my comp but posted sideways.. need to figure it out..
 

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Great trip! Would have liked to make that, but timing wasn't good. I love the Oceanana. My grandparents owned a cinder block motel on the Gulf and the Oceanana is like a time machine for me; I have stayed there a couple of times and fished the pier. I love catching those little blues all day also...
 

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That's awesome man. I have heard those dogsharks are actually pretty tasty if you clean them soon after cooking. Those plovers must migrate must of the year now. :)
 

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You got to gut a dogfish right when you pull him off the hook. Otherwise the organs contaminate the meat with urine I guess. That's what I've been told but not sure if that is 100% correct.
Not the best fish but not a bad fish. We'll keep some if we are catching a lot of them.
They are commercially fished for, for the meat.
 

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You got to gut a dogfish right when you pull him off the hook. Otherwise the organs contaminate the meat with urine I guess. That's what I've been told but not sure if that is 100% correct.
Not the best fish but not a bad fish. We'll keep some if we are catching a lot of them.
They are commercially fished for, for the meat.
This is what I've always been told and done myself. They are pretty good IMO. I'll keep a few here and there.
 

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Sounds like you had fun and the group thing sounds like fun also. Glad you enjoyed it, if nothing else the sights you saw had to be worth it.

I think they have a photo rotate option here now?
 
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super cool....did you see any chopper blue fish or cobia
 

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super cool....did you see any chopper blue fish or cobia
 

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You planning anything for tomorrow? The wind is supposed to lay down some.

I love the Cape..... the last time I went there was defiantly an abundance of the spinny guys!


But the beauty of CALO is enough to enjoy as it is.
 
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