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My family had rented a place at Holden Beach and I was able to join them from June 25th-27th. I brought along the kayak and worked in as much fishing as possible around other family events. I had never fished this area before, so I attempted to focus on boat docks and the grass areas that were located between them, using a variety pack of 3 inch gulp shrimp. The first evening I battled a consistent wind and heavy boat traffic, while only boating a short trout. I set out the next day, with a renewed spirit and quickly hooked into two flounder, both of which were a little short. After releasing the flounder, I fished the next couple of hours without any bites, before hooking into a redfish that was around the 18" mark. Having only caught a few redfish before, I was quickly reminded of why I love catching them as that relatively small red fought like a maniac and in my opinion, they are one of the coolest looking fish out there. I quickly cast back out and as I began jigging the shrimp back to me, saw my line begin traveling sideways. I set the hook and my drag immediately began screaming. I had previously anchored up, so I could combat the wake from all the boats, and as I cranked down my drag, I noticed the fish was now towing my anchored down kayak in an area between two boat docks. I was using a Medium action rod, with ten pound test, and after one of the most fun battles I have had with a fish, boated a 26" redfish. Unfortunately I did not have anybody else out with me, so I did the best I could in quickly getting a few pictures and getting the fish back into the water. The next hour resulted in a total of 7 redfish caught, with multiple in the 26" range. Again, it was so much fun to feel the brute strength of those fish and see how each one was colored/spotted a little different from the last. The last red I caught made a long run toward the shallows and as he did, I saw the shoreline explode as other reds suddenly vacated the area. While I realize they were far from the largest drum, catching them on a medium action setup, from my kayak, was one of the most fun times I have ever had fishing. As I paddled back to the launch, I made a few casts at one last dock and boated an 18" trout; a good end to a great day fishing. The last day there, I set out again, hoping to match the previous days success, but only managed a couple short flounder and a small red. Unfortunately, I had to leave and make the trip back to the mountains, having felt like I barely scratched the surface of what the coast can offer and feeling like I have so much more to learn about locating fish in a totally different area from the mountains. Any advice for a future trip would be much appreciated, as I definitely have redfish on the brain now and can't wait for another shot to battle them. As expected, the pictures I took weren't great, so I have only posted a couple of the larger reds.

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Go to the Pamlico near Oriental in Mid august -September and get a 60 incher...you will love it.....
 

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Adrenaline rush every time I hook a Red. It never gets old. ....... ICM
 
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Adrenaline rush every time I hook a Red. It never gets old. ....... ICM
I'm hooked on the fish I lost :) Catching trout last week just furthered the itch. I have 4 weeks of vacation to burn through, I know exactly where it will be spent.
 

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Sounds like an awesome day on the water. Im heading out tomorrow for some inshore fishing? Any insight into what kind of structure you were finding the drum?
 

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Sounds like an awesome day on the water. Im heading out tomorrow for some inshore fishing? Any insight into what kind of structure you were finding the drum?
Find oyster bars, grass beds and cuts. Thou shalt find reds.

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Only having a kayak, are there any places you recommend staying/putting in at? That sounds like an incredible time, I would definitely have to upgrade my arsenal to handle such a beast.

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Not knowing very much about that water, I want to say that the fishing seemed more productive based on the tide/bait in the area rather than the structure. All the docks and grass seemed pretty similar and I think I got lucky finding a school of reds posted up between two docks and feeding around the grass. That's just an educated guess though.

Sounds like an awesome day on the water. Im heading out tomorrow for some inshore fishing? Any insight into what kind of structure you were finding the drum?
 

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Sounds pretty standard. Thanks for the tips though. Hope I can get into them tomorrow. Im taking my brother out who lives in wilmington but is not very aware of saltwater fishing and has literally caught two trout his entire year there. not that im leaps and bounds ahead but my experience hasnt been that bad haha
 

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Put in at pine cliff state park...paddle right...and keep going....anywhere in 10 foot or less water u will hook up Guaranteed.
P.S. Bring an Anchor....U will need it....use fresh mullet, menhaden....I like pinfish....use a cast net get all 3 for Free.
 
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Only having a kayak, are there any places you recommend staying/putting in at? That sounds like an incredible time, I would definitely have to upgrade my arsenal to handle such a beast.
Bay River or Rivers edge campgrounds. Both have yak access and rental campers if you don't want to tent camp. both are an easy drive to Oriental

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Cast your bait as close to the grass line as you can. It may be a foot deep or less...that's no problem...that grass line is full of baitfish. Don't move it once it lands if there are oyster rocks around (which you want). 1\0 circle hook on a Carolina rig. Put it in the rod holder. Get ready for the magic...he will hook himself.

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looks like a great time, I fished Holden Beach area last fall with no luck, the only thing we saw were ribbon fish...Im glad to hear you found some fish. Good job!!
 
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Not knowing very much about that water, I want to say that the fishing seemed more productive based on the tide/bait in the area rather than the structure. All the docks and grass seemed pretty similar and I think I got lucky finding a school of reds posted up between two docks and feeding around the grass. That's just an educated guess though.
There are certain places where drum are more likely to be but ultimately its like you said. The bait is the key to finding drum. Reds don't care too much about structure or water depth. They like to eat.
 
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