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Hi everyone. I recently purchased angler kayaks for my 12 year old son and I. We have made a few trips to Kerr Lake and Beaver Dam but want to head to Wrightsville this weekend. Any recommendations on where to go for calm waters. He wants to fish for Drum. I am a little nervous as this will be first time taking kayaks into saltwater. Were planning to launch at the ramp under the bridge as you cross over marina. Is that a good place to launch or is boat traffic too heavy? Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.
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Congrats on the saltwater journey ahead. Fished that area quite a bit from a yak and usually have mixed results. For easy, headache free launching, launch under the bridge (left of the boat ramp).. Launching under the bridge keeps you out of the way of boats trying to use the ramp and also makes it easier imo. There is metered parking on the road about 15 yds from the launch area as well. When you launch paddle straight out from there (past the boat ramp) following the grass line around to the marsh area. You'll see condos on your right and marsh to the left. Hope this helps!
 

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Congrats on the saltwater journey ahead. Fished that area quite a bit from a yak and usually have mixed results. For easy, headache free launching, launch under the bridge (left of the boat ramp).. Launching under the bridge keeps you out of the way of boats trying to use the ramp and also makes it easier imo. There is metered parking on the road about 15 yds from the launch area as well. When you launch paddle straight out from there (past the boat ramp) following the grass line around to the marsh area. You'll see condos on your right and marsh to the left. Hope this helps!
Thank you so much. This is all very helpful!!
 

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Welcome to the forum Angmrazek, I think you'll find a lot of yak support here. Good luck with the saltwater experiment. Be sure to post a fishing report to let us know how you guys made out. Try throwing plastics (Gulps are expensive but worth it, IMO, The pearl white swimming mullet has been really productive for us) using a 1/8 to 1/4 oz jig head right up against the grass line. Slow retrieve jigging it as you go. Flounder, speckled trout and slot reds should still be active. Look for small cuts and creeks emptying into the larger body of water and look for moving water in these areas as they tend to be most attractive to the game fish that frequent those areas. Fish into them and in the shoreline immediately adjacent to them. Also, I should add, if the water clarity is poor, try light colored plastics/baits as they tend to elicit more action when visibility is limited.
 

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After launching at WB go north about 100 yards past 'palm tree island' right turn in the creek going east fish the creek mouths & banks. Good luck, hope this helps .......ICM
 

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I know this is late but I assume you had a great time and caught some fish, and if so will return!

There is also public access on the North End by Shell Island Resort. Word of advise! Get there early. That spot is now “known” and everyone from kite surfers to beach combers to late night star gazers frequents parking lot #2. You’ll need to drop your kayaks by the side of the road then park, unless you want to carry them 150 yards to the water. This gives you access to many creeks and and Mason’s inlet and access to Figure Eight island. You can also do this from Lot #3, it’s an easy portage but a longer paddle through the creek…beware on extreme low tide you will have to portage through this creek.


This takes a little more work but it’s much less traveled if you‘re into that. There is no free parking on WB anymore so bring Your credit card!
 
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