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well I am new to the waterways and I am looking for some good fishing spots near Morehead City area or New Bern. My family loves fishing so I broke down and bought a boat (Carolina Skiff DLV218) so we can have fun together. I am new to fishing and would like some suggestion for fishing areas and bait. While I am just happy being out on the water my family wants o catch some help...LOL:)
 

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You'll love being on the water! Got my first boat last year and it is a game changer. For around Morehead, fish the high rise bridge between beaufort and morehead for sheepshead and various bottom fish. If you go inland under the high rise and head to the nearby marshes on you're left, you can find trout, flounder and drum. You can launch at the WRC slocum boat ramp in havelock, head down river around a mile or so and start picking up flounder, trout and drum. fish the bridges around new bern for striper. I like to launch at lawson creek park to do that.
 

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Agreed on the trolling motor. With a boat that size you're looking at a 24 volt system. Go ahead and get a lot of practice backing it up and putting in back on the trailer so when the ramps get crowded this summer you won't have any problems. Congrats on the boat.
 

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#1 on the trolling motor, and the best advice I didn't take the first time around was OVER BUY. I tried to get away with a little less thrust and opted not to go with the ipilot. Less than a year later, I was selling that mistake at a steep discount and upgrading. Let me absolutely assure you, the iPilot is worth every darned penny. Take a look at the video I posted - winds were blowing 15 and gusting to 30 mph, and we stayed rock solid. I'm a believer!
 

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Congrats! Definitely look at the 24 volt system for trolling motor. Best around is the Riptide trolling motor. I usually put it at Morehead and run up to Spooners Creek. I have had luck with flounder during the summer there. During fall, winter, and early spring i have caught red drum and trout in there. The AB bridge is where I have the best luck for sheepshead. Caught a 7 pounder at that bridge last summer. Go to port wall in morehead at low tide and grab some sea urchins off the wall. Store them in the livewell. When you are ready to get your bait, take some scissors and cut all of the spikes off. Hook it good and put it on the bottom by the bridge. I take my paddle and scrap a little barnacles off when the tide is about to start rising. It will draw fish in from around. Method has never let me down. The Haystacks provide good trout fishing as well. Behind Bear Island and in the flats, you will see schools of drum tailing. Get up on them without spooking them and you will have a great time working on them! Good luck!
 

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Nice boat! I've got one and have loved that thing for years! 3 - AR's out of Beaufort inlet will have you on some good action. Bucktails tipped with a 4" white gulp shrimp will have you flounder dinners in quik time. All white has worked best for me. Learn to read your bottom finder though.

if you just want to put the family on some excitement, you tube live lining finger mullet for huge Spanish. This is a great method almost anywhere 200 yards off the beach in June - oct.

Good luck!
 

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Learning a little saltwater fishing from going to visit at the in-laws in Pensacola, Fla. Pretty sure the same tactics would apply here.

Live bait is always a great option, and one way to get your own if you ever are on the water and see bait schools is a Sabiki rig. They are cheap; just have to be careful not to tangle them. Tie a little dipsy weight at the bottom and let it 'tight line' through the bait schools. Or tip the hooks with a tiny piece of salt-cured shrimp and catch pinfish 3 at a time around the docks. Live pinfish a little under hand-size work great for bull reds.

Congrats on the boat. I was saving for a used boat, and my wife got pregnant... I knew I had 9 months to buy a boat or it would never happen! Best $6k purchase I ever made!
 
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