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Well, Bankandsurf and I got to PKS this afternoon around 2:30 and hit the beach about 3pm. Things were fairly slow, but we had a good time. Saw huge schools of baitfish in the surf.

We landed 1 flounder, 1 blue, 8 spot, 1 small pompano, 1 minhaden (didn't think these things hit bottom rigs) and several lizard fish. Had numerous hits within 20 feet of shore. Headed home about 7:15pm. Dad's in the kitchen now frying up out catch!!:)

We are heading to the soundside pier near radio island tonite. Have morw to report then!
 

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Great job, guys. My son just discovered fresh fried bluefish last week at Hatteras -- yum yum!!

(I like your tee-shirt as well! :D )
 
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Well, went out to the Radio Island public access pier last night following an AWESOME dinner of fried flounder, bluefish, pompano and spot. Headed out about 8pm and stayed until 1am. Pretty good fishing. I mostly caught pin and hog fish but did manage to land 1 nice spot. Brad reeled in 2 spot and a couple of croaker. He also managed to catch 2 pinfish, 1 hog fish and an oyster fish in his crab pot. Guess he won't be getting any job offers on the Cornelia Marie anytime soon!:eek:

Anyhow, after a nice breakfast we are heading out again, this time to Fort Macon State Park in an effort to catch some reds.

(And for those of you wondering, yes, I needed every bit of my big ole rod to land that pinfish!!!)
 

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Started out Saturday Morning at Fort Macon around 11am. Not much going on there. None of us got so much as a bump, but did see a salty old man bring in 2 spot a sea mullet and a 15" flounder.

Left Ft. Macon around 1:15 and headed back to the PKS public access (this is the Iron Steamer access. I forgot to mention that in my earlier post). Fishing again was slow until the tide began to come in around 4pm. Brad was able to cast net about a dozen finger mullet. Got into a few more pin fish, but Brad wins the "diversity award" for his catch. He caught 2 sting rays, 1 robin fish, 3 spot, 2 jack crevalle (never heard of these guys), as well as a few pin fish. This trip, overall, brad has caught about 10-12 different species of fish!

I caught 1 throw away flounder (about 8") and a plethora of pin fish (I think I need to change my online handle). Dad caught a couple of spot, a few pin fish and a sting ray.

Headed out from the PKS beach access about 7pm to drop Dad off at his house. Brad and I are heading out again to get some grub and hit the Bogue Inlet pier. Will have that post tomorrow morning.

And yes, we are having a blast! This is just what I needed after a looooooooooong summer!
 

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Well, we headed out to Bogue Inlet pier, walked out to our spot, and sat. There was not very much to be had. We saw a stingray, a shark , an undersized flounder and a spot landed in the 3 hours we were out there. We were fishing with fresh finger mullet that brad caught, and shrimp.

I switched over to artificial blood worms and got a few bumps. Also tried my new Electric Chicken and green and yellow Gotcha! plugs (thanks Tackle Monkey!!!) towards the end of the pier because I heard someone out there say that there was a school of spanish out there. Nothing. Brad's face in the attached photo sums up our night of fishing.

We are heading back to the radio island public access pier and see how our luck will be there today.
 

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No spots?? was anyone catching Spots? Bloodworms would fill a cooler 4 days ago!! ""Shudda been here yestaday""...LOL.. Sorry to here it was a no go!
 

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Today, we ended our fishing excursion on the Radio Island public access pier and to our dismay, didn't land anything worth keeping. We did, however, have a fun trip out. Brad (using cut finger mullet and shrimp) caught a 21" black tip, a few more pin fish, 2 very small sea bass, and a small trigger fish (very unexpected since most triggers I know of are reef fish). Dad caught a skate, a puffer fish, a robin fish, and a couple pins on shrimp. I caught a huge lizard fish, and a puffer on cut finger mullet.

I also managed to loose my 2 Gotcha plugs on the oyster beds there in the shallower water (I was still learning how to use a Gotcha). Oh well...What the tackle monkey giveth, the tackle monkey taketh away :(. At least I have a good excuse to go buy more :D. I borrowed one of Brad's beat up Gotcha plugs and after working it for about an hour, only had one bump.

While we were there, we saw a couple of older ladies bring in a nice sized sheep's head and a few puffers and pin fish. Did not see the first spot!

Anyhow, it was an awesome trip. We had a great time, the weather could not have been any better and it was a vacation well worth the trip, and it doesn't matter if you're 4 or 40, there's nothing like a fishing trip with Dad.
 

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When I checked with the pier offices they said the wind had to change again for the spots so we didnt bother coming down.Is there a sign on 70 directing you to the radio island public fishing pier(One of my friends still doesnt go on the boat so we need to accomodate him)
 

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I think there is but it's kinda hard to see. Heading east on 70 the 2 lanes will merge into one. As you cross over the bridge going over the Newport River, you will see it on your left. The entrance is about 1000 feet on the left past the bridge. It is free and is handicap accessible. I've attached a map. Hopefully that will help.
 

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Started out Saturday Morning at Fort Macon around 11am. Not much going on there. None of us got so much as a bump, but did see a salty old man bring in 2 spot a sea mullet and a 15" flounder.
Greg... I hate to even bring this up, but earlier Saturday morning right before tide crest, the blues and Spanish were going crazy at the rock jetty. I parked the skiff about 30 yards off the jetty and had a hay day. Sunday morning was ok... a few Spanish and a blue or two, then it fell flat.

Mike C.
 

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Greg... I hate to even bring this up, but earlier Saturday morning right before tide crest, the blues and Spanish were going crazy at the rock jetty. I parked the skiff about 30 yards off the jetty and had a hay day. Sunday morning was ok... a few Spanish and a blue or two, then it fell flat.

Mike C.
You know, we knew something was up. We got there at 11am and the inlet was lined with boats. We also noticed that the jetty was lined up with about 30 people. We didn't see anyone catching anything, course we were about 200 yards away.

I hate to hear that, but hey, we had a great time anyhow. Thanks for the update.
 

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One thing I learned quickly fishing from a boat was how to get it to the boat, in the boat, and out of the boat and never let the rod tip above the gunnel...LOL!!! One boat sees you catch a fish and 20 come roaring at you!!!!!!
 
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