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This will be my first trip to this area, trying Monday 1 June. Let's hear all those words of wisdom, I know there are some guys on here that are very familiar with this area. I'll be trying to boat some red drum(primary target), speckled trout, and flounder, I know, who isn't right? Not looking for spots, but I'll take general areas if you're so inclinded. More interested in your experiences, what lures are working recently, places or things to avoid, etc. Going to put the boat in under the 130 (Holden Beach Rd.) bridge. I'll have room for one more on my boat, PM me if you're interested, can't guarantee a catch, but I can guarantee my boat floats.
 

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Don't overlook the stretch sunset Beach South to little river inlet.... Mainly the back creek's around bird island/bonepart creek..... Absolutely murdered trout with some spoons in that area..... Just be mindful of the tide.... I was anchored up in boneparte last summer and once the tide started ripping in my anchor was useless!
 

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Don't overlook the stretch sunset Beach South to little river inlet.... Mainly the back creek's around bird island/bonepart creek..... Absolutely murdered trout with some spoons in that area..... Just be mindful of the tide.... I was anchored up in boneparte last summer and once the tide started ripping in my anchor was useless!
Thanks for the tip. This will be my first trip down there so I'm going to try to move around and explore as much as I can. I'll try to get down there and check it out with a spoon tied on.
 

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Just checked the weather and may put this off till Tuesday, give the fish a day to rest from the weekend. So far it looks like the good fishing is Shallotte and south. That being the case, I'll be putting in further south as well, I know there is at least one public ramp south of Shallotte river. Anybody have any input on what has been working lately?
 

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Matt, try to master or learn one area before looking for new areas to fish.
Unless it's a shorter run for you.
This will stem your frustrations & shorten your learning curve.
There's more fish where you caught your first Red than you know. ....... ;)
This is the best advice I can share. ....... ICM
 

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Matt, try to master or learn one area before looking for new areas to fish.
Unless it's a shorter run for you.
This will stem your frustrations & shorten your learning curve.
There's more fish where you caught your first Red than you know. ....... ;)
This is the best advice I can share. ....... ICM
Cuts about 30-45 minutes off my drive according to the googles. I understand your advice, it makes perfect sense. Guess I'm still trying to find my "home" waters, but it's tough since I live so far away and time is precious. I'll be seriously considering where to take my next trip down. Thanks for your advice.
 

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Just a narrow ditch between those two rivers for the most part, but the species you seek are present. We've had most of our success down there fishing docks, canal mouths, and a couple little creek mouths. Have caught some on soft plastics, but quite honestly normally use natural bait at this time of year.
Good luck. Can't wait to see your report.
 

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Here's a report, but always keep in mind that those doing the reporting are also fishing for customers. :)
Funny you should mention the fishing for customers and post the 'Fisherman's Post' link. I picked up the May 21st hard copy the last time I was down at the coast and that's one of the reasons I was exploring this area, the reports seemed to indicate a strong bite down that way. Hadn't considered the reports may just be slightly inflated and perhaps using somewhat vague language.
 

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The marsh right as you turn off off the ICW into Lockwood folly has always been a good spot. Just watch the tide or you will be sitting high and dry. Also try blue water point marina and the docks that are in there.
 
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