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Some friends have put out an invite to go for a long weekend at Salterpath but have never surf fished. So I will take a few rods and we will soak some bait . Does anyone have a good tip for me to show these first timers a little fun this time of year? (Lics Needed YES).
 

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If they are fairly new at surf fishing and you just want to put some fish in the cooler, use double loop bottom rigs with a #4 hook and a 3 or 4 ounce bank sinker baited with fresh shrimp pieces. You should do well catching croaker, Sea mullet and maybe a few spots and Pompano (if you are going a little latter in the season).

If you want to try some light tackle casting for blues, I recommend the Sea Striker Gottcha plugs or for a little more distance on the cast try a Maria jig or a Hopkins spoon.

Another option if you want to go for a bigger fish and don't mind waiting or getting shut out, get some Capt Lupton Majik Red drum Rigs and bait 'em up with cut mullet chunks.

Hope you catch 'em up!
 

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10-4 on what TA told ya.......plenty of room on the surf for all. Just remember that you don't have to cast a country mile into the ocean to catch fish.

All you have to do is cast 20-30 foot or so into the middle of the breakers to find plenty of sea mullet. They will almost be at the 2nd wave from your feet if not at your feet if your' wading.

Just remember to have fun fishing.

tight lines <*)))))>{
 

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10-4 on what TA told ya.......plenty of room on the surf for all. Just remember that you don't have to cast a country mile into the ocean to catch fish.

All you have to do is cast 20-30 foot or so into the middle of the breakers to find plenty of sea mullet. They will almost be at the 2nd wave from your feet if not at your feet if your' wading.

Just remember to have fun fishing.

tight lines <*)))))>{
What about Drum, Blues and sharks are they usually in that same vicinity or further out? Thanks
 

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Drum will be in the troughs between/behind the sand bars. At low tide, walk the beach looking for the outer sand bar that parallel many of the beaches. At low tide you can see the waves breaking across the bar, then reforming and breaking again near the beach. There will be a break in that sandbar somewhere or find one of the ends. Just behind the sandbar near the break is where you want to fish when the tide comes back in. That is where the water that comes over the sandbar will go back into the main body of water. It's also where the drum will hang out looking for prey trying to make its way back out too.

Snapper blues (the small but tasty size ones) can be found about anywhere there are baitfish in the water. The Chopper Blues (AKA Hatteras Blues, the 6 pound and up fish) will also patrol those troughs.
 

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If you're coming through Atlantic Beach I would stop at Chasin Tails Tackle or Freeman's tackle shop and talk to those guys. They can tell you what is biting and be sure to pick up some fresh bait.

If you're coming through Emerald Isle stop by Reel Outdoors Tackle.

Good luck,
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