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Hey ya'll,
headed to Swansboro Monday for the first time to chase some reds. I have spent a lot of time on the Nuese and creeks around Havelock area. Am deciding to venture out to where I hear to real reds hide. I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on what tackle to use, what to look for, launch areas, and any other advice you could think of. Also, I will be out there all day, so if anyone is planning on going out and wouldn't mind having me tag along, that would be awesome as well. Thanks in advance!
 

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#1 pay attention to where you are and watch the tide. Easy to get lost down there. I speak from experience. As far as bait/lures go a 1/4 oz jig head and a white or similar 3 or 4 inch paddle tail is really all you need. If that doesn't produce I would find a long straight stretch in the marsh and soak a piece of cut bait near the edge. Mullet, pin fish etc. Paddle quietly and keep your eyes open. Good luck!
 

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Awesome, thanks. Is there a launch you like best where I can find some decent spots without a very long paddle?
 

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#1 pay attention to where you are and watch the tide. Easy to get lost down there. I speak from experience. As far as bait/lures go a 1/4 oz jig head and a white or similar 3 or 4 inch paddle tail is really all you need. If that doesn't produce I would find a long straight stretch in the marsh and soak a piece of cut bait near the edge. Mullet, pin fish etc. Paddle quietly and keep your eyes open. Good luck!
What kind of rod/reel and line do you like to use?
 

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At high tide they will be up in the shallows or grass feeding on crabs etc. At low they will be in the deeper holes which won't be more than 2 feet or so at low. A creek mouth on a falling tide is a good spot because the drum and flounder will stage up waiting on bait to get washed out of the creek.
 

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Rooster, thank you so much for the tips. I will definitely be exactly where you said on Monday. I am excited to get on some reds and flounder. I have some white paddle tails that I'm going to try out for sure. If you got some free time Monday, maybe you could come show me the ropes?! 😃
 

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Haha, I have a new baby due in October so I am trying to get as much action in as I can. I hear you about oyster rock. I fished hoop hole creek on Friday, and was getting snagged on everything under the sun. Fished top water quite a bit there as well but wasn't producing much. Hopefully Monday will show some better results. Thanks again for the tips guys.
 

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I've looked hard at those marshes. Never see many boats up in them. Are they better fished from a kayak? I might just be looking at the wrong time.
 

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So there's usually quite a bit of boat traffic over there? Can't imagine there's too much once you get up into the marshes
 
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