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Ok thanks for the info but if i had to pull a beach cart out there? I was looking at the overhead pic and i see you would drive out straight from river road but i havnt the 4x4 (yet) where is the parking area? Hopefully at the end of river road before the engage 4X4 sign.
 

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Ok thanks for the info but if i had to pull a beach cart out there? I was looking at the overhead pic and i see you would drive out straight from river road but i havnt the 4x4 (yet) where is the parking area? Hopefully at the end of river road before the engage 4X4 sign.
There is no public parking on that road. There are no parking signs all down the end of river road once you make that last right. The only pubic parking is once you get onto the beach. I tried twice without putting it in 4x4 and it slowed down and started to spin both times. So I would say you need a 4x4 to get onto the beach.

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Thanks fro posting Mike. This thread is a great idea. The Empie road access is a nice access, located near our home, and is great for wade fishing at low tide. The docks do hold small flounder and reds. Don't know why, but I have only caught under sized fish at this access. Maybe this spring will break the mold.
Tight lines!
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I take my grand kids to the big pier here, with a pound of shrimp and a bag of chicken legs, we can spend the day catching pin fish, croakers, and crabs. If they tire the fishing for a while, there is the playground in the park as well. My wife Donna or I can walk right across the street and get some grilled chicken sandwiches or a pizza at Max's for a lunch at the picnic tables. Really a wonderful family atmosphere.
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We will be coming down on Monday 9/12 for week and staying in N. Topsail about 6 miles north of Surf City stoplight. Where are the closet public access points for fishing on the sound side?
 

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THANKS to everyone that has contributed to the list. I knew there were locations, but I had lost my earlier copy I made. Thanks again to Randy and to all of you. Looks like good weather for the next few days and maybe we can catch us a mess of fish to bring home. Will let you know when we get back.
 

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Have fished that area many times in the past years when the kids were small. GREAT place if you are looking to keeps the kids busy with fish. Lots of small pin fish and some decent drum.
 

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Just to clarify: You can park on River Rd. But after you take the right turn, there is no parking. But it is a short walk to the beach- less than .5mi. I'm here in my 2WD Jeep and had to park there. A beach cart would be fine. There is a sign that reads NO ATVs- but you won't need one. Once you get to the sand it is a 2 minute hike to water!
 

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awesome thread, thank you so much. we recently purchased a home on topsail and cant wait to get to fishing! are there are quality topsail sound fishing threads? i couldn't find one. thanks!
 

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awesome thread, thank you so much. we recently purchased a home on topsail and cant wait to get to fishing! are there are quality topsail sound fishing threads? i couldn't find one. thanks!
We don't use the term Topsail Sound that much - try searching on New River, Topsail Inlet, Rich's inlet, Virginia Creek, Surf City, 172 Bridge, High Rise Bridge, etc. While you won't find a thread like this one you will find a lot of good info. What kind of boat are you planning to use in the sounds?
 

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awesome thanks!

i should have specified...right near queens grant.
Ah - that helps (we have a number of old towers). That's the south end of the island. Banks Channel runs behind the island in the area you are staying. The marsh areas between banks channel and the ICW have some cuts and channels in them - EXCELLENT spring fishing in there (early summer too). Then if you squirt out the end of Banks channel and head left 1n Topsail Channel and then on the right as you reach the the shoals - you are behind Lea Island, another good spot - it gets shallow in there but you can thread your way around - just don't get stuck in there on a falling tide.

Also where banks channel ends, go across Topsail Channel and you will see a channel there - that is Howards Channel and it leads to the ICW (as does Topsail Channel) but there are some shoals in there so take it slow. Along the bank on the right side can be good in Howards channel. The channel that branches off by the flag pole on the beach winds back behind Lea Island and can be productive as well, good red drum and speck waters.

Hope that helps. If you want some annotated pictures of these waters check out the WIKI on my website. Here's a link to an example: Topsail Channel, Howards Channel and Banks Channel.
 
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