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Anyone interested in a day of surf or BTB fishing? If I just get someone interested in surf, I would likely still bring the yak and run baits out, take a few casts and come back in from time to time. Picking Topsail because it is doable as a day trip for me. This is not a for sure plan yet, but if I knew I had one or more others who would be able to then it may become that...
 

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Going to make it a day at the beach with the young teen kids, so I am going! Will definitely be doing some fishing; any yakking will likely be the ~100 yards or so to past the breakers, cast a couple of times and come back in variety or just playing in the waves.
 

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I'll keep an eye on this. I'm going to the beach Saturday but I'm not sure if I'll be able to bring the yak out. Probably still a bit early to be worth going BTB.
 

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Don't know if you saw my other thread, but I have now committed to a beach day with my teen kids so I will be surf fishing for sure and may paddle out a few times to carry bait or maybe make a cast or two if I see harried baitfish. I have a little 10' 40# SIK with a skirt and flotation and may do a little playing in the waves also. I have an even smaller surfing SOT for the kids that might make the trip also. I need to check the water temps Friday. Anyway, I was thinking of driving to Surf City, hanging a left and stopping at one of the beach accesses that has restrooms and maybe concessions (if they are open yet). I haven't been to Topsail in a while, but from a quick web surf it seems those accesses are still operating. Open to other suggestions for specific location. Don't care for the crowds and parking at WB; it's amazing what people will put up with to shave 10 minutes off the drive (and so many do it that it often takes more time instead of less because of traffic).
 

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Speaking of the water temp; I am looking at JMP:

http://www.wunderground.com/MAR/buoy/JMPN7.html

Is that the best source or does anyone recommend a better one? I couldn't find one right on Topsail proper, but I figure it should be within a degree or two of Mercer's reading.

I use this for wind/waves:

http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/topsail_island_topsail_beach

right now it says 2' or so waves on Saturday with the steady breeze under 10 and the gusts in the teens.
Thanks for the links - I'll have to bookmark the windfinder site. I'm just fine getting the big picture of water temp here: http://marine.rutgers.edu/cool/sat_data/?nothumbs=0&product=sst&region=capehat
It's satellite-based, so any cloudy weather means no data on maps.
 

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Thanks for the temp map link. Windfinder is a link from my sailing days. It's pretty good but less accurate further out than just a general forecast is.
 
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