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06-26-2003, 11:44 AM
I am going to some barrier islands in southern NC next week. There is an inlet between two of the islands that leads to a small bay. As the tides change, a very strong current forms in the inlet. As the current runs in and out, you can see a clear line between the fast moving current and the rest of the ocean. From the tip of the island the current runs up to within 20 feet. Also, sometimes the center of it gets real choppy, I guess where the current meets the ocean. I will be fishing the right side of the inlet if you were standing out in the Atlantic and looking at the mainland. Any tips on where to fish. I think I have the proper techniques and rigs but I am not sure where to cast. Do I let the current carry the bait, cast at the edge, etc? I would like to catch flounder but would look for other fish as well. Thanks in advance for any advice.

big brother
06-26-2003, 12:39 PM
try your question on this site. those guys fish that area hard.

Duke of Fluke
06-27-2003, 12:21 AM
That rough water is called a rip and occurs near the mouths of most bays, inlets. Usually what happens is the tide runs up over a shoal or bar and chopped up. Right in the rip is a super place to fish for stripers. Baitfish get swept through the rip on a moving tide and become disoriented and become easy pickings. Unfortunately, the timing is probably a bit of for stripers in that area. Check out the NJ forum for some tips on flounder fishing from shore in the "Fluke" post. I don't know much about drum fishing so I can't offer you any tips there, but keep that rip in mind for the late fall when the bass are around.