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Am planning a week of pier and surf fishing for next spring/summer. Will be open to go after April. Need your input on when and where to go for good general fishing. Outer Banks area is appealing at the moment, but am open for other advice as well. Was there fishing on a pier 25 years ago, but only caught skate and one little sand shark....was told at the time the blues would have been in had the water warmed two degrees. Just would like to catch some nice fish, species really not important. Could also use a few basic pointers on fishing baits and rigs if you have the time....novice to salt, quite experienced freshwater. Thanks for your thoughts. Good Fishing, Mac
 

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mac i'm partial to the southern barrier islands.....ie topsail beach, atlantic beach, emerald isle. very little storm damagepiers are decent to good
 

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You might try the outter banks(the point) usuilly around the first & second week of May the Big Red Drum start bitting and the Rock are in the area. You might have to talk to some of the bait shops in the area, like www.outerbanksfishing.com under (fishing anyone) they can tell you what you need for bait,rods,rigs and reels,alot of people are using a circle hook,instead of the J-hook. The circle hook will hook the fish in the corner of the mouth for easy unhooking, with the J-hook the fish will swallow the hook and is a pain in the butt to remove and you might kill the fish in the prosses if you should want to release it. TRIGGER
 

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The sudden, and vast changes to the beach, will require a day to scout, for breaks , holes and new bars.
From ramp 34 to 27 enough beach to drive on during high water about 3 miles north of 34, after that its flat to 30, and high water will be against the dune line.
A good hole presently exists between 27 and 23, but the NPS Nazis are zealously guarding the closed ramps. But you can get there on low water, but you have got to wait until the next low to get back. It was full of puppies this afternoon.
Ramp 34 and the surrounding area looked like a saturday morning carp tournament on a hundred acre lake.
The point is still closed to trucks. Looks like this fall the pickins will be a bit slim, but am thankful we have what we have.
Fresh bait is non existant now but plenty of finger and jumping mullet are in the creeks, so bring your throw nets.
 
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