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I guess the year was 1999, me and some other guys went down to Buxton NC to fish the Point with the masses. Day 1 was a Friday and we got into some nice drum and the stripers showed up as an added bonus.

That year there was sandbar that rose out the sea on low tide about a half mile out from the point. At high tide it was about two feet underwater and at low tide it was about two above the water. Guys in there inflatable (Kodiak) boats would run out there about an hour after high tide and slay the drum and stripers all the way thru low tide and back to high tide. They drove a big pole in the sand to tie the Kodiak boats to while the tide receded. I watched them come back Friday with a couple anglers and some huge fish in the bottom of the boats. I wanted in on this fishing but did not feel like begging a ferry ride out to the sandbar. My crew consisted of four of us so asking for the four of us would also be rude. Leaving my crew behind seemed wrong too. We got one just legal striper and one slot drum on Friday. That night I went to local boat store to see how much a Kodiak costs.. They had doubled the price to 4k for the boat not including the motor. No way I was going spend that much cash even if I had it..

Next Day at 10am the wind was gone totally. Something really odd for the Point as the sea was smooth as glass. I decided to walk out a bit to see if the sandbar extended out farther. I was able to get half way to the island and the water was only up to my wader belt. Holding my rod over head I side stepped out some more. As I turned around I saw about 12 anglers following my path. The water got a little deeper but not above my waders. My chest was pounding and I thought my heart was going to explode from the half mile side step shuffle walk. I was about 20 yards from the emerging sand bar and I was getting passed by everyone.. I showed the way out there and now I was the last person to crawl up on the sand bar island.

I laid there on my back for about 10 minutes and caught my breath and walked the rest of way to surf edge on the far side of the island. By now there were 25 anglers lined up and catching fish. I baited up and hauled a really bad cast out and the loud snap followed my cast. Lost my rig.. DANG…

I am no dummy and I brought a spare rig in my upper pocket of my waders and proceeded to retie my rig. Then I dropped my only hook into the surf.. DANG…

The guy next to me had a spare hook and gave it to me on the condition if he lost his, I would cut mine off and return it.
Baited up again and carefully cast out. 2 seconds later I had a small drum on. Released it and cast back out much farther with fresh bait. I stood there and all of sudden my line was running to the right and hooked up on a good fish. Got it in and it was a fine 39 inch striper. I tied it to my stringer rope and I was done. The island was being washed over as I dragged the striper back across the sand to my entry edge of the sandbar. I took a deep breath and entered the water doing the shuffle walk back to terra firma. The tide was running harder now and my fish was dragging me off to deeper water. Three steps sideways and one forward to stay on the underwater sand bar. About half back way my fish came back to life. It decided to swim off with me attached into the dark abyss. I pulled it back and pulled out my long nose pliers and jammed it right thru the big fish’s head. Well that solved the live striper issue and plumes of red blood came forth and drifted into the deep water. My mind snapped and it was at that moment I realized the error of my ways. I doubled timed it back to terra firma once I had set up a chum line for sharks.

Crawled up on the Point and swore I would never again do that.

On Sunday I watched the boats go out to sandbar and braver souls than me walk out there too.

Capt Mike
 

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yep.

Bravo, I immediately thought of the jaws theme when he mentioned the chum line!! Great story, back from the days when you could actually could get to the point.:mad:
 

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Nice story Capt.

Had a similiar experience. Waded a slew at OI. Standing on the bar catching Blues. Soon a couple more guys show up out there. One guy looks back toward the beach and says "Hey look at the Dolphin". Sure enough, right in the middle of the chest deep slew was a hugh Bull Shark, between us and the beach. That was a long wade through the slew.
 

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I guess the year was 1999, me and some other guys went down to Buxton NC to fish the Point with the masses. Day 1 was a Friday and we got into some nice drum and the stripers showed up as an added bonus.

That year there was sandbar that rose out the sea on low tide about a half mile out from the point. At high tide it was about two feet underwater and at low tide it was about two above the water. Guys in there inflatable (Kodiak) boats would run out there about an hour after high tide and slay the drum and stripers all the way thru low tide and back to high tide. They drove a big pole in the sand to tie the Kodiak boats to while the tide receded. I watched them come back Friday with a couple anglers and some huge fish in the bottom of the boats. I wanted in on this fishing but did not feel like begging a ferry ride out to the sandbar. My crew consisted of four of us so asking for the four of us would also be rude. Leaving my crew behind seemed wrong too. We got one just legal striper and one slot drum on Friday. That night I went to local boat store to see how much a Kodiak costs.. They had doubled the price to 4k for the boat not including the motor. No way I was going spend that much cash even if I had it..

Next Day at 10am the wind was gone totally. Something really odd for the Point as the sea was smooth as glass. I decided to walk out a bit to see if the sandbar extended out farther. I was able to get half way to the island and the water was only up to my wader belt. Holding my rod over head I side stepped out some more. As I turned around I saw about 12 anglers following my path. The water got a little deeper but not above my waders. My chest was pounding and I thought my heart was going to explode from the half mile side step shuffle walk. I was about 20 yards from the emerging sand bar and I was getting passed by everyone.. I showed the way out there and now I was the last person to crawl up on the sand bar island.

I laid there on my back for about 10 minutes and caught my breath and walked the rest of way to surf edge on the far side of the island. By now there were 25 anglers lined up and catching fish. I baited up and hauled a really bad cast out and the loud snap followed my cast. Lost my rig.. DANG…

I am no dummy and I brought a spare rig in my upper pocket of my waders and proceeded to retie my rig. Then I dropped my only hook into the surf.. DANG…

The guy next to me had a spare hook and gave it to me on the condition if he lost his, I would cut mine off and return it.
Baited up again and carefully cast out. 2 seconds later I had a small drum on. Released it and cast back out much farther with fresh bait. I stood there and all of sudden my line was running to the right and hooked up on a good fish. Got it in and it was a fine 39 inch striper. I tied it to my stringer rope and I was done. The island was being washed over as I dragged the striper back across the sand to my entry edge of the sandbar. I took a deep breath and entered the water doing the shuffle walk back to terra firma. The tide was running harder now and my fish was dragging me off to deeper water. Three steps sideways and one forward to stay on the underwater sand bar. About half back way my fish came back to life. It decided to swim off with me attached into the dark abyss. I pulled it back and pulled out my long nose pliers and jammed it right thru the big fish’s head. Well that solved the live striper issue and plumes of red blood came forth and drifted into the deep water. My mind snapped and it was at that moment I realized the error of my ways. I doubled timed it back to terra firma once I had set up a chum line for sharks.

Crawled up on the Point and swore I would never again do that.

On Sunday I watched the boats go out to sandbar and braver souls than me walk out there too.

Capt Mike
those were the days. great story. Took me back some years.
 

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Great story!!!! That bar has been there on and off for years and the same thing has happened over and over with many different anglers. The trick to wading that bar or any other is to do just like you did and take your time, slowly wade out to it and more importantly know the tide there and get your arse off the bar at the turn of the tide before it gets too deep to wade back not to mention make sure you carry plenty of rigs and bait with you. Been there, done that and got the t-shirt along with the skid marks in the waders. :D
 
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