Dont know of any Tackle Shop on Hatteras Island that sells live shrimp or live anything ... maybe Sandfleas ..... good luck cast netting .... gulps and Z man work well here ...[/QUOTE
There are Secret Spots for Live Shrimp, they are only in certain places at certain times of the year. I used to sell Rodanthe Pier back in the Day a dozen Live Shrimp for $1.00 when Rodanthe Pier had a 12 foot long Tank in the Pierhouse that the RedHead installed for King Baits. We drove a well head for a water pump under the Pierhouse and pumped fresh seawater to the tank, it was a great system. When the Spot were thick they would fill up the Tank and Pierhouse sold them for $1.00 a Spot, put them in a ziplock bag filled with water.....and if you got to the pier late after work or something and had no bait you could bite the bullet and get yourself a bagged bait King Fishing is pretty much dead these days so no need for a Tank, the Flounder fishermen loved the Shrimp and Finger Mullet though. Just stroll out with your Bagged Spot and get blasted by a King
Learned something about Shrimp from that experience, the little critters are highly Dangerous in a tank with Finger Mullet which I got $.65 per dozen live. Mullet are real scarce these days compared to back in the Day when they were in every creek all Summer and Fall.
I kept a 150 quart cooler in the back of my Pickup and would fill it with Sound water and put the bait in after it was netted, and I would slosh my way around town until I got to the pier and then dip netted them out of the Truck. It would be harder to do this with say a $50K modern fancy Truck with a fancy articulated tailgate that opens and closes on the flick of the wrist....too much salt water intrusion You pull the cooler plug and as the water drains out them critters get easy to net
First time I mixed the Shrimp in the Tank without a barrier separating Mullet from the Shrimp had impaled every Finger Mullet with their horns and most of the 7 or 8 dozen Mullet were either crippled or dead from puncture wounds.
Job Security I had to go out and get another cooler full of Finger Mullet to replace the dead comrades, at $.65 a Dozen I was making a Killing One of my favorite Jobs of all time, netting for gas money.....
Rodanthe tank was in the old Rodanthe pier house building which went into the Sea along with most of the Pier down South they have tanks at some of the piers but it sounds like a clust.....k . There was a walkin Cooler at the old pier house and at times it was full of Kings or Drum or coolers full of Spot or Spanish.hate to hear that the mullet aren't as thick as they used to be. I'll be there the first week of October so I'll look around in the sound for shrimp. What about fiddler craps? or are those gone too? Ever since I bought a cast net I can't tell you the last time I bought bait! Thanks for the info. Can't believe they don't have the tank at the end of the pier anymore, that seems to be a no brainer, but what do I know!
They have been targeted by every one who ventures onto the sand.It's strange that the mullet are in such decline there. I took a trip to South Carolina last year and fished the Jetty at Murrells inlet. I came in from the south so the walk from the beach access point is just a little over a mile. I went directly to the surf and walked the entire way just out of reach of the water. There was a school of mullet stretching to the south in the wash as far as I could see and as I walked there was no break in the school for over a mile. You could have accidentally tripped into the water and would have come up with mullet sticking out of your nose and ears. They were all small but still, there had to be hundreds of thousands if not millions up and down those beaches. Wonder why NC is suffering in numbers.
Good to here from you M.They have been targeted by every one who ventures onto the sand.
Mike, do you remember the salt pond at the point ? Go out and catch a bucket of cobs every few days in a 1/2 hour or so.
Sorry we lost JoeM.
I remember a lot of things that no longer are part of the present conversation.
I remember when DM took his skiff and set 300 yards of net at the Trout Pond at Oregon Inlet, he hauled the Pond by himself and sent to market 50 boxes of 2-7pound Specs.
Recs had the Pond declared off limits to Comm's after that forever after intense lobbying. Now the Bird People had the Fishermen's Trucks barred forever. After a few more decades the rising Ocean will bar the Bird People forever. Hard to nest when the sand gets covered up every tide.
Will be down Drum Fishing at the end of the Month, hope to see you on a Pier Looks Like Dorian is going to slam the OBX so Avon Pier and Rodanthe Pier have to keep the Faith. Rodanthe just can not seem to put up any numbers due to the shallow water.