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oak island fishing in august

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Jul 1, 2022 - 5:35:45 AM
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8004 posts since 9/5/2006

me and sweety are going down to oak island a few days in august just to take a break and get away a while. anybody familiar with the fishing on surf or inter-coastal waterways there in august,,, where? and what baits and rigs do you use?

Jul 1, 2022 - 3:08:28 PM
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3693 posts since 12/30/2008

No idea what to use for bait, but we stayed in Kure Beach , NC last year which as the crow flies is just north of there. Going back soon and gonna do some surf fishing myself to try something different than I’m use to. Everybody surf fishing was catching something, but I had no idea other than flounder what they were. I’ll try anything once!!! Good luck, let us know and send pics!!!

Jul 1, 2022 - 3:59:14 PM
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61 posts since 7/15/2013

I prefer the oak island pier to Oceancrest. I use salt water ugly stiks with sand fleas or blood worms as bait but I typically aim for seabass.

The intercoastal waterway side is better for crabbing and flounder.

Jul 1, 2022 - 6:24:15 PM
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1962 posts since 11/29/2012

We stay up the road a bit at Carolina Beach. We are a couple of blocks from the seafood store, so I rarely get a line in the water. A few years back I managed to catch some bluefish from the pier.

Jul 2, 2022 - 7:45:11 AM
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7149 posts since 4/19/2004

We're headed for Duck NC on the outer banks in Aug..we've been going here for 10 years. I know its north of you but I think surf fishing is similiar all along there in August. I usually bottom fish with bloodworms, sand fleas, shrimp or cut bait. I think most of what we caught were mullet and croakers, with some bluefish, flounders, and ?? something that looked like bluegills. Lots of fun!!

Jul 2, 2022 - 8:39:06 AM



16019 posts since 9/27/2007

I just bought a 9 foot Penn Battle III to try out. It's been low tide every morning lately so I haven't tried it yet .

Nobody fishes from shore here but I have had success with my old bass fishing rod I used back east. I've caught ling cod & kelp greenling that all went in the pan. Pro Tip. Don't try to thumb a greenling like you would a bass. They don't have teeth but hard pads & strong jaws for crushing clams & crabs! On the first one neither one of us was letting go!

I use a mooching rig with 2 hooks with a herring hooked weedless to huck out into kelp beds. There is a spot here called Gordon's beach where it's sand & gravel all the way out. I know a guy that lives there that got his picture in the paper with an 80lb. halibut he caught out of his 12 foot tinny! A scary experience! It had half a doz. keeper crabs in it's belly! He was trolling for salmon in 65 feet of water though. I figure if there's big flatfish out there there might be smaller ones like sole or flounder closer in.

There's plenty of rockfish but a lot of the area around here is closed to catching them. They live to over a hundred years old & usually die when pulled up from the deep.

Good luck Terry & I wish I could be there to try it out! 

Jul 2, 2022 - 11:07:06 AM

8004 posts since 9/5/2006

yeah both of our rigs are 9 ft ,, and i have one penn battle 5000 reel and one penn spinfisher 6500 reel. both are wound with 25 lb test. i was just wondering if 9 ft rods were proper etiquette for pier fishing these days.....

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