looking for direction Roadanthe - Sound & off shore
Staying in Roadnothe, NC this week. Fished the surf out of Hattreas this morning till noon and didn't catch crap.
I have a 23foot Parker center console with me. Looking to fish the sound this evening and maybe off shore one day if the weather will sit.
Can anyone give me direction to hit the sound, where to go out of from Roadnothe? Looking for best place to put the boat in? Maybe hit some Specs and whatever...
Also any off shore quick advice. I can do some searching but figured directly asking would be quicker.
GPS coordinates for offshore?
advice #1, 23 parker doesn't have any business going out of OI or HI,
second piece of advice, stay in the sound, find a hole and you'll find fish, its a big sound down there, I can't give you any honey holes, but get a chart and find a ledge or hole and start from there,
With all do respect, I disagree with your statement. First off, an experienced boater would be able to make a decision for themself whether they feel their boat, crew, are capable of running out of Oregon Inlet, and I can say that I believe a Parker 23 can handle the inlet, provided the winds are from the west or southwest. Northeast, and not many ifa ny small boats fish as you know.
With that said, RyeReelFishing I do believe if the winds are from the west or southwest at less that 15kts (less than 10kts preferred), you could fish off the coast in the ocean without any problems, provided your boat is in solid operating order and you have a good sounder. The inlet can be tricky, howeer if you follow the cannel markers out you will be fine. However there is a way of cutting the trip south along the coast much shorter, by running out past the south rock jetty and parallel to the beach and out offshore (where there are no breakers), but you must know what you are doing or follow an expericence boater out. Once you know the route, it is reliable and will make you run offshore much easier in a boat your size. I regularly fish offshore for Cobia in May/June from a 21' Seacat and have no problems whatsoever!
Pay attention to the tides and winds and you should be fine. An outgoing tide and a north/northeast wind and the inlet will stack up somethign fierce that you do not want to experience!
With regards to fishing, if you head south along the beach, 20' of water and run about 3-4 miles, you will reach the "Boiler". Its a ship wreck in 20' of water and the stack sticks out of the water. Fish between that and the new inlet bridge to the south (2-3 miles) and you should be able to catch some fish. I target those waters out to the 60' depth and south to the Rodanthe fishing pier for Cobia (sight casting) and do very well. There still may be some cobia around this week.
Be smart, enjoy the beautiful OBX, and for god sakes, catch some fish.....
Everyone always gets touchy when you say they don't have an OI offshore boat. Do what you want, but if you do not have experience with OI/HI I would not learn it in a 23 parker, if your experienced with the area and know the weather then I'm sure your 21 seacraft is fine, the diff. is you know what your doing. Someone asking to just go offshore from OI in a 23 parker that has never done it is not wise.
Originally Posted by Pelagic Act
Does your parker have the notched transom? if so I wouldn't do it in 10kts of nothing. Went out last year after Irene wind was between 0-3 kts and the inlet was the worst I had seen in year, huge, when you see the boat ahead of you disappear in the trough and your in a 23 parker, too late to bail out, your going to say, damn a speckle trout in the sound would be nice right now...
I would agree with you completely, when you cannot see the boat in front of you in the inlet. However most would know that it is plain stupid to even consider heading out in those types of conditions, but I completely understand your point, that there are boat owners who are clueless.....
I do recall one afternoon about 5 years back when I was fishing out of my 24 Capehorn Offshore with twin Runde 200's (prior boat), when the winds changed to the northeast, winds kicked up in about 30 minutes, and the ride in from the seabouy was the as "white-nuckled" as it gets. Seas were na easy 8', every 4 seconds and as you said, every trough, I would lose sight of the next bouy and boat ahead of me. I knew the boat was solid, however the ocean had complete control! I managed to time the wave sets and speed so I could ride the back side of the waves in to safe water. I will never let that happen again!
However on the contrary, I have fished mand days where the inlet is flat calm as are the seas out to 6 miles, which is a great experinece for any boater.
Thanks for the conversation.
I've seen tiller handle jon boats run OI in Aug, sure there are plenty days when you could kayak through it, but like you said, it can change, and I too have had some near death experiences in OI and HI in my 26 CC with twins, a lot more boat then a 23 parker (bayboat).
No big deal, just wouldn't recommended it to someone with zero experience with it. If my son had a 23 parker and asked to come down and go offshore out of OI I would say NO, get on a charter. Thats the advice I was giving originally.
Plus the sound fishing is good, 23 parker is fine for back there,
Hey guys thanks for the replies. Just like Pelagic Act said, if you were unexperinced I could see how you could say "no business", but the wording of my first post I should have mentioned the experience level. The Parker has all the bells and whisteles you need along with full radar, gps and shabing. My uncle goes off coast out of MD so we were just new to the NC area.
either way I wanted to share the turn out. we had a trophy day on the water catching dolphin, wahoo, AJ's, Sea Bass, Trigger. Sadly we lost a few fish on top of catching these but still a amazing experience!
Stop in and see the lads at Hatteras Jack in Rodanthe. I have always found them helpful.
Nice catch and it looks like a beautiful day on the water, did you go out of Oregon Inlet or Hatteras.
Originally Posted by fishtales
Hatteras, wow that inlet is nasty!