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Kitty Hawk Newbie - Where to go with canoe/motor?




This is my first time to OBX. I have a 14' canoe and small gas motor. I have fished salt water bays in Atlantic Canada but only jigging for mackerel and cod. I have saltwater spinning equipment but have never done anything but jigging. Is there a good place to go by canoe for casting or fast trolling and what lures/presentations do you recommend? I don't really care what kind of fish, but if they're tasty I'll eat some.
Thanks! Fish


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Where are you going in the OBX?


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Staying in Kitty Hawk. Willing to drive an hour or two.


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There's a public launch under the Manteo bridge on 64. That's probably your best bet in the sound. Lots of water around there to fish.


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Thanks! Any lure recommendations if I'm trolling? I have a saltwater spinning outfit with 12 lb test and a 2.5hp outboard on a canoe.


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I'm not much for trolling. The goto in coastal areas is the clark spoon, at least when you are targeting blues and macks. But those are more open water/off the beach kinds of fishing and you don't want to take a canoe out of OI. I'd think you could slow troll typical bass/walleye lures and get trout and reds to hit if you weren't going too fast.

Hope someone else chimes in on that one. Worst case the bait shops could probably recommend something.


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any type of gotcha plug on a slow retrieve or a steady troll will work.
if you are looking for flounder a bucktail with a strip of fresh bait will get you fish if presented well.


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Thanks, I'll be sticking to the sound side for sure, near Kitty Hawk and Nags Head.


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There is a kayak launch area before you get to the Manteo bridge, Not sure what it is called but it's a little park you can launch from there. Just past Whalebone Tackle on the same side of the road. Takes you into the sound. Easy launch area too

If you google map it you will see

not sure if this will show the right spot


https://www.google.com/maps/@35.9032406,-75.6041233,100m/data=!3m1!1e3

Copy and paste the whole URL



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Thanks! How deep does it get in the sound? Do I fish near the shore and islands or the deeper water?


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Depends on where. You are staying in KH so the Kitty Hawk area no more than 12 to 15 feet and you would have to know where these holes are. Probably Kitty Hawk Bay would be 6 to 7', Main Sound Channel off KH maybe 10'. If you went to Roanoke and Croatan Sounds by Roanoke Island the Main Channels could be 12' to 15'. Please understand that all our Sounds especially Currituck are overall SHALLOW. With average depths (Out of Channels) 3 to 6' and shallower. Where to fish? Depends on What You Want To Catch? Trout near "Bank" Drop Offs. Flounder along Channel edges or sloughs between sandbar. Small "Panfish (Croaker, Spot, and Sea Mullet) deepest holes you can find with Bloodworms or Shrimp. Good Luck


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Hi.

Just stumbled on this forum looking for fishing reports just like you. Headed down to KH on Saturday.

I got this from a boating site I belong to from a guy who is local...

The grass islands on the south end of Wanchese have been pretty productive for me (trout, flounder, drum). I've caught lots and lots of fish there, but mostly undersized (still a lot of fun). I use primarily 4" pearl white swimming mullet Gulp baits. Reel them in real slow, bumping them off the bottom. If you can catch some pigfish for bait, hook them through the tail and fish them under a float over grass, and you can catch the bigger trout.


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Yes, Yes yes! There is a small channel that rounds the Southern end of the Island, try all around there. Not very deep, Not for a deep draft boat.


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Yes, Yes yes! There is a small channel that rounds the Southern end of the Island, try all around there. Not very deep, Not for a deep draft boat.


Yep! What Pickle said.

IF you launch from the ramp just south of the causeway by the little bridge, you can work south from there. I like to stay between the channel and the island, just inside the markers. Usually flounder along the west ridge of the channel from the mouth of broad creek on down to the grass islands and a spot called the 'cut through'.

Once you get down there, specks could be down in the grass flats. A few sites are saying gulp baits are what's working this week.

You should be able to get in nice and tight with a kayak. I can't get in that close with the boat.

You can go to NOAA and download the chart for free or just look at google maps to get a reference.


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So do you troll, or do you drift and cast? My canoe only needs a few inches of water so I can get almost anywhere.


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Just cast out the gulp bait and let it hit the bottom. Then bring it in slow and a little jerky like it's a little finger mullet feeding around in the grass. They will hit it on the way up on the jerk or as it floats back down.

You could try top water as well.


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Just cast out the gulp bait and let it hit the bottom. Then bring it in slow and a little jerky like it's a little finger mullet feeding around in the grass. They will hit it on the way up on the jerk or as it floats back down.

You could try top water as well.


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Top water like a good old fashioned hula popper?


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That should work.

I like broken backs myself