Just a quick trip report and a shout out to the two young commercial flounder fishermen we met at Rodanthe Harbor: Thanks for the info! It was very helpful! Good luck to the both of you with the flounder!
Also to Mr. Midgett anchored in Rodanthe Harbor: thanks for the navigational info, it helped keep us from running aground in the area we first intended to fish. Nice speaking with you and good luck selling your boat!
As for anyone not familiar with the area, and you're inclined to bring a boat to the Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo area, Rodanthe Harbor is a public boat ramp. It's a packed gravel/shell ramp and if some are going to try it, stay as close as possible to the south side of the ramp near the piles while launching, it drops off quickly and you'll need a 4WD to launch and retrieve. Too far on the north side of the ramp, near the sunk catamaran, you're likely to get stuck in silt, and it drops off sharply there too... I would be leery of trying to launch anything bigger than a 21' boat there.
First 3 days were too windy to make the run to the reef, our little Dorado took a pounding just 3-4 miles out with 3-4' waves, that were really close together.
The last 3 days were perfect for fishing, but didn't make the run due to having too many kids with us. Lol. Wife's family joined us for the second half of our trip.
We didn't slay them, but we did catch numerous puppy drum just under the slot (released), sheepshead, croakers, spots, flounder, eels and skates. No luck casting nets on top of pogie meal for shrimp, but I suspect august would've been a better time for that, maybe next year!
Highlight of the trip, with the kids (nephews) in the boat, was a pod of 15-20 dolphins that set up shop about 15 yards where we anchored, and played most of the time we were there. They seemed just as fascinated by us as we were by them.
All in all it was well worth trailering the boat down, and now that we've gotten to know the area a little better (sloughs/channels, shoals, etc.) we're definitely gonna bring it our next trip.
The sunsets in the Pamlico were absolutely fantastic, pictures don't do justice.....
Good luck fishing!