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October sound fishing?

By: Cabledawg
8/26/2019 8:52 PM

I’m new to this so here goes.

A buddy and I from work are staying in Frisco area in mid October on the sound side and looking for some fishing advice. The place we’re stay at has a canal. I was thinking about fishing from the dock or wading out into the sound. Also looking to get on a head boat to go off shore one day. We’re very new to fishing in obx so any advice is welcome.

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By: Obxfan21
8/27/2019 12:16 AM

I'm no expert, but if I were in Frisco or anywhere on Outer Banks in October, I would have a bait in the ocean waiting for Mr. Drummy. October is prime fishing season, someone else will have to weigh in on the Sound side.

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By: Pickle
8/27/2019 7:26 AM

Okay, I guess I'm not really that "Someone else" but Sound Fishing above Oregon Inlet takes a "Nosedive" in October unless you have a boat. I'm sure it's a bit better down Frisco way. As far as a "Offshore" Headboat, you have the Miss Hatteras down there. However, being in the business I question the use of the word "Offshore" and all though you didn't use it "Deep Sea". I have commented at length on the location meaning of these words and what to expect. Miss Hatteras is a great boat, but the typical use of Offshore, means Gulfstream such as Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo, Billfish etc. Miss Hatteras usually does great Wreck fishing which is bottom fishing for Triggers, Sea Bass and some others species. Good Luck.

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By: TwentyPSI
8/27/2019 9:15 AM

Our house is on a deep canal in Avon. Over the years, we've caught everything that swims in that canal. But mostly it's slow fishing better suited to beer drinking than fish catching.

Some canals are too shallow or mucky to fish. In a fishable canal, you'll find:

1) Schools of small striped mullet and menhaden. They're filter feeders, you can't catch them on a hook. But if you can throw a cast net, they're great bait for sound or surf.
2) Bait thieves - pigfish, pinfish, lizard fish, etc. I kayak fished for speckled trout in the sound behind Avon last week and was run off by 6" lizard fish.
3) Spot and croaker. If you're not overwhelmed by the thieves, bottom fish using small hooks with bits of blood worm, shrimp or fishbites.

Fishing the sound is usually more productive than the canals. The trick is to find deeper water. Much of what you see from shore is only a couple of feet deep. Use Google maps satellite view to locate the deeper spots.

If you wade fish, wear water shoes to protect your toes from crabs and shuffle your feet to scare off the rays. There can be lots of small rays cruising the shallows.

The best bet for game fishing is to fish the deeper spots and grass beds from a kayak or small boat for speckled trout and puppy drum. Over the grass beds, try popping corks with 1/8 ounce lead head jigs or hooks baited with shrimp or fishbites. The popping cork will keep your lure or bait out of the eel grass. In deeper spots, try a lead head jig or a mirrolure. Or bait on a top and bottom rig.

Consider booking a kayak or small boat charter early in your trip. These guys know the best spots. Once you've seen where they fish, you can return on your own later.

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By: Alexy
8/27/2019 11:04 AM

Well soundside Oct is a toss up depending on the temps and weather. You will need to get out there int he sound and find structure to find fish. Other issue is the flounder season will be CLOSED by then so you can forget recreational flounder fishing

I would suggest going by your local tackle shop and asking what is your best bet when you get here . if nothing else hit Avon pier and try that.

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By: Cabledawg
8/27/2019 6:15 PM

Thanks all for the great info. I’m not a posed to the beer drinking, however I would like to catch a few fish. I will definitely stop by a bait shop close to us for advice. Appreciate it, thank you.

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By: drumrun
10/7/2019 10:20 PM

If you want to catch, rent a kayak and paddle till you find some grass flats. Not going to tell you were, there are lots of them. The trout fishing has been amazing, fished 5 days last week, sunrise and afternoon. Never caught lees then 8 trout per session, up to 24" most were 16"-18". Also caught puppy drum and blue fish. Fishing a popping cork 18" of leader to 1/4 lead head and a grub. Most fish have been in less then 5' of water. Have fun.

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By: drumrun
10/24/2019 9:08 PM

Still catching trout back there, caught about 45 yesterday, caught probably 20 today up to 23". Few puppy drum, and blues as well.

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By: Md.Chas
10/25/2019 9:06 AM

Still catching trout back there, caught about 45 yesterday, caught probably 20 today up to 23". Few puppy drum, and blues as well.

drumrun
Drum, Are you kayak fishing or wading? I'm coming down next Friday and am thinking about bringing my waders. I'll have a few hours to kill each day and would love to get into some specks. Staying in Manteo but don't mind crossing the bridge. Will a medium rod with 8 - 10 lb. line suffice in the sound? Bringing a surf rod also.

Charlie

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By: drumrun
10/25/2019 5:42 PM

I am yaking, you could wade fish.The rod you are bringing is perfect. Just get a popping cork, and some zman grubs, 1/4 jig heads some florocarbon leader, find some grass flats and it will be game on. Dont overlook the little bridge on the way to Manteo, they have been very well up there too, as have the piers. Vast majority of the fish I am catching are in 5 ft or less. I limited out this morning on 14 cast.

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By: Md.Chas
10/27/2019 9:43 AM

Thank you Drumrun.

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