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Pea Island Artificial Oyster Reef....

By: T-Rock
8/27/2017 3:10 PM

Anyone here familiar with it?

Gonna drag our Scout Dorado 172 down in October and we're trying to decide if the reef is worth going to for some fishing.

The Pea Island A/R is fairly new and it is an oyster reef, composed of old box culverts, reef balls, concrete rubble, and round pipes. It was deployed in July 2015.

We thought since it's fairly new it wouldn't be sanded in. It sits in the middle of the sound, just south of stumpy point and the southern end of the pea island wildlife refuge, out in the middle.

The wife and I figured since it was new, and further out, it wouldn't be as pressured by fisherman like the ones closer in are, thus the reason for inquiry.

Do you know of any folks who do inshore fishing who might be familiar with this area?

Is there enough fish on it to make it worthwhile for the boat ride?

I would guess when the winds blow it could possibly get pretty rough for a 17' boat.

The coordinates for the reef are:
Lat: 35' 40.008 N
Long: 75' 36.962W

The interactive reef map is in the following link:
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By: Alexy
8/27/2017 7:39 PM

I have not heard good or bad about it. I would call Ryan White at Hatteras jack tackle in Salvo and ask him if he has heard anything about it.



By: T-Rock
8/28/2017 9:05 AM

Thanks Alexy, I'll give them a call.


By: Pickle
9/7/2017 1:14 PM

I talked to a few people and found out that that Oyster Reef was built with bigger material than normally used. There is some big stuff (Rock) that comes only a few feet under the surface and could be a problem for larger boats or people with no knowledge. The good thing it does hold fish. There was some good fishing there for small Sheepshead this Summer. I was advised that ANCHORING over the high spots is a must.


By: T-Rock
9/7/2017 9:43 PM

Thank you Sir for the info. That's good to know. Hate to be blowing along in its vicinity and tear off the transom. Lol. I was thinking if they did put in the box culverts, that'll be prime habitat for fish. Thanks!


By: T-Rock
10/29/2017 2:26 AM

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!

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By: Spearo#1
10/29/2017 2:12 PM

Thank you for the information. We'll be doing one or two of these AR's next season. Clapping smiley

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