I made my second excursion to the NC coast. Monday morning around 7 I launched my Hobie into the ICW in Sunset Beach which is just north of the border of NC and SC. The tide had just started to fall and it was amazing to see the amount of current that was generated. It was actually difficult to pedal against the flow.
After launching I headed into the almost endless little cuts that feed into the inter coastal waters. With all the current present I decided to fished it like river water. Looking for current seams, slack water, eddys, etc. I found a point where 2 flows converged and first cast had a swing and a miss. Few casts later I had a fish shake off. Stuck it out there for a bit but never got another bite.
Too much current to stay in position so I went to slow trolling. Caught my first fish which was a small trout. Keeper size but I let her go. That was it for a long while. I decided to fish my way back to the launch and hit my original spot again. Again first cast I hook up and land a nice 18 incher. Put her on the stringer and called it a day.
Tuesday morning I got on the water earlier than before but this time the tide was coming in. The current was way less and going the other direction. I headed right to my spot from the day before. No fish. Went back to trolling and the next 4 hours I landed 12 trout. 18-22 inchers. Kept my limit of 4. I had a number of good bumps and a few fish shake off. While I was out there the tide had switched from incoming to outgoing and with it came that crazy current. In the span of 4.5 hours the water dropped almost 6 feet.
Called it a day with my 4 fish limit , packed up and headed home. I learned a bunch on this trip that will help me in the future.
I might make another 2 day trip next week. My new Hobie has been in the water 4 times now. No issues and it has some good fish juju on it now.
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