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I think there's too much open water to cross once you get north of Swansboro. I'm in Beaufort and am running a 16' flats boat. Lots of days you would think twice about running a small skiff across Newport River, or around the lower Neuse. My dad had a little 14' IPB several years ago. It would get into some tight places, but was not the right boat to run back home when the summertime sea breeze picked up.

Speaking for myself - when the weather is really pretty, I'm probably going offshore on a different boat.
Thanks for the feedback. I鈥檓 in Wilmington and really just
I suppose a micro would handle more than a kayak.
I was actually just the thinking this myself馃槀 I鈥檓 stressed about getting to my fishing spots in a micro when I鈥檓 currently doing it in a kayak馃槀馃槀馃槀
 

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I run an Ankona Cayenne out of Oak Island. It's not TX/LA, but there's plenty of marsh to explore in that area, particularly behind BHI. Oddly enough, the relatively low numbers of flats skiff was part of my calculus in favor of getting one. Our fish get a lot of pressure, and if I can get to spots that bay boats can't, I should have shots at fish that others don't. I don't have to cover a ton of open water, but I do cross the channel from OKI to Bald Head when the weather cooperates. Prepare to get wet, and navigate strategically. My 15' boston whaler cc handled the chop much better, but couldn't float nearly as shallow as the Cayenne. And yes, navigating the wakes of the big boats in the ICW is annoying, and poling in mud flats is no easy task (particularly when the tide is moving).
Nice man! Thanks for the feedback. I鈥檓 in Wilmington. Basically the only thing I want to do is travel the ICW into marshes.
 

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I think there's too much open water to cross once you get north of Swansboro. I'm in Beaufort and am running a 16' flats boat. Lots of days you would think twice about running a small skiff across Newport River, or around the lower Neuse. My dad had a little 14' IPB several years ago. It would get into some tight places, but was not the right boat to run back home when the summertime sea breeze picked up.

Speaking for myself - when the weather is really pretty, I'm probably going offshore on a different boat.
Thanks for the feedback man! I鈥檓 in Wilmington. Basically my only interest is getting to spots that I already fish (marshes across the ICW) but being able to bring a friend along. Could something like the IPB handle that?
 

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I think it is one of the best kept secrets in certain parts of NC. There are quite a few micros that fish in the Wilmington-Topsail area, but definitely not a popular option due to the reasons noted above. If you can get past having to plan trips a little more carefully with wind conditions, you can find some of the least hit flats/shallow bays that hold large numbers of less pressured fish.
Thanks man! That鈥檚 actually the exact area I plan on fishing. Basically all I would want to be doing is crossing the ICW into marsh land.
 

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I think it is because they have never been popular in the area and most people have never tried one. The reality is that in VA and the Carolinas there is a lot of water that is only accessible by poling skiffs, and it never gets fished for that reason. I do think it is wise to get something that does decent in open water but can still go shallow such as an 18' class HB, Maverick, or 17' Mitzi on the lower priced end. I just fished my 18' Waterman in the Chesapeake bay this weekend, the only boats around were bay boats that couldn't make it to the creeks I was fishing, so I had it all to myself.
thanks for the feedback man! Those mitzis look like a great first boat to me.
 

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All I know is I bought a skiff out of Charlotte last year and paid half what I would have paid in Florida, so thank you NC!
 

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NC does have a decent amount of marsh, but does not have the extensive flats like FL & TX etc and sometimes you have to cross bigger water to get to the marsh. So a micro is usually a second boat, which many people do not have the money, room or time for. A bay boat will get you access to a lot more fishable water in this area of the world, since there is a bunch of big open water.

Unless you are a fly only person and fish mostly from around Swansboro to Wilmington in the marshes, a micro will not serve you well. Almost everyone I know that got a micro as their only boat, within a year or two went to a larger boat. First time they take a wake over the bow with their wife and/or family on the boat in the inter coastal usually does the trick.

Know multiple guys that have 17鈥 and under boats, but they are dedicated fly fisherman. Also works if you have a buddy with a larger boat, kind of like a swimming pool, if you don鈥檛 want to buy one make sure your neighbor has one.
NC does have a decent amount of marsh, but does not have the extensive flats like FL & TX etc and sometimes you have to cross bigger water to get to the marsh. So a micro is usually a second boat, which many people do not have the money, room or time for. A bay boat will get you access to a lot more fishable water in this area of the world, since there is a bunch of big open water.

Unless you are a fly only person and fish mostly from around Swansboro to Wilmington in the marshes, a micro will not serve you well. Almost everyone I know that got a micro as their only boat, within a year or two went to a larger boat. First time they take a wake over the bow with their wife and/or family on the boat in the inter coastal usually does the trick.

Know multiple guys that have 17鈥 and under boats, but they are dedicated fly fisherman. Also works if you have a buddy with a larger boat, kind of like a swimming pool, if you don鈥檛 want to buy one make sure your neighbor has one.
Thanks for the feedback sir! Really my only objective is to cross the ICW and fish the marshes like I do in a kayak, but with two people.
 

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Is that George Jetson's skiff? :D

The backdrop of the car roof really looks strange.

Aren't you getting a Chittum?
 

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Took my 14' Lagoon Skiff Tail Chaser (Similar to a skimmer skiff 14... but better) 50 miles round trip from Beaufort to Cape lookout this weekend. Crossed 2 inlets with a small craft advisory expiring on Saturday as well. Took some monster chop with 2 people and 2 small dogs, coolers, gear fuel etc and never had a single wave come over the bow. Check out my post from this morning with pic. I absolutely love the boat, I'm not going to take it oceanside unless it is a dead calm day however and I think that's where a lot of people get hung up. Know the limitations of the rig but also know just how capable these small boats can be!

鈥渂ut better鈥 - I like it.
 

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Thanks for the feedback. I鈥檓 in Wilmington and really just


I was actually just the thinking this myself馃槀 I鈥檓 stressed about getting to my fishing spots in a micro when I鈥檓 currently doing it in a kayak馃槀馃槀馃槀
Someone can check me on this but I'm thinking the Shadowcast 18, skillfully handled, could handle rough water pretty well for a craft that can go that shallow given the length?
 

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Someone can check me on this but I'm thinking the Shadowcast 18, skillfully handled, could handle rough water pretty well for a craft that can go that shallow given the length?
the good people at Ankona recommended the Cayenne when I asked which of their boats handled open water the best. I suspect the Native or the Shadowcast would be okay, but I think they may have narrower beams and less freeboard. not positive about that though, so happy to be corrected.
 

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I am a long time kayak fisherman. My favorite type of fishing by far is chasing reds and flounder in skinny little creeks.

For a while now I have been wanting a 14-16 foot micro/poling skiff for two man fishing.

It seems like (for the most part) it鈥檚 extremely rare to see a micro/poling skiff on the water here in NC and you almost never see them for sale here. When I tell people the boat I want is an Ankona shadowcast 16, they usually respond with 鈥渕an, you need something with a deeper v hull than that鈥 not seeming to understand that the fishing I want to do is in skinny marshes.

Serious question, is there something I鈥檓 missing (like a safety factor) as to why almost no one uses microskiffs here compared to Florida and Texas? I know that the tides shifts are stronger here, but most people I talk to here don鈥檛 seem to agree with the practicality of a microskiff and typically advise me against it.
Lol they just all worship carolina skiffs or bay riders up here. Decent boats but not the most eye catching. I鈥檒l have my south dade skiff up here in NC once it鈥檚 finished. But I can relate to you 100% i just tell people 鈥渕an you don鈥檛 get it鈥
 

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Man I love poling a Carolina Skiff!
All joking aside. Carolina Skiffs will be here for a long time. Us North Carolina folk can鈥檛 afford to be restricted to one trick ponies. We crab, net, fish, clam, and gig up here. That鈥檚 the real reason poling skiffs ain鈥檛 popular round these parts. You ain鈥檛 gonna convince bubba he鈥檚 better off with a technical, stick propelled, all fiberglass, bass boat.
 

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@FlyBy and I both fish Oak Island and bald head. Crossing Caps Fear sometime is tricky even in my big fat boat. Yea some sucking mud but on flood tide you can get on grass and it's hard. If you just stay in the IC You may be ok unless a large off shore boat swamps you. I've seen flats boats and lots of John boats all over that area
 
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