YES, WE ARE OPEN AFTER FLORENCE! House & yard are fine, beach actually got bigger. The dock is mostly gone though (to be repaired by April 2019). See broken dock pic in listing. Price already reduced $50/nt till repaired.
Soundfront with a gigantic dock! (430’ long with covered 16’x24’ deck at end & 15' wide side berth). This serene single family home can sleep 11 if you are all friends. It has 3 bedrooms each with a queen bed, one bedroom also has a single bunk above the queen. Another bedroom also has a queensize pullout. The sofa in the den is also a queen pullout.
This Cottage is located along the Southern Outer Banks (SOBX) of North Carolina & offers spectacular views of Bogue Sound & the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). There is a Plex server on property with hundreds of movies & thousands of songs of every genre -- all included at no additional charge. This property is situated on ~1 acre of lush grass with giant live oaks. You can enjoy your vacation in the front porch rockers while napping in the sound breezes or watching the boats go by...& having your meals served on the covered picnic table as well.
~2 minute golf cart ride to the quickie mart, a grocery store & Dollar General. ~5 minute car drive to Walmart. ~15 minute car drive to “The Circle” @ Atlantic Beach.
Drone video of the property can be found @: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoYS4noqicI
Blankets & pillows are included, but LINENS ARE NOT INCLUDED. NO BATH/BEACH TOWELS EITHER. You can bring your own, or you may arrange for delivery/pickup via 'Island Essentials' or 'Bluewater Services' (links/details further down listing).
Fishing is incredible here. Literally seconds after dropping a hook off the end of the dock, something will bite it. Common species are: Sheepshead, Flounder, Speckled Trout, various Drum, Croaker, Spot, & Mullet. The bait-stealing pin fish will drive you crazy if you let them.
I've never heard of anybody getting their license checked on their own dock, but you can get a fishing license by walking to the nearby quickie mart on Merrill if you need one (kids up to 16 are free; otherwise $5 for NC residents; $10 for non-NC). Numerous charter services can be found too via google. Some will pick you up/drop you off at our dock if you ask them.
There’s a switch-controlled overhead light at the end of the dock. Numerous outlets at the end too, if you wanted to bring your own spot lights, music, etc.
Pretty much all your fishing needs can be resolved within short walking distance @ the NC24/Merrill intersection at either the Waves quickie mart (gear, bait, etc. to your left as entering), or IGA Town & Country (chicken backs for crabbing far back right, sometimes have to ask the butcher).
If you can’t get what you need at those places, go ~5 miles east on NC24 to Walmart (enter through the “back” via tire shop on the gas station side for a much shorter walk & super-speedy check in/out). Also West Marine, EJW or Sportsmans are all near the NC24/US70 intersection too. Plenty of places on the causeway to Atlantic Beach too. Chasing Tails is the first you’ll reach going across on the right, & they have good quality live bait usually.
Cast netting for your own bait is the way to go in my opinion. Avoid doing it right @ the submerged oyster reef on the west side of the dock near the very end, though (marked with metal pole). Many guest nets lost there through the years. But that’s really your best bet for bait IMHO – just not right directly on top of the reef. Depending on your cast netting skills, you'll get live shrimp & various small pin fish, etc. suitable for bait for free. Cut them up or leave them live & put them on a hook. If you want sheepshead, get the fiddler crabs off the shore when the tides change. Store-bought sand fleas work good too for the sheeps too. There is a tide clock in the cottage & you can also check the published tides ("NC State Fisheries" is the published one that is closest to being the same as a Cottage with a View & is ~30 mins off).
You can also cast net, fish & crab in the boat basin. Don’t leave anything hidden underwater that could get tangled in a prop (like a crab pot or cast net). The closest dock to the cottage has 219 on it & is yours to use. You can also use the day docks or anywhere along the board walk -- just stay off the other finger docks, please.
Trailer parking in my yard is fine.
If you go crabbing, please know the difference between the species & sexes! For blue crabs, keep only the males & throw the females back. For stone crabs, just yank off a claw of either male or female & throw him/her back (a new claw will grow back within weeks). If he/she is already missing a claw, let him/her go without taking his/her last remaining one.
I guarantee you will catch a fish here. Some guidance that has worked in the past (though your mileage may vary):
+ Sheepshead can be caught with fiddler crabs on a Carolina rig doing the most damage when fished next to dock pilings. Heavy drop shot rigs seem to work well too. Sea urchins seem to be a tasty treat for the Sheeps too. Artificial Coco Crab has been pulling in fish as well. The effectiveness of fiddler crabs hasn’t changed in millennia, but sea urchins will work better for the bigger sheepshead. Dropping cut shrimp to the bottom while sheepshead fishing may result in a nice black drum, too.
+ Red drum bite gold spoons, Redfish Magics, Skitterwalks, topwater plugs, & popping corks, especially when cast near the oyster bar & shallow mud flats with a fast retrieve. Mullet & menhaden fished on either corks or on the bottom are popular choices. Live mullet on a Carolina rig is hard to beat for red drum fishing, but cut mullet has also been a decent producer through the years. Hooking up a jerk shad Gulp shrimp to a 1/8 oz. jig head will work for the reds as well. Soft plastics by Fathom put on a 1/4 oz. jig head will get bites too.
+ Flounder go for Gulp shrimp on a jig head, as well as mud minnows or other live bait like a pin fish, & they generally go for a Carolina rig fished on the bottom. Low tide has traditionally been the best part of the day to find a doormat at the dock, with the mouth to the canal being a great place to seek them out on a falling tide. They are also being tricked by Fathom rat tail baits on 1/4 oz. jig heads, in addition to live mullet on Carolina rigs. Jigging Spro 2 oz. white & glow bucktails tipped with a 4” white Gulp shrimp is a VERY good way to bend your rod over too. The flatties love hanging around the dock, & they can also be caught by hooking a Gulp to a 1/4 oz. jig head or bucktail. If the current is strong, you may require a little more weight to keep the bait in front of the fish. They have also been caught on spinner baits & live bait (4-5” finger mullet or mud minnows work best). The minnows can be Carolina-rigged or put on a jig head to get attention from the flatties.
+ Flounder gigging is usually more effective. Flounder can be seen after dark on the sandy bottoms of the sound all around the shallows near the docks & canal mouths. Walking along the sandy shallows at night is a relaxing way to stalk the elusive flatfish. Also the simplest, as you only need a short gig, LED pole light & small battery carried in a fanny pack. Flatties will usually stay put as you advance close with the light in front of you, & slowly move into gigging distance ~4-5 feet away. To accurately gig, you have to compensate for the refraction as water bends the light passing through it. This means the flounder is closer than it appears to be, so you have to aim the gig closer to you than you think. If not, you will see a sand trail speeding away in the dark as the flattie blasts off into deeper water! Sometimes, you may get lucky and find a big stone crab creeping along the bottom too. You can harvest one claw & return the stony to the water. Your nighttime adventure can result in a fine flounder and stone crab dinner next day at a Cottage with a View!
+ Mullet & black drum seem to like frozen squid & shrimp on Carolina & other bottom rigs with a small hook getting the most bites. The black drum also go for a fiddler crab every time. Hooking a sea urchin on a Carolina rig will increase your chances of finding the bigger black drum. Gold spoons work well too. Live shrimp & mullet fished at the ICW drop-off & near the marker have been the key to finding the best drum bite, & don’t be surprised if you find a speckled trout in the same areas as Fall progresses. If you want to target the specks specifically, though, use jigs & drifted shrimp. In the canal approach, you can find drum, in addition to some nice flounder hugging the bottom -- & they both love live mullet. Target marsh banks & docks in the sound, ICW, & canal with shrimp, mullet, & peanut bunker live baits for both black & red drum. Artificial baits will work as well, but live has definitely been better, especially when rigged on an appropriately-weighted Carolina rig (or just tip a naked jig head).
+ Speckled trout & redfish are often caught on soft plastics like Gulps & Z-Man, as well as live shrimp, fresh cut mullet, mud minnows & Zara Spooks. If you find them on the surface, topwater baits are effective as well. Top Dogs, She Dogs, MirrOlure MR17s & 18s & DOA Golden Brems on 1/8, 3/16, up to 1/2 oz. jig heads are good producers for the specks. They bite a ton in the first ~30 minutes after sunrise.
+ Spots are always here & biting (not always a good thing), & 50+ fish days are possible during the Fall run. Bloodworms, Fishbites, & bait shrimp have all been good producers for years.
+ If you are indifferent to species, try hooking a live pinfish through the dorsal & then casting it way out towards the ICW marker. Let it go free-range with no drag for a bit. Then lock it down, & place it in the rod holder, lay back in the hammock & see what comes after it.