The weatherman really put the kibosh on our fishing this trip but we had a great time none-the-less.
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To access Espiritu Santo Bay, you will paddle northeast "up" the ICW about 250 yards. There is a large cut to the bay known variously as Fulghum's Cut, Charlie's Cut and also Shoalwater Cut. When you turn into this cut you are already in great fishing territory although there is a lot of boat traffic. Turning left will lead into the Lagoon, a right turn takes you into Shoalwater Bay. Continuing through the main cut will take you out to the north shoreline of Espiritu Santo Bay. Dewberry Island lies to the north of the cut and Long Island stretches to the south. The shorelines of these islands offer excellent shallow water wade and drift fishing and the numerous "cuts" into the Lagoon and Shoalwater Bay are fish magnets.
The excellent launch facility and relatively short paddling distances to excellent fishing makes this area a great spot for rookie and novice kayakers in my opinion.
More experienced paddlers can opt to head southwest - down the ICW from Charlie's - to the famed Welder's Flats area. Welder's Flats is chock full of coves, sloughs, and small lagoons that are famous for holding fish year round.
Public fish cleaning stations are located at Charlie's and there are also cleaning tables in the Seadrift harbor if you are fishing the bay front area.
Where to eat and where to sleep
I always enjoy the eating part of my trips; who doesn't like good food? Seadrift is home to two very good seafood restaurants, Barketts and Bubba's. Barkett's offers a full traditional menu of fried, baked and grilled seafood while Bubba's injects a spicy Cajun flair. Ask to speak to Bubba himself, but only if you want a friendly conversation and a fishing tip or two. The staff at both establishments will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and the food will have you coming back for more.
For all of your fuel, fishing snacks, ice and beverage needs, Bayside Express, the Shell Convenience Store in Seadrift, is open 24/7. Charlie's has ice, gas, beer, sodas and snacks.
Like most coastal towns I have visited, RV parks are not hard to come by. In particular, Breezy Palms Cottages caught my attention by the way of having separate cabins in addition to their RV spots. The grounds and facilities here are all well kept. Beacon 7 is another nice RV facility with quick access to San Antonio Bay.
I got a room at Captains Quarters, a modern motel on the north side of town. The room was clean and comfortable, the rates are fair and the a/c blew cold - a winner all the way around in my book.
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