We spent the past week in Corolla in the Outer Banks. This was our first time in the area, really fun trip. There was a small pond beside the condo that I fished every day for 35-40 minutes, usually before the kiddo got up or after lunch. It was loaded with bass and big sunfish.
I rented a kayak one day to try to fish the sound. The surf was fairly rough all week and I didn't try it with my fly gear. A fly shop guy down on Roanoke Island told me the sound up in Corolla is almost 100% fresh water, no redfish or trout, and the fishing would not be good. Aaaaand, he was right. I fished hard from 9AM-2PM, covered a decent amount of water, had zero takes, and physically saw just one fish. I don't even know what it was, I spotted it chasing minnows near the cut I was heading for. By the time I got there, it was gone.
I started in the circled area and fished the bracketed area. I hit boat docks, weed lines, cuts, drainages out of ponds, and duck blinds...no fish.
Had a good day on Saturday. A buddy took me to a pond loaded with chunky bluegill and sunfish. So much fun.
There's good bass in there, too. We were trying to pull the old bait and switch because I had a big bass chase one of those big bluegill I had hooked. My buddy got it to eat a fly but missed on the hook set. A few seconds later and I told him it swirled on the small floating spider I was using for sunfish. Next cast...
I caught a few other bass, and ended the night on this one.
Medium action rod and spinning reel = me getting beat up on by this Bonita. He almost spooled me before I got him stopped. I had to grab the spool with my shirt because it burned my bare hand! Around the boat twice before Kristi got the net under him.