Couldn't help myself and had to go back to Oak Island, a few weeks after our family's vacation in October. The kings were still biting and the weather was going to be perfect so I put in two more days. Conditions were nearly identical to the ones I left a few weeks earlier. Short story shorter, I added one more king to the fridge.
What I've got to figure out for next time is why, even though the king bite was good right off the beach on Oak Island for several weeks, and OI's only fishing pier had a decent showing, but the pier on Kure beach, just north, on the other side of the Cape Fear River, was on fire, and catching over a dozen kings some days! They caught 14 before 3:00 the day after this picture was taken! Pier on OI none. I took a long cut home to VA and went by Kure pier to see if I couldn't learn anything, and found out that although the pier is shorter in length than Ocean Crest on OI, it is a bout 10 feet deeper on the end because the drop-off is steeper. Who knows if or how much that factors in, or not. But as a side note, I did get to observe firsthand the way a NE wind affects an East facing beach (Kure) as opposed to a South facing beach (Oak Island). OI was fishable from a kayak that day, Kure was not. Which is very valuable to know for future reference. If I'm blowed out on OI with a stiff W wind, it'll likely be fishable on Kure, if not flat nearshore, just a ferry ride away.