Pamlico Sound, North Carolina: Red Drum
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Once you head into salt water, there is obviously a very wide range of what you can catch. Depending on the time of year here, these fertile fishing grounds offer up bluefish, marlin, Spanish mackerel, tuna, amberjack — you name it. This area is so popular, in fact, that overfishing led to the cancellation of red drum season this past spring. But if you’re looking for a great day out on the water where you never know quite what you’re going to haul up, you could do a lot worse than here. This area is also great for surf-casting.