Nathan, Portsmouth Island is on the North Core Bank. It is part of the Cape Lookout Sea Shore. It would be about 45min to an hour north of Morehead City. The islnad is uninhated and literally there will be nothing else but some wooden cabins and us, and ferry is the only way to get there. You can think of South Beach or Monomoy.
I am not sure if we will run into False Albacore up there, but heard of good red drum fishing. What concerns me is the wind on the surf side. I will be armed with 6-10wt with heavy grain sinking lines, but don't know how effective flyfishing will be. I am also contemplating on finally purchasing a spin rig for this trip. Some people suggested I bring a surf rod, but I'm not a fan of heavy tackle. I am looking at St. Croix Tidemaster 7' Medium action rod, but am not sure if that would make a difference.
If you have any suggestions or input, please feel free to share with me.