Prior to heading down you should prepare by checking the reports at
as well as www.fishmilitia.com
The Red Drum tackle shop at Buxton is also a good source.
In addition you can find info on bait and tackle shops as well as weather and water temps too.
I agree with Doug....check out the point at Hatteras. It's a bit of a ride from Corolla but would be well worth the trip. Another point of interest on the way is Oregon Inlet.