Hot Weather = Hot Fishing Around Wrightsville Beach, NC

June 20th, 2008 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

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Well Folks, the temps are up, the gas prices are up, but thank God the fishing is up too! I don’t know what to tell ya about the gas prices, but one thing you can do is; slow down a little bit. The boat that is, you do need to keep going fishing though! Ok enough about gas, let’s talk fishing!

The Spanish mackerel are still going strong; we have caught 30 to 40 plus Spanish on most of our charters in the last couple of weeks. I’m happy to congratulate my charter on June the 7th for taking 3rd place in the Seapath Marina Spanish mackerel tournament.

Most of the Spanish are biting Clark spoons trolled behind #1 planner’s. The Clark spoons that are working the best for us are sizes; 00 and 0 in plan silver and pink flash. When the Spanish are on top feeding and jumping, Maria jig spoons have been the trick. The colors that seem to be working are pink and green in sizes seven & fourteen gram.

Cobia have really started to show around the shoals, inlets and near shore reefs. My charters have caught four and released two in the last two weeks, the biggest being 61 pounds. We are catching most of the Cobia on small bluefish and grass shad “greenies”. We are fishing these baits on the bottom, light lining and balloon fishing. Cobia fishing takes time; they don’t just jump in the boat. If you want to catch a nice Cobia put in some nice time, you’ll get one sooner or later!

We are seeing a few King mackerel starting to show up; most of the kings are just off the beach to twenty miles or so. Slow trolling live or dead bait or fast trolling spoons and witches with strips seems to be working. Most of the kings are on live bottom and ledges with bait fish holding close by. There are some Mahi as well mixed in with the kings in some of the areas too. A real nice near shore treat the ole Mahi!

Thanks for taking the time to read this report. Get out there and go fishing, don’t worry so much about the gas prices. Just slow down a bit and have a good time on the water! Go fishing to ya always!

Fishing gear used: Fishing gear used: Reels Pflueger Medalist spinning reels 6035 and 6040 size. Rods: Ugly stick lite’s 7’ med and med hvy action. *Cobia Rigs: Pflueger Contender G15L reels and Ugly Stick Custom’s # USCB 1166 MH Great Cobia and Tarpon Rod! 30 pound Cajun lightin’ line.

Capt. Jot Owens

www.captainjot.com

910-233-4139

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Cobia, Reds, Flounder, Spanish and King Mackerel; Summer Fishing!

June 3rd, 2008 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

Hello folks, is it hot enough for ya??  Summer has really started to show and feel around eastern North Carolina.  The good thing is it’s a good reason to get out on the water to cool off and do some fishing!  Don’t forget your sunscreen and polarized sunglasses on those bright sunny days; they can be a life saver!  Let’s talk fishing.

The Spanish mackerel have still been biting good to great on most days.  Most of the Spanish are biting Clark spoons trolled behind #1 planner’s.  The Clark spoons that are working the best for us are sizes; 00 and 0 in plan silver and pink flash.  When the Spanish are on top feeding and jumping, Maria jig spoons have been the trick.  The colors that seem to be working are pink, green and blue in sizes seven & fourteen gram. (Hint): keep it to smaller lures when the weather gets hot!

My charters are starting to catch a few Flounder; we are seeing a few fish inshore as well on the near shore reefs and wrecks.  Most of the flounder inshore are mixed in size, but the fish in the ocean are a little better in size.  Live bait and grubs are the best bet.  Carolina rigs for the live bait and heavy jig heads for the grubs.  I prefer bright grubs; Saltwater Assassin’s sea shads in colors chart/diamond and silver mullet work real well.  I’m starting to see a few Mullet and Menhaden around the creeks and small channels.

I’ve seen a few Cobia around the inlets and near shore reefs.  Live bait fishing is the best bet for these great fighting fish.  Fishing live baits on top as well as on the bottom will get you the best chance at catching a Cobia.  I prefer bluefish, mullet and menhaden for bait; what ever is easier to get.  To catch a Cobia you’ve got to put your time in, sometimes you catch one right away most of the time you don’t.  That’s why they call it fishing!

We are seeing a few more Redfish around, most fish have been in the water way and around some of the inlets. As more live bait shows up, more Reds will come out of the ocean and in to the sounds.  This is starting to happen, the fishing should pick up in the next few weeks. The Reds we are getting are hitting fresh cut, bait live and scented Saltwater Assassin (Blurp) grubs in colors; drunk monkey and molting.

Thanks for taking the time to read this report. Get out on the water and take a kid fishing!  Don’t forget to take Dad fishing soon; father’s day is just around the corner!  Good fishing to ya!

Fishing gear used: Reels Pflueger Medalist spinning reels 6035 and 6040 size.  Rods: Ugly stick lite’s 7’ med and med hvy action.  All Stars’ Coastal inshore series Trout/Redfish Special 7’ code# CC TR2-S Great inshore rod!!  Line Ugly braid 20# and 30#   www.allstarrods.com 

Capt. Jot Owens
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139

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