Fall Fishing is Hot Around Wrightsville Beach

October 21st, 2008 by Gillwetter Press | 1 Comment »

Well Folks, fall is really showing strong this week!  One day with warm temps and light winds the very next day very windy, rainy and cold for October!  Hey that’s what gets those fall fish biting so we can’t complain too much.  With that said lets talk fall fishing!

Last week 10-13 to 10-17 we had some very good Spanish Mack runs.  Most of the Spanish hit Clark spoons on number one planners, a few fish hit on top as well.  We did get a few on Marie jigs casting when the Spanish got on top feeding.  The Spanish were very nice in size; most fish were two to some over four pounds “nice fall size”.  They were biting just off the beach to about two miles off the beach.  I don’t know how much longer they will be here with this cooler air moving in; will just have to see!

The Flounder fishing has been good for the most part, on some trips we’ve caught over twelve keeper fish.  Most of the Flounder are eating Mullet and Mud minnows on light Carolina rigs.  The Flounder are mixed in size to just under keeper size to a few over five pounds.  We have caught some Flounder on Artificial baits as well.  We have had the best luck with Saltwater Assassin Blurp grubs in molting color and “Chicken on a chain” color grubs.  Rig the grubs on a red or black jig head for best results.

We’ve caught some bigger bull Redfish in and around the local inlets.  We are catching Reds in the 24 to over 32 inch range, some days their over the slot some days their in the slot.  Most of the Reds around the inlets are hitting mullets and fresh menhaden on Carolina rigs; using heavier egg sinkers with circle hooks 9/0 to 11/0.  On some days we have had some luck on Saltwater Assassin Blurp grubs in colors molting and pearl; using heavier jig heads.

And last but Not lest, Speckled Trout are starting to show and bite!  The Speckled trout fishing has gotten better and better around this area every year! It looks like it will be the same this year as well; “I Can’t wait, I love Trout fishing”!  The best trout bites lately have been on grubs and hard baits, but we have caught some on the good ‘ole live shrimp as well!  The best grub colors for us have been; chart-diamond, greenback shiner and silver mullet.  In the Shrimp pattern colors; clear, bone-diamond and root beer.  Rig the grubs and shrimp patterns on a red or black jig head for best results.

Hard lure’s that seem to be bringing the trout to the boat are Mirrolures and X-raps in colors pink, chartreuse, and white.  Most of the trout we have caught have been in the creeks and main channels connecting to the ICW and inlets.  There are still lots of pinfish, lizardfish, and small bluefish around: so we have not jumped in to the live shrimp full force yet.

In other fishing news: The 2008 Cape Fear Red-Trout Celebrity Classic to benefit Cystic fibrosis was held this last weekend 10-16 to 10-18.  I really enjoy fishing this tournament year after year.  It’s well run and very fun, there are a lot of very good guides that fish this tournament.  I had the pleasure fishing with Adam Meyer and Liz Bielski with Charter Lakes Insurance group.  I’m very happy to announce that team Charter Lakes took Lady Angler Grand Champion, Liz even caught more fish than Adam!  Congrats Liz, great job!  I look forward to fishing this tournament next year.  Fishing gear we use;

Bull Reds: Reels Pflueger Contender G15L, Rods Shakespeare Custom “USCB 1166 MH” Penn spinning reels 560L Live Liner with Penn Torque jigging rod 7’ 20 to 50 braids.

Spanish, Trout, and Flounder: Reels Pflueger Medalist spinning in sizes 6035 and 6040. Rods: Ugly stick lites 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy.

Good Luck,
Captain Jot Owens
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139
Wrightsville Beach NC Charter fishing
Wilmington NC Fishing charters

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The Air is Cooling Down But the Fishing is Heating Up Around Wrightsville Beach!

October 8th, 2008 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

dscn0925.JPGI’m very happy that fall is really starting show here in eastern North Carolina.  This is by far my favorite time of the year for outdoors and fishing in North Carolina.  As the air temps Fall the fishing action just heats up more and more every day!

We’ve done a lot of Flounder fishing the last couple of weeks, with some pretty good days of fishing.  Most of the Flounder are eating Mullet and Mud minnows on light Carolina rigs.  The Flounder are mixed in size to just under keeper size to a few over five pounds.  If you would rather use artificial bait, I would try a Saltwater Assassin Blurp grub in molting color.  Rig the Blurp on a red or black jig head for best results.

We have found most of the Flounder in the creeks in mixed size but higher numbers.  Fishing the drop of the main channel in the creeks, this is where we have found the most fish.  The bigger Flounder seem to be around the inlets and just off the beach.  There seems to be less action and Flounder but, they are very nice Flounder; in the three the over six pound range.  (The creeks have been more fun for Flounder fishing.)

There are still fair amounts of good ole’ Redfish around, some in the creeks and some in the ocean.  In the creeks and waterway top water plugs and live baits are doing the trick.  We fish top water early in the morning and late afternoon when the sun in low.  The ocean Redfish is eating; live bait and Blurp shrimp and or shad grubs.  Extra scent never hurts when Red fishing!

The Trout are starting to show up around the area.  We’ve caught Trout from right around Wrightsville Beach to down in the Cape Fear River.  Most that we have found are in the creeks and channels running along the drop offs to deeper water.  The trout that we have caught are hitting grubs in colors Chart Diamond, Pump Seed/Chart tail and sliver mullet on red jig heads.  Hard baits getting the luck are Mirrolures redhead silver body and white back white belly. 

As water temps drop the Trout fishing will get better and better. The last couple of seasons have been the best Trout fishing I have ever seen around Wrightsville Beach, it seems to get better every year!  I do a great deal of Trout charters in November, if you would like to go book soon for I will book up fast!

In other fishing news:  I’m proud to announce that myself and Capt. Jeremiah Hieronymus, took second place and First place TWT “largest Redfish” in the  Redfish Action Inshore Classic this last weekend.  We had a great time fishing this well run event and look very forward to fishing more in the feature!  Capt. Lee Willis and the Redfish action crew did a wonderful job running this tournament, my hat comes off to Him and his crew!  I will always recommend this series to anyone how enjoys Red fishing and tournaments.

The Fishing gear we use:

Reds, Trout and Flounder: Reels Pflueger Medalist spinning in sizes 6035 and 6040. Rods: Ugly stick lites 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy. 20 pound Ugly Braid.

In the Redfish Action tournament I could not have done it with out my: Pflueger Supreme low profile bait caster and All Star Platinum P845MC 7’ rod.  This combo gave me extreme casting distance that truly helped us place in this tournament.  Check one of those out, you won’t be unhappy!

Good Luck,

Captain Jot Owens

www.captainjot.com

910-233-4139

Wrightsville Beach and
Wilmington NC Fishing Charters

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