The Big Trout are Biting; More on the way to Wrightsville Beach!

November 17th, 2008 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

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Well folks, it looks like winter is about to really show its face in eastern
North Carolina!  I don’t like to see such cold air coming in so fast but, that’s fishing and weather for ya.  With that said; here is the fishing report pre cold air and forecast for after the cold air.

The Speckled trout fishing has been up and down for the last few weeks.  We will catch good numbers of small fish one day, then we will catch a few big fish another day.  So far this season we’ve caught as many as 30 plus trout on a half day charter.  My charters have caught Specks on artificial as well as live shrimp; the bigger fish seem to be hitting the live shrimp.  With that said we have caught a few nice trout on artificial too.  I always try both during trout season; you just never know what they want some days!

Artificial baits that are producing for us have been grubs, shrimp grubs and hard baits.  One grub color by Saltwater Assassin that has really been a great one this season is the new color (Chicken on a Chain).  I don’t know why the trout like it so much but they DO; so I’m using it!  Some other colors that are producing well are silver mullet, chart-diamond, space guppy and pearl. All these grubs are in the (sea shad) pattern.  Don’t forget as the water temps drop fast; slow your retrieve on the grubs for the trout.

Shrimp pattern grubs we are using; Assassin’s shrimp cock tail in colors bone-diamond, clear and electric chicken.  We are rigging the shrimp grubs on light jig heads 1/8oz to 1/4oz; this gives the shrimp a very natural look.  When the water cools down, I will put a shot of (Bang shrimp scent).  This seems to help with the trout holding on to the grubs a little longer when they hit.

The warmer weather we have had in the last few days gave us a great but quick redfish bite on the docks in the water way (ICW).  We fished three to six docks a trip and found reds on every dock we fished; some more than others.  The reds were in the 16 to a few over 30 inches, one good pull on light tackle!  The reds hit fresh cut mullet and scented (Blurp) grubs.  When fishing with the grubs we are rigging them on jig heads for the reds that are in deeper water five to ten feet of water.  If the reds are in shallower water; rattling corks are paying off.

The Speckled trout fishing should really pick up with the colder air coming in; also the bigger trout should start show as well!  I’m really looking forward to seeing those gators show up on the Cape Fear coast!  Thanks for reading this report.  If you would like a guided fishing trip drop me a line or give me a call.

Fishing gear my charters use:
Trout and Red Drum: Reels Pflueger Medalist spinning in sizes 6030 and 6035. Bait cast reel Pflueger Summit.  Ugly braid 10 and 15# Rods: Ugly stick lites 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy. All Star bait cast rod Team series TISCS1 7’6” “Great bait cast trout rod” 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 Specks and grays are Biting around Wrightsville Beach!

November 4th, 2008 by Capt. Jot Owens | 1 Comment »

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I hope everybody is enjoying the fall weather, It did get a little to cold for a couple days.  I think that is over for the most part; “for now”.  Water temps dropped very quickly during the cold snap.  Now that the weather is getting back to normal; fishing has really picked up in the last couple of days!  With that said here is the fishing report!

Trout has been the story for the most part lately.  Grays and Specks are feeding well around in creeks, channels and inlets.  The grays are hitting grubs and jigging spoons.  Saltwater Assassin grubs in colors Chart-Silver glitter and Salt-pepper with chart-tail have worked well for the grays.  The body shape that has worked for us is the sea shad in four inch size.  We are using jig heads in colors pink and red; in weights ½ oz to 1 ½ oz.  Colors for the jigging spoons that have worked well for the grays are Pink, Green/blue, and gold.  Going with bright colors is a good “go too” choice when fishing for gray trout.

The Speckled trout fishing is really getting good and will continue to pick up.  We have already caught some very nice trout in the four and five pound range on live and artificial baits.  My charters have caught specks on a wide range of lures this season; some new and some good ole’ timer’s.  Let’s start with the hard baits.  Mirrolures; Catch 2000 jar, 52M and the new 17MR.  The best Mirrolure colors that are catching the trout are; pink, chartreuse and silver.  Grubs and soft baits; in the grub style baits colors chart-diamond, silver mullet and a new color that is working very well for us (chicken on a chain).  Yes that is the real name of this grub color.

In the shrimp style grubs the colors we are using; Arkansas glow, clear and bone-diamond.  We are rigging the Saltwater assassin shrimp with worm hooks and Texas style worm weights.  To the live bait; it’s hard to beet the good ole’ live shrimp, they just work!  Rigging the live shrimp with float rigs and light Carolina rigs has worked for us.

My charters have caught lots of bluefish while we have been Trout fishing; there really has been all the bluefish you can deal with lately!!  If you like catching blues; Go Fishing!  Flounder are biting as well, we’ve caught a good number while trout fishing. Some of the flounder are in the three to five pound range; a nice bonus while trout fishing.  Thanks for reading this report, if you would like to go fishing drop me a line!

Fishing Gear we use: Trout and Flounder: Reels Pflueger Medalist spinning in sizes 6030 and 6030. Bait cast reel Pflueger Summit.  Ugly braid 10 and 15# Rods: Ugly stick lites 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy. All Star bait cast rod Team series TISCS1 7’6”

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

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