Spring Fishing is Great around Wrightsville Beach

April 15th, 2009 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

Good day to everyone.  The weather is starting to finally get right; we are having more warm days than cooler ones.  The forecast has warmer days for the rest of the week.  Wind wise a little better everyday, we’ve finally started to get out on the ocean and start looking for those Bonita’s.  Let’s talk about that.  

Those high speed Bonita’s should show up any day now; there has already been a small push of Spanish in the last few days.  I think this is a push of fish and warm water; these fish will probably move out of here.  The Bluefish are mixed in with them too.  We’re catching them by trolling and casting.  The trolling rigs that we’re using are; a number one planner with thirty to forty feet of forty pound mono leader.  Tied to the leader is a Clark spoon in size’s 0, 1 and 2, I like to use the gold and pink flash Clark spoons.  Troll them about five to six knots.  You can also troll small deep diving plugs too, but you need to slow down your speed to around three knots. 

If you would like to try casting or jigging for the Bonita’s, Blues and Spanish I would use Maria jigs.  They do have a price tag on them, but when the bite is tough these jigs will pay off!  Maria’s that I have the best luck with are size’s seven and fourteen grams.  The fourteens are easier to cast.  Colors to use; green, blue and pink seem to work the best for me.  I put a small shot of forty pound mono leader 12 to14 inches.  

There has been a very good Black drum bite the last two weeks, most days I’m catching 14+ plus on a half day.  Most of the drum are biting around docks and creek mouths in the ICW.  The best bait “by far” has been fresh cut shrimp in small pieces.  We are using small two hook drop rig, with a number 2 bait holder hook and one or two oz  bank sinkers. 

The Speckled trout have decided to bite from time to time the last few weeks.  Most fish are coming out of creeks, flats and channels around the waterway and inlets.  Best bet for the trout so far has been grubs, working the grubs slow in holes and drop-offs.   The grubs I like in the spring mouths are Saltwater Assassin sea shad in 4”.  Colors silver mullet, chart diamond, Chicken on a chain and salt/pep shad. I like to use shrimp (Bang) scent in the spring too, this helps because there is not much bait in the water yet.  I don’t use a lot of scents for Trout, but in the cool spring mouths it can really help. 

Gear used: Reels Penn Sargus SG2000 and SG4000 Rods: Ugly Stick Lite 7?0? Med light and Med act. Line: Fire Line crystal in 10 and 20 pound test. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this report, get out there and go fishing!    

Capt. Jot Owens

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Fishing is Looking Up around Wrightsville Beach, NC

April 7th, 2009 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

Hello folks, well the weather is still a bit up and down; but it is really starting to get better.  Fishing is picking up as well!  Hopefully the pollen will be out of here soon and it will be easier to keep the boat and car clean.  To the fishing report>>>

There are some Redfish in the ICW and channels just off the ICW.  We are starting to see a few smaller Reds 14” to 21” in some of the creeks on warmer days.  Most Reds are hitting mud minnows and “fresh as you can get shrimp”.  If you would like to go the artificial root, I would recommend using scented grubs.  The best bet I’ve used has been Saltwater Assassin “Blurps” in Colors Molting and good penny.  These Blurps are really well scented; they put out one great scent trail.  Those Reds will find them, trust me!  Jigs heads for the grubs in ¼ to 3/8 oz, colors red and black seem to be the trick. Work’em slow around docks and drop-offs on grass lines and oyster rocks.

We seeing a few small Speckled trout around Wrightsville, south of Wrightsville the bigger one’s should really start to bite any day.  Grubs have been the best bet for the trout; we’re using Saltwater Assassin sea shad and shrimp patterns. Colors that have worked lately; Elec. Chicken and Chart Diamond and Chicken on a chain.  Don’t forget those never fell; Mirrolures, in colors silver mullet and white on white. The water is still cool so don’t forget to work the lures a little slower.

There has been a few bluefish starting to show up around the inlets. These guys are a little early but that is good thing.  The Bonita’s should be here soon, I think we will see them in a week or two.  We caught a few False Albacore around the school house on 3-31.  The water Temp there was 61.8` to 63.  However just inshore of there around ten to fifth teen miles the water temp was 57`; it still needs to come up a bit.  If you have ever caught a Bonita on light tackle or Fly rod you know just how fast they are and how much fun it is to catch them. If you have not ever caught one, you need to give it a try. This is one of my favorites to catch hands down and they are not bad to eat as well.

We are still doing some freash water fishing on some of the windier days when it’s been hard to get out on the coast to fish.  The large mouth Bass have been biting well. Most trips we are catching nine to over fifth teen bass a day.  The size of the Bass are running one to over five pounds, most fish are two to three pounds.  Bass are hitting Bass Assassin rubber worms in colors black and red shad “red and black”.  We are also catching some of the bass on senko worms.  Rigging the worms Carolina style seems to work the best.

Fishing Gear we use:

Pflueger Medalist spinning reels in size 7035 great for trout and light Red fishing. Rods: Ugly Stick Lite. Med act 7’ Braid line in the test of 10 and 20 pound.  Thanks for reading this report, if you have any questions or comments drop me a line at www.captainjot.com

June 5, 6 and 7 “In the Water Fishing School” Capt. Rick Bennett, myself and six other of the best local guides are putting on this school on.  This school will be real-time hands on fishing experience!  The school is limited to the first 25 participants!  If you want to learn from the best local guides and see how we do it, take the time to check it out; 
I’m really looking forward to being part of this school!

Captain Jot Owens

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