Hot Speckled Trout Fishing around Wrightsville Beach!

November 17th, 2009 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

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Well folks it is Trout Time and I love it!  With cooler water temps and a little lighter winds fishing has been pretty good this last week and the start of this one.  We did gat a lot of rain but, the water is in good shape for the most part.  We are really starting to see some very nice Speckled trout around the area.  We caught a 7.2, 5.5 and a half dozen over four pounds this week so far.  It was nice to see the 7.2 in the net; the biggest trout I’ve seen in my boat this year.  Let’s talk about how we have caught some of these nice trout lately in this weeks fishing report.

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-diamond glitter and Salt-pepper with chart-tail have worked well for the grays.  The specks are hitting chicken on a chain, 10w-40 with chart tail and Salt & pepper with chart tail.  The body shape that has worked for us is the sea shad in four inch size.  In the last few trips we have got a few nice specks off Saltwater Assassin Blurp in shrimp pattern.  The colors in blurp that are working are molting, good penny and rootbeer.  We are using jig heads in colors pink and red; in weights 3/8oz and ½ oz for the grays and 1/8oz and 1/4oz for the specks.  Colors for the jigging spoons that have worked well for the grays are Pink, Green/blue, and gold.

My charters have caught specks on a wide range of “hard” lures this season; some new and some good ole’ timer’s.  Mirrolures that are working well for us are the Catch 2000 Jr, 52M and the 17MR.  The best Mirrolure colors that are catching the trout are; pink, white on white, chartreuse and silver.  Rapala’s X-rap in colors glass ghost and pink have all so been a hit this season.  And of course don’t forget those live shrimp; they really do catch the trout!  I rig all live bait, grubs and hard lures with fourteen to eighteen inch’s of twenty pound fluorocarbon.  Trout have good eye sight and with the mostly clear water around this area, this seems to help us get more bites out of the trout.  I really like Stren’s new tinted fluorocarbon leaders, we use gunsmoke tint for clear water apps.

We have caught some nice Flounder while Flounder fishing and also caught some while trying to catch trout lately.  The Flounder are running about thirteen to twenty inch’s with a few bigger ones as well.  The Flounder are hitting grubs in colors morning glory, chicken on a chain and molting in the blurp grub.  When we are just targeting Flounder we are using live bait on Carolina rigs.  Finger mullet and mud minnows are doing the trick for those flat fish.  Most of the Flounder we are catching are in the creeks and around the inlets.

The red and black drum are showing around the area too.  We’ve seen reds and blacks in the waterway (ICW) around docks and oyster rocks.  There have been a few reds and blacks around the jetties as well lately.  These drum are hitting scented grubs and live bait on the bottom.  This week we caught a few black drum over seven pounds around the inlets on blurp grubs.

The trout fishing will only get better; we had lots of fish over four pounds last year.  It looks like its going to be another great trout season, I believe that some body will catch a Speckled trout over ten pounds in the Wrightsville beach area this season!  Let’s go Trout fishing>>>!

Fishing Gear we use:

Reels Penn Conquer and Sargus spinning in sizes 2000 and 4000. Fire line crystal braid in 10 and 20#.  Rods: Ugly stick lites 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy and the All Star ASR spinning rod ASR844S “Best Trout rod I ever have fished”

Thanks for reading this report, if you would like to go fishing drop me a line.   Don’t forget to take a kid fishing!

Good Luck,

Captain Jot Owens
Ranger Boats and
Pure Fishing Pro Staff
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139

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It’s Time for Big Speckled Trout around Wrightsville!

November 2nd, 2009 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

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I hope everybody is enjoying the fall weather; it did get a little warm for a couple days.  I think that is over for the most part, I’m ready for more fall weather!  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-diamond 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 3/8oz, ½ oz and 1oz.  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 that are working well for us are the Catch 2000 Jr, 52M and the 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 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.  We are also using Berkley Gulps new ghost shrimp in New penny color.  To the live bait; it’s hard to beat the good ole’ live shrimp, they just work!  Rigging the live shrimp on float rigs has worked for us.  Don’t forget all you Fly fishermen out there, trout are fun and pretty easy to catch on a fly.  Try shrimp and clouser patterns in natural colors and chartreuse & red/white.

False albacore fishing has been good on days when the ocean is calm enough for us to get out. Marie jigs have been the best bet for the albacore.  We are using a forty pound mono leader with a loop knot tied to the Marie jig.  Colors and size’s; color green and pink in sizes 7gram and 14 gram.  These albacore are a lot of fun on light tackle and fly; they are real drag screamers!   Red fishing is starting to change around the area; the Reds are starting to move around some with the cooler weather.  On lighter wind and sunny days we’re finding fish on the oyster flats.  When we find these fish we are using rattling corks with finger mullets to catch them.  We’ve also caught some Reds in the ICW around docks and boat landings.  Carolina rigs with finger mullet are working well for the dock Reds.  On days when I’m using just using lures to catch Reds, we’ve caught Reds on Saltwater Assassin Blurp grubs in the shrimp pattern, color good penny and pearl.

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.

Fishing Gear we use:
Reels Penn Conquer and Sargus spinning in sizes 2000 and 4000. Fire line crystal braid in 10 and 20#.  Rods: Ugly stick lites 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy and the All Star ASR spinning rod ASR844S “Best Trout rod I ever have fished”

Thanks for reading this report, if you would like to go fishing drop me a line.   Don’t forget to take a kid fishing!

Good Luck,

Captain Jot Owens
Ranger Boats and
Pure Fishing Pro Staff
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139

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