Cold Weather, but the Fishing is still Good!

December 31st, 2009 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

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Well Folks, the rain has slowed down a little but; now here comes the COLD weather!!!  Welcome to southeast North Carolina fishing and weather, everyday is different and the fishing will be different as well!  You can catch fish during colder weather and/or winters; you just have to change your style a little.  I think this is going to be a little colder winter than the last one.  So here is the fishing report>>>

The speckled trout have been hit and miss lately, some days we catch them good some days not as many.  When we do get them; live shrimp has worked, as well as grubs have.  Just lately I’ve had a few friends catch some bigger trout around the Masonboro jetties.  When I’m looking for bigger trout, I turn too the live shrimp, not to say that big trout will not hit lures; they will!  But for ease of fishing with charters; live shrimp do the trick time and time again!

When we are using grubs these are some of the patterns that are catching trout.  Grub colors by Saltwater Assassin’s that have really done well are chicken on a chain and chart-diamond.  Some other colors that are producing well are salt & pepper, space guppy and pearl.  We rig the grubs on jig heads in colors black and red; in sizes 1/8 and ¼; with a twenty pound fluorocarbon leader.  I don’t use a lot of floro, but I do for speckled trout fishing; trout have very good eye sight.

We are catching some small trout, Redfish and Striped bass in the Cape Fear River.  These fish are hitting grubs, jerk shad and hard baits.  The grubs and jerk shads that are working for us is.  Saltwater Assassin and Berkley gulp in colors pearl, new penny and chartreuse.  We use red and white jig heads in weights 1/4, 3/8 and ½ oz for the grubs.  When we use jerk shads, we rig them Texas style with a 4/0 to 6/0 wide gap bass worm hook.

Redfish are schooling in the surf, we are always looking for a nice day to get out and chase them.  They are pretty easy to catch; you just got to find them. That part can be a bit harder, trust me! A sunny, light wind day and good polarized sunglasses are the keys to catching these Reds.  Grubs seem to be the easy go to bait for surf Reds. Saltwater Assassin “Blurps” in pearl and molting color work very well.  We’ve also had good luck with Berkley gulp alive in jerk shad pattern; in colors new penny and pearl white.  You need to use heavier jigs heads, ½ and 5/8 plus for casting. Color of the head is not a big deal Red, white and black all work just fine. Hold on tight, they fight great even in cold water!

There have still been good by-catches while we are trout fishing; these include some Tautogs, Sheephead, Flounder and Black & Red drum.  These by-catches are hitting the grubs and live shrimp we are using for the trout.  The great thing is they are all good eating!  My favorites are the Tautogs and Sheephead.  If your bait gets close to the bottom, you’ve got a good chance at picking up one of these guys.

Remember when the water gets cold, slow down your presentation.  This will greatly help you catch more fish during the winter mouths!

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”

In Other Fishing News:  Don’t forget starting in early January; there are some great boat and fishing expos coming to North Carolina.  If you like fishing and boats you don’t want to miss these shows and fishing seminars!  Here are the one’s that myself as well as other Ranger boats pro staff members will be at this winter.

January 8-10, 2010 – Raleigh Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo   NC State Fairgrounds – Raleigh, NC. www.ncboatshows.com   This is a GREAT show, with over 160 booths offering everything from the latest lures, plastics, jigs, custom rods, apparel, knives, product sample booths, hard-tops, saltwater fishing guides, fresh water guides, cast nets, gaffs…..by far one of the best shows of its kind in the Carolina’s and Virginia.  I will be there along with other Ranger pro staff members who include; Capt. Jeff Cronk and Capt. Mike Taylor, as well as many others fresh and salt water pros!  I will speak on Cobia and Tarpon fishing during Saturday’s seminars.

February 12-14, 2010 – Raleigh Convention Center Boat Show – Raleigh, NC. www.raleighconvention.com/boatshow/ This is a great show with lots of the “top of the line” boats form around the world.  I’ll be there with other Ranger Pro’s to show you all the great benefits to the Ranger Saltwater line of boats.

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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Rain & Dirty Water=Good Speckled Trout fishing around Wrightsville!

December 15th, 2009 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

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Hello form a wet Southeast North Carolina, boy we’ve have had some rain lately!  The good thing is the fish are still biting well to great some days!  I talked with a few other fishermen lately and a lot have asked what to do about dirty water Speckled trout fishing.  That is what I’m going to go over in this weeks fishing report>>>

The Speckled trout fishing continues to be pretty steady most days but we have had to change up a few things in our presentation for dirtier waters.  What grubs do I use in dirtier waters; colors (Chicken on a chain), (10w 40/lime tail), (S&P SLV.PH/Chart.TL), (Blurps Rootbeer) and (Space Guppy) all of these are Saltwater Assassin colors in sea shad pattern. If you like to use Gulp Ghost shrimp (Chart Belly), (New Penny) and (Natural with sparkle).  Now I’m not real big on scents for Speckled trout fishing, but when the water is dirty it can help bring a bite or two.  Of course Gulp already has the scent but if you like none scented grubs try some BANG shrimp and/or BANG Texas tea spray scents.  I don’t really change the color of my jig head; I use a little more red then black when the water is dirty.  One thing I always do when the water is dirty is slow down my presentation; work the grub a little slower!

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To the hard baits we use in dirtier waters.  MirrOlures are great dirty waters bait; because you can work them so darn slow!  This gives the trout longer to see and eat the MirrOlure.  So which MirrOlures; 17MR, 27MR and S52MR all of these MirrOlures have rattles one more thing to draw in a bite! MirrOlure colors I like in dirtier waters; EC, 11, 26 and 808.  One trick that has worked for me in the past is; steeping up in lure size when the water is dirty.  Try a 27MR or a S52MR instead of a 17MR; this gives the trout a bigger target to see.  Rapala’s X-rap in chartreuse is a good dirty water lure too.

Let’s not forget those good ole’ live shrimp; they work in clear or dirty waters. But I have seen lures work well when the water is dirty and sometimes better then live shrimp, I still don’t leave the dock with out them (shrimp).

There have still been lots of good by-catches while we are trout fishing; these include some Tautogs, Sheephead, Flounder and Black & Red drum.  These by-catches are hitting the grubs and live shrimp we are using for the trout.  The great thing is they are all good eating!  My favorites are the Tautogs and Sheephead.  If your bait gets close to the bottom, you’ve got a good chance at picking up one of these guys.

I hope some of these tactics help you catch more Speckled trout this season.  Remember slow down your presentation, go with a little bigger lure and have some patients; you’ll get’em!

I’m going to offer a VERY GOOD but limited offer for the next few weeks or until they sell out.  ½ price (50% off) 1/2 day (4 hour) charter gift certificates.  That’s right; $150.00 for four hours of fishing; yes you can buy them for yourself or as a gift.  This rate is for the boat and up to three people.  They are good for all of 2010.  E-mail captainjot@yahoo.com or call 910-233-4139 for details of to purchase.  We take all major credit cards.  Also my special winter rates are in affect till the first of April.

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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