Warmer weather=Hotter Fishing around Wrightsville Beach, NC

January 18th, 2010 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off


Hello form “finally starting to warm up” Southeast North Carolina!  It has been cold; to cold, we did have some local fish kill.  It was a little worse north of us, but it s not good for anybody!  We are very happy to see warmer temps for the next five plus days.  The good part of all this is we have been doing pretty good fishing lately.  Let’s go over that in this weeks fishing report>>>

When the weather or more important the wind has been right, we have done very well on the winter Redfish.  These large schools of Redfish hang in the ocean around bars, inlets and shoals.  We have seen schools as small as ten fish to over 1000 fish; and some times more!  It’s a really cool thing to see, but you need to be careful; these fish can be hard and dangerous to get too.  A good par of polarized sun glasses and a reel that you can cast a country mile will help to catch these winter Reds.

We are catching the Reds in the surf on Saltwater Assassin sea shad grubs; in colors 10w40 with chart tail and chicken on a chain.  We rig the grubs on ¼oz and 3/8oz; red or new penny color jig heads. We have caught them on MirrOlure’s as well; 17MR and 27 MR, in colors 26, 808 and BNSBO are working for us.

The Cape Fear River Stripers are biting from time to time; it got a little cold for them as well.  The Stripers are hitting Berkley gulp jerk shad in colors pearl, new penny and electric chicken.  We rig the jerk shad Texas style, with a large bass hook.  Rapala X-raps work too, in colors glass ghost and green back.

Speckled trout fishing has been more miss than hit lately but, it should get better with the warmer weather we have coming.  The best bet for the trout this time of year is mud minnows and working artificial baits very slow.  MirrOlure’s 17MR and 52M are a good bet this time of year.  I like the colors 11, 51, CFPR and EC.  SWA grubs in colors chicken on a chain, chart-diamond and silver-ph & chart tail.  I use twenty pound Stren tinted fluorocarbon leader; I prefer gun smoke tint for clear water applications.

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; 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.

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.

February 20, 2010-Cape Fear Christian Sportsman Fish Fest.
http://www.capefearsportsmen.org/Events/FishFest10Registration/tabid/719/Default.aspx  I will be speaking on Shallow water Redfishing and working MirrOlure’s.  For all the info on this day of seminars, take a look at this link.
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

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