Great Weather and Fishing around Wrightsville Beach, NC-Fishing Report

March 31st, 2010 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

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I hope everyone is enjoying this very nice weather we’ve had lately.  We have had a few cooler days and the wind has been blowing but for the most part; it’s a lot better than the stuff we had this winter!!!  The water temps are coming up with good speed and it looks like we are getting on track for normal water temps for this time of year.

There has been a good bite of Redfish and Black drum in the ICW and creeks 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 and black drum are hitting mud minnows and “fresh as you can get shrimp”.  We use two hook bottom rigs with 2, 1 & 1/0 bait holder hooks, with the fresh shrimp.  If you would like to go the artificial root, I would recommend using scented grubs.  The best bet I’ve used has been Berkley Gulp and Berkley Powerbait shrimp in colors Pearl & New Penny.  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.  The best tides have been falling or raising but fishing closer to the lower parts of the tides.

We are 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; Mirrolure’s, in colors silver mullet and white on white.  Mirrolure I like are the 17MR and 27MR in the spring.  The water is still cool so don’t forget to work the lures a little slower.  Look for the Specks around marsh grass lines that have oysters on the edges of them.

Fresh water large mouth Bass fishing has really picked up lately, we’ve had some great day’s bass fishing in the last two weeks.  We are fishing local lakes, pond and the NE Cape Fear River.  The best lures have been; sinko worms rigged with no weight in colors green pumpkin, watermelon and black/red fleck.  I prefer Berkley’s 5” & 7” heavy weight fat sinkworm series, I rig the worms on 7/0 wide gag worm hooks.  We have also had some luck with the 17MR MirrOlure in colors 18, 49, 50 and BKGCH.  I really surprised at how many saltwater lures work so well for fresh water fishing, but also how many people don’t try’em!  We are catching eight to over fifth teen bass a day; sizes of a pound to over four pounds.

Near shore bottom fishing is good now with catches of sea bass, ringtails and tautogs.  The dog sharks are thick just off the beach too, we had over 25 sharks on the last near shore bottom fishing trip.  Squid has been the bait of choice, I like squid because it stays on the hook and it’s easier to catch the bigger fish with it.  I like to make my own bottom rigs for bottom fishing.  I use sixty pound mono with three way swivels and 3/0 off set J hooks.  A two to four once bank sinker tied to twenty pound mono, that way if it gets hung-up you can get your rig back.  This kind of fishing is great for kids and beginners because it’s instant gratification; drop down and get a bite!

Fishing Gear we use:

Reels Penn Conquer and Sargus spinning in sizes 2000 and 4000. Spiderwire Ultra-cast braid in 10 and 15#.  Rods: Ugly stick lites 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy and the All Star ASR spinning rod ASR844S and ASR845S.  Fresh water gear: Pflueger Spinning reel Supreme XT 9035XT.

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 spring.

April 23-25, 2010  Tex’s Tackle Spring Tackle Sale and Show.  I’ll be there with PENN Reels and Pure fishing.  We will have some of the new Tackle from Penn and Pure Fishing, if you have any questions about any products from Penn or Pure fishing we’ll be happy to answer them for you.

June 5-6, 2010 “In the Water Fishing School” Myself, Capt. Rick Bennett and four other of the best local guides are putting on this school on.  This school will be real-time hands on fishing experience!  There will be one day of hands on classroom instruction and the next day on the water, real-time fishing experience.  The school is limited to the first 24 participants!  If you want to learn from the best local guides and see how we do it, take the time to check it out; http://www.rodmancharters.com/inthewater-fishing-school.htm  I’m really looking forward to being part of this school!

Thanks for reading this report, if you would like to go fishing drop me a line. Book now for this coming summer fishing season and don’t forget to take a kid fishing!

Good Luck,

Captain Jot Owens
Ranger Boats Pro Staff
PENN Reels Elite Staff
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139

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Spring Weather and Good Fishing around Wrightsville Beach, NC

March 16th, 2010 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

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(Finally) is this week’s word; finally the weather is warming up.  Finally we are starting to see more fish inshore; FINALLY!!!  We have been waiting all winter for weather like this; let’s hope it stays this way and spring is really springing!  With the warmer weather we are starting to see and catch more fish around the area waters.  Let’s talk about that in this week fishing report.

I know I have talked about them all winter but the surf Redfish are still there and going pretty strong most days we can get to them.  On Tuesday 3-9, we had a good day; we went 16 for about 25 bites.  Six of the Redfish were over the slot, with the biggest coming in at 33”; not a bad (winter) Redfish!  The Reds were hitting Saltwater Assassin grubs in colors 10w40 with lime tail and Copperhead.  They also were hitting Berkley Powerbait 5” jerkshad in the color Golden Sardine.  We were using 3/8oz red jig heads, with 20 pound Stren gunsmoke tinted fluorocarbon leader material.  The water was pretty clear that day and the fish had seen a lot of lures.

The local fresh water fishing has picked up lately with catches of large mouth bass and catfish.  On winder days we have gotten out on the river and some of the local lakes.  The best luck we have had for the bass has been worm fishing; Carolina and Taxes rigging.  I’ve been using a new worm lately by Berkley; it’s the Powerbait Heavy weight series in 5” and 7” Fat.  The colors that are working well have been; Grn Pumpkin/Wmln, June bug and Watermelon.  We have also caught a few Bass on MirrOlure 17MR series in colors red back and silver.

Catfishing has been up and down, some nights fifth teen or more catfish but some nights just a few cats.  Most catfish are hitting chicken levers and Berkley Gulp blood/shad dough.  We are using 2/0 EC bait holder hooks with forty pound mono leader about eight to twelve inches long and a ¾ to one ounce river sinker (Carolina rig).  Fishing at night has produced the best numbers and biggest catfish.  Now that the weather is warmer, night fishing is not too bad.

Speckled trout fishing should really start to fire off very soon with the warmer weather and water temps.  In the spring I like to throw quite large list of lures.  The reason for this is; I’ve found that trout are eating different kinds of baits in different places IE creeks, channels and inlets.  With bait being a little short in the spring, they will hit about anything.  Presenting the bait can be the harder part; the reason for all the different baits!  Here is a list of what works for me in the spring.
MirrOlures; 17MR and 27MR in colors: 18, 50, BCH, BKGCH, BNSBO. Catch 2000 20MR & Catch 2000jr 22MR in Colors 18, 808, BNS, CH.  I use these styles in depths of one to five feet of water.  Classic 52M & 52MR in Colors 18, 19, 23, 808, CH.  MirrOlure Series III S52MR in Colors 18, 808, BCH, BNGBO, GR.  I use these styles in depths of four to ten feet of water.  These color codes are right from MirrOlure’s web site.  www.mirrolure.com

Soft plastics: Saltwater Assassin Sea Shads, (4) four inch size.  These colors are for clear blue/green waters; S&P SLV.PH/CHART.TL, CHART. DIAMOND, PINK DIAMOND, GREENBANK SHINER, CRYSTAL SHAD.  Dirty, Stained or River water Colors:  CHICKEN ON A CHAIN, PUMP SEED/CHART. TL, TEXAS ROACH and MORNING GLORY.  In shrimp pattern soft lures I prefer Berkley Powerbait shrimp in colors pearl white and natural.  I rig all these soft baits with 1/8oz to 1/4oz jig heads in colors red, gray and black.

There has started to be a Black drum and small redfish (rats) bite the last two weeks, most days we are catching six to over ten on a half day.  This type of fishing will get better very soon.  Most of the drum are biting around docks and creek mouths in the ICW.  The best bait 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.

Fishing Gear we use:

Reels Penn Conquer and Sargus spinning in sizes 2000 and 4000. Spiderwire Ultra-cast braid in 10 and 15#.  Rods: Ugly stick lites 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy and the All Star ASR spinning rod ASR844S and ASR845S.

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.

March 20-12, 2010  Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, at the Coastline Convention Center.   http://www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com   Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy two days of hunting and fishing exhibitors, wildlife art, decoys, boats and accessories, truck and ATV displays, Hunter Safety Certification Class, fly fishing demos, camping, guides, outfitters, sportfishing simulator, contests, archery demos and fun for the entire family.

April 23-25, 2010  Tex’s Tackle Spring Tackle Sale and Show.  I’ll be there with PENN Reels and Pure fishing.  We will have some of the new Tackle from Penn and Pure Fishing, if you have any questions about any products from Penn or Pure fishing we’ll be happy to answer them for you.

June 5-6, 2010 “In the Water Fishing School” Myself, Capt. Rick Bennett
and four other of the best local guides are putting on this school on.  This school will be real-time hands on fishing experience!  There will be one day of hands on classroom instruction and the next day on the water, real-time fishing experience.  The school is limited to the first 24 participants!  If you want to learn from the best local guides and see how we do it, take the time to check it out; http://www.rodmancharters.com/inthewater-fishing-school.htm  I’m really looking forward to being part of this school!

Thanks for reading this report, if you would like to go fishing drop me a line.  Don’t forget that special winter rates end on March 31st, so if you have cabin fever and want to get out on the water; give me a call.  Book now for this coming summer fishing season and don’t forget to take a kid fishing!

Good Luck,

Captain Jot Owens
Ranger Boats Pro Staff
PENN Reels Elite Staff
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139

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