Inshore Fishing is Really Picking up around Wrightsville Beach, NC-Report

May 25th, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens | Comments Off

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Well Folks, the weather has been a little better lately; but with that said here comes a low pressure heading up the coast!  It’s a little early for this kind of weather.  With all the East/Northeast wind lately the water just off the beach has gotten very clear and has helped the fishing for my clients!  Let’s talk about this in this weeks fishing report>>>

The inshore fishing is really picking up; the last two weeks have been very good inshore!  We are catching Redfish on fresh bait as well as artificial lures.  The best bait lately has been fresh cut menhaden and small live menhaden.  Using carolina rigs with 1/0 EC L42 hooks and forty pound Berkley Big Game mono leader.  A 1/2oz to 1oz egg sinkers is doing the trick for weight on the carolina rig.  Fishing in the ICW, creeks and on docks with carolina rigs for deeper water Redfish has been a good trend lately.  When fishing with live bait for Redfish in shallow water we are using Saltwater Assassin Kwik-Cork with twelve to sixteen inches of forty pound Berkley BG mono leader and a 1/0 EC L42 hook.

When we are casting artificial’s for the Redfish we are using a few different kinds of baits.  In deeper waters scented grubs have done very well; Berkley Gulp and Powerbait have been the favorite.  Gulp 3” shrimp and 2” peeler crabs on 1/4oz to 3/8ox red jig heads with a thirty pound Stern tinted Fluorocarbon leader (gunsmoke).  We use the same setup for the Powerbait in shrimp and jerkshad patterns as the Gulp grubs.  The swallow water artificial bite is really picking up; casting lures in one to three foot of water.  MirrOlure’s Top Dog Jr and Top Pup in colors 11(red head/white body) and 808 (black/gold/orange) have been the choice top waters for us.  When the sun is high and the sky is clear we cast spinner baits in shallow waters; we prefer gold spoon and new penny grubs on our spinner baits.

Sheephead fishing is starting to pick up as well around the area. The best bet is fishing around bridges, docks and bulk-heads.  Fishing in water from six to fifth-teen feet for Sheephead seems to work the best for us.  We fish mostly using small Carolina rigs, with forty pound mono leader and small but strong live bait hooks.  Baits we are using; fiddler crabs and sand fleas have worked just fine.  Give it a shot, it takes time but you’ll get one; Hold-on tight!  We have also caught a hand full of very nice Blackdrum while Sheephead fishing.

Flounder fishing is really picking up around the area.  Most of the Flounder are eating little menhaden and Mud minnows on light Carolina rigs.  The Flounder are mixed in size to just under keeper size to a few over five pounds.  We have caught some Flounder on Artificial baits as well.  We have had the best luck with Berkley Gulp 3” pogy in pearl white and smelt colors.   Rig the grubs on a red or black jig head for best results.  Flounder fishing should stay consistent right through the summer and fall.

We have started to catch a few very nice Speckled trout lately, summer Specks are not always easy to catch.  The great thing about summer trout is they love to hit top water lures as well as grubs!  This last week we had one over five pounds and few others in the two to three pound range.  Casting topwater’s like the Top Dog Jr and She Dog early in the morning and late afternoon have produced some nice Trout.  When we are not using topwaters, Powerbait shrimp grubs and 17MR’s are working well.  Just remember Trout have very eyes, always use a fluorocarbon leader when Trout fishing.  We prefer twenty pound Stren tinted Fluorocarbon leader material in tannic for brown/river colored waters and gumsmoke for clear water conditions.

Last but never lest; Cobia are starting to show up around the area waters.  We look for Cobia around inlets, shoals and bait schools; near shore/offshore reefs and ledges are also a good place to look too.  With the water being so clear it has been easier to see those brown logs in the water.  We are throwing big jigs, swim baits and live bait to the Cobia.  Color really does not seem to matter; “go bright”!  When I’m not sight casting for them, we are fishing around inlets, shoals and near shore artificial reefs.  We float fish, bottom fish and kite fish in these areas with live menhaden, blues and mullet as bait.  You can chum if you like, but the sharks will come and they will come in numbers!

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 lite 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy and the All Star ASR spinning rod ASR844S and ASR845S.  Cobia: Spinning setup Penn Conquer 7000 with an Ugly Stick Tiger lite Jigging rod 6’ 6” and Penn 320LD Reel and a Tiger lite jigging rod.

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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Flounder, Mackerel, Bluefish, Trout and More-Wrightsville Beach, Fishing Report

May 11th, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens | Comments Off

Hello from Southeast North Carolina, I hope everybody is having a good fishing season so far this year!  I’ve had a good one so far myself; the water temps are going up so fast this year.  We have had a lot of up and down weather lately, but the water temps are still going up fast.  I thought we were going to be late on water temps this year but we are very close to being on time with past seasons.

The real winner for me lately has been those Spanish mackerel.  My charters have done very good in the last few trips, with catches of twenty or more Spanish in a half day.  Most of the Spanish are biting Clark spoons trolled behind #1 planner’s.  The Clark spoons that are working the best for us are sizes; 00 and 0 in silver and pink flash.  I really like the pink flash series, these spoons have worked very well for my charters.  If you would like to go lighter; you can pull small deep diving lures as well.

When the Spanish are on top feeding and jumping, Maria jig spoons have been the trick.  The colors that seem to be working are pink, green and blue in sizes seven & fourteen gram. (Hint): keep it to smaller lures when the weather gets hot!  We also caught a few Bonita’s mixed in with the Spanish.

There has also been plenty of blue fish up and down the beach as well.  Trolling or casting small deep divers has produced lots of bluefish around the inlets.  We have also caught a hand full of chopper blues too.  These choppers are running in the six to over fifth teen pound range.  The choppers are biting big poppers and mid water stick baits.  Color really does not seem to matter to those big blues, just a lot of action from the lure!

Bottom fishing just off the beach has produced some nice Black bass, grunts and small Grouper, of course on the lighter wind days!  Jigs and squid are the trick, fishing the squid on simple two hook bottom rigs.  Jig fishing using two to five once jigs in colors pink, green and red/white.  We are fishing mostly hard and live bottom areas, in the one to ten mile range for the bottom fish.  There has been some small and keeper Gray trout showing up on hard bottoms closer to the beach.

The flounder bite is picking up some too; we are starting to see a few fish inshore as well on the near shore reefs and wrecks.  Most of the flounder inshore are mixed in size, but the fish in the ocean are a little better in size.  Live bait and grubs are the best bet.  Carolina rigs for the live bait and heavy jig heads for the grubs.  I prefer bright grubs; Berkley Powerbait jerk shad and Saltwater Assassin’s sea shads in colors chart/diamond and silver mullet work very well.

Red fish have been hit or miss for me lately, some days we get a few some days we don’t.  This should change when more live bait shows up in the creeks and channels.  What Reds we are getting are hitting fresh bait and Berkley Gulp shrimp and peeler crabs (2”) size; on Carolina rigs and jig heads.  We are starting to see a few Reds on the Flats, when we are fishing shallow waters for Reds we use Rattling corks.  Rigging the Rattling corks with a Berkley Gulp 3” Shrimp, really seems to get there attention.

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:

June 5-6, 2010 “In the Water Fishing School” I, 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  *We only have a few spots left for this School!!!  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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