Wrightsville Beach, NC Inshore Fishing Report; Redfish, FLounder, Mackerel

July 27th, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens | Comments Off

Well folks the HOT weather is back and with it has been a brisk Southwest wind.  The wind has really kept me inshore fishing for the last few weeks, but we did get out in the ocean a few times early in the morning before the wind got up.  The days we got out the Spanish mackerel fishing was good and the days we could not get out we’ve been catching good numbers of Flounder and a few nice Redfish too.  Let’s talk about that and a few other things in this weeks fishing report>>>

The great thing about Spanish mackerel fishing is that most days it is instant gratification fishing.  When you take kids fishing or first time anglers this is very important for your day of fishing; “get some fish in the boat”!  Spanish are fun on light tackle and they are good to eat, not a bad first time catch fish.  Most of the Spanish lately are biting just off the beach to about two miles offshore.  When the Spanish are on top, we are casting Maria jigs and jig fish spoons.  We Rig these jigs with thirty pound mono or Fluoro leader material.

When the Spanish are not jumping, we are trolling number one planners with Clark spoons.  The Clark spoons that have worked the best for us have been #00 and #0 in colors gold, silver and pink flash.  We rig the planner with a ball bearing swivel connected to thirty to forty feet of thirty pound mono leader then the Clark spoon tied on.  I have just this year started to use a new product for Spanish fishing and it works great, it’s the Blue Water Candy Spanish Daisy Chain.  You can troll this rig on a light spinning or bait casting combo and catch Spanish in very good numbers.  The colors I’ve had the best luck with are pink, blue and silver.  We put a three foot shot of thirty pound Fluorocarbon in front of the chain with a ball bearing swivel for line twist.  On one of my last Spanish trips we caught over thirty Spanish and a fifth teen pound King mackerel on the Spanish Daisy chain.  Give it a try!

Flounder fishing has been good lately, with good numbers and starting to see bigger fish everyday.  We have caught Flounder good on live bait as well as artificial baits and some of the bigger Flounder lately have hit artificial baits.  Live baits like mud minnows and small mullet rigged on light Carolina rigs are doing the trick when using live baits.  Jig heads rigged with Berkley Gulps new Mud minnow/croaker pattern have been great for our Flounder trips in the last three weeks.  We have caught two Flounder over Five pounds so far on this new Gulp pattern.  We rig the Mud minnow Gulp on a 1/4oz to 3/8oz gray or red jig heads (spring lock) works the best.  A thirty pound mono or fluoro leader about fifth teen to twenty inches long will work just fine.  The colors that we’ve had the most luck with are Killifish, New Penny, Pearl White and Sardine.  I have no idea why these baits work so well for Flounder but they really do work.  On a trip two weeks ago, I had one guy fishing with the Mud minnow Gulp and he caught the biggest and most Flounder that day!

We’ve caught a few Reds this last two weeks, not as good as I would like it to be but still getting a hand full.  One thing we have in this area is a lot of pressure on the Redfish.  With so many people today chasing Redfish and with not a lot water fish IE: “lots of people fishing”, Redfish are taking a beating around Wrightsville Beach.  So how do you catch Redfish with so much pressure; go early in the mornings or very late afternoon or fish for something else!  “I’m sure you can tell in this short paragraph how I feel about local Redfishing lately.”

Shark fishing has gotten very good in the last two weeks and will only get better.  Shark fishing will be good until early October.  Best baits for the near shore sharks are, fresh and live Menhaden.  When we use bait to catch the sharks we use spinning reels, with 300+ yards of thirty and fifty pound Spider wire Ultracast braid.  Rigging the baits; eight feet of 80 pound mono leader; some will wind on to the reel. Connected the 80 pound mono to a fifty pound swivel, then to Two to three foot of #9 SS wire and an 8/0 or 9/0 off set J hook; this rig should get’em to the boat.

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.

Thanks for reading this report, if you would like to go fishing drop me a line. I’m very busy this time of year but if you would like to go fishing please feel free to call any time to check my availability 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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Very Nice Weather and some great Fishing around Wrightsville Beach, NC

July 13th, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens | Comments Off


 

Wow we have had some really nice weather around Wrightsville Beach and surrounding beaches!  The forth of July weekend was some of the best weather I’ve seen around here this time of year.  And with those cooler temps the fishing was great!  It was starting to get a little to hot for June, but with the cooler weather the inshore and near shore waters have cooled just a bit and has helped the fishing.  Let’s go over that in this weeks fishing report.

Flounder fishing has really picked up in the last week.  There is a mix of size in the Flounders we are catching.  Some keepers some not, but the bite is really on for catching them.  Live bait has been the key for catching higher numbers of Flounder, but you can catch them on artificial bait too.  Mud minnows and small finger mullet have been the best live baits lately.  Rigging the live bait on carolina rigs with EC 042 1/0 hooks is a good choice of rigs for Flounder.

If you prefer to use artificial baits; scented and none scented grubs as well as spinner baits will do the job.  Berkley Gulp 3” pogy in pearl white and smelt colors.   Rig the grubs on a red or black jig head for best results.  Saltwater Assassin spinner baits with space monkey, copperhead, and chicken on a chain colored grubs have caught us some nice Flounder lately too.

One of my favorites when the water and air gets hot is the good’ole Sheephead!  These fish are fun to catch and there really good to eat!  It’s not hard to catch Sheephead, you just have got to put your time in and give it a try!  Rigging is easy for Sheephead; we use a short carolina rig with forty pound mono or fluorocarbon leader about eight to ten inches long.  The hook is a number one or 1/0 live bait nose hook; small, sharp and strong, very important for Sheephead!  Look for Sheephead around pilings, bulkheads and large oyster rocks that stay covered up by water most of the tide.  For bait, we catch fiddler crabs on mud banks on the ICW.  Drop it down and check your bait in one minute, if it’s gone and you did not feel a bite; there is a Sheephead down there!  Good luck!

We have seen some nice schools of Tarpon pushing up the beaches in the last two weeks.  We jumped a nice eighty pound plus off on Tuesday morning, only got one jump but it cleared the water by five feet.  Tarpon fishing in North Carolina can be very fun but it can be a challenge to get one to bite!  We fish for Tarpon on the bottom or free lining, using live and fresh dead baits like; spots, bluefish and Menhaden. We are rigging these baits on fish finder rigs, with three to five feet of 80 to 100 pound mono leaders.  Circle hooks are the best bet for good hook ups and landings for Tarpon in hook sizes 7/0 to 9/0 depending what hook series you like.  I have also had a fair share of Tarpon on my kite rig with live baits like greenies, bluefish and menhaden.  Nothing like seeing a Tarpon hit kite baits!

Shark fishing has been very good lately, with sharks of all sizes biting.  We have caught a few over 100 pounds in the last two weeks and have seen some even bigger.  Shark fishing will be good until early October.  Best baits for the near shore sharks are, fresh and live Menhaden.  When we use bait to catch the sharks we use spinning reels, with 300+ yards of thirty and fifty pound Spider wire Ultracast braid.  Rigging the baits; eight feet of 80 pound mono leader; some will wind on to the reel. Connected the 80 pound mono to a fifty pound swivel, then to Two to three foot of #9 SS wire and an 8/0 or 9/0 off set J hook.  If you prefer Fly fishing, I like Striped bass flies in Menhaden patterns with 4/0 and 5/0 hook sizes.  We use ten to twelve weight set ups; have lots of extra flies with you!

Redfishing is still going good on most days.  The best fishing has been earlier in the day or later in the day (lower light). We are catching the reds on top water lures and rattling corks (SWA kwik-croks) with live bait in shallow water (one to three foot).  When we fish docks and channels (deeper waters); we are using live bait, fresh cut bait and scented grubs.  Scented grubs like Berkley Gulp and Powerbait have been working well for the Reds.

Keep your eye out for a great new Berkley Gulp product called the Ripple Mullet.  Finally a Gulp bait with great scent and ACTION!!  You’re not going to believe it till you see them!  And yes they work; trust me! 

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, Shark and Tarpon: 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.  Line for Cobia, Shark and Tarpon: Berkley Big Game 30# mono and 50# Spiderwire Stealth High-Vis Yellow.

Thanks for reading this report, if you would like to go fishing drop me a line. I’m very busy this time of year but if you would like to go fishing please feel free to call any time to check my availability 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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