Wrightsville Beach, NC-Almost Fall Fishing Report!

September 5th, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens

 

Hello folks, I hope everyone is well and looking forward to some cooler weather, that we should have soon; I am!  If we can just keep these storms away I think its going to be a good fall fishing season.  The fall mullet run has started and with that the fishing should really pick up.

Flounder have been a big part of our charters lately.  We are catching numbers and there size is getting better too!  We’ve caught a few Flounder in the last two weeks over five pounds.  Most of the action is coming off
Mud minnows and small finger mullet have been the best baits for us lately.   Rigging the live bait on carolina rigs with EC 042 1/0 hooks and thirty to forty pound mono or Fluorocarbon leaders.  On the artificial side of things; jig heads rigged with Berkley Gulps new Mud minnow/croaker pattern have been great for our Flounder trips in the last few weeks.  Also the Gulp Ripple Mullet and the Gulp Jerk shad have caught some bigger Flounder too.

My charters have had some good early Redfish morning and late afternoon bites. We are fishing mud flats and oyster flats in creeks and along the ICW. Top water plugs like the MirrOlure’s Top Pup and She Pup have done very well. Rattle and popping corks with live mullets have also been working well.  The best rattlin’ corks for me have been the Saltwater Assassin’s “Kwik-cork” this is one of the loudest corks on the market.  When the water has been a little stained form strong winds we are catching some Reds on spinner baits too.

There are some Bull Reds starting to show up in the ocean on hard bottoms and around the inlets.  You never know when you might hook one of these giants!  When we fish for Bull Reds, we use fresh cut or live menhaden and Mullet.  We use fish finder rigs with 8/0 or 9/0 circle hooks and eighty pound Berkley Big game mono leaders. Don’t forget to keep your drag tight when using circle hook so they will do there job.

There has been a few Trout starting to show up around.  Most that we have found are in the creeks and channels running along the drop offs to deeper water.  The trout that we have caught are hitting grubs in colors chicken on a chain, copperhead and sliver mullet on red 1/8oz jig heads.  Hard baits having all the luck are Mirrolure’s 17MR and 27MR in colors 11, 50, 808 and CFPR. Always remember to use a loop knot when fishing MirrrOlures this will give the lure a lot more life like action.  Fishing on good days has produced fifth teen or more specks.  Cooler weather will equal more good fishing for Speckled trout!

Thanks so much for reading this report, if you would like a guided fishing charter; give me call or drop me a line.  Don’t forget take a kid fishing and good fishing to ya!

Fishing gear we use:

Gear used: Redfish, Flounder and trout: reels Penn Sargus SG2000 and Conquer 2000. Rods: All Star ASR 7’ Trout (med-light) and/or Redfish (med) series. Line: Spiderwire Ultracast ten and fifth teen pound.  Bull Redfish: Penn spinning reel 760L (Live Liner) and Penn Conquer 7000.  Rods: Ugly Stik Tiger Jigging 6’6” spinning  Line: thirty pound Berkley Big game mono. 

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

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