Cold Weather but the Fish are Biting around Wrightsville Beach!

December 24th, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens | Comments Off

Man it’s been cold around here lately, where did fall go?  We have had some kind of weather around here in the last; oh-I’ll say over a year! Cold, hot and cold again, what a year!?!?  It has played havoc on the local fishing but I’m not one to set around and wait for it to warm up, I like to fish!  So here is the fishing report of what I’ve been trying to catch (with some success) during this cold December we are having.

Speckled trout fishing got a little harder in the last few weeks and I’ve caught a few but worked hard to catch’em.  Working baits like MirrOlures and Berkley Gulp very slow has been the best success lately.  The trout seem to be sitting deeper whether it’s in the creeks or around the inlets; the trout are feeding in the five plus feet of water.  When the trout starting doing this, it’s usually a little later in the year; I use baits that sink very slow.  The MirrOlure 52M, 52MR and TT series are some of the best for the slow pattern I look for during the cold fishing mouths.  When I use soft plastics like Berkley Gulp I use lighter jig heads in weights of 1/16oz, 1/8oz and 1/4oz.  This lighter jig heads make it much easier to work grubs much slower when trout are lethargic form cold water.  Any days when we have mostly sunny skies or warmer air temps; these are the winter days you need to try to go Speckled trout fishing.

When the cold weather hit us and decided not to leave, I knew it was time to go try for some Cape Fear River Striped Bass.  Cape Fear Stripers can be a hit and miss fishery but not to say you can’t go catch a few most days.  I look for the Striped bass in the CFR to be in around five to twelve feet of water; when its warmer they are shallower and when it’s colder they are usually deeper.  Casting soft baits like Berkley Gulp jerkshads and pogy patterns are a good choice for the Stripers.  Colors I prefer are pearl, new penny and Arkansas shiner.  When the CFR Stripers are very active, I like hard baits like MirrOlures L29M in colors 11, 18 and 808.  Always with any winter fishing, work baits slower in cold water for better results.

One thing we have not had much of this season is nice enough weather to get out and chase the winter Redfish, one of my favorite winter pass times!  The Reds are there all we need is the weather to go get’em.  When I fish for winter Redfish I use lots of Berkley Gulp!  You can’t go wrong with scented lures when the water gets cold.  Berkley Gulp Ripple Shad, 3” Shrimp and five inch Jerkshad should do the trick.  Another trick for winter Redfish is to look for dark/black mud bottoms in creeks; on warmer sunny days the Reds love to get on these flats to warm up a bit.  We all know if a fish warms up any at all they will usually bite a hook!

Fishing gear I use:

Gear used: Speckled trout, Redfish and striped Bass: reels Penn Conquer 2000 and Battle 2000 & 3000 spinning reels. *New Rod Line I’m using: Fenwick HMG series in sizes GS 70ML-F for Trout and GS 70M-MF for Redfish and Striped Bass.  Locally Intercoastal Angler carries the Fenwick line of rods.   Line: Spiderwire Ultracast ten and fifth teen pound.  Fluorocarbon leader material, Stren Tinted Fluorocarbon in tints Gunsmoke for clearer waters and Tannic for river or stained waters in twenty pound for trout and thirty pound for Redfish and Striped Bass.

In other fishing news; it’s boat show and fishing seminar/school season.  Here are some of the shows I plan to speck at or appear at.

January 7th, 8th and 9th, 2011 – Raleigh Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo   NC State Fairgrounds – Raleigh, NC. www.ncboatshows.com   This is a GREAT show, with over 160 booths offering everything from the latest lures, plastics, jigs, custom rods, apparel, knives, product sample booths, hard-tops, saltwater fishing guides, fresh water guides, cast nets, gaffs…..by far one of the best shows of its kind in the Carolina’s and Virginia.  I will be there along with other Ranger and Pure Fishing pro staff members, as well as many others fresh and salt water pros!  I’ll be there all three days and doing two different seminars on fishing MirrOlures the right way and near shore light tackle King Mackerel Fishing.

January 29th 2011 – Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series. BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE-Odell Williamson Auditorium.  www.nationalseminarseries.com   I’ll be there with Penn Fishing tackle showing all the new Rods and Reels from Penn.

February 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 – 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 12th Fisherman’s Post 6th Annual Saltwater Fishing school.  I look forward to this school, I’ve wanted to participate in this school in the past but my winter schedule did not allow me to.  I’ve herd many good things about this school in the past. There will be more than twelve local captains at this year school to help you learn all there is to know about any kind of local saltwater fishing.  Learn more about this school at:  www.fishermanspost.com/fishing-school
February 19th, 2010-Cape Fear Christian Sportsman Fish Fest. www.capefearsportsmen.org/fishfest  I don’t know what topics I’ll be speaking on yet, but as soon as I know I’ll let you know!  For more info on the day, check out this link!

Thanks for reading, hope to see you at a boat show or fishing seminar this winter; please come by and say hello.  Have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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

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It’s Big Speckled Trout Time around Wrightsville Beach, NC

December 1st, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens | Comments Off

It’s funny we had one of the coldest winters and this summer was the hottest on record.  Not the best conditions known for good Speckled trout stocks but Speckled trout fishing has been great and should continue to be great till water gets cold.  The last three weeks has been a rollercoaster of weather and the fishing has followed that rollercoaster too.  Most days the Speckled trout fishing has been good to great with some bigger fish really starting to show.

The days we are throwing artificial lures like grubs and hard baits.  The MirrOlure has been one of my (go too’s) this season and it has paid off well for me.  The bigger trout seem to really like to 52M and 52MR this season. The colors of the 52 series that are working the best for me is: 11, 26, 51, 704, 808, CFPR, CH and HP.  I fish the 52 series in water deaths of four to ten feet and sometimes deeper if there are lighter water currents.  The days we are fishing in waters of two to five foot deep, I’ve had luck with the 17MR and Catch 2000jr.  The colors that are working in the 17MR and Catch 2000jr are 11, 26, 808, CFPR, CH, EC and BCH.

I’ve seen a lot of trout hit grubs this season but most of the Specks have been smaller, so what do you do when you want to cast grubs.  Try bigger grubs like the Gulp Ripple Mullet or a five and six inch Gulp Jerkshad.  Another trick I’ll try sometimes to make bigger trout bite is make a double grub rig.  When you work a double grub rig, you need to work it a bit faster so the grubs just don’t sink to the bottom.  And always with any Speckled trout leaders use Fluorocarbon leader, trout have very good eye sight and this time of year the water can be very clear.  I prefer Stren’s tinted Fluorocarbon leader in twenty pound in gunsmoke tint, this stuff works!

So you like instant gratification fishing, give live shrimp a try.  I rig live shrimp a two different ways; in shallow water two to six feet I use a float rig.  My float rigs consist of twenty pound Stren (gunsmoke tint) or Berkley Vanish fluorocarbon about twelve inches long and a number six treble hook for a live shrimp.  When I fish deeper waters (five foot plus) or with stronger currents I use a light carolina rig.  These rigs consist of a very small swivel, fourteen to twenty inches of fluorocarbon and a number one L42 Eagle claw hook.  The sinker for this rig needs to be light 1/16oz or 1/8oz split shot and 1/8oz or 1/4oz egg sinkers should do the trick.

I’ve started to see some large schools of Redfish getting there act together over the last few weeks.  The Reds are starting to show there winter trends and this can make for some very good Redfishing.  When I fish for winter Redfish I use lots of Berkley Gulp!  You can’t go wrong with scented lures when the water gets cold.  Berkley Gulp Ripple Shad, 3” Shrimp and five inch Jerkshad should do the trick.  I rig all these baits with fairly light jig heads so the baits will not just sink to the bottom.

Seeing large schools of winter Reds is not hard but scaring a school is also easy to do.  Here are few things that will help you catch more schooling Reds and help you not to make everyone around you mad at you!  Long distance casting will catch you more fish! Try a 7’6” spinning or casting rod but don’t go to heavy.  If the lures are too heavy, the noise they make hitting the water can spoke the Reds.  One thing I see a lot of anglers do is run there boat over the school, do all you can to not let this happen.  If your boat is drifting towards the school, move before you spoke or run over the school!  If you spoke the school you’re only going to hurt the fishing for you and the other anglers.  If the school leaves your all out of luck!

In other fishing news; it’s boat show and fishing seminar season.  Here is some of the shows I plan to speck at or appear at.

January 7th, 8th and 9th, 2011 – Raleigh Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo   NC State Fairgrounds – Raleigh, NC. www.ncboatshows.com   This is a GREAT show, with over 160 booths offering everything from the latest lures, plastics, jigs, custom rods, apparel, knives, product sample booths, hard-tops, saltwater fishing guides, fresh water guides, cast nets, gaffs…..by far one of the best shows of its kind in the Carolina’s and Virginia.  I will be there along with other Ranger and Pure Fishing pro staff members, as well as many others fresh and salt water pros!  I’ll be there all three days and doing two different seminars on fishing MirrOlure’s and near shore light tackle King Mackerel Fishing.

January 29th 2011 – Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series. BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE-Odell Williamson Auditorium.  www.nationalseminarseries.com   I’ll be there with Penn Fishing tackle showing all the new Rods and Reels from Penn.

February 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 – 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 19th, 2010-Cape Fear Christian Sportsman Fish Fest. www.capefearsportsmen.org/fishfest  I don’t know what topics I’ll be speaking on yet, but as soon as I know I’ll let you know!  For more info on the day, check out this link!

Fishing gear I use:

Gear used: Speckled trout and Redfish: reels Penn Conquer 2000 and Battle 2000 spinning reels. *New Rod Line I’m using: Fenwick HMG series in sizes GS 70ML-F for Trout and GS 70M-MF for Redfish.  Locally   Intercoastal Angler carries the Fenwick line   Line: Spiderwire Ultracast ten and fifth teen pound.  Fluorocarbon leader material, Stren Tinted Fluorocarbon in tints Gunsmoke for clearer waters and Tannic for river or stained waters in twenty pound test.

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

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