Fall Fishing has Started around Southeast North Carolina!

September 22nd, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens | Comments Off

Well folks, the weather is showing fall a little bit here and there; we get one or two cooler mornings from time to time.  The fishing on the other hand is showing fall big time!  In the last few weeks fishing has been good to great!  The mullet run is in full swing and the fish know it!  To the Fishing Report>>>.

One of my favorites to fish for with my clients is Bull Reds (bigger Redfish).  They fight good, are pretty easy to catch and most of the fish we have got to release do to size (over slot).  We find bull reds around inlets, sand bars, and hard/live bottom just off the beach to ten miles.  The baits that work the best for us are live and fresh cut Menhaden and/or Mullet.  Rigging for these fish is not hard, but there are a few points you need to learn when fishing for these older Reds. 

We always use circle hooks while using live or cut bait for Redfish, this is very important!  Reds will swallow your bait to the point where you can not got it out of there throat and many times this will kill the fish.  We prefer 7/0 to 9/0 circle hooks with eighty pound Berkley Big Game clear mono for our leaders.  My rig is really a big Carolina rig with a leader about two to three feet long.  It’s a good idea to use a little heavier tackle when fishing for these fish; this is so you don’t fight the Redfish to long to the point it can not be revived.  We use a 6’6” Ugly Stik Tigger lite jigging series med-hvy action and a Penn Conquer or Battle 6000 or 7000 size spooled with thirty or fifty pound Spiderwire braid.

This has been one of the better Flounder years we’ve seen around this area in a while.  And for that reason I’ve run a lot of Flounder trips this season with good success.  One thing we have seen this year is that the Flounder fishing has been good inshore as well as the ocean this season, giving us lots of opportunities to flounder fish.  Live bait fishing has put the most flounder in the boat for us.  Carolina rigs with Eagle Claw L42 #1 size hooks and forty pound BBG clear mono leader works well.  Small finger mullets, small menhaden and mud minnows are our choice live baits.  The flounder are hanging around inlets, channel drops and creeks inshore.  In the ocean near shore artificial reefs, ledges and hard/live bottoms are holding some nice numbers of flounder too.

As the weather cools off we will see some bigger Spanish mackerel and Albacore close to the beach.  We saw a good run of nice size Spanish and Albacore this last week.  We even got few Albacore to hit a fly and that was a lot of fun.  Just keep your eyes on the water for birds and jumping fish, it’s not hard to catch these fish, but if there are a lot of boats chasing them.  I would go look for another school, trust me there is not just one school out there and it will pay off for you!  As for as lures; keep it bright and small, jigging spoons and casting spoons in sizes of two to four inches will do the trick.  If they will not hit what you’re casting; go smaller and try different colors!

Speckled trout are starting to show up here and there, most of the action for us has been south of Wrightsville Beach but I’ve caught a few trout here around the islands this last week.  As the weather turns to fall we’ll see more trout every week in until December.  In the early part of trout season when the trash fish (pinfish & lizardfish) are still around I prefer artificial lures.  My favorite is the good’ole MirrOlure; some of my favorite styles are the 17MR, 27MR, 52M & MR.  Colors you ask: 11, 26, 51, 704, 808, BNSBO, CFPR, CH, EC, HP, BKGCH, BCH.  I know this looks like code but check out www.mirrolure.com for a full color chart to match with there color codes.

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 fall fishing to ya!

Fishing gear we use:

Gear used: Flounder and Speckled 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), Penn Battle 6000 or 7000 and Penn Conquer 7000.  Rods: Ugly Stik Tiger Jigging 6’6” spinning

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

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Wrightsville Beach, NC-Almost Fall Fishing Report!

September 5th, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens | Comments Off

 

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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