Hot Weather and Hot Fishing around Wrightsville Beach

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

Southeast North Carolina has been quite HOT lately the good thing about this is the fishing has been the same; HOT!  The summer trend of local fishing is really showing and the summer fish showing up in good numbers too.  We have been fishing for all kinds of fish lately; Mackerel, Cobia, Blues, Redfish, Flounder, Trout and Sharks.  Let’s talk about that in this weeks fishing report>>>

Let’s start with one of my favorites; Cobia.  I love to catch’em, cook’em and eat’em!  We have seen quite a few Cobia lately; we caught a forty pounder on last Monday.  We are seeing most of the Cobia just off the beach and out to five miles off the beach.  Live bait has been the key to the bigger fish lately.  Smaller Cobia have hit jigs around the inlets and ocean sand bars.  Sight casting live bait to bigger Cobia just off the beach has produced some nice Cobia form Carolina Beach to Topsail.  When we drift fish for Cobia, we are using carolina rigs with three to four once egg sinkers and 7/0 circle hooks with an eighty pound Berkley big game mono leader.  The baits we are using are small Bluefish, Mullet, and Menhaden.  Drifting these baits around inlets, sandbars and near shore live bottoms; has produced the best bites.

The inshore Redfish bite has been very good lately with artificial baits as well fresh cut and live baits.  Working shallow waters early morning and late afternoon when the heat of the day is lower has produced well.  Later in the day when the sun is high, we are working deeper waters for the Redfish.  The shallow water lures have been MirrOlure’s Top Dog Jr and Top Pup, also a rattling cork with a Berkley Gulp Alive peeler crab under the cork has also produced very well in waters of one to three foot deep. 

When we are fishing deeper grubs that have been doing well are Berkley Power bait shrimp and Gulp Alive 3” shrimp in colors new penny and molting.  Saltwater Assassin’s Copperhead and 10W40 colors are catching some Reds as well.  Rigging the grubs on a simple red jig head 1/8oz to 1/4oz, just make sure the jig head has a hook that will not straighten out when you hook that nice Redfish!  Tip: one thing I’ve starting using this season is Berkley Gulp Alive Shrimp spray; I put a shot on all my non-scented grubs.  It seems to work well for Redfish and Flounder fishing.

The Spanish mackerel bite has been good lately with the best of it being early in the morning and late afternoon.  Trolling Clark spoons in sizes 00, 0 and 1 in colors sliver, gold and pinks flash are working well.  When we are seeing the Spanish jumping and feeding on top; casting jigging spoons is producing some nice Spanish.  There is still a lot of Blues mixed in with the Spanish up and down the beach too.  We have found some bigger Spanish by going off the beach a few miles and getting away from the crowds in the clearer waters.

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.

The Shark fishing is picking up with the warmer water temps and should be good all summer long.  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!

Keep your eyes peeled for some great new Berkley Gulp products that will be out soon, some of these baits are going to be great for Redfish and Flounder fishing; 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: 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 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. 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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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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