Flounder, Mackerel, Bluefish, Trout and More-Wrightsville Beach, Fishing Report

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

Hello from Southeast North Carolina, I hope everybody is having a good fishing season so far this year!  I’ve had a good one so far myself; the water temps are going up so fast this year.  We have had a lot of up and down weather lately, but the water temps are still going up fast.  I thought we were going to be late on water temps this year but we are very close to being on time with past seasons.

The real winner for me lately has been those Spanish mackerel.  My charters have done very good in the last few trips, with catches of twenty or more Spanish in a half day.  Most of the Spanish are biting Clark spoons trolled behind #1 planner’s.  The Clark spoons that are working the best for us are sizes; 00 and 0 in silver and pink flash.  I really like the pink flash series, these spoons have worked very well for my charters.  If you would like to go lighter; you can pull small deep diving lures as well.

When the Spanish are on top feeding and jumping, Maria jig spoons have been the trick.  The colors that seem to be working are pink, green and blue in sizes seven & fourteen gram. (Hint): keep it to smaller lures when the weather gets hot!  We also caught a few Bonita’s mixed in with the Spanish.

There has also been plenty of blue fish up and down the beach as well.  Trolling or casting small deep divers has produced lots of bluefish around the inlets.  We have also caught a hand full of chopper blues too.  These choppers are running in the six to over fifth teen pound range.  The choppers are biting big poppers and mid water stick baits.  Color really does not seem to matter to those big blues, just a lot of action from the lure!

Bottom fishing just off the beach has produced some nice Black bass, grunts and small Grouper, of course on the lighter wind days!  Jigs and squid are the trick, fishing the squid on simple two hook bottom rigs.  Jig fishing using two to five once jigs in colors pink, green and red/white.  We are fishing mostly hard and live bottom areas, in the one to ten mile range for the bottom fish.  There has been some small and keeper Gray trout showing up on hard bottoms closer to the beach.

The flounder bite is picking up some too; we are starting to see a few fish inshore as well on the near shore reefs and wrecks.  Most of the flounder inshore are mixed in size, but the fish in the ocean are a little better in size.  Live bait and grubs are the best bet.  Carolina rigs for the live bait and heavy jig heads for the grubs.  I prefer bright grubs; Berkley Powerbait jerk shad and Saltwater Assassin’s sea shads in colors chart/diamond and silver mullet work very well.

Red fish have been hit or miss for me lately, some days we get a few some days we don’t.  This should change when more live bait shows up in the creeks and channels.  What Reds we are getting are hitting fresh bait and Berkley Gulp shrimp and peeler crabs (2”) size; on Carolina rigs and jig heads.  We are starting to see a few Reds on the Flats, when we are fishing shallow waters for Reds we use Rattling corks.  Rigging the Rattling corks with a Berkley Gulp 3” Shrimp, really seems to get there attention.

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 lites 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy and the All Star ASR spinning rod ASR844S and ASR845S.

In Other Fishing News:

June 5-6, 2010 “In the Water Fishing School” I, Capt. Rick Bennett and four other of the best local guides are putting on this school on.  This school will be real-time hands on fishing experience!  There will be one day of hands on classroom instruction and the next day on the water, real-time fishing experience.  The school is limited to the first 24 participants!  If you want to learn from the best local guides and see how we do it, take the time to check it out; http://www.rodmancharters.com/inthewater-fishing-school.htm  *We only have a few spots left for this School!!!  I’m really looking forward to being part of this school!

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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Warmer Weather and the Fish are Chewing around Wrightsville Beach

April 30th, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens | Comments Off

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Folks the weather has really been changing a lot lately.  With ups and downs in temps, winds and cloud cover.  We have had some very nice days and we’ve had some very windy days as well.  Over all, the fishing has been good and we are seeing different kinds of fish showing up as the water warms up.  We are even starting to see a few Spanish mackerel around just off the beach.  To the Fishing Report>>>

On the nice days; light winds and sunny skies the ocean fishing has been good.  We have been targeting lots of different fish like; Gray trout, Sea bass, Blues, and Flounder.  Jigging has been the most productive for this kind of fishing.  The best lures have been metal jigging spoons and grubs.  One once jigging spoons and ½ oz grubs with Berkley Gulp as a tip on the jigging spoons.  We have caught most of the fish on hard/live bottoms and artificial reefs just off the beach to six miles off the beach.  There has been a hand full of very nice Sea bass, with a few over three plus pounds; that’s some great eating!

We are seeing Bonita, Blues and a few Spanish when we are trolling off the beach from one to five miles.  Trolling Clark spoons and small deep driver lures has been the key to success.  When using the Clark spoons, I would recommend the pink flash spoon in sizes #00, #0 and #1; the pink flash series has really helped us put more fish in the boat.  A bird rig on top with a Clark spoon about five to six feet behind it or a Blue water Candy Spanish daisy chain have worked very well on top too.  Look for birds working or marking bait on you fish finder is the way to find the feeding fish.

When the Bonita, Blues and Spanish are on top feeding; cast Maria and Sea striker jig-spoons.  The colors that seem to work the best are pink, green and blue.  We use a forty pound Fluorocarbon leader; about fifth teen to eight teen inches long.  I really like Stren’s tinted (gunsmoke) floro leader material for clear water conditions; “this stuff really works”!  A light weight 7’ rod loaded with ten to fifth teen pound braid is important for casting to these fast fish.  The reason for this is the further you can cast equals more chance’s you will hook up.  When there are a lot of boats chasing the Bonita, they get wearer of boats.  If you can cast far; you will catch more of these fish!

Redfish are really starting to fire off; we are starting to see a few bigger fish in the area from Topsail down to the Cape Fear River.  When we are casting lures; grubs are doing the trick.  Berkley Gulp and Powerbait in colors molting and new penny; fishing them around docks, oyster rocks and grass lines are catching drum well.  Bait fishing is still good and will continue right through the summer.  Red and Black drum are hitting cut shrimp and mullet on Carolina rigs around the same area; dock oyster rocks etc…  You never know how big or little the drum will be when you are bait fishing; we’ve had reds as small as fourteen inches and as big as over thirty inches.

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 lites 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy and the All Star ASR spinning rod ASR844S and ASR845S.

In Other Fishing News:

June 5-6, 2010 “In the Water Fishing School” I, Capt. Rick Bennett and four other of the best local guides are putting on this school on.  This school will be real-time hands on fishing experience!  There will be one day of hands on classroom instruction and the next day on the water, real-time fishing experience.  The school is limited to the first 24 participants!  If you want to learn from the best local guides and see how we do it, take the time to check it out; http://www.rodmancharters.com/inthewater-fishing-school.htm  *We only have a few spots left for this School!!!  I’m really looking forward to being part of this school!

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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