Saltwater Fishing Reports – Wrightsville Beach,NC

October 25th, 2005 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

Capt. Rick Bennett with Rod-Man Charters reports:
Fishing this week has been heavily impacted by persistent northerly winds and then torrential rains. Some areas saw 12 inches of rain. The poor weather has limited boating and fishing activity, but as things settle back down, fall fishing should be in full swing.

Inshore: Thus far this fall the red drum fishing has been outstanding. You can find the reds in the inlets, the ICW and the creeks. Best bait is live menhaden or finger mullet or fresh chunk bait (mullet) fished on a carolina rig. Flounder fishing while not as good as the reds, has been good as well. The best fishing has been in the inlets, the cut and the river. Sheepshead are biting around the bridge pilings along with a few black drum.

Nearshore: High seas have limited ocean fishing. The spanish mackerel catches that have been so good all summer long are diminishing and being replaced by bluefish. Gray trout are biting at the nearshore reefs using live bait or jigging spoons.

Offshore: King mackerel are biting in the 10 mile areas. Live bait is typically best, but dead cigar minnow and /or ballyhoo will work also. Be sure to fish a downrigger so you can attract the big fish that are a bit deeper.

Gulfstream: It’s tuna time! Yellowfin and blackfin tuna are the main targets in the stream. Wahoo will add an interesting challenge to the mix. It’s that time when mono leaders will catch more tuna, but wire is necessary for wahoo…take your chances or play it safe???

With the moderate temperatures we are experiencing look for fishing to be good and get better for a long fall season. For those of you looking for something fun to do this winter, please visit my website to see about my annual fishing school coming up March 4, 2006. Seating is limited so early registration is recommended. Let’s Go Fishing!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett with Rod-Man Charters, (910) 799-6120

(pictured above) Gary Seine with a nice Black Drum caught with Capt. Rick Bennett of Rod-Man Charters.

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