Rod-Man Report May23, 2007

May 23rd, 2007 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

Rod-Man Report May 23, 2007

Hi Folks, and a happy and safe Memorial Day. Be sure to give thanks and prayers for our troops.

I just got back from a fun filled 3 days at Harkers Island fishing for cobia. We did not catch cobia but we did catch some big blues and huge rays. On the home front, fishing in the Wilmington area has finally turned back on after the “blow”. Let’s keep it that way.

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: Red drum are biting well. Catch them on artificials including GULP or on bait. A 1/4 oz. jig head and a GULP curlytail will do the job. Some flounder are showing up and are being caught on live bait.

Near shore: Cobia have shown up near shore at the reefs. Nice spanish are back and pods of menhaden are cruising the beach. It’s all good.

Offshore: Kings are biting around 10 miles. More cobia are at the offshore reefs and mahi are in the 20-25 mile areas.

Gulfstream: When boats have gone out there has been a good morning and evening tuna bite. Big wahoo and lots of big mahi are biting as well.

Be safe this holiday weekend and have a good time on the water….now…

Let’s Go Fishing!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters
910-799-6120

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Rod-Man Report May 10, 2007

May 10th, 2007 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

dicks-bonito.jpgRod-Man Report May 10, 2007

Hi Folks,
What can I say? The weather has been as lousy as it can get short of the “H” word. I have not fished since last Friday when we caught some very nice spanish. This storm has certainly made a mess out of a great start to spring fishing. Things will start calming down today and maybe by the weekend we will begin to see some semblance of normalcy.Now here’s my report…from prior to last Saturday.

Inshore: We are getting some good red drum action both on artificials and on bait. Best action is on a falling tide and around heavy structure or oyster banks. Some live bait (small menhaden) have shown up and that means the flounder bite is about to begin in earnest.

Near Shore: The large spanish mackerel have been chomping pretty well. They can be caught on Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow Deep Divers, clarkspoon rigs with small #1 planers, and bird rigs. The bonito were thinning out late last week as the spanish came in, but they may make another brief showing after the storm. Plenty of bluefish are around.

Offshore: Spring kings have been caught at the 10 mile areas, a great sign. Larger fish are still hanging a bit further out in the 23 to 45 mile areas.

Gulfstream: When boats can get out, wahoo, tuna and mahi are biting well.

We have had to do some rearranging of charter schedules due to the storm. This has been necessary to try to insure the best possible opportunity for a good day of fishing. We appreciate your cooperation. Hopefully things will be back to normal soon. It’s been a while since the fish have had a good meal, so maybe they will be hungry and willing.

Be sure to check out our new bonito fishing video!

Let’s Go Fishing!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters
910-799-6120

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