Rod-Man Report July 25, 2007

July 25th, 2007 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

david-hargraves-flounder.jpgHi Folks,
Fishing is doing well. The recent northern winds have brought a nice cool reprieve from the summer heat and in most cases the fish haven’t minded at all. The good news is the finger mullet have finally shown up and some nice flounder have started biting.

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: Red drum fishing is very good now. Fish the falling tide in the ICW, the inlets and the creeks. Best baits are mullet and menhaden, dead or alive. Best rig is a carolina rig. Nice flounder are biting near the inlets, the cut and the river. Smaller flounder can be found just about anywhere good structure is present to hold baitfish.

Near shore: In close the shark bite has been outstanding with an occasional silver king (aka tarpon) hitting. Best baits are large size menhaden. Spanish mackerel have been spotty all year; real good one day and then hard to find the next. More nice flounder are available at the near shore reefs and they favor larger poagies.

Offshore: Up until the recent north winds the 10-12 mile areas were on fire with kings, mahi and sails. the north winds have cooled thngs down a bit, but this time of year the south winds will soon return and so should the fish. For now I would try the 23 and WR 4 or other spots in the 20-25 areas.

Gulfstream: No Reports.

As long as our weather patterns do not change too drastically, look for all around fishing to be good in some spots and on fire in others. It’s finding the others that makes the difference.

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters

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Rod-Man Report July 12, 2007

July 12th, 2007 by Capt. Rick Bennett | 1 Comment »

Hi Folks,
Busy is not the word and I am sorry I have been less than punctual with my reports. As always, I will try to do better. This has been a very unusual year thus far. From the lack of flounder inside to the abundance of king macks in close, things have just been different. Nevertheless, I am happy to report that fishing is very good and there are definitely some hot spots. Now here’s my report:

Inshore: The hot fish right now is the redfish. We are catching nice reds in the 20 to 27+ inch range up the creeks and in the waterway. Best bait has been menhaden, dead or alive…it doe not matter. I use 20# Fireline by Berkley and a 50-80# leader and 1.5 to 2 oz. egg sinker with a 2/0 wide bend hook fished carolina rig style. I use Okuma VS 45 reels for these fish and the smooth drag and toughness of these reels really help with landing these brutes. A few flounder are being caught; some are small and some are nice size. They are just flat unpredictable as to where and when they will bite. Finally, some big bluefish are being caught in the waterway and creeks, blues up to 6 and 7 pounds…I told you it was an unusual season.

Near shore: The spanish bite is pretty good right now and some of the fish are very nice size…3-5 pounds. Best methods are trolling with planers and using clarkspoons and when it is calmer use a bird rig on top. Some tarpon have shown, but large live baits have become scarce which makes this fishing a challenge. The shrimp boats are not running yet so the shark fishing is not happening for the time being.

Offshore: From 4 to 10 miles, king mackerel fishing is hot hot hot. Live bait, cigar minnows, ballyhoo…it doesn’t seem to matter. Mahi and sails are also close in and do not be surprised if you get one or both of these popular fishes while king mack fishing.

Gulfstream: The heat of the summer seems to cool off the gulfstream fishing a bit. Fish very early in the morning for mahi (large size) and fish deep for wahoo. Billfish are active as well.

I am in the process of finalizing plans for the 2oo8 version of the Rod-Man Fishing Schools to be held in Raleigh and Wilmington. Look for a new all-star cast of speakers and new and expanded topics. More details will be available soon.

Enjoy the fishing, be safe and courteous on the water, and….

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

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