Rod-Man report October 25, 2007

October 26th, 2007 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

ren-millis-first-black-drum.jpgHi Folks, I am trying to be more punctual with my reports. Fishing is good to great, depending on if you are in or out of a rain shower. Reds, flounder, trout, Spanish, blues, kings; all are biting.
Now here’s my report:

Inshore: Red fishing is on fire right now with the best bite on the falling tide. We are using topwater, GULP and if we have to…live bait. Trout and large flounder are biting in the river and with the cool down early next week, we should get some good trout fishing everywhere.

Near Shore: In close the blues in the 2+ pound range have been in the inlets on the full tide. Spanish have been jumping from the beach out 4 miles. Catch them sight casting with the Boone Squid spoon. You can find these at Bug-Em Bait. Kings have shown up in good numbers from the beach out 10 miles; live bait, dead bait or GULP cigar minnows or GULP squid will catch you a limit. False albacore are biting jigging/casting spoons around the 7 mile range.

Offshore: Most everything is in close so no offshore report.

Gulfstream: The wahoo bite is awesome!

Registrations for my fishing schools are starting to come in now. If you want to go, and who wouldn’t want to learn from the pros, please don’t wait to the last minute. Seating is limited. A link to the fishing school and registration page is

Fall fishing is into full swing and will only get better over the next several weeks. Hurry up and get on the water and enjoy the action.

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters

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Rod-Man Report October 17, 2007

October 17th, 2007 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

pauls-flounder-325_.jpgHi Folks, Wow it has been too long since I sent out a report. Sorry for that, but have been very busy and took a week vacation in Louisiana. The Louisiana trip with my son was absolutely the best fishing I have ever seen or done. In just three days of fishing we caught over 100 specks and over 70 redfish on artificials. Louisiana prohibited inshore netting many years ago and now they are enjoying the benefits.

While not Louisiana spectacular, local fishing is pretty good as well. Inshore and nearshore fishing is good for reds, flounder and trout. The kings are very hot from right on the beach to 10 miles. Now here’s my report:
Inshore: You can catch reds in the inlets, the creeks and the ICW. Catch them on topwater lures, on GULP ( I like the 3? shrimp in molting or new penny), or on live or dead bait (fresh) using a carolina rig. Flounder are biting in and near the inlets. Again Gulp works well on a jig head and live finger mullet will get the job done. Bluefish are pretty thick around high tide at the inlets with some very nice spanish mixed in with them. Trout are in and near the inlets.
Near Shore: The big story here is the king mackerel bite. It has been hot hot hot for several days now. From near the beach to out 10 miles very nice kings have been biting most anything from dead cigar minnows to live poagies and everything in between.
Gulfstream: The wahoo bite has been awesome! If you have the boat go get some.
Just a moment on my Louisiana trip. I have already said it was the best ever, but some details are worth mentioning. The water was like coffee in color, yet we caught everything on artificials; trout on GULP, reds on GULP,and reds on Mirrolures (She Dog topwater). The fishing is so much fun it is hard to put into words. We saw seagulls diving out in open water and instead of blues, spanish or bonito, we caught specks under them. They were pushing the shrimp up to the surface and rolling all over them. Unbelievable! In the marsh, when we weren’t sight casting to redfish we were watching the huge schools out of our reach as they cruised the marsh and exploded on bait. At one point in an area the size of a football field we saw eight, that’s right eight large schools of reds! I would love for everyone to come fishing with me in NC, but if you get a chance to go to LA, make the trip and if you need a guide, the best in the state, just let me know and I’ll hook you up with him.
Boat show and fishing school season is just around the corner from our great fall fishing season. Registration for my fishing schools in Raleigh, Feb. 9 and in Wilmington, Mar. 1 is in full swing. Seating is LIMITED and every year we fill up so get your registrations in soon. Details are available at 2008 Rod-Man Fishing School
Finally, new for 2008, I will be offering custom rod building schools for small groups of one to six. Details to come soon.
You may check out the LA trip pics in the Photo Gallery at

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

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