Hot Fishing in Hot Weather

July 30th, 2008 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

eds-red.jpgHi Folks,
Water temps inshore are in the mid 80′s and off the beach the low 80′s. That simply means fish in deeper spots. Inshore that can mean 8′ instead of 3′ or in the ocean, 45′ instead of 15′. We have had a very good past week doing just that; catching spanish macs in 40 feet or more and reds in 8 feet instead of the usual 3-4 feet.

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: Finger mullet have shown up in very large numbers and the redfish have been biting hard. We caught 5 yesterday. Be sure to see the pics at Rod-Man Fishing Photos.
Some nice flounder are biting in the deeper holes near the inlets. Best fishing has been on live bait fished on carolina rigs.

Near Shore: During the past week we have some huge schools of spanish mackerel in the area and some nice kings have been mixed in with them. Planers and bird rigs have worked for trolling and Maria jigs have done well for sight casting. Slow trolling with cigar minnows has produced some nice kings. Barracuda are plentiful at the nearshore reefs. Some nice flounder are oceanside in the deep and cooler waters near the natural and artificial reefs.

Offshore: Plenty of king mac and mahi action happening from 8 to 25 miles. Lots of sailfish are in the area and can be caught on naked ballyhoo fished behind a tantalizing dredge. Lots of African pompano at the tower and some nice kings as well.

Gulfstream: For those making the trip some wahoo and blackfin tuna have been caught along with sails and some other billfish.

Wow it is hot, but it doesn’t seem the fish are minding too much. Try to fish early in the morning or late in the evening. Inshore night fishing is almost always good….and cooler.

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters

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“Swell” Fishing and the Flounder and Reds are Biting

July 17th, 2008 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

kimberly-odins-flounder-july-16-2008.jpgHi Folks,
The high swell from Bertha has taken its toll on fishing beyond the inlets this past week. Add to that the recent rains mucking up the inshore fishing and it has been somewhat of a difficult week. We have managed to catch a few fish though, mostly reds and flounder inshore. Things should be settling down rapidly and the weekend looks good.
Now here’s my report:
Inshore: We are catching some nice flounder in the inlets and the creeks. Action has come on live bait and strip bait fished on carolina rigs. Reds are hanging around the ICW dock and up the creeks with the best bite on the falling tide.
Near Shore: Spanish have been biting here and there, but the swell has slowed the bite. Look for the action to pick back up today or tomorrow. It’s hot so clarkspoons fished deep on #1 planers is the way to go. Just before the swell got here we had some nice king mac action in the 5 mile area.
Offshore: Look for kings, amberjack, barracuda and mahi, along with an occasional sailfish in the 8-15 mile areas. Slow trolling with live bait, cigar minnows and ballyhoo have produced the best results.
Gulfstream: No reports this week.

I haven’t said much about my new Nautic Star 24 lately, so after running her for 4 months I thought I would give you an update. I cannot imagine that there is a better bay boat with more room and versatility. I have so much storage space sometimes I forget where I put things! It runs shallow and it takes the ocean great. It is truly a do everything boat.
Be sure to check out the pics I have added to the photo gallery.
Hope to see you on the water.

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters

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