Strong Low Pressure Hampers Fishing

September 25th, 2008 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

freddys-big-red-sept-12.jpgHi Folks,

It is past time for a report, but I was trying to wait until I could give you something more positive. It seems the weather has a longer time in mind, so I thought I would go ahead and bring you up to date. The persistent NE winds and now the strong low pressure have really put a stop to fishing. The fish are there, but it is just not comfortable to get out in 20-40 knot winds to fish. When the wind does settle we will be in full fall fishing and look for the fish to be hungry. Founder, reds and trout should be biting.

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: We have gotten out a couple of times in the past week and have had some good luck with reds and flounder. Look for this trend to explode when things calm down.

Near Shore: I have not been in the ocean in two weeks. I do know of a couple of cobia catches. I figure a few spanish have been around, but expect they may be gone by the time the ocean settles down. We may have one more run, but it is more likely that we will see false albacore and Atlantic bonito when the seas settle. The gray trout bite should be in full swing and the ocean bite for flounder should be peaking. Look for bluefish as well.

Offshore: The king mackerel bite should move in fairly close in the next few days and the fish should be bigger. Frying pan tower will be on fire for the next two months.

Gulfstream: I have no reports, but figure it is about time for a strong run of tuna and wahoo in the very near future.

We are entering that time of the year when some of the best fishing occurs.Summer is good and sometimes great, but fall, October thru December is the best fishing of the year. Take advantage of it. Many folks put their rods up too early.

The annual Rod-Man Fishing School is set. It will be February 28, 2009 at the Raleigh State Fairgrounds, the Gov. Martin Bldg. In an effort to go against the tide, I am reducing the price this year from last years’ $90 per person to only $75 per person. That includes a little something to get you started in the morning and a full catered lunch, and of course a full day of fishing information…the what, when and how. More will be on line soon, including a printable registration form.

That is all for now and as usual….when we can:


Capt. Rick Bennett

Rod-Man Charters


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Pre and Post Hanna Report

September 10th, 2008 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

patsys-spanish.jpgHi Folks,
Well, we survived TS Hanna. She churned up the water a bit, but on the good side, it looks like the mullet run has started. I just put the boat back in the water Monday and fished yesterday with poor results. I expect that to change rapidly. Prior to the storm, fishing was very good with spanish mackerel heading the list followed by reds and flounder. With good weather, look for a great fall fishing season. I offer the pre-Hanna report below:

Inshore: Big flounder as well as big reds are being caught on live bait in the inlets, the creeks, and the ICW. With finger mullet plentiful, it is the natural bait and should be fished on a carolina rig.

Near Shore: Spanish mackerel are biting on clarkspoons with number one planers and bird rigs. Best fishing has been in 35-45 feet of water. Some small king mackerel have been mixed in with the spanish. Be sure to observe the 24″ minimum on the kings.

Offshore: King mackerel have been biting well from 10 to 25 miles out. As the water cools look for the bigger fish to move closer to the beach.

Gulfstream: No reports.

A second reminder: my email address has changed. The new address is Please make a note of it.

Be sure to check my photo page for new pics of customers catching some nice fish..

Until next time,

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters

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