Fall Fishing Getting into Full Swing Around Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches

September 23rd, 2009 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

rick-at-wrigley-hotdog-and-beer-email.jpgHi Folks,This week’s picture is not representative of the fish we have caught, but of the great time I had in Chicago last week celebrating my 40th anniversary…at Wrigley Field. Now on to some fishing news: we have had a persistent NE wind for several weeks now, at least it seems that way, and according to NOAH, this has caused the Gulfstream current to slow down. The result for us is abnormally high tides as the Gulfstream aides in”sucking” the water out when the tide falls and when the current slows, that effect is reduced. At any rate fishing has been good inshore, but you have to “play” the tides. When wind and waves permit the spanish mackerel bite has been great and their size BIG!

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: Reds and flounder are biting in the creeks and the waterway. The best bite is on low water either falling or rising and the best bait is finger mullet. Flounder are also biting in the inlets and the cut. River fishing has produced some nice catches of flounder, reds and trout. I want to emphasize the importance of the tide. Given the information above, lower water is producing better.

Near Shore: When seas are permitting boats to get out, the spanish mackerel bite has been awesome with some really nice fish biting. Gray trout are showing up at the near shore artificial and natural reefs. Some nice king mackerel are making their way in close, following the huge schools of bait.

Offshore: More king mackerel action in the 5 to 25 mile areas and we are getting some reports of sailfish action in the 15-18 mile range. A little late for this fish, but hey, we won’t complain. Check out the new circle hook rig for ballyhoo at barefootfishing.net. Some small mahi are still around in the same areas.

Gulfstream: No reports.

Upcoming: Fall fishing is getting into full swing with only better fishing ahead. Look for strong bites inshore from trout, reds and flounder and near shore from spanish and gray trout and from near shore to offshore big king mackerel. Coming soon more information on next year’s fishing school and boat show schedule. Be sure to check out the photos on this week’s fishing report and the photo gallery on my site at rodmancharters.com.

Until next time……
LET’S GO FISHING!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters
910-799-6120

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Inshore Fishing for Reds and Flounder Hot…Wrightsville & Carolina Beach

September 3rd, 2009 by Gillwetter Press | Comments Off

Logan, Zack and Jeff Nice Inshore CatchHi Folks,

We are finally getting that first wave of cooler weather and the fish are already responding with “enthusiasm”. Fishing in the ocean lately has been a bit difficult with the higher seas, but inshore the redfish and flounder have been biting well and some specks are starting to show up. It will only get better.

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: Right now, this is where the action is for sure. Redfish are biting in the creeks, the inlets and the ICW. There are plenty of finger mullet around and menhaden as well. Fished on a carolina rig near structure the mullet or menhaden will produce reds and flounder. Cork rigs with artificial shrimp baits or live bait will catch fish along the grass banks….look for a speck or two as well.

Near Shore: Prior to the big surf, the spanish bite was excellent and the flounder bite was great as well around the artificial reefs. I have not fished the ocean lately and I have heard no reports from other boats. When the water settles down, we should have a good fall run of spanish and the gray trout should be biting.

Offshore: Look for the nice fall kings to start biting from 10 miles IN TO the beach. These will be your bigger kings and should go right into late October and possibly early November.

Gulfstream: No reports.

Upcoming: Fall fishing has begun. It will only get better form here. Look for the reds and flounder to continue to bite well and the trout should turn on soon.

We have been working hard on our winter fishing school. The school is set for February 27, 2010 and will feature some new speakers, lots of new visual aides, and the very latest in fish catching techniques. Look for the registration form and information to be online soon. It will be the one fishing school you do not want to miss.

Until next bite….
LET’S GO FISHING!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters
910-799-6120

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