Trout, Trout AND Turkey This Week

November 24th, 2009 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

rod-man-with-a-big-trout-november-20-2009.jpgHi Folks,

This is the turkey week version of my report. It actually looks like we will have decent weather for fishing this week and weekend, which is good because the trout bite is getting hot! I had the rare chance to go fishing with a buddy and caught some very nice trout recently and we were surprised by a few small flounder as well. The pic tells it all.

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: The main catch is trout. I am having good luck with both Saltwater Assassin swim baits, color “space guppy”, and with Gulp SW swim baits, color chartreuse. I fish both baits on a 1/4 oz. Saltwater Assassin jig head. Trout are biting in the inlets, the waterway and the creeks. I feel sure they are in the river as well, but haven’t had to go there myself to catch fish. A few flounder are still hanging around. Most are on the small side.

Near Shore: Nice size blue fish are around the inlets and the close in artificial and natural reefs. Some false albacore have re-appeared finally after the storm. Both can be caught using your favorite metal jig.

Offshore: Still getting reports of king mackerel in fairly close in the 12-15 mile areas with the best bite from 23 miles to 42 miles. Have heard of some excellent grouper catches in the 12 to 30 mile range.

Gulfstream: When boats have been able to get out, there has been a good bite of wahoo and blackfin tuna. There have been some sailfish caught as well.

Upcoming: The trout bite should only get better. We have had a mild fall thus far and that should extend the fishing season, possibly well into January. Unfortunately I have to end my season very soon and finish preparations for all the winter shows and fishing schools I will be attending. If you get a chance to come to the Raleigh, Greensboro, Atlantic City or Somerset NJ shows, please come by and say hello. I will have nearly one hundred of my hand made fishing rods for sale at deep discounts. I’ll have everything form fly rods to blue water rods. Lastly, don’t forget to get registered while seats are still available for the Annual Rod-Man Fishing School February 27, 2010.

Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday and until next time…..

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

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The Trout Bite is ON at Wrightsville Beach

November 11th, 2009 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

dicks-nice-trout-november-8-2009.jpgHi Folks,
Can you believe it? Everything is setting up for a big trout run and here comes the remnants of Ida. Sunday the water was clear, the bait was thick, the winds were light and variable, and the trout were biting. Now we have wind and rain and rain and wind for the next couple of days. Ah, the tribulations of serious trout fishermen. But, lots of good fishing is still ahead.

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: Water temps are around 66-67. Bait is thick, the fall type bait, shiners and such…the kind trout love. Speaking of trout, they are biting well at the inlets, around the marsh grass banks behind Riches, and up the creeks. Some juvenile reds are biting soft plastics inshore in the creeks and waterway. Black drum are biting fresh cut shrimp. A few flounder are still around for the time being, but most have moved to the ocean.

Near Shore: Bluefish have been thick around the mouth of the inlets. Big reds have been patrolling the surf. They look like big black clouds, literally hundreds of fish. Gray trout are biting jigs at the near shore reefs. False albacore have been around in large and small groups and can be caught with fast moving jigs or on the fly.

Offshore: Kings have bunched up a bit at the 10 mile area, but are more prevalent further out. Some good bottom fishing form 12 to 30 miles out.

Gulfstream: Wahoo and blackfin tuna have been the main catches when boats could get out.

Upcoming: Trout fishing is really just getting started, so look for that to improve steadily. We have some nice pics of fish we have caught, like the one posted with this report on my site and more pics can be seen at my photo gallery. My winter schedule is pretty much set at this point. The Raleigh show kicks things off January 8-10, followed by the Greensboro show January 22-24. Then we go to New Jersey for the Atlantic City International Show, February 3-7 and finally in March, the Somerset Saltwater Fishing show March 19-21. And of course on February 27, we will have the Rod-Man Fishing School at the Raleigh State Fairgrounds; bigger and better this year with new speakers, door prizes and good food, not to mention a full day of fishing education. Limited seating is available, so get you registration in early. You can find out more at Annual Rod-Man Fishing School
 
Until Next Time….

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

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