Get Fishing!!! They’re Biting!!!

April 27th, 2010 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

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Hi Folks,
Get Fishing!!!

Inshore and near shore fishing has taken off in the last couple of days. Drum, blues, bonito, gray trout have all shown up and the first spanish macks have made an appearance too.

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: Inshore waters have warmed up nicely and the red and blacks have heated up as well. They are still biting fresh shrimp…dead and some of the blacks are really nice. The biggest we caught was 5.5 pounds!

Near Shore: Again the water has warmed up into the mid 60’s. Bluefish (we had 15 the other day on fly rods), spanish macks, some bonito and gray trout are biting. With fly rods, they like pink or chartreuse flies; otherwise use your favorite jig to site cast or jig. The near shore artificial reefs and natural reefs are holding fish.

Offshore: Kings are still a ways out but coming in closer everyday. Bottom fishing for sea bass and grouper has been excellent.

Gulfstream: On fire seems to say it all. The stream is alive with wahoo, blackfin and yellowfin tuna, some mahi and kings.

Upcoming: Look for live bait and flounder to show up very soon. If you don’t want to use live bait, try some gulp swim baits on a 1/4 oz. jig head. Work it slowly and near the bottom. Whiting are biting good in the river and trout are as well.

Until next time…
LET’S GO FISHING!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters
910-520-7661

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REDS and BLACKS CHOMPING!

April 13th, 2010 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

sean-and-wolfgang-nice-black-drum-april-10-2010.jpgHi Folks,

Fishing is really turning on! We had one morning catching numerous reds and several others catching numerous very nice blacks. Word from the Roth Sea Temp guys is there is a big push of warm water heading our way and should be here by late this week.  The inshore sea weed is vanishing fast and spring fishing is happening now.
Here’s my report:

Inshore: Redfish and black drum are chomping. Best bait is fresh shrimp cut into 1? pieces and fished on a carolina rig with a #2 wide bend hook. Most of the reds are shorts, under the required 18?, but still a lot of fun on light tackle. The blacks are running 3-5 pounds and can give you all the fight you want.

Near Shore: Bluefish are starting to show up and the bonito should be right behind them…possibly this weekend with the warm water mentioned above. Plenty of nice sea bass and ring tales biting at the near shore reefs.

Offshore: Lots of false albacore here today gone tomorrow and then back again. A few bonito are mixed in with the albies. kings are still 35-40 miles out but should be moving closer soon.

Gulfstream: Tuna and wahoo make up the big bite in the stream. Some mahi and a sailfish here and there round out the great spring fishing in the gulfstream.

Upcoming: We are only days, maybe tomorrow away from the ocean exploding with fish. We just need another degree or two. Spanish mackerel should be here in about 2 weeks or maybe less.
This is my final mention of the up-coming Rod-Man “In the Water” Fishing School being held June 5 and 6. There are still seats available for the one day classroom, one day fishing Rod-Man School. Learn everything you need to know about the what, when, where and how of inshore fishing….then go out on the water and practice what you have learned. Door prizes,good food and fun…guaranteed. For more info check out http://www.rodmancharters.com/inthewater-fishing-school.htm and we hope to see you there!

Until next time…
LET’S GO FISHING!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters
910-520-7661

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