A Little Rain Can Set Things Right at Wrightsville/Carolina Beaches

July 25th, 2011 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

Hi Folks,

Oh yes, a little rain is just what the doctor ordered for the sultry summer fishing days. Very hot weather cooled with the rain and the rain reduced the probably too high salinity of the water. Regardless the reason, the fish have really turned on!

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: With the change in the weather, rain and cooler, the finger mullet have started running and the reds and flounder have picked up their activity as well. Use the finger mullet at your favorite fishing hole and see if you don’t catch a few “nice’uns.”

Near Shore: The spanish mackerel bite has been hot. Usually predictable, during the brutal heat we had, they were a bit shy one day and on the next. Now they are chomping steadily. When the winds are a bit calmer, the flounder have been doing well on the near shore reefs. You can catch them jigging Gulp or with live bait.

Offshore: It’s not unusual this time of year to have a lull, but we seem to have had a rather prolonged lull. Somewhat surprising is the sailfish bite with some boats hooking into 3 a day. With persistent southwest winds this should continue.

Gulfstream: I have heard few reports from the stream, but most of what I hear is billfish, mahi and some wahoo. The winds have not been helpful in allowing boats to get to the fish.

Upcoming: It’s hard to believe, but fall fishing is but a few weeks away. In the meantime, take advantage of the hot fishing going on right now. What a time to have my boat on the hill for a couple of days (just 2) when I would love to be out there catching. I’ll be there soon. Be sure to check out the website for new pics and such: www.rodmancharters.com/photos

Until Next Time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett 
Rod-Man Charters (light tackle and fly-fishing, inshore and near shore)
Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods (from ultra-lite, to fly, to marlin)
407 Fox Wood Lane
Wilmington, NC 28409
rodman@rodmancharters.com

http://www.rodmancharters.com
http://www.custom-fishingrods.com
910.520.7661

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Inshore, Near Shore and Offshore Hot, Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches

July 11th, 2011 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

Hi Folks,

The summer routine is well entrenched and the fish have finally accepted the routine as well. Just about wherever you fish, something is biting. Try to take advantage and get on the water.

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: Reds and flounder are the fish of the hour right now. Reds are biting in the inlets, the ICW and the marsh areas. High tide falling seems to be best. Live bait, chuck bait and artificials are all working. Flounder are biting in the inlets, Snow’s Cut and the river. Live bait on a moving tide works best.

Near Shore: The Spanish bite is very good and some of the fish are very nice in size. Best times seem to be early morning and late evening. Clarkspoons on planers will do the trick. Nice flounder are biting at the near shore reefs on jigs. Drifting seems to work best.

Offshore: The kings, mahi and sailfish have shown up all at the same time. The 10 to 20 mile areas seem to be doing best. Slow troll with live bait of fast troll with ballyhoo. Catch-em up.

Gulfstream: Billfish are biting along with some wahoo and mahi.

Upcoming: With hot weather and hot water, fish early and fish late; take a siesta in between. Cooler temps are still a ways away, but something to look forward to. At the same time we don’t want to wish the good summer fishing away. Please be sure to check out the new pics in my Photo Gallery at www.rodmancharters.com/photos.

Until Next Time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters (light tackle and fly-fishing, inshore and near shore)
Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods (from ultra-lite, to fly, to marlin)
407 Fox Wood Lane
Wilmington, NC 28409
rodman@rodmancharters.com

http://www.rodmancharters.com
http://www.custom-fishingrods.com
910.520.7661

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