Post Irene Fishing Wrightsville Beach Area

September 13th, 2011 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

Hi Folks,

Fishing since Irene has been surprisingly good. Even though I am not currently fishing, I am staying in touch with the other fishermen. Redfish continue to be biting strong in the inlets and the river. Flounder fishing has been pretty strong as well. We are starting to get cooler nights with temps in the mid 60’s, so real fall fishing is almost upon us. While I am trying to sell my boat and looking for a new one, I will have to call in a few favors and get a ride with a buddy. Now here is my report:

INSHORE: Live bait is plentiful and that means reds and flounder. They are both around and biting in good numbers, both in the inlets and the river. It will not be long before some trout start biting.

NEAR SHORE: Spanish mackerel are still around and some tarpon are roaming the beaches. Even a few kings have been caught close to shore. There is a lot of bait along the beach and that is attracting the fish.

OFFSHORE: Most of the fishing is in the 20-25 areas. Look for kings mostly. While not always a good thing, there are a lot of sharks in the area as well.

GULFSTREAM: The Gulfstream is producing wahoo, some mahi and blackfin tuna.

UPCOMING: With my “pending” boat sale I will be on the shopping market, hopefully soon. By the time I sell my rig, buy and outfit a new one, most of my season will be over. While I’ll be looking, I may wait until the boat shows to get the best deal! Back to fishing: October is not far away and in my opinion it is the best month of the year to fish. Almost everything bites in October. So make plans to get in on the action. If you need a charter, give me a call and I will hook you up with one of several first rate captains.

Until Next Time…..


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

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