Mid-Winter Fishing Hotter than the Weather

January 31st, 2012 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

Hi Folks,

This is an unusual mid-winter fishing report. It’s mid-winter, but it feels like early spring and the fishing inshore is HOT! Here we go:

We’ll start in the Cape Fear River with nice catches of stripers in the 3 to 14 pound range. They are hitting DOA soft plastics rigged weedless and shallow running crankbaits. Trout are hitting as well in the river on ¼ oz. lead heads and pink or chartreuse grubs. Best bite is on the falling tide. In the lower river, the reds are biting well on the high tide. If you like to sight cast, now is the time. The water is clear and the fish are there.

In the New River the trout bite is great up in the creeks with fish in the 5-7 pound range. MR-17 and DOA are doing the catching. The reds are in the lower river flats and banks in big numbers in the shallows staying warm and feeding.

Along the beaches the reds are in the surf with schools numbering in the 2-4 hundred fish and most of the fish are in the 6 to 12 pound range. As long as the wind is offshore to knock down the swell it will be happening. You can see the schools rolling right on the beach. Try to time the front passage to get the blue bird skies and offshore winds to get the perfect conditions.

If you can, get out on the water. If you do not have a boat, I have some of the best guides in Southeastern NC waiting to put you on the fish. Give me a call and I will “hook you up’. Please visit my website at www.rodmancharters.com for more info.

Let’s Go Fishing!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett
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Wilmington, NC 28409


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