Rod-Man Report Holiday Edition

December 18th, 2012 by Capt. Rick Bennett

Happy Holidays Folks,

It’s that time of the year when fishing takes a back seat to families and friends, but what a great way to spend time with family and friends…fishing. In my years of chartering, I found how easy it was to get to know someone within a few hours and with nowhere else to go but around a 24 foot boat. But I am off the subject of my fishing report. Below you will find the layout of my reports starting in 2013. Hope you like it.

INSHORE: Inshore fishing has been very good with speckled trout and redfish providing the most action. Artificials like DOA are still working well, but it is also a great time to consider live shrimp. Fishing around the inlets and the jetties can produce trout, reds, black drum, sheepshead and more. When fishing with live shrimp remember they have their own action and all you need to do is wait for the strike.

NEAR SHORE: Things are a little slow just off the beach. Some bluefish are still around and a few gray trout are mixed in with them. On calm clear days you might find a large school of big reds patrolling the beach in the shallows between Carolina Beach and Topsail Inlets.

OFFSHORE: The hottest spot offshore is Frying Pan Tower. Here good size and plentiful king mackerel can be had fast trolling with drone spoons or slow trolling with live or dead bait. Numerous bottom fishes are also in the area.

GULFSTREAM: The wahoo bite is still very good. Some blackfin tuna are still around.

CAPE FEAR RIVER: Not surprisingly, this is where the best close in fishing is happening. In the upper Cape Fear, there are good catches of stripers, trout and redfish. In the lower Cape Fear the whiting bite is going strong. These fish are biting fresh shrimp cut into small pieces and fished on a two hook bottom rig.

The FORECAST:

WED W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

ED NIGHT

SW WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

THU

S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT…INCREASING TO 25 TO 30 KT IN THE

AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

THU NIGHT

SW WINDS 25 TO 30 KT…BECOMING W AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS

6 TO 9 FT. SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

FRI

W WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 5 TO 7 FT…SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FT.

SAT

NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT…SUBSIDING TO 2 TO

3 FT.

WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR TSTMS.

Temps will range in 60′s (daytime to the 40′s (nigh time) until the weekend when highs in the 50′s and lows in the 30′s will cool us off a bit. Pretty breezy conditions will prevail. Water temps are in the low 50′s.

ROD-MAN NEWS: We are gearing up for the January boat shows in Raleigh and Richmond. In between the shows we are taking a short trip to fish for sailfish off the east coast of Mexico. Hopefully some awesome pics to come… Be sure to check out my website at www.rod-man.com.

Until Next Time (and Year) wishing all a happy New Year and…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

“Fishing is Our Business”

Capt. Rick Bennett

Rod-Man, Inc.

www.rod-man.com

rodman@rod-man.com

910-520-7661

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