Inshore Fishing Turning On WB and CB

April 23rd, 2013 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

Hi Folks,

Can you believe this wind? Seems like it has been blowing forever. Sea water temp is right at 60 although it is warmer inside, closer to 65+. The 5 day forecast looks like the north winds will go south around Thursday with temps warming back into the 70′s. We had a trip Friday just before this front came through and caught a nice mess of black and red drum. The fish are definitely here, we just need a weather break.

Now here’s my report:

INSHORE: Black drum and red drum are plentiful right now. We are catching them on the falling and rising tide. Best bait is fresh shrimp. I use a Carolina rig with a #2 Eagle Claw 042 hook. A few flounder are around but look for that activity to pick up as the water warms.

NEAR SHORE: Bluefish are biting jigging spoons at the inlets on the high tide. We need the water temps to get above 60 to see better fish migration toward shore.

OFFSHORE: Some good bottom fishing going on when the wind allows the boats to go fishing.

GULFSTREAM: Wahoo and blackfin are biting strong and some mahi are being caught as well.

CAPE FEAR RIVER: Lots of fish in the river. Trout, reds and whiting are the main targets. You can catch the reds and trout on artificials and the whiting on fresh shrimp. Always try to use fresh shrimp.

UPCOMING: We will probably have a jump from a cool spring to a hot summer before long. When it does look for a week long shock to the fish as all of a sudden the water warms. Then fishing will really take off.

Be sure to check out my latest photos at http://www.rod-man.com/fishingphotos/main.php. We have made several guided trips recently and several more are on the calendar. We are looking forward to a lot of fish this year.

Until next time… LET’S GO FISHIN!!!

“Fishing is Our Business”

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man, Inc.
www.rod-man.com
www.custom-fishingrods.com
rodman@rod-man.com

910-520-7661

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Spring Fishing Comes Wrightsville Beach to Cape Fear River

April 2nd, 2013 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

Hi Folks,

Another fishing season is taking off and hopefully with a great start. Weather is calming down and warming up and the water temps are responding and so are the fish. Weather through the rest of this week is forecast to be calmer and warmer and next week the 70′s come out in force! I hope all of you had a nice winter and are ready for fishing season. Here we go with our first report:

INSHORE: The best bets right now are small puppy drum and some nice black drum. You can catch both on fresh cut shrimp, fished on regular two hook bottom rigs or Carolina rigs around docks and the Masonboro jetty. Best tide would be falling.

NEAR SHORE: At high tide the blues should be chomping on jigs at the mouth of Masonboro Inlet. False albacore should be expected from the shore out 10 miles. The bonito should show very soon. Your favorite jig should catch any of these fishes.

OFFSHORE: Except for some decent bottom fishing, it’s a bit early for anything else to be biting under 40 miles.

GULFSTREAM: Recent weather and winds have prevented most boats from trips to the stream. That should change very soon and look for good reports to come in our next report.

CAPE FEAR RIVER: For you inshore fisherman, this is where it is happening right now. Nice speckled trout and some good stripers are biting

ROD-MAN NEWS: Remember if you have a boat and want to learn the where, when and how, I will come on your boat and guide you to the fish. Check out my website for details and photos. Also, I am continuing to build custom fishing rods by order or if you prefer, my good friends at Island Tackle and Hardware, Carolina Beach are now caring some of my rods.

Until next time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

“Fishing is Our Business”

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man, Inc.
www.rod-man.com
www.custom-fishingrods.com
rodman@rod-man.com

910-520-7661

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