Dog Days Fishing Around Wrightsville Beach

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

Hi Folks,

We are finally getting some normal summer showers and reasonable temperatures. This translates to good but unpredictable fishing. By that I mean you have to be observant about the weather. Overall fishing has been pretty good as we enter the dog days of summer. Now here’s my report:

INSHORE: Flounder fishing in the deep holes in the inlets has been very good. Live bait is working best. Reds have been patrolling the banks of the creeks from Carolina Beach to Topsail. Live bait or fresh cut bait have been working well and artificials have been very good early in the morning.

NEAR SHORE: Spanish mackerel have been just next to awesome this season and that is still the right word. Most fish have been caught in 40 feet of water. You can catch them trolling and often sight casting. There have been some large schools of menhaden traveling the beach. These fish always attract big predators such as king mackerel, tarpon, cobia and sharks. Slow trolling a live menhaden around these schools can be very rewarding!

OFFSHORE: Starting at the 10 mile areas and going out to 25 miles, bait fish have been thick (see a pic on my website at http://www.rodmancharters.com/fishingphotos/main.php.

All the bait is attracting False Albacore and big Spanish mackerel. Some kings and mahi are biting in the 12-18 areas. African pompano are biting near the Tower.

GULFSTREAM: Things are a little slow in the stream with some wahoo and mahi and the occasional sailfish being the main attractions.

UPCOMING: As we move into and through August, we want to fish deeper areas for our inshore fishes. Flounder on the large size should be hanging around the near shore reefs. Continued good fishing for Spanish near shore and kings and mahi should prevail offshore.

I will be at the Oriental Annual Tarpon and Inshore Slam Tournament on August 18. I will have a booth to display some of my custom rods and hope to see many of my friends there!

Until Next Time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

“Fishing is Our Business”

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man On Your Boat Guided Trips
Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods

Rod-Man Charter Booking Service

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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Big Flounder in Deep Water off Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches

July 17th, 2012 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Comments Off

Hi Folks,

It has been a while. We have been dealing with the heat and the rain and now the heat again. Bottom line, inshore fishing is slow. But there is a silver lining behind every cloud.

Now here’s my report:

INSHORE: Inshore fishing has hit the dog days a few weeks early for two reasons. First is the heat which is no news to anybody. It is surprising to see just how few people are actually on the water. Second we recently had almost 6 inches of much needed rain along the coast which has made the inshore waters dirty. There are some nice flounder on the last part of the incoming tide in the inlets. And, if you search long enough you can find some reds early or late in the day.

NEAR SHORE: The silver lining: the big flounder are in the ocean at the near shore reefs. They are being caught on live bait as well as jigging with bucktails tipped with Gulp. Of course when you are fishing in 40-50 feet of water, anything is possible to grab your bait. The Spanish mackerel so far are providing near record numbers, both trolling and sight casting.

OFFSHORE: In the 10 mile areas there have been some mahi, some kings and some large Spanish mackerel. Most of these fish have been caught on live bait. A few sailfish have been caught down near the shoals.

GULFSTREAM: No Reports.

UPCOMING: Of course if there is going to be a slow period during the summer, now is the time, especially inshore. I guess we are paying for the mild winter we enjoyed. With the heat, fish deeper water and live bait right now is typically going to work better than artificials. There are some nice fish to be caught; we just have to work a bit harder and smarter.

Until next time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

“Fishing is Our Business”

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man On Your Boat Guided Trips
Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods

Rod-Man Charter Booking Service

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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