Captain Jot Owens Fishing Report

Wrightsville Beach, NC Fishing report/forecast November 2014

Published on October 31st, 2014 by Captain Jot Owens | Click for more | Add Your Comment


Where has this year gone??? Wow its November already, hey the good news is it’s time for another one of my favorites to fish for; Speckled trout. These fish are a challenge to catch “sometimes” and it’s a light tackle fishery! Here is how I catch trout and a few other species during November.

In early November I look for Speckled trout in the creeks and channels just off the ICW; any where water is moving with tide flow and bait. Speckled trout like current; whether it’s hard current in a main channel or light current up a creek. You need current flow to catch trout; rising and falling tide can be good for trout don’t let the tide keep you form going trout fishing! Marsh grass banks with oyster rocks that run in to a channel or along a marsh grass bank with oysters and drop-offs in channels are all good places to find Speckled trout in November. Later in November I start to find the trout in the above area as well as around the inlets in good numbers.

One key point to trout fishing I’ve found is that most days Specks will bite, but what are they hitting that day? I’ve found that hard baits work through November and catch all sizes of speckled trout. This is when you need to know where to start; what lures to try? One of my favorites is the good’ole MirrOlure; it’s been around a long time and it is still catching fish. The patterns I prefer are the Catch 2000, 17MR, 18MR, 52M and 52MR. Colors; MirrOlure makes a lot of different colors but here are some of my go too colors around Wrightsville Beach area waters. MirrOlure color codes: 11, 21, 26, 51, 704, CFPR, CH, EC and HP. Any local tackle shop can help you with these color codes or go to www.MirrOlure.com for a color chart.

If you have ever done any trout fishing at all you know that a grub (soft plastic) lures work very good for Speckled trout too! Berkley Gulp shrimp three inch is a great bait form Berkley, I really like these baits. The colors I prefer in the Fire tail shrimp are rootbeer/gold chart tail, Cajun purple/chart tail, watermelon red glitter/chart tail and glow white/glow chart tail. In non fire tail color I like sugar spice glow. Saltwater Assassin’s four inch sea shad in colors chicken on a chain, sweet pea, mullet, Green moon, rainbow trout and cantaloupe are all good choices in November as well. Remember when it comes to color; try light colors in clear water and darker colors in stained or dirty waters. The color chicken on a chain is great when the water gets stained from rain; which sometimes we get lots of in the fall around here!

Don’t count out live bait if you would rather fish with it. Try live smaller mullets, mud minnows and live shrimp. In shallow waters of two to five feet I like to float these live baits with a cork. In deeper waters of six to ten plus I rig them on light Carolina rigs with a small #1 J-hook. Just wait until you feel that trout take off with the bait and lightly set the hook, remember trout have very soft mouths.

The Redfish bite can be good during November, sometimes while trout fishing I find nice schools of Redfish. November can also be a very good mouth for large schools of Reds in the surf or the creeks. Casting lures to these Reds like Berkley Gulp Ripple mullets or five inch jerkshads will surely get you a bite! Most all the time when I find Redfish in November they are hungry and ready to bite.

The Flounder fishing starts to slow down in later November, but you can still catch some big ones during November. A couple of years ago I had a client put a eight and a half pounder in the boat while we were trout fishing during November; talk about a fight on very light tackle!

There will also be just about all the Bluefish you can handle during November as well. Just look for the birds and bait schools close to the local inlets and cast metal spoons at these bait schools. 99.9% of the time there will be Bluefish there, just about every cast! Don’t’ forget to beef up your leader when catching Bluefish; I use forty or fifty pound fluorocarbon or mono when casting to Bluefish. You surely do not want to lose those trout lures to a bluefish!

Tackle run down: PENN Battle II or Conflict Spinning reels sizes 2000, 2500 & 3000 for the Bluefish, Redfish and Speckled trout. Rods PENN Battalion 6’6” & 7’ med/light and medium action; line Spiderwire Ultra-cast in eight, ten and fifth-teen pound. Leaders: Berkley Pro Spec Fluorocarbon leader material in 20 or 30 pound.

*Are you on Facebook? Check out my page Capt. Jot Owens/Jot It Down Fishing Charters LLC for lots of good info on local fishing, fishing tips, detailed live reports, photos, videos and tackle giveaways; yes free stuff!

Thanks for reading these reports, if you have any questions or comments just let me know. Don’t’ forget to take a kid fishing and have a great Thanksgiving!

Capt. Jot Owens
PENN Tackle Elite Staff
Ranger Boats Pro Staff
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139

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Wrightsville Beach, NC Fishing Report/Forecast September-October

Published on September 9th, 2014 by Captain Jot Owens | Click for more | Add Your Comment

Well Folks, fall is trying to show and then it gets warm and wet! A real roller coaster of weather: one day with hot temps, breezy and wet; very next day cool and sunshine! Hey that’s what gets those fall fish biting so we can’t complain too much. With that said let’s talk fall fishing!

I’ve had some very good Spanish mackerel runs lately, most of the action has been a little off the beach in thirty to fifty feet of water (clearer water). Most of the Spanish are hitting Clark spoons on number one planners; a few nicer fish have hit live bait on top as well. I have also caught some on Fly’s and Hogy epoxy jigs casting when the Spanish get on top to feed. The Spanish are very nice in size; most fish are two to some over four pounds “nice fall size”. There has been a good amount of False Albacore mixing in as well, which are always fun on light tackle.

The Flounder fishing has been good for the most of the year, on some trips I’ve caught over eight keeper fish. The Flounder are mixed in size to just under keeper size to a few over five pounds. I have caught most of the Flounder on artificial baits and it seems that most of the bigger flounder are hitting bigger artificial baits. I’ve had the best luck with Berkley Gulp five and six inch jerkshad in colors pearl white and chart-pepper neon. I’m rigging these jerkshad on a red or black jig heads with forty pound fluorocarbon leaders for best results. I’m working the jerkshad slow, making sure the lure stays close to the bottom.

Redfish schools are starting to show up in the surf. You can find these schools of twenty to over a thousand Redfish around inlets, outer sand bars and jetties. Once you find these schools there pretty easy to catch if the weather is calm. I cast 1/4oz to 1/2oz jig heads with five inch Berkley Gulp jerkshad or four inch Berkley Gulp Ripple mullet; in colors new penny or pearl white. Be very careful in the surf if you’re in a boat, you really have got to watch the waves and try not to run over the school with your boat!

I’ve caught some bigger bull Redfish on hard/live bottoms just off the beach and around the local inlets. I’m catching Reds in the 24 to over 38 inch range, some days their over the slot some days there in the slot. Most of the Reds are hitting live mullets and fresh menhaden on Carolina rigs; using heavier egg sinkers with circle hooks 6/0 to 9/0. Don’t forget to keep your drag tight when using circle hook so the hook will do its job.

One tip I can give you when fishing for Bull Reds, is don’t use to light of tackle for these bigger Reds. If you fight them to long, there is a chance you can tire them out to much and kill them. Try a med/heavy rod and a reel with at least thirty pound mono or braid, this will help you get the fish in quicker; with a better chance of a good release. I see it over and over again; anglers using to light of tackle and they “release” a floating dead Redfish. Check to see if the Red has a tag in its back; there are a fair amount of tagged Bull Reds out there.

And last but Not least, Speckled Trout are starting to show and bite! The Speckled trout fishing has gotten better and better around this area every year! It looks like it will be the same this year as well; especially since we have seen a lot of fish already this year and there is plenty of bait around; “I Can’t wait, I love Trout fishing”! The best trout bites should be on grubs and hard baits, but good ‘ole live shrimp will work just as well too.

The best grubs I’ve luck with are Berkley Gulp three inch shrimp in colors pearl white, new penny, and new penny flick/chart tail. I also catch a good amount of trout on Saltwater Assassin’s four inch sea-shad in colors greenback shiner, chicken on a chain, copper head and silver mullet. I Rig the grubs and shrimp patterns on a red or black jig heads and I always use fluorocarbon leader for trout fishing!

Hard lures that seem to be bring the trout to the boat are Mirrolure’s 17MR, Catch 2000 Jr, 52M and 18MR lures in colors pink, chartreuse, and white. Most of the trout we have caught have been in the creeks and main channels connecting to the ICW and inlets as well as the Cape Fear River.

The Fishing gear I use:

Reds, Trout and Flounder: Reels PENN Battle II’s and Conflict spinning in sizes 2000, 2500 and 3000 Rods: PENN Battalion 6’6” and 7’ Med/light and Med. Line: Spiderwire Ultracast in 10, 15 and 20 pound. Bull Redfish reels: PENN Spinfisher V 5500 and PENN Fathom 15. Rods: PENN Rampage Jigging rods in 30 to 80 pound class. . Line: thirty pound Berkley Big Game mono.

*Are you on Facebook? Check out my page Capt. Jot Owens/Jot It Down Fishing Charters LLC for lots of good info on local fishing, fishing tips, detailed live reports, photos, videos and tackle giveaways; yes free stuff!

Thanks for reading my reports, if you have any questions or comments just let me know. Don’t’ forget to take a kid fishing!

Capt. Jot Owens
PENN Tackle Elite Staff
Ranger Boats Pro Staff
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139

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