Rod-Man Fishing Report

Trying to get Back to Normal

Published on October 22nd, 2015 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Click for more | Add Your Comment

Hi Folks,
Finally dared to venture out 2 weeks after the big rain (12+ inches locally). After some fruitless searching we found some hungry red drum. We were fishing in the waterway near Wrightsville Beach with live poagies on Carolina rigs. Me and my buddy Stuart had five fish and we thought that was a good day. Kept two and cleaned them and ate fish that night. YUM!
INSHORE: I am getting some reports of small trout, but I think that will improve greatly soon. Flounder are biting at the inlets and as I said above there are red drum to be had.
NEAR SHORE: Large schools of menhaden are patrolling the beach and attracting plenty of fish; primarily Spanish, kings and blues.
OFFSHORE: King mackerel and false albacore are the main attractions.
GULF STREAM: Wahoo, some mahi and blackfin tuna are biting for the boats making the trip in the persistent NE wind.
CAPE FEAR RIVER: The river is still messed up from all the rain. Hopefully it will clear some soon and give us a good later fall fishing run.
Until Next Time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!
Capt Rick Bennett

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Published on June 19th, 2015 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Click for more | Add Your Comment

Hi Folks,

It’s been way too long since my last report but I have been enjoying some awesome fishing. Water temps are in the low 80’s inshore and offshore. For the most part winds have been favorable. Here we go:
INSHORE: Good size flounder and reds have been biting live bait fished on carolina rigs. Deep holes near inlets and heavy structure in the creeks and waterways have been the hot spots.
NEAR SHORE: The Spanish mackerel bite has been good. Some kings have been taken along with some cobia. The near shore reefs have been providing some nice flounder.
OFFSHORE: In the 10-25 mile areas mahi and kings have been the main attractions. Further out, 45-50 miles larger mahi are biting sea wiches with ballyhoo. ( I have had two mahi meals this week) Vertical jigging is attracting amberjack and some nice bottom fish.
GULF STREAM: The Stream has blackfin tuna, some mahi and wahoo along with blue and white marlin. That should give you plenty of fishing enjoyment.
CAPE FEAR RIVER: Good catches of flounder, reds and trout in the southern river can be had. Live bait works, but topwater and swim baits will get the job done too.
UPCOMING: As long as the weather remains “stable”, fishing should remain very good. It’s hot out there so focus on early morning and late evening for your best fishing.

Until next time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett

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