Rod-Man Fishing Report


Published on October 5th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Click for more | Add Your Comment

Hi Folks,
I hope we have had all the bad weather we are going to have for a good while. The temps have cooled nicely and the fish are responding very nicely. Now here’s my report.
INSHORE: Inshore anglers are catching reds, flounder and trout. Some are using live bait, some are using artificials. The high tide falling seems to be working best.
NEAR SHORE:Some very nice Spanish are being caught mostly on clarkspoons on #1 planers. Fish up to 5 pounds are being reported. Bluefish are mixed in as well.
OFFSHORE: Its still a bit choppy but boats getting out are catching kings in good numbers. Live bait is working best, but cigars and ballyhoo will work too.
GULF STREAM: No reports due to rough seas. I do know the wahoo bite has been very good when boats could get out.
CAPE FEAR RIVER: Good catches of reds, flounder and trout. Whiting are biting in the south river.
UPCOMING: More and more. Cool temps and calm seas will make everything bite better. This is our time of the year!
Until Next Time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett

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Published on September 8th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Click for more | Add Your Comment

Hi Folks
Southeaster NC is breathing a sigh of relief mostly because Irma has shifted west. Cannot let our guard down and now have to pray for those still in her path. Ocean will still see some large waves. It’s in the high 50’s here and the smell of fall is in the air. It’s time to catch some fish! Now here is my report:
Inshore: Waters are heavily saturated with the rainwater we have had almost all summer. Makes inshore fishing harder. Reds, flounder and some trout are biting, but you have to be patient and hunt for them. Live finger mullet are plentiful for bait or you can try your favorite artificial.
Near Shore: Spanish mackerel and some nice kings are biting when its not too rough. The ocean flounder bite on jigging bucktails is good.
Offshore: More king mackerel and some mahi are biting live and dead baits.
Gulf Stream: I have no reports.
Cape Fear River: Reds, flounder and trout are biting, but again, you have to hunt for them.
Upcoming: Fall Fishing!!! Look for the waters to clear, hopefully soon, and cooler temps will make the fish more active. Looking for a good red bite, a better flounder bite and an even better trout bite in the weeks to come.
Capt. Rick Bennett

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