Rod-Man Fishing Report

Rod-Man Report February 14, 2007 (mid-winter report)

Published on February 14th, 2007 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Click for more | Add Your Comment

rod-man-with-red-and-trout-in-fl.jpgHi Folks,
Guys, and gals, don’t forget the date!!!
Well, we are half way through the boat show and fishing school season and that much closer to spring fishing. Water temperatures are in the low 50’s and that is good for this time of year. I am hoping for an early spring.
I was fortunate to spend 8 wonderful days fishing in Florida last month. We caught reds, trout, flounder, snook, pompano and ladyfish…all on GULP jerk baits and medium light tackle.
My wife and I met many nice new friends at the Greensboro and Raleigh Boat Shows. Last weekend, my Raleigh Fishing School was a big success. This weekend I will be going to the International Rodbuilders Expo in High Point; hopefully to get some new rod building ideas and plenty of rod building components.

My Wilmington Fishing School is set for March 3 and there are still plenty of seats open. Breakfast, lunch, door prizes and lots of fishing information…for details please visit: Wilmington Fishing School
I just put the Rod-Man back in the water. She has a new trolling motor this year, which will add new possibilities to your fishing. Some other nice changes have been made too. I hope to have a new pic up soon.
As to be expected, fishing is a bit slow right now. Some stripers are being caught in the Cape Fear River. Dogfish and black sea bass are biting on the nearshore reefs. Grouper are biting in the 20-40 mile range.
Spring fishing is just around the corner. Don’t miss out on my annual spring special. Check it out at: Spring Fishing Special
That’s all for now…but things will be heating up soon.Let’s Go Fishing!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters

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Rod-Man report December 14, 2006

Published on December 14th, 2006 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Click for more | Add Your Comment

trout-in-the-net-email.jpgHi Folks,
The Rod-Man is out of the water until next season. We are adding a trolling motor to the boat and some other neat “customizations” I know you will enjoy. Even though I have been “out of the water”, I have been keeping up with what’s happening on the fishing scene.Now here’s my report:

Inshore: The trout are biting well and many are big citation size fish. You can find them in the inlet areas, the creeks and the river. If live bait is hard to get, don’t hesitate to throw some GULP SW at these hungry fish. I like the 5? jerk baits and the 3? shrimp. Reds are mostly in the ocean, patrolling the beach and near the inlets. On real calm days you can see them in large schools that look like dark clouds. You can catch them on anything from chunk bait to mirrolures and of course GULP SW.

Nearshore: Some gray trout are still cruising the nearshore reefs. Live shrimp and metal jigs will do the trick. As the water cools look for nice size black sea bass to move in and bite on squid.

Offshore: The kings are biting near Frying Pan Tower, but watch out; you might just hook into a bluefin tuna. False albacore and bonito schools may be around too so keep a rod rigged with a casting jig.

Gulfstream: No reports.

This will be my last post for 2006. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you and all my sponsors (they are listed on my home page) for your support through the year. We had another successful year and thanks to all.
I have? and will be making several speaking engagements this winter. I just got back from Oak Island where I met some wonderful folks and we talked about inshore fishing. January 5-7 I will be in Greensboro at the Coliseum for the Fishing Expo. January 12-14 I will be in Raleigh at the Fairgrounds for the Fishing Expo. I’ll have a bunch of custom rods at the shows at deep discounts. Then I am going to take a short vacation to Florida for some fun fishing and hope to bring back some neat pics for you to see. February 10 is the date for my Raleigh area Fishing School and March 3 is the date for my Wilmington Fishing School. I hope to see many of you at some of these events.

A word about the new Saltwater Fishing License for NC. They will be required starting January 1. There are several ways you can handle this requirement. You can best determine your needs at Of course if you fish on my boat, I have a blanket license that will have you covered.

I think that is all for this year, but please check back often. I may come up with something that needs posting. I wish each and everyone of you a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year.

Thank you and LET”S GO FISHING!!! next year…..

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters

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