Rod-Man Fishing Report

Everything is Biting Near Wrightsville Beach

Published on November 5th, 2013 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Click for more | Add Your Comment

Hi Folks,

I have just returned from a great inland striper fishing trip in Georgia, but more about that later. Fishing has exploded here in the Wrightsville Beach to the Cape Fear area. Water temps are in the mid 60’s. Looks like we have some weather coming in Thursday but hopefully this weekend should bring good fishing. Now her’s my report:
INSHORE: Everything is biting; trout, reds and flounder. For me this is the time of the year I like fishing artificials. Topwater lures work well as do jig heads with your favorite soft plastic. Don’t forget to spray them with a fish attractant to get rid of the “plastic taste”. I am liking the falling tide.
NEAR SHORE: The Spanish are Still Biting! Captain Jimmy Vass of Fortune Hunter Charters reports king mackerel in the under 10 mile areas with his largest this past weekend at 25 pounds. Lots of false albacore are around as well. Near the inlets the blues are biting everything, particularly near the top of the rising tide.
OFFSHORE: More and more kings, but don’t go too far. They are in relatively close. Kings are biting live bait, ballyhoo and cigar minnows.
GULFSTREAM: The wahoo bite continues with blackfin and some mahi joining the gulfstream catch.
CAPE FEAR: Lots of trout are biting as well as some nice flounder and reds.
UPCOMING PLUS: Look for the fall bite to continue. The water temps are nearly perfect for just about everything. What has been a so-so year has finally become very good on the fishing front.
My first inland striper fishing trip was in NE Georgia. I fished at Watts Bar dam (actually in SE TN) and Nottely Lake. We caught several nice stripers up to 28 pounds. We also caught some blue cats and some flat heads as well. It was a great trip and beautiful country.

Until Next Time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett
www.rod-man.com
www.custom-fishingrods.com
rodman@rod-man.com
910-520-7661

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Fishing Heating Up WB

Published on August 6th, 2013 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Click for more | Add Your Comment

Hi Folks,

It’s been a while, but the fishing has not been at its best. Things are picking up! Nice weather and less rain has allowed the water to clean up some and the fish have liked that, a lot. Now here’s my report:
INSHORE: Red drum are biting in the cleaner waters. They are hitting top water plugs like the She Dog and the Super Spook early in the morning. As the sun gets high live or dead menhaden or mullet will get the job. I fish bait on a Carolina rig. Falling tide is best. Some flounder are being caught on live bait at the inlets.

NEAR SHORE: Spanish mackerel continue to provide fickled action. They are her one day and hard to find the next day. Some of the best flounder fishing of the year has been at the near shore reefs. Live bait or vertical jigging are both catching fish. Shark fishing near shrimp boats is a 99% guarantee (but be courteous to the shrimpers).

OFFSHORE: Nice catches of king mackerel with some mahi and sailfish mixed in are happening from 10 to 25 miles. Live bait, ballyhoo and cigar minnows are getting the job done.

GULFSTREAM: The stream is offering good catches of wahoo, mahi and billfish.

CAPE FEAR RIVER: The lower river is providing action on reds, trout and flounder.

UPCOMING: Fall fishing is just around the corner and if we can catch some stable weather patterns, the fishing should be great. Be sure to check my photo page at www.rod-man.com for the latest pics.

Until Next Time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

“Fishing is Our Business”
Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man, Inc.
www.rod-man.com
www.custom-fishingrods.com
rodman@rod-man.com
910-520-7661

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