Rod-Man Fishing Report

Fall Fishing in Earnest

Published on February 2nd, 2016 by Press | Click for more | Add Your Comment

Hi Folks,
It seems things are getting very close to normal again which means great fall fishing. Here’s my report:

INSHORE: Good catches of reds, flounder and trout; Artificials, live shrimp and other live bait are all catching fish.

NEAR SHORE: Bluefish are everywhere and some false albacore are around as well. Gray trout and flounder are biting jigs at the near shore reefs.

OFFSHORE: Plenty of king mackerel with most boats limiting on their trips. Lots of bottom fish including grouper are biting. And for jiggers amberjack are providing big action.

GULF STREAM: The wahoo bite is good and some blackfin tuna and sailfish are in the mix.

CAPE FEAR RIVER: All the usual suspects; red, flounder and trout, are biting. Sea mullet and croakers are biting in the south river.

UPCOMING: It’s going to get better and better, especially for trout in the coming weeks.

Capt Rick Bennett

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Cold, Rainy and Windy Tough on Fishing

Published on April 20th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Click for more | Add Your Comment

Hi Folks,
It seems winter will not let us go. Water temps are still below 60. We had a touch of spring and the fish started to respond. The last few days of cold, rain and wind have shut things down again.
As the weather settles down again in the coming days, look for redfish, black drum and bluefish to bite in the inshore waters.
Just off the beach look for some false albacore and Atlantic bonito.
The kings are still way out, but the Gulfstream, when you can get to it, is producing wahoo and blackfin tune.
Hopefully we will have a sustained period of warm temps and calm seas…
It is hard to believe that we are over half way through April. When the water temps hit 65 look for things to bust wide open. It is going to be a late spring and thus a late start to fishing.

Capt. Rick Bennett

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