Rod-Man Fishing Report

Fishing Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches

Published on June 24th, 2013 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Click for more | Add Your Comment

Hi Folks,

Again it has been a while since my last report, but you can blame the weather on that one. This has undoubtedly been the worst fishing weather thus far this season I can remember. Wind and rain, rain and wind, cold; you name and we have had it. Things were getting heated up just when “Andrea” came thru with 4+ inches of rain. My fishing report is below, but bottom line it is hit and miss. But I remain hopeful going forward. The water temp off Wrightsville Beach is 81.

INSHORE: Rain and wind has left us with some dirty water, but it is finally starting to clear up. Poagies are pretty easy to find for bait fishermen. Some reds are being caught near the inlets and in the waterway. Friday we caught a 6.25 pound flounder in the waterway so the larger flounder are here; we just need the weather to stabilize so we can get some constant fishing going on.

NEAR SHORE: Spanish mackerel are biting at a fairly steady rate, occasionally taking a day off…As usual there are a few blues mixed in with the Spanish. Shark fishing is steady around the shrimp boats and is always good for a fun tug on the line.

OFFSHORE: From the 5 mile areas out to 25 miles the king mackerel bite is pretty good with live bait or ballyhoo. I have not received any reports of mahi as yet, but that should change in the very near future.


UPCOMING: Expect BETTER WEATHER!!! Look for mahi to come inside of 25 miles and as close as 10 miles or so. Big flounder should continue to produce both inshore and at the near shore AR’s. Be sure to check out the photo page at

Until Next Time…LET’s GO FISHING!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett

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Fishing Explosion at Wrightsville Beach

Published on May 20th, 2013 by Capt. Rick Bennett | Click for more | Add Your Comment

Hi Folks,

This has been the most unusual early fishing season I personally have experienced in over 16 years of professional fishing. This past weekend saw an explosion of near shore fishing, while inshore fishing with the exception of the river, has slooooooooooooowed way down. Winds have been consistently SW for a good period and have brought good fishing to the area. The SW winds are forecast to stay for a while. Bait fish are abundant and HOPEFULLY everything will soon be NORMAL! Water temps in the ocean are around 67 and inshore 70. Now here is my report:

INSHORE: Some redfish and a few smaller flounder are biting bait and artificials near Wrightsville Beach. Best tide for both seems to be the falling.

NEAR SHORE: The best run of Atlantic bonito in years hit the Wrightsville Beach area this past week. Large schools of bonito were biting your favorite casting jig, trolled clarkspoons or Crystal Minnow Deep Divers. Plenty of bluefish, large Spanish and spring kings added to the foray.

OFFSHORE: Kings and AJ’s are biting at the 15 to 25 mile areas. Live bait is sure to attract any patrolling cobia also.

GULFSTREAM: The steam is producing wahoo, blackfin and mahi.

CAPE FEAR RIVER: While generally inshore fishing has slowed somewhat the Cape Fear might be the exception. The upper river is producing trout while the lower river is producing trout and redfish.

UPCOMING: The door is open and the fish are really starting to come through. With consistent SW winds we should see the inshore fishing explode like all the rest is right now. Flounder fishing should pick up as well as redfish. Please be sure to check out the photo section of my website,, for the latest photos.

Until next time: LET’S GO FISHING!!!

“Fishing is Our Business”

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man, Inc.


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