N. CAROLINA: Fresh Cut Shrimp on Regular Two Hook Bottom Rigs or Carolina Rigs

Hi Folks,

Another fishing season is taking off and hopefully with a great start. Weather is calming down and warming up and the water temps are responding and so are the fish. Weather through the rest of this week is forecast to be calmer and warmer and next week the 70’s come out in force! I hope all of you had a nice winter and are ready for fishing season. Here we go with our first report:


The best bets right now are small puppy drum and some nice black drum. You can catch both on fresh cut shrimp, fished on regular two hook bottom rigs or Carolina rigs around docks and the Masonboro jetty. Best tide would be falling.


At high tide the blues should be chomping on jigs at the mouth of Masonboro Inlet. False albacore should be expected from the shore out 10 miles. The bonito should show very soon. Your favorite jig should catch any of these fishes.


Except for some decent bottom fishing, it’s a bit early for anything else to be biting under 40 miles.


Recent weather and winds have prevented most boats from trips to the stream. That should change very soon and look for good reports to come in our next report.


For you inshore fisherman, this is where it is happening right now. Nice speckled trout and some good stripers are biting

Until next time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

“Fishing is Our Business”

Capt. Richard Bennett
Rod-Man Inc.
P: 910.520.7661