Posts Tagged ‘fall fishing’

N CAROLINA: Fall Fishing Not Quite as Good as it SHOULD Be

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Hi Folks,

This is very unusual for me… but I am closing out the season as of Nov. 1. I am taking a vacation for most of November and going on a cruise to celebrate my dad’s 90th  birthday. When I return, I hope the waters and the fishing are cooperating much better than they have for the last month.  By then it will be time for me to build some more fishing rods to have for sale at the winter boat shows (more on that later). The 24” rainfall we had has done more to ruin fall fishing than I first thought.  The water is dirty and the fish simply don’t like it. Oh there are plenty of fish around; they’re just hiding.

Now here’s my report:

INSHORE:
The most consistent and predictable fish has been my favorite, the redfish. You can find them around structure in the creeks, the ICW, and the inlets on a falling tide. Fresh cut bait and artificials work very well this time of year. Trout have been a bit more sporadic, but persistence and time hopefully will find you some fish. Flounder are a bit tough to find right now.

NEAR SHORE:
Bluefish around the inlets have been pretty solid on the rising tide. They are hitting your favorite jigging spoon. A few patches of false albacore are here and there. Some gray trout are hanging around, but the new limit of one per person hardly makes for a real target.

OFFSHORE:
Reports of king macks from the shore out 30 miles have been coming in with the 23 mile rock seeming to be the hot spot.

GULFSTREAM:
I have had reports of wahoo and blackfin primarily.

Until Next Time….LET’S GO FISHING!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters
p: 910.520.7661


Mount & Pole
Transom Mounts
5 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
10 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Motor Mount & 10ft Pole
Bow Mounts
3 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
6 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Trolling Mount & 10ft Pole
FISH HUNTER PACKAGES
5" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
10" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Poles
5" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
10" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
Bolt On
Motor Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
Motor Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole

N. CAROLINA: Fall Fishing is on-Speckled Trout Time!

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Fall is really starting to show its face around Southeastern North Carolina these last few weeks. Some warm days, some cool days and a few colder days! The good part of this is no more hot days and but lots of HOT fishing and the fishing has already been great and will even get better with this cool weather!

November is a great mouth to catch Speckled trout and one of my favorite to fish for. They are good to eat and a lot of fun to catch on light tackle. It really does not matter if you like to fish artificial bait or live bait you can catch lots of Specks either way! So far in the last two weeks we have picked up some very nice Speckled trout as well as good numbers of smaller ones.

Here is how I’m catching the Speckled trout lately. On the artificial side of things; MirrOlures are working very well for me this season so far. I’ve got to say we are catching them on the new ones like the 17MR and 18MR but some of the bigger ones are hitting the good old 52M&MR this season. My clients this last weekend found this out when the biggest trout of the trip hit a 52M; plus six more between two and four pounds. So colors of MirrOlures you ask? 17MR and 18MR’s in colors: 11, 26, 808, CFPR, CH, EC and BCH. As far as the 52M & MR in colors: 11, 26, 51, 704, 808, CFPR, CH, HP and one I call ‘Hatteras Light’ we’ll leave it at that…

Soft baits are always a winner for trout fishing and you can catch good numbers of Speckled trout on grubs etc. Berkley Ripple Mullets are a newer bait on the market and have been real good baits for Redfish but I’ve caught a few very nice trout on them lately. The colors I’ve had the best luck with are Goby magic/chart tail, Root-beergold/chart tail and glow/chart tail. These baits are a bit big so I rig them with light 1/8oz jig heads and use the Ripple mullets in shallow/light current areas. Berkley Powerbait shrimp will catch the specks. I prefer colors, natural, pearl white and new penny, rigging with red or brown jig heads. Saltwater Assassin makes a very large selection of great trout grubs, give one of these colors in the sea shad pattern a try on your next trout outing; chicken on a chain, copperhead, S&P silver phantom/chart, chart/diamond, sweet pea, 10w40/limetail and greenback shiner.

So you like to catch trout on live bait, well give live shrimp a try. The trick to live shrimp is knowing when to stop feeding the trash fish like; pinfish, lizard fish, and small bluefish. Using live shrimp can get expensive but you can catch some good numbers and size trout with live shrimp. I rig live shrimp a two different ways; in shallow water two to six feet I use a float rig. My float rigs consist of twenty pound Stren or Berkley Vanish fluorocarbon about twelve inches long and a number six treble hook for a live shrimp. When I fish deeper waters (five foot plus) or with stronger currents I use a light carolina rig. These rigs consist of a very small swivel, fourteen to twenty inches of fluorocarbon and a number one L42 Eagle claw hook. The sinker for this rig needs to be light 1/16oz or 1/8oz split shot and 1/8oz or 1/4oz egg sinkers should do the trick.

I’m still seeing the Redfish around and a few Bull reds are still biting from time to time around the inlets. There have been a few schools of Reds in the surf but due to very high winds and seas not much action there lately. On some sunny days I’ve caught a good number of Reds along the ICW and oyster flats in local creeks north and south of Wrightsville Beach. Live finger mullet and fresh cut bait will catch’em but, give a Berkley Gulp 3″ new penny shrimp or a root-beergold/chart tail Ripple mullet a shot and I bet you’ll have no problem catching a few redfish.

In other fishing news, the weekend of October 29th and 30th was the Cape Fear Red*Trout Series. This year again Adam Meyer and Liz Pitts of Charter Lakes Insurance Group fished with me. Liz did very well again this year taking home Grand Champion Lady Angler and General Division Champion. Our team came in 3rd over all in points. This is a tournament to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis; I look forward every year to fishing this tournament of a great cause.

Fishing gear we use:

Gear used: Speckled trout and Redfish: reels Penn Conquer 2000 and Battle 2000 spinning reels. Rods: All Star ASR 7′ Trout (med-light) and/or Redfish (med) series. Line: Spiderwire Ultracast ten and fifth teen pound. Bull Redfish: Penn Battle 6000 or 7000 and Penn Conquer 7000 spinning reels. Rods: Ugly Stik Tiger Jigging 6’6″ spinning. Fluorocarbon leader material, Stren Tinted Fluorocarbon in tints Gunsmoke for clearer waters and Tannic for river or stained waters in twenty pound test.

Captain Jot Owens
Jot It Down Fishing Charters
p: 910-233-4139


Mount & Pole
Transom Mounts
5 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
10 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Motor Mount & 10ft Pole
Bow Mounts
3 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
6 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Trolling Mount & 10ft Pole
FISH HUNTER PACKAGES
5" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
10" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Poles
5" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
10" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
Bolt On
Motor Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
Motor Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole

FLORIDA: Finally Fall Fishing

Friday, November 5th, 2010

The water has cooled down with the recent fronts. Bait has been plentiful, with scaled sardines, threadfin, shad, ladyfish and blue runners. This has started the nearshore to explode with Spanish Mackerel, and their big brother, the King Mackerel. With these speedsters, you want to use a longshank aberdine style of hook, from a #1 to a #2 o/t with a 30 or 40 florocarbon. This is ideal for Clearwater, to increase your strikes. If you’re getting bit off, use a 29 lb. 6″ piece of wire, for these toothy fish.

For the King Mackerel, use a 12″ to 24″ main wire with a 2-3 o/t front hook, then a treble hook as a stinger rig. You should use a rig with a 40 lb. trace wire to match the size of the bait. The stinger hook should be a #6 to #4. This is the rig that Kingfish pro’s have used for years. There is no mackerel, lady fish, or mullet too big to catch that big smoker King.

Cobia are migrating to the south. Look for these brown bombers cruising near the beach in pairs. They’re also on the reefs and ledges. Chumming will bring them to you, as well as the Mackerel and Kings. These species can be caught from a few hundred yards from the beach, to 3-7 miles out.

The back water bite has been getting better. Redfish are getting to be in good numbers with the cooler water. For the artificial enthusiast, topwater bite will help you locate these bruisers, as well as Speckled Trout. These fish will often be together with the mullet schools. With the extreme lowtides, you can find the Reds tailing on scattered turtle grass or around pot holes. For these conditions, live shrimp, cutbait and soft plastics will be your ideal baits.
With higher tides, concentrate on points, oysterbars and spoil islands. Make sure there are mullet in these areas, because the Redfish and Speckled Trout will be there also. The best bait to use now is whitebait, silver dollar size pinfish and cutbait. Your leader should be 2-3 ft. of 20 to 30lb florocarbon, with a 3-4 o/t light style circle hook. As for the fly enthusiast, all species can be caught.

Until next time, tight lines.

Capt. Craig Lahr
skinywatercharters
P: 727-204-9626


Mount & Pole
Transom Mounts
5 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
10 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Motor Mount & 10ft Pole
Bow Mounts
3 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
6 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Trolling Mount & 10ft Pole
FISH HUNTER PACKAGES
5" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
10" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Poles
5" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
10" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
Bolt On
Motor Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
Motor Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole

N. CAROLINA: Cool temps equals fall fishing at Wrightsville Beach

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Yes we had a little rain, oh about two feet, but the fishing is turning on and things are getting back to normal real quick. This week we have caught several reds and flounder with a 6.75 pounder leading the list.

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: As mentioned above, the flounder and reds are biting. I am having good luck on Gulp SW 4″ Baitfish fished on a 1/4 oz. jig head. We caught a 6.75 pound flounder on that rig. I am also catching reds on the same rig and also on cut menhaden fished on a carolina rig. Both fish have been doing well on the falling tide.

Near Shore: Blues and spanish are biting trolling rigs and jigging spoons. Big reds are cruising around the beaches too. They are hitting cut and live bait. Going looking for some grays tomorrow.

Offshore: I have heard reports of some nice kings moving in to the 7-10 mile areas.

Gulfstream: No Reports.

River: Due to resent rains the river is a bit high right now but should be getting back down soon. It was good for red, trout and flounder before the rains.

Upcoming: Lots of great fall fishing ahead. The hard trout bite hasn’t even started. It’s time to make plans to get on the water and soon!

Until next time….LET’S GO FISHING!!!

Capt. Richard Bennett
Rod-Man Charters
P: 910.799.6120


Mount & Pole
Transom Mounts
5 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
10 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Motor Mount & 10ft Pole
Bow Mounts
3 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
6 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Trolling Mount & 10ft Pole
FISH HUNTER PACKAGES
5" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
10" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Poles
5" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
10" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
Bolt On
Motor Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
Motor Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole