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N CAROLINA: Topwater Plugs are Working Well in the Early Morning

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

We have had some rain and from time to time breezy weather. Unusually however, the fishing has improved. That was just a long way of saying fall fishing has started early! And fortunately the weather for the extended weekend starting tomorrow looks fantastic. Now it is time for my report:

INSHORE:

Red drum and flounder are biting strong. Reds are in the creeks, the inlets and the ICW. Many are over the 27″ slot limit. They are biting well on most any oily bait such as menhaden, finger mullet, cut bluefish and so forth and on artificials like Gulp. Topwater plugs are working well in the early morning. Best fishing is high tide falling. Flounder are in the inlets, the Cut and are biting best on the incoming tide. Live bait and Gulp shrimp will get the job done.

NEAR SHORE:

Spanish mackerel and some nice bluefish are patrolling the near shore waters and offer a nice catch and meal. Kings are in close and susceptible to slow trolled live bait. Don’t forget it is time to pull the Deep Divers back out for some light tackle Spanish mackerel action. Big flounder are still biting at the near shore reefs, jigging or live bait.

OFFSHORE:

King macs, amberjacks, false albacore and more are biting in the 10-25 mile areas. Slow trolling with live bait seems to work best.

Capt. Richard Bennett
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N CAROLINA: Catching Reds on Live Bait and Artificial Baits

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Folks here is this months fishing report and forecast. Fishing this season so far has been very good most days and I am really enjoying the somewhat cooler weather we have had a few days. The rain is a welcome site too, the inshore waters are starting to get to warm and the rain will help cool things down a bit.

The flounder fishing this season and last has been some of the best I’ve ever seen around these waters. There has been a good number of keepers, little ones and some very nice fish over five pounds caught just about everywhere this year. The bait I’ve had the best luck with this season has been Berkley Gulp Jerkshad: especially for the bigger flounder. I’m rigging five and six inch Jerkshad in colors pearl white, new penny and chart-pepper neon on 1/4oz, 3/8oz and 1/2oz dark colored jig heads (red, gray, brown etc). I prefer forty pound Berkley Pro Spec fluorocarbon leader material in clear or tannic tint for stained waters. I fish for the flounder around inlets, creeks, docks and near shore reefs. Remember when it comes to flounder fishing; “you can work the lure to fast, you can never work it to slow”!

Red Drum fishing is very good this season and I’m seeing lots of over slot Redfish this year. I’m catching Reds mostly two different ways; live bait and artificial baits. When I’m fishing live baits I prefer mullets and menhaden in sizes four to seven inches long. I rig these live baits on carolina rigs with a 5/0 to 7/0 circle hooks. Remember when using circle hooks, let the fish hook itself; don’t jerk the rod, just come tight with the line. If you do this you’ll never miss a Red and the fish will be hooked in the corner of the mouth for easy release. The artificial baits that are working for me are Berkley Gulp’s three and four inch shrimp rigged on red or gray jig heads. I’m casting these shrimp around docks, grass lines and oyster rocks.

Another tip I can give you that I have seen lately while fishing for Reds, especially bigger Reds is anglers using to light of tackle and wearing out fish by fighting them to long and killing over slot fish. Try to use heavy enough tackle to get the Red in good time; this will greatly improve the likeliness of the Red surviving after the fight. When the water temps are hot like they are now, its very easy to over fight and kill a bigger Redfish. Also keep your eyes peeled for tagged Redfish; I have tagged a lot of over slot Reds this year.

The Sheephead fishing is still going very good and should be good until late October. Rigging is easy for Sheephead; I use a short carolina rig with forty pound mono or fluorocarbon leader about eight to ten inches long. The hook is a number one or 1/0 live bait nose hook; small, sharp and strong, very important for Sheephead! Look for Sheephead around pilings, bulkheads and large oyster rocks that stay covered up by water most of the tide. For bait, I catch fiddler crabs on mud banks on the ICW. Sheephead fishing takes patients and time to catch them but it’s worth the time because Sheephead are good to eat!

The Spanish Mackerel are biting most days, but the best bite has been earlier in the morning when the sun is lower in the sky; also the fish have been a little deeper in thirty to fifty feet of water for the last few weeks. When you mark big balls of bait with your fish finder this is usually where you’ll find the most Spanish biting. Clark-spoons in sizes 00 and 0 are doing the trick in colors silver, gold and pink flash behind number one planners. The Spanish hitting on top are hitting Blue Water Candy’s Spanish Daisy chains in colors pink, blue and silver; the great thing about this rig is you can pull it off lighter tackle outfits.

Another new lure that is working well for the Spanish when I’m casting to them is the River2Sea Sea Rock lure, these little casting jigs are just the right weight and size to get those fast moving Spanish to bite! All the colors that the Sea Rock comes in seem to work and I prefer the two smallest sizes of Sea Rock in the number seven and four-teen. All so the hook that comes on these lures is great, finally a good hook on a lure right out of the package!

Tarpon fishing this season has been hot, with lots of fish being hooked and caught off many of the local piers and just off the beach in boats. Tarpon fishing is not easy; it takes patients and time, but the payoff can be very rewarding! I fish for Tarpon on the bottom or free lining, using live and fresh dead baits like; spots, bluefish and menhaden. I’m rigging these baits on fish finder rigs, with three to five feet of 80 to 100 pound mono leaders. Circle hooks are the best bet for good hook ups and landings for Tarpon in hook sizes 7/0 to 10/0 depending what hook series/maker you like. I have also had a fair share of Tarpon on my kite rig with live baits like mullets, bluefish and menhaden. Hey give the Silver King a try sometime; you never know the fish god might hook you up with a Tarpon!

Fishing Gear I use:

Reels: Redfish, Flounder and Spanish casting: Penn Battle spinning in sizes 2000, 3000 & 4000 sizes. Tarpon & bigger Reds reels: Penn Battle 6000 & 7000, Penn Fathom 25N and Torque 12 & 15 conventional reels. Line: Spiderwire Ultra-cast braid in 8, 10 and 15 pound. Tarpon Line: 30 or 40 pound Berkley Big Game Mono. Rods: Penn Legion spinning 6’6″ to 7’6″ Med/light to Med /hvy. Tarpon/bigger Reds Rods: Ugly Stik Tiger Lite Jigging series or Penn Bluewater Carnage jigging series in 50-100 class spinning and casting. Leader material: Tarpon; Berkley Big Game mono & Fluorocarbon in eighty to one hundred pound. Stren Fluorocarbon leader material in Tannic and Gunsmoke tints; tannic for river and stained waters, gunsmoke for clear water applications.

Captain Jot Owens
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N. CAROLINA: Best Live Bait has been Finger Mullet

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

NC Inshore fishing for red drum & flounder in the backwaters of the the Cape Fear River has been from good to slow just depending on the thunder storms that have been passing over the southern tip of Brunswick County.

I have been fishing almost every day now that is why I have not been posting on a regular basis. The days the weather has been clear with no thunder storms bite has been at the start of the falling tide.

Live bait or strip mullet on Carolina rigs with circle hooks have just been the most successful,with jig heads and soft plastic curly tails, catching fish too. Best live bait has been finger mullet,which have been plentiful,small menhaden have been hard to find.

It takes a lot of moving around to find the fish,once located the red drum having been hitting hard with a lot of fight,most fish have been from 22″ to 27″ with quite a few over the slot size 30″ fish have common.

Flounder have been holding on the sandy flats,and deep channels with live bait catching the most fish.

Capt. Michael Dennis
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N CAROLINA: Look for Reds in Creek with Dark Colored Bottoms

Friday, February 17th, 2012

What great weather for this winter so far; lets hope it stays this way right on to Spring time! With this great weather has come some of best winter fishing I’ve seen around here in a very long time. Even on the ‘not so nice days’ the fishing has been good and other days down right great; finally a milder winter for a change! Cool mornings and warm afternoons are hard to beat in Southeast North Carolina in mid February!

The Redfishing lately has been pretty good most days when the wind is not howling and we’ve seen some nice schools of Reds. Warmer, sunny and lower wind days can be the key to catching these inshore winter Redfish. It’s not hard to catch them once you find’em, look for these Reds in creek with dark colored bottoms and oyster rocks never hurt. Scented soft plastics like Berkley Gulp should do the trick to get these Reds to hit. Patterns in Gulp like Shrimp in sizes 2″ and 3″ are my go too, colors that seem to work the best are pearl, molting and new penny; the new Fire tail colors work great too! Try lighter jig heads like 1/16 and 1/8 when winter fishing; lighter jig heads help you to work the lure much slower and still look nature as possible.

Surf Reds have been hit or miss; I believe that a lot of the Reds are still up in the creeks due to all the mild weather this season. I have caught a few good days of surf Reds when the weather is just right. Casting Berkley Gulp Ripple mullets on 1/4oz and 3/8oz jig heads in colors Rootbeer gold and New penny’ don’t forget that fluorocarbon leader this time of year the water is super clear!

I’ve made quite a few trips to the Cape Fear River year; there are three different kinds of fish to chase in the Cape Fear, Catfish, Striped Bass and even a hand full of nice Redfish most all winter long. Here is a few ways to put a CFR Striper on your line. Try Berkley Gulp Jerkshad in five and six inch size; in pearl & new penny colors. Work these baits slowly and always rig them weed-less; there are many hangs in the Cape Fear River. Try a Moaner swim bait hook with the Berkley Jerkshad; this is a great hook at a great price.  I use the weighted Stroker hook in 1/4oz 5/0. Look for Stripers on drop-offs, dock pilings and reed-grass lines.

If you would like to give the Catfish a try, use baits like cut mullet, chicken livers and cut eel. I use heavy Carolina rigs when I fish for catfish. Try an Eagle claw L42 2/0 to 4/0 hook with fifty or eighty pound mono leader to make your carolina rig. Look for the catfish on drop-offs from five to twenty feet of water. We have seen some blue cats over thirty pounds caught in the river so try not to use to light of tackle; these are not always your ‘farm pond channel cats’!

Tackle run down: Penn Battle Spinning reels sizes 3000 & 4000 for the Redfish and Striped Bass. Penn Legions in 6’6″ & 7′ medium and med/hvy action; line Spiderwire Ultra-cast in ten and fifth-teen pound; Berkley Big Game Fluorocarbon leader for my leaders.

Captain Jot Owens
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N CAROLINA: Striped Bass Found throughout the Roanoke, Croatan & N. Pamlico

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

When weather permits, activity will be heavy with anglers targeting striped bass.

They are often found throughout the Roanoke, Croatan and northern Pamlico sounds, especially near bridges or any other structure.

There will also be some good winter catches of spotted seatrout and red drum. Good places to try include around the barrier islands and Oregon Inlet’s Green Island Slough from pre-dawn to mid-morning hours.

N. Carolina
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N CAROLINA: Do You Ever Feel Like Everything is Just Perfect?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Do you ever feel like everything is just perfect?

Well on this particular morning that was the feeling I had. On board were three customers that were so excited about running 40+miles offshore to go King mackerel Fishing. This is the part that wasnt so perfect. On our way to the fishing grounds I had a bucket full of cigar minnows thawing out for the ride out. Well we arrived to our destination which was a spot called the Snapper Charlie and can be a very productive place to limit out on King mackerel this time of year. As I started to get the rods out and started baiting the hooks, there was no bucket or any baits in the boat.. My guess is they flew out on the ride out..

To this day I dont understand what happened to them..

So as im looking around the boat for some sibiki rigs, I decide to call Wally Traya who runs charters out of Oak Island, and it wasnt long he found somebody on the radio who had an extra box of minnows. Man what a relief that was. I give a Special thanks to wally and to Jim who runs the STIX SLINGER out of Little River, SC. If it wasnt for those two it would have been a very weird day trying to fish with no bait.. Long story short we got the bait and had a 9 fish limit by 10:am and ended up releasing 15 more until we ran out of bait. The seas were calm and it made for a great ride home with a cooler slam full of fish.

Good weather, Happy customers, and a safe trip home makes for a perfect day.

One lesson to all fisherman who are offshore, treat them as if they are family and help out if possible..

Capt. Kevin Sneed
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N CAROLINA: Ended Up with 3 Wahoo’s All Over 30 pounds

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Man what a day!!!

Perfect sea condtions and perfect weather equals a good day. The plan on this particular trip was to meet at 4:30am saturday morning. We had a plan of running offshore and fishing around the Blackjack Hole and the Steeples which is around 55 to 60 miles offshore. Once we cleared the inlet we pointed the bow offshore and away we went. After about 45 minutes of running the sun popped out over the horizon, and it was clear that everybody on the boat was anticipating on hooking some BIG FISH today. I love that feeling!!!

We arrived to our destination which was on a temperature break just inshore of the Black Jack. Shortly after setting the lines I was kinda amazed that I had all the lines set and none of them had gone off yet. It wasnt long after that the port rigger popped out of the clip and the reel screamed ,however we didnt get a good solid hook up. Then another line on the starboard rigger popped out but still no hook up. I ran to the reel and picked it up and put it in free spool. Engaged the reel and the fish was there, It jumped out of the water and happend so quick nobody could tell what it was. We fought this fish for over an hour not knowing what we had on the line.

Finally we started making progress. When the fish came to the surface it was clear the we were hooked up to a very nice sailfish. At that point evrybody was throwing high fives and hooping and hollering. That was the hi-light of the day. We ended up with 3 wahoo’s all over 30 pounds, the biggest topping out at 49.70lbs and 1 nice king mackeral. Every fish we had was a trophy.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Capt. Kevin Sneed
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N. CAROLINA: MirrOlures & Sebile’s Stick Shadds are Working Very Well

Monday, November 7th, 2011

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 with rain mixed in from time to time, but over all good fishing weather. The good part of this is no more hot days but lots of hot fishing to come!

October and November are great mouths for Speckled trout fishing 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 I have picked up some very nice Speckled trout as well as good numbers of keeper size trout. The gator trout (big ones) are starting to show up too and more will come with this cool weather we are having.

Here is how I have been catching the Speckled trout lately. On the artificial side of things; MirrOlures and Sebile’s Stick Shadds are working very well for me this season so far. I’ve caught trout the 17MR and 18MR but some of the bigger ones are hitting the good old 52M&MR this season. Another bait that has really picked up a few nice trout this season is the Stick Shadd by Sebile in sizes 90 and 114 with colors in white lady, hollow mullet and yellow pepper. The colors for the MirrOlures that are having the most luck are; 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 and HP.

Soft baits are always a winner for trout fishing and you can catch good numbers of Speckled trout on grubs etc. Berkley Ripple Mullets and Fire tail shrimp are two newer baits 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 in the Ripple mullets. In the fire tail shrimp pattern colors of rootbeer gold, watermelon red fleck and new penny are working great. 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.

I rig all of these grubs on high quality jig heads in colors red, gray and brown; in sizes 1/16, 1/8, ¼ and 3/8oz. When I say high quality; I mean a jig head with a strong yet very sharp hook, a good jig head makes a big difference in how many fish you catch and don’t miss; trust me! Check out jig heads by Sebile, Bluewater Candy and Saltwater Assassin; all of these companies make great high quality jig heads!

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 & North 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 22nd and 23rd was the Red Bone-Cape Fear Red*Trout Tournament 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 General Division Champion and Most Speckled trout Champion. Our team came in 1st over all in points, but the elusive keeper size Redfish was no where to be found; we got one as close at 171/2 inches (yes that hurt)! So we could not bring home Grand Champion Angler for Liz; hey there’s always next year! 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 I use:

Speckled trout and Redfish: Reels Penn Battle 2000 & 3000 spinning reels. Rods: Fenwick HMG GS 70ML & GS 70M-MF Line: *new line I’m using and really enjoying for Trout fishing is NanoFil from Berkley, this line is for spinning reels and its very smooth casting line! I prefer eight and ten pound for trout fishing. Fluorocarbon leader material, Stren Tinted Fluorocarbon in tints Gunsmoke for clearer waters and Tannic for river or stained waters in twenty pound test.

Thanks so much for reading this report!

Don’t forget take a kid fishing and good fall fishing to ya!

Captain Jot Owens
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N CAROLINA: Trout Caught on ¼ oz Lead Heads with your Favorite Gulp Bait

Monday, October 31st, 2011

It has been a bit breezy and sometimes quite windy, but fall fishing has been superb.

INSHORE the flounder and trout bite have been very good and red drum are around. The trout are biting in the creeks and can be caught on ¼ ounce lead heads with you favorite Gulp bait. Flounder are biting both live bait and Gulp.

Reds are primarily biting fresh cut bait or live bait. With all the bluefish around there is no shortage of fresh bait. NEAR SHORE Plenty of bluefish are biting at the inlets. Red drum in big sizes are biting near the inlet mouths and the near shore reefs. King mackerel have been making a nice showing near the beach. False albacore are sticking their heads up for the fly fishermen and the jig casters.

OFFSHORE plenty of king mackerel have been biting from 7 to 25 miles out. In the GULFSTREAM for those boats able to make the trip, some very nice wahoo are biting along with blackfin tuna and mahi. BOTTOM FISHING for grouper had been very good.

It’s time to get out and fish. Catch a big one…

Capt. Richard Bennett
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N CAROLINA: Flounder & Redfish – Live Mullet and Shrimp Work Well

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Speckled trout fishing continues to improve.

Fish up to six pounds have been reported from Carolina Beach all the way to Topsail. Most fish seem top be in the two to two and half pound size though. Best lure choices have been Mirrolures, Doa shad tails, Rapala X-Rap jerk baits in size ten and Betts Halo shrimp.

Falling tide seems to be the best time to fish.

Flounder fishing is good along with redfish. Live mullet and shrimp work well along with Berkley Gulp. Blues have thinned out a bit but are still around.

Spots continue to be caught in the waterway and surf.

Tex’s Tackle
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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