Trout in July!

July 1st, 2015

Nice 18 inch Trout

Hi Folks,
Yeah, you read it right. Today in 81 degree water we caught 3 nice trout on finger mullet. Good eating tonight. Water temps are very warm and early morning fishing is by far the best. Here’s my report:
INSHORE: Flounder, reds and yes trout are biting inshore. Live bait is plentiful in the form of finger mullet and poagies. Best tide has been the falling tide.
NEAR SHORE: Spanish mackerel continue to please. Most fish are hitting clarkspoons on a #1 planer. Tide is not an issue as long as it is moving.
OFFSHORE: Kings and mahi are biting from 10 miles out. A few sails have shown up giving hope for some hot action this July. Cigar minnows, ballyhoo and live bait slow trolled work best.
GULFSTREAM: Bigger mahi (than in closer), some wahoo and blackfin tuna are biting. Some billfish are getting into the act as well.
Cape Fear River: The river is giving up all three of the main fishes: reds, flounder and trout.
UPCOMING: Big holiday weekend coming up. Be careful on the water and OUT of the water.
Until next time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett

Good to Great Fishing Wrightsville Beach to Cape Fear

June 19th, 2015

Very Nice Flounder

Hi Folks,

It’s been way too long since my last report but I have been enjoying some awesome fishing. Water temps are in the low 80’s inshore and offshore. For the most part winds have been favorable. Here we go:
INSHORE: Good size flounder and reds have been biting live bait fished on carolina rigs. Deep holes near inlets and heavy structure in the creeks and waterways have been the hot spots.
NEAR SHORE: The Spanish mackerel bite has been good. Some kings have been taken along with some cobia. The near shore reefs have been providing some nice flounder.
OFFSHORE: In the 10-25 mile areas mahi and kings have been the main attractions. Further out, 45-50 miles larger mahi are biting sea wiches with ballyhoo. ( I have had two mahi meals this week) Vertical jigging is attracting amberjack and some nice bottom fish.
GULF STREAM: The Stream has blackfin tuna, some mahi and wahoo along with blue and white marlin. That should give you plenty of fishing enjoyment.
CAPE FEAR RIVER: Good catches of flounder, reds and trout in the southern river can be had. Live bait works, but topwater and swim baits will get the job done too.
UPCOMING: As long as the weather remains “stable”, fishing should remain very good. It’s hot out there so focus on early morning and late evening for your best fishing.

Until next time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett

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