August Fishing

August 5th, 2016

Paxton's TroutHi Folks,
Sorry it has been so long since my last report. I have been happily busy with building and repairing fishing rods for customers…mixed in with a few fishing trips. The weather has been hot hot hot and on some days so have the fish. Now here’s my report:
Inshore: There have been nicr catches of reds and flounder inshore, mostly on bait, but some artificial action is happening too. The falling tide seems to be working best.
Near Shore: Spanish macks and some small kings are keeping trollers busy. We are having a good flounder bite on the near shore artificial reefs. Some bull drum are mixed in on the reefs.
Offshore: Good mahi action with kings and barracuda mixed in the 20 mile plus areas. Live bait, ballyhoo or cigar minnows…choose your weapon.
Gulfstream: Some wahoo, lots of mahi and good numbers of billfish are there for those who venture far out.
Cape Fear River: Good fishing for reds, flounder and trout is happening in the river.
Upcoming: Don’t know about you but I am looking forward to some cooler weather. In this heat look for fish to be deeper and you need to slow your lures and baits down.

Until Next Time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!Paxton's Flounder
Capt. Rick Bennett


June 25th, 2016

Matt's FlounderHi Folks,
The heat is on! Fishing is good to great depending on what day it is. Just about everything is biting, just not all at once. A bit less wind would be nice. Water temps in the low 80’s and plenty of bait around.
Now here’s my report:

INSHORE: Flounder are good size but an bit spotty. As mentioned one day the bite is good, the next not so much. Live bait on a carolina rig is best. Reds are cruising around and can be caught mostly on the falling tide. Sheepshead are biting at the bridges,

NEAR SHORE: We have had a banner year for cobia just off the beach. The spanish have been pretty constant with some blues mixed in the bite.

OFFSHORE: Good bites of king on live or dead bait from 8 miles to 25 miles. Mahi are biting from 15 to 30 miles out.

GULF STREAM: The stream is a little rough right now but mahi and blackfin are biting when you can get out there. Bill fish are also around.

CAPE FEAR RIVER: Pretty good bite of flounder, reds and trout in the river. Live bait and artificials are getting the job done.

UPCOMING: Look for big flounder to move just off the beach to the artificial reefs. Jigging with bucktails and drifting live bait will bring home some nice fish.

Capt. Rick Bennett

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