Pre-Storm Wrightsville Beach Report

May 29th, 2016

Clayton Nice KingHi Folks,
Excellent fishing going on around and off of Wrightsville Beach. Water temps in the low 70’s and southerly winds make for great fishing. Hers’s my report:

INSHORE: Plenty of reds and some good numbers of flounder. Live bait is plentiful. Artificials are working well too.

Near Shore: Spanish and blues continue to offer themselves up to deep divers and clarkspoons. Cobia are around in the many schools of menhaden.

Offshore: King mackerel are biting cigar minnows and deep divers for 7 to 25 miles out. Some bonito are joining in the fun.

Gulfstream: A strong mahi bite is happening with some billfish being taken as well.

Cape Fear River: Reds, flounder and trout are biting in the river. Live bait and artificials both doing well.

Look for the mahi to move closer to shore as the waters heat up. Larger flounder should come around soon.
Until Next Time…LETS GO FISHING!!!
Capt Rick Bennett

Chris's King

Windy OFF the Beach at Wrightsville Beach

May 2nd, 2016

Clayton's Nice Albacore April 30, 2016Hi Folks,

Will the wind ever cease? I’m not sure this year. Luckily I was guiding on a nice 28 footer this weekend and even better the fish were biting. We enjoyed a double digit Spanish mackerel bite and added a couple of fighting false albacore. Seas were running 3-5 feet and the wind started at 10+ and kept building to over 20. A ruff and rewarding day. Water temps are in the mid 60’s. Forecast for the next couple of days call for rain and wind. Tough spring so far. Now here’s my report:
INSHORE: I am getting some reports of black drum and reds being caught. Some flounder are biting as well; small with a few keepers mixed in from time to time.
NEAR SHORE: The Spanish mackerel and the bluefish have started biting well from the beach out to 40′. Trolled Clarkspoons and deep divers have been producing fish. A few baby kings have been caught ( have to throw them back).
OFFSHORE and GULFSTREAM: No reports due to winds.
CAPE FEAR RIVER: Trout, reds, a few flounder and whiting on the south end of the river.
UPCOMING: Hopefully the winds will abate soon. The bigger keeper flounder should be arriving soon. King mackerel in the 10-25 mile areas also should be biting soon. Look for cobia to be prowling the near shore reefs and inlets.
Until next time: LET’S GO FISHING!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett                                                                                 Roger's False Albacore April 30, 2016

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