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Wrightsville Beach to Cape Fear River

Capt. Richard Bennett
February 10, 2003
Wrightsville Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Big Red Drum in the Surf

Cool temperatures are still with us and fishing remains an iffy proposition. Yet, we still have some very good action inshore on pretty days. Red drum along with some speckled trout can be caught in the surf, fishing from the beach or from a boat. These fish are cold and moving slowly. They will hit mirro-lures as well as lead heads and grubs. Fish in the 30 pound class are not uncommon.

Offshore, when the winter winds abate, king mackerel, wahoo and a few tuna can be found. Most of this fishing is from 40 to 60 miles out. Large bluefin tuna have been found at Frying Pan Tower. Better have some serious fish fighting gear to handle these 200 to 600 pound brutes. 8o pound class tackle is recommended...and a good fighting harness. Some pretty strong muscles will help too.

Even though it is still cool, spring is just around the corner. In late March through April the Atlantic bonito will show up just off the shore at Wrightsville Beach. Catch these tuna family speedsters on spoons, both sight casting and jigging.

Looking forward to warmer weather...

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