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Bracing for Irene at Wrightsville Beach

Capt. Richard Bennett
August 23, 2011
Wrightsville Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Hi Folks,

Well we have been lucky for a while, but it appears that may change by the weekend. Irene, some models say, is headed our way. Time will tell. Better to be prepared than waiting until it's too late. Meanwhile the fish continue to have their on the bite one day and cannot be found the next. Winder where they go? We have had some excellent catches of reds and some nice flounder and Spanish days.

Now here is my report:

Inshore: Reds are biting in the creeks and the inlets, mostly on live bait and the falling tide. Flounder are biting in the inlets, Snow's Cut and the river, also on live bait.

Near Shore: The Spanish bite has been good to excellent, depending on the wind and the fish. As stated, on one day off the next. Some tarpon have been in the area.

Offshore: Small mahi and plenty of sailfish have been the main attraction from 15-25 miles out. Multiple hookups on sails have been common.

Gulfstream: Some billfish, mahi and blackfin have been caught. A little slow in the stream right now.

Upcoming: After the storm passes if it is not too bad look for fall fishing to pick up. It may take a week or two for things to settle down, but the fish will be hungry. Cooler temps should be moving in during the next few weeks and that means more fall fish.

Until next time….stay safe and


Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters (light tackle and fly-fishing, inshore and near shore)
Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods (from ultra-lite, to fly, to marlin)
407 Fox Wood Lane
Wilmington, NC 28409


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