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Fall Fishing IS Coming To Southeast NC

Capt. Richard Bennett
September 11, 2013
Wrightsville Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Hi Everybody,
Fishing in general is OK, but pretty slow. This is usual as we transition from summer to fall. We had a strong NE wind come in this weekend that pretty much dropped the barometer and shut things down. Remember the barometer is possibly the number one measure of how the fishing will be. Not so much whether it is high or low, but that it needs to be steady. In our area moon phase is a close second in importance. The full moon and the new moon cause abnormal tide swings and in our small estuaries that confuses the fish ( or maybe it just confuses me).
Now here is my report:
INSHORE: Reds and flounder are still biting on fresh bait, dead or alive for reds and alive for flounder. Flounder are best on the incoming tide and reds on the falling tide.
NEAR SHORE: Spanish mackerel have been a mystery this year; biting one day and the next they cannot be found. Try deeper water with deeper techniques like planers. You might pick up a small king in the mix. Bluefish are showing up in numbers.
OFFSHORE: A good number of small mahi are being caught around the 20-25 mile range. Some nice kings are biting on live bait. False albacore and amberjack are hanging around the artificial reefs.
GULFSTREAM: A good wahoo bite is on along with some mahi. There is a good white marlin bite.
UPCOMING: We have some cooler coming this weekend into next week. Look for the fish to turn on! We can salvage this funny season with a good fall.
Until Next Time…LET'GO FISHING!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man, Inc.

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