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Fall Fishing at Wrightsville and Carolina and Cape Fear

Capt. Richard Bennett
September 17, 2013
Wrightsville Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Hi Folks,

This week is ushering in the first real cool snap of the fall season and the fish are getting active. I have reports from Captain Jimmy Vass of the Fortune Hunter and the good folks at Island tackle. Water temps are cooling and the baitfish are moving.
Now here's my report:

INSHORE: Red drum and flounder continue to be the primary targets for now. Catch the reds on bait or artificials on the falling tide and the flounder on live bait primarily on the rising tides. Carolina rigs work well.

NEAR SHORE: Bluefish are pretty thick at the inlets particularly on high tide. Spanish (good size) are biting from the beach out to 50' of water. Fish clarkspoons on 25-30 feet of leader on planers and bird rigs (only 7' of leader on the birds).

OFFSHORE: The Fortune Hunter caught a nice sailfish 12 miles out. Some kings and big spanish are in the same distance out to 25 miles.

GULFSTREAM: There is a very good wahoo bite as well as blackfin tuna.

CAPE FEAR RIVER: Island Tackle reports very good catches of reds, flounder and trout in the southern Cape Fear.

UPCOMING: With these strong NE winds and cooler temps look for inshore fishing to explode almost overnight. I hope to be out there soon getting a cooler full. Until next time... LET'S GO FISHING!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett

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