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Inshore Bite Better Some Days Than Others

Capt. Richard Bennett
August 8, 2011
Wrightsville Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Hi Folks,

The heat is taking its toll on the fish and the fishermen. There have some really good fishing days and some that were not up to my expectations. In general, inshore fishing has been pretty good considering water temps in the 86-87 range. Early morning if the tides are right is best for sure and after about 11 AM it's time to head for the hill.

Now here's my report:

Inshore: The redfish and flounder bites have been poor to great. Now that may seem hard to believe. It all depends on the weather, barometer and wind direction, time of day (early is best), and where you fish. In the past week we have had days where we caught 9 reds and days we caught 6 flounder. Not huge numbers but good for this heat. Then there have been days we caught nothing. Folks that is fishing. Finger mullet are plentiful and the best bait right now.

Near Shore: Spanish mackerel appear to be the most consistent fish right now. Again, early morning is best and fishing deep with clarkspoons is a proven way to fill the cooler.

Offshore: Wow, what and unusual year the offshore fishing is providing. King macs are virtually non-existent. Mahi, even 25 miles out are hard to find and small. Not much of anything happening in the 8-12 mile range, unless you count AJ's and barracuda. Sailfish seem to be the most abundant fish out there and they are very finicky.

Gulfstream: Winds have been less than favorable for gulfstream trips lately. I have heard reports of billfish and some wahoo being caught.

Upcoming: Cooler weather and I hope it will be soon. Realistically, we are looking at a good month of more hot weather. When the weather cools the fish will feed like crazy. They know when to eat. Until then we just keep trying and some days will be great and some not so great. But it is always great to be on the water.

Until next time…LETS GO FISHING!!!

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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