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Capt. Richard Bennett
April 22, 2012
Wrightsville Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Hi Folks,
I know it has been a very long time since my last report and for that I apologize. I have been very busy fishing with clients in my new "on your boat" guided trips as well as building rods fro folks from Maryland to Florida. But enough of that. After a fast start to spring fishing, the fish have "cooled" down somewhat. Here's my report:
INSHORE: From Topsail to Carolina beach fishing for reds, black drum and flounder has been spotty. They are around; you just have to hunt them down. The Cape Fear River has probably been more reliable than anywhere else. There have been good catches of trout, reds and whiting in the river on a pretty consistent basis.
NEAR SHORE: The mouths of the inlets are producing huge numbers of bluefish, including some choppers up to 9 pounds. Best fishing time is around the time of high tide and the best method is either trolling with Yozuri Crystal Minnow Deep Divers or jigging with you favorite jigging spoon. (I recommend single hooks for blues) Bonito are biting just off New River inlet and a few have been caught off Wrightsville Beach.
OFFSHORE: Not too much happening in this zone right now. Some schools of bonito and false albacore are around.
GULFSTREAM: Good fishing in the steam right now. Wahoo, blackfin tuna, mahi and a few yellow fin tuna are biting well.
UPCOMING: As we get into May, look for more of everything inshore with some bigger flounder showing up. Near shore it will soon be time for a steady run of Spanish mackerel. And, as the waters warm, look for kings to come closer to shore. Hopefully we will have a better year with the kings than last year. So it is time to be ready, because the next big bite is just around the corner and you don't want to miss it. I don't that is for sure!
Capt. Rick Bennett

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