Wrightsville Beach Fishing Repor/Forecast December 2013

2013-11-21 10:43:32
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina - Saltwater Fishing Report
Masonboro sound

Here it is almost Thanksgiving and I think the Speckled trout fishing will go to Christmas this year; I hope! With all this up and down weather the fishing has really been up and down too; I've had some very good days of fishing. The problem has been as soon as it gets good the weather changes and I've got the start my hunt for fish all over again. Here are some of the tactics I've been using lately to catch fish and these tactics should work right up to Christmas.

The Speckled trout has been the name of the game for the last two months and the trout should continue to bite very well. With most of my charters coming to the dock with there limit and some days with over forty trout coming over the side of the boat. The real good news is the big trout are just starting to show up!

When the trout bite is on they are hitting just about any lure or live bait you throw at them, but there are a few colors/lures that are catching more keepers then other colors/lures. This season has been a very good grub/jig season with hundreds of trout coming to the boat on grubs. The two hot grubs this season for me has been the Berkley Gulp Fire tail 3" shrimp and Saltwater Assassin 4" sea shad pattern. The colors that are catching the most and biggest trout in the fire tail shrimp are watermelon red fleck, pearl and new penny. In the sea shads; chicken on a chain, salt&pepper silver with chart tail, sweet pea, cantaloupe, rainbow trout and 10w40 with chart tail.

I prefer to rig all my grubs on red, gray or black jig heads in weights of 1/16oz, 1/8oz or 1/4oz; you really don't need a much heavier jig,head, a slow sink will catch you more trout! Remember trout typically hit lures that are sinking down or just above them. Keeping this in mind; a slower sinking lure stays in the strike zone longer which gives the trout more time to hit you lure. Another rule I stand by when Speckled trout is the fact that trout have very good eye sight and with this said I always use a high quality fluorocarbon leader for all my trout rigs. I prefer Berkley Pro Spec tinted fluorocarbon leader material in twenty pound test; with gunsmoke tint for clear waters and tannic for river or stained water applications.

My charters have caught a few nice trout on hard baits like MirrOlures and Sebile baits. We've caught trout the 17MR and 18MR but some of the bigger ones are hitting the good old 52M&MR this season. Another bait that has really picked up a few nice trout this season is the Stick Shadd by Sebile in sizes 90 and 114 with colors in white lady, hollow mullet and yellow pepper. The colors for the MirrOlures that are having the most luck are; 17MR and 18MR's in colors: 11, 26, 808, CFPR, CH, EC and BCH. As far as the 52M & MR in colors: 11, 26, 51, 704, 808, CFPR, CH and HP.

If you would like to go with the live bait for your trout outing, try live mud minnows, small finger mullet or shrimp all of these baits will catch trout. I rig all these different baits on float rigs in waters of three to six feet deep and a light Carolina rig for deeper waters of five to twenty feet deep. Still here again even with live bait I always use fluorocarbon as leader; it will make a difference.

One cool thing that is always fun during trout season is all the 'bonus fish' that you will catch while Speckled trout fishing. My charters have caught a good bunch of Redfish, Sheephead and Flounder in the last few weeks of fishing. Another fish that we catch during trout season is the Black drum and I feel this fish is looked over a lot. There are very good to eat and put up a nice fight on trout tackle! So you never know what might be on the end of your rod to you get it to the boat this time of year.

Fishing Gear I use:

Speckled trout, Flounder and Redfish: Reels PENN Battle, 1000, 2000 & 3000 PENN Conflict 2000 & 2500 spinning reels. Rods: PENN Legion and Regiment in classes of 4 to 10 and 6 to 12 pound class Line: Spiderwire eight and ten pound test braid (Ultracast) Fluorocarbon leader material, Berkley Pro Spec Tinted Fluorocarbon in tints Gunsmoke for clearer waters and Tannic for river or stained waters in twenty pound test.

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Thanks so much for reading this report/forecast and have a great Thanksgiving! I'm booking now and booking up fast for trophy Speckled trout trips for December. Don't forget take a kid fishing and good fall fishing to ya!

Captain Jot Owens

Ranger Boats Pro Staff

PENN Tackle Elite Staff



Fish Species: Speckled trout, Redfish, Flounder
Bait Used: Berkley Gulp, Saltwater Assassin, MirrOlures
Tackle Used: PENN Battle & Conflict spinning reels
Method Used: Casting
Water Depth:
Water Temperature: 62` to 68`
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Nice trout
Nice trout

Big Red!
Big Red!

Jot Owens

About The Author: Captain Jot Owens

Company: Jot It Down Fishing Charters LLC

Area Reporting: Southeast NC Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington

Bio: Captain Jot Owens, IV, born and raised in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, has been fishing the waters of the Cape Fear, Masonboro Sound and the North Atlantic Ocean for thirteen years. He began his career at the age of 15 commercial fishing for Grouper and King Mackerel. After the experience in commercial fishing, he began working as a Mate on a charter boat that specialized in offshore fishing for King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, tuna, Wahoo and billfish. During this time he made offshore rigs and prepared baits for the charters. In 2000, Jot began work as a Mate on The Fortune Hunter. During the six years Jot worked as a Mate, he was working towards his Captain�s license. In February 2002, he achieved his goal of obtaining his Captain�s license. Since this time, Jot has been the Master and Captain of the Fortune Hunter Too, fishing for trout, Red Drum, Flounder, Cobia, Tarpon and many other species. Today Captain Jot runs his own boat; the (Jot It down). Captain Jot enjoys everyday he is on the water and brings his passion for fishing to his customers by teaching new techniques and providing knowledge about the many different species of fish found on the East Coast. He looks forward to sharing with you the many fishing techniques that he is so passionate about.

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