Wrightsville Beach, Late Summer Fishing is on Fire!

2011-09-07 13:44:53
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina - Saltwater Fishing Report
Masboro sound and Inlet
Jot Owens

Well folks fall has really tried to show its self around the area lately, but as normal we start to enjoy drier cooler air and here comes the muggy warm air again! Hey welcome to southeastern North Carolina; that's the weather around here always changing! The good aspect to this is the fish really seem not to care; the weather really does not change in the water to much. Another positive to the cooler are is that it cooled the water down just a little bit and it's been hot all summer, with this small cool down a few things have changed around the local waters. I don't know if this means a early fall, but I'm already seeing lots of mullets running south and the fall trends of fishing are really starting to show!

When the water started to cool down a bit, I knew it was time to go look for some shallow water Redfish and with the higher moon tides it would be a good time to go looking! Fishing Reds in shallow waters in the late summer and early fall can be very good and very fun fishing. There is nothing like seeing a Redfish hit a surface bait! I look for shallow water Redfish around marsh grass lines, oyster rock edges and creek mouths with a shallow break. Now not every place you look at like these places will have Reds, the one other thing you have got to have is bait/food for the Redfish; if you put these things together you will find shallow water Redfish!

Here are a few of my favorite lures and rigs for catching shallow Reds; top-water lures are a blast to catch shallow Redfish! One thing I have learned over the years using top-water lures is that color is not the most important aspect of top-water lures; the most important aspect is action! If you don't good action you are going to have a hard time getting that Redfish to come get your lure! Learning the proper way to work a top-water is very important to catch Redfish. Try a MirrOlure Top-pup or She-pup for a simple top-water action lure to learn with. If you want to try something new or a little bit of a challenge try Sebile's Ghost Walker lure in calm waters or a Sebile Slim Stick is choppy or stained water applications. If you would like to go with live bait; try a Saltwater Assassin Kiwk-kork set up with a ten to fourteen inch leader and a live mullet or small menhaden.

The Flounder fishing has been very good this year and continues to be pretty good with some very nice fish over four pounds mixed in most trips. Most of the Flounder fishing I'm doing is just off the beach and around the inlets, I'm catching a few in the creeks, but most of the flounder coming out of the creeks are smaller. I've caught Flounder on both live and artificial baits lately, what I have seen is more numbers on live bait, but more keepers on

artificial baits. Mud minnows and mullets on light Carolina rigs with #one L42 Eagle Claw hooks are catching the numbers of Flounder, Berkley Gulp Jerkshads in five & six inch sizes are getting the most keeper Flounder. Tip of the day: In most cases bigger bait will catch you bigger Flounder, but you will catch less numbers of Flounder by going with bigger bait.

Casting and trolling for Spanish mackerel has been very good lately, when you find cleaner/clearer waters; I'm seeing Spanish and Blues all up & down the beaches in fifth-teen to forty-five foot of water as well as around all the local inlets. There has been a few very nice Spanish in the three to six pound ranger caught around the area too. Spanish mackerel have very good eye sight and to the catch the bigger ones you really should try a fluorocarbon leader, you would be surprised how this can make a difference sometimes!

I've had the best luck with deeper spoons on number one planners, yes I'm seeing a few on the top line but the best has been deeper. Clark-spoons in sizes 00 and 0 are doing the trick in colors silver, gold and pink flash. The Spanish hitting the top baits are hitting Blue Water Candy's Spanish Daisy chains in colors pink, blue and silver; the great thing about this rig is you can pull it off lighter tackle outfits. When the Spanish are jumping I'm casting spoons in sizes one to three inches long with a fast retrieve and keeping my rod tip low to the water to keep the spoon just under the surface.

Fishing Gear I use:

Reels: Redfish, Flounder and Spanish mackerel casting: Penn Battle spinning in sizes 2000, 3000 & 4000 sizes. Line: Spiderwire Ultra-cast and Berkley Fireline braid in 8, 10 and 15 pound. Rods: Fenwick HMG GS 70M-MF. Stren Fluorocarbon leader material in Tannic and Gunsmoke tints; tannic for river and stained waters, gunsmoke for clear water applications.

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Thanks for reading these reports, if you have any questions or comments just let me know. Don't' forget to take a kid fishing!

Good Fishing to you,

Capt. Jot Owens

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Fish Species: Redfish, Flounder, Mackerel
Bait Used: Berkley Gulp, Mullet, Menhaden
Tackle Used: Penn Battle Spinning Reels, Fenwick HMG Rods, Spiderwire Braid
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Kris with a nice grass Top-water Redfish
Kris with a nice grass Top-water Redfish

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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