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  • Hi Folks,
    It seems winter will not let us go. Water temps are still below 60. We had a touch of spring and the fish started to respond. The last few days of cold, rain and wind have shut things down again.
    As the weather settles down again in the coming days, look for redfish, black drum and bluefish to bite in the inshore waters.
    Just off the beach look for some false albacore and Atlantic bonito.
    The kings are still way out, but the Gulfstream, when you can get to it, is producing wahoo and blackfin tune.
    Hopefully we will have a sustained period of warm temps and calm seas...
    It is hard to believe that we are over half way through April. When the water temps hit 65 look for things to bust wide open. It is going to be a late spring and thus a late start to fishing.

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    www.rod-man.com
    www.custom-fishingrods.com
    rodman@rod-man.com
    910-520-7661

    April 20, 2014 at 2:23pm

    Hi Folks,
    It's been a while, but the fishing has not been at its best. Things are picking up! Nice weather and less rain has allowed the water to clean up some and the fish have liked that, a lot. Now here's my report:
    INSHORE: Red drum are biting in the cleaner waters. They are hitting top water plugs like the She Dog and the Super Spook early in the morning. As the sun gets high live or dead menhaden or mullet will get the job. I fish bait on a Carolina rig. Falling tide is best. Some flounder are being caught on live bait at the inlets.
    NEAR SHORE: Spanish mackerel continue to provide fickled action. They are her one day and hard to find the next day. Some of the best flounder fishing of the year has been at the near shore reefs. Live bait or vertical jigging are both catching fish. Shark fishing near shrimp boats is a 99% guarantee (but be courteous to the shrimpers).
    OFFSHORE: Nice catches of king mackerel with some mahi and sailfish mixed in are happening from 10 to 25 miles. Live bait, ballyhoo and cigar minnows are getting the job done.
    GULFSTREAM: The stream is offering good catches of wahoo, mahi and billfish.
    CAPE FEAR RIVER: The lower river is providing action on reds, trout and flounder.
    UPCOMING: Fall fishing is just around the corner and if we can catch some stable weather patterns, the fishing should be great. Be sure to check my photo page at www.rod-man.com for the latest pics.
    Until Next Time...LET'S GO FISHING!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man, Inc.
    www.rod-man.com
    www.custom-fishingrods.com
    rodman@rod-man.com
    910-520-7661

    August 06, 2013 at 5:19am

    Hi Folks,

    Again it has been a while since my last report, but you can blame the weather on that one. This has undoubtedly been the worst fishing weather thus far this season I can remember. Wind and rain, rain and wind, cold; you name and we have had it. Things were getting heated up just when 'Andrea' came thru with 4+ inches of rain. My fishing report is below, but bottom line it is hit and miss. But I remain hopeful going forward. The water temp off Wrightsville Beach is 81.

    INSHORE: Rain and wind has left us with some dirty water, but it is finally starting to clear up. Poagies are pretty easy to find for bait fishermen. Some reds are being caught near the inlets and in the waterway. Friday we caught a 6.25 pound flounder in the waterway so the larger flounder are here; we just need the weather to stabilize so we can get some constant fishing going on.

    NEAR SHORE: Spanish mackerel are biting at a fairly steady rate, occasionally taking a day off...As usual there are a few blues mixed in with the Spanish. Shark fishing is steady around the shrimp boats and is always good for a fun tug on the line.

    OFFSHORE: From the 5 mile areas out to 25 miles the king mackerel bite is pretty good with live bait or ballyhoo. I have not received any reports of mahi as yet, but that should change in the very near future.

    GULFSTREAM: No Reports

    UPCOMING: Expect BETTER WEATHER!!! Look for mahi to come inside of 25 miles and as close as 10 miles or so. Big flounder should continue to produce both inshore and at the near shore AR's. Be sure to check out the photo page at www.rod-man.com.

    Until Next Time...LET's GO FISHING!!!

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    www.rod-man.com
    www.custom-fishingrods.com
    910-520-7661

    June 24, 2013 at 4:43am

    Hi Folks,
    This has been the most unusual early fishing season I personally have experienced in over 16 years of professional fishing. This past weekend saw an explosion of near shore fishing, while inshore fishing with the exception of the river, has slooooooooooooowed way down. Winds have been consistently SW for a good period and have brought good fishing to the area. The SW winds are forecast to stay for a while. Bait fish are abundant and HOPEFULLY everything will soon be NORMAL! Water temps in the ocean are around 67 and inshore 70. Now here is my report:
    INSHORE: Some redfish and a few smaller flounder are biting bait and artificials near Wrightsville Beach. Best tide for both seems to be the falling.
    NEAR SHORE: The best run of Atlantic bonito in years hit the Wrightsville Beach area this past week. Large schools of bonito were biting your favorite casting jig, trolled clarkspoons or Crystal Minnow Deep Divers. Plenty of bluefish, large Spanish and spring kings added to the foray.
    OFFSHORE: Kings and AJ's are biting at the 15 to 25 mile areas. Live bait is sure to attract any patrolling cobia also.
    GULFSTREAM: The steam is producing wahoo, blackfin and mahi.
    CAPE FEAR RIVER: While generally inshore fishing has slowed somewhat the Cape Fear might be the exception. The upper river is producing trout while the lower river is producing trout and redfish.
    UPCOMING: The door is open and the fish are really starting to come through. With consistent SW winds we should see the inshore fishing explode like all the rest is right now. Flounder fishing should pick up as well as redfish. Please be sure to check out the photo section of my website, www.rod-man.com., for the latest photos.
    Until next time: LET'S GO FISHING!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man, Inc.
    www.rod-man.com
    www.custom-fishingrods.com
    rodman@rod-man.com
    910-520-7661

    May 20, 2013 at 12:54pm

    Hi Folks,
    Can you believe this wind? Seems like it has been blowing forever. Sea water temp is right at 60 although it is warmer inside, closer to 65+. The 5 day forecast looks like the north winds will go south around Thursday with temps warming back into the 70's. We had a trip Friday just before this front came through and caught a nice mess of black and red drum. The fish are definitely here, we just need a weather break.
    Now here's my report:
    INSHORE: Black drum and red drum are plentiful right now. We are catching them on the falling and rising tide. Best bait is fresh shrimp. I use a Carolina rig with a #2 Eagle Claw 042 hook. A few flounder are around but look for that activity to pick up as the water warms.
    NEAR SHORE: Bluefish are biting jigging spoons at the inlets on the high tide. We need the water temps to get above 60 to see better fish migration toward shore.
    OFFSHORE: Some good bottom fishing going on when the wind allows the boats to go fishing.
    GULFSTREAM: Wahoo and blackfin are biting strong and some mahi are being caught as well.
    CAPE FEAR RIVER: Lots of fish in the river. Trout, reds and whiting are the main targets. You can catch the reds and trout on artificials and the whiting on fresh shrimp. Always try to use fresh shrimp.
    UPCOMING: We will probably have a jump from a cool spring to a hot summer before long. When it does look for a week long shock to the fish as all of a sudden the water warms. Then fishing will really take off.
    Be sure to check out my latest photos at http://www.rod-man.com/fishingphotos/main.php. We have made several guided trips recently and several more are on the calendar. We are looking forward to a lot of fish this year.
    Until next time... LET'S GO FISHIN!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man, Inc.
    www.rod-man.com
    www.custom-fishingrods.com
    rodman@rod-man.com
    910-520-7661

    April 23, 2013 at 8:02am

    Hi Folks,
    Another fishing season is taking off and hopefully with a great start. Weather is calming down and warming up and the water temps are responding and so are the fish. Weather through the rest of this week is forecast to be calmer and warmer and next week the 70's come out in force! I hope all of you had a nice winter and are ready for fishing season. Here we go with our first report:
    INSHORE: The best bets right now are small puppy drum and some nice black drum. You can catch both on fresh cut shrimp, fished on regular two hook bottom rigs or Carolina rigs around docks and the Masonboro jetty. Best tide would be falling.
    NEAR SHORE: At high tide the blues should be chomping on jigs at the mouth of Masonboro Inlet. False albacore should be expected from the shore out 10 miles. The bonito should show very soon. Your favorite jig should catch any of these fishes.
    OFFSHORE: Except for some decent bottom fishing, it's a bit early for anything else to be biting under 40 miles.
    GULFSTREAM: Recent weather and winds have prevented most boats from trips to the stream. That should change very soon and look for good reports to come in our next report.
    CAPE FEAR RIVER: For you inshore fisherman, this is where it is happening right now. Nice speckled trout and some good stripers are biting
    ROD-MAN NEWS: Remember if you have a boat and want to learn the where, when and how, I will come on your boat and guide you to the fish. Check out my website for details and photos. Also, I am continuing to build custom fishing rods by order or if you prefer, my good friends at Island Tackle and Hardware, Carolina Beach are now caring some of my rods.
    Until next time...LET'S GO FISHING!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man, Inc.
    www.rod-man.com
    www.custom-fishingrods.com
    rodman@rod-man.com
    910-520-7661

    April 02, 2013 at 8:16am

    Happy Holidays Folks,
    It's that time of the year when fishing takes a back seat to families and friends, but what a great way to spend time with family and friends...fishing. In my years of chartering, I found how easy it was to get to know someone within a few hours and with nowhere else to go but around a 24 foot boat. But I am off the subject of my fishing report. Below you will find the layout of my reports starting in 2013. Hope you like it.
    INSHORE: Inshore fishing has been very good with speckled trout and redfish providing the most action. Artificials like DOA are still working well, but it is also a great time to consider live shrimp. Fishing around the inlets and the jetties can produce trout, reds, black drum, sheepshead and more. When fishing with live shrimp remember they have their own action and all you need to do is wait for the strike.
    NEAR SHORE: Things are a little slow just off the beach. Some bluefish are still around and a few gray trout are mixed in with them. On calm clear days you might find a large school of big reds patrolling the beach in the shallows between Carolina Beach and Topsail Inlets.
    OFFSHORE: The hottest spot offshore is Frying Pan Tower. Here good size and plentiful king mackerel can be had fast trolling with drone spoons or slow trolling with live or dead bait. Numerous bottom fishes are also in the area.
    GULFSTREAM: The wahoo bite is still very good. Some blackfin tuna are still around.
    CAPE FEAR RIVER: Not surprisingly, this is where the best close in fishing is happening. In the upper Cape Fear, there are good catches of stripers, trout and redfish. In the lower Cape Fear the whiting bite is going strong. These fish are biting fresh shrimp cut into small pieces and fished on a two hook bottom rig.
    The FORECAST:
    WED W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.
    ED NIGHT
    SW WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.
    THU
    S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...INCREASING TO 25 TO 30 KT IN THE
    AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
    THU NIGHT
    SW WINDS 25 TO 30 KT...BECOMING W AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS
    6 TO 9 FT. SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
    FRI
    W WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 5 TO 7 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FT.
    SAT
    NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 2 TO
    3 FT.
    WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR TSTMS.
    Temps will range in 60's (daytime to the 40's (nigh time) until the weekend when highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's will cool us off a bit. Pretty breezy conditions will prevail. Water temps are in the low 50's.
    ROD-MAN NEWS: We are gearing up for the January boat shows in Raleigh and Richmond. In between the shows we are taking a short trip to fish for sailfish off the east coast of Mexico. Hopefully some awesome pics to come... Be sure to check out my website at www.rod-man.com.
    Until Next Time (and Year) wishing all a happy New Year and...LET'S GO FISHING!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man, Inc.
    www.rod-man.com
    rodman@rod-man.com
    910-520-7661

    December 18, 2012 at 7:34am

    Hi Folks,
    Just a quick inshore report before I go out trout fishing on the falling tide this morning. Speckled trout fishing is on fire. Artificials or live shrimp will get the job done. Remember the water is getting cooler and cooler although it looks like we have some warming days coming, so work you baits SLOW. Also, don't forget trout LIKE moving water. Today, I am planning on using DOA shrimp and DOA pink paddle tails with a 1/4 oz. lead hear in red. I also use plenty of Bang spray for scent.
    Don't forget, I have plenty of great captains ready to take you to the big ones or if you prefer I will guide you on your boat. Please check out my new website at www.rod-man.com for pics and information.
    Until Next Time...LET'S GO FISHING!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man, Inc.
    www.rod-man.com
    rodman@rod-man.com
    910-520-7661

    November 28, 2012 at 6:56am

    Hi Folks,
    Inshore fishing is very hot and should continue for some time. Trout, reds and flounder are biting well. Offshore fishing is producing king mackerel and the Gulfstream still has a strong bite of wahoo. Now here’s my report:
    INSHORE: Speckled trout are providing plenty of hot action in this cooler time of the year. The fish are bigger and more plentiful. While lots of folks like to use live bait (shrimp), I prefer artificials for trout fishing. Give me a medium lite rod, a ¼ oz. jig head and a favorite soft bait and I can fish all day. Don’t forget a good scent to apply to your favorite plastic. They all work well. Red rum and some flounder are biting as well.
    NEAR SHORE: Bluefish, bonito, false albacore and some grey trout make up the nearshore action. Add in an occasional king mack and there is plenty to enjoy near the beach. Your favorite jig will catch everything but the kings, and a live bait or a drone spoon will catch them. Small bluefish make an excellent live bait.
    OFFSHORE: Some good king mack action is to be had in the 20-40 mile ranges. Fast trolling with ballyhoo or slow trolling with live bait will produce great results. It’s Frying Pan Tower time when the kings bunch up at the old big structure.
    GULFSTREAM: The wahoo bite is still strong. Blackfin tuna and a few YELLOWFIN TUNA are being caught as well.
    UPCOMING: Look for the inshore bite to be strong and stronger until the weather turns the water too cold. Trout will continue to be the big bite now. For the false albacore fans look for that bite to be strong for the nest few weeks.
    As a reminder, my new website at www.rod-man.com is fully operational. The old sites are still there but will be turned off very soon, so please visit the new site and bookmark us for future reference.
    Until next time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man On Your Boat Guided Trips
    Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods
    Rod-Man Charter Booking Service
    407 Fox Wood Lane
    Wilmington, NC 28409
    rodman@rod-man.com.
    http://www.rod-man.com.
    910.520.7661

    November 07, 2012 at 7:20am

    Hi Folks,

    Once again I would like to remind/inform everyone of my new website, www.rod-man.com, and my new email address, rodman@rod-man.com. All the information you need about the Rod-Man doings are now available on one site and the new email will put you in touch with me. Thank you.

    What would you like to catch? That is a summary of this week’s fishing report. Virtually everything is biting! Now here’s my report:

    INSHORE: Reds, flounder and trout are biting, although the trout bite will improve as it gets cooler. Reds are mostly EVERYWHERE. They are biting artificials and bait, live or dead. Flounder are staring at the inlets, Snow’s Cut and the River. Live bait and paddle tail artificials are the baits of choice. Trout are mostly in the river right now but will be cruising the sounds very soon.

    NEAR SHORE: Big Spanish macks are biting in 30-40 feet of water along the beach. Clarkspoons on #1 planers with 30’ of leader and Bird rigs with 6’ of leader are producing the most and biggest fish. Two pound fish are common! Some false albacore and bluefish have shown up as well.

    OFFSHORE: Kings and big Spanish are biting slow trolled live and dead bait. You can catch nice grouper, grunts and sea bass (you cannot keep the sea bass per current regulations).

    GULFSTREAM: The main attraction in the stream right now is the wahooooooooooo! Blackfin tuna are plentiful as well.

    UPCOMING: It only gets better from here. Look for a great trout season. The flounder and redfish bite should peak this month and remain strong into November for the flounder and December or until it gets too cold for the reds. It’s time to go fishing. Remember the Rod-Man is now a complete fishing service with ON YOUR BOAT GUIDED TRIPS, FULL SERVICE CHARTER BOOKING AND CUSTOM FISHING RODS AND REPAIRS. Until next time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man On Your Boat Guided Trips
    Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods
    Rod-Man Charter Booking Service

    407 Fox Wood Lane
    Wilmington, NC 28409
    rodman@rod-man.com.
    http://www.rod-man.com.
    910.520.7661

    October 02, 2012 at 5:04am

    Hi Folks,

    First please allow me to update everyone. I have recently changed my email from rodman@rodmancharters.com to rodman@rod-man.com. Please make note of this in your address book. At the same time I have consolidated my two websites, www.rodmancharters.com and www.custom-fishingrods.com into one new site, www.rod-man.com. Please take this opportunity to view and bookmark the new site. I will not be updating the old sites and they will soon cease to exist. Thank you.

    Fall fishing is gearing up now for sure. On a recent trip with Capt. Lewis Emery I had some very nice trout and flounder action. (Please check the pics at http://www.rod-man.com/fishingphotos/main.php. Now here’s my report:

    INSHORE: The red drum and flounder bite is very good. Some trout are showing up and that is a very good sign for later fall fishing. Reds are biting in the creeks, the ICW and the inlets. They are biting live bait, cut bait and artificials, mostly on the falling tide. Flounder are biting live bait in deep water and will bite artificials in shallower water.

    NEAR SHORE: Large Spanish mackerel are biting near the beaches. Bluefish and grey trout are biting at the near shore artificial reefs.

    OFFSHORE: Kings and mahi are biting from about 15 to 25 miles out. Some amberjack and sailfish are around as well.

    GULFSTREAM: Out to sea storms have kept boats away from the stream this week, but look for a nice wahoo bite when things settle down.

    UPCOMING: Look for inshore fishing to explode over the next month plus. The same will happen to “far offshore” and gulfstream fishing. I expect a banner trout season this year. I know that many or you wait and live for trout season. A reminder, please visit my new website at www.rod-man.com, I think you will like it! Until next time, LET’S GO FISHING!!!

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    www.rod-man.com
    rodman@rod-man.com
    910-520-7661

    September 14, 2012 at 7:48am

    Hi Folks,

    This is your pre-Labor Day fishing report. We have had some rain and from time to time breezy weather. Unusually however, the fishing has improved. That was just a long way of saying fall fishing has started early! And fortunately the weather for the extended weekend starting tomorrow looks fantastic. Now it is time for my report:

    INSHORE: Red drum and flounder are biting strong. Reds are in the creeks, the inlets and the ICW. Many are over the 27” slot limit. They are biting well on most any oily bait such as menhaden, finger mullet, cut bluefish and so forth and on artificials like Gulp. Topwater plugs are working well in the early morning. Best fishing is high tide falling. Flounder are in the inlets, the Cut and are biting best on the incoming tide. Live bait and Gulp shrimp will get the job done.

    NEAR SHORE: Spanish mackerel and some nice bluefish are patrolling the near shore waters and offer a nice catch and meal. Kings are in close and susceptible to slow trolled live bait. Don’t forget it is time to pull the Deep Divers back out for some light tackle Spanish mackerel action. Big flounder are still biting at the near shore reefs, jigging or live bait.

    OFFSHORE: King macs, amberjacks, false albacore and more are biting in the 10-25 mile areas. Slow trolling with live bait seems to work best.

    GULFSTREAM: No reports.

    UPCOMING: It’s only going to get better. River fishing has already taken off with inshore slam catches and sight fishing for reds. I have a captain wearing out the tailing reds. Call me and I can “hook you up”. Please check out my photo gallery on my website www.rodmancharters.com.

    UNTIL NEXT TIME…LET”S GO FISHING!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man On Your Boat Guided Trips
    Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods

    Rod-Man Charter Booking Service

    407 Fox Wood Lane
    Wilmington, NC 28409
    rodman@rodmancharters.com

    http://www.rodmancharters.com
    http://www.custom-fishingrods.com
    910.520.7661

    August 30, 2012 at 8:36am

    Hi Folks,
    We are drying today in Southeast NC after a much needed 3+ inches of rain courtesy of Beryl. While the rain is much needed, the fishing may suffer for a few days while the salinity returns to the inshore waters and the clarity returns to the ocean waters.
    Now here’s my report:
    INSHORE: Prior to the storm we were having a good bite of flounder in the inlets and the river. Redfish have been biting most everywhere. Live bait seems to be best, but artificials will produce as well in the right locations.
    NEAR SHORE: Bluefish, Spanish mackerel and some chopper blues are patrolling the beach.
    OFFSHORE: Kings, amberjack and a few cobia are in the 10-25 mile areas. Live bait as well as dead bait seem to be producing.
    GULFSTREAM: Bad weather +no reports.
    UPCOMING: As soon as things settle down a bit expect the inshore flounder and red bite to heat back up. It will not be long until the mahi show up closer to shore. For you fly fishing enthusiasts, I have one of the best flats boat guides in the area ready to take you on a trip to sight fish for tailing reds!
    Until next time…LET’S GO FISHING!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man On Your Boat Guided Trips
    Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods
    Rod-Man Charter Booking Service
    407 Fox Wood Lane
    Wilmington, NC 28409
    rodman@rodmancharters.com
    http://www.rodmancharters.com
    http://www.custom-fishingrods.com
    910.520.7661

    May 31, 2012 at 3:43pm

    Hi Folks,

    Wet weather aside, fishing has been really good this week. The flounder bite and the red drum bite have been very good. Inshore, near shore, offshore and Gulfstream fishing have all been producing good catches. Now here is my report:

    INSHORE: The flounder bite on live bait and artificials has been very good. The same can be said for reds. Generally, the flounder have been good on the rising tide and the reds have been good on the falling tide. Live bait near heavy structure and scented artificials have done very well. Best action has been in the inlets, the ICW and the river.

    NEAR SHORE: Spanish mackerel continue to provide good action just off the beach. Bluefish are mixed in with the Spanish. Some kings have moved in real close and the cobia bite has begun.

    OFFSHORE: Kings are running well in the 10 to 40 mile areas. Live bait, ballyhoo and cigar minnows are the preferred baits.

    GULFSTREAM: The stream is producing very good catches of mahi. Some blackfin tuna are being caught and billfish action is heating up.

    UPCOMING: Fishing is really taking off. If you like to catch it, with few exceptions, it is probably biting right now. We are in season now for sure and it is definitely time to go fishing. Please be sure to check out the Photo Page on my website for the latest in this year’s catch; www.rodmancharters.com.

    Until Next Time…LET”S GO FISHING!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man On Your Boat Guided Trips
    Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods

    Rod-Man Charter Booking Service

    407 Fox Wood Lane
    Wilmington, NC 28409
    rodman@rodmancharters.com

    http://www.rodmancharters.com
    http://www.custom-fishingrods.com
    910.520.7661

    May 18, 2012 at 8:23am

    Hi Folks,

    Things are heating up fast. One boat reported 18 large Spanish mackerel this week! Inshore fishing is improving daily and with the warm temps this week, fishing should really turn on.

    Now here’s my report:

    INSHORE: Redfish and flounder are the primary suspects right now. Artificials and live bait will both do the trick. The river, the inlets, the ICW and the creeks have been producing well.

    NEAR SHORE: The big Spanish have shown in good numbers. Bluefish are still around and some choppers are biting. There have been a few kings along the beach which is just another sign of how much we are ahead this season.

    OFFSHORE: King mackerel are hitting hard at Frying Pan Tower. Schools of false albacore are likely to show up most anywhere.

    GULFSTREAM: Nice catches of wahoo, tuna and mahi have rewarded the boats making it to the stream

    UPCOMING: Be sure to check out the new photos on my web page at www.rodmancharters.com. The Fisherman’s Post inshore tournament trail for reds and flounder will kick off June 1 and 2 right here in Wrightsville Beach. Check it out at http://www.fishermanspost.com/tournaments/inshore-trail. Again, fishing right now is good and every day is getting better. It’s time to

    LET’S GO FISHING!!!
    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man Charters
    910-520-7661

    May 02, 2012 at 2:34pm

    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!
    LET’S GO FISHING!!!
    Capt. Rick Bennett, www.rodmancharters.com
    910-520-7661

    April 22, 2012 at 10:56am

    Hi Folks,
    Spring has sprung early and the fish have joined the parade.
    I hope all of you had a nice winter, but it is time to go fishing. Let me tell you what is going on right now:

    Inshore: This is where the action is! Puppy drum are biting very well inside. If you want a trophy trout, now is the time. Black drum are biting. The striper bite is still going on…Wrightsville Beach, the upper Cape Fear and the lower Cape Fear, and the Snead’s Ferry areas are all producing fish.
    Upcoming: Look for the blues to show up very soon and the bonito will not be far behind. If the weather holds, this may be one of the best springs in a long time.
    Let us book your next fishing trip.
    Let’s Go Fishing!!!

    'Fishing is Our Business'

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man On Your Boat Guided Trips
    Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods
    Rod-Man Charter Booking Service

    rodman@rodmancharters.com
    http://www.rodmancharters.com
    http://www.custom-fishingrods.com
    910.520.7661

    March 13, 2012 at 3:58pm

    Hi Folks,

    This is an unusual mid-winter fishing report. It’s mid-winter, but it feels like early spring and the fishing inshore is HOT! Here we go:

    We'll start in the Cape Fear River with nice catches of stripers in the 3 to 14 pound range. They are hitting DOA soft plastics rigged weedless and shallow running crankbaits. Trout are hitting as well in the river on ¼ oz. lead heads and pink or chartreuse grubs. Best bite is on the falling tide. In the lower river, the reds are biting well on the high tide. If you like to sight cast, now is the time. The water is clear and the fish are there.

    In the New River the trout bite is great up in the creeks with fish in the 5-7 pound range. MR-17 and DOA are doing the catching. The reds are in the lower river flats and banks in big numbers in the shallows staying warm and feeding.

    Along the beaches the reds are in the surf with schools numbering in the 2-4 hundred fish and most of the fish are in the 6 to 12 pound range. As long as the wind is offshore to knock down the swell it will be happening. You can see the schools rolling right on the beach. Try to time the front passage to get the blue bird skies and offshore winds to get the perfect conditions.

    If you can, get out on the water. If you do not have a boat, I have some of the best guides in Southeastern NC waiting to put you on the fish. Give me a call and I will “hook you up’. Please visit my website at www.rodmancharters.com for more info.

    Let’s Go Fishing!!!

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man On Your Boat Guided Trips
    Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods

    Rod-Man Charter Booking Service

    407 Fox Wood Lane
    Wilmington, NC 28409
    rodman@rodmancharters.com

    http://www.rodmancharters.com
    http://www.custom-fishingrods.com
    910.520.7661

    January 31, 2012 at 2:27pm

    Hi Folks,

    Speckled trout fishing is very good right now and many feel it hasn’t hit its peak yet! High double digit catches of nice fish are common. Other inshore action is very good as well. Offshore the king mackerel bite is on fire. Now here’s my report:

    Inshore: Specks galore! Live shrimp and Gulp are about equal in trout landings. In many cases the best bite is on falling water, but don’t hesitate to fish the rising water as well. The important thing with trout is moving water. Red drum action in the river has been pretty awesome as well. Capt Seth from Double Haul Guide Service has had some terrific catches on fly rods in the river. Some sheepshead and ring tail porgies are biting around the jetties.

    Near Shore: Some nice red drum and black drum are right behind the breakers. Fresh cut bait and shrimp will get the job done.

    Offshore: The king mackerel bite has been awesome in the 20 to 40 mile areas.

    Gulfstream: Boats traveling to the stream have been doing well on wahoo and blackfin tuna.

    Upcoming: Inshore trout fishing should continue to get better and better as long as it doesn’t get too cold.

    On a personal note, the Rod-Man has made a change in his business pursuits. I am no longer going to be active in day to day chartering. Basically my business will still remain very active in the fishing business. I will be offering “ON YOUR BOAT GUIDED TRIPS”; I will be offering a Charter Booking Service, representing the best captains in the area for: flats boat fly-fishing, inshore fishing, river fishing, near shore fishing, offshore fishing and gulfstream fishing. Rod-Man Charter Booking Service covers from Topsail to Southport, from the shallows to the Gulfstream. Visit http://www.rodmancharters.com for details or inquire at 910-520-7661. We look forward to serving you in our new capacity. Finally, I will continue to offer my custom made fishing rods. With over 25 years experience in building fishing rods I can make your custom rod a special fish catching instrument. Check us out at http://www.custom-fishingrods.com

    Capt. Rick Bennett
    Rod-Man On Your Boat Guided Trips
    Rod-Man Custom Fishing Rods

    Rod-Man Charter Booking Service

    407 Fox Wood Lane
    Wilmington, NC 28409
    http://www.rodman@rodmancharters.com

    http://www.rodmancharters.com
    http://www.custom-fishingrods.com
    910.520.7661

    November 22, 2011 at 8:10am

    Hi Folks,

    Boat Update: I have sold my boat. Now I am working on obtaining a new one. It was a good time to sell the old, but I am missing some great fishing waiting on the new. You do not have to wait. Get out on the water with your boat or let me know and I will hook you up with a very good captain. Now here’s my report:

    INSHORE: Fall fishing is on fire. Red drum, flounder, and trout: they are all biting. All the usual spots are providing fish. Fish the inlets, the waterway, the creeks and the river. Fish live bait, dead bait and artificials. It’s all happening. My favorite artificial is a ¼ oz. led head combined with a Gulp 4” Baitfish or a 5” Jerk Bait.

    NEAR SHORE: Exciting times are just off the beach too. The Spanish bite is still on and producing some very nice fish. Also, there are some very good bluefish biting. King mackerel are cruising the beach and False Albacore are bending some rods as well.

    OFFSHORE: Some more kings and false albacore are biting and Frying Pan is producing a smorgasbord of fishes.

    GULFSTREAM: The stream is providing good action on wahoo, blackfin and a few yellowfin tuna.

    UPCOMING: More and more of the same in the way of fall fishing will continue until it gets too cold, which doesn’t seem a threat in the near future. But, when it does turn cold it will be boat show season and I will be there. I will be posting my schedule for Raleigh, Greensboro, Richmond and Wilmington soon. I am building a lot of my show special custom rods for the boat shows. I hope to provide you with one…or two!

    Until next time…

    Let’s 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
    rodman@rodmancharters.com

    http://www.rodmancharters.com
    http://www.custom-fishingrods.com
    910.520.7661

    October 12, 2011 at 9:26am
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