Capt. Rick Bennett

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About Capt. Rick Bennett

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  1. Hi Folks, Fishing has been good to excellent WHEN THE WIND HASN'T BLOWN. There have been few of those calm days, but hopefully that will change and we can get into a good rhythm. Now here's my report: Inshore: Water temps have risen to around 70 and the spring weed is just about gone. Live baits are showing up. All this means it's time for the reds and flounder to turn on and that is what is happening inshore right now. Best bait is live menhaden fished on a carolina rig. Near Shore: Near shore fishing has been pretty much on fire when the wind is reasonable; We have had very good catches of spanish, bonito and even some spring kings. Most of the fish are being caught on planers and clarkspoons. Offshore: The king mackerel bite continues to be strong in the 18-25 mile areas. Live bait, cigar minnows, ballyhoo...all are working well. Gulfstream: When the boats have gotten out, I have received reports of good catches of wahoo and mahi, along with some blackfin tuna. Upcoming: The first "In the Water" Rod-Man Fishing School is all set for the first weekend in June and we are looking forward to this big event. We will be doing it again next year, so if you missed out this year, contact me and I will get you on the list for next year. Speaking of June, it is one of our biggest fishing months with almost every specie active. Make plans early to join us for a fantastic fishing trip. Until next time...... LET'S GO FISHING!!! Capt. Rick Bennett Rod-Man Charters 910-799-6120
  2. Hi Folks, The winter holidays are upon us but the temperatures the last couple of weeks feel more like late spring. Fishing has been pretty steady for this time of year and with the moderate temps we are having it could stay that way for a while. Here's my report: Inshore: Red drum and black drum are biting cut shrimp fished on a carolina rig on the falling tide. Best areas are the ICW and the inlets. In the Cape Fear River, speckled trout are biting artificials well; again on the falling tide. Near Shore: Good size black seas bass are biting in the 5 to 15 mile range and grouper from 15 to 30 miles. A few bluefin tuna have been caught inside of 10 miles. Offshore: The kings can be found in 68 degree water...about 40 miles out. Gulfstream: Boats making the trip are catching wahoo and blackfin tuna. A few nice mahi are still around as well. There is still plenty of time to go fishing and do some catching too. Capt. Rick Bennett