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March 26, 2008

Capt. Rick Bennett Rod-Man Report

Hello from Surf City!
Thanks to Capt Rick for this latest report.

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Hi Folks,
Although the recent cold front put a slight damper on things, for sure the spring fishing has busted wide open over the last few days. Over the weekend we had 3 consecutive days of double digit redfish catches. The fish were small, 17-18 inches, but very nice to catch on light tackle.
What made fishing even more enjoyable was my new Power Pole. Folks this is the real deal. Ease up to your fishing hole in under 8' of water and push a button and you are anchored. No ropes, no chains, no heavy anchors and no cold wet hands. When you are ready to leave, just push the button and up comes the pole. You can check it out at http://www.texstackle.com/ Just look under the Products tab.
Now here's my report:

Inshore: The redfish bite is excellent. You can catch these feisty fish on Gulp SW rigged on a 1/4 oz. jig head or on fresh cut shrimp fished on a carolina rig with a 1 oz. weight. The best bite is on falling water and on the docks in the ICW and the creeks. Bluefish are also biting around the inlets. A few specks are around for those willing to put in the time to find them. Best bait....Gulp SW.

Near Shore: The weather has been too windy the past week for boats to venture outside. When things calm down a bit this weekend, we might find that the bonito have shown up. At any rate they cannot be far away now.

Offshore: No Reports.

Gulfstream: No Reports.

Check out the 2008 Fishing Pics on my site at http://www.rodmancharters.com/fishingphotos/main.php

That's all for now. Until next week.....
Let's Go Fishing!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett
Rod-Man Charters
910-799-6120

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Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna


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March 24, 2008

Sea Mullets and Cold, Cold, Wind!

Hello from Surf City!
Dad and I caught a "bucket full" of sea mullets Sunday evening. We fished Surf City Pier starting about 7pm. We had fished Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with little luck. We had heard a report that the bite was on at night, so we gave it a shot. But let me tell you, the northeast wind was COLD! We bundled up with layers, and were relatively comfortable, except for my face and fingers. I think our catch would have been colder on the planks than in the cooler. While we were cleaning our catch, the cold water was actually warm. Ok, I know I am whining. So, drop by SC Pier and tell Kenny hello. He needs the love!


Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna


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March 22, 2008

Muwwets!


Hello from Surf City!

Elmer Fudd says,
"Be vewwy, vewwy, quiet. We're hunting muwwets!"

According to a post on the message board today, "Muwwets" are here! This post reports that 85 mullets were caught by a single angler between 8pm and midnight Friday evening. Yea, I would say they are here! Thanks for the report. This morning, Dad and I fished Banks Channel near the Army Corps of Engineers pier. the only thing we managed was a single puffer. It's in the freezer awaiting friends for a fish fry. I spent the afternoon and most of the evening trying to ward off a migraine. This morning, I spoke to anglers that were fishing the ocean side in Topsail Beach, and puffers were the bounty. Plenty of them. I hope to get out tomorrow afternoon after church.


Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna


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March 21, 2008

Another Day, Another Sea Mullet

Hello from Surf City!
After yesterday was a bust due to the weather, a beautiful morning found Dad, brother Jesse, and myself on Jolly Roger Pier going after that ever elusive sea mullet......... or anything else that would bite. And bite everything else did! Sharks, sting rays, skates, and more sharks and more stingrays. All was not lost though, we did manage one nice mullet, and one large puffer. Both were cleaned and in the freezer waiting for a few friends to join them so there will be enough to stink up the pan. As the day progressed, the wind picked up, changed direction, and brought cool air back to the beach. The nice balmy day was over. It's cold and windy tonight, but the morning holds a promise of warmer and sunny weather. The high will be about 70, but rather windy, with west wind between 9 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. A few mullets with lots of sharks and rays were caught at Surf City Pier, and the same at Sea View Pier. No report from the surf. Surf temperatures are about 60, so it shouldn't be but a couple of weeks of sunshine, and the mullets and blues will be in full swing, along with some speckled trout, then spanish. Get ready! See ya on the beach in the morning!
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Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna


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March 19, 2008

Sea Mullets from Surf City Pier

Hello from Surf City!
We made it to the pier opening this morning. The first mullet was caught before the sun got up good. Alan, yea, the same Alan that won the pass last year, was triumphant again today. But since Alan had to make it to school by 8:30 am, he didn't have time to mess around. Congratulations to Alan for another fine morning of fishing.

Dad caught one nice virginia mullet, and we both caught stingrays and sharks. We got to see our old fishing friends, and make a few new ones. What a day! But we aren't through for today. My brother Jesse is on the road, and should be here by 4 pm. Some of you may remember Jesse by the HUGE largemouth bass Jesse caught that was posted on the blog last fall.

Ok, gotta get rested up and ready for another round this evening. Thanks to all for supporting the blog.


Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna


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March 18, 2008

Surf City PierOpens 6am Tomorrow!

Hello from Surf City!
Well, It's early to bed and early to rise. As of this post there is 9 hours and 11 minutes until Surf City Pier opens. Dad and I will be there waiting for the doors to open at 6am. We will be there until the first sea mullet is caught. Oh by the way, I plan to catch the first mullet and win the 2008 season pass, as I have yet to buy mine. Good luck to everyone, and I hope to see all my fishin' buds on the pier in the morning. A message for Mr. Nick. Don't catch my mullet! Stick with the spanish. haha

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna


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March 17, 2008

Sea Mullets at Topsail Island?

Hello from Surf City!
I read a report on another message board that the sea mullets were biting at North Topsail beach, specifically at Sea Vier Pier. This comes from an angler that usually has good info. Thanks to BreadMan for the post. Also biting in the surf, sharks. Plenty of sharks. I have talked to several anglers that have caught several small sharks. Don't forget opening day at Surf City Pier Wednesday, March 19. See you there!



Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna

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March 13, 2008

NC STATE RED GROUPER RECORD!

Hello from Surf City!


MOREHEAD CITY – An Oak Island fisherman established a new state record for red grouper this fall.

Chuck Deeter of Oak Island caught the fish Oct. 13 off Atlantic Beach while fishing with Capt. Anthony Ng of Fish-Ng Charters.

The fish weighed in at 33 pounds, 8 ounces at Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach. The fish measured 35 inches in total length and had a 25.5 inch girth.

Deeter caught the fish on natural cut bait using hand-crank reels. The record grouper was one of several large fish that the charter caught that day.

There previously had been no state record for red grouper. Deeter’s fish met the criteria for establishing a new state record in that it was exceptional in size for North Carolina waters, and it was within a reasonable size range of the world record.

The world record red grouper was 42 pounds 4 ounces and was caught in St. Augustine, Fla.



Deeter will receive a framed certificate for his catch.



For more information, contact Carole Willis, N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament coordinator, at 1-800-682-2632 or 252-726-7021.



Deeter can be reached by telephone at (910) 338-1590 or by e-mail at cdeeter@ec.rr.com.


Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna


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Hello from Surf City!

Once againg I would like to thank Johnny for allowing me to contribute to his board.




Welcome everyone!!!

It's March and like the roaring winds of March, the spring fishing is about to roar in. I have the boats on the hill at the moment getting some last minute service work, but soon I'll be back on the water ready to serve you with some great fishing trips.

Whether your quest is chasing Redfish on the flats, the hard, reel screaming runs of the King Mackerel, or anything in between, I can put you on the fish.

Water temperatures are quickly approaching 60 degress and soon the Atlantic and backwaters will be alive with fish waiting to be caught. Late March and early April should bring the much awaited arrival of the Atlantic Bonito. These hard fighting members of the Tuna family are a blast on light spinning tackle, not to mention great table fare. They will be followed by and or joined by the spring Bluefish run.

Late April into early May will bring the King Mackerel into the inshore waters as well as their smaller cousin the Spanish Mackerel.



Late May and June will bring the highly anticipated arrival of the Dolphin fish (a.k.a. Mahi Mahi). These fish are a big draw every year for their spectacular jumps, hard fights and not to mention they are great on the dinnner table. Mahi trips book quickly every year, so if you are interested in a Mahi trip, call quickly to make you reservations for the best dates.

There will be great fishing to be had all spring, summer and fall, so make plans to visit us and call to book you trips today.

Tight lines!!

Capt. Brent

Current Adventure Charters

910.200.9959

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March 11, 2008

We're Back!

Hello from Surf City!
Donna and I have settled in our new apartment on the island. We are a block from the ocean, so close we can hear the surf at night. Also close enough to go fishing without loading up the Blazer. We can't wait until fishin' time is here. According to some reports I got yesterday, it will be here sooner than I thought. Anglers from Surf City Pier have reported some catches of "nice size" sea mullets. Now who knows what "nice size" means? Not me. So I will wait until I catch some for the "official" mullets are here report.

Hope to see you all on Surf City Pier for opening day Wednesday the 19th of March.

Check out some of our seafood recipes and get ready for that first fish fry of the season!
Fishin' Topsail's Seafood Recipes



Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna


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