Great Fishing Wrightsville Beach

August 07, 2016 by Jesse Gawlik

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Fishing Report: 8/7/16
Captain Jesse, of Ocean Stinger Charters Jesse, of Ocean Stinger Fishing Charters, reports that the nearshore bite has been on and off due to the warmer water temperatures, but the bite seems to improve once you reach 40-50’ of water. Nearshore, anglers are catching spanish mackerel and bluefish off the beach to about 50’ of water. Early morning and late evening provides the best bite. Troll anywhere from 7-9 knots using #1 planers and Clarkspoons to land the fish. King mackerel have been caught 10-14 miles off Wrightsville Beach. Fishermen can find kings by searching for suspended bait marks. Running Drone spoons off the downriggers or pulling live cigar minnow rigs slowly is working to land the fish. Bottom fishing is great over structure in the 15-20 mile range, and ledges 15-30 miles offshore are also holding plenty of fish. Black sea bass, grouper, and snapper have all been landed. Use bottom rigs baited with cut bait, live cigar minnows, or menhaden to bring fish to the boat. Fishing the Gulf Stream has yielded blackfin tuna, mahi, and sailfish. Mahi are being caught in large numbers, and trolling with Fathom Offshore’s Half Pint in purple/white/black and pink/white has been working on the dolphin, as well as the blackfins. Casting topwater plugs like the Williamson Jet Pro when the blackfins surface has resulted in several hookups. Early morning and early evening is the prime time to fish the Stream, and mahi are holding in deep water during mid-day. The sailfish bite is good in 20-30 fathoms of water.

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