Captain Arlen's Fishing Reports & Blog

July 4th Weekend Report

Thursday, July 09, 2009






I apologize for the tardiness of this report, however it only reflects how much fishing—and catching—has been done in Wrightsville Beach, NC throughout the past week.  While the grouper fishing slowed down this week due to the full moon phase, other fish have been biting, and biting well.  The king mackerel bite has been very good, from right on the beach on out to 30+ miles.  Both live and dead bait have proven to be effective, with live bait being far more important fishing along the beach.  Off the beach, dead bait allows more water to be covered, making it easier to find mahi, sailfish and cobia.  The water is still quite mixed in the 5-10 mile range, therefore the mahi bite is on one day and off the next, however plenty of king mackerel can be found here on a regular basis.  Small ballyhoo are the best choice of dead baits to get better hookup rates, and still must be dropped back to the occasional mahi or sailfish that isn’t head over heels for your bait.  In fact, one of my younger anglers this week all but perfected dropping baits to mahis on his first ever attempt!......

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