Captain Arlen's Fishing Reports & Blog


August 16 Report

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

image Over the past week or so, fishing has been much slower than previously.  The dog days of the summer are definitely here, however this does not mean there are no fish being caught.  The flounder bite has been very good recently.  This includes the inshore as well as the nearshore fishery.  For both, it has seemed that the larger fish are coming from the southern areas, while fish in numbers can be caught to the north.  Scented soft plastics on 1/8 oz. jigheads are the best bet inshore, while in the ocean 1/2 oz. jigheads and bucktails tipped with small jerkbaits do the most damage.  When they won’t bite the artificials, live mullet on Carolina rigs are the best bet.  Be sure to use a beefy hook when targeting the flatties in the ocean, because you never know when you will be greeted with a smaller gag grouper or oversized red drum.  Referring to drum, they are still being caught quite well on the flats and bays inshore.  Early and late account for the majority of the action, however tide-based bites are still existent throughout the day.  Topwater walking baits and swimbaits are the best way to not only catch the drum, but eliminate a lot of water when attempting to locate them.  The spanish mackerel bite is great one day and slower the next, however more and more fish are being found off the beach a ways.  Many of the bites are coming on top and Blue Water Candy spanish daisys have been outfishing clarkspoons 10:1….. 

July 14 Report

Monday, August 17, 2009

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The king mackerel fishing has been very good lately.  There have been fish up to forty pounds caught from right along the beach all the way out 20 miles.  The abundance of menhaden in both the waterway and ocean makes it easy to get enough live bait for a day’s fishing.  Dead bait such as cigar minnows will work off the beach, but when targeting the mackerel along the coast, live bait is imperative to your success.  Offshore, the mahi fishing has been quite productive with live bait and ballyhoo, and the sailfish have been showing up.  Most sailfish have been found along the ledges near and south of the “Schoolhouse.”  Grouper fishing has been fairly slow, but the gags can be found from 18-30 miles.  Back along the beach, the spanish mackerel bite has continued to be solid.  Clarkspoons and planers are the best bet.  Look for schools of glass minnows in 20-35 feet of water.  The flounder fishing has been good in both the inlets and backwaters, with live minnows being the best bet…..

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