Captain Arlen's Fishing Reports & Blog


April 2011 Report

Friday, April 29, 2011

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Wrightsville Beach, NC has great springtime fishing, and this March and April have been no exception.  While the weather this spring has made it difficult to go offshore with any consistency, each trip has proved to be bountiful and full of bent rods and screaming drags.  Nearshore, the Atlantic Bonito are beginning to show up very well to the North of Wrightsville Beach, and I have been trailering up there to take part in this wonderful fishery.  Most of the bonito are between 3-6 lbs. but on light spinning and trolling gear, they clearly display their feisty nature.  Trolling lures such as Clarkspoons and Yo-Zuri deep divers have been the go to baits, however when the fish bust bait on top we are catching them on casting jigs such as Sea Striker Jigfish in the 1/2-1oz sizes.  There are also plenty of hefty bluefish mixed in, as well as the occasional horse-sized false albacore.  Offshore, the gulfstream has been on fire, both for trolling and jigging anglers.  Trolling high speed lures such as Braid Marauders and Jag/octopus skirt combinations have been producing wahoo as large as 70 lbs.  Jigging the 25-30 fathom areas have produced good catches of cobia, African pompano, large amberjacks, and a plethora of bottom dwellers.  The best jig for these species and areas has been the Blue Water Candy Roscoe Jig.  Further offshore in the 40-60 fathom range, the jigging for blackfin tuna has been incredible, and recently the topwater fishing for the tuna has been just as good.  Imagine throwing a Pop-R for largemouth, now increase the size of everything… Next imagine the fish that strikes your lure throws so much water you can taste the salt of the splash, proceeding to take 75 yards of line at what seems like warp speed!........ 

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