Captain Arlen's Fishing Reports & Blog

September 2011 Report

Thursday, September 29, 2011




The fall has certainly begun to get Wrightsville Beach fishing back into full swing!  The recent cool in the area’s waters has brought many schools of false albacore into the area’s beaches, and although they aren’t Sea Monsters, they will test all of your ability on light tackle.  Many are being encountered to the North of the area, with casting jigs being the best choice.  Be sure to downsize your lures, as they have been feeding on bait the size of a toothpick.  The gulftream action has been great, and when the weather allows, we have been catching good numbers of wahoo in mixed sizes, from 20-60 lbs.  While mostly small, there have been a few dolphin mixed in with the wahoo.  Trolled ballyhoo behind Blue Water Candy seawitches and JAGs have accounted for the majority of the catch.  Lately the wahoo bite has been early in the morning, and when it slows, we fish our way home on the bottom, catching a mixed bag of grouper, tilefish and sea bass.  There have been an astonishing amount of large, ginormous, jumbo black sea bass (you get the idea) on the offshore ledges, much more than I have ever seen.  At some spots that have huge populations of triggerfish, it is a struggle to catch them due to the biomass of black sea bass…..... 

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