Captain Arlen's Fishing Reports & Blog

April 2011 Report

Friday, April 29, 2011

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!........ 

New Boat for 2011!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Ultimate Reaction Sportfishing will have a new, faster, bigger, more comfortable ride for the upcoming season!  Ultimate Reaction I is a 23’ Contender, equipped with a Yamaha 250HP Four Stroke, Garmin electronics, downriggers, outriggers, and over 80 gallons of livewell capacity!  More pictures to come soon.

Capt. Arlen

November 2010 Report

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

As fewer and fewer people travel to the beach and we approach the 2010 holiday season, the fishing is still quite good when the weather allows.  The trout fishing remains very strong inshore, however the majority of the fish are small.  Using larger soft plastics and full sized mirrolures have produced the larger trout as of late.  Most of the fish have been holding in the deeper holes and areas adjacent to deep water with fast-moving current.  When the weather is pleasant enough to go offshore, the grouper and snapper fishing has been great.  The first stop of the day in many of the trips has resulted in a limit of grouper, and many many seabass and grunts.  The snapper have been biting further offshore in the 35 mile range.  If you are after gag grouper, stop short of 25 miles, otherwise you will overrun the majority of the fish.  Even though it is a tad chilly, November is a great month to come visit and fish Wrightsville Beach, NC!  The fishing is good and the hotel rooms are reduced in price; come enjoy catching something to put next to the turkey for Thanksgiving!

This will be the last report of the year, and I would like to thank everyone for a great 2010!  There are some upcoming changes for Ultimate Reaction Sportfishing in the coming year; be sure to stay tuned!  Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and a wonderful upcoming 2011!  Can’t wait to see everyone next year, we have many more memories to make!

Capt. Arlen

October 2010 report

Wednesday, October 27, 2010





Fall fishing is in full force here in Wrightsville Beach, NC, and all of the Wrightsville Beach Charter Fishing fleet are enjoying great catches, happy customers, and some of the fastest pace action this state has to offer in saltwater fishing!  Nearshore, the king mackerel and false albacore are in full force, from the beach on out the the 10 mile areas.  Live bait is the best bet for fooling the larger kingfish, and there are still plenty of amberjack and cobia in the same areas.  Live bait is plentiful as large schools of menhaden continue to pour down the beach headed south.  We recently had a half day trip with kings and a cobia where the largest 5 kings had an aggregate weight of over 110 lbs!  The bottom fishing is full on, especially with the Gag groupers, being caught as close as 8 miles.  There are still plenty of other species mixed in, and the largest barracuda of the year are here and eager to test your spinning reels’ drag!  When the weather is pretty, the offshore fleet is finding plenty of blackfin tuna and numerous wahoo, some in excess of 60 lbs.  But the weather has been fairly uncooperative as of late.  No worries - that’s the beauty of fall fishing!  When it has been too windy to get offshore, the speckled trout fishing inshore has been incredible…...... 

September 2010 report

Wednesday, September 22, 2010












As the weather has begun too cool, the fall fishing here in Wrightsville Beach is heating up.  False albacore and large spanish have been found on top near the beach.  We are catching these fish on spinning rods, some too light to be largemouth bass fishing with, casting small metal spoons and jigs.  If you want to test the drag of your small spinning tackle, now is the time to do it.  Offshore the bottom fishing continues to be great, with good catches of gag grouper, black sea bass and American red snapper - which unfortunately must be returned to the sea.  The gulfstream fishing has begun to heat up, with more and more wahoo being caught each week.  Keep in mind the fishing will only get better as the water temperature cools.. it is still in the lower 80s!

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