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June 2011 Report

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Thus far, it has been a very humbling charter season; words that are tough to write amongst my historically-favorite month of fishing.  Perhaps the rest of the Wrightsville Beach Charter Fishing fleet might have something different to tell you, but between the rough seas and lack of bait near the coast, it has been very difficult to recreate the super-memorable trips of years past.  Regardless of the tough conditions, we’ve still been catching fish off of Wrightsville Beach.  There are a few king mackerel around, mainly nearshore, responding primarily to live menhaden.  The spanish mackerel are everywhere, and although mostly moderate sized, are responding to Blue Water Candy spanish daisys trolled fast along the surface.  The bottom fishing has been good, with large gag groupers making up the most of the catch inshore of 100 feet, and the red grouper comprising the rest of it beyond 40 miles.  The gaffer dolphin fishing has been incredible as of recent, but unfortunately due to the weather, I have not been able to give it a go myself.  This has been a very unpredictable June!  Even when the weather is marginal and the mackerel and dolphin won’t cooperate, we have found plentiful amount of large amberjacks and cobia around the structures 10 miles offshore.  Live bait proves to be the best and surest bet, however many fish are being taken on bucktails and topwater poppers…...... 

When the fish refuse to come to the top, we are catching them on long jigs pitched away from the boat.  While it’s not the best fishing report in the world, or on the coast, honesty is the best policy.  This atypical June just reinforces the phrase, “That’s why they call it fishing!”  I’m sure next June will prove itself to be the best fishing month of the year again, as it has in every year in the past!

Capt. Arlen

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