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Wrightsville Beach Area Fishing Forecast-August 2017

August fishing around Wrightsville, it’s the hot of the summer but fishing can be pretty good.  I prefer to go earlier or later bet the heat and the crowds. Here are a few of my favorite August “goto” species.

Flounder are a great hot weather fish because it really does not seem to matter how hot it gets they still bite!  Live bait is the key for catching higher numbers of Flounder, but if you want to catch bigger Flounder try artificial bait.  Mud minnows and small finger mullet will be the best live baits for Flounder in August.  Rigging the live bait on carolina rigs with Eagle Claw L42 1/0 or 2/0 hooks is a good choice of rigs for Flounder.  If you prefer to use artificial baits; scented and none scented grubs as well as spinner baits will do the job in shallow waters.   Berkley Gulp Jerkshad in five and six inch and colors of new penny, pearl white and chart pepper neon are all good too.  Also try Berkley’s Havoc Grass Pig lure in colors, chartreuse, pearl white silver and swamp gas.  I rig these lures on jig heads in 1/4oz, 3/8oz and 1/2oz weights in colors red, gray or white.

Look for the bigger flounder around deeper water docks with good current, bait fish and lots of structure inshore.  The inlets, offshore reef and ledges are all good places to find hot weather flounder.  What do all these places have in common; deeper water, current and structure.

One fish that is always on my hot weather list is the Sheephead.  The Sheephead is a good challenge to catch and they fight hard, but they are also good to eat!  Another great thing about Sheephead fishing when it’s hot outside is that you can hide under a bridge out of the sun to catch them.  Just think; fishing somewhere out of the sun and you’re catching great eating fish!  All you need is some fiddler crabs or sand fleas for bait.  A medium/heavy action spinning or casting rod with Spiderwire twenty or thirty pound braid for line will help you bring in that big Sheephead in.  Tie on a short carolina rig with forty or fifty pound fluorocarbon leader and a small live bait J hook (sharp/strong)!  Drop that fiddler crab down beside a piling on the carolina rig and when you feel that little bump; set the hook and hold on!  PS: they are great eating in the two to six pound range!

North Carolina is not really known for Tarpon fishing but I do see them pushing just off Masonboro inlet and the lower Cape Fear River form time to time.  If you want a good challenge, give Carolina Tarpon fishing a try this August.  The best times are very early morning or late afternoon and in to the night. I fish for Tarpon on the bottom or free lining, using live and fresh dead baits like; spots, mullet and menhaden.  I rig these baits on fish finder rigs, with three to five feet of 80 to 100 pound fluorocarbon leaders.  Circle hooks are the best bet for good hook ups and landings for Tarpon in hook sizes 7/0 to 9/0 depending what hook series you like.  I prefer TroKar AP TK5 9/0 circle hooks, super sharp and super strong!  It not easy to catch a NC Tarpon, but I promise if you do or even just jump one off its still really cool to see!

I also enjoy shark fishing later in the summer (late July to early September).  Sharks on light tackle are always a good pull and boy the kids love to catch’em!  I drift live and fresh dead bluefish, Spanish mackerel, mullet or menhaden in thirty to forty five feet of water offshore.  I rig these baits with a 7/0 to 9/0 TroKar circle hook with one foot of ninety pound wire and six to eight feet of eighty pound mono leader.  You can free line the bait and /or put a small egg sinker on to keep the bait close to the bottom.  You’ll know when you get a bite!   Most sharks are in the ten to one hundred pound range.

Last but certainly not lest is Bull Redfish (big Red Drum).  The Bull Reds will start showing up in good numbers around inlets and hard/live bottoms just off the beach to about ten miles out in early August.  Live or fresh dead bait is the key to catching these brutes.  Most fish will be twenty-eight to over forty inches in length, very fun to catch size!  It’s not hard to rig for the Bull reds; short carolina rigs with a 7/0 to 9/0 TroKar circle hook will do the trick.  Remember if your catching larger Drum, please use heavier tackle; these Drum will work so hard when the water is hot and it is easy to kill them using to light of tackle (fighting them to long).

Tackle run down: PENN Battle II & Slammer III reels 2500, 3000, 3500 sizes for the Sheephead and Flounder.  Tarpon/Sharks/Bull Drum PENN SlammerIII 6500 & 7500 and PENN 20 Fathom LW casting reels.  Rods PENN Battalion 6’6” & 7’ medium and med/heavy for the Sheephead and Flounder.  Tarpon/Shark/Bull Drum Rods: PENN Rampage Jigging series.  Line Spiderwire Ultra-cast in ten and fifth-teen pound and Berkley Pro Spec Chrome mono in thirty and forty pound for the Tarpon/sharks.

Have a good August, stay cool and thanks for reading!

Capt. Jot Owens
PENN Fishing Tackle Elite Staff

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