Jot Owens

Well folks as soon as it gets colder; here comes some more mild weather, hey I'll take it! November was a cold, windy and rainy month; we need it and deserve it! I have got to tell you not much has changed since my last report as what fish are biting and what they a hitting. One thing that has changed is I'm starting to see some very nice size trout biting, with trophy trout coming in the boat on most of my trips!

This season has been a very good grub/jig season with hundreds of trout coming to the boat on grubs. The two hot grubs this season for me has been the Berkley Gulp Fire tail 3" shrimp and Saltwater Assassin 4" sea shad pattern. The colors that are catching the most and biggest trout in the fire tail shrimp are watermelon red fleck, pearl and new penny. In the sea shads; chicken on a chain, salt&pepper silver with chart tail, sweet pea, greenback shiner and rainbow trout. If you really just want to target bigger trout try a Berkley Gulp 6" Jerkshad or a Gulp 4" Shrimp pattern; you'll need to work these baits a bit slower, but it might just put that five pound or bigger trout in the boat for you.

Live baits like Shrimp, mud minnows and small finger mullet have caught my charters some big numbers of keeper trout lately. I rig these baits on float rigs in shallow waters of three to five feet and light Carolina rigs for deeper waters of six to over ten foot deep. Lively bait is very important to getting Speckled trout to eat your live bait, take care of your live bait. The livelier the bait the more bites you will get; trust me!

There have still been lots of good by-catches while we are trout fishing; these include Tautog, Sheephead, Flounder, Black drum and Red drum. These by-catches are hitting the Gulp, minnows and live shrimp we are using for the trout. The great thing is they are all good eating! My favorites are the Tautog and Sheephead. If your bait gets close to the bottom, you've got a good chance at picking up one of these guys. One trip last week put four Tautogs in the boat with Berkley Gulp Fire tail shrimp!

When the waters start to cool down the Cape Fear River Striped Bass start bite; these fish are not the easiest to catch, but they fight very well even in cold water. Working drop offs on the edge of the river is where you can find the Stripers, using swim bait lures and Berkley Power Bait and Berkley Gulp Jerkshad should put a few Cape Fear Stripers on you line. Don't forget that the Cape Fear River Striped Bass Fishery is closed; catch and release only!

Large winter Redfish schools are one of my favorite fish to look for during winter mouths. On calm, light wind days you can find these Reds on dark mud flats and oyster rocks. Also you can find large schools around inlets and sand bars just off the local beaches. When you find these schools approach very slow and quietly, for they spoke very easily.

Most of the time the winter school Reds will bite pretty easily, but one thing that will help is scented baits like Berkley Gulp! I prefer Berkley Gulp Ripple Mullet in colors Pearl/chart tail, New Penny and Rootbeer gold/chart tail; also the Berkley Gulp 5" and 6" Jerkshad work well too. Sometimes you may need to work the bait a little slower during colder months, so try using a light jig head; this will allow you to work the bait slower.

If you have any questions about the tactics I use fishing the local waters please e-mail me or catch me on Face Book at:

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Fishing Gear I use:

Speckled trout, Striped Bass and Redfish: Reels PENN Battle 2000, 3000 & 4000 spinning reels. Rods: PENN Legion rods Line: Spiderwire Ultracast Invisi-Braid; I prefer eight and ten pound for trout fishing and ten to fifth teen for Redfish and Striped Bass. Fluorocarbon leader material, Berkley Pro Spec Tinted Fluorocarbon in tints Gunsmoke for clearer waters and Tannic for river or stained waters in twenty pound test.

Thanks for reading! Don't forget take a kid fishing and good fall fishing to you!

Captain Jot Owens

Ranger Boats Pro Staff

PENN Tackle Elite Staff


Fish Species: Speckled trout, Redfish, Striped Bass
Bait Used: Berkley Gulp, Saltwater Assassin, Live bait
Tackle Used: PENN Battle reels, PENN Legion rods, Spiderwire braid
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Four pounders!
Four pounders!

5.1 pounds
5.1 pounds

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Jot Owens

About The Author: Captain Jot Owens

Company: Jot It Down Fishing Charters LLC

Area Reporting: Southeast NC Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington

Bio: Captain Jot Owens, IV, born and raised in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, has been fishing the waters of the Cape Fear, Masonboro Sound and the North Atlantic Ocean for thirteen years. He began his career at the age of 15 commercial fishing for Grouper and King Mackerel. After the experience in commercial fishing, he began working as a Mate on a charter boat that specialized in offshore fishing for King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, tuna, Wahoo and billfish. During this time he made offshore rigs and prepared baits for the charters. In 2000, Jot began work as a Mate on The Fortune Hunter. During the six years Jot worked as a Mate, he was working towards his Captain s license. In February 2002, he achieved his goal of obtaining his Captain s license. Since this time, Jot has been the Master and Captain of the Fortune Hunter Too, fishing for trout, Red Drum, Flounder, Cobia, Tarpon and many other species. Today Captain Jot runs his own boat; the (Jot It down). Captain Jot enjoys everyday he is on the water and brings his passion for fishing to his customers by teaching new techniques and providing knowledge about the many different species of fish found on the East Coast. He looks forward to sharing with you the many fishing techniques that he is so passionate about.

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