Archive for August, 2013

Buying A Used Fishing Boat

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

When choosing to buy a boat, you will find a great used market that will allow you save thousands of dollars over buying new.  The original buyer bites most of the initial depreciation, therefore making your purchase a good buy.

There are several types of fishing boats to consider such as center consoles, bow riders, cabin cruisers, express models, and much more.  We suggest riding on all types of these boats while considering your family, friends, and mates that will be fishing with you.

If you are spending less than ten thousand dollars on your boat, then a survey may not be necessary.  However we do recommend you hire a professional that can check the boat for cracks, punctures, wiring issues, etc. that you may not notice.  We also recommend you get a mechanic to check the engine out and make sure it is as stated by the seller.

When making the final purchase you will want to process a bill of sale in exchange for funds.  Make sure to get the title for the boat and trailer as they have different trailers.  Most of the time the engine does not come with documentation unless it is a newer boat and the owner held onto it.

Enjoy your new boat.

Trolling For Mahi Mahi Dolphin

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Dolphin, Dorado, or Mahi Mahi are known to bust baits on the surface when trolling.  Artificial lures such as

Million Dollar Sailfish

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

One lucky angler has the shot to win 1 million dollars when he/she catches a tagged swordfish.  The sailfish was tagged and released by Ozzie Gonzalez off South Florida.

Any angler fishing up and down the Florida east coast has a legitimate shot at catching this fish, although many says the odds are very slim.

In order to qualify for the winnings, you first have to register for the upcoming billfish tournaments held by Tony Albelo.

The Mayors Cup and The Sailfish Kickoff are the 2 tournaments in which anglers much register for to qualify for the one million dollars.  You may enter either tournament and not both.

Building A Live Bait Pen

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

For many anglers that live on the water or that have friends with water access, having a bait holding pen at the dock is a luxury.

With a nicely constructed bait pen at the dock, you can fish in advance for bait, and then store them at the dock for several days.  There are many factors that come into play with the length of time certain baits can take in your pen.

For example, hardy baits such as blue runners can live in your pen for weeks as long as you feed them.  If you don

Slow Trolling Live Bait

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

If you are going offshore fishing, then live bait should be in your arsenal for effective fishing.  Pilchards, Goggle Eyes, Ballyhoo, Herrings, and Blue Runners make excellent baits to slowly troll behind your boat.

When slow trolling live bait for kingfish, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, and other pelagic species, you will want to hook the bait through the nose or lip to all the bait to easily swim with the boat.  We suggest you bridle the bait through the nostrils to eliminate hooking the fish and hurting the bait, thus shortening the life of productivity.

There are many arguments to the drag setting of a live bait on the slow troll, but we have found it is best to put the bait out with extreme light to no drag.  If a sailfish is on the bait and you are using a circle hook that the sailfish will inhale the bait and when you come tight on the fish, you will hook the sailfish in the corner of the mouth.

However if you are not using wire leader and a kingfish inhales the bait, you are likely to get cut off, so you will want to adjust your methods accordingly.

Slow trolling live bait is extremely effective and can out fish drift fishing when there is hardly any current or wind.

37 Midnight Express Boat Review

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

We have had the pleasure to fish many times on a 37 midnight express rigged for offshore fishing.  The vessel is rigged with Yamaha HDPI

Wrightsville Beach Fishing Guide

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Rod-Man Report November 22, 2006

Hi Folks,

Happy holiday to all and don’t eat too much. The Rod-Man is on a diet and feels like everyone else should suffer too. Due to the terrible storms, rains and winds the last 3 days and continuing in tomorrow, I don’t know exactly what to say about fishing right now. It will be “pot luck” for sure.

But, I can tell you the fishing prior to the storm was fantastic and hopefully will be back to that sooner than later.

Now here’s my report:

Inshore: The reds and trout have been biting the bottom of the boat out. The jetties, the docks, the creeks, the inlets, the marsh banks, all have been holding fish. We have been catching fish on GULP SW, live shrimp, dead mullet.

Nearshore: Some gray trout and miscellaneous bottom fish have been biting. I still expect a run of albacore. The water temperature is still 62-64 degrees, so a lot of fishing is in front of us.

Offshore: I have heard reports of some nice king mack catches from 23 to 42 miles out.

Gulfstream: No reports this week, but no the wahoo have been biting well and some bluefin have shown up.

Gosh, this year is winding down fast. Soon it will be boat show time and then fishing schools and before you know it, spring will be here and we start again. This year I will be at the Greensboro Bass and Saltwater Expo at the Coliseum Jan. 5-7 and the Raleigh Bass and Saltwater Expo at the Fairgrounds Jan. 12-14. My Raleigh area Rod-Man Fishing School will be February 10 and the Wilmington Rod-Man Fishing School will be March 3. Registrations for the schools are coming in and I hope to see many of you there. You can find registration information at

Finally, I wanted to say a big thank you to the nice folks at the Raleigh Saltwater Fishing Club for welcoming my wife and me last night. The weather was bad but inside the welcome was warm and hopefully we shared some good things about fishing.

Don’t miss this week’s pic of the week:


Let’s Go Fishing!!!

Capt. Rick Bennett

Rod-Man Charters


Snakehead Fish Pictures

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

The northern snakehead is a very popular fish that is a top predator in the waters of China.  There have been many encounters with this fish in several parts of the world.  The snakehead fish fascinates people all over because of its deadly encounters with native fish. 

A snakehead fish has been known to drastically reduce the man species of fish in the same waters of the snakehead and for this reason it is a danger to various species.

The picture of a snakehead fish was caught in Singapore.   Officials in Maryland say there are many snakehead fish in the many ponds killing all native species.  The plan is to poison the snakehead fish and get their species out of the ponds to preserve the native species.

Check out the official Snakehead Fish Photo Gallery

Perch Fishing Tips Through Ice

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Ice fishing is a great experience for anyone and everyone.  Fishing for perch, which are bottom fish can take a great spot and some good angling skills to have a good day. 

Preferred baits for perch fishing are cut up minnows.  The heads and tails of minnows make great baits and will drive perch crazy to bite.

Drop your bait deep as perch are deep bottom dwellers and hang out at the bottom where they catch small baits and feed.  Presenting your bait in this territory has a high success rate for fisherman.

With today

Sailfishing From A Kayak

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Many anglers take paddle each year and head out to 120ft of water off Miami with one fish in mind, the Atlantic Sailfish.  Anglers pack live baits via tow and make their way into between 90-120 feet of water and deploy usually 2 flat lines.

Seas are best when 2 foot or less and circle hooks are a must.  With two flat lines deployed, the bails are best to be open or a light drag.  Once the sailfish picks up your bait, simply REEL REEL REEL.  You will come tight on your sailfish via kayak and end up with a hook in the corner of the fish