Web report received from Mike and Tina Lanier Thought you guys might be interested in the attached picture of a 41 inch Red Drum caught on October 1, 2015, from the surf of Sunset Beach near Tubbs Inlet.
- "Brant McMullan"
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Looks like the weather is stabalizing this week just in time for the Fall Brawl. My guess is there should be a whole lot of big kingfish showing up in next few days along the beach. They want to be on the beach this time of year and with weather stabalizing they should flood[bad word choice] back in. Add to that the US Open being cancelled and thats a couple thousand more fish out there looking for a #4 treble. As week progresses we'll be able to report on what we are seeing, but best guess is it should be ON FIRE on the beach/riverchannel for the Fall Brawl.
Friday, October 9th
Saturday, October 10th (optional fish day)
Sunday, October 11th (optional fish day)
What Does All the Rain Mean to the Kings?
I remember back in the late 90's when Hurricane Floyd dumped 15-20" of rain on the area and caused major flooding. The beach waters were stained tea brown for the entire Fall, but once the sediment settled and the water was just stained, the Kings did not seem to mind. In fact I clearly recall hot bites at Yaupon and Shallotte Inlet during those conditions. I do not believe we are going to see quite that much rain, but none-the-less, the rivers are going to be flooding and a large amount of sediment filled, fresh water is being dumped into what might likely be a Fall Brawl fishing spot.
So, how to approach this scenario given the Fall Brawl coming next weekend? Sediment in the water is the biggest turn-off to the Kings. The good news is winds never got up over 25 knots, so I'm hoping that we can find clean water in 60+ foot depths or also on the East side of the Frying Pan Shoals, away from the river's influence. The rain will push all the Pogies out of the Cape Fear River, so there should be good bait along the beach. IF the sediment will settle out, then I'm looking for fish on the beach from Lockwood down to Cherry Grove. Sometimes the water down off Myrtle clears up faster. If the sediment is too stirred, then I'd look at the Shark Hole and Jungle areas or Fairway Ledges. Good luck to all. After this weekend of rain I'm ready to get out and stretch my legs and get on the water. See you at the Fall Brawl- Capt. Brant
I'm convinced that the rain and wind are not going to let up here in soggy Ocean Isle. Therefore, I'm looking for fishermen interested in venturing to the pristine waters of Venice, Louisiana with me. Dates are:
October 31st-November 4th **Need TWO people for this trip. The rest of the dates we will need FOUR.
Cost is $325 + fuel per person, per day, for a full day offshore (tuna, wahoo, king mackerel.) Near shore fishing full day (BIG keeper red snapper, cobia, redfish) will be $225 + fuel per person, per day. If you are wondering why the two options are offered, we will need to be flexible if the weather does not permit us to get offshore or the crew simply wants to try something different. Keep in mind that in Venice there is always some sort of fishing to be done if we get blown out.
Included in the trip cost: I will provide the boat, tackle, ice, coolers and assistance with lodging and flights.
Not included: Flight to and from New Orleans, LA, shuttles from the airport to Venice (about 45 min ride), lodging at Venice Marina, snacks, drinks and any other personal needs such as rain gear. Take a look at http://www.venicemarina.com/10_accommodations.htm to see where we normally stay. These cabins are perfect for what we’re set out to do while in Venice - catch fish. They are very clean and are a stones throw away from the dock where we’ll be leaving out of.
Lastly, I cannot describe to you how enjoyable this trip is. The sights, smells, and solitude is unlike any place I have ever visited. Islamorada, FL was a fun destination, had many attractions and the fishing was a bonus. I would compare Venice to being in another country. The yellowfin tuna bite can be red hot this time of year. During mid October-November the horse mullet begin to migrate out of the Mississippi river for the winter. And instead of twenty-pound king mackerel waiting on them like in Ocean Isle, there are 100-pound yellowfin.
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This was drone footage from Saturday.from Captainjohnathon28's Instagram..J. W. Gull. Hope you didn't mind me posting it
The pictures below are of Corey Bellamy and Trask Cunningham at the Jetties yesterday. Check out the boats in the background! I hope everyone is as careful in handling these beauties as Corey and Trask are. It's very important to hold them horizontal so as not to kill or injure them. Beautiful fish guys
Sent in from Team EfishNC:
This past week we were coming down to fish and discovered that our Lowrance HDS 8 with a Pro Chip inside and Yamaha Gauges had been stolen off our boat at the Omni Storage in Shallotte. Some low life stole them somewhere between the end of August and the 3rd of September. Interesting enough the cameras at the lot don't happen to go back quite far enough. If anybody knows anything or sees these come up for sale and it looks fishy please let us know.
If you or someone you know has any info about this please contact us at OIFC--->email us : email@example.com or (910) 575-3474
For all the US Open fishermen coming to fish this weekend, here's a quick recap of whats happening on the water from this past weekend.
Most of the top fish came off of Ocean Crest Pier area in 35+- feet of water. It was not a good bite, just scattered fish. Those that got bit caught good fish, those that didn't[like us] caught zip. Most boats that got a bite got just a bite. The water color was perfect and lots of bait marks. My guess is the fish were just moving onto the beach, and my guess is with the weather being stable this week, the fish should move in with more numbers. Of course, since there is a tourney , the weather may go to you know where, but if it stays out of the north, the beach bite should be good.
Best pogys were around Yaupon pier area. Blues were mixed in with the pogies and could be caught on planers/clark spoons. Several of the leader board fish were caught on ribbonfish which have been at Little River Jetties.
Good luck everyone, and if you need anything King, come on by OIFC. We will try to keep everyone dialed in as week progresses as to movement of the fish.
Will Glover, Alex Sasser, and Will McKnight joined me for my first backwater school for the fall season. We met Friday evening for quick instruction on cast netting, casting, and techniques. We hit the water Saturday to see if the students could take what they learned in the classroom to the water. Will McKnight was the first to prove he had been listening as he landed our first flounder. We found enough flounder on a couple of stops for every angler to get a feel for the technique. We changed gears to target black drum and like most rookies they missed their first couple. However, the bite was strong and the students quickly grasped the technique putting some nice black drum in the boat. Some redfish joined the action while we were catching black drum and that pretty much covered the classroom materail. I took a few minutes to show my students where to locate bait. We quickly found plenty of live shrimp, big mullet, and a nice menhaden pod. With all livewells over flowing with bait and a fish box busting at the seams. It was time to head for the jetties to graduate these green horns. We were a little light on tackle for the big brutes, but we did manage to close our day out going 3 for 5 on the bulls. To sign up for one of our schools please call the Fishing Center 910 575 3474. See ya on the water!
The bull redfish action is not the only action in town. I do wish I could have concentrated a little more on the bull reds, but the wind and wave action has been a bit much. I have run the majority of my trips in the creeks and the action has not disappointed. Black drum are hanging around the Sunset Beach area in the deeper holes and flounder are still biting in Tubbs Inlet. It is that time of year that no matter what decision you make you are bound to find some action. On a really good day you can catch a few in the creek to eat and then hit the inlet for a trophy. Bait is thick, you can just about catch it blind folded. Mullet and menhaden are all over the waterway. Shrimp is abundant at low tide in front of just about every little muddy cut in the grass. Lets go get them! See ya on the water!
Congratulations to Grayson Russ of Team Mr. Goodhands/OIFC for 1st place Jr. Angler in the Rumble In The Jungle. Mr. Goodhands finished 9th overall with their king.
Congratulations to Dr. Kendell Suh winner of the Rumble and Capt David Hooks 2nd place.
Finally, Union Elementary School in Brunswick Co was well represented. Grayson Russ was 1st place Jr. Angler, Cayson Coley won 2nd place and Camdyn Beck place 3rd.