Attached are pictures of Corey and Shaun Bellamy catching bait for the U.S. Open this Friday and Saturday
- "Capt. Papa D"
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To add to Barrett's report; there is a legitimate fishing crisis going on right now right on the beach. Can you imagine a situtation where you can't catch a king mackerel feeding on a school of pogies within 100 feet of the beach because you can't get a bait past monster 20-40 lb redfish. That is what a number of anglers fishing the Rumble in the Jungle King tourney experienced this weekend. The Kings are right on the beach at the inlets and so are the pogies, and so are the giant redfish. I heard of one boat quading up on 4 giant reds while trying to catch a king that was skyrocketing on the same pogy school[in 15 feet of water!].
Congrats to all the local boats that did good in the tourney. The hot bite continues off Ocean Crest Pier, but after Team OIFC ran over 100 miles trying to invent a fish offshore, we stopped at Shallotte Inlet for one last gasp and immediately caught a nice junior angler fish that took us to the scales. The fish are wherever the pogies are at and right now they are everywhere.
Come on down folks, it don't get any better than this and should continue thru the month of October.
The only explanation for a lack of offshore reports lately is because everyone is too busy catching fish. Got to keep this short right now because I'm headed out the door for some more as I type. In spite of the hard wind and rain we've had the last few days, or maybe because of, the fish have shown up close to shore in a big way. The giant red drum are thick within a 9 iron from the beach. They are schooling underneath the large schools of pogies in 10-15 feet of water. It's as good as I've every seen. Cast net a livewell full of ocean pogies. Stick one on a flounder rig with a larger circle hook. Toss it in the school of pogies and hang on. If it doesn't get eaten quick, move to the next school of bait.
If red drum aren't enough to satisfy your angling needs, the king mackerel have officially arrived on their Fall migration. Great catches of king mackerel are happening right along the beach front as well. The inlet mouths and nearshore reefs are all holding king mackerel. The Rumble in the Jungle king mackerel tournament is taking place today and tomorrow and 95% of the fleet will be fishing the beach. Partly out of necessity and partly because that's where the fish are.
If you're on the sidelines waiting for the Fall bite to kick off, wait no more. It's on. More reports and pics to come.
We have patiently waited for their arrival. Redfish from 35 to 45 inches have started to show themselves feeding inside the menhaden schools along the beach front. The sharks are still pretty thick out there as well. We doubled up and tripled up at times yesterday. Unfortunately, we only had one true double on bull redfish. Our triple hook up was two 5 foot sharks and then a 40+ inch redfish. Kind of crazy that it appears the reds are right in there feeding with the sharks! Plenty of action out there to keep your lines tight right now. Come on down and let us take you fishing! See ya on the water!
Brian, Chris, and Gary joined me for a half day Monday morning. We targeted flounder first finding a few keepers for the dinner table. After that we bounced around trying to find some line stretchers. Trout were not cooperating, but some redfish did join the show. See ya on the water!
What a difference a few days of cooler weather can make. This weekend the mullet run was in full swing. These baitfish are making their migration south in search of warmer water. Following these baitfish will be big red drum, sharks, Spanish and king mackerel. Thus, the near shore fishing along our coast should begin to improve dramatically over the next week. The king mackerel SHOULD begin to make their run in towards the beach and the larger Spanish mackerel SHOULD begin to bite aggressively around these schools of mullet and pogy pods. This weekend these big Spanish mackerel did show up feeding on pogys in about 30 feet of water right outside Lockwood Folly inlet. On a 6 hour charter we managed to bring 14 nice size Spanish mackerel. Clarkspoons trolled on planers and trolling sinkers seemed to do the trick. However I did notice that these Spanish would only bite if you trolled very close to these pogy pods they were feeding on. Once you get them dialed in, it was like clockwork. Two and three fish on a single pass was not uncommon. Shark fishing is still going strong up towards Ocean Crest Pier. They are biting pogys, grey trout, and bluefish on balloon rigs floated back behind the boat. I did get an opportunity to do some King fishing yet came up empty handed. I have a feeling that once we get clearer/greener water along our beaches, the bite will fire off just like it does every year. Unfortunately with all the rain we have had, it has made it tough for the water clarity to improve. The gulf stream fishing is progressively getting better as well. Good catches of wahoo are still coming from well known spots in 120'-250' feet. Thankfully the strong north winds we have had the past few days will begin to cool our near shore waters down which will improve the gulf stream fishery in return. I have talked to quite a few captains that fish out of Wrightsville beach, Topsail beach, and Morehead city that are having extremely good luck while wahoo fishing. Double digit catches are not uncommon for anglers fishing out of those areas right now. Fortunately, these fish are going to continue to migrate south and eventually reside in our section of the Gulf Stream (steeples to winyah). Sharpen your hooks and gaffs - the fish are on their way.
Capt. Derek Treffinger
I spent time with family and friends this past Saturday. Of course we still got out and fished some in the morning. The fishing wasn't that great as we only managed a couple of trout. The meal at Inlet View Bar and Grill was excellent though! We finished off Saturday with some great football games. Sunday my trip backed out on me with a family emergency. This gave me an opportunity to get in some fun fishing. Scott and I devised a plan to scout out an area that is really hard to get too. I decided to take my go pro and catch a little of the action. Scott and I both drilled a few nice redfish. Scott found him one to improve his rodeo standings as well. Click in the link above to see the action. See ya on the water!
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Well it is'nt often that a plan comes together just like the plan is laid out, however the fish read the script for saturdays fishing school. We couldnt get out on the beach to chase the bull reds so pln "B" was to hit the creeks and find some fish. So we headed south and put out some 4 to 6 inch mullet minnows and got them to eat. We all know what a flounder ,speckle trout and a few nice red drum equals? That's right a beautiful Backwater Slam.
Don and Craig Cox joined me for a half day trip. Our main target was redfish, but the trout showed up first. We caught 4 nice trout pretty quickly and released a few others just out of reach of the dip net. The trout stopped biting about as quickly as they started. We slid on down to another oyster bar and set up shop. We hammered out 4 nice redfish and a flounder. The tide went slack and so did the fishing. The weather and tides have been wishy washy lately. It has made for some tough fishing, but we keep working at it pulling a few out. See ya on the water!
Capt. Jeff Williamson's fishing school landed a Carolina Slam today. They were using mullet Jeff caught in the Shallotte Inlet and caught their fish south of the Sunset Beach Bridge.
The one and only Brandon Sauls decided to celebrate his birthday by going fishing and is now sitting in second place in the OIFC Rodeo in the Red Drum category. His drum weighed in at 6.55 lbs and according to the Bonecrusher it bit a pogy at an "undisclosed" location.
There is still time to beat the Bonecrusher, stop by the OIFC and enter today! It is only $20 per species.
Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades...Tommy Helms was close to stealing the lead in the Rodeo with this 6.6 lb flounder! 1st is Clay Morphis with a 6.9lb and 3rd is Jeff Wallen with 5.9lb on the Rodeo board for the Flounder catergory. Hopefully, I can get out there this weekend and get on the leader board myself!
The calm before the storm. Caught 4 to 5 nice reds 25 to 26 inches with some meat on their bones. Then changed gears and got my trout limit. Decided to call it a day after I was soaking wet and saw lighting
Report is by shane Britt. Thanks Shane
Also, the pogeys are thick on the beach. A couple of fishermen have been working the pods trying to catch some of the bull reds who are known to hang out in them. They folks I've talked to had no luck. Enter Kevin Sneed. Seems like he's been tearing them up. My guess would be to try off Oak Island and Holden. Let us know how you do.
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Earlier this week Jason and his son Andrew joined me for a half day in the morning. We found the redfish! I mean we could see the fish. Tails up and wagging...we got several hits, but were only able to capitalize on a couple before loosing sight of the school. Angela, Jason and David joined me the next morning. We found the same school from the day before pushing water in the shallows. No tails up, but you could tell they were there. We had to fish over top of the grass, top of oyster bars, and sometimes directly in the grass. We were rewarded with several opportunities that created lots of excitment for us all. It is just cool to pick out a fish and watch them crush your bait. I wish we could find that kind of action everyday. Keep on hunting. See ya on the water!
If you have been on the water the past few days you may have noticed that the tide has not gotten very low. This is known as a neap tide and happens on the last quarter of the moon phase. These conditions have thrown a wrench in my fishing. We have worked the waterway, creeks and beachfront finding a mixed bag. The creeks gave up several short flounder with one keeper. We hit the beach finding sharks and spanish around the bait pods in 21 feet of water. Headed back inside looking for redfish and could only muster up a few croaker. This was our first day in a while the redfish did not cooperate with us. I expect the redfish bite will fire off as the new moon phase passes and starts to grow again. See ya on the water!
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