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What a fortuitous report by Capt. Derek yesterday. Yes, they have arrived. The king mackerel are here. They are on the beach. And from a first hand account, they are HUNGRY! Got word the charter boys were wearing them out today so dropped the bay boat in on lunch break and it didn't take long. Big bait right outside the inlet and the big king mackerel right outside the bait. Fished for one hour and had 4 on at once and all 4 were sky rocketers. Biggest was 31lbs. It appears fall fishing has beaten the fall weather here. Fine by me.
Side note, we also weighed an 81lb wahoo today at OIFC from 85' of water. Not bad. Go ahead and put notice in at work. It's fall fishing on the Carolina coast. They'll understand....
In between dodging hurricanes, both the fishing and the weather have been very good this week. The fall run of big spanish mackerel is officially here and with them comes of course, big blacktip sharks. In the midst of this migratory, a few big king mackerel have started to show up as well. Last week, a few nice kings were caught around Ocean Crest Pier during the South Brunswick Islands King Mackerel Tournament. And with how stable and calm things have been the past few days, I bet there will be some really nice fish showing up in the river channel today, tomorrow, and Friday. Everything is right for an all out river channel bite. The time to go fishing is now! Call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today.
Tom, Kenny, and Mike joined me this past Saturday to learn a little more about our backwaters surrounding our immediate area. We met Friday afternoon for a couple of hours covering various topics like knot tieing, equipment, weather conditions, structure, technique, etc...We also worked deligently on learning how to throw a small cast net efficently. This time of year revolves heavily around catching and locating live bait. After getting everyone versed on what to expect we decided to meet back at the Fishing Center around 8am to get our day of fishing started. We hit a few flounder holes first and everyone picked up a few getting the feel for the bite. I also explained what to look for and why I was picking those particular areas for flounder. We moved to a few redfish spots finding everyone a nice redfish and again I explained why we targeted those particular areas. We then moved on to finding and catching black drum. We found plenty and even threw several back for next time. I feel that everyone did excellent and should see them on the water having success in the future. Thanks guys! See ya on the water!
My next scheduled backwater class will be geared towards finding and catching bull redfish, land class 5pm on Oct. 14th and full day fishing on Oct. 15th. My last class of the year will focus on casting soft plastics for speckled trout, land class 5pm Nov. 3rd and full day fishing Nov. 4th. If you are interested please sign up immediately, only 3 spots are available and they do go fast!
Fall Fishing Schools :
Learn to Fish from the OIFC Staff
Kite Fishing- September 22-23 (4 spots open)
Bottom Fishing- September 24 (1 spot open)
Inshore Fishing- Sept 29-30 (3 spots open), Oct 14-15 (3 spots open)
These are the last OIFC fishing schools of the year. Gain the knowledge you need to take full advantage of Fall fishing season
TO MAKE RESERVATIONS CALL 910-575-3474
Fall is an incredible time to go fishing off the Brunswick County Coast. Whether its catching big bull redfish on a 4-hour trip along the beachfront or running some 60 miles offshore on a 12-hour trip to find your personal record wahoo, fall is the best time to make it happen.
After enduring a few small bands of weather from Irma, the seas have finally calmed allowing anglers to venture offshore and see what’s biting. Larger pogies have been between the big hill and Ocean Crest Pier in 15-25 feet. Larger mullet have made their way onto the scene as well with large schools making their migration south in 5-10ft. Once this bait is caught, lighthouse rocks has been holding some nice kings as well as the shark hole and 18-mile rock. Keep in mind the water temperatures in the 2-10-mile range are finally starting to cool down a bit. This decrease in temperature can only mean the larger, fall run of fish are on their way.
While fishing near or offshore of the Shark Hole don’t forget to drop down a grouper rig to see if the gags have moved into the shallows. Typically, these gag grouper will move into the 75-90 foot range the first week of October yet it is very common to catch one in mid-late September on your favorite dropper rig while fishing for black sea bass.
Lastly, the wahoo fishing was really starting to heat up before Irma paid us a visit. I know a few boats are headed to the break today for the hoos. Stay tuned -
Yesterday all the charter capts and mates jumped on board with fishing friend and captain Brody Heath on the Emma Rose boat -- The mission was to do a little Wahoo fishing, but mainly focus on trying to catch a Swordfish. We ran to the Scarp area and had quite a few bites, landed a Wahoo and then headed off another 25 miles to 1300' of water in search of Sword. That is feast of famine fishing, and unfortunately we stayed hungry despite giving it a sold 5 hours of fishing. On the way home we got to go through a Hurricane Harvey feeder band, which was fun, and then made it back well past my bedtime. The day was intended to be relaxing, no pressure, fishing with friends in an attempt at glory. We fell short on the glory but the company was fun. Our rookie mate this year Ty Starling caught his first Wahoo also; congrats.
All this cool weather has me thinking about Fall fishing. The Fall Brawl event program will be out within a week and available. This year's Fall Brawl will be held October 13-15, so mark your calendar. Good times and Great fishing!!!
If you want to recieve a Fall Brawl program and have not been normally recieving them in the past, email firstname.lastname@example.org with name and address and request a program.
* Payout to 20th place ($30,000 total payout)
*Top 10 Jr. Anglers ($1600 total payout) , Top 10 Lady Anglers ($1600 total payout)
*Spanish Mackerel division ($2000 total payout)
*Small Boat division ($1500 total payout)
Visit www.OIFC.com/FBKC for Fall Brawl 17 event details and entry forms
Another successful bottom fishing school is in the books. Dale Hall, David Lowman, Phil Hester and Aaron Hester climbed aboard the OIFC Catch All yesterday to learn how to bottom fish off our coast. Like most trips offshore, it started with catching some sort of bait. With scamp grouper in our sights, we loaded the Catch All live well with about 30 pinfish for bait. After brief instruction on where we were headed and why we were heading there we made the 48 mile run to a large hard bottom area in about 115 feet of water. Upon arrival, the school learned how to quickly tie chicken rigs, what bait to use, and most importantly that the weatherman is always wrong. Despite the bumpy conditions we caught fish all day long and managed three very nice scamp grouper. With everyone’s arms tired and some nice fish to clean, we packed it up and head home around 3PM. After careful evaluation, everyone got an A in the class. Great job crew!
Tomnmy Helms took these young men out for some reef eclipse fishing. They caught his fish
Tracey Sheriff, Leslie Innis and Patrick and Colan McBee climbed aboard the OIFC Catch All with me today on an early 6-hour trip. After running about 18 miles offshore we finally found a nice class of king mackerel to pick at for the most of trip. Not to mention the huge Spanish mackerel mixed in with the king bites. Great day of Summer king mackerel fishing for this crew.
Both the Spanish and king mackerel have been keyed in on the dead bait presentations this year. Whether its dink ballyhoo or your favorite cigar minnow rig, the mackerels have preferred the freshly frozen, store bought offerings. With fall right around the corner, the larger kings should start to move in with cooler weather. Look for large schools of Spanish mackerel or cigar minnow pods on the surface for a king mackerel bite. Let’s go fishing! Call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today.