The first Spanish of the year. Caught him in 30 feet of water on the tide line at shallotte inlet.
- Stan Gurganus
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Joshua Bowen of 'The Stick Slinger" is pictured with his N.C. Saltwater Citation for a catch and release Red Drum. Congratulations Joshua!
Y'all don't forget to obtain your citation for your catches. It's probably the only citation from the State you will be happy to recieve.
We are in direct contact with the new owners of the SKA[NBOA Boat Insurance] and I am pleased to report they are asking me for, and are receptive to input as to how to make the King trail more "angler friendly". They have agreed to offer free entry to the national championship to top 10 division finishers, a great step to re-energize competition at the divisional level. Also, they are looking to move the dates back to hopefully more friendly weather conditions. They are listening and acting....good news for the future success of the SKA. Standby for more exciting news.
Sunday the weather is looking very good. We have a boat open and will offer a split charter to the Stream -- $400 per person, 4 max. Call 910-575-3474 to reserve a spot -- fishing should be good, it is time!
First cast, fish on! It is going to be an awesome day. Baron made quick work of a nice 25 inch redfish. That proved to be the only fish that was willing to eat in our first spot. We made a move and quickly landed another lower slot fish. Again, that was the only one that was willing to eat there as well. It was starting to look like one of those days. We made another move and found a little rythum getting 4 bites in our next spot, but only connected with 2 of them. Barry hammered a nice 27 1/2 incher to land our biggest fish of the day. We hit a couple more spots with about the same result. Found a few under the slot, one over the slot, and a few in between. It depends on what you call awesome, but any day on the water, well, is a great day! See ya on the water!
The OIFC now has a limited supply of pogey oil. During a tournament this oil can be the difference between a hero and a zero. On an inshore front the ticket has been a white buck tail tipped with Gulp shrimp or live mud minnows. I would take some minnows as a back up Sent from my iPhone
I've been trying to make our readers aware of the changes in Tubbs Inlet. OIFC Store Crew member Duncan unfortunately demonstrated it. Duncan basically said he zigged when he should have zagged. Thanks to some locals he made it to shore and returned later in his john boat to get the stranded vessel. Please beware!
Duncan is a big outdoorsman and has a beautiful lab. She has had puppies. If anyone is interested in a lab with good bloodlines he still has a few for sale.
Meanwhile OIFC Store Crewmember, and Team OIFC/Do Work Team Member Amanda went to Panama City, Fla. for spring break. Rather than doing an espisode of "Girls Gone Wild" she went fishing. Here is her report:
After a week on Panama City Beach for spring break, I decided to finish the week out right by going fishing! I made a quick decision and called Capt. Anderson's Fishing Adventures and decided I'd spend my last day here bottom fishing. When I arrived at the dock I was pleased to find out that the seas would be 1-2 ft and it was a beautiful 78 degrees on the water. After boarding the boat we headed 12 miles off shore. With lots of cut squid and the reels ready we dropped lines. It wasn't very successful at 1st so I began to lose hope. Just as I started to sit back and enjoy the sun it was fish on!!!! The 6 hr trip was a lot of fun and informative. It's always good to see how the fishing is in other places. Now it's time to head back to the ranch and the OIFC for the weekend. Enjoy your time on the Brunswick Co. Coast and the Grand Strand and come by the OIFC to check out our new merchandise!!!-Amanda, Team OIFC/Do Work
Yep, this one is going to sting for a while. Today was one of the more disappointing tournament fishing days I've had in quite some time. Going into day one of the competition I had high hopes. I had located several areas holding tournament winning fish and lots of them. So what happens next? A combination of a changing weather condition and just simply not being able to get out of my own way.
The change in the weather today was just slight but it was enough to change the water condition and that played a big role in what happened. The wind picked up and blew 15 knots out of the south today and when it did, it brough the ugly dirty bay water into the ponds I was fishing. The water was dirty and I wasn't able to effectively sight fish like I had been doing previously. The fish were still in the pond but they weren't showing themselves or I couldn't see them.
The not getting out of my own way problem came on several occurrences. I lost a couple very nice fish right at the boat. I broke a spinner blade arm off on a perfect fish and lost him. I had a fish die. I had to let one fish go because he was going to die. I fumbled all over myself on a couple occassion when I had perfect redfish just feet from the boat. You know...line wrapped around the tip before you cast; drop something loud on the deck; cast into the bushes...it was a calamity of errors! The fishing was way off from what it had been the last couple days for me but still I had my opportunities and I didn't execute.
I recall going through this same exact scenario years ago coming up in the king mackerel tournament world. We would work so hard to put ourselves in the right position but our execution was lacking and just couldn't breakthrough to victory lane. Today was the same sort of thing. I worked hard all week and found the fish. It was simply a matter of going to catch them. When it was all on the line, I couldn't deliver. Growing pains.
I did end up putting a 5 fish bag together but it wasn't pretty. I had just under 30lbs which for this tournament is pitiful. The leader after today is my roommate Gritter Griffien who absolutely put the smack down on the fish today. He is the first angler to weigh a 40+lb bag in tournament history. He weighed right under 43lbs! He has the lead by 5 or 6lbs. Very impressive.
Tomorrow is day two and while I'm effectively eliminated from the competition, I did enter the big bag side pot so I have something to fish for tomorrow. Plus, it's just too fun not to take advantage of being in this place! I need to get some redemption tomorrow so I'll go back out and see if I can't keep the backlashes ect to a minimum.
Team OIFC/Do Work's member Dr. Jeremy Phillips trying his skills in Aruba. Meanwhile Team Member Amanda Bennett is fishing today out of Panama City. Team member Capt. Rickey will be changing lower unit fluids and Team Capt. Jeff Beck is working as is Courtney & Jon Hayes. Don't have a clue what Jr. Angler Camdyn is shopping at Books A Million and then going to a movie.. Something is wrong with this situation.
The hay is in the barn as they say. Today was the last day of practice before competition starts tomorrow. Let me just tell you about today. Guys, seriously....I like to think I'm fairly effective with my ability to put on paper my experiences on the water but today I can honestly say words just won't do it justice. This is what Louisiana redfishing is all about. To say I found them would be an understatement. With the tip from afellow competitor, Gritter Griffin, I landed on the motherload of redfish today.
I sight fished from the time I came off plane until it was time to call it a day. Every 10 yards I'd see another pack of redfish. It was to the point I just put up my rods and eased along the bank and just watched the fish. It became clear if I had a rod in my hand I just couldn't help myself but to put my bait in the water. If bait hit the water, it wasn't long before redfish was on the other end. So instead, I just watched the fish and tried to pick out the right size fish. The key to this tournament is going to be identifying the right size redfish and not waste time on those that are too big. These fish down here are super fat and fight hard. I caught a 14lb 28" redfish today which is an enormous weight for that length of fish. It's tons of fun catching these overs but takes a lot of time, time you could be working on the right size fish for the tournament. Self restraint is key.
Hopes are high leading into the tournament tomorrow. The facts are though that probably just about every angler in this event is on good fish. I expect the leaderboard will be very tight. I'm still nailing down my final plan but in true Team OIFC style I just can't help myself but to swing for the fences at first and try something totally different than what the rest of the fleet will be doing. If that doesn't pan out I have one heck of a back up plan and more behind that. Having options in this game is critical and options is one thing I do have. Whatever the outcome of the tournament is for me I can honestly say today was without a doubt the most fun I've ever had on the inshore waters. I hate nobody else was there to share it with me but man I'll never forget it. Awesome.
Tomorrow, the weigh in begins at 2pm but probably won't get going until 3pm. You can tune in and watch the weigh in live.
Capt. Jeff Williamson and myself both found some action today on our trips. The out going tide is deeply stained from freshwater runoff and the incoming tide was silty from westerly winds today. Redfish are holding along the docks in the waterway and several schools are still way back in the creeks. Live mud minnows have produced reds from 16 inches up to 30 inches. Fresh crab chunks are working good on reds from 23 inches to 30 inches. It is getting more difficult each day to fish crab as little bottom feeders are picking it clean. Flounder are starting to make a showing and that bite should get stronger with each new tide. Drifting or slow dragging mud minnows will tempt some bites from the flatfish. Soft plastics in white and chartreuse color patterns will draw strikes from bluefish, flounder, redfish and speckled trout. See ya on the water!
Breaking news -- the "NEW" SKA has agreed to comp Nationals entry for the top 10 finishing teams in each SKA division. Further, it is my strong belief that if you were ever going to fish SKA Nationals, this will be the year not to miss. It is concensus that Nationals needs to move around every year, and I am confident that is going to happen. However, this year it was too late to make changes and thus NBOA, the new owner of the SKA, is pledging to make Nationals a better event than ever. I know they are working hard on lots of new programs that will affect competition in next year's season, but this year I think they will make their big splash with the show they put on at Nationals. I hope you tournament fishermen out there will make an effort to qualify and make it to the Nationals -- yes, qualify -- that is something that has been lost in the last few years, but I believe that we had all better fish hard as the true meaning of qualifying is going to come back as well.