This is Zeb Clemons with a 19" flounder caught in the Shallotte River with his dad Kim Clemons this morning. Great fish guys!
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Report of kings being caught yesterday at the Shark Hole. Also 4 were caught at Ocean Crest Pier[biggest 38lbs]. The water is crystal clear, beach full of pogies, pogy schools full of blues/spanish, 90's full of greenies...what does that tell you. 2 weeks till what promises to be the biggest best Jolly Mon King tourney ever. Make your plans now; June 14-16.
I got a chance to hop on board the infamous "Widespread" with Nesbitt Noble, Eddie Julian and Gregory Lane on a grouper mission. We loaded up with pogies on the west side of Shallotte Inlet in 12' of water and were on our way by 6:30 am. Our goal was to see what was biting in 100' of water. We tried several areas picking up a couple of scamps and feeding the 3-4 pound seabass. Around 11:30 the bite picked up and we caught 7 more scamps and a gag. The bite lasted about an hour and shut back down. We did not see any kings, cobia or mahi and the scattered weed would make trolling difficult at best.
The good news for tomorrow is the opening of the seabass. The seabass were thick and it was hard to get a live bait passed them. Seabass are a ton of fun to catch and a great way to introduce a kid to bottom fishing. Stop by the store before you head offshore and be sure to pick up plenty of hooks, sinkers and squid.
Capt. Jim Bowen of the Stick Slinger sent us this report:
Capt. David Cutler and I were catching Cobia on Saturday morning, and decided to run and check out a few spots for kings.. we were in 47’ of water and running @ 45 mph and I saw something busting the water 3 times.. I stopped and in a matter of seconds, the Stick Slinger was wrapped up with a school of 50-75 huge Red Drum. They had some cobia mixed in I estimated @ 45-50lbs.. we pitched Pogies to the cobia but they kept getting inhaled by the reds. After catching and releasing 4 Reds, they were gone.. It was an awesome experience to share with my 9 yr. old and good friends..
Capt Jim Bowen
Don't forget to come on down to the OIFC today and register for the Fishermans Post flounder/inshore tournament. They are biting. Plenty of bait in the ICW between marker 95 and the OIB marina. p.s. there is a redfish prize and they are around.
Terry Moore, Brian Crook, J.C. Honeycutt, Mark Keeter and Brian Givins came in today with 8 Cobia with 2 being a citation of 55lbs and the other 42lbs. The crew said the secret was anchoring up at the 90's and chumming. They caught these fish on live bait and jigs which is all sold at OIFC so come in and see us.
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Kings starting to show, right where they are supposed to be in 70-80 feet water. Just in time for coming Jolly Mon!!
Today I auditioned for the new TV program on ATMC "OIFC No Limits Fishing" staring Captains Brant & Barrett. I'm not sure how the tryout went but I was told "Don't call us...we'll call you".
All was not lost though. We had a blast catching several nice cobia and playing with amberjacks, and I took some pretty good pictures. Ya think we caught this cobia on a yellow buck tail tipped in squid. Also if you have issues gaffing...use the Capt. Brant method and pull them in the boat by hand.
I've also posted some pretty cool videos on our Facebook page.
As always..keep the pics and reports coming to me at email@example.com
Fisherman's Post is holding a flounder tournament with a redfish twist on the tail end of it out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center this weekend.
Registration is this Friday, May 31st from 3pm to 8pm
Rules meeting 5pm to 7pm
Captains' Party 4pm to 8pm hosted by Papa Johns' Pizza and R.A. Jefferys
Come on out and join the fun. The flounder bite has been steady the last few days. I haven't heard of too many big ones, but someone is surely to find one this Saturday. Whether your a participate or not. Don't miss the weigh in at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center docks on June 1st from 1pm to 4pm. I am sure we are going to see some nice fish.
My charters the last few days have enjoyed catching several flounder. Yesterday morning yielded five keepers and the afternoon trip found 4 keepers. The fish are here and it is anyone's tournament to win. See ya on the water!
Sean (Josh) Morris, Emily Ward, and Ed Morris ventured off in the “Chilln with the G’s” 19’ Carolina Skiff on a nice flat day to the 90s on Tuesday morning, May 28th and grabbed some nice cobia. Used some OIFC chum and some Purina Dog Food and Chicken Livers to mix up some nice chum for the Tiger Sharks who came to check it out. Soon after the Cobia were there too. Fished for about 2 hours (done by 1100) and caught three nice cobia on buck tail jig with squid and King rig. Plenty more there but ran out of ice and had to head back in. All in all not a bad small boat day for a few hours of fishing. Exciting time for all!
This report was written by Sean Morris' Dad. For those who haven't me Sean, he works in the store at the OIFC. Sean's alter ego is Josh and he prefers being called Josh.-Capt. Rickey
In the 1st and 2nd picture is Scott Hamilton and the 45lb Cobia, and 28lb and 20lb kings they caught Sunday on Menhaden in 85ft of water.
From Dr. Jay Murphy....