Keith Berciunus' Report: A 35# Snowy Grouper!! Caught in 900 foot of water... FUN TIME!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Page 136 of 409
Keith Berciunus' Report: A 35# Snowy Grouper!! Caught in 900 foot of water... FUN TIME!!
We left out around 530 am in search of some wahoo today. The ride out was a little bumpy but the ocean layed out flat around noon.. We arrived at the scarp around 7;15 with water temps at 70 degrees we put out a spread of ballyhoo .Was'nt long after we put our first wahoo in the boat. After I planted the gaff in the fish Richie Haycock pulls out a banana from his bag and says see boys its just a myth.. After making him throw it off immediatly we hooked up again to our second wahoo. We battled a few boneheads and barracuda for a while then got a double hookup of wahoo and landed them both.. We went 4 for 6 on wahoo biggest around 50 and went through 3 packs of ballyhoo on bonita and cudas...Its time...
I did not fish Friday as I took the time to catch up on bills, paperwork, and store duty. Saturday morning was another cool start and the fish did not seem to be very active. We caught several reds under the slot, but nothing really to write home about. My sister and eight kids were scheduled to fish with me in the afternoon. After the morning trip showed slow results I was a bit discouraged that I would not be able to show the kids a good time. Her husband and I loaded the boat with the three boys that were the most eager to go fishing. We started working the docks and the fish started to cooperate. We continued to skip and jump from one little area to the next. I get so busy trying to catch fish that counting them is not important to me. Of course, the boys were keeping score. I am not saying they can't count, but I won't share the numbers with you just cause they will sound unbelievable. The point is the fish bit well and the boys had fun. I even got my sister out on the water for about 20 minutes and caught two more to bring the day to a close. Sunday fortunely had the same result as Saturday afternoon. Don Copley, Banks, and John enjoyed catching several reds and the bite continues to suprise me. I sincerely hope that I can continue to provide this expericence with future clients. See ya on the water!
Captain Brant has assembled 6 of who he feels are Teams that best represent the image of the OIFC and put us all under the umbrella of Team OIFC. You can read about each team under the heading of fishing on the Fishing Report. Each team has been posting reports regularly. I have been hot and heavy on our Facebook page, then I had an epiphany (new word for me) this morning....not everyone goes to Facebook.
Anyway the Team consists of Do Work/OIFC (Capt Jeff Beck), Hail Yeah/OIFC,( Brian Aycock), Toes Up ( Richard Boles), Sea P A (Ken Ritch, Choice of Two (Capt.Corey Bellamy), and the flagship team, Team OIFC (Capt. Brant).
So far we are proudly representing the following sponsors in no particular order: OIFC, Sea Tow of OIB, Yeti, Seaguar Products, Beck's of Calabash, Ella's of Calabash, Calabash Creamery, Elite Performance Chiropractics & CrossfitOIB. Please support the fine sponsors as they are supporting salt water fishing.
If you think you would like to become a sponsor contact the OIFC or one of the team members and they can direct you to the right person.
Matt Sobota reports:
Caught and released sailfish Sunday at Black Jack hole. Fishing aboard Salt Times 28ft Regulator . Fishing were Jeff Dickerson, Matt Sobota, and Mark Hungate. We also caught three Mahi one over 20 pounds. We worked a break in 240 ft of water with 66 degree water inshore and 69 degree water offshore of it. A lot of current made it rough on the offshore side. Don't see that much around here. We couldn't find a wahoo. Good luck all excited to see the Mahi and billfish here!
Thank you very much Matt.
If you have a fishing story you would like to share sent it along with pictures to Sunset69@atmc and I post it ASAP. Thanks-Capt. Rickey
Folks, please forgive my tardiness in posting a run-down of the events in Charleston from a week and a half ago. In the time that has passed since the meeting I actually got to go fishing, and then came down with a case of strep throat, which put me on my back for about 2.5 days. I guess better late than never...
The good news from the meeting is that there are no further restrictions on the immediate horizon for either dolphin or wahoo. Don Hammond, who runs the dolphin tagging program out of Charleston, gave a presentation on the perceived status of the dolphin stock, and nothing much has changed there. Due to their biology, dolphin are still seen as an annual resource, as the vast majority of their population does not make it past year one. There is far more concern over growing Chinese fishing interest in the Carribean than concern over what East Coast anglers are doing to the dolphinfish population. Don stressed the need to continue tagging these fish, and I couldn't agree more. I am personally a big fan of the program. Years ago, Capt. Roger and I managed to tag a handful of them and even caught a tagged fish. If you would like to participate, check out www.dolphintagging.com or call the lab at (843) 795 7524.
On the other hand, the landings data presented to the Advisory Panel is non-sensical at its best, dangereous at its worst. We are being told that the landings of wahoo doubled from 2011 to 2012, yet there is nothing out there (that I can see) to support these numbers. We are told that the MRIP method is producing better data that the old MRFSS method, but the question of HOW(?) remains. Even if the wahoo fishing was that much better in 2012 than 2011, there is still no method to factor in the effort, along with the fact that fuel prices were higher in 2012 than 2011, which (most would agree) decreases the effort to some degree.
As far as sector allocations go, the commercial sector is getting roughly 10% of the dolphin ACL, which is a slight adjustment from where it was. The panel voted against a commercial trip limit for dolphin. I'm not sure this is in the best interests of the commercial crowd, as a large operation could conceivably clean out there entire ACL in one trip, if so motivated. I am also of the opinion that the market would see a more stabilized and fisherman-favorable price if the right trip limit was set, but at this point, that's never here nor there.
So, in the meantime, go fishing for dolphin and wahoo! If you get a chance to slide a tag or two in an extra dolphin, it would be greatly appreciated. Finally, since anyone with a semi-functional brain could devise a better way to count caught fish than the current method the feds are using, please make some noise about that as well.
Your thoughts, please.
Report by Nick Palombi: We had an awesome charter this afternoon. 8 year old cameron caught his first red drum ever weighin 25 pounds on his first ever fishing trip . It was awesome to be a part of this and hopefully he's hooked.
They also released a boat load of endangered sea bass.
Thanks for the report Nick.
Capt. Kevin Sneed and Will Write enjoyed a beautiful day on the ocean by fishing around the Navy wreck. Pictured below are an amberjack and a cobia they boated. The Cobia fell for a 7oz. Blue Water Candy Jig.
Thanks for the report Kevin.
Remember..I you would like to share your fishing adventures email them to me at email@example.com along with pictures in a jpeg format.
I got an email from NC Wildlife that they are scheduled to come down and do maintenance on the inlet buoys in the next couple of weeks. They will be moving the buoys back to the East to mark the movement of the channel and replacing a few lost buoys. The inlet currently has 5' at low tide. It seems like less in some conditions, but my suggestion is to either idle or run through it (if you know where you are going). Bogging down at 1800 RPMs could have you touching sand if you get in the trough of a wave. It's not great, but its better than many of the inlets along our coast.
And he spent it on the Get Busy Fishing boat. After a Thursday of pouring rain I was'nt sure how the bite would be. We had to hold off on the start until around 10 a.m to let the showers clear out. It was dead low tide so I started out on some deep holes close to large areas of mud flats. We did get a hook up right out the gate. As soon as the water started moving I started in on the dock pilings. Again the fish did'nt let me down. Numerous hookups but it took moving from dock to dock. Don't just camp out on one. Good luck Chad and to the guys on the wedding today looks like a Beautifull day in store. Sure you don't want to take your own captain to Belise?
Well team Choice of Two/OIFC made it just in time today for the 50 boat registration. We were team number 49 out of 50.. Thanks to Billy Goss for giving me the reminder today.. Alot of GREAT teams fishing this tournament and it should be a fun one ...
It seems that I have been fishing in the wind and rain all week. To make things even more challenging my Thursday group packed a banana for their mid morning snack. We were going to do a drive by fruiting on Capt. Jeff's crew, but after a short conversation via cell phone, I found out his crew packed a whole stalk of bananas. We would have lost the banana battle as they had more ammo. Despite a stiff ENE 25kt wind, bananas, and fish hanging up in the pilings we still managed to get a few fish to the boat. Thank you Grandpa, Chandler and Hayden for fishing with us! Hope to see you guys again soon.
Friday morning was even more challenging with a straight East wind 25kts+ and horizontal rain. My Monday group, Chris and Jack were cut short because of the same kind of conditions. Chris and Jack were again on the water with me trying to get in a couple more hours in the rain and wind. Sometimes the conditions just aren't going to work to your advantage. As written in Capt. Barrett's last article in the Brunswick Beacon, you must adapt to the conditions. Some creative boat handling kept us in position and fish started to come out from under the dock. Jack landed 6 reds in an hour and a half. The two biggest reds were 24 inches and 26 inches...both were released to be caught another day. A huge THANKS goes out to Chris and Jack for coming out in tough conditions. I think we were all suprised to see the fish cooperate as well as they did. I love it! See ya on the water!