Captain Brad Stevens fishing with Richard Long caught these two Cobia in 18 ft of water just outside Jetties today! Citation weighed 42 lbs! Sent from my iPhone
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Capt. Chris and 1st Mate Aaron took a charter to the Gulf Stream Sunday. They mostly worked the 100/400 pulling skirted ballyhoo in 74 degree water. The weather service once again missed the forecast, but this time we were on the winning side and it was beautiful. With the exception of the last few miles of the ride out the trip was smooth. The weather was supposed to get worse, but instead got better with the ocean being so good most of the boats ran in the mid 30 mph's on the return trip.
In the last picture, Captain Derrick shows that being a charter captain isn't all glitz and glamour. Monday he was in the hold changing masarator a pump....He was a sight to behold.
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Our friend Tim Galimore sent us this report. I am a little late in posting it because of the Far Out Shoot Out. Seeing Matt's boys fighting a fish and smiling in the pictures makes a fisherman's day. Thanks for the report Tim!
Cody and Mason Owens joined their Dad, Matt Owens, and myself for a little early season exploratory cobia/spadefish mission to a nearshore reef on Saturday. The seas were beautiful, the bait plentiful, and the reward was pretty spectacular! 2 cobia (1 citation at 42lbs.), at least 40 spades, Spanish, Bonita, and a double hookup on 2 massive tiger sharks. The grin on the Owens boys faces will surely be slow to subside!!
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On Sunday 5-19-13, Team Do Work / OIFC set out towards the 100/400. Today's mission was to put Grayson Russ junior angler for team Mr. Good Hands on his first Mahi. Once we arrived, all bean bags were put away and our spread was set. It wasn't long until we had our first fish on, how nice it was to hear that reel screem. The spread was reset and we had everything ready for Grayson to do battle. Then all of the sudden, two reels go wild. We grab the reels and begin to fight the fish. The hook pull on one fish, but the other stays tight. Then all of the sudden the flat line takes off. Just like an old salt, Grayson runs to the reel and begins to crank. In a matter of minutes, Grayson has the Mahi along side of the boat. The mahi was slung into the fishbox and high fives were given all around the boat. We contiuned to fish and pick away it them until around 3:30, then we loaded up and headed home. All fish where caught about 2 miles to the east of the 100/400 in 160 foot of water. The water temp stayed aroud 75 degrees, everywhere we looked. The hot bait for the day was the 1/2 oz. Green Lantern, by Fish Finder Tackle. We also had a fish burn down a 30 wide, but we never got a look at it. That fish also hit a Lantern, in the 5 3/4 oz. in red and black. I will post some pics of the Lanterns when they dry out from being washed, or stop by the OIFC and check them out in person.
This report was submitted by Matt Sobota the Far Out Shoot Out winning team:
The Salt Times crew left the dock at 6 am Saturday with 3 adults and 3 kids 10-12 years old. I had watched the surface temp charts all week and didn't see anything that looked really great in our range. I settled on a spot close to the heel that had 69 degree water finger out to 400 feet with 75 degree water just offshore. Put lines in at 8 in 130 feet of water. Worked offshore through scattered weed and a few flying fish hoping to find a hard break we caught two Bonita early inshore then caught a decent dolphin. Worked out to 500 feet looking for water temp break, weed line and flyers with no luck. Made our way back inshore to the bait and scattered weeds and picked up a wahoo. Worked on break from 150 ft to 250 the next 4 hours and picked up the rest of our catch. Ended day with 4 dolphin, 4 wahoo, 1 black fin, and 2 Bonita. All 3 of our tournament fish were reeled in by our kids. Great day on the water. Kids are hooked on offshore fishing forever. Thanks so much to the OIFC for putting on the tournament. We had a decent day when most others struggled to catch anything but dolphin. If you beat two McMullen teams that will fish just inshore of Bermuda to beat you you know you have had a good day. Thanks again Brant and family for all you do for fishing at OIB!
The kids say they are taking the bragging rights and will be back next year to defend. They have some swagger in their step now and say they are 1-0 in tournament fishing and want to keep their record perfect.
Congratulations and thanks for the report Matt.
Headed out Friday morning in the rough weather since I had my Daughters birthday on Saturday.. It was bumpy that morning but we managed to make about 30kts straight into the seas headed towards the scarp ... We arrived about 8:10 and the water was not what we wanted to see with mostly a king green/grey look to it and cold .. We set our spread out with little rewards until around 9 when we boated out first dolphin on the long line with a black orange jack o lantern.. Wasn't long after we boated another , the action stayed steady for an hour or so and then slowed .. We switched gears and put the wahoo stuff out and worked every number I had from the scarp to 500ft back into the mcmarlen hole with only a couple I knock downs and a tuna . Around noon we had a fish hit the port rigger and thought we had a wahoo but Ended up being about a. 20lb king which we released !
Trolled ballyhoo till 1 and kept coming over huge pods of bait that made me think there had to be fish here if we could just make them bite... Switched gears again and tried to get the wahoo angry with a 15knt high speed lure trolled by him .. We put out the black Bart's and fishfinders high speed rigs and finished out the day high speeding with no love .... We gave it everything we had to catch that wahoo thinking that would be the most weight if we could get one .. Oh we'll we had a great day on the water ended up with 6 mahi tuna, , jigged up some jacks and a king mackerel .. Thanks to the Oifc and gps store for putting on the tournament .. and thanks to wes at anglers for all the help getting the boat set up etc..I was glad we were in the cape horn that morning its a heck of a fishing boat .
Got the word from my team member Trask that there was a 50lb king caught of apache pier today ... Just in time for the Jolly Mon ... Everyone needs to sign up and remember to tell your family and friends know about the "cash is king" program ...
Thanks to all the participants for fishing the 2013 Far Out Shoot Out. A total of 16 boats entered the tournament, which is actually not too bad. Going into Friday, there were 6 entries, but a great weather report Saturday brought in more entries and thus increased the prize payout. Fishing was good, and it was really fun for everyone to be on the water together competing side by side. RESULTS:
1st overall-- Matt Sabota- Salt Times- 53.05
2nd overall- Ken Ritch- Sea PA/OIFC- 36.35
3rd overall- Bob Newell- Black Dog- 36.05
1st Dolphin- Ken Ritch- Sea PA/OIFC- 36.36, 2nd Dolphin- Eddy Lewis- Kingfish Mafia- 30.4
1st Tuna- Brant McMullan/John Holmes- Carolina Cat/OIFC- 9.45, 2nd Tuna- Matt Sabota- Salt Times- 8.95
1st Wahoo- Matt Sabota- Salt Times- 20.85, 2nd Wahoo- Bob Newell- Black Dog- 19.05
Matt Sabota and famly aboard "Salt Times" wanted to dedicate their victor the memory of father, Dick Sabota who has been fishing as the leader of the family fishing team for many years. This is the first year Matt and family have fished the Shoot Out with Dick, and they believed he must have had a hand in their day's success. Matt said he chose to fish a temperature break near an area called "The Heel" between the 100/400 and MacMarle'n Ledge. He reported catching multiple wahoo along with Blackfin and Dolphin. His team was the only team to catch all three species: Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo in the tournament.
Second place winner Ken Ritch of "Sea PA/OIFC" hung his hat on one fish; a 36.35 pound Dolphin that won the Dolphin division and was enough to take 2nd overall. The team was happy for their success, but certianly knew they were so close to taking the overall win with just one more fish. That is so often the case for all the teams. Catching all three species really is the challenge.
Third overall went to perennial partipant Bob Newell of "Black Dog". They caught a Dolphin and Wahoo, but could not find the Blackfin kicker. He caught his Wahoo at the same place as the "Salt Times" crew, also catching multiple Hoos.
Thanks again to all who entered. I had lots of phone calls and emails through the week asking "how many people are in the tournament?" I'm guessing you were judging weather it was worth getting in the tournament. The point of the tournament format is to allow flexibility in entering. But if you don't trust that other fishermen are watching and going to enter when conditions are right, then the tournament has no chance of achieving strong numbers and thus getting you the payout you want. As proven, the number of entries has no bearing on the final entry count as we went from 6 boats to 16 boats in one day. Let's get this tournament back to 25+ boats like days of old. 3 teams won over $1000 in this tournament with a total prize payout of over $8500 to entrants. That isn't bad! Pictures to follow soon
A big time was had by all at the OIFC today during the Far Out Shoot Out weigh ins. But this tired old reporter is just getting settled at 11:48 PM I am going to ask you to follow the link to our facebook page to see the pictures. I will update the report tomorrow.