Action from today
- Chris Dew
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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.
The inshore has been red hot if you happen to be in the right spot. Other wise it has been hunting/fishing trip. We have managed to find a couple of nice schools of reds and a few keeper flounder. So with all the big Dolphin and wahoo being caught don't forget us inshore fishermen.
Our Cat Boats, staffed by Captain Chris, Capt. Steele and Captain Derrick fished the 100/400 today and struck gold. The captains caught most of their fish around 1 to 2 pm in 80 degree water on skirted balleyhoo. Caught were mahi and cobia. On the way back they dropped lines for some bottom fishing at the 18 Fathom Wreck where they caught some amberjacks.
On the charter were Donnell Lawson, John Rolley, Keith Williams, John Mitchell, Kenny Grimes, Darrell Pelt, Bobby Fryer, Monderick King, Curlee Wingate, and Hector Velazquez who caught the biggest fish of the day.
Tomorrow should prove to be just as exciting.
Currently we have 12 boats in the 2013 Far Out Shoot Out. 1 boat has fished thus far, Choice of Two/OIFC - posting a 16.5lb Dolphin and 6lb Blackfin. The remaining boats are fishing on Saturday. Lines are out at 4pm, so most boats will return to the OIFC docks between 6-7pm. It should be a show. Stay tuned. Who knows, even I may finally make it back on the water. I am hoping.
Seth Williams, age 7, caught his first fish last weekend at Lake Waccamaw, NC. Seth hooked this 3.2 lb brim on a brim buster given to him by his grandfather, Wayne Williamson. Seth is from Ocean Isle Beach and is the son of Michael and Shawna Williams. He attends Union Elementary and is in the first grade. This is definitely what you call beginners luck.
O'Dell Williamson Jr. also landed a monster largemouth bass last week.
I just talked to Capt. OC in the Stream. He is 5 miles West of the 100/400 in scattered grass and catching good Mahi. He reports 75 degree water, 3-4' seas. Both OIFC boats are in the Stream and will be back around 6.
So far we have 8 boats entered into the tournament. 6 of 8 are in the High Rollers TWT. There will be a little money to be won. BUT, the big deal is that the tournament has turned like years past -- there is one boat fishing today (Choice of Two/OIFC) and the remaining boats will all be fishing together on Saturday- like old times.
Entry remains open. Come join in the competition. I think there will be a lot of boats in the Stream tomorrow and I'm hoping more will choose to join the Shoot Out to be in the tournament. Base entry is $350 with optional TWT's. Bragging rights are priceless.
Good luck to all this weekend. Finally some good weather. We have 2 boats in the Stream today and I've talked to some friends fishing along the beach who report acres of Menhaden and Bluefish outside the inlets. Capt OC caught Kings at the 90s on Weds in bad weather. I bet they bite good there this Saturday and Sunday. It is finally time to enjoy being a fisherman. We hope to see you at the OIFC.
Boats from the Shoot Out will be weighin in between 6 and 7pm on Saturday. Come by and check it out.
Butch Myers, the resident OIFC Contractor and OIFC in shore Charter Captain Jacob Frick ventured off shore in between days of high wind and caught some nice fish as well as turned in these beautiful pictures.
The last picture is a tradition by Butch..a picture of the sunrise as he breaks the inlet.
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At the South Atlantic Fed meeting they did what was expected and almost tripled the allowable catch. However we hoped they would immediately open the seaon but they didn't and it is still a June 1 open. The further hope is with the significantly increased ACL the season will be able to be extended for a full season. Haven't been able to get the story behind the story yet, but will post when I get it.
Looks like a classic Saturday shoot out for FOSO as weather looks ideal for Saturday to go to the stream. The winds have kept everyone inshore this week so should be game on Saturday. The fish are there, time to go get them. Come join us for a chance to join a great competition for local bragging rights.
One of the OIFC's newest employees who is Mrs. Anita's "Girl Friday" is with Jordan Williamson, and several other friends aboard Don's Yellowfin "Black Gold" in the Bahamas. The group left Florida aboard the Yellowfin and headed to the Bahamas for some relaxation and fishing. Here is Liz's report:
Second day here and we are already catching fish! We went out about ten miles from Hope Town Light House. Today we caught three Dolphins and a Yellow Fin Tuna. I have attached some pictures and the GoPro took some good video. They are heading out tomorrow in hopes of catching a Marlin.