The wind is out of the north. The ICW and on the beach are flat
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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I proudly announce the 2nd edition of our Trout Tournament. It will be held December 26th..same as last year. The rules are the trout must be caught the same day as the tournament and must be weighed in at the OIFC. In the event of a tie the 1st fish will win. The weigh in time will be from 3-5 pm..subject to change. The $50 entry fee must be paid in cash.
This is a winner take all tournament. Last year Clay Morphes put on one heck of a feed the night of the tournament. The OIFC has nothing to do with the tournament but I thank them for the use of their dock and scales. Any questions ask the Executive Committee.. Me, Brandon Sauls or Clay Morphes. It's a laid back tournament meant for fun money and bragging rights. Clay has provided us with a plaque.
Everybody join in for a fun time and some pretty big bucks!
Mark Edge submittted the following report on the trout bite:
They were all over our area... . creeks and even Calabash creek. Creek intersections with fast moving water... fish hanging on the edges of the currents.
Thanks for the report. We are always having people asking where to find the trout. Remember to get a S.C. license if your fishing Bonaparte Creek and down folks.
Victor Jones sent the OIFC this tale of his recent fishing adventure. It's well worth reading.
Captain and boat owner Richard Hodges, Birk Ayer, Alex Rodriguez and I took the BroadBlue 42 catamaran sailing/fishing south from NC to FL bucking the edge of the gulf stream. This is the reverse trip than we have taken in Mays past. We loaded supplies Saturday in Beaufort, NC and initially anchored nearby in the ocean about 1/8 mile west of the last dunes at cape point Cape Lookout, marginally protected from north and east wind. We were waiting on the wind to turn some and blow harder out of the north. In the mean time we took the dingy over to the beach to spend time on the beach with a bunch of our friends for the afternoon and great fireside dinner.
We pulled anchor Sunday at midnight to head south and east to be on the continental shelf edge by late morning. When daylight came we had 20+ kts out of the NW and 12ft following seas. We put lines in and fished anyway$B!D!D(B.that$B!G(Bs why we were in that location. We caught the head of a Blackfin Tuna, the head of a large False Albacore, one half of a very large False Albacore ( it looked like it had been chopped in half with a meat cleaver) and we eventually boated two nice Wahoo about the same size (see picture one) both north and south of Steeples which is 50 miles or so off Cape Fear. When the Wahoo was being fought Richard would fire up both diesels in full reverse to slow the boat speed from 9kts down to around 3.5kts. Heavy two speed 50 wide reels with 100lb line set to maximum drag were the standard set up. Most fish were caught with 6 oz lead head dark skirted wire trace ballyhoo rigs pulled behind heavy trolling weights 32 or 48 oz. We barbequed Wahoo steaks Monday evening on the boat for dinner and knew on day one we would definitely not go hungry for the rest of the trip$B!D!D!D(B.there would be no rice and beans only meals. We were headed for shelter at Raccoon Key, which is near Cape Romain to hide from north Gale Force Winds associated with the big Noreaster that came through after Hurricane Sandy.
After sailing through the night, we waited on anchor for a day off the south facing beach protected from the wind and far away from the center of the Gale. We set sail Wednesday before daylight headed back to the gulf stream. We caught about a dozen large False Albacore before we got to the stream and then picked up some Mahi Mahi and one more Wahoo (see picture two) near 226 hole off Charleston on Wednesday. Sailed through the night on Wednesday. Did not have much luck in Georgia and northern Florida on Thursday with sharks and one Mahi. While the fishing was skinny I feel confident we caught more Wahoo than anyone else on November 5. In 500 miles we did not see one sportfishing boat. Thursday night we made our approach to St Augustine arriving at the sea buoy at first light Friday morning. We drove back to Charlotte Friday afternoon.
We sailed hard and caught some nice fish. Had fresh fish everyday Wahoo steaks, Mahi fillets, Mahi sushi, Ceviche etc. And have some fish in the freezer. It was a pretty amazing.
Our good friend and local in shore super angler Tim Gallimore has finally resurfaced. And he did it in good fashion. Attached are a couple photos from his Sunday's adventures. With Tim are Steve Miller and Ryan Boltz. We had a "load" of trout caught near Shallotte Inlet on his custom Tim's Chicken Woodpecker rigs. Tim is forever finding innovative ways to adapt to the local fishing habitats.
For those who are trapped north of the sweet tea line, a "load" in a unit of measurement in the south. It is just short of a "boat load".
Thanks for the report Tim and we expect to see you in the "Captain Rickey's Christmas Spectacular Trout Tournament." We'd like to see as many people in it this year as possible. Details will follow as soon as the Executive Committee finalizes the plans.
Tim Green submitted the following report
:Big 42" redfish real close to 390's. That was the most schooling Redfish I've ever seen. Braden out fished his dad with this red by 4 inches. Great day
A good friend and I finally got out on the water together. Brett and I use to fish often throughout the year, but conflicting schedules have made that difficult lately. Even this trip was short and very late in the evening. No worries we have caught a many of fish in the dark. This evening was no exception as we got into the trout fast and furious. As the sun started to set we started setting hooks on some nice trout. We caught about 30 trout in the first hour and said that was good enough. We headed for the house as it has been getting chilly when the sun goes down. Darker colors work great earlier in the morning or late in the evening. Chicken on the Chain is my favorite in low light conditions. See ya on the water!
The OIFC is proud to be a "Platinum Sponsor" of Union Primary School in Brunswick County. Union was just selected as a School of Excellence" and is 1 of only 38 primary schools in N.C. to be recognized as a School of Excellence.
Congratulations to the entire school staff. Also congratulations to the students and the parents, grandparents and care givers for their involvement in the education of our youth.