Team OIFC in key west prepping blue runner baits for a big weekend.
- Barrett McMullan
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Capt. Chris Dew and I had an opportunity to get offshore Sunday with the Richardson Clan from Charlotte. The weather forecast was WRONG... Forecast was for 10kts or less, actual conditions, 20kts plus... Thanks NOAA, we enjoyed that little trick... We made the decision to fish south as there was some good water down there a few days prior and we had not been able to get a good sat shot before leaving. Fishing ended up being fun, with a mixed bag of fish. We managed 2 Wahoos, both citation fish, one on the planer, one on the shotgun, both on big illander style lures. Normally, I like to fish a cedar plug on the shotgun position for tunas but the wind was suspending the cedar plug in the air so we went with something heavier. Glad we did because our biggest wahoo ate that bait.
Throughout the day we picked at a variety of fish including several doubles and triples of Amberjacks and bonitas. Despite the conditions we had a really fun day with steady action. Got word after we got back that one boat to the east had gotten into a really hot bite just inshore of the 100/400 and had a limit of Wahoos(8), all of them good sized. The fish are still out there and will be out there, all you have to do is go out there and find'em... We got some really good video while out there that I will be editing over the next few days and will get it posted on our youtube channel, this time with no Bob Marley... Apparently, postumously, he is really strict on licensing...
The weather made an extreme change on Friday evening. The weekend still turned out to be beautiful. A quick weather change always seems to make things difficult on the fishing front. As usually though, beautiful weather brings out the fishermen and naturally someone will find them. The jetties are still producing trout with live shrimp. The Sunset Bridge area has been producing a nice black drum bite with a few reds in the mix. You have got to be in the right spot at the right time! Live shrimp or fresh shrimp will catch them there. The shallow water is producing a good mix of reds and trout. Light jigheads tipped with your favorite soft plastics working them slowly will get an aggressive bite. Our best trip for this long weekend was this morning. We ended up getting 16 reds and 1 flounder to the boat. We saw several schools of reds with a few black drum and trout in the mix. I was shocked at how one trout hung out by the boat for several minutes. I believe the crew enjoyed seeing and catching. Conditions could not have been better today. It could be our last for a while. Middle of the week is going to be COLD! See ya on the water!
Don't forget to visit our youtube channel as we continue to add videos and slide shows. These videos are great entertainment when we can't get on the water!
It was good to see you the other day at Castaways. I'm sure I can speak for many and say that I'm glad to see you back on the water and recovering so well.
As for the grouper, Todd Helf, Brian Richard, Robert & Tony Hughes, and myself struck out 60 miles S of OIB on May 1, 2011 (opening day for Grouper Season) on Todd's Boston Whaler, the "Almost There". For once the weatherman was correct and we were greeted with calm seas and gorgeous weather. With a boat load of live pinfish and heavy leads, we were in search of a bag limit of grouper and whatever other tablefare we could find on the bottom. We stopped on some live bottom/ledges in 200 ft. and started hammering the seafloor with grouper candy. The morning started fairly slow, but we did manage a mixed bag of bottom feeders, including one nice hogfish caught by Tony. Around lunchtime, my TLD 25 loaded with 80 lb. Power Pro got pounded by what I thought was a pretty large Amberjack. Most of the grouper I have caught over the years have gotten hooked and headed straight for the bottom. This fish decided to make a blistering run straight away from the boat, leading me to believe that I had laid into a huge Reef Donkey. I'm not sure if he couldn't find a rock big enough to hide under, or had strayed too far away from his den, but fortunately he never piled me up in the rocks. The first 100' from the bottom was a full on war, but the remaining 100 or so feet was a breeze. We really didn't get a very good look at this fish until he was right beside the boat. This fish came to the surface belly up, and just before Robert sunk the gaff in him, my circle hook fell right out of his mouth. The only act of heroism that day was the quick reflexes of Robert Hughes and his gaffing skills. I definately owed Robert a huge "Thank You" that day, but not quite enough to share the profit of a previously agreed upon fishing pool for the first and largest grouper. Aside from the one Grouper and Hogfish, this was not a particularly stellar day.
I weighed my fish that day and received my citation from Marine Fisheries a few months later. At this time there was no Gag Grouper State Record and I was unaware that a category could be started. As I was looking through the September 2012 issue of NC Sportsman Magazine for a write up about Jeff Williamson, I stumbled across an article about a gentlemen named David Abernathy in Morehead City that had caught a 43lb 6 oz. Gag Grouper and was awarded an official State Record. I knew that I had Mr. Abernathy beaten by over 2 1/2 lbs, but debated whether I should try and pursue his record. After talking to a buddy of mine, I was convinced that records are made to be broken and I would be foolish not to try and attain the State Record. I filled out all of the paperwork and sent numerous photos to the DMF. Five months later, the postman showed up at my front door with a padded envelope with a return address of Marine Fisheries. I had no clue what was being delivered to the house, but once I realized that they wouldn't be sending an "Your Out of Luck" letter in a picture frame, I knew that Gagzilla had finally been recognized. This fish makes the 2nd State Record caught on the "Almost There." Todd holds the State Record for a 6 lb. 9 oz. Vermillion Snapper that he caught a few years ago.
Hopefully we can get out and chase those wahoos again really soon buddy. I wish you a full and speedy recovery, my friend.
See you soon,
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Alright, here we go! Capt. Jeff has asked me to edit and post a video for him on our youtube channel. Keep your eyes on the video! The action is hot and heavy...fish coming to the boat at a very fast rate. Captain is trying to play several roles...talk about multi tasking. Cameraman, net man, bait man, casting, instructing, cheerleading...and they said fishing was easy! This video is just one example of the action we all enjoyed this summer with our redfisher! Thanks for sharing with us Capt. Jeff! See ya on the water!
Here is a link to our video from sunday... Simply love those GoPro Cameras....
Pictured is Ty Berry from Mt Holly with the 10lb black drum he caught in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Holden Beach January 12th. Ty also caught 12 black drum and six red drum.
Thanks for sharing the report with the OIFC.