Thanks to all for fishing the Fall Brawl. 77 boats entered, 20 fishing today, 57 fishing Sunday. Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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FRI W WINDS 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. FRI NIGHT NW WINDS 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. SAT N WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING NW 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. SAT NIGHT W WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT. SUN W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING N 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.
Sandy's initial passing had very little effect on us here at Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The winds stayed mostly out of a Northerly direction not stirring up the beach. The jet stream on the other hand that steered Sandy North of us brought on a Westerly wind that has chopped up the surf. Despite both occurrences we have faired extremely well and the fishing has survived. Keep folks to the North of us in your prayers as Sandy did not show them the kindness she showed us. I fished on Wednesday 10/24/12 for just a few hours around midday to see if I could find a few trout. The trout have started to get into their late fall pattern. Here is a video of what I found before Sandy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6UYzNGKsSY&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA&index=1&feature=plcp Today Jack and Ned joined me for a half day of backwater fishing. Suprisingly the water clarity was better than before Sandy's passing. I started to get confident that we would find some fish today. Water temperature has dropped from 68 to 60 in just a few days. That is the right temperature for some serious trout action, but it was a quick drop. Have the fish had time to adjust? We got our answer with in the first 10 minutes of the trip as three keepers were put into the livewell. I can't say it was an all out bite, but we ended the day with our limit of 4 fish a piece. The conditions are only going to improve from here and expectations are high. I would expect the Kings are not going to be far from where we left them either. Lighthouse Rocks and Shark Hole areas should be a good place to start if you are fishing the Fall Brawl. Stay tuned for updates on conditions. I am sure someone will be doing a little recon to check out the water clarity soon. See ya on the water!
To be sure, this is a full fledged mullet blow we're having, and in an effort to see something good out of it in terms of the fishing world after it's over, here's what I see:
-our winds have mostly been northerly so our waters hopefully won't be as stirred up as waters on otherside of Frying Pan Shoals that is not protected by north wind like our waters are
-the winds will stay out of the north this week and begin laying out Thursday. The weekend looks great with lite northerly winds saturday going to lite southeasterly winds Sunday
-if the water is "hurricane stirred", it will clear up first in the river channel as the tidal flow is so strong it will cleanse itself quickly
-any spots that have been hiding out in Pamilico or Albermarle Sounds should have been blown south so they are right outside our door
-the water temp was in the low 70's before the storm so hopefully it will still be warm enough for the kings to be on the beach after the spots and mullets for the Fall Brawl next weekend. If it has cooled, the kings should be at the 90's or Lighthouse Rocks. We'll keep an eye on conditions this week and keep everyone informed, but to be sure, after it calms down, the fish should be hungrey.
Capt. Jeff Beck of the OIFC/Do Work, took a couple of friends out for a few hours of fun fishing. They said the mullet and blues were thick at Hogs Inlet and the pogies were just off the beach at OIB.
Aboard the OIFC/Do Work were Jon Hayes, Douglas Bowman and Tylor Watson all of the Taylorsville area. Tyler was in charge of chumming.
Capt. Brant made the right decision. Ya' think?