Captain Chris Dawson Ryan Chapman and Brad High were fishing aboard Capt, Chris' Sea Hunt the "Miss. Jannelle today when they landed this 44.8 pound cobia and a teenage king, both of which are in the picture below.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Captain Mike McDuffie (Max Bait Tray Systems) send this pic. of David Holland's fishing team," Deep End" out of Raeford, N.C. accepting the check for winning the U. S. Open. Mike said the fish was caught at 1:30 pm at the mouth of the Lockwood Folly Inlet. The king weighed 43.5. The "Deep End" was one of the 324 entries
Capt. McDuffie and the OIFC congratulate the crew for their win!!
I've received unconfirmed reports of a 43 (?) pound king being brought to the scales. A 38 pounder caught a Youpon was leading. I was told that kings were caught at the mouths of Shallotte Inlet, Tubbs and Hog.
Again, not confirmed.
Word was some good fish caught in the U. S. Open came from the entrance to the Shallotte Inlet Friday.. Do you think to word got out?
These pictures were taken at 10:30 Saturday morning at a crossover near the Shallotte Inlet.
I talked with a couple of trusted local anglers about the U.S. Open. They told me a few kings were caught at the 90's and Youpon Reef. The size and quantity was nothing to write home about. But as Rube said, the size of the winning fish isn't important because it's bigger than the 2nd place fish.
Good luck to the fishing teams on Saturday. Stay safe.
Report from our charter boats:
Capt Brant fished 90 feet; grouper/bee liners/sea bass, top line no Kings.
Capt Chris/Capt Steele fished 90's; nothing but sharks and fished Little river Inlet, only big spanish.
Report from Yaupon there were some Kings caught there today. Our boats are out tomorrow so will provide updated info. Plenty of pogies up and down the beach. My guess is Friday will be a challenge prior to front coming thru as should be west/sw wind[I don't have a clue where the fish will be]. Front comes thru Friday ev ening so Saturday will be fall conditions, hard north wind...AND beach bite SHOULD kick off between river channel and Yaupon/Ocean Crest. Thats about all I can see at this point. Standby.
Below are some pictures of Eddy Jones and Ocean Isle Beach Councilman Grantham on the recent trip they took to the Little River Jetties.
Also pictured is Eddy's daughter, Sydney and the flounder she landed. Sydney, and some other of the young folks are the future of salt water fishing.
John Winter of the St. James Fishing Club and two friends ventured to the Horseshoe. They only got to fish a couple of hours because a storm chased them away. While there the fishermen caught 2 kings, including this 19 lb'r pictured below.
Thanks for the report John
OK -- here is the deal. I know a lot of you have been watching our site waiting to go fishing until the fish started biting. I don't half blame you, although it does put a lot of pressure on us to find fish all by ourselves- lots of ground to cover. The biggest thing slowing more fishing has been the lack of Kings; it has been tough fishing for them this Summer. But, here is the fishing deal right now that will hopefully get you moving and on the water
We have been fishing100 feet to find Kings. I fished that depth Saturday and had fun with Wahoo and Sailfish, but no Kings. I was disappoined in my effort, but also encouraged as I found out that there has been a good bite in 50 feet of water at spots such as the 390s.... Also there has been a beach bite going on near the Cherry Grove pier. Up towards the Cape Fear the bite has been slower with a few fish coming off Yaupon, but the water is pretty dirty up that way and action is slower. This will change.
Further offshore, the Gag Grouper bite has started to take off. Fishing 60-80 feet has been producing limits of Gags in the 10-20 pound range for our recent 8 and 10 hour charters.
There is a ton of bait along the beach as well, so live bait fishing should not be a problem.
That's the report. The ocean is coming to life and it is time to get on the water. This coming weekend is the US OPEN King Mackerel Tournament, so come on down and fish the tournament -- stop by the OIFC for all your fishing needs, we have them.
See you here.
US OPEN- this weekend
Rumble in the Jungle- Little River- Oct 7-8
Swansboro King Mackerel Tournament- Oct 14-15
Fall Brawl King Classic- OIFC- Oct 21-23