Reuben Green & Brent Elvington weighed a nice 29 pound king caught from 90/9 0 this am. They reported good bait and lots of Spanish. Capt. Brant McMullan
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Ken and Matt Ritch along with Stafford Dunbar landed this citation barracuda at the Shark Hole today. They had hooked a king and the 'cuda ate the king and went on to give 30 minute battle until he was landed. The fish was a citation size 52" and 32#. My understanding is they were going to release the predator.
Joe Seegars also sent me a picture of some 5+ lb. spanish he caught today.
Barracuda pic.. and story by 1st mate Mitch
The Captains meeting and formal kick off for the Cape Fear Sailfish Classic was tonight at the OIFC. There was a crowd of anglers, families and enthusiasts enjoying great food and fellowship. Mr. Wendell Murphy won the Boston Whaler which was raffled off.
Word at the meeting was 8 sailfish were caught today by a boat hailing out of Wrightsville. Let's hope the trend continues. We'll keep you posted through out the Classic.
The flat fish fear when Capt. Tommy Helms is near. Capt. Tommy hasn't done a lot of fishing since his partner Tommy Lytton passed away. But when he goes he almost always catches the big ones.
Yesterday he and Woody (Wooten?) slid to a near shore reef and brought back these 2 nice flounder. Woody's GPS was on the blink so they guesstimate were their spot was. I'll need Tommy's permission to post exactly which reef but will do when I hear from him.
Get on the water more Tommy, I think it has healing powers.
Two days in a row the staff of Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures and the OIFC have found kings. Today, 1st mate Ben Rucker took his dad and his brother to 65 feet of 83 degree water in their Key West and trolled frozen cigar minnows. And once again the charter captains saw light at the end of the tunnel. Good job Ben, lefts hope this is just the beginning.
Once again the very accomplished 1st Mate Katy provided the dock pictures.
Jeff Furr, his son George Coker and his father-in-law Charles "Pa" Rayfield braved 85 degree water to catch 12 flounder 2 reds and a trout. 5 of the flounder were keepers. One of the drum measured @28" and they lost 2 or 3 around pilings.
Jeff said his son and Pa are both now hooked on fishing, which is a good thing. I'm still trying to figure out where they were based on the pictures...I think I can tell...Any hints there George?
PTL!!! Kings have finally shown up someplace between Virginia and S. Georgia! In fact they were in @60ft of 83 degree water 20 miles off shore in the morning today. They weren't huge, but as Capt. Rube would say about King Mackerel Tournament fishing, "size is relative".
Captain Steele and Captain Chris Eckert were trolling with frozen cigar minnows on a 6 hr charter booked by Greg and Colleen Gutirrez, Randy and Julia Shearer, James Reid and Dan Kudia. Julia caught the biggest king and Randy caught the littlest. Only re-enforcing my theory that ladies are better fishermen than men. Let's hope these kings will bring along a whole colony!
Gaff Cam pictures by Capt. Chris
Dock pictures and reporting by 1st Mate Katy B.
The Star News Newspaper of Wilmington, N.C. has an article on proposed and current fishing regulations. It's rather long but talks about the king mackerel deep in the article. Click on this link to read the article.
Radio station 99.9 out of Wilmington, N.C. reports that Federal Regulators will be meeting this week to discuss catch limits on several species, to include grouper, snapper, kings and spanish.
I was moved, to say the least, by a surprise birthday party for my 60th birthday at the OIFC this afternoon. Gathered at my home away from home were my family and closest friends from both my worlds of fishing and fitness. Rarely am I speechless, but I was today. I am warmed and humbled by the love and friendship shown today.
Capt. Brant...get the elevator fixed, I'm going to be around for a long time!!!
I wonder where Ryan Neuwirth caught this red? I can't believe he stopped surfing long enough to fish.
My friend and very accomplished angler Tim Gallimore fished within sight of the OIFC and prevailed using his "Channelside" rig. Tim is keeping this top secret weapon very close to the vest, but is willing to share it with the Bonecrusher under certain conditions. Negotiations must be channeled through this reporter.
Back to the catch...On this trip Tim caught and released a a 22" and a 26.5" red drum and a 7 lb black drum using live shrimp and pogies on a Channelside rig.
Reno, Naylor, Ian, and Joey joined me for a half day of fishing this afternoon. It started off pretty slow. We started off targeting flounder and only landed two short fish. The wind was making things a bit difficult and had the water stirred up. I decided to change gears and see if we could get a few red drum to bite. The tide was low enough to catch a few shrimp. We loaded the livewell with plenty of shrimp in just a few cast. Headed to our first dock and only produced pinfish. Second stop also produced pinfish and one nice croaker. Our third stop and what was going to be our last hope for the day started producing. I should say, Joey started catching the fish. Joey hooked 5 of the 7 redfish we caught today. Everytime he touched a rod a fish would strike. Unbelievable! He was nice enough to pass the rod to Ian twice. Ian had one hook up, but it quickly broke the line. Finally, Reno and Naylor both hooked up and landed a nice fish. We were going to end the day after landing Reno's redfish. However, I try to leave a line in the water at all times. As we were pulling in the last line and packing up, something drilled the bait. The best fight of the day, but it was only a sting ray. Great job guys! I enjoyed it! Hope to see you again next year. See ya on the water!
In an earlier report I lamented about the number of sailfish being hooked up..Nesbitt went 2 for 3, Jeff Beck hooked up as Christina's (oops it slipped), the Mac Daddy had a couple. In reporting this action I failed to mention the somewhat new but exciting Cape Fear Sailfish Classic. Click on the link for all the info.!