Jeff Martini and Tracy Higgins took a cold dive to shoot dinner for Jeff's Midtown Bistro in N.M.B. They scored 12 Hogs 1 Grouper and 4 Lobsters.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Team OIFC..Captained by Captain Barrett McMullan, with Capt. Brant Capt. Amy, Rube and 1st mate Carolyn McMullan win the SKA Nationals with a 48.43+54.70=103.13 lb total!!
Now both Brant and Barrett are now National Champions, which is unheard of in the king mackerel fishing world!
Also pictured below is Blakely and her daddy, National Champion Captian Barrett.
All the OIFC sponsored teams worked together through out the season and are to be congratulated.
The picture was taken just after the fish were weighed by Stephanie McMullan.
Mr. Joe had family coming in from Cincinnati, OH last night and wanted to put them on a few fish. Mr. Joe's brother Bob and nephew Bobby drove all night arriving here at 4 a.m. this morning. They were on my boat by 10:45 a.m. ready to fish. A bit chilly today with a stiff North wind blowing, but the trout are bite'n! We started off with a few small fish and then found a few keepers. Mr. Joe's brother Bob was convinced that the bite was good enough he could catch one on the fly. IN THIS WIND? He caught one on the fly today! Unbelievable! Meanwhile, we kept picking away at them. Bob finally gave up on catching another on the fly and picked up a spinning reel. He made a few cast and caught our best trout of the day. Close to 4 pounds...I guess some people just have all the luck. Mr. Joe caught a nice red which peeled off several yards of 6 pound test line before surrendering. Awesome day on the water! I love it! See ya on the water!
Pictures below...First pic...Bob, Bobby, Joe...Second pic...4 keepers still in the livewell that we dicided to release...Third pic... What we kept for dinner!
I got these pictures of Capt. Jeff Beck and Alex Mercer aboard Brian Aycock's "Hail Yeah" while they were pre- fishing in the Gulf of Mexico today.
The 3rd pic is Brian getting rigged and ready for the big show Sunday.
Capt. Jeff said he'll send a full report later tonight.
The whole gang has made it to Biloxi to participate in the SKA Nationals. The scene is neat down here. Barrett and I tallied it up last night and between Tuesday and Wednesday we have run over 500 miles in the boat -- lots of looking and getting the lay of the land-- our choice, not a necessity. Tuesday we ran across the state of Louisiana to the famed West Delta (110 miles one way). The area is very neat and pristine. The really cool part is running through all the marshes and bayous of lower LA. It is a natural preserve of every variety and a great display of how nature and man interact (lots of oil industry down there). Trust me, nature is doing just fine. Anyway, we scouted out the West Delta, found some neat stuff and have that logged in the memory bank. Wednesday we ran due south of Biloxi and prodded around from 100 foot depths to 300 foot depths. The one way run to the farthest point was around 80 miles. We had a good day and found some some good info. The weather both days was very good. A strong cold front passed through Weds PM and its blowing Thursday but looks to lay out for fishing Friday and Saturday, Friday may be a little sloppy in the AM. Anyway, everyone is busy collecting bait and getting ready. I just hope the fish bite like they have been; for everyones sake, but especially the guys that have never been here before. To experience the Biloxi bite is just a requirement, it is awesome. Here are a few pics to wet your appetite from last couple of days. I'm posting a new video to our You Tube account too - pretty funny. Check it out - http://www.youtube.com/user/oifc1 - if its not up now, check back, uploading now.
The Get Floor'd crew got under way this morning. They promptly blew a trailer tire. That fixed, the last report was they had cleared Atlanta. This is a real test of their determination! Robbie Roberts of the King Hunter/Bell and Bell GMC heard of the Get Floor'd's truck problem and immediately offered the services of the dealership. Bell and Bell is a loyal sponsor of the OIFC's Tournaments and also provides the shuttle vehicles.
The Hail Yeah crew were amazed with Biloxi and urges everyone to go to the Nationals next year just to see the event. The wind is supposed to blow but settle down for the Tournament. Below are a couple of pictures they sent.
One of the area's best inshore anglers and a member of the S.C.Recreational Fisheries Advisory Committee has passed along this article which reports great news about menhaden management. It's worth a read.
Thanks Dr. Jeff.
Got word today that all the OIFC and Brunswick County boats have made it to Biloxi safely with the arrival of the CrossfitOIB sponsered F-250 pulling the 36 ft.Get Floor'd Contender. Now many family members will be flying down to meet their anglers.
Below are a couple pictures Capt. Jeff Beck sent me today. Wouldn't it be nice to have structure to fish around?
The trout fishing remains steady. Fish are showing up in all the usual places. Docks, canals, and deep holes in the creeks are all producing fish. The deeper holes and dock pilings seem to be producing the larger fish. Lots of small fish showing up in the canals, both OIB and Holden. Docks along the ICW are producing some solid fish in the 2 to 4 pound range, with a solid 6.3 pounder coming out from one dock. Shoulda, coulda, oughta been in the rodeo!
Again, live shrimp is hard to beat, but even harder to get right now. Artificials are doing well as the bait has thinned out quite a bit. Gulp shrimp, DOA's, Bass Assassain Sea Shads, and C.A.L. soft plastics in chartreuse combinations have all been working well. Good Luck! See ya on the water!
Pam being in the hospital has given me a LOT of time to read..maybe too much.
Below is a picture of an 85 yr.old woman who caught this 850 lb Marlin. There's hope for us old folks yet! Isn't that right Rube?
This almost sounds like the old gag "Who's On 1st. Captain Jeff Beck (Team OIFC/Do Work), has joined forces with Brian Aycock and his crew of the OIFC/Hail Yeah. Their battle cry is Hail Yeah Do Work!. They left for Biloxi about 1 pm today and crossed into Mississippi about 10:30 pm.
Captain Zach Faulkner and Team Get Floor'd/OIFC left for Biloxi with his crew about 3:30pm. They made it to Florence, S.C. and had tow vehicle trouble. Not to be deterred, Capt. Jeff and Capt. Zach talked and decided on a plan of action.
Corey Bellamy, Ella's Fishing Team is going by Jeff's house on the way to Biloxi, pick up Jeff's truck and take it to Zach in Florence. Corey will drop Jeff's truck off and continue on to Biloxi. Zach will hook up Jeff's truck and he'll continue to Biloxi.
Is that confusing or what. But it shows that Team OIFC sticks together and with Corey involved, Brunswick County boys will survive. Meanwhile this reporter is hanging back in Brunswick Co. taking care of Mrs. Pam who is in good hands at Brunswick Novant Medical Center and coordinating efforts here.
The boat below is the Hail Yeah in for a final pit stop before the finish line at the Nationals. Also below are pictures of Team Hail Yeah and their 2nd place Fall Brawl king and Team Get Floor's with their Fall Brawl 3rd place king.The final pic is the Get Floor'd on the road awaiting assistance.
Team Reel Destruction was involved in a fatal traffic accident while on the way to the SKA Nationals. The details are sketchy but it appears 2 team members, Robert Lawson and Paul Jackson Wood were killed in the accident, Calvin Holcomb was life flited from the scene in critical condition. Calvin is pictured below holding the king.
Team Reel Destruction hails from Atlantic Beach, N. C. This link is an update on the accident..
The OIFC offers our prayers and condolences to Team Reel Destruction.