Here is the very happy crew on the docks at the OIFC. Captain Zach, Captain Chris owes you for blocking his face with that king!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The fishing hot line was burning up today with Captain Jeff Williamson doing really well in shore. Jeff fished some spots he hasn't tried in a while using shrimp and Mud Minnows. Along on Jeff's charter boat the "Get Busy" was Jenny and Drew Sewmiller, Stew "The Slayer" Harsant, and Steven Harsant.
On dock report and photos by Katy Bartholomew.
Ben and I took a couple of ladies out fishing up the Shallote river this morning. The bite has been a bit slow, so my expectations were not very high. We hit our first spot without a bite. Moved to our second spot and began to see ribbon fish sky on pods of mullet. I started floating shirmp and mullet hoping to catch some to sell for King bait here at the OIFC. We could not get the ribbon fish to eat. I was getting ready to move when one of the rods bent over double and line screaming of the reel! Brooke picked up the rod and started the fight. She did an awsome job of angling and landed a nice cobia. Thats right! A cobia in the Shallote River. A nice one at that! We took a few photos and released him to fight another day. We got a few more baits in the water and another rod bent over double. I thought we had another cobia the way it was acting. After several minutes of hard fighting and great angling by Jenny we landed a 16 pound ray. Great job ladies! Thanks for fishing with us. Hope to see you again in the near future. See ya on the water!
Capt. Jeff has had a stellar last week or two. He's been getting flounder, sheep head, black drum and of course the beautiful red drum bite. I could bore everyone with the usual behind OIB and Sunset, or the Sunset Bridge...and of course, live shrimp, mud minnows and Gulp white shrimp or grub tails. All of it's true. But I'd rather let the pictures do the talking. As a great TV personality says. "Keep it pithy".
The Jetton Brothers joined us yesterday for a full day of fishing. They requested that we catch trout and redfish. I told them the redfish were hitting pretty good, but the trout were scarce. First bite of the day was a nice 19" trout! Had to make a few phone calls to make sure we could keep it for supper. We landed about a dozen flounder short of the 15" mark with no keepers to be found. We squeaked out a few more trout, two keeper reds, and a black drum.
This morning Preston Beamer and crew joined us for a half day. We started off looking for flounder with one really short fish caught. Moved on to our first dock and no reds. Moved to our second dock and no reds. The pinfish wouldn't even eat this morning. We moved back to trying for flounder. One more short fish and two missed opportunities. I started floating live shrimp to catch one short trout and a large pinfish. Needless to say, it did not happen the way we wanted it to this morning. However, the Beamers will be eating good tonight as I shared a few flounder fillets from a previous trip. Thanks for fishing with us guys! See ya on the water!
Sunday found 3 OIFC boats at the shark hole, the Carolina Cat, World Cat and the Contender It Works. We weren't alone though. The Big Whiskey Sea Hunt with Chris Campbell and wife Robin followed the It Works out to complete the team.
As you can tell in the 2nd set of pictures it was a bit bumpy, but not too bad. In fact in one picture you can see that it put one young passenger asleep
As far as the bite goes, the Cat Boats had a few kings, The Big Whiskey had 7. The It Works had one big hook up that broke off right at the boat. We also had cobia all around us, as seen in the picture, but couldn't get them to bite. A passenger on the It Works got a little green around the gillls and started feeding the fish so the It Works headed to the hill.
Finally, if you want to know what a charter captain's tan lines look like, check Capt. Chris Dawson's feet. That pic., is courtesy of Cassie Dawson.