For those who have not seen it, follow this link to watch the water spout off of Carolina Beach this week.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Angler Paul Pancake reported that he took a couple of trips to the deep water this week with some fellow fishermen and caught some wahoo and mahi. On the 1st trip they caught a wahoo in 400+ ft of water and on the 2nd trip they caught one in 390 ft. The 2nd trip saw rough seas, but did produce 2 mahi. Paul said the hot color was red and white.
In the pics are Paul, Austin Keener, and Billy Berg.
I have only gotten out twice this week with the McRae group on Monday morning and the Miniuitti group this morning. Monday we headed straight for the nearshore reefs looking for flounder. We could not get baits to the bottom before the black sea bass were inhaling it! We drifted, moved, and hit many different spots. Finally, Stuart drilled a nice 21" flounder and his buddy Richard followed it up with a nice 18" flounder. That was it for our flounder bite. We did fight a 4 foot shark all the way to the boat for a quick release at boatside. It was time for plan B...Spanish are scattered all along the beach front right now. It did not take long for us to catch a few to end the day with some good eating.
Today with Michelle, Wes, and Jack we made a few stops before heading out the inlet. Jack was first to hook up with a nice red! Jack fought him all the way to the boat before the fish released itself just out of reach of my net. Disappointing...but will Jack get another chance to redeem himself? Wes was up next, rod bent over and he went to work. Meanwhile, Jack's rod bent over and another fish was screaming off drag. I love it! I netted Wes's fish first and then scooped up Jack's redfish. Way to stay with it Jack! Both boys enjoyed it greatly, but were eager to see the ocean and catch a few spanish. We got on the spanish just past the sea bouy. Wes and Jack wanted to catch a shark, so we went to bottom fishing. The bottom was dead today! We did see a barracuda eat a bluefish and a large, very large hammerhead. Winds look great again for tomorrow, hope the fish got the memo. See ya on the water!
What a wahoo!!! Yesterday Steve Ritenhour took Joel Martin and his two sons, John, age 7 and Joseph, age 8 for their 1st off shore trip aboard Steve's 26 ft. Triton "Seaclusion". They caught the whaoo in the picture as well as a mahi 26 miles out in 80 ft. of clear water which was full of bait.. They caught the wahoo in the prop wash on a king rig with a cigar minnow and the fight was on!
Captain Corey Bellamy (Beck's Seafood in Calabash) and Kurt Hardee (Ellas's Seafood in Calabash) took Luke and Calab Hardee, Kurt's boys, and Jacob Frelich, (Corey's nephew, Kurt's sister's son..it's a Brunswick County, N.C. thang )sea bass fishing today on what was supposed to be beautiful calm seas. The east wind changed all that though.
They dropped lines with Charlie Browns, aka Lizard fish as bait. The current was terrible and they ended up catching mahi instead...and a sea bass. Luke Hardee was the angler on the mahi. The crew was fishing 65 ft deep near the Jungle.
P.S. Luke. That mahi will never make it in the swimming pool unless you add some Pogey Saver.
Thanks Corey for sharing the story and congratulations to the guys on a great trip!
Capt Chris (OC) Dew and 1st mate Aaron Dew took Brett and Joanna Devore along with their children Shelby (8), Samantha (11), and Savanna (3) on a near shore fishing trip Friday.
They spent the majority of the day trolling for spanish. Along with the spanish, they boated one monster of a barracuda. Chris said this was one of the nicest families he had met.
Thanks for fishing with us.
Thanks to Captain OC for the photos from the "gaff cam".
The tournament was a great success, the OVERALL CHAMPION is 18 Reeler, a 33 Grady owned by Vance Forbes of Wrightsville Beach, They released 2 sails on Friday near the 23 mile rock. The first sailfish of the tourney was released by Daddy Rabbott of Fayetteville, captained by Reggie Abbott. The largest dolphin of Day 2 was House Divided, with a 16.62 mahi!
Thanks to all who participated in the tournament and who bought raffle tickets to win the boat. Through the tournament and the raffle, over $15,000 was raised for Cy's World foundation. Plans are underway to spend the money on getting more kids on the water and in the woods.
Thanks to the Newell family for their work in putting the event together and hosting it. They ran a first class show.
I know we've been pretty quiet over the past month, particularly on the offshore scene. The honest reason is there has not been a whole lot to report. However, that doesn't mean we have not been catching fish and making people happy. Most of our mid to late Summer charter fishing is 4 and 6 hour, half day trips. This keeps our range to within 20 miles and cuts down on options. Many of our trips are for Spanish Mackerel, which have been biting very good all Summer. Lately they've been in 25-30 feet of water around Glass Minnow and Pogy pods- lots of Blues mixed in as well. On our 6 hour trips we have been giving the Kings an opportunity to cooperate, but they really haven't been doing much. However, we have run across a few fish and the occasional Mahi -- here are a couple of pics from last week as proof that there are in fact Kings and Mahi still out there and there is good reason to go fishing.
I'm really looking forward to this week's cooler weather. Maybe it will spark the fish to move and get biting.
This year's very successful CapeFear Sailfish Classic is in the books. The overall champion was 18 Reeler, a 33 ft. Grady owned by Vance Forbes of Wrightsville beach. They released 2 sails on Friday which they caught near the 23 Mile Rock.
The 1st sailfish was released by Reggie Abbot who captained Daddy Rabbit out of Fayetteville.The largest dolphin was day 2, weighing 16.62 lbs., caught by House Divided.
Most importantly was that over $30K was raised for Cys World. Please visit them at www.cysworld.org. The Boston Whaler was won by Dell Murphy of Wallace, N.C.
The Cape Fear Classic organizers would like to thank their sponsors, The OIFC, Atlantic Marine, Sea Tow,Ocean Isle Marina and most of all, the 15 captains who participated. Look for an even bigger and better Classic in 2012.