I received this report from N.C. Sportsman this morning. It is of interest to all anglers. Click on this link to read.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Fall Brawl 2016 Real Time Rankings
Last Updated - 10/15/2017 06:07:26 PM
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Sunday, Capt. Jeff Beck, his daughter, 1st Mate Camdyn and myself, all members of Team OIFC decided to do a little back water fishing. Jeff said he'd been working with Camdyn on throwing a cast net. But I had no idea she could throw it as well as she did. Camdyn caught shrimp and mullet on almost every throw, and her net opened nicely.
After getting some nice bait we elected to anchor off at the Sunset Bridge near Bonecrusher and his family. No more than Camdyn cast her Barbee rod, the tip took several nice hard dips and the fight was on. What appeared to be a 3 lb flounder was striping line faster that she could reel. Once she got the fish along side, it decided to run and snapped her line.
Jeff put her another bait on and bam!!! It was me this time. I brought in a record setting toad fish, causing Camdyn to laugh at my lack of fishing skills. Right after that she landed a 1.4 lb flounder all by her self.
We pulled anchor and changed to a location near Daniel Simmons' house. We poped our baits under a dock. And you guessed it, Camdyn hooked a 2.7 lb black drum. She fought it all the way in all by herself.
The crew cleaned the fish at the OIFC and after cleaning the boat and taking her bath she was ready to have a great dinner of fresh shrimp, flounder, black drum, cole slaw and hushpuppies. Country girl can survive!!
Friday was a beautiful day in S. Brunswick County. The morning started off cooler than normal and the fishing was hot. Captain Jeff Williamson was joined by Shelly and Mark Laws of Johnston City, Tn., and Mike Hall and Gary Cooper of Collinsville, Va.
When they returned to the dock they said they had limited out on Red Drum and had a couple of flounder too boot. 1st Mate Brayden McMullin welcomed them back to the OIFC and inspected their catch.
It appears the hurricane passed us far enough off shore it caused little effect on the seas. The Tower has settled down to within norman conditions and a check of the beach revealed just the normal waves.
I don't have any bait reports as no boats have been out. The weekend looks great. Check with us and we'll post information a we get it.
I am working on putting together my Fall Brawl program. Last year I started a Classified section that resulted in 100% sales success. No telling if the Fall Brawl section was the reason, but it cetainly did not hurt.
I currently have 6 spots open to advertise your "marine" related goods- boats, trailers, engines, equipment........
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All off shore fisherman's focus has been on the effect hurricane Katia will have on our fishing this weekend. Thus far, it doesn't appear that Katia should have significant impact in regards to fishing. As of this posting the waves at the Tower are 7 ft. and almost no wind. In talking to area surfers the big waves they hoped for had not shown up. On another note, if you are interested in the effect Hurricane Irene had on the N.C. Outer Banks follow this link for some before and after pictures.
The focus last weekend, off shore, for most of us was king mackerel, however check out the rewards Captain Chris Dew had on a bottom fishing trip over the weekend.
3-peat for Team OIFC. Some how fishing in three different locations over the past three years Team OIFC has won the SBI tournament. 2009- 29 pounds, 2010- 43 pounds, 2011- 36 pounds. It is crazy how hard we work and think on how to win every tournament, but to win the same one three years in a row is just plain weird. Here's the story and some supporting pics-
Sometimes you have to make things worse before they can get better. I believe such is going to be the case with our local fishing. This Summer has been fair fishing, but nothing spectacular. After the wind of July, August was actually a good weather month, but most of the offshore fisheries were lacking. The water temperatures had risen into the mid 80’s and despite clear waters with lots of baitfish, the predators just weren’t present. Then along came Irene. Although we did not get a direct hit here on land, the storm did make a direct hit on our offshore waters. The result is “milky” water, whether green or blue, that is full of sediment and very unsavory to offshore gamefish. The good news is that the water temperatures dropped several degrees. It only took a few days for the waters to settle down enough for the bottom fish to begin biting again, and by the weekend the Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish were feeding nearshore again. However, the waters from 60-100+ feet were turned upside down and this range which typically holds King Mackerel and other species were devoid of topwater action. Which leads me to the shining light at the end of the tunnel. This past weekend, my family and I (Rube-father, Barrett- brother, Caroline- daughter) participated in the South Brunswick Islands King Mackerel Tournament. The weather forecast was for near calm seas and having knowledge that the waters had been stirred by Irene, we had a game plan to head offshore to 100+ feet to find clean water and slow troll live baits over bottom structure in hopes of finding King Mackerel. We stopped in 100 feet at the spot where we caught the winning fish in this exact tournament last year, a 43 pound whopper. However, this year the water was dirty and there was no action. We punched in another location a mile away. Still no luck. We had burned half the day and had yet to get a bite. We pushed offshore another couple of miles where we found a beautiful color change where the water went from silty blue/green to a clear blue. It happened that the color change was set up right over an area of good bottom, so we decided to deploy. It took about 15 minutes, but we were quickly brought to life from the sound of a screaming reel. The speed of the run indicated a possible King, but we also knew that as deep as we were fishing, we could likely encounter Wahoo as well. And wouldn’t you know it, a tense battle was ended when we found out we had a 30 pound Wahoo instead of a King. It was a nice catch, but in a King tournament, it wasn’t going to bring the money. The funniest thing happened with this fish. Barrett was in the bow doing picture poses with the fish in an attempt to make the cover of the Beacon when he realized that his wedding ring had slipped off inside the Wahoo’s gills. He dug through the gills and then shook it upside down by the tail, but the ring wasn’t coming out; the Wahoo had swallowed it. So, Barrett pulled out the fillet knife and performed a gastro bypass on the Wahoo in an attempt to find the ring. All the while, we’re back slow trolling in 3 feet seas. Blood was all over the front deck and Barrett, but he finally found the ring at the very bottom of the Wahoo’s stomach. It wasn’t quite as romantic as the initial setting of the ring, but I did place it back on his finger for him. We continued trolling and again got another smoking run. We hoped King but knew it could be Wahoo. Sure enough, Rube battled a 40 pound Wahoo to boatside this time. We were having fun, although slightly disappointed with no action from Kings, it was still a blast catching the Wahoo on the live bait gear. We again reset and a few minutes later the downrigger at 60 feet came tight and again Barrett was on the end of a screaming reel. This fish we knew was a Wahoo immediately from the speed and quick direction changes it displayed. We gave chase and while doing so, we got another bite on a flat line. I grabbed this rod and it too was tight to high speed retreating fish. Both fish were stretched in different directions, but Barretts was faster, so we worked toward it. Meanwhile, Caroline set up shop next to me and we worked on the mystery fish from the stern. Barrett and Rube eventually subdued a 50 pound Wahoo from the bow, while Caroline and I battled. The fish began making deep circles and I was suspiscious this might not be a Wahoo. I kept quiet and glanced into the depth for a visual. I finally caught sight of a lateral line and greenish tint and it was on; this was a nice King. Barrett stood by with the gaff while Caroline and I worked the King to the surface. A few tense minutes later the fish was on the deck and we were high-fiving. It was a solid 30+ pounder and given the conditions, we felt it might be good enough for the win. And when weighmaster called 36.45 pounds and a 29 pounder was in the lead and no one was in line to weigh, we knew we had done it. Not just once or twice, but we won this same tournament for the third consecutive year. And to top it all, Caroline won top Junior angler and Rube won top Sr. angler- a family victory.
So, as this relates to a local fishing report, the Wahoo are starting to bite offshore in 110 to 200 feet of water. Several boats fished the Black Jack and 100/400 areas this weekend all caught Wahoo and several also caught Mahi and even a few White Marlin. The