The king bite is so hot that Captain Brant, 1st Mate Brayden and Captain Chris Eckert were caught fishing for the off the OIFC's dock.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Shane Britt, and Kris Bowling fished Tubbs today aboard the Lil Bowel Movement. Using live shrimp the guys caught 3 black drum in the 3 to 6 lb range along with several throw back flounder.
Thanks for the report Shane, and yes I did manage to get the boat name in!!
Wesley Thomas, Kevin Beverley, Ryan Rodgers and Michael Beverley headed out king hunting this weekend. On Sunday they found bait with no problem. Somewhere along the way and over no structure they decided to let lines out. It was a good thing. The action was fast and furious. After catching 4 kings they decided to head further out to catch some mahi. There was no action there so they returned to their king hole. They boated a smoker in the 30 lb range.
Come Monday the guys headed back to the same numbers and found the bite was still on. Their best luck was on Jr. Islanders. The color didn't seem to matter. By 11 o'clock they had met their 3 man, 9 per boat limit on kings.
Wesley sent some cool pics, but unfortunately they were in the jpeg format so I couldn't use them. Hint, hint.
Mark Bond, Mark Engle and Zach Engel from the Columbus Ohio area fished with Captain Jeff Williamson Sunday. Zach, who must have married a wonderful woman, tied the knot Saturday on the beach. His lovely bride let him go fishing the next day. Enjoy Zach, that will change! All the fish were released unharmed.
This was at the beginning of the wild, almost heard of 3 day blitz of red drum at the Sunset Beach Bridge. This bite was a charter captain's dream! There were many captains from several charter companies working together. Some were even rafted off to each other and having a ball. The bite was great but even better was the friendship and teamwork among all the Captains. Awww..wasn't that just so introspective of me?
I just talked with Captain Dan Rately (Quick Draw) who told me he fished near the 100/400 this weekend with Captain Allen Murry 1st Mate Daniel Terry (Wilmington, N.C.) and Bobby Bleecker, owner of Bleecker Motors, aboard Bobby's 47 ft Buddy Davis the "J&B". Bobby was on his way back from the Big Rock and wanted to do some fun fishing.
Dan said for the 1st time in years they caught several yellowfin tuna and missed several more. He also said they saw a couple of nice blue marlin sky in the middle of the tuna. The yellowfin are like candy to the blue marlin. Dan was excited to finally have yellowfin back in our area and wanted me to share the news!!!
The in shore red drum bite has been wild. The off shore has once again been a little too bumpy for a fun time. That is up until yesterday when Captain Chris "OC" Dew and first mate Aaron Dew embarked on a 6 hr charter with P.J. Wachteler, Dean and Jackson Dyas as well as Ron Smith (all of Fayetteville) and Frank Zwan (Charlotte).
The Cat Boat went to the shark hole. As soon as 1st mate Aaron got the 2nd line in it was hammered by a king. 13 yr Old Jackson took the rod and after a little landed his 1st king!
A quick bite can mean one of two things Either the action is going to be red hot, or zero. In this case the king action turned off. So the group elected to bottom fish. The sea bass bite was so fast and furious that as soon as one person would get set up to fish, another was reeling in a bass. The charter limited on sea bass, so you can only imagine how many were actually caught.
As a side note, Captain Chris said he couldn't find any pogies. Captain Jeff Beck and I took The It Works out Sunday morning and no one was finding bait. The birds were diving along the tide line and we were marking bait at about 23 ft., we also saw a couple of flips, but nothing to throw on..
I wonder what Captain Jeff and Jerry Ridenhour were grinning about this afternoon? I just found out. A 9 lb 6 oz, 30 1/4 in flounder with a 26 in. girth they caught on a 2" mullet minnow in the Shallotte River.
Enough to make you smile.
While the off shore boats were in the ocean bumping around because of the winds, the in shore Captains were having a field day in the sunshine. Below are pictures of Captain Jeff Williamson and a group of gentlemen,[Don Clark,(Ohio), Nick Hall (Charleston, W.Va.), Jeremy Hall (Columbus, Ohio)] he took out Friday morning to some spots behind Sunset and OIB. This was a last minute charter that worked out great.
The photos are of OIFC Store employee and photog Katie.
Just had two spots come available for the September 10-13th Prince Edward Island, Canada giant bluefin tuna rodeo adventure. If you're interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $1000 for two days fishing, accomodations, and ground transportation. This trip is not for the faint of heart, mind or body. This is a hardcore fishing trip, battling 1000lb + school busses. Should be a great cool weather getaway in the heat of the summer. Currently on board are:
Capt. Barrett McMullan (OIFC utility man, tuna wrangler)
Capt. Chris Eckert (OIFC mate/capt and general handyman)
Capt. Zach Faulkner (OIFC mate/capt, line spooler and story teller extraordinaire)
Capt. Kyle Hughes (OIFC inshore guide, world champion flounder/trout catcher)
Capt. James "Big Chief" Hammonds (Kingfish tournament junkie and champion)
Capt. Chris Blackwell (Ft. Pierce, FL native, kingfish guru and NC giant tuna chaser)
Capt. Mark Blackwell(Ft. Pierce, FL native, kingfish guru and professional castnetter)
Capt? Ed Langel (Ft. Pierce, FL native, pro NC giant tuna deckhand)
As you can see we have an experienced, fun, yet hardened crew of serious tuna hunters on board. If you have interest, get in touch with me asap. email@example.com.