Continued king action from 50 ft of water. Pogys all over shallotte inlet. Hope all this holds til the jolly mon? Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The inshore action continues to be great. The flounder are still plentiful and now are reaching good size. Tommy Helms reported catching flounder just offshore on a wreck.
Dr. Jeff Wallen and and Drew Pavy Jef caught their fish, including this 5.4 lb flounder using pogies from the ICW. Dr. Jeff had 20+ fish and released several over slot red drum.
Capt. Jeff Williamson of Get Busy/OIFC Charters fished with Matt Matthers and TJ and Mark Wade this morning. The day started off real smokey due to a large fire in Dare Co. and some farmers burning off a field in Pender Co...If it ain't so.complain to John Evans of WECT-TV News.
Anyway, I digress. They started the morning in Tubbs Inlet which is still the hot spot for flounder. Jeff said a Gulp New Penny Shrimp tossed under docks or in the rock piles was the ticket Once the tide got into the grass they moved to the Shallotte River to a top secret hole Jeff has. The wind has shifted and the smoke is gone. Looks like a nice fishing day.
How much more southern American can people get if they enjoy fishn' and Saturday night racin'.
On the fishing end I've been told the bite was pretty hot as far as kings, cobia, mahi and spanish were concerned. The pogies were plentiful between the Shallotte Inlet and the Holden Beach Pier. But frozen cigar minnows were getting chewed on also. I was slack yesterday in regards to the boats arriving at the docks. This reporter has a summer cold that kicking my....well a bad cold. Plus the family and I joined Captain Brant, his family, Jamie Milliken, and his son Justin while they raced the Jolly Mon #02 Chevy and the OIFC/Beach Hardware Chevy at Myrtle Beach Speedway Saturday night.
Congratulations to Justin for winning 1st place and to Capt Brant for his run.
Below is a pic Ben and Bobby Speir of two of the better fish they caught Friday at the 90's. They reported catching pogies between the Shallotte Inlet and the Holden Beach Pier. Altogether they caught and lost 10 kings and several cobia. The wind kicked up unexpectedly Friday afternoon so the headed to the house after only a few hours fishing. Thanks for the report and the picture guys. More reports later.
Chris Campbell and some friends who had never been fishing before headed out at @ 10:30 aboard Chris' Sea Hunt "Big Whiskey". They searched for signs of bait, but the birds weren't diving anyplace. Finally they found a black ball of pogies about 500 yrds. off of Holden Beach Pier. They caught some small bait.
After getting bait the Big Whiskey headed to the 90's. Chris started putting lines out about a mile off the #'s where he had spotted some good bottom and flying fish a couple of days before.
Their 1st strike came about 5 minutes after getting the lines out. It was on the downrigger This was the 1st of 8 kings they got in the boat that day. As he was taking the hooks out of the 2nd king a mahi struck a double pogey rig in the prop wash. The dolphin took off, clearing the water a few times and drawing the attention of other anglers. After about a 10 minute fight, Sarah Kelly got the fish along side the boat and Chris sunk the gaff in him.
In addition to the mahi which Chris estimated to be @ 15#'s and the 8 teenage kings, they had about a half dozen short strikes or the fish just getting off. This marked a fun day for Bryan and Sarah Kelly of Greenville, S.C., especially for being on their 1st trip.
Many thanks to Chris for his report and picture. Chris is owner of Chris Campbell Photography and partner in Giving Weddings Photography. He takes great fishing pictures, such as the one below in addition to his many other projects.
I headed out Friday to do my usual beat the banks and see what I could find. The fish were not very cooperative at first, but I found three nice redfish. I am sure many more were with them, but I was in scout mode. I headed on down the bank to see if I could figure anything else out. I picked up a few small flounder and a couple of trout. The tide was bottoming out so I headed for the house. Everything was caught on artificials and all but one redfish was released. One of my next door neighbors was fishing close by and saw me catch one of the slot reds. I asked him if he would like one for dinner. Of course!
After a little rest from the days fishing, I headed to the OIFC to check things out. Brant said Barrett needed some help with his trip on Saturday. I jumped all over this opportunity! I am still much into the learning phase with the offshore fishing and this was a great opportunity to learn. Brant and Barrett have a wealth of knowledge and know how when it comes to offshore fishing. Barrett put us on the fish right away. We pulled up to our first spot and anchored up. I didn't have everyone baited up with squid before one of our crew was hollering shark! No! That is a cobia! Barrett quickly pitched a live bait out and we were hooked up with a nice cobia. The cobia did not seem to be brothered by the hook and just hung around the boat. We poked him a few times to try and make him fight so he would tire out. Another cobia was with him. Barrett told me to hang on with the gaff shot. Barrett proceeded to pick off the second one and I gaffed the first. After a little organized chaos, Barrett brings out the kite! He teased the amberjacks to pure explosion before letting them eat the bait. We landed three amberjacks and two cobia at our first spot. The black sea bass were small, so we moved on out. We hit several spots that just didn't seem to be alive. The last spot we hit though, was teaming with fish. Jacks, Cobia, Sea Bass, Grouper, and Vermillon Snapper. We stayed busy at them. Barrett worked on the Cobia and Jacks. It was a full time job trying to keep the jacks from eating the live bait while trying to force feed a cobia. Barrett got it done! Two of our largest Cobia of the day! I worked hard on trying to keep up with all the sea bass, snapper, and grouper that was coming to the boat. All said and done, what an Awesome day on the water!
Congratulations to our crew of guys from Florence, SC. I do believe everyone got plenty to eat! Thanks for coming! See ya on the water!
This reporter would like to take credit for Virginia, her dad Henry and Nathan Page's mahi. But I doubt I was much help. Virginia text me and ask where the mahi bite was. I told her the best info I had, which was a few days old. At any rate, it doesn't look like they needed my help after all. When I can get in touch with Virginia or Henry, I'll post more.
Just as a thought. My reports may not be as full of detail as some other fishing reports. But I bet more people look at my pictures.
Along with Captain Brant catching kings at the Lighthouse Rocks, I THOUGHT I heard Captain Chris Dawson getting a cobia at the 390's. Haven't confirmed that yet.
But, Monday, Chris Campbell and his wife Robin were fishing the 390's aboard their Sea Hunt the "Big Whiskey". They hooked a king on the downrigger set at 45 ft. and baited with a frozen cigar minnow. It turned out to be a teenager. They then missed a king on the long line..a short strike, but right after that the mid line started screaming and peeling off like like a king had hit it. After Robin had fought the fish for @ 30 minutes they found out it was a cobia. In fact 2 cobia came along side. Chris put the gaff to the one Robin had been doing battle and boated a 30 (+-) cobia.
The mahi Robin is holding was caught in Tubbs Inlet on a mud minnow..NOT!!! They caught that @50# dolphin fish while visiting an exotic remote island.
In shore, Will King was on the dock cleaning several flounder he caught late Thursday evening while fishing behind Sunset Beach Island. Will said he was using OIFC Custom Mud Minnows, provided exclusively by Sterling Aqua Farms
That wraps up this week in fishing at the OIFC. We've got a couple of trips Saturday and the weather is looking great. Several of us will be at Myrtle Beach Speedway Saturday night watching the Jolly Mon Racing Team in action. I hope to have some pictures of that and some fishing pictures to post Sunday. Se ya on the asphalt.
Pogys are now coming back toward Shallotte inlet after haning out off Long Beach for a couple of weeks. This morning they were just west of the Holden Beach pier.
Kings have been on and off. Still catching some at Lighthouse Rocks and 390s as well as some Cobia. Otherwise they've been pretty hard to come by.
Spanish bite red hot in 20 feet of water all along beachfront
Dolphin bite should be good. Reports from south of us say there are more fish coming. We are fishing the Stream Saturday.
Also- congratulations to Capt. Brant fishing school graduate Raymond Delpezzo and angler Anthony Hinman who landed a 53 pound Mahi last weekend while fishing inshore of the Steeples. NICE FISH!
See you on the water !!
Now for that fishing story:
My wife and I went diving/spear fishing on Wednesday. We set up on a "top secret" wreck in 100 feet of water. We were on our way to the bottom and encountered a thermocline at 50 feet, temps down to mid 60's- brrrrr. Amy taps me on the shoulder and gives me the "shark" signal (hand over forehead) and points to our back quarter. I look into dark bluish mist and all I can see is BIG tail and BIG dorsal fin- can't make out the body or head. First thing I think is OK, not good -- if the Shark is this high off the bottom its not one of the fairly docile Sand Tigers we encounter- this is a "sport shark" I call them -- mid to top water, fast and possibly hungry for us! The BIG shark is moving up our right side, gliding and slowly coming into view. I can see the fins clearly and and start making out the body- I begin going thru my mental catalog. First and most likely choice is Bull Shark - pretty common. Nope, this shark is BIG and the tail is more half moon shaped, not off-center like a Bull, plus the body is too long whereas a Bull is more stubby. I then think BIG Hammerhead, I"ve seen them that big before. Dorcal and Tail is very straight and body shape similar, but I can't quite see the head. I'm squinting to see better, to see the Hammer. I am not happy about the thought of a Hammerhead, but images of the divers taking pictures of hundreds of Hammerheads does ease my tension a little- we'll be OK. Uh oh, no hammer on that head. Now the entire Shark is in plain site, approximately 30 feet away, gliding slowing to our right and towards our front. Last catalog page before the final page- Mako - too long, too big and fins too long- Nope.
Let me break at this point. People who know me and know my fishing know that I DO NOT exagerate. If I say I hooked a Blue Marlin, it's because it jumped in plain site. If I say I lost a 40 pound King, its because I saw it with my own eyes. Now this is where many of you will call me dillusional, but I flipped the last page in mental catalog and that was a GREAT WHITE SHARK !!! There is no other way to put it, but I will kiss your rear if it was not. Amy and I watched and digested what we were seeing in complete amazement. As I made the mental distinguishment, my initial sense was "is this real", not so much fear- at least to start. The BIG shark disappeared into the bluish mist. I stared in the direction, looking for movement and some 15 seconds later, the shape comes back, this time coming straight toward us. Uh oh! I've had to fend off a few overcurious sharks on other occasions using the tip of my speargun. I pointed my gun out toward the looming shape and stood firm, ready to jab with all I had. As I'm watching all this unfold (everything is in slow motion) I'm thinking, this is going to look REALLY BIG up close -- I wonder if my spear tip will be enough? The Great White moves directly towards us to within 20 feet or so before it casually makes a right turn and again disappears into darkness. Oh yeah, did I mention the amazement had worn off by now and fear was looming large. I started pushing Amy back up the rope and she got the point- get the heck out of here. I DID NOT want to see that big boy come back for a third look. We reached the surface and basically jumped into the boat. The Shark never came to the surface. I believe Great Whites are cool water sharks and as such, it preferred the staying under the thermocline. A later assessment has Amy and I agreeing the Great White was 12-14 feet.
So there it is. I am telling you without a shadow of a doubt Amy and I dove without a cage with a Great White shark. That just saved me a load of money having to travel to South Africa or Australia to see a Great White- mark that off the bucket list! Upon further investigation and discussion with a few commercial fishermen, they were not surprised at all. Gee thanks for telling me! They have apparently seen Great Whites in this general area (100-130 feet, SW of Frying Pan Tower) during May and June for many years. According to one source, their numbers and sightings have been increasing for the past few years. And that's my story and I'm sticking to it !!!!!!! Wish I had a camera for proof, but honestly I don't think Amy nor I would have had the presence to take a picture. That was not the priority at the time.
Bryan ran off shore aboard Danial and Amber Simmon's Contender the "Reel McCoy". Along with Bryan, Amber and Daniel were Tim Gallimore and Courtney Waddell.
The group bottom fished and got their limit of gags and scamps, some trigger fish and 6 small mahi who had to check the action out. Daniel got the big grouper of the day with a 21.6 lb. gag. They also caught a couple of blue spotted cornet fish and had plenty of amberjack action.
The husband/wife fishing team consisting of Amber and Daniel Simmons fished aboard their Contender, the "Reel McCoy" with Tim Gallimore and Courtney Waddell on May 30th.
The crew had a productive day bottom fishing all be it they had to drown a few baits in order to locate the hot spot. They proceeded to make their limit within an hour. The gags and scamps weighed in the 14-22 lb range. The crew saw a full days action, catching 2 cornet fish, and 6 mahi by light lining behind the boat, not to mention the herd of reef donkeys.
Thanks to the crew of the "Reel McCoy". I can always count on ya'll for great fishing reports.
Sea Bass season opens tomorrow. Limit is still 12" and 15 fish per person. I'll be there !! They will be thick !!!! 80-100 feet is where the real golly whoppers are hiding.
Capt. Jeff "J. Dogg " Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) fished Tubbs inlet and the mouth of the Shallotte River this weekend and had great fortune. Capt. Jeff said he was using OIFC Premium Mud Minnows.
Fishing along with Capt. J. Dogg were John and Ross Porter and friend Conrad Cutler. The beauty on the paddle board is the lovely and gracious Virginia Beckham a former employee of the OIFC.. Virgina and her dad are excellent in shore anglers. This picture has absolutely NOTHING to do with fishing, Jeff just wanted everyone to know there's more beauty in our area besides fish and goats.