Even though the winds were wrecking havoc on the seas, 25+ boats fished the Jr. Jolly Mon. There were fish caught in all but the mahi division.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Jake Kreg of Charlotte, N.C. fished with Captain Jeff Williamson in the back waters behind OIB and Sunset Beach. The two used OIFC Delux mud minnow to land 2/3 of an inshore slam. The in shore fishing remains on fire!
OK - the facts are the weather is not shaping up very good for the tournament- go figure. Its been flat calm for 2 weeks and suddenly the 2 days of the tournament it's going to blow 15-20kts-- then the funny thing is to look at the forecast for the following Monday and its back to 10kts -- this is a conspiracy!
Regardless, the Jolly Mon must continue and as such, despite Mother Nature, there will be a winner. There is a large contingency of 23 foot and under boats that fish the Jolly Mon, and despite the SW wind, I hope many of you will still choose to participate; either fishing the calmer waters on the east side of the Frying Pan shoals or staying close and hunting for the big fish along the beach front. I still hold firm to my prediction that the winning fish will come from between the Cape Fear Sea Buoy and Lighthouse Rocks. Currently we have 100 pre registered boats, which is in-line with pervious years. Typically the majority of entries come in tomorrow evening at the Capt. Meeting, so I'm confident we'll get over the 200 boat mark, but I'm just not sure if between the weather, economy, less fishermen and whatever else that we'll make the magical 300 boat mark- but by gosh the Jolly Mon staff is going to put in 110% to be sure whoever comes has a great time and gets their money's worth.
Hey one other thing, as many of you have read, the Jolly Mon sponsors driver Justin Milliken and the 02 Jolly Mon Racing Team- racing at Myrtle Beach Speedway most Saturday nights. This Saturday night Justin and team will suit up as they are currently tied for the points lead in the track championship. I am going to go with my family on Saturday, arriving to the track by 8pm. If you are looking for some entertainment on Saturday evening, come down to Myrtle Beach Speedway and root on the Jolly Mon racing team. My family and I will be in the pits, which you are hereby formally invited to join. Instead of going through the main gate, drive around the side and pay a bit extra to join us in the pits and in the action. I hope you'll come- see you there!
Everything is set for Friday's registration and festivities. Please ride the off-island shuttle the tournament site. All shuttle riders will get raffle tickets to win all sorts of great prizes from sponsors.
The "OIFC Gaff Cam" traveled with Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron Dew the last 2 days. The Cat boat fished close to shore and caught their limit of spanish along with some sharks
Both OIFC boats reported thick spanish just outside the Shallotte Inlet. There were few sightings of pogies today.
The flounder bite continues to remain the go to fishing inshore right now. A few trout have been caught, but are few and far between. Season is slated to open tomorrow. The red drum have been inconsistent and on the move lately. The docks and deep holes should start to produce some redfish. Right now, the flounder are laying on all the sandbars, mud slicks, and pot holes. Live bait in any type seems to be working. Little pogies are thick in the natural canals, tiger minnows on sandbars at low tide, small mullet are everywhere, my favorite has been baby pinfish and croakers. If all fails, remember we have premium select mud minnows here at the OIFC. Gauranteed to wiggle on the other end of the line! :) Hopefully, the full moon will kick the flounder into high gear this weekend. See ya on the water!
Below John Toole, Spencer, Josh, and Connor show off their catch from earlier today. John Toole is a sheriff and kept us all straight on the water today. Great group of guys from my hometown! Small world...Catch'em up at Lake Murry guys! Thanks for fishing with us! Hope to see you again in the near future!
Captain Jeff and his charter Phil, Russ, Tyler and Josh from Mo. worked against the east to have a very successful charter today. The guys caught 14 flounder and a trout. The ones which weren't "legal" were released safe and sound.
Captain Jeff used mud minnows while fishing the falling tide.
Every OIFC Charter boat + Captain Barrett's "Tree Shaker" Yellowfin were pressed into service today. When the fishing is good, business is good! Near shore, Captain Zach Faulkner and Captain Chris Eckert had a couple of short trips. This allowed them to absolutely slay the spanish mackerel. This is good news to us king mackerel anglers as spanish make excellent bait. Further good news is the pogies are thick close to shore.
Meanwhile, Captain Chris Dew and 1st mate Aaron Dew on one of the World Cats and Captain Steele on the "Tree Shaker" Yellowfin had longer trips. All was well until the wind picked up and made the ocean "not too fun". Chris managed a couple of mahi and some other incidental fish. Steele got a couple of teenage kings. Mother Nature made it a not to fun day to fish.
Back at the docks, the OIFC is getting in Jolly Mon mode. Tents have been put up and the finishing touches on most everything are being completed. We expect a lot of boats this year, so come join the fun!
While Capt Brant might be too modest to report on this, I was there Saturday night and saw first hand the number 19 Team OIFC limited late model race car driven by Capt Brant at the Myrtle Beach Speedway step it up and rub shoulders with the big boys. The Milliken Racing team with Justin and Jamie Milliken leading the pit crew helped Capt Brant to his best finish yet behind the wheel. He led the 30 lap race for 22 laps eventually being passed, but not without a fight, by former track champions. He crossed the finish line in third place but like Jamie said, "they're going to know we were here". Congratulations Team OIFC, Capt Brant and Milliken Racing. Victory lane is on the horizon.
By the way, if anybody is interested in the best entertainment you can buy for $12 go check out these races at the Myrtle Beach Speedway every Saturday night this summer. This is how racing used to be.
Check out the kings Shane, Devon, Kimberly Britt and Chad Millard caught this weekend. Shane reports they caught their fish in 50 ft of water using naked pogies. They landed 4 kings, one 28#, one in the 20's and the other two were teenagers.
Check out the fishing reports for the past week and you'll see the king action is picking up just in time for the Jolly Mon.
Also, I got an unconfirmed report that a king was caught off the Ocean Isle Beach Pier. This goes along with Rube's prediction that this year's bite will be a shore bite.
Hey, I'm pretty sure you already know this stuff, but I fell up on it while readind some Earth Sports articles. Besides it's a good refersher during "King Week".