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- Capt. Steele Parks
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Captain Tommy Helms sent these pictures, one of which he named Judy's Whopper, a short (to say the least) flounder caught in Tubbs Inlet
Tommy redeemed himself in the next picture. But, if you notice the picture was taken while the flounder were on the dock. Tommy didn't bother to say where he caught them.
I have never watched "The Bachelor" on TV. But after meeting these guys who were here on a "bachelor party weekend", I'd given a million dollars to watch their show.
The crew consisted of Henry Boyd (Belhaven, NC), Matt Fehling (D.C.), John Fowler (Charleston, SC), Tim McNeill (Southern Pines), and Ryan Paschal (Southern Pines). The Captains were Captains Chris Dew and Chris Dawson. As this was a 4 hr. trip they didn't go far out and spent the morning blue fishing and spanish fishing. They seemed to have a ball!! I get the last word...GO DUKE!!!!!!!!!.haha
Its been a long weekend of fishing with tales of victory and defeat. Saturday Capt. Zach and I took a "make-up" Charter to the gulf stream. We started at the Blackjack trolling and immediately caught a decent Blackfin. My immediate thought was that it was gonna be a great day. After making several passes in the area that we received that first bite, I realized that the blackfin that bit must have been the only hungry one down there. After covering the blackjack pretty well, we started trolling east. Around Gene's ledge, we picked up a nice Dolphin. Again, no other takers. When we arrived at the Steeples we found the "fleet" fishing several area's of bottom. We picked at another dolphin and blackfin and saw really no major activity. We decided to do a little jigging late in the day and were rewarded with a Huge Grouper(released) and a bunch of AJ's. It was a beautiful day on the water with ideal conditions. I heard later that the bite went nuts up at the Same Ole hole with lots of Wahoo, Dolphin and Blackfins. Upon Arrival back at the docks, I was greeted by my jigging class. Capt. Zach took care of all of the cleanup of tackle, fish, boat and gear for which I am very thankful. The class consisted of John Volosin, Terry Clifton(a.k.a. Amberjack Boy), Sandi Dunn(a.k.a Mahi Mayhem) and Steve Cargal(a.k.a Scuba Steve). Captain Chris Dew came along to help out as well. He has proven himself to be an outstanding wheel man when jigging. The class was very casual, covering the basics of jigging and discussion about technique, knots and a game plan for the next day. Sunday morning (open season on Grouper) came and we headed offshore to the south, armed with a ton of jigging gear. I also took along some trolling gear, knowing that my crew would need a break at some point during the day. Within a few minutes of arriving at the Macmarlen ledge, we were rewarded with Sandi's huge 22lb gag grouper on a BWC Roscoe jig. A couple of minutes later, Steve hoisted a 18+ lb Gag into the boat... It was ON.... A few minutes later, it was Scuba Steve with yet another 12+ lb Gag. While this was going on, Terry was steadily pulling up Amberjacks. A short while later, John got a Nice Gag within site of the boat but it came unbottoned from the hook. The action slowed a bit from there so we headed out to the Winyah Scarp and took to jigging again. I had to get in on some of this action and actually struck first blood with a huge Scamp. John followed me up with another VERY nice Scamp. Terry hooked up with a nice fish and as it got near the surface, it was a beautiful American Red Snapper which we promptly released. It swam away just fine as were were not in super deep water. Its a funny thing about jigging. Everything is quited, the motors are in idle, there is some idle chit chat going on and then you hear someone grunt like they are being pulled overboard. I heard that familiar grunt and saw Steve doing everything he could to stay upright in the boat. He was hooked up to a BIG fish. After a 10 minute battle, we had the first signs of what was on the other end, a 7 foot long shark. He did battle with the shark for another 10 minutes before we released it to fight another day. By this time, my crew was wiped out so I offered up a little trolling to give them a break. Oops... Apparently the fish gods were not handing out breaks because a short while after starting to troll, we had a nice Dolphin on the line. This was followed by another, and another, and another and then 2 at a time and finally a nice 25+ Wahoo came tight on the line. As I said before Sandi is now known to me as Mahi Mayhem because of a situation that occured during a photo op. She was holding up a small dolphin for a picture which was no big deal. Well, this dolphin decided it was going to try to bite her like a vampire, then try to shake free, everyone on board was covered with Mahi blood, the boat was covered. I have never seen such craziness from one little fish. After trollingfor a while, we went back to jigging. The bite had slowed a bit with the East wind picking up but there was a bit of a ray of light. Terry was still working on the Amberjacks with authority. He managed a great big Amberjack to finish out the day. Everyone agreed that it was an outstanding day on the water. Thanks to the folks that participated in this class. We may be doing another one. Let us know if you have some interest in getting in on this school and we will set one up.
This humble reporter must apologize for the tardiness in the fishing reports. I have been out of town, but thankfully my sore and abused body is back in the healing climes of Paradise!
Whilst away, great friend and excellent angler, Edwin Newell sent these pictures of his son Nolan with a magnificent wahoo he'd caught. Also check out the flag! Many will remember Nolan as a summer employee of the OIFC. He has moved on to the institute of higher leaning known as NCSU. Good fish "my bortha by anotha motha"!
Capt. Steele just dismissed his second jigging school class. Sandi Dunn passed with flying colors. She is pictured below with her dipolma a 22 pound grouper!!! As you can see all other classmates passed as well. The group jigged up grouper and a.j.'s until complete exhaustion. They did some trolling to take a break. The mahi mahi were biting and a nice wahoo was boated. The group also jigged up a nice blackfin tuna. I would say Capt. Steele gets to keep his teaching certification for now! Hopefully, Capt. Steele will take time to write a more detailed report tomorrow. See ya on the water!
Here I am...stuck in the store. Capt. Steele is near or in the stream with his jigging school. First day of grouper season, so hopefully the fish are cooperating. I have recieved several phone calls today inquiring about the bite. The fishing has been really good at times and really slack at others. Before this East wind started blowing....the spanish and blues just off the beach were chomping! On what you say? Double 00 silver, gold, and silver charturese clarkspoons trolled at 6 mph behind a #1 planer. It seems like the closer to the boat the better... 10 and 15 seconds behind the boat were getting the bites. The 2oz. trolling weights got hit just a few times. The bite should return and get even better once this East wind subsides. Pogies have been spotted all up and down the beach. I have even heard of a few starting to show in the backwater. Captain Chris times two, caught a net full of pogies and put them to good use on Friday. They landed our first kings of the season just 8 miles off the beach. The stream has been hot, then cold...our trip yesterday landed a pair of blackfin and a pair of mahi...had a wahoo slam a bait but cut the line during the fight. Probably another wahoo hitting at the lure that slid up the wire. The East wind is the problem right now. Monday (tomorrow) looks great! I believe Capt. Brant is planning an assault on the grouper in some fashion. We have a trip booked as well, going after the grouper. As always we will try and keep you posted. I hope Capt. Steele's jigging school brings back some good news. That is a wrap on the nearshore and offshore report.
Inshore...drifting for flounder has been the ticket. Tubbs inlet has been producing a good bite. Some good ones have been caught around Shallote inlet as well. Redfish are still being caught in the creeks and along the waterway under the docks. Live mud minnows fished on a carolina rig is getting the job done. I have still been throwing artificials around and picking up a few trout and bluefish. I will be out there somewhere tomorrow looking for spanish to flounder. See ya on the water!
I surveyed Shallotte Inlet the other day at low tide and here is what I found. Plenty of water to enter the inlet from Ocean Isle by hugging the beach just like we have done for years[stay off of beach approx 50 feet]. When you make the turn watch out for the bar protruding from the beach, but plenty of water at tip of beach[drops to 20+ feet]. Follow the cans on out, plently of water until you get to can #3[green]. Stay to right hand side of #3 and there is plenty of water. Between the cans[#3 and #4 is a sand bar]. When Brant gets back in town, he will contact NC Wildlife and get their permission to move #3 and #4 as they need to be shifted west from their current location. From there on out there is plenty of water.
I was surprised, there seems to be plenty of water in the inlet[I marked approx 4-5 feet at low tide at shallowest spot]. Come on down, conditions this week will allow for water to continue to clear up which should translate into an excellent early spring king bite in the Ocean Crest/Yapon beachfront, as well as 90/90. Some pogies have already been found along the beach.
The fishing report has been full of news the past couple of days so I "sat on" Capt. Jeff's report. Capt. Jeff took the Culpepper boys who are from Hickory, N.C. on a guide trip in shore fishing. Jeff used mud minnows, which right now are the hot bait for inshore action. Though he didn't say where he was fishing I would guess you can tell by looking at the pictures.
It's supposed to be beautiful here in Paradise this weekend. We hope you drop by the OIFC. If you get the chance take a child fishing!
If you want to take a kid fishing, stop by the now famous Goat Island and pick one up.