Brandon Sauls, ace in shore fisherman, the OIFC's webmaster, and fellow Crossfitter took his twins fishing this weekend aboard Brandon's new boat. I looks like the ladies struck it rich with the red drum.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The weather forecast for Saturday is looking very good. We are dying to get on the water. The boats are fueled, have brand new power and are ready to go!
Gulf Stream trip aboard the OIFC World Cat scheduled for Saturday, March 12th. Leaves the OIFC docks at 6am and returns 6-7pm. Trip will include trolling for Tuna and Wahoo and vertical jigging for Blackfin Tuna, Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack and whatever bends a rod.
Per person cost = $375 (assuming 4 on board- cost will decrease if more people sign up)
To reserve your spot on this trip, call 910 575 3474 and ask for charter reservations- you'll get me and I'll get you on paper.
Let's go fishing !!!!!
With the exception of the lights, the Ocean Isle Boat Ramp is open. It has a little over 50 parking spaces, all be it they look narrow to me. The state did a marvelous job on this facility. Below are a couple of picks I took today.
Jake and I got on the water for a little while yesterday. Mommy needed a well deserved break from both of us. LOL! The first bank we hit, a small trout decided to get a little aggressive. Jake likes to ride, so we headed to another spot. We ran into local legend Clay Morphis Jr. He must have caught them all by the time we got there. We eased around looking in the water for any action. I saw one nice redfish cruise by the boat and a ton of 8 inch mullet. Jake's patience was running thin, so we headed back to house. Approaching our canal another local legend Brandon Sauls was loading his girls up in the boat. He posted pictures later on facebook showing off their success. Looks like the redfish were cooperating nicely for them. Purdy work! I am not sure when I will make it back out on the water, but I will keep you posted when I do. See ya on the water!
A big THANK YOU to the many folks that have expressed concern and encouragement regarding my recent prostate cancer surgery. I've turned the corner, and felling better each day, and can see my way back on the water not too far down the road. This was a hell of a battle, not so much having the cancer, but getting rid of it. I have the highest respect for anyone who has had major surgery; recovery is tuff.
One common thread I have noticed from guys that have been thru this is their absolute willingness to share information. In that regard, here is my "boots on the ground" perspective which I will share with you. Prostate cancer is the number 1 cause of cancer death in men. However, it is treatable/curable; the trick is to catch it in time. So, the key is to watch for some common symptons. If your fishing buddies are complaing they can't get to the fishing spot because they are having to stop every 15 minutes so you can pee, that is an indication of something wrong. Getting PSA tests at least 2 times a year is critical. My PSA doubled in a year which led me to a visit with Dr. Blizzard who correctly suggested, "Houston we have a problem". That led to a biopsy, confirmation of cancer, and then surgery to get rid of it. Having the problem was no fun, but if you got to have a problem like this, have one that is fixable. That was possible beause of early detection. Men who get in big trouble are the ones that ignor the signs, have a problem and find it has moved out of prostate into limp nodes. At that point, you may have a problem that is not fixable.
So, there you have it. If you are over 50, there is a good chance you will have a problem in the next 20 years. Pay attention, be proactive, and you will be fine, and back to fishing. Thanks again for your thoughts. Rube McMullan
Back on the water today. Aww...what a difference from yesterday. The wind laid down beautifully, blue bird skies, and warm sunshine made it feel like spring is right around the corner. The action started out pretty fast this morning as expected. Mr. Joe drilled a lower slot red, then another, and then an upper slot red. We picked a few more off and made a move. I found a few trout yesterday and headed that way to pass the time. Didn't take long as we had the first trout to the boat with just a few cast. We picked through several small ones and had some nice ones in the mix. We changed colors several times trying to turn the bite up. It still amazes me how color really can make a difference. I had several short hits on one color, it just seemed like they just wouldn't quite commit. Changed to just a slightly different color and next several cast they totally committed! Seriously! We gave them a rest as the tide was looking right to go after some more redfish. Wait....Got checked by Marine Patrol...glad to see those guys out on the water. We burned it up and made it to the redfish grounds just in time. Caught five more fish really quick, with two nice ones in the mix. Decided to bring out the fly rod. Hadn't quite got that one figured out yet. Work'n on it...See ya on the water!
This weekend, Jeff Smith and "Team Zebra" decided to go fishing from their home port of Carolina Beach. They stopped in 220 ft. of water in the Steeples/Same Ole area and started vertical jigging.
The guys hooked up with Blackfin, which made the dinner table. They also caught and released a 41" long with a 30" girth fireback.
That ought to worsen every one's fishing fever.
It seems that I have picked the worst days to go scouting for places that are holding fish right now. The wind was blowing terribly hard today and seemed to be coming from two directions at the same time. I was trying to find every curve, corner, or tree line to block the wind. I found a few places out of the wind, but no fish to be found in these areas. The wind has silted the water up quite a bit and with last nights rain the rivers are dirty. I kept beating the banks with one of my favorite soft plastics. Finally, I stumbled on the first bite of the day. A quick little thump, hook set, head shake, and pulled the hook. Hmm? I was looking for redfish, but that felt like a trout. Next cast, another quick little thump, light sweep with the rod, head shake, and a little trout that has survived the winter came to the boat. I worked the area over pretty hard as the wind was having her way with me. I had a ton of little strikes, but as you can imagine the bite was hard to feel. They were being pretty aggressive though, as the water temperature had approached 60 degress in this area. I landed 10 of the little guys, before I decided to put that in my file and head on down the bank. I worked my way in and out of creeks, weaving through the oyster beds. I decided to change to another bait that has done me some good here later. I worked down a particular bank with the wind helping me along, making very long cast. As I approached the very back of this creek, SMACk! I mean this fish crushed it! I have gotten some aggressive strikes out of this bait lately. I have often talked about a very slow presentation, but I have sped things up just a bit. I took some folks out a few weeks back and watched one fellow catch most of the fish. I noticed he was keeping the bait moving, almost like slow rolling a spinnerbait. When he got a strike it was hard! I have started doing that and have experiecned some hard hitting strikes lately. Not a lot of bites, but some very exciting bites! I landed a barely legal size redfish just under 27" and put that in my file. I will be back out tomorrow. I hope the wind gives us a break and we can find some more fish. See ya on the water!
It was so foggy this morning I couldn't hardly see to drive across the OIB Bridge. But by the end of the day the boat ramp progress was plainly visible. I've attached some pictures so you can see for yourself.
++++Update...Captain Brant advised they hope to have the ramp open this weekend. We' update later in the week.
Wind blowing and rain approaching fast from the west! No worries, I am all for a challenge. I figure if you can catch them on a day like today, you can catch them anytime. I managed to squeeze out a few nice fish, with some little ones in the mix before the rain ran me off. I headed to the house for a snack and dry clothes. Turns out the rain passed quickly and the sun came out. The wind was the only challenge now and the fact a front just passed. Couldn't stand it...headed back and actually found a few more fish willing to bite. So get out this weekend and give it a try. Doesn't seem like the fish were brothered by the front moving through. See ya on the water!