Weather is perfect, light winds, lite seas, water is clearing. Look for first Kings of year to be caught at Ocean Crest/Yaupon or 90/90's. Grouper season opens tomorrow!
- Rube McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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.
I've received more than a few raised eyebrows regarding the "fishy" story of the origination of the goats here at Ocean Isle. As I stated in an earlier report, there was a ship wreck off Ocean Isle in the late 1880's. Ships back then didn't have refrigeration so they carried live stock with them for a food source. In this case, it was goats, and when the ship ran aground, the goats made it to land, but the sailors didn't, thus the goats survived. Since they can't swim they stayed on the islands.
I can report I have new info that validates[well sorta] my story. In a conversation with the executive director of the American Livestock Breeders Association, apparently they have determined our goats are "Spanish goats", a breed that is considered to be almost extinct. So, there you have it; the ship that sunk was a Spanish ship, carrying Spanish goats. Thus we now know the origination of the Ocean Isle goats. It is further rumored that the Spanish ship that sunk was carrying great treasures, and when the sailors knew they had to abandon ship, they tied packets of the treasure around the necks of the goats. It is unknown if the packets have been passed from goat to goat, or is buried somewhere on the islands where they live.
We just got the news that Representative Ilers, Legislative Office, received word from Gordon Myers with NC Wildlife that the goat removal project has been cancelled.
Stand by for more complete details!
Capt. Charlie Wilson and myself headed out first thing this morning on a half day nearshore charter. We had Mom and five kids on board. How Dad pulled that one off? I don't know...I should have taken notes. It wasn't long before Capt. Wilson had us on the fish. We caught several blues and the spanish started in on the action as well. The little fellows wanted to head for deeper water to maybe catch a big sea monster. We headed on out towards the 460. We marked some great bottom and what looked like a big school of black sea bass. We were getting a lot of nibbles, but the action was a bit slower than expected. We did land some nice black bass, but the little guys got tried of holding on to the rods. Capt. Charlie and I elected to troll in from the 460 letting the crew sit back and relax as we headed home. We caught two of our nicest spanish right around the Shallotte ledge area. We had 10 keeper spanish making a great meal for our crew tonight.
Then the phone call from the boss. Back out on a 2 hour trip! I love it! Scott and his wife brought there two kids out to catch their first fish with us. Benton caught his first bluefish and he wasn't done there. We landed several more blues and some more spanish. All in all a great day to be on the water. Looks like we got the fishing done just in time. As the rain has just started coming down here at the OIFC. I hope our boys are get'em in the stream and have a safe trip back home this afternoon. Stay tuned for Capt. Steele's stream report. See ya on the water!
Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) delivered on his charters 2 days in a row. It's pretty obvious where Jeff was fishing. This time of year Jeff fishes like most everyone else....mud minnows on a Carolina rig. There have been a lot of flounder and drum caught in Tubbs Inlet the past few days. Many are undersized but several monsters have been pulled out.
The young men in the picture are Quinten and Jake. Along with them were Andy and Mike.
Read our April 22 fishing report post on the State's plan to get rid of the Ocean Isle goats. Help us stop this stupidity and preserve this bit of island culture. Here is contact info to the parties that need to hear from everyone.
Brunswick County Representative Frank Iler: Frank.Iler@ncleg.net
State of NC property department: firstname.lastname@example.org
NC Wildlife: email@example.com
On May 4th at 10:00am, the State plans to have a "pre-bid" meeting with the goat hunters/herders at the Ocean Isle boat ramp[adjacent to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center]. Put this date/time on your calender and join us at this meeting to let the State folks hear the goats side of the story. Stay tuned to our web site for updates.
The signal came for the bullpen and just like that I was out of retirement and back on the charter fleet team. Of course it didn't take much arm twisting as I have gone way too long without fishing from Ocean Isle Beach, and I this was an opportunity to start my 2011 OIB fishing by going to the Gulf Stream. Capt. Chris Dawson and I guided a crew of great guys from the Raleigh area including trip organzier Jim Mcgovern who is the general manager at the world famous Angus Barn restaurant in Raleigh. If you haven't visited the Angus Barn you are missing a dining experience unlike anything you've ever seen (not to mention if you order fish, it was likely caught right here in Ocean Isle Beach!).
While anticipation was high to get this trip underway our moods were quickly tempered as we were greeted by a sloppy 3 to 5' and more southeast swell. We were bound and determined to make it happen so off we went to the south in the direction of the MacMarlen hole. The Hiltons chart showed nutrient rich water from the MacMarlen extending south so that combined with the sea direction led us in this direction. The seas did not improve eventhough there was no wind. The swell from the previous day's wind was brutal as we slugged it out at 20mph.
When we arrived to our destination we had hoped to be rewarded for effort of making it out there despite the swell. Unfortunately it was not to be. The water color was a mixed dirty, blue green. The water temperature was 69 and we marked very little bait. We made the call to troll our spread of ballyhoo and feathers south to the Wynyah Scarp. The further south we went, the better the conditions became. While I liked what I was seeing better, the fish still weren't cooperating and our crew needed to pull on a fish. There is only one answer at a time like this. Time to get our jig on! We found a few marks around the structure and started our vertical jigging approach. A few mystery fish were hooked and lost. Then a very unusual thing happened. We caught a fish that I have never seen off Ocean Isle but have heard of. The Rosco jig was nailed, the rod buckled and our guys battled to the surface 2 big mutton snapper. These fish are very prevalent in south Florida, especially the Keys, but very rare for our waters. Even more impressive was the size of one of the muttons weighing around 15lbs. These fish were day savers and brought everyone's mood up. We made the call to give the trolling another shot as I was convinced the fish would start biting considering the change in conditions we were seeing.
We kept trolling south and the water changed to a cobalt blue, we found several rips, a decent weedline, the flying fish were moving, and the water temps was up to 73 degrees. It had to happen now. Sure enough we started getting bites. For the next hour the bites picked up and we caught barracudas, mahi, and blackfin tuna. Another first for me was hooking into a nice 20+lb mahi only to have it attacked by sometype of sea monster which left nothing but the first 6 inches of the head on the hook for us. Crazy. Unfortunately our time was short so we didn't get to do a lot of damage on the pelagics. The guys wanted one more shot at the jigging so we stopped over a tell tale AJ mark and the crew did battle with a ravenous school of jacks for the next few minutes while we cleaned up the boat.
It could have been better but also worse. I was a little disappointed we didn't find a wahoo but I guess you can't catch em all. Once we found the right condition the fishing did pick up. Like always you can't catch em if you're not where they're at. The ride in was much better with the diminished swell now behind us. So, my return to the charter team was great, I got my 2011 OIB fishing season started and I saw a couple things I've never seen before. Success!
Thats right! I am stuck in the store and my boat has experienced a little engine trouble. Dr. Jeff Wallen was first to come by today and show off some nice redfish he caught earlier. His son caught one that wieghed 10.5 lbs. on the bogy grips. Joshua is pictured below with a nice 25" fish! The redfish bite remains strong! Clay Morphis Jr. another inshore legend was second to stop in and rub a little fish slime into my wounds. Clay worked the creeks and found some nice flounder action. He is on the rodeo board with a nice 4.7 lb flounder. The picture below has him holding the nice 22" flounder. Great job guys! I hope to be out there with you soon! See ya on the water!
Live Mud Minnows are getting the flounder bite! Cut fresh mullet did the trick on the redfish this morning. As for any more details??? The fisherman seem to have lock jaw all the sudden!!