It 1 PM. Captain William Parker just called to advise that he's in 32 ft. of water just off the high rise at OIB and "the spanis are so thick you can walk on them".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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This week the Whites (Charlotte) the Houghs (Charlotte) and the Taylors (Jackson, NC) met up for their annual vacation at Ocean Isle Beach. The 1st day they loaded up Butch and Julie Hough's 31 ft Cape Horn for a days fishing. The seas were rough and no bait was too be found. They ended the day with 2 blue fish.. The 2nd day they went at it again, determined to at least catch a few Spanish. A few small pogies were located. They pulled Clark Spoons along the beach but the only bite they could drum up was false albacore. Day 3 was spent at the 90's but there was no action to be found. Day 4, small pogies were found. They fished the 90's with still no luck so they went to the 65 ft. Hole..Nothing!
The decision was made to venture to the Atlantic Ledge. They trolled with some cigar minnows and small pogies. After about an hour they decided to pack it up and head for the hill. That's when a sailfish exploded on a small pogie! Susan Taylor took the rod and fought the sail for an hour with a rod spooled with 20 lb test. The sail put on quite a show, skying and tail walking. When they got it to the boat, they removed the hook, taking pictures all the while. They were concerned about reviving the fish after it had put up such a long fight, so they quickly got him back in the water where he swam away to freedom. Susan hung with the fish the entire time and said by the time he got to the boat her legs were so week they were shaking.
Thanks to Sylvia White for the story and pictures. I couldn't upload the pictures in the format I received them so I had to mess around in order to use them. Because of that the enlarged picture suffers greatly in quality. As soon as we can reformat them I'll repost these 3 as well as some others.
The Bay Creek Classic was a huge success, with almost 50 boats entering and 25 weighing fish. The Classic gave away close to $10,000.00 in cash and prizes. The number of entries may sound a little small, but en light of the South Brunswick Islands King Tournament and many other local events going on over the weekend everyone was pleased with the number of participants.
Brandon and Kerry extend their profound thanks to everyone involved in the Classic and look forward to the 5th Annual Bay Creek Classic.
The results are as follows:
1st place: Stephen Lancaster and Amy Carraway 7.7 lbs
2nd place:Rickey Evans 5.4 lbs.
3rd place: Fred Davis 5.2 lbs
Lady Angler: Amy Carraway 7.7 lbs.
Jr. Angler: Nelson Cobble Jr. 2.2 lbs.
Speckled Trout: Jackie Durham 3.0 lbs.
Toad Fish: Patty Starnes 2.5 lbs
1st: Ricky Evans 5.4 lbs
2nd: Fred Davis 5.2 lbs
3rd: Todd Jenkins 5.1
4th: Bob Simmons 4.3
5th: Bo Warren 3.9
1st: Fred Davis 18.9
2nd: Ray Starnes 16.9
3rd: Eric McMahan 14.9
The OIFC also thanks everyone who participated in making this worthy event a success we're pleased to have had a small hand in it and look forward to next year.
In the store today...heard that the spanish are all over the beach, THICK! Now is the time to go early in the morning and locate a school in frenzy. Get out your gotcha plugs, topwater poppers, and casting spoons on light tackle to experience the incrediable speed these fish have to offer. I was planning on doing this myself in the morning, but have been invited for a full day offshore.
Offshore things have picked up a bit on the bottom. Capt. Steele and Capt. Jeff took a crew out bottomfishing in about 100 feet of water today. The crew brought back 18 Vermillon Snapper and 2 Grouper. The crew said they caught several more fish that were short and lived to see another day.
That is about all the action I have heard about offshore. Inshore the blues and mullet have taken over the water. A few flounder, red drum, and maybe a trout hanging tight somewhere. Cooler water is coming soon and should get everything biting again. Full moon is also right around the corner and should help get the fish active again. See ya on the water!
Finally got a couple of pictures of our tournament winning King from this past weekend.
Ocean was beautiful yesterday. Went offshore and did some diving. Fish are starting to move in now, much more life on bottom than through most of Summer. Also could hear guys in Stream catching Wahoo and Dolphin.
Chris Cratz reported that he fished the Steeples yesterday using Black Barts. He started out trolling 15 mph and finally hooked up at 10 mph. They caught 2 wahoo in 3 1/2 hours, one weighing 27 lbs. and the other weighing a whopping 49 lbs.
They then went to the south west of the Tower and caught beliners, black bass, rock hinds and pinkies in 100 ft of water. Unfortunately most were undersized and were released.
Chris reported beautiful seas and a beautiful day.
Thanks for the report Chris.
A few days ago Captain Jeff Williamson took a group from Georgia on a charter. Of course Captain J. Dogg lost their names, but does remember that they were from Georgia. As you can tell by the background they were fishing mostly at the jetties. The Little River Jetties have been producing a great deal of reds lately. If your down anytime soon I'd give them a shot.
Captain Jeff is fishing in Paradise Cove this week and we'll have some pictures of his trip shortly.
Just when the bite should turn on we finally get some rain...lots of rain all at once. This has really stirred the water! First bite of the day was an 18lb. stingray that Gavin landed after several battling minutes. Bluefish continued to chop are baits in half as we tried to get the flounder and redfish to cooperate. A few flounder just under the mark and one for the frying pan. Then a redfish showed up to put up a nice little fight. Action was a bit slow and spread out. Tide was getting low enough to catch some shrimp, so we did. Gavin and Taylor stayed busy reeling in one bluefish after another! I even decided to throw a topwater plug and watched them explode all over it. Bob, Jen, Gavin, and Taylor enjoyed watching the bait get crushed! Gavin and Taylor would quickly take over on the angling once hooked up. Fast and furious...time flys when the action gets hot. Back to the dock we had to go. See ya on the water!
Congratulations to Capt. Brant for his win the the Brunswick Islands Saltwater Classic. Also onboard with him were Rube, Caroline, Captain Chris Eckert. Brant will tell you more about his trip.
Today was a tough day as far as king Mackerel fishing was concerned. It seems the weatherman missed his wind speed prediction by a good 10 mph. We caught several smaller kings, spanish and cobia, I even heard of mahi being caught. Most of us fished the 90's with either mullet or pogies. The bait was just off Bird Island.
Below are a couple of pics I took of the boats catching pogies, then just random pictures
Well, hate to sound like a broken record, but a few short weeks ago you read Capt. Barrett's report about his win at the Onslow Bay King Mackerel Tournament-- he quoted "I love it when a plan comes together..... everything went too smooth" on the way to he and father's, Rube win with a 40.77. Well, I got say, "I love it when a plan comes together." This weekend OIFC charter mate Chris Eckert, my father, Rube, 5 year old daughter, Caroline and myself teamed up to compete in the Brunswick Islands King Classic tournament. We were actually seeking to defend our title as Team OIFC won this very same event last year with a 29 pound King. This year we had the same results, but with a lot more class. We weighed an awesome 43.14 pound King to win the tournament. I decided to fish offshore in 100 feet of water as nearshore water temperatures remain warm and action had been lacking. As such, the plan was to fish over bottom fishing grounds where hopefully there might be a big King that had taken up residence feeding on Snapper during the Summer. Our second stop proved to be the jackpot as a spread of live Pogys was set. After 10 minutes of trolling, the downrigger set at 30 feet went off and Chris grabbed the rod. As he came tight, the medium flat line rod bent double, and I grabbed the rod. My fish sent the reel into a smoking, high speed run, indicating it was a fish of size; the only question was if it was a wahoo or king? We kept the boat at idle while Chris fought his fish and I quietly worked his fish back to the boat. After 15 minutes or so, my fish came into sight and revealed the silver sides and yellowish tale that signal a Kingfish deep below. It was apparent it was a big fish. The King made one circle and I brought it to the surface where Rube gaffed and asked for assistance; I dropped the rod and grabbed the big tail and the fish was on the deck of the Yellowfin. It was one of those magical days as now all that was left was to weigh-in. It was only 11am, but my 5 year old daughter, Caroline came to fish, and she was having a blast. The team reset and Caroline boated another King and a nice Dolphin. We eventually set for home and made the weigh-in shortly after 3pm and the rest is history. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together. I will give credit where it's due as the common factor in both recent wins is Rube "the GooRube" McMullan. Most exciting to me was Caroline winning Jr. Angler. She won $300 of her own and got a first place trophy; she is fired up.
Included are some pictures of the day's action. I don't have a picture of the winning fish, but I'll post it when I get in a day or two. As you can see, the main focus is Caroline. If she's into it, we are all into it.