James Wemyss stopped by the OIFC to show the staff his first king and to thank everyone for providing him the information which lead to the catch...Congratulations James!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The Hail Yeah, captained by Brian Aycock also struck gold yesterday (5-6) at the Gulf Stream. Along with Brian were his son and multiple tournament winner Austin, and the Hooven's, Brannan, James, and Joshua.
The pictures were submitted by Brian. He said the awesome tuna picture was taken by a 13 yr old Hooven.
The fishing conditions today in South Brunswick were post card perfect. It would seem that every fisherman in the South Brunswick Islands area took advantage of the weather and headed to the stream. Among to booty brought to the OIFC dock were king, wahoo, grouper, sea bass and mahi.
Some of the more notable fish weighed in was Steven Austin with a 36.5 lb grouper, Kennon Hill with a 26 lb mahi and a 30.7 lb black fin. Finally Stephanie McMullan weighed a 18.5 lb mahi and a 12.6 lb grouper. Most of the anglers were surely pre fishing for the Far Out Shoot Out and I didn't EVEN ask for location or baits. But one thing we do know is the fish are here!.
Captain Barrett just called 7:36 am). He reports the seas to be flat, but visibility is limited due to fog. The spanish are just off the beach around the sea buoy. Cigar minnows are thick around the 10 mile mark..the Boxcars and the kings are in the midst of them.
There are several boats out so we should have some good reports.
Overall we had a great weekend in the South Brunswick Islands. Off shore, the winds were sporadic but still allowed for fishing. The Gulf Steam is very active, especially with the arrival of mahi.
In shore, in addition to the trout bite and the red drum, the flounder are making their presence know. The OIFC received several reports of keeper flounder in Tubbs and the other backwaters. A great many undersized flounder were released.
There was no special hot bait. Off shore fishermen were using everything from naked ballyhoo to skirts to Black Barts. In shore DOA, Gulp Shrimp, live shrimp and mud minnows all caught fish.
Below are a couple of pictures of off shore catches as well as Capt. Jacob with his son and Brandon with his daughter Syd. A great weekend of family fishing.
Before I get into our FL adventure, let me remind you that the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out capt. meeting/dinner is this Friday at OIFC. The first eligible fishing day is this Saturday the 8th thru the following Saturday the 15th; choose 1 out of those eligible 8 days to compete. CLICK HERE for tournament registration details and rules. For all you Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl fishermen, remember this is the 1st event in the Masters Series; so if you want to win the Series, you need to compete in the Far Out first.
As for FL, we didn't come away heroes, but I guess we didn't come away complete zeroes either. We chose to fish to the North on day 1 where fished an area along the beach in 20-30 feet of water called the Cove. We fished the area with about 15 other boats and after watching a few fish get caught, we heated up and from 9 to 12 we boated a dozen or more Kings in the 15-25 pound range. We were pretty hot, but we still needed a big bite. We noticed a school of bait move into the inshore portion of the cove and we followed. Barrett was deploying a double bait when it was taken from his hand, the fish spooled off a couple hundred yards and were in quick pursuit to save the fish from the crowd of boats. We got on top of the fish and it came to the surface quickly; I quickly surmised it was small fish as there was little weight, but it turned out the King had foul hooked itself in the tail and upon a visual, it was our biggest fish of the day. The gaff was sunk and the scales at the weigh in later read 34 pounds. Not great, but not horrible either. We sat 16th at day end. The big fish of the day was 51 pounds caught by the NC team Zebra. 10th place was 40 pounds. Most of the larger fish came from south and thus we decided to head that way on day 2, we needed a big fish.
Day 2 we fished South near West Palm. The technique is to drift with the current along the 80-100 foot depth line and deploy baits free lined on one side of the boat and a kite with baits on the downwind side. Fishing this way is fairly common, but it feels weird as you don't focus on any one spot. The fishing can be very good, or very scattered, for this tournament it was scattered. But the funny thing is that even when the fishing seems slow and bad, you come to the scales and it seems every other boat has a 40. We fished hard and managed a half dozen fish through the day, the biggest a 32 pounder. Not what we needed or wanted, but it was good enough to move us up a couple of spots to finish 14th overall; not great, not horrible, we live to fish another day. The big story was once again the North Carolina fishermen. Local Ocean Isle fisherman Forrest Taylor boated a 49 on day 2 to go with a 29 from day 1 to finish 5th overall. However, it was Southport crew Deiter Cardwell and Mike Lundy of the "Tideline" that scored a monster 57 pounder on day 2 to win big fish of the event and go along with their 40 from day 1 to win the overall as well. North Carolina fishermen took 3 of the top 5 places in the Pro division; wish one of them could have been us, but at least the state again proves dominant on the National field. The next Pro tour event will be in Fourchon, LA in early June. I'm not sure how the whole oil spill deal will affect it. Fourchon is West of the Miss. river, so it may not be affected.
Long range forecast looks very good for midweek to weekend. I will hope to see you on Friday at the Far Out registration. You can enter in person or on-line. CLICK HERE for details.
Saturday, May 1st marks what many fishermen have been waiting for...the opening day of grouper fishing. The OIFC has had numerous questions about size, bag limits and the required equipment. Here are a couple of links to the federal and state regulations which should be helpful. If anyone finds out anything different please call us so we can share the info.
OIFC fishing team WINS MARTINIS HOOK A HOO WAHOO TOURNAMENT
After weighing a 74 pound Wahoo last Tuesday, the OIFC fishing team held on to the lead to take first place as well as top Jr. Angler in the Martinis Hook A Hoo Wahoo Rodeo. The team consisted of Capt. Brant McMullan, wife, Amy, Brant's cousin Brian Aycock and Brian's 11 year old son, Austin. The team chose to fish the Black Jack area on Tuesday where they deployed a spread of high speed trolling lures targeting Wahoo. The day yielded Wahoo of 35, 39, 56 and 74 pounds. The great action was consistent with the other 50 competing teams in the tournament that chose to compete throughout the week. Most boats caught multiple Wahoo and as the week progressed, action for Blackfin Tuna and Dolphin began to heat up as well. Top 5 finishers below:
1 Ocean Isle Fishing Center Brant McMullan 74.08
2 Gettin' Jiggy David Braswell 66.86
3 Sing Fling Kevin Singletary 58.50
4 Pilot Watch Bobby Hall 56.56
5 Full Time Bob Anderson 53.92
JOLLY MON RACING WINS AT MYRTLE BEACH SPEEDWAY
Justin Milliken, driver of the 02 Jolly Mon Racing car drove like a mad man on Saturday night to put the Jolly Mon Racing team into victory lane. The weather threatened to delay the night's racing, but it held off long enough for Justin and crew to get the job done. The night consisted of 2, 50 lap races in the Late Model class. The first race Justin had qualified in 6th place; his work was cut out to get to the front, but that is where the car was going. After "laying back" for the first 10 laps or so, Justin struck out and picked off the 5th and 4th place cars. Shortly after passing the half way mark, Justin caught up to the 2nd and 3rd place cars which were battling for position. Justin came off turn 4 and got a run low on the straighaway, going 3 wide. The Jolly Mon car was on rails as Justin took turn 1 and ducked under both cars, sliding ahead and clear coming out of turn 2. The first place car had created a large lead, but as luck would have it, a caution brought the field back together at lap 40. The restart made for tight racing as Justin ran bumper to bumper with the leader, past track Champion, Rick Smith in the #28. However, Rick and the #28 were too strong and were able to hold the lead to take the victory, making Justin and the Jolly Mon Racing team a close 2nd finish. Very strong considering the 6th place start, but still the win stays elusive for the team.
The second race had Justin starting in 4th place. The green flag dropped and the Jolly Mon car picked up where it left off; on the move. Justin moved to 2nd in a hurry and found himself nose to tail with last year's track champion, Brent Brinson in the Western Auto #1. The two are no strangers, and this time they had 40 laps to work out their differences. The Jolly Mon car ran the low line while the Western Auto car ran one groove higher on the track. Justin got his nose under the #1 car and found himself in the lead by lap 15. Brent took the high line back to the lead as the two continued to swap the lead for the next 30 laps. At lap 45 the #1 car slipped a bit coming out of turn 4 and Justin got his nose under him to take the lead coming out of turn 2. The two raced door to door for the final laps, but it was Justin in the 02 Jolly Mon Racing car that made the final move and took the checkered flag and headed to victory lane. Not only was it a win, it was an incredible race. As a spectator, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Congratulations to driver, Justin Milliken, crew chief, Tiny Guyton, lead mechanic, Willie Grainger and owner, Jamie Milliken.
If you missed this weekend’s race, do not fret as there are many more to come this season. The Late Models will not race for the next few weekends, but will be back in action Saturday, May 22nd. Come join the fun and root on the Jolly Mon Racing team as they will again seek victory lane. Also, the NEW Jolly Mon Racing apparel will be available at the OIFC this week, so come by and get your official gear.
The Gulf Stream fishing made the biggest advance this week. Finally, warm water pushed inshore from the Gulf Stream and provided favorable water conditions, and like clockwork, the fish showed as well. In particular, the Wahoo action was strong. Also, the Blackfin Tuna showed up in good numbers as they pushed schools of Flying Fish to the surface. They were quick to bite small trolled feathers, and some fishermen even targeted them by sight casting surface plugs. A few Mahi began to show as well, but it is early yet for them. Look for the next week or two to provide mixed action from Wahoo, Tuna and Mahi before the big push of Mahi shows up in mid May. Great fishing lay in wait in the Stream.
That's the report. Stay tuned to www.OIFC.com for daily reports on fishing action. The OIFC fishing team is packing up and heading to Jensen Beach, FL to compete in the first leg of the SKA Pro Tour. Last year the team finished 4th in the event; maybe this year's event will be as successful.
Congratulations to Capt. Brant, Capt. Amy, Brian Aycock and Austin Aycock. The results are final and they have been declared the winners of Martini's Wahoo Tournament.
I received a report of spanish mackerel just off the Shallotte Inlet.
The OIFC Rodeo is up to $650. A breakdown of the winnings is on the tournament page. Please understand this is by math and is subject to change after review by our bookkeeper, the lovely and gracious Mrs. Diane. <(((((><
Kennan Hill, Daniel Simmon, Brian Robbins and Bryan Freeman made a run to the Blackjack Hole Friday on Kennan's 26 ft Regulator and had a great day with the Pelagics. They caught four wahoos from 20-41 lbs, six blackfin tuna, the biggest being 27 lbs and the rest 25+lbs, one 17 lb mahi and a king mackerel. The water was 72 degrees, it became a little "sporty" (tell me about it) later in the day. They had a good "Carolina meat slam"
Again many thanks to Mrs. Amber Simmon for the report and pictures...This group makes up one heck of a team!