We have a report of a sailfish being caught at the jungle. sounds like the summer action is arriving. capt steele
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Captain Shannon, fishing the "Always Broke" out of Holden Beach reported that he and his crew headed to the Lighthouse Rocks this past Saturday. They noted several flying fish on the way out, but the sea condition made them think they'd have problems keeping baits in the water. When they got to the Lighthouse rocks they started putting line out. As soon as the 1st line was in, the reel screamed. Dale Britt of Varnumtown jumped on the line and after a fun battle they had their 1st king. This was Dale's first king ever and he was ecstatic!.
As the day rolled on, the action slowed. They set up a mahi spread consisting of a double hooked balleyhoo and a green skirt a short distance back. That's when the yellow and green flash exploded in the water and the reel screamed. But it was quickly realized that the drag wasn't set and a birds nest soon appeared. They were able to get things under control and a fine mahi was gaffed. The guys managed 5 more mahi before calling it a day. A great fish story.
Capt.'s Zach and Chris Dawson fished a charter today and the group landed several kings. They have a full day charter Saturday with a possibility of heading to the Stream. Capt Jeff B. and friends are headed to the 455 in the morning to see what they can get into. There's no doubt the king and cobia are near.. We open at 6am and the early bird gets the,,,,well, fish? Anyway stop by. I get lonely in the morning.
Did a little fishing with a wonderful couple from Tennessee today. We caught some quality flounder, some brothersome blues, and a redfish. The blues are thick ranging from 1 to 3 lbs. and making it difficult to fish for desired species. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs Bull for landing their first flounder and Mrs. Bull also landed her first redfish. We also keep a few blue crabs that made the mark. The Bull family will be enjoying one fine meal real soon. The easiest bait to find is mud minnows at the OIFC! If you can throw a cast net, the menhaden are everywhere and the bigger fish seem to be keying in on this bait. Need a cast net demostration? Come buy one from the OIFC and I will show you how to use it in my spare time:) See ya on the water!
The OIFC Rodeo is in full swing and with the fishing heating up now would be a great time to enter. We've weighed some nice fish for people who wish they were in the Rodeo. Don't be one of those...sign up!
Here's the breakdown of the prize money:
Cobia $ 40
Sea Bass: $110
*I compiled the figures and reserve the right to be off a few dollars.
Andrew Nelson and Patrick Hamilton just weighed a 31.2 lb cobia at the OIFC (@11am). They were fishing with pin fish around some structure about 10 miles out. They said they saw this fish's brother and sister hanging with him but couldn't get them to bite...There's one in every crowd.
Early congratulations to Patrick who is getting married this wekend.
Congratulations to the Crew of the Long Shot Yellowfin for their 1st place in the FOSO. The team consisted of Wade Long, Chris Gore, Brandon Knight and Kevin Koteles. They weighed a 14.3 lb mahi, 32.1 lb black fin tuna, and a 23.75 lb wahoo for a winning total of 70.15 lbs.
On May 15th Jack Brautigan (Wilmington), Bobby Hancock (Concord), and Tony Taylor (High Point), fished aboard the Seaclusion with Capt. Steve Ritenour of Whiteville, N.C. Their day started very slow, but the action picked up later when they fished a weed line near the Blackjack. They also bottom fished and hooked up with what they think was a grouper, which was eaten by an 8 ft. shark. They fought the shark for about 20 minutes before he broke off. Overall they had a very successful day, catching 21 mahi.
Pictured is Jack Brautigan with the bull dolphin and Bobby Hancock with the day's catch.
Well folks, there is no doubt about it, things are happenning on the inshore grounds. Even though it may have taken the fishing a while to fire off this year, it is in full swing now. The flounder bite continues to be red hot, with many double digit catches of fish being caught, and even some double digit catches of keeper flounder too. Using the now plentiful pogies for bait seems to be making the diifference in helping to weed though the throwbacks and catch more keepers. Finally there are some big ones starting to show up as well. We had a fish pushing 8lbs. this weekend, I saw another 5lber or so get caught, and have heard about/seen picutres of several other 5-6 pounders. On the trout side of things, I can also say they they are finally officially biting. We have had some double digit catches of trout recently as well, and although they are running a littlle small for spring fish (around a 2 pound average), there have been some 4-5 pounders around as well. I dont know where the big gators have gotten off too, but I feel like one or two will show themselves soon. Also, I would like to point out that the trout are in a pre-spawn pattern right now, with most of the females I have seen recently having big bellies do to being full of roe. So this is the time of year to release a few trout and protect our resource...let them spawn and then you can load the freezer in the fall and winter. Finally, things remain consistent on the redfish front, with quite a few still prowling around in their normal haunts. So there you have, the fishing is great, so now is the time to get to the beach a take part befoe it gets too hot.
Captain Chris Dawson took these pictures of the Arnolds on a May 14th 3/4 day charter to the 90's. The 90's and the Lighthouse Rocks were pretty productive Thursday and Friday....not red hot mind you, but a good sign the kings are moving in closer. The water was 70.5 degrees Friday and had good color to it.
Who is that guy in the blue OIFC shirt?
The Don Leonard Bill Fish Award commemorates a man who was not only a great friend of the OIFC, but was a accomplished fisherman. The award is presented to the angler who catches and releases a bill fish during the Far Out Shoot Out. Until this year's tournament no one had won the award.
This year, Margarett Pennstrom caught and released a sailfish. She was fishing aboard the "Clearly Hooked" Yellowfin hailing from Carolina Beach, N.C. Also aboard were Austin Eubanks, Field Hucks, and Clark Truluch. Pictured below is the crew with the bill fish and the Leonard family.
Margarett's name along with the boat name will be placed on the trophy. The award is displayed in the trophy case at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Congratulations Margarett and the crew of the "Clearly Hooked".