Charles Wilson of Brunswick County fished the Shark Hole using pogies this weekend. Check out these pictures of his grandson Roy Simmons with their catch. Good job guys, and it's great to see a child fishing!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The Got-Em-On King Classic is in the books. Congratulations to everyone who placed. Special congrats to Austin who had the heaviest fish in the Jr. Angler Division! Follow this link for the results.
In the picture below are Austin Aycock, Edward Julian, and Alex Mercer with their 33.60 lb king..
Took a father and son out today for there first saltwater adventure. Caught trout and flounder early this morning on artificials. Stephen the son beat his Dad up pretty bad with the artificial fishing. We switched to live bait and Mr. Apt put the hammer down on the flounder. It took Stephen a little while to get the technique down before gaining some ground back on his Dad. We caught 17 flounder, 3 trout, and 2 bluefish, making for a pretty good day on the water. We almost claimed a jet skier today, but I stuck a horn in his ear and he got the message. See ya on the water!
The OIFC Charters had a banner day today. They both caught a bunch of kings mostly at the Shark Hole and the 90's. Where were these kings this weekend when we were searching for them during the Got-Em-On King Classic? Captains Chris Dew and Chris Dawson said the seas were flat and that the kings turned their noses up at pogies and hit exclusively on frozen cigar minnows.
These pictures are of the Seay's, Eric, Nathan, Darren and David of Oakridge Tenn.
Captain William Parker, of the "Hound Dog" learned his lesson well! Last week he caught a 40.6 lb king. William wasn't in the OIFC Rodeo. He since signed up and promptly went out and caught this 24 lb king which put him smack in the lead in the king division. Austin Aycock was moved to 2nd with his 20.4 lb king, and Jeff Beck joined the fray Sunday by weighing in a 19.1 lb king.
Jeff's king was caught during the Got-Em-On King Classic. Captain Jeff weighed a 28.35 lb king at the tournament, but held on to the 19.1 lb'r to be weighed in at the OIFC for the Rodeo..Good thinking for both William and Jeff
Captains Jeff Williamson and Chris Eckert struck gold at the Shark Hole today. Using naked pogies with a green bead they made a half day charter very happy.
On the charter, from Charlottesville, Va. were, from left to right, Allison deAlmeida, holding the big king, Haley Horbaly, Connor Williamson, Andrew Horbaly and in the background is dad Bill Horbaly.
It seems like summer is literally flying by, and we are suddenly in the "dog-days" of summer, which means the inshore criiters are transitioning into their hot weather, hot water kind of patterns. The flounder fishing remains consistent, but the fish have been very mixed size wise, so you just have to keep grinding through the little ones to find the good ones. That being said though, we have caught some really nice fish this week with several fish in the 3lb range, a couple of 4s, and a 5lber, so there are some nice ones out there. One thing that is happening with the flounder is that the seem to being headed for deeper waters as they usually do this time of year, as the inlets have been producing quite well recently, and there have started to be some fish on the nearshore reefs and wrecks. Also, there are still some nice redfish around that are willing to bite, both in the backwaters and around the inlets as well. The trout have also made a few appearances lately, but as is typical with them this time of year, you tend to catch them one day and not the next, but even if they dont bite, some of your norma trout spots might be worth checking.
Mrs. Amber Simmons reports the grouper bite was hot off of OIB over the 4th week. Fishing buddies, Kennon Hill, Dr. Bryan Freeman, Brian Robbins, Daniel Simmons (OIB Concrete) limited out on groupers during 2 fishing trips. They were using live bait in about 180 ft of water. Family and friends have enjoyed the catch, grilled grouper, grouper bites, grouper salad and grouper formage.
Thanks to Mrs. Amber, she contributes regularly to the fishing reports and helps us all keep up to date on the current fishing happenings.
Reno and Naylor put a pounding on the flounder...Reno also landed a red fish and a trout successfully completing the inshore slam. Flounder continue to show a consistant pattern...The trout seem to be spread out, but if you work hard you can find a hand full or two between 2-3 pounds. The red fish also seem to be very spread out...I have only been able to locate one here and there. I am looking forward to fall when the reds stack up again to crush the mullet. See ya on the water!
This week has been extremely productive inshore, especially flounder fishing. Several "tourists", meaning those not familiar with the local fishing spots, as opposed to" terrorists" who drive mini vans with out of state license plates and give obscene hand gestures in traffic, reported catching flounder, sometimes called fluke at the Sunset Beach Bridge.
Jeff Wallen fished the weekend and reported a double slam on trout Friday. Saturday, he and his son Josh caught 7 keeper flounder before 11 am as well as a 6 lb red. Some were caught behind Sunset Beach, while others were caught in the Shallotte Inlet. The fish were caught on pogies. The ones he and Josh are holding in the pictures were released.
Dr Wallen sits on a committee for the S.C. DNR. He said that biologists have told him that the flounder over 16 " are females, and the bigger the flounder the more eggs they produce and the more often they produce them. Thusly releasing them improves the flounder fishery.
The othe picture is of Captain Jeff Williamson's charterf rom yesterday. Not too shabby for a half day trip.
Yesterday the OIFC had the privilege to weigh this 13.4 lb king. It was caught by 7 yr. old Lilly Keel of Belmont, N.C. Lilly, aboard the "Marlin Darlin", was on her first fishing trip. Accompanying Lilly were Grace and Griffin Keel, Hannah, Henry and George Keel, as well as Pete Fickling.
Congratulations Miss Lilly. You and other young folks like you are the future of salt water fishing.
Captain Zach and Captain Steele fished aboard the 36 ft Contender, the "Get Floor'd" along with Grant Boyd and Garrett Fiddynent, both hailing from Atlanta, Ga., Eldon Peters from the home of the UNC Tar Heels, Chapel Hill, N.C. and Garry Spencer from the home of the American Idol star Kelly Pickler, Albemarle, N.C.
Garrett was fly fishing with a pogey for spanish while four miles off shore when a sail fish showed up. He kept feeding the pogey until the sail finally couldn't stand it anymore and hit it. After a short fight the sail was along side the "Get Floor'd" Garrett has some nice pictures which he will forward. One of the pictures below is of Garrett taking the customary plunge off the front of the "Get Floor'd" for catching his 1st sail.
After the excitement of the sail fish the crew headed out about 10 more miles where they caught kings and 3 cobia. The biggest cobia was 33 lbs and took 2 hrs of fighting to get aboard. They also had a 4th, but he eluded the fish box. The cobia were caught in the area of the 65 ft Hole.
This dynamic duo proved they can catch quality fish, they also showed their dedication by extending the charter 2 extra hrs. Quality fishing and dedication are only a couple of the attributes of the OIFC Charter Captains.
Congratulations guys on a great day fishing. I could tell by the excitement on the dock that everyone had a ball!
Went on a search for speckled trout this afternoon. Found a few fish willing to cooperate...released a 2 pounder and a 3 pounder...lost another 3 pounder at the boat and missed several bumps...Also managed to land a nice red and a fat flounder. No live bait was used this afternoon. No gulp either...4 inch Sea Assassins with 1/8 ounce red jig head...Carolina Slam on artificials...See ya on the water!
First cast for each angler produced a flounder, making for a double hook up. We managed a few more flounder, which were all released. I just did not have it in me to release the 4 lber in the picture below. Captain has got to eat something! Flounder remain to stay consistent, but other fish have stayed elusive. Trout and red fish have been hit and miss at best. Spanish are usually a fish you can always count on, but they are even getting harder to entice. We did hook some red fish today and managed a spanish, but still not the bite I expect. Looking forward to Fall time when the water cools a bit, then hopefully the fish will really eat! See ya on the water!
Captain Chris Dew and Captain Chris Eckert on the World Cat were joined by Dave Sedney, Dan Sedney, Ron Remirez and Jeff Coffman all of W.Va on a charter to Christina's Ledge. They had got the bait, pogies in 8-10 ft of water just off of Ocean Isle. The group brought back a nice cobia which was caught by Dave.
Captain Chris Dawson aboard the Carolina Cat fished with Chad, Seth and Danny Correll as well as Jeff "I wish you were here" Bowden, who joined them in spirit..an inside joke. This group bottom fished the Jungle and caught a 43 lb cobia.
Captain Zach Faulkner and Captain Jeff Williamson, aboard the "Get Floor'd" fished with Bobby Usher (Atlanta), Erik Usher (Ashville), Richard Lehnhoff (Charleston, Sc), and Will, Sam, and Nick Smith (Knoxville, Tenn). The group fished about 8 miles out using naked pogies and landed several kings.
Fished a half day with Bill Sr., Bill Jr., Rocco, and Gino...Papa, Daddy, sons, and grandsons...Nothing like seeing the tradition of fishing being passed down from one generation to the next. I enjoyed watching the two boys 4 and 6 put a pounding on some flounder and a red drum early this morning. Then moved to a black drum hole that only produced one fish. So we opted to head for the beach to catch some spanish since the tide was slack. Action started a bit slow, but I finally located a good school just in front of OIB pier. The boys went to work on them and as I was making one last pass through the school a nice spanish nailed the spoon. What a great way to end the day. See ya on the water!