Captain Jeff Williamson (OIFC/Get Busy) just reported that Robert Hester has boated a 17 inch flounder. He caught it on a mud minnow in the Shallotte Inlet. Also onboard was Greg and Eddie Sheets.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Ryan Neuwirth is shown in the photo with a fthe first flounder he has caught this year. Ryan is a local and one heck of a fisherman and surfer.
Captain Jacob Frick sent several pictures of trout and reds he caught 4-2-10 behind Ocean Isle Beach. Jacob said he caught all the fish on a RattleTrap. All the fish were released live, ready to fight another day. The pictures are a sure sigh that spring inshore fishing is getting ready to bust wide open!!
Captain Jeff Beck and I, aboard the "Do Work" Sea Hunt 24 ft, left the OIFC with the rest of the OIFC Fleet. However, based on some information Jeff got, we headed to the Blackjack. Upon arriving there we found 67 degree water.
We put in lines, dead bait, skirts and tuna feathers and trolled towards the 100/400. BINGO, just as Jeff said we found a break and the water climbed to 70-73 degrees. Just after passing into the warmer water I saw 2 wahoo sky! One of them drilled our pink/white feather. A short while later he was toast. The seas were beautiful as is the weather. Two of our boats were still out and hopefully they'll have good reports and pictures.
OIFC boats were out in full force today. Boats did a combination of trolling and vertical jigging. We fished the MacMarle'n ledge area and south. The jigging was very good for a variety: jacks, cobia, grouper, shark.... Trolling was decent, seemed best further south of the MacMarle'n where water jumped to 72 degrees and was blue. The trolling bite seemed best early AM as well, but bites were coming throughout the day- definintely more activity than we've been seeing. I believe the action was similar up toward the 100/400 and BlackJack. Ocean is absolutely flat as a pancake, great days ahead to go fishing. Good luck.
Just weighed an 80# Wahoo from MacMarle'n ledge and talked to another boat that had a 50# and 60# from just south of there.
The "It Works", Captained by Rube McMullan, who was joined by Capt. Chris Eckert and Captain Steele Park headed off shore towards the Black Jack. They couldn't find warm water so they elected to bottom fish. Rube said the Roscoe Jig was the hot lure. The crew brought home AJ's, Sea Bass, Black Fin and Snapper. Several Grouper were caught and released. Steele will have a more in depth report later.
Captain Jeff B and I will be joining the rest of the OIFC fleet tomorrow. The temp. shot will determine our plan of attack.
Right on cue with winds laying out, much better water is moving in over the Black Jack/Steeples/100-400. Appears to be a 4 degree break just offshore of the Black Jack up to 73 degrees. Game on starting tomorrow so stand by for the kickoff of the spring gulf stream season. Our game plan is to deep jig, but we'll have a full aresenal of weapons with us in case the yellowfin show up.
Anyone planning to go this weekend and if you haven't had chance to get your gear in order, we have good selection of trolling rigs already put together. All you need is a rod reel and ballyhoo.
Opps; update on satalite. Warm water we were watching moved off instead of in. 68degrees at Black Jack. Works out perfect because we wanted to concentrate on deep jigging and not be worried about trolling. We're rigged and ready. "It Works"[also now known as "Whipper Snapper Whooper"] heading out in morning.
You've seen Captain Jacob on the Fishing Report several times following following his trout and red drum trips. Captain Jacob is now the newest employee of the OIFC. He brings with him a vast background in fishing and tackle and a wealth of knowledge especially in the in shore game. Combined with Captain Steele's off shore prowess the OIFC should continue to be THE PREMIRE fishing center in this area.
If you get the opportunity, stop by and meet Capt. Jacob.
For those who attended the seminars at OIFC this past Saturday, it was obvious where the primary interest subject was....deep water jigging. For the many years I have fished the gulf stream pulling baits, hopes were to catch tuna/dolphin/wahoo/billfish and go home a hero. Unfortunately, on occasion it wouldn't happen and the result of a long ride home was to be a zero. Roll forward to 2010 and now there is a BIG game changer; deep water vertical jigging. This is a big innovation to our fishing world, right up there with the advent of live bait slow trolling for King Mackeral back in the 1970's. Vertical jigging will prove to be that dramatic in terms of fishing innovation.
I recall on many occasions doing laps around the Black Jack/Steeples/ect, looking at the fish marks on my bottom recorder in the water column and on the bottom. The water was so deep either we didn't really think about dropping to them, or it was not hardly possible to do so with the depth and current. Thats all changed with the introduction of braid line which has a very thin diameter and sinks like a rock compared to mono. Heavy jigs have been developed[taking lessons from the Japanese fishermen who apparently have been doing this for years]. Super stout rods and reels are now avaialbe that can handle monster fish fighting with 30lbs of drag. The end result is you can get a lure down to the fish throughout the water column on to the bottom, and the results have been amazing. Everything from grouper/snapper/cobia/aj's/tuna/wahoo/dolphin are being caught. The fish are there, it's just a matter of getting a bait in front of them. That is what we've been missing with our top water trolling.
The weather starting Thursday looks great, and we will be heading out to experiment with this deep water jigging. Hopefully we can perfect techniques that we can bring back and share with you fishermen. Standby for updates.
Well folks, I can safely say that things are beginning to come around on the inshore scene. The warmer temperatures recently have warmed the water and has certainly made the inshore critters more active. I fished Friday and we found a decent refsih bite before the west wind and falloin tide dried everything up. There have also been a few trout hanging around as well, and it will soon be the time when the true gator trout make an appearance. It looks windy the next couple of days, but the weather is suppposed to turn beautiful by the end of the week, so I sure the fishing will continue to improve as well.
The OIFC was abuzz with old and new friends alike making it out of hibernation to enjoy the fellowship, seminars, great buys and beautiful weather. All of us learned about the new techniques and the latest tackle for vertical jigging as presented by Capt. Ric Croson, the most advanced real time water temperature shots by Tom Hilton of Hilton's Realtime- Navigator.com, bait rigging and other topics by the OIFC Staff. A LOT of fishermen took advantage of the line spooling specials we had going on and saved a ton of money. Captain Brant had 5% off all fishing tackle throughout the day.
We all enjoyed seeing folks we haven't seen this winter and look forward to having you around the OIFC this fishing season. We hope you enjoyed yourselves, picked up a little knowledge and got what you needed to get started this year. See you at the OIFC and on the water.
Captain Jacob Frick reports that he's toughed out the windy conditions in order to catch 8 trout and 4 reds the last few days. He's in hopes the weather will be better as this low pressure makes its way out of here. Jacob had his best luck in the mud flats and up the Shallotte River. Late morning and around noon seem to be the best times to fish.
The wind off shore will not be letting up this weekend. Saturday looks like it is shaping up to be the best day to be outside. Try your hand at some inshore fishing. We've got plenty of artificial bait and Sterling just delivered some fresh and active mud minnows. Whether you'r wettin' a hook or not, stop by and check out the Spring Kick Off. Sign up for the Rodeo also, the pot is over $200. The G'Mack will be open, grab some lunch while you're here.
If you've been following Barrett's reports, you've read of a dispute that was filed on day 2 concerning catch and point totals. It most revolved around Rube's report of multiple 100# Yellowfin- see his picture in the report. Here is the picture of the fish that I caught- I believe we need a recount!
Did something I haven't done before. After fighting the fish to within sight of the boat, I dawned dive gear and camera and jumped overboard. It was cool to watch the fish. They hardly kick their tail to take line. Check out a few of the shots I got.
The OIFC Spring Kick Off begins Saturday at 10 am. The on shore weather is going to be beautiful with sunshine and an 8 on the uv scale. The off shore weather forcast is WIND...what's new. Come visit us, get new line on your reels, check out some of the great buys and enter the OIFC Rodeo. The Rodeo is up to $290 !
See you here!