Here is a weekend fishin report...
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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I am pleased to report that things are finally happening on the inshore grounds. The past few days has produced some excellent fishing for all the target inshore species. The big news has been the hot flounder fishing that has occurred. The end of last week was particularly good before a couple of blow days that stirred the water a little. I know of several people, including myself thankfully, who had double digit catches of flounder. There of course have been a lot of throwbacks, but there have been some good ones mixed in as well. I had a 4lber on Sat. and I have hear rumors of fish up to 8Lbs. being caught in the area. The trout bite has also finally improved, with a pretty good trout bite occurring the past few days as well. The fish have been averaging 2-3lbs, but I'm sure we'll see a really big one any day now. Finally, the redfishing has remained good, as it has been for most of the year, there are plenty of reds of all sizes around, in just about all of the usual redfish spots. So there you have it, winter is finally over, it is time to go fsihing!
I am putting the Jolly Mon tournament program together and invite you to join. I have lots of options to get involved. I am offering a special package for fishermen who fish the event and who would derive benefit from exposure to the tournament's participants. The deadline is the end of the week, but if you are interested, there is still time- EMAIL ME for information.
Yesterday I took a group offshore for a Gulf Stream class. The class decided to try their hand in the Shoot Out, so they entered. We chose to high speed troll most of the day and caugth Mahi and Blackfin Tuna. The Blackfin bite was good at the Steeples. We really worked hard for a big Wahoo and had 1 bite, but we could not pull off the slam to make for a strong Shoot Out entry. So, the tournament is wide open. I hear folks complaining about the weather, but the forecast I see shows 10-15kt winds Thurs thru Sat. So let's go fishing. Entry into the Shoot Out is open thru Friday, so join. CLICK HERE to enter-
The Far Out Shoot Out's Captain's Meeting was last night. There was plenty of great food..as Capt. Amy prepared boiled shrimp, red potatoes, corn on the cob and a bunch more southern seafood delicacies. The fellowship was great and the children ran, played, and in general had a ball.. Now it's time to pick your day, catch some fish, win some money, and complete event one in the Masters Series!
The OIFC received this report and pictures from Brian Richard of the "Almost There". The grouper weighed 30 lbs. Todd Helf caught this gag as the day was ending using an OTI Jig. Also on board were Robert Hughes, Dargon Grigg, Brian Richard and Ernie Beck.
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.
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.
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!.