Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) has just returned from Boca Grande, Fla. where he spent time tarpon and snook fishing. Here's a few pictures he sent the OIFC.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Jake and I got in just a few minutes of fishing right before dark today. Jake had a blast fishing in the livewell full of pogies. Then while helping me reel I felt a flounder tap the bait, we gave the flounder a few seconds and then dotted his eyes! A fresh flounder makes a great midnight snack. See ya on the water!
Great friends of the OIFC, Zach and Mary Beth Hayes have sent pictures of their honeymoon fishing trip in Mustique, which is part of the Grenadine Islands. They fished near the island of St. Vincent which is closest to where the Caribbean and Atlantic meet. The captain showed them the contour of the ocean floor which goes from 100 ft to several thousand feet quickly. The currents were rough but the fish and birds were everywhere. All in all they caught 12 blackfin, 8 barracuda and 2 kings. They were having double blackfin hook ups on birds they were trolling right behind the boat.
This sounds like a great honeymoon trip! Congratulations, we hope ya'll have a long and wonderful marriage and we'll see you soon at the OIFC.
William Parker sent this picture of the fish he and Cale Boxley caught at Christina's yesterday while fishing aboard William's "Hound Dog". They were using quality frozen cigar minnows from the OIFC.
The ocean was beautiful yesterday. The only problem is the pogies have not shown up along the beaches yet. There are plenty flounder fishing sized pogies in the waterway.
Captain Jeff Beck landed this 36.6 lb. cobia while fishing with Steve Lanier and Toby Russ aboard Toby's "Mr. Goodhands". The guys laid a chum slick at an AR about 8 miles out and caught the cobia after a 25 minute fight jigging with pin fish. They saw several other cobia but couldn't get them interested enough to bite. They also caught a few sharks and left when a school of amberjacks showed up as they were targeting cobia. Captain Jeff now takes 1st place in the cobia division of the OIFC Rodeo.
The Coast Guard wants ya'll to file an environment impact statement for the huge chum slick you left.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.