If youve never seen the boca grande tarpon fishery, youve missed. The darndest show. We are right in the middle of it trying to hold our own
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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.
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.
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.
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".
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?
Went out at low tide and checked out cut where dredge has been taking sand for beach renourishment project. WOW! There is a cut lining up with the last house on Holden Beach closest to intercoastal, out to sea buoy that was 10 feet deep at low tide in most places. A big congrats to Town of OIB, Congressman McIntyre, and Captain Brant for working together with the Corp of Engineers to get them to make use of the beach renourishment project to dredge us a fabulous new inlet cut. It's the best it's ever been! Will post the co-ordinates soon as possible and hopefully soon as the dredge is gone, Brant can get permission from Wildlife to relocate the buoys.
The existing inlet is virtually closed up at dead low, so this new cut is very important to all the boaters using Shallotte Inlet. Great work team!!!!