Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy & Carolina Cat OIFC) sent in these pictures of Jenn Parker and her 9 lb 10 oz citation flounder she caught yesterday. Thanks for bringing your catch to the Fishing Center.
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The Fishing Report ticker tape has been abuzz in the past few minutes with the latest fishing information:
Congratulations to Team OIFC Yellowfin for winning the South Brunswick Islands King Mackerel Tournament with a 29.11 lb king. The fish was caught on live bait in about 90 ft of water.
Also congrats. to Captain Jeff Williamson for an inshore slam on a charter today. He caught several flounder, red drum and a trout. Below is a picture of Jeff's slam.
An additional shout out for a very accomplished OIB fisherman, Dr. Jeff Wallen for his inshore slam yesterday. He had 9 flounder, with the biggest being 20 inches, 2 red drum in the 7-8 lb. class and a 17 inch trout which was released. His fish were caught at the end of a rising tide on mullet minnows.
Expert OIB fisherman Brandon Sauls has posts on his Facebook page chronicling a great day of fishing. Check it out!
By all reports from our off shore and in shore anglers the fishing is right on the razor's edge of taking off!
Oregon Inlet is a special place. For a final group trip for the summer, Capt. Brant took us up to Manteo for a day of fishing on the "Sea Toy," an immaculate 60' Paul Spencer that charters out of Pirates Cove. The "Sea Toy" is captained Bull Tolson, a native of the NC OBX who has had his share of tournament victories, including this year's Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament. Mating for Bull was D.J., who was equally dialed in on what can only be described and phenomanal fishing. Our crew was made up of Brant, OC, Lug Nut, Jeff Williamson, Mitch, and myself. We left the dock early and made our way to 55 fathoms, where the mate and captain deployed two large dredges (one mullet and one ballyhoo), two squid chains, and seven naked, circle hook baits. It didn't take long for the sailfish to come calling. There were free jumpers galore, and more than a few found our way to the baits. We caught six sails to begin with, and then the day got really interesting. A massive blue marlin showed up behind a teaser chain, then slowly swam around to investigate the rest of the spread. The sheer bulk of this fish moved what seemed like a mountain of water as she showed little interest in the hookbaits. She finally decided to eat the left long rigger bait, and a short dropback from Capt. Bull got the circle hook squarely in her mouth. With light tackle, we didn't have much time, so backing down aggressively was in order. Somehow, it worked out to be Brant's turn on the rod. We got one beautiful jump out of the fish just behind the transom, which revealed just how big of a beast we were dealing with. D.J. touched the leader for an official release and just like that, we were two thirds of the way from the ultimate billfish fantasy. As luck would have it, it wasn't long before a white one showed up on the right teaser (once again, a pink squid chain with a blue/white Ilander proves effective) and was switched to a hookbait. Jeff Williamson got busy on the rod, and we were able to release this fish to compete the slam. I don't ever expect to be a part of another billfish slam as long as I live, and the law of averages says I won't be. What a day, and what an experience. You gotta love Oregon Inlet and the fishing that goes on out of there. Congrats to Capt. Bull Tolson, D.J., and everyone on the boat that day. Check out some of these video clips. I have some longer compilations in the works, but this will be a nice taste for now.
***If you are having trouble viewing these clips, or your computer does not have a Flash Player installed, here are the links to the clips on YouTube. Enjoy***
As was briefly touched on in yesterday's report, country recording artist Trent Tomlinson joined his wife Jessica, father-in-law David Loman of Lake Norman and OIB, and friends aboard David's Robalo for some fishing.
On Wednesday the crew went to the 90's where they caught some spanish and a half dozen dog sharks. There was a big 'cuda hanging around the boat all day but they couldn't get him to bite.
Thursday they again tried their hand at the 90's. They were rewarded with a 25 lb. king Trent caught and a nice cobia landed by Jessica. Jessica also landed some more spanish. This adds to my theory that women out fish men.
Here goes another cheap plug by me, but as with the others it's worth it. You need to check out Trent's music. I got turned onto it when I saw him in concert with Montgomery Gentry at Myrtle Beach. It rocks!!
Inshore, Captain Jeff Beck and I elected to go south to try our hand. Bait, mullet minnows and shrimp were easily found in the canal at the OIFC. We found flounder in the backwaters around Calabash/Little River. Later we went to the jetties where we caught spanish mackerel. Also for you king fishermen we caught a bunch of ribbon fish.
Offshore, Captain Brant landed several AJ's with pogies he found in the ICW. Captain Chris B.found grey trout at the 455 while Captain Jeff Williamson said the spanish were thick at the Youpon.
At the 90's David Loman of OIB and Lake Norman was joined on his Robalo by his daughter, Jessica and and her husband Trent Tomlinson. Trent landed a 25 lb. king, using cigar minnows, and they also boated a cobia.
I'd like to note that Trent is a country music star who has a new CD due out shortly. He is performing in Myrtle Beach tonight. Check out his music, you'll like it.
Captain Chris Dew aboard the OIFC 2 caught a bunch of AJ's and False Albacore (Little Tunny, Bonito) depending on where you're from in 80 to 100 ft of water. He said he couldn't escape the Jacks. Captain Chris was using pogies which are more than abundant.
Now the Charter Captains and 1st Mates have escaped to parts unknown for much needed R & R. Could they be at Martha's Vineyard with the Prez?
On the home front,Captain Jeff Wialliamson (Get Busy) fished this morning with one of Garth Mc Gillewie's sons. They landed several flounder behind Ocean Isle Beach.
Dr Jeff Wallen reported he caught several flounder this morning in the 17"-18" range. He was using live pogies which are VERY PLENTIFUL in the Waterway.
Jeff Beck, Dr. Jeremy Phillips and I fished this morning and we could not only see pogies flicking on the surface, but you could look down and see them thick as thieves as well. I was able to load up a 5 ft cast net one each throw. With all this bait in and near shore, no telling what the fall bite will be.
Wyatt Pegram sent a picture of some flounder he and Kenny Jacobs caught last Sunday while fishing one of their favorite holes. The spot didn't produce last year but they decided to try it anyway. Within 2 hours they had caught these flounder pictured here and still had as many throw backs. Wyatt said the bait was easy to find and the fish were hitting pogies and mullet alike.
I had held this report for a time when things on the fishing scene were slow, but it doesn't appear that's going to happen anytime soon. Thanks guys.
Hurricane Bill passed us during the night, leaving huge waves crashing in the Shallotte Inlet. There were swells in the ocean, fishable, but no way to get out. Sooo....that put a lot of folks fishing in shore. Captain Jeff Williamson of the "Get Busy" had a morning charter and landed several flounder using mullet minnows. His charter hooked up on a monster red drum, which blazed a path to the middle of the ICW, only to break off.
Meanwhile, back at the OIFC, after I got off from the store, Captain Jeff Williamson, Capt. Jeff Beck, Jeremy Phillips, Courtney Beck, Camdyn Beck and I planned our own inshore trip. Capt. J. Dog and I took the "Get Busy" and the rest of the crew took the "Tale Chaser" for our own inshore competition. We all started behind OIB, but J Dog knew of a double secret location we should try. There was a serious storm brewing, so we knew we'd have to act fast. I cast a mullett minnow with my OIFC Custom In Shore Combo, and felt a couple of bumps. About that time a boat threw a wake that rocked our world. The good thing was it gave the flounder time enough to swallow the bait. Moments later we landed a 24" flounder. He gave real meaning to flatty as he only weighed 4.8 lbs.
After the storm passed the crew on the "Tale Chaser" attempted to avenge their loss and returned fishing. They managed to hook up on some nice red's, and Camdyn brought smoke with her own 15" flounder. Not bad action for between storms.
If you've checked the National Hurricane Service you know what the surf has in store. Now would be a great time to change gears and do some inshore action. Jeff and I went inshore fishing today. We found that the easiest way to take advantage of the massive amounts of pogies is with a Captain Brant's Pogy Net. I drew first blood today by landing a 15 inch flounder using my new OIFC Custom rod and reel combo.
Also check out the pictures of the 27" red drum Richie Boles caught recently at the Little River Jetties while fishing aboard the boat owned by Doug Robinson.
The Carolina Cat had a longer charter than the other boats, and used their time wisely. Along with Joe Johnson (Cleveland, NC), Trey Sanford (Cleveland, NC), Brian Todd (Hobart, Indiana),Wayne Matney (dad) and Wayne Matney (son) (Beckley, W. Va), Captains J. Dog Williamson and Turtle Patterson headed to 70 ft. of water to try their hand. Pulling pogies and green, pink and pink and white skirts they brought home AJ's, false albacore, kings and mahi.
Jeff and I on the "Do Work" joined the OIFC Charter Boats just off shore for some spanish fun this morning. The Carolina Cat headed on out and it sounded as if they had landed a gaffer dolphin and maybe a king before we left.
Back on the spanish scene we pulled #1 planers, a bird, and a 1 oz trolling weight with Clarkspoons. Most of the strikes came on the surface on the bird and trolling weight. They were so thick I was catching them with a top water plug, which to me is the most fun.
When I got back I was met by a very excited young man, Alex Parr. Alex had been fishing inshore with his dad, Matt aboard Kyle Hughes' Speckulator. Alex had caught a Carolina Slam, with two fine red's in the group. Alex said he caught all the fish except the flounder by himself. I see a future angler here!
Captain Chris Eckert, Captain Zach Faulkner, dad Benji Faulkner and Henry Moore took the Southern Hook to the Frying Pan Tower Sunday and among other fish brought home this 16.8 lb. grouper Chris landed. The guys were drifting with live pogies.
Beyond that, the Tower is producing grouper, african pompano, kings and AJ's. We'll have to see what hurricane Bill is going to do, but it appears the Tower might be a good place to try.