Here are a few more photos from the weekend trips with our Army boys from Fort Bragg. Can't wait to see them back down this way to go and do it again.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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Captain Chris Dew aboard the OIFC 2 was joined this morning by the Carter's, Kelsey, MacKenzie and daddy, Ron along with father-in-law Charles "Dimp" Snipes from Lancaster, S.C. They started the day by netting pogies just west of the Shallotte Inlet. Then they went to the 90's and were joined later by the Carolina Cat.
They reported Kings skying all over the area and several boats landing Kings and Spanish. Kelsey landed a nice Spanish and MacKenzie had two Kings, one being the biggest.
Back online at last!! Below are a few pictures taken of people and their fish I was unable to publish. If you were told you'd be emailed copies, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get them to you. I think I've got some more and they'll be online shortly.
A Great deal of these fish were caught at the 90's, the 65 ft hole, and the 410/510 as reported earlier.
The weekend proved to be nice, particularly Saturday. The winds shifted from the East to light south and the fishing was VERY good on Saturday. Hot spots for Kings were the Jungle, 65 foot hole, 90/90, 410/510, Shark Hole. Most of the fish were in the 12-15 pound range, but many fish over 20 pounds were caught, including a 44 pounder by Richard Boles to win the Got'em On Clasic tournament out of Carolina Beach. That fish was caught at the 410/510. Offshore, there was a good Dolphin bite in 110 feet of water near the Navy wreck and quite a few of the boats fishing for Kings caught or hooked Sailfish on Saturday. Sunday the winds shifted southwest and blew 15kts and pretty much shut the bite down. The fish bit for an hour or two in the morning, but Saturday proved the day to go fishing.
Beyond the Kings, in my opinion the biggest news is all the Pogys we have. I have NEVER seen so much bait. Pod after pod of Pogys on all the area beaches. I have a friend in Morehead City who says the same thing. So much bait. The Pogys have been on the small side, but late last week we started seeing pods of larger baits, some of them jumbos. I know we fought the Pogy netting hard a few years ago and I'm not claiming that is the reason for the all the Pogys, but you use your own judgement. Either way, it is very nice to be able to come out the inlet and find and catch bait with no problem. The next step is for the Kings, Tarpon.... to catch up with the bait and we'll be living large.
This week looks like stable Summer pattern. Southwest winds 10-15kts all week. We'll be on the water so stay tuned.
There's really nothing new to report. The pogies are still thick from Lockwood to Tubbs Inlet. I was told the ones just off Tubbs were a good quality size. The Kings are still being caught at the 90's and so forth, Captain Jeff Williamson's charter boated at 29+ pounder yesterday at the 410/510.
I am having issues with my computer downloading pictures to the Fishing Report, so please bear with me while I get that taken care of.
Below is a picture of Jeff Wallen's 10.9 lb flounder which put him atop the Year Round Rodeo in the flounder category. Though this is a massive flat fish it's not too late for someone to still land a doormat and take the lead, just remember Larry Spainhour's slab from a couple of reports ago. 'shame he wasn't in the rodeo. But that's often the case in any of the divisions.
It's not too late to join the OIFC's Year Round Rodeo or to land the winning fish. You can bet several of us are trying! Enter now!
Congratulations to Jeff and his fishing partner on their extraordinary flounder!!
None of our boats went out today due to the wind and residual seas from last night, Check out Weather Report regularly for updates.
On the inshore note, it's a different tune altogather. There have been some slabs caught as shown in the picture of Larry Spainhour. Local legend Brandon Sauls has also been hammering the flounder. You can check the pictures out on FaceBook. I'll see if he'll email those pictures to me. Further, Will King, (OIFC jet ski, boat rental manager. and all around good guy), while fishing with his mother caught around a dozen flounder, of which a few throw-backs. Botttom line...if you can't get out. stay in and enjoy some of our shallow water bounty.
I fished today with Capt. Jeff Beck on the "Do Work". We found pogies about 1/2 mile west of the Shallotte Inlet, just off of OIB, but heard other boats finding them all the way to the Lockwood Folly Inlet. Most of the OIFC boats headed to the 90's where the King bite fired off early. The first bite we had was on a downrigger set about 40 ft. deep. The rest were caught on green skirts, with, believe it or not, the Yew Haw Fish Call. The bite dried up around 11 am, so a lot of us headed to the Shark Hole. A few Kings were caught there but it wasn't enough to keep out interest. We then headed to the 65 Foot Hole which produced absolutely nothing. On the way back in we saw pogies as far as the eye could see just outside the 90's. It was a sight to behold.
Just confirmed that Stuart Hamilton caught and released a sail fish. I'll pass on the particulars with his approval, when I see Stuart.
I will say that the water was in very good shape and holding around 80 degrees. By mid afternoon it was as flat as any lake I've ever seen.
If you are planning on going out, I would suggest the Atlantic Ledge. We heard a lot of talk about hook ups, to include one report of a King between 35-40 lbs. I don't know that for a fact, but I did hear several boats reporting hookups. Below is a picture Capt. Zach (Carolina Cat) took for me of their morning charter. Check out the picture of a party barge someone had on the ICW at Shallotte Inlett.
Just talked with Captain Brant who reported the following. The pogies are off Holden Beach. The Kings are still bitting at the 65 Foot Hole, but the bite was not as good today, probably due to the SW wind. Also he didn't see any dolphin. The live cigar minnows are there for jigging. Brant says the fish are still there and since the wind is shifting possibly the bite will pick up.
I Was also told of a tarpon being caught by theLittle River Jetties and dolphin being caught at the Sherman last week.
Capt Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron had a short charter to the 65 Foot Hole today. I only spoke to the group shortly and learned they were from Ashville, N.C.
Captain Chris said though we've had great fortune at the 65 Ft. Hole, it's been an all or none situation. I would expect that a lot of you visiting this weekend are like me and plan on going to the 65 Ft Hole to fish. Stay tuned and in touch with us at the OIFC for the latest updates on where the hot spot is and whether the Hole is still the place to go.
When I visited the Fishing Center it was a hub of activity. There is so much to do at the OIFC....not only the charters, but jet skis, kayak rentals, boat rentals, dolphin tours, parasailing, banana boat rides, the store and the Giggling Mackerel. There are loads of activities for everyone. We hope to see you over the 4th.