Even the old guys are catching them. Rube/York/George Sent from my iPhone
- Rube McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Years ago we experienced undisputed "World Class Fishing" off Ocean Isle and our Brunswick Island area with the influx of Giant Blue Fin Tuna. The world spot light was shown on us for a couple years, and then the Tuna disappeared.
Fast forward to October 2015 and I can attest we have another "World Class Fishery" occurring along our beaches. Giant schools of pogies are just outside the breakers and they are being fed on by giant Redfish from 20-40lbs. . Simple fishing using a Carolina Rig with a live pogy, spin or baitcaster tackle, lite tackle fishing at its finest. Our Brunswick County coastline is particularily suited for this fishery as our island face south, and with a cold front and north wind, it is flat calm right on the beach. Any size boat can participate in this fishery, jon boats on up.
In addition, yesterday, there were cobia caught in these same schools and we weighed at OIFC a 48lb King, a 35 and a 25, all caught right in the pogy schools mixed in with the Reds.
Watch the weather and next cold front that comes thru, with a north wind, don't miss out on this unbelieveable fishing event. I'm hearing boats from all over the country are coming to join in this amazing fishery. As soon as the water cools and the pogies move on, it will be over.
~~The standings have been updated and the list of boats qualifying for the SKA National Championship has been posted for division 9. Once again, division 9 leads the SKA in participation and will hopefully have a good showing in Morehead this year.
Wahooligans/Angler's Marine stared the year off strong by winning the Jolly Mon King Classic and finished the year in 4th place in the small boats for division 9. They are headed back to the National Championships for the fourth straight year. This team, based out of Holden Beach, has not finished outside of the top 10 in the small boat class since the team's inception in 2012. The team is made up of Billy Goss, Aaron Wilkinson, Daniel Blanks and Doug Farlow. They fish a 24’ Cape Horn powered with a pair of Yamaha 200’s. Team sponsors include: Anglers Marine, Clean Green Environmental Services and The Tackle Box. Take a look at their team page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Wahooligans-Fishing-Team-412907545429012/timeline/.
Team Do Work/OIFC's number wasn't pulled in the Fall Brawl. We think the problem may have been that the pogies we'd penned up assumed the rusty color of the canal water they were in, or as Rube would say..."it's called king fishing". Anyway we did the same as we have done and as most everyone else was doing at the same place. We did catch and release a pelican, when we refreshed our bait we caught a huge red drum in out Capt. Brant's Heavy Pogey net and on the next throw Capt. Jeff Beck caught a skate as big as a Mini Cooper. We stopped throwing because we were afraid we might catch a Mini Cooper. I might add, the net wasn't hurt.
However, we had a successful season. We are a family centered team. It was a difficult year because as most know my wife, Jeff's Mom, Courtney's mother-in-law and Camdyn's Nanny passed away rather suddenly in May. We struggled through that. When you see the bird decals on the Contender, they are in memory of our "Nanny Bird". But our Jr. Angler, Camdyn Beck finished 1st in our Division, I finished 3rd in the Senior Class and Team Do Work/OIFC finished 7th overall, and we qualified for the Nationals. We'll take that as a successful season. Good luck to everyone fishing the Nationals. We enjoyed the competition during the season and look forward to the Natiionals and next season.
Thank you to our supporters, The OIFC, Burcor Fencing.com Burcor 1.com Bobby's Mobile Marine Service and Sea Tow Ocean Isle Beach.
Go to Tourneys page on main menu and scroll down to Fall Brawl and click on 2014 and full results for 2015 are shown there.
Congrats to all. Full recap story coming asap.
174 boats fished today. 55 fishing tomorrow
Hot Rod leads with a 41lbs
10th place 32lbs
20th place 29lbs
Congrats to Matt Ward and Crew on the Nauti Boy for weighing in the FIRST King of the day! Their King weighed in at 29.30 lbs!! Pretty work guys! $500 Prize for bringing the first king to the dock.
The 1st picture is of June Strickland and her 39 lb (I think that's what she told me) cobia she caught near the jetties yesterday. June was at the OIFC along with her husband Bryan (Guy C. Lee) cooking and serving some great food at the Fall Brawl Captains Meeting and Dinner. I hope they are given the proper appreciation for all they do by everyone as they are being fed.
The 2nd picture is of a 54 + lb wahoo which was brought to the dock during the Captains Meeting.by the crew of the Emma Rose. The crew was made up of Frank Johnson, Brad Murphy, Adam Williams, Billy Clifford, Jeff Byers, Josh Ashton, and Brody Heath.
The last 3 pix are from the well attended Fall Brawl Captain's Meeting. I do not have an official count but I did see a boat #108 early in the evening so I'd say there was a good turn out and I expect to see some big fish caught near shore.
~~Since it looks like Choice of Two/OIFC is on the fish this week and has to be the early favorite to bring home the victory in the Fall Brawl, I will make them the first daily profile team.
Choice of Two/OIFC Fishing Team is based out of Calabash, NC and is made up of Corey and Shaun Bellamy, Ryan and Elizabeth Stevens, Eddy Jones and Caleb Hardee. They fish a 39’ Contender powered by triple Yamaha 300’s and are sponsored by Beck’s Restaurant, Contender, OIFC, Sportsman’s Choice and Smith Outdoors. Corey and crew are currently in 8th place overall in division 9 and hopefully in place to qualify for the SKA National Championships. This team is always on the leaderboard and Corey has even been selected for the special advisory boards of some of the most elite king mackerel teams in the country. Watch out for this team in this weekend’s Fall Brawl and at Nationals in Morehead Oct. 21-24. Be sure to check out their Facebook Team page at https://www.facebook.com/Choice-of-Twooifc-Fishing-Team-589486577738225/timeline/ and on the OIFC website at http://www.oifc.com/oifc_fishing_teams?id=11.
FAll BRAWL time. The kings are around, see ya at the capt meeting
This morning. The ocean is beautiful.
~~The Southern Kingfish Association's National Championships are right around the corner. This weekend’s Fall Brawl will be the final shot for teams in division 9 to qualify to head to Morehead to compete in the Nationals. In the next couple of weeks I will try to post a team profile each day to showcase some of the teams that will be headed to Nationals. If you are new to king mackerel tournament fishing or would like to be involved, be sure to check out the SKA's website at www.Fishska.com. The SKA also has a Facebook Fishing Forum that profiles teams from all over the southeast, https://www.facebook.com/groups/120377358043942/. If you have a favorite fishing team be sure to search their team name on Facebook, chances are they have a team page. These team pages are full of photos, videos, tips and information on the latest gear. Once you find the team page, be sure to click the "like" button and show them your support. If you don't make the field for this years National Championship then you should make plans to head up to Morehead and watch the show and root for your favorite team.
Need TWO PEOPLE interested in embarking on a trip of a lifetime to Venice, Louisiana from October 31st-November4th.
Cost is $325 + fuel per person, per day, for a full day offshore (tuna, wahoo, king mackerel.) Near shore fishing full day (BIG keeper red snapper, cobia, redfish) will be $225 + fuel per person, per day. If you are wondering why the two options are offered, we will need to be flexible if the weather does not permit us to get offshore or the crew simply wants to try something different. Keep in mind that in Venice there is always some sort of fishing to be done if we get blown out.
Included in the trip cost: I will provide the boat, tackle, ice, coolers and assistance with lodging and flights. Not included: Flight to and from New Orleans, LA, shuttles from the airport to Venice (about 45 min ride), lodging at Venice Marina, snacks, drinks and any other personal needs such as rain gear. Take a look at http://www.cypresscovevenice.com for information on accommodations. For more information such as shuttles, flights and fishing call Derek Treffinger at 704-616-1615 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 9th
Saturday, October 10th (optional fish day)
Sunday, October 11th (optional fish day)
FRI SE WINDS 10 KT OR LESS...BECOMING S IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 FT. FRI NIGHT SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. SAT NW WINDS 10 KT...BECOMING N 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. SUN N WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...DIMINISHING TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH THE DAY.