Capt Jeff McDonald and Johnathan Morton with thier catch on 5-15 on Jeff's boat "undertaker"
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The weather was too perfect not to go and check on the action just off the beach this morning. Got a later start than I wanted, but I thought the spanish would start to chew once the tide started to fall. Here is what I found. Spanish were scattered and jumping sporadically between 25 and 35 feet when the tide was slack high. They were biting on our top shotgun line with a 2 ounce in-line weight gold 00 spoon trolled 7 miles per hour. We probably caught a dozen or so pretty quickly, but once the tide actually started falling the bite slowed down. The water lost its clarity and perhaps a larger spoon and slower speed might have tempted a few more. Bottom line is the spanish are still here, but the water is still trying to recover from Ana and fresh water runoff from the rivers. The new moon is creating strong tides which will help get some of this water out of here. The strong tide, current, and southerly winds will make the Shallotte Inlet a challenge for smaller boats. See ya on the water!
Patrick Prince posted the 1st pic from today. The 2nd is Ryan Kennedy with a stud wahoo. The 3rd is Zach Faulkner and Megan Davis of the Get Floor'd crew. Picture 4 is Crystal Nixon The 5th picture is Grayson Russ of the Mr. Goodhands and his catch.
The weather has finally broke for our offshore fishermen this weekend. Tomorrow 5/15 looks like a slight chop and Saturday 5/16 looks even better. I will be fishing the Far Out Shootout tomorrow and will be charter fishing in the stream on Saturday. Call (910) 575-3474 to book your charter today.
Attention Jolly Mon VIP waiting list members -- all members who have been selected off the waiting list have been contacted for pyament info. If you have not submitted your payment yet, please contact Capt. Derek at (704) 616-1615. I will not take any entries past 11:59pm tonight(5/14). NO EXCEPTIONS.
Remember in school how great it was to go on field trips? The places we went were usually boring and didn't have much significance, but no class!! Brayden's Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Johnson asked to bring her class to the OIFC on a field trip. Brayden of course tells all his fish stories and talks about his boats and even occassionally butters up his teacher with some fresh fish- and thus the class was interested. The OIFC staff cooked up a plan to make their field trip more than just a day away from class.
We had the Team OIFC Yellowfin on site to check out, the OIFC World Cat charter boat tours, Hunting sharks teeth in Shark Tooth Island, Cast Net throwing lessons, Rod casting lessons, Crabbing adventures, dock fishing and finally chicken fingers and fries from the Fish Company.
I really think the kids had a very good time. The part that I most liked was the dock fishing as the Croaker bite was steady and every child got to catch their own fish. The best part was that for over half of them, it was the first fish they had ever caught. And the OIFC was part of that. The kids made a nice thank you card and we even got a personal letter from one of the little girls talking about her great experience.
It was fun and I hear rumor there may be more field trips as other grades were a bit envious of the Kindergarten class. And you know Brayden loves that!!
Tomorrow is last day to enter the Shoot Out. I keep getting calls and emails asking how many people are in the tournament? If these people would enter we'd have 30 or more entries -- as it stands I think we've got 10 PAID entries. The tournament will go on with all teams fishing either Friday or Saturday.
** Remember awards has been changed to Sat at 8pm at Fish Company Liar's Club bar on ground floor.
Good luck to all
** or come by OIFC to enter
he Far Out Shoot Out- Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo RODEO is on schedule as planned. And although eligible fishing days started last Saturday and the weather has certainly NOT been conducive to offshore fishing thus far, it appears the conditions will be improving to offer a favorable fishing window on Friday and Saturday. And thus the weather will force all participants to fish together in head-to-head competition; the way it should be anyway.
ONE CHANGE: I had originally planned to have the Awards on Sunday at noon, but the WX looks like Sunday may be nice as well -- I'd hate to have you or for that matter, me, to miss a possibly good day of fishing as they have been so few and far between. Thus the awards get-together will take place Saturday at 8pm at the Fish Company in the Liar's Club area. Cocktails and service off of the menu will be available.
Remember to declare your fishing day by 8am of the day you plan to fish by call 910-253-3474-
The Ocean Isle Fishing Center's own Clay Cantore risk life and limb to report the arrival of Tropical Storm Ana. You have to install Quicktime to watch it.
Allen Hinson, Reagan Hinson and Will Mullins decided to make a short run aboart the Miss Reagan Monday @ 5pm. They fished with a blue for about 30 minutes when this king hit. Will fought the fish and Allen and Reagan gaffed it. Great work Reagan.
This is the 1st king I know off caught up our way
Attention all Jolly Mon VIP waiting list members -- To fill the remaining spots, I have contacted the top eleven members either by telephone or email. You have until 11:59pm on May 14th to enter. If you are within the top eleven spots and have not entered, please call Capt. Derek at (704) 616-1615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.