A quick shot if a couple of the fish that we caught this weekend
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It's that time of year, the time beween Easter and Mothers day when the water is heating up bait starting to show themselves and small flounder in big numbers. Crusing the ICW small schools of small pogies are popping up everywhere. We hit several spots from the SC/NC line to the Shallotte River and found small 13 inch flounder on all of them. Redfish are still around on the oyster rocks and docks.
I am selling a set of the F300 Yamahas off a charter boat. I sold one set over the Winter and have one set left that I'm ready to go ahead and move. Engines are 2013s with warranty April 20, 2016. 1000 hours, well maintained and serviced and in good working condition. Deal is for engines only- no controls or props. If you have an older boat and are looking repower, you will have to upgrade to the electronic controls which usually run around $4000. Selling price is $28,500. EMAIL Capt. Brant if you have interest or pass this along if you know anyone who might be looking. Engines are ready to go- instant repower!
Flounder are getting thicker by the day. We should start to see more fish reach the keeper size soon. Live mud minnows and soft plastics have been the most assessable baits to target flounder lately. We should start to see a few menhaden show up any day. If you don't mind a boat ride to get bait, a few live menhaden have been flipping in the waterway about half way between the Shallotte River and Holden Beach Bridge. Redfish are scattered all over place as they stay on the move to find a good food source. Crabs are molting so redfish should be up on the flats looking for a easy meal. We fished hard yesterday on one of my favorite flats and only saw a few singles. We never found that wolf pack, but we did get a 15 minute flurry with 5 opportunities. See ya on the water!
Pat Prince submitted these pictures and write up over the course of the past 2 days. His crew caught 10 mahi and a 35 lb wahoo. Pat was fishing with his son Peter and Capt. Jay and his son Jude in 350 feet deep 72 degree water.
Pat said he was beat down from having fun catching 2 at a time. He said they got into them so thick he caught one on a chicken bone. Serious, that's what he said. Barrett caught a king on a pickle...sooooooo. The crew couldn't resist a selfie at the Frying Pan Tower.
Thanks for the report Pat.
I'm not sure that I can put my weekend into words, but I'm going to give it my best attempt. Here it goes. I was invited by Team Do Work member Dr. Jeremy Phillips to fish The Reelin’ for Research Tournament out of Morehead City this weekend. I went into the event not knowing much about Reelin’ for Research or what this Tournament really meant. Really, all I knew was that all the money raised goes to benefit the UNC Children’s Hospital. Friday afternoon after Camdyn got out of school, Courtney, Camdyn, Roxy (K-9 angler) and I got on the road and headed to Morehead. We arrived Friday evening and settled in. Base camp for the weekend was one of our best friend’s house in Beaufort on Taylors Creek. Camdyn made herself right at home in the hammock watching the wild horses on Carrot and Sand Dollar Island. We then meet Jeremy and Ashley for dinner, and I was told to be at the Dock at Atlantic Beach at 5:30 a.m. In typical tournament fashion, I got zero sleep due to being too excited and worried I would over sleep.
Saturday morning the clock went off and Courtney, Camdyn and Roxy gave me a ride to the dock where I could meet my teammates and board the boat. They told me to have fun and they would see me at the scales. When I boarded the boat, I was greeted by a group of the nicest people I’ve ever met. The team consisted of Mike, Pete, Mark, Dr. Jeremy and Dr. Sam. I was then handed a tournament t-shirt and a orange t-shirt. I was told the orange t-shirt was our team shirt and was what we would wear to weigh in. This is where the importance and the real meaning of this tournament set in. I unfolded the shirt and saw a picture of a young boy walking down the beach and a fishing boat in the background, with the words “ Reelin’ for Dylan”. I then asked, “What does our team name mean?” Everyone then explained that Dylan was a young boy who was diagnosed with luekemia and had just passed away 7 months ago. Pete told me that Dylan was his neighbor and was his son’s best friend and that Dylan’s dad was on the other boat that was also Team Reelin’ for Dylan.
We then pulled out of the dock and set our sights on the Gulf Stream hoping to catch a good showing of fish. The rules of the Tournament were weigh your heaviest three fish. You could weigh Mahi, Wahoo or Tuna. We ended up having a blast on the water. We had several Mahi to bring back to the scales. We had a great First Mate named Donnie, who I was able to learn several tips and tricks from. I don’t have much to report on the fishing side due to I was only a passenger. From what I hear the bite was a lot better down here.
We weighed our catch and headed in to get cleaned up for the awards dinner. At dinner, the purpose of this Tournament really sank in. We sat down and had a great meal of BBQ, Chicken and all the fixings. As each speaker presented, you could just see, hear and feel the passion they have for the event. Reelin’ for Research began in 2009 and has been going each year since. The speakers told how each year the fund raising has increased and how the Tournament has grown. The tournament director then called two representatives from UNC Hospital to the stage and told the crowd that the committee has checked the amount over and over and it’s really true. He then turned a check around and the amount raised was $429,000! The place went wild and the room was filled with cheers, high fives, hugs and tears! This is the point when I knew I would be coming back with my rig next year. I couldn’t even tell you where we finished or what our total weight was. Scales really don’t matter in this tournament. What I can tell you is that between the two Reelin’ for Dylan teams there was about $30,000 raised. I encourage and challenge each and every one of you out there to add this event to your schedule next year. It’s a true family event that supports one hell of a cause. Here is the website, www.reelinforresearch.org The website doesn’t do this Tournament justice, but it can give you some background information. The tournament is always held the first weekend of May. Hope to see you there next year!
Headed back out to the Gulf Stream today. Y'all stay tuned.
The 1st two pictures are of Logan Pennington & his Dad Roger of Aiken, S.C. & Ocean Isle Beach, As well as Corey & Gary DiFazio of Charlotte. These folks attented Capt. Brant's Off Shore Fishing School. Roger, the winner of the Fall Brawl said he had been a king fisherman for awhile but wanted to learn more about other types of fishing so he signed up for Brant's school
The next 2 pictures are of Tripp Muldrow, Rus Rushton, Kirby Bridwell, Jason Raines, Si Henson & Brent Browling of Greenville, S.C. They fished with Captains Chris Dew and Derek Triffinger. Capt, Chris said they fished in 170-180 feet deep water which was 72 degrees. He said there was no one "hot" color, but added all the blackfin were caught on a long-long-long line.
The seas were great when the boats headed out but got a little "bumpy" on the trip home.
Shane Britt sent me a picture of this red drom this morning. He said he went 2 for 3 using top water lures.
Capt. Chris & Capt Stan caught a coole full of spanish yesterday. Stan said they we 8 miles off shore and deeper than they usually hang out in.
To king fishermen the announcement that kings are being caught at Ocean Crest Pier is like telling a child school is out for summer!
Today John Gornto caught a reported 33 lb 7oz king and won $100 for the 1st king caught.
School's out for summer!!!!!!!!!!!
Our extremely patriotic web master and local in shore OIFC Pro Staff Member Brandon Sauls is having a ball at Hawk Cay, Fl. doing one of the many things he loves. Nice tarpon Brandon!!
Butch Myers fished with Mike Kennerly aboard Mike's "Blue Pearl" Sunday. They fished mainly the Steeples area in 71.5 degree water. Butch said they missed more than they got. He reprts the mahi weighed @ 10 lbs and the wahoo @35.
Thanks for the report and pix guys
Dale, Joe, and Larry joined me for a half day this week. We caught several redfish right out of the gate. After giving that first school the sore mouth we moved around looking for more action. We picked at them in a few more locations landing redfish from 16 to 26 inches. Live mud minnows, fresh crab chunks and white colored soft plastics have gotten us on the action lately. See ya on the water!
Wendell Barnett of the "Empty Pockets" made this catch pictured below near the Same Ole'. He said the water was between 72-75 degress and there was no particular color that was hot.
The 1st two pictures are of Terry Frink of Sunset Beach and his catch of the day. The 3rd picture is of "JB" Bowen of the "Stick Slinger" and his mahi and the last picture is of Chance Martini of The Midtown Bistro in N. Myrtle Beach with a pending S.C. State record Snowey Grouper.
Finally, after nearly 36 hours of no internet and cable at my house I am back in business. The weather cooperated this weekend and I was able to squeeze in our backwater fishing school trip. We arrived at our first spot around 8:30 and put our first technique discussed in class to the test. I didn't get a second hook baited before the technique proved itself. Martin quickly landed our first 25 inch redfish of the day. A quick snap shot and released to fight another day. I quickly got another hook baited and it was Bob's turn to see if it would work for him. Fish on! We quickly went through the rotation and all three anglers got the feel for redfishing. We tried several techniques throughout the day to target flounder and trout, but were not successful at landing either species. To end our day we tried a couple more spots for redfish and were successful at landing a few more. My students did an excellent job and graduated with honors. See ya on the water!