Below is a 5lb spanish caught by Gary & Matt Reagan Tuesday off of Oak Island.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Below is a 5lb spanish caught by Gary & Matt Reagan Tuesday off of Oak Island.
Shane reported he caught some flounder with some catch & release trout on top waters today. I think we can start keeping them the 15th. If anyone knows for sure please comment.
A huge thanks goes out to Scott Rivers for making it possible for Jake and I to fish this tournament. Scott's family lost a loved one over the weekend and could not fish the tournament with us. We dedicate our tournament effort to Scott's PawPaw. Someone must have been looking out for us because flounder fishing has been slack for me so far this year. I had only caught two keeper flounder this year until Saturday's tournament. As luck would have it we caught 4 flounder over 20 inches in the tournament with our largest weighing in at 4.87 earning us 5th place on the leader board. I was pretty confident that we would eventually find a decent redfish by the end of the day. Redfish have been my main target during the majority of my charters. We indeed found a few redfish and caught the right one for the tournament. We landed a beautiful 26 7/8 inch redfish weighing 6.35 earning us 2nd place on the leader board. It was an awesome showing for us and I couldn't be more proud of my 6 year-old son Jake. He was patient all day and caught some great fish himself including a 7.7 pound sheepshead. It looks like Jake will be hard to keep of the water in the future. I love it! See ya on the water!
Thanks to Fisherman's Post to putting together a great tournament. Ocean Isle Fishing Center is a top notch facility that makes it possible to put on great tournaments. Next tournament is the Jolly Mon King Mackerel tournament. Brant always puts together an awesome tournamnet so come on out and join us! Moreover, when entering a tournament, do yourself a favor and enter all the TWT's. If you catch just a decent fish you will not regret it.
The crew of the Reel McCoy consisting of Daniel Simmons, Dr. Bryan Freeman, Schylar Duncan,Mike Ashburn & Tim Gallimore, inventor of Capt. Tim's Creekside Flounder Rigs put their commercial licenses and permits to use when they found some good bottom and hammered the grouper. Thanks for the pics. and great job!!!!!!
It's taken me a couple days to decompress get myself out of depression and actually sit down and talk about my last HT Elite Redfish tournament in Biloxi. In my last report I left off from the Golden Nugget casino in Biloxi where Rube and I were taking off from Monday morning in search of tournament quality redfish. First let me reiterate what an incredible renovation job has taken place at the Golden Nugget. This is a first class destination suitable for the whole family.
So Monday morning Rube and I take off out of Biloxi in perfect weather conditions and head for the Biloxi marsh which is the area between Biloxi and New Orleans. We search pond after pond and shoreline after shoreline. We caught a decent number of redfish but nothing that I thought would do me much good in the tournament. Towards the end of the day we make our way west towards Venice, LA and find an area that seemed to be loaded with fish. It was late, the water was low and we really couldn't get to the fish we were seeing. We stayed the night in Venice, LA.
The next day we had planned to fish the Venice area and stay there again that night, but the weather forecast was getting bad and I made the call to fish back across to Biloxi just to be sure I didn't get trapped in Venice and miss the tournament. We fished our way back across and again really didn't find much that got me excited. I was beginning to get worried but all the other tournament competitors were coming back with similar stories. I just figured everyone was sand bagging as it normally takes a limit of 7 to 8lb redfish for three days to win these tournaments. I hadn't seen anything like that yet.
By Wednesday, the last day of prefishing, the weather had gone to pure heck. 20-30 knot winds and thunderstorms kept us on the dock to start the morning. By 10:00 we were bored so we decided to put on our foul weather gear and tow the boat west to an area south of New Orleans called Reggio just to check a few spots before practice time was over. With 30 knot winds on the water, it made it difficult to find anything. We caught a couple but again, not much to go on.
Thursday morning, day one of the tournament comes and the storms and wind continue. There was a big "discussion" amongst the tour operators and some of the competitors as to whether we should be fishing in those conditions or not. Eventually the call is made to fish and we leave the dock at 8am. I had decided to go back to the Biloxi marsh and all the other boats that were big enough made the same call. We trudged through the 20 miles of open gulf in 3-4 footers in bay boats to get to the marsh. That was fun! The wind blow all day and to add to the enjoyment the thunder storms were one after another. It was very tough fishing. I caught one oversized 35lber, one undersized, one nice 6.5lber and lost a perfect 8lber at the boat. The ride back to Biloxi was even more fun than the ride over. At the scales it became apparent this tournament was going to be about survival as the weights were nothing like the other tournaments I had fished. I only weighed 6.5lbs but the goal was to get in the top 7 and that was still reachable on day two if I brought in a big bag. The leader after day one was Charleston, SC native and Captain Brant's college roomate, Jamie Hough. Jamie was fishing the Biloxi marsh in the same place Rube and I prefished. He brought in 25lbs on day one.
Day two was more of the same sea conditions but not as many storms. I knew I needed to do something miraculous so I made the decision to make a big run back to Venice. I was going in blind to an area I hadn't fished before but I knew the only way to make a come back was to go somewhere different than the rest of the fleet plus Venice has the potential to hold some awesome fish. After a 100 mile run through bayous, lakes, canals, and the Gulf of Mexico I made it and began my search. The first location yielded one 6lber but that was it. I moved and this time a big zero. I was headed back to the area Rube and I had found some fish earlier in the week but decided to make one last stop before I went there. After 4 and a half days of searching I had finally found what I was looking for. It was the redfish holy grail. I was pounding the bank of a small bay with a spinner bait when I looked over my shoulder and saw 3 redfish. I then refocused and could see 20 no 50 no 100+ redfish stretched up and down and across this small bay. This was it, I was going to win. The fish were all upper slots with some overs mixed in. Ok, here we go. I power pole down in perfect position and make a cast right on the nose of the first fish. No reaction. What? I follow it up with cast after cast and nothing. It was the wierdest thing all these redfish were just sitting there floating and would not respond to a bait. Talk about frustrating. You work so hard to find the fish, and you find them only to find they won't eat. I was going crazy. I tried every bait combination I could come up with but no takers. I had an hour and a half to fish and I kept at them the whole time. During that whole time I only had 3 fish give me an opportunity. One fish was over, one was a 5lber and the other was a 10lber that was right on the size limit. Regrettably, time was up and I had to leave them. Back at the weigh in my 10lber measured 27" 1/64th and was kicked out. I weighed 10lbs and change with my two fish. Coulda, shoulda, woulda. So close, yet so far. At that spot there was an opportunity to put 40lbs on the board.
Jamie Hough ended up winning the tournament with roughly 25lbs each of the 3 days of competition. I was left to make the drive home agonizing over what happened and what I should have done. This is a tough sport. There are so many different "gotchas". Everything has to come together just perfectly.
Once again though, I think back to early days of king mackerel tournament fishing and the feeling is similar. Now is the time for me to gain experience and learn. The good news is I'm putting myself in the right locations. Now, I need to improve execution. The next and final tournament for this series is toward the end of June in Lake Charles, LA. I'll lick my wounds and be ready to tee it up again!
Great week in the back waters around OIB. The redfish bite has been consistant. Falling tide on the banks of the creeks and oyster bars. The small pogies are here in good numbers in the ICW. Small flounder fill Tubbs Inlet, if you fish long enough you will find a hole that has a keeper or two in it. We have had a surprise or two along the way when a nice speckled trout grabs your drum bait. Only a couple more weeks and the trout will be on the hit list. Season opens back up June 15.
Mark, sons Luke & Stone Tippett made a strong shoring with the 1st to the dock 7.96lb & 6.27 red drum the tournament is hosted by the OIFC Sent from my iPhone
A big thanks to my editor Shane Britt
Captain Jeff Beck and I knew nothing about flounder fishing when we bought the Talechaser in @2000. So, we chartered Captain Stan Gurganus of the OIFC. We knew no one there. Our request of Stan was to show us how to flounder fish and maybe a few good holes. We also met Clay Morphes that day. Clay owned the fastest inshore boat we'd ever seen. I think it was a Majac (?). Long story short, Stan got us hooked on flounder fishing. We went on to win a couple of tournaments. Stan is now a fulltime police Sgt. with Sunset Beach and a great off shore Captain with the OIFC.
Chartering or attending a school at the OIFC is an excellent way to get your start or improve your skills.
SKA has put out this informaiton on Nationals and future plans for the organization. It looks as if they are considering participant's suggestions and working to build a well rounded organization. I am optomistic they will do good things for the sport