Trask Cunningham and Austin Keener fished just off the Blackjack in 74 degree water and boated these mahi.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Trask Cunningham and Austin Keener fished just off the Blackjack in 74 degree water and boated these mahi.
After a week of hardcore redfishing and another 15 hour drive back east, I slept in my own bed last night. Man it felt good. While I do prescribe to the theory there is no place like home, I'll also confess there is no place like Louisiana. The fishing, the people, the wildlife, the scenery, the food...it's all unique to that area and I'm declaring it my new playground. I'm already thinking about my return trip.
The second day of the tournament was full of trials and tribulations for me again. What I'm learning is that over the last 20 years we've dialed in king mackerel tournament fishing so much that very little unexpected events occur on tournament day. There is a plan and while we don't always catch the big fish, the plan is typically executed. I think we probably take this for granted. Being a newcomer on the redfish trail it seems like every possible thing that could go wrong does for me right now. With that said, I'm having an absolute blast figuring it out. Getting 100+ shots a day at sight fishing redfish is an unmatched fishing experience.
My second day started with a plan of swinging for the fences again. I had pretty much played myself out of the tournament with day one's performance so I was using this day as an exploratory day trying to learn more about what the fish were doing. I knew where the best bags of fish came from so I peppered the surrounding area. In this sport, unlike king mackerel tournament fishing, it is not acceptable to fish on the same school of fish as a competitor. A 1/4 mile is about the closest you can get to eachother. Anyway, the day started out great. I went to a totally new area and immediately started hammering the redfish. I did get frustrated though as I released 3 fish that measured 27 1/8" . I know everybody is saying, can't you just fudge it. I wish. The truth is the measuring system is very precise for these fish. All the anglers know this and pay extremely close attention to fish lengths. In fact, it is common practice and something I did as well to keep a fish that is just barely over and hold him in your well and measure him later in the day. Oftentimes the fish will tense up being in the well and measure because of this. I spent the morning and early afternoon jumping from spot to spot catching fish everywhere. I caught a ton of over slots but also had managed a decent bag in the low to mid 30's. At 1:30 I went to measure another fish and found I had accidentally left my pumps running when I was in a very shallow pond. I had pumped a bunch of mud into the tanks causing the pumps to seize and my fish had paid the price. They were in bad shape so I had to make the agonizing decision to let them go and start over at 1:30 in the afternoon. If you bring more than 2 dead fish to the scales you are DQ'd. I had an hour left to fish and managed to scramble and put together 4 fish to go along with one dead fish. My five fish would go an unimpressive 29lbs but the manner in which they were captured was an accomplishment.
Lessons learned. Don't run your pumps when sitting on a mud flat! Like I said, everything that can go wrong, will. I had a great experience at this event and learned a ton. I'm not a threat right now on the circuit to take any of these guys money but I'm studying, learning and will be coming for them soon. Heck it only took 15 years of king mackerel tournament fishing before we finally won one. I don't think I can take that kind of agony so I hope I can expedite this process!
My buddy Gritter Griffin from Troy, AL came in day two with another impressive 38lb bag. He went into the final day in the lead but a weather change on the final day caused his fish to change behavior and he could only manage 31lbs. He ended the event in 2nd place behind Shane Pescay from south Louisiana who had a 40lb bag on day 2 and a 38lb bag on the final day. He won 25k + for his hard earned victory. Check out www.theredfishseries.com for a full run down of the event if you are interested.
There are two more Elite 40 events on the HT trail. Next up is Biloxi, MS (home away from home) May 29-30.
The Spanish are here!!!
Pat Prince reported the gold spoon stayed busy today. He had a lot of bites in 22 ft of water around th Shallotte Inlet bouy. Pat submitted the 1st pic.
The 2nd picture was sent in by Brian Fimbel. He too was fishing around the sea bouy.
Thanks for the reports guys!!
THE OIFC WILL OPEN AT 6am SUNDAY TO ACCOMADATE ANGLERS GETTING AN EARLY START!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joshua Bowen of 'The Stick Slinger" is pictured with his N.C. Saltwater Citation for a catch and release Red Drum. Congratulations Joshua!
Y'all don't forget to obtain your citation for your catches. It's probably the only citation from the State you will be happy to recieve.
We are in direct contact with the new owners of the SKA[NBOA Boat Insurance] and I am pleased to report they are asking me for, and are receptive to input as to how to make the King trail more "angler friendly". They have agreed to offer free entry to the national championship to top 10 division finishers, a great step to re-energize competition at the divisional level. Also, they are looking to move the dates back to hopefully more friendly weather conditions. They are listening and acting....good news for the future success of the SKA. Standby for more exciting news.
Sunday the weather is looking very good. We have a boat open and will offer a split charter to the Stream -- $400 per person, 4 max. Call 910-575-3474 to reserve a spot -- fishing should be good, it is time!
First cast, fish on! It is going to be an awesome day. Baron made quick work of a nice 25 inch redfish. That proved to be the only fish that was willing to eat in our first spot. We made a move and quickly landed another lower slot fish. Again, that was the only one that was willing to eat there as well. It was starting to look like one of those days. We made another move and found a little rythum getting 4 bites in our next spot, but only connected with 2 of them. Barry hammered a nice 27 1/2 incher to land our biggest fish of the day. We hit a couple more spots with about the same result. Found a few under the slot, one over the slot, and a few in between. It depends on what you call awesome, but any day on the water, well, is a great day! See ya on the water!
The OIFC now has a limited supply of pogey oil. During a tournament this oil can be the difference between a hero and a zero. On an inshore front the ticket has been a white buck tail tipped with Gulp shrimp or live mud minnows. I would take some minnows as a back up Sent from my iPhone
I've been trying to make our readers aware of the changes in Tubbs Inlet. OIFC Store Crew member Duncan unfortunately demonstrated it. Duncan basically said he zigged when he should have zagged. Thanks to some locals he made it to shore and returned later in his john boat to get the stranded vessel. Please beware!
Duncan is a big outdoorsman and has a beautiful lab. She has had puppies. If anyone is interested in a lab with good bloodlines he still has a few for sale.
Meanwhile OIFC Store Crewmember, and Team OIFC/Do Work Team Member Amanda went to Panama City, Fla. for spring break. Rather than doing an espisode of "Girls Gone Wild" she went fishing. Here is her report:
After a week on Panama City Beach for spring break, I decided to finish the week out right by going fishing! I made a quick decision and called Capt. Anderson's Fishing Adventures and decided I'd spend my last day here bottom fishing. When I arrived at the dock I was pleased to find out that the seas would be 1-2 ft and it was a beautiful 78 degrees on the water. After boarding the boat we headed 12 miles off shore. With lots of cut squid and the reels ready we dropped lines. It wasn't very successful at 1st so I began to lose hope. Just as I started to sit back and enjoy the sun it was fish on!!!! The 6 hr trip was a lot of fun and informative. It's always good to see how the fishing is in other places. Now it's time to head back to the ranch and the OIFC for the weekend. Enjoy your time on the Brunswick Co. Coast and the Grand Strand and come by the OIFC to check out our new merchandise!!!-Amanda, Team OIFC/Do Work
Yep, this one is going to sting for a while. Today was one of the more disappointing tournament fishing days I've had in quite some time. Going into day one of the competition I had high hopes. I had located several areas holding tournament winning fish and lots of them. So what happens next? A combination of a changing weather condition and just simply not being able to get out of my own way.
The change in the weather today was just slight but it was enough to change the water condition and that played a big role in what happened. The wind picked up and blew 15 knots out of the south today and when it did, it brough the ugly dirty bay water into the ponds I was fishing. The water was dirty and I wasn't able to effectively sight fish like I had been doing previously. The fish were still in the pond but they weren't showing themselves or I couldn't see them.
The not getting out of my own way problem came on several occurrences. I lost a couple very nice fish right at the boat. I broke a spinner blade arm off on a perfect fish and lost him. I had a fish die. I had to let one fish go because he was going to die. I fumbled all over myself on a couple occassion when I had perfect redfish just feet from the boat. You know...line wrapped around the tip before you cast; drop something loud on the deck; cast into the bushes...it was a calamity of errors! The fishing was way off from what it had been the last couple days for me but still I had my opportunities and I didn't execute.
I recall going through this same exact scenario years ago coming up in the king mackerel tournament world. We would work so hard to put ourselves in the right position but our execution was lacking and just couldn't breakthrough to victory lane. Today was the same sort of thing. I worked hard all week and found the fish. It was simply a matter of going to catch them. When it was all on the line, I couldn't deliver. Growing pains.
I did end up putting a 5 fish bag together but it wasn't pretty. I had just under 30lbs which for this tournament is pitiful. The leader after today is my roommate Gritter Griffien who absolutely put the smack down on the fish today. He is the first angler to weigh a 40+lb bag in tournament history. He weighed right under 43lbs! He has the lead by 5 or 6lbs. Very impressive.
Tomorrow is day two and while I'm effectively eliminated from the competition, I did enter the big bag side pot so I have something to fish for tomorrow. Plus, it's just too fun not to take advantage of being in this place! I need to get some redemption tomorrow so I'll go back out and see if I can't keep the backlashes ect to a minimum.
Team OIFC/Do Work's member Dr. Jeremy Phillips trying his skills in Aruba. Meanwhile Team Member Amanda Bennett is fishing today out of Panama City. Team member Capt. Rickey will be changing lower unit fluids and Team Capt. Jeff Beck is working as is Courtney & Jon Hayes. Don't have a clue what Jr. Angler Camdyn is shopping at Books A Million and then going to a movie.. Something is wrong with this situation.