- Capt. Chris Dawson
Capt. Brant's Fishing Report
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- Capt. Chris Dawson
Great day fishing with Randy, Mark and Brian. We caught bait right outside of the inlet and headed toward the junglel. Once at our first location, Capt. Derek began deploying our first line and immediately hooked up. Our hopes were high as the reel sang. But that feeling was soon diminished when we recognized it to be a doggie. The shark was released and on the next two attempts to deploy a line a.shark inhaled the bait before Derek could get them more than 40 feet from the boat. Not wanting to spend all day catching sharks we switched to plan B and headed offshore to 70 feet of water. Immediately the jacks paid us a visit. After battling them for a while we decided to head off a little further and let our crew recover. We reached 85 feet of water and Derek set our spread. Shortly we were rewarded with a nice Mahi. While Brian was bringing the fish within gaff range our medium bait was struck and the reel started screaming. Randy grabbed the rod and soon we had a king in the box. It was time to hit the bottom and see what awaited us. All three dropped their baits and were immediately hooked up. Sea bass, all 15 inches and more were soon joining the king and mahi. With only a short time left to fish,Randy's rod bent over and began battle with a cobia. After a few minutes it too was welcomed to the fish box. All of this action was done among storms all around us today but that did not matter to our crew as they were busy enjoying a great day aboard the World Cat. My hat goes off to them as this was their first time offshore and they did great.
- Chris Dew
Brandon Sauls & Clay Morphes fished the Fishermans Post Tournament this weekend. Brandon didn't say where they were but my $ says they were somewhere behind Sunset Beach. I will have to check the OIFC Rodeo Leader Board to see where these flounder put them
- Capt. Jeff Beck
One of the yellow fin tuna that team Get Floor'd/OIFC caught on a road trip to Oregon Inlet on Saturday.
- Benjy Faulkner
- Capt. Derek Trefinger
- Capt. Derek Trefinger
The Northup family is heading out with first mate Aaron and myself to tangle with some big sharks. Stay tuned.
- Derek Treffinger
well we messup up fishing sunday for sure as the forecast for a light sw wind on sunday was a bit wrong.. We planned on running offshore but after greeting the strong winds and waves we decided to make camp at the jungle area.. Ran down the beach looking for bait and finally found some around appache pier . The baits were not ideal but we went with them and proceeded to go just offshore of the jungle and put lines out.. After we arrived we realized that the livewell plug was never put in so we were left with only the baits in the real livewell..Durrr..Fished our normal spread and didnt get any strikes for about an hour and the boats around us were having the same results so we eased inshore some.. Imediatly after arriving a 20 lb cobia was zoned in on our double pogy in the prop and inhaled it and made it in the box shortly after .. Next it was shark after shark until we only had abouy 6 baits left. We made the call to run inshore to the 410/510 area and before we could get there we saw a pretty good size pod of greenies working the surface so i throtttled back and told the crew to put a couple lines out and immediatly we got a double header.. 10-12lb kings and thought for sure we were gonna get another hookup but never did.. jigged up a couple dozen greenies and finished out the day west of the 410510 which in my opinion had the best looking warter and bait that we had seen all day but no more fish.. Fished as long as we could hoping for the smoker but it wasnt our day and thats just how it goes .. SUPER SUPER great tournament put on at the OIFC as always and a great turnout.This is one of the best tournaments of the year .Had a blast with my wife and friends out there and always look forward to this tournament .Also a huge thanks to Wes at anglers marine. I was experiencing some wiring issues with the livewell sat morning while scouting for bait and called wes when i was inside the river channel and he rushed someone over to meet me and actually beat me to holden beach marina.. Fixed the problem in 5 minutes and i was on my way ..Awesome first class service
- Capt. Corey Bellamy
Austin, Brandon and my niece Maddison headed out to the Jolly Mon reef today to jig some bait for an upcoming trip. They decided to put out a couple of pogies on king rigs while they anchored, chummed and jigged bait. It didn't take long and a nice cobia decided to check things out. The gang was headed back to the dock by lunchtime with a tank full of live bait and a cobia on ice.
- Brian Aycock
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- Anita Moore
Livebaiting sharks on the kite.... Sent from my iPhone
- Steele Park
Just released this one. Hooked up on a good one now... Sent from my iPhone
- Steele Park
This afternoon. First Mate Aaron Dew and myself were joined by Julia, Abby, Chad and Tucker. Knowing they were facing east winds at 15 kts. they were determined to make a go of it. After searching for a Spanish bite for a good while we decided to try our hand at sharking. First mate Aaron suggested we anchor and chum instead of our usual technique of drifting, considering the sea conditions. We anchored in 28 feet of water and deployed our chum block. We then pit out our usual two shark lines. Aaron, as part of his plan, set out a king rig on a balloon and let it drift way back, hoping a cobia would show up or maybe even a mackerel. Well, the pogey on the king rig got hit, not by a cobia or mackerel, but by a nice 5 foot blacktip shark. Our young lady angler worked the fish perfectly and after 30 minutes of battle and Aaron keeping it out of the anchor line, brought it boat side for some photos. Great job.
- Chris Dew
The backwater bite has improved this last week. It sure isn't due to the weather that we have been experiencing. The afternoon showers and strong winds continue to keep the water stirred up. I will have to give the approaching full moon the credit for getting our fish back on the move and feeding. We have seen the redfish bite and black drum bite really turn on at times this past week. Fishing fresh lively menhaden on a Carolina rig will tempt the hungry redfish. Freshly cut menhaden would be my next option if live ones are not working. Menhaden have been flipping all around the Ocean Isle Marina and the cement canals are also holding several pods of menhaden. Beware...they have been hard to locate early in the mornings, but flipping by the acres by afternoon. Shrimp...live or freshly cut up under a cork or Carolina rig will get the black drum feeding. Small shrimp can be located in many of the small feeder creeks at low tide connected to the waterway. They are still pretty small, but with a little hard work you can find some big enough for fishing. Speckled trout and flounder are also hanging around...either technique described above will also attract attention from trout and flounder. I can only hope that the fishing continues to improve and everyone gets in on the bite. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
Stormy weather and sailfish on the world cat today.
Capt Stan helped start the OIFC some 10 years ago as an original inshore guide. He eventually grew up and had to get a real job. But 10 years later he has come back as an OIFC offshore Captain. Today was his first trip as sole captain and look what he and mate Matt Ritch produce. Nice job guys! The weather report was not good for Today but it ended up being pretty nice. Capt. Brant McMullan OIFC
- OIFC Comments
All of the attention lately has rightfully been on the Jolly Mon. Meanwhile the back water action continued.
In the first picture Brian Lovingood's lovely daughter shows he Father's Day flounder. I can't go on without thanking Brian for the use of his Fusion radio on the Do Work/OIFC. When you have Marine Electronics needs in our area Brian and the GPS Store are the go to businesses.
The 2nd picture is of the beautiful Christina who landed this flat fish while fishing with Daniel Simmons on the afternoon of June 12th. Daniel reported they were catching the flounder 2 at a time.
The last pictures are courtesy of the infamous Tommy Helms. The are of fish he caught while fishing with "June Bug" Trent near the Sunset Beach bridge.
Thanks for the reports everybody. If ya'll have any reports with pictures send them to me at Sunset69@atmc.net.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Mark Long of Harrells, NC, Regina Reep and Elijah Sorenson loaded up their 26 foot boat on Saturday morning with aspirations of catching a big King Mackerel. They were fishing the Jolly Mon King Classic King Mackerel tournament, one of the largest King Mackerel tournaments on the East Coast, and they were one of 205 teams competing for the exact same prize. However, they ended up alone atop the leader board because at 1:15pm, a big King Mackerel bit their line and skill and good fortune landed that fish in their boat; a very impressive 41.65 pound King Mackerel to be exact. On board fishing with Captain and boat owner Mark Long were Regina Reep and Elijah Sorensen. Mark reported that the team had bounced around to several different places during the morning but had nothing but sharks and Spanish mackerel to show for their efforts. They decided to try the Jungle, an area of live bottom located 21 miles southwest of Shallotte inlet. The team had set lines and commenced back into the routine of catching sharks and Spanish mackerel when a small tap on the rod caught the attention of Elijah Sorensen. He picked up the reel and began feeding line, hoping that whatever had struck at the bait would come back. Seconds later the line came tight and what started as a very subtle bite turned into a high speed getaway attempt. The big King Mackerel had eaten a pink skirted Menhaden fished on top and now that it knew it was hooked, it did its thing and spooled off 300 yards of line in a matter of seconds. Mark remarked on how cool Elijah was in the midst of the smoking run while he and Regina scrambled in the back of the boat to clear lines and give chase to the fish. Elijah began collecting line and once the team was back on top of the fish, it was just a matter of minutes before the big, shiny shape took form under the water’s surface. The big King has spent most of its energy on the initial run and after slowly pumping the King to the surface, Mark took a shot at the King with the gaff; but he missed. Mark admitted he was very nervous. Not only was this the biggest King Mackerel he had ever put on his boat, it was the Jolly Mon King Classic, and both he and Regina were a nervous wreck. It was then that Mark realized he had mistaken the plastic tubing that is used to protect the gaff hook as the actual hook itself, and thus had only tickled the back of the big King. A turn of the handle put the hook on the gaff down and the next strike hit home. The trio hauled the fish aboard and commenced to release all the built up tension. Several other boats were fishing the Jungle area when all this was going on and heard the commotion and soon after saw the team pack up and head to the scales. Upon arrival to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at 3pm, Mark and crew were all grins and for good reason. Their day had ended by scaling a 41.65 pound King Mackerel, and although they still had to wait out the rest of day’s weigh-in as well as the following day, a 40 pounder in the Jolly Mon is usually a sure thing. Congratulations to Mark Long, Regina Reep and Elijah Sorensen for winning the 21st annual Jolly Mon King Classic.
The fishing conditions for the Jolly Mon were good but certainly not ideal. A cold front passed on Friday morning which fortunately led to very nice sea conditions on Saturday and fair conditions on Sunday. The weather is always the biggest obstacle to fishing, and participants were very fortunate to have good fishing weather. The Kings were and continue to be very scattered. The winning fish came from 65 feet of water while 2nd, 3rd and 4th came from 110 feet of water and several other top 10 fish came from as shallow as 50 feet of water. It truly was a crapshoot as participants scattered out across the ocean looking for the biggest King. The Jolly Mon also featured prizes for cobia, mahi and Spanish mackerel. The cobia are obviously still around in good numbers as many boats weighed cobia, and for those boats that fished offshore in the 100+ foot depths, they also had mahi. The boats that stayed in the 50-65 foot depths found the bigger Spanish mackerel. A very consistent report from participants was that the hottest bites in the tournament were from atlantic sharpnose sharks in the 50-65 foot depths and amberjack in the 80-100+ foot depths. Too bad they were not eligible tournament species.
Thanks again to all those local area businesses that support the Jolly Mon and of course all of the area fishermen and their families that make the Jolly Mon an annual tradition.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
First Mate Aaron and I were joined by Sara and Larry Moore of Gastonia today for a half day trip. Neither had ever fished offshore before and it was Sara's birthday wish to give it a try. We headed off to the 90's to begin our search. Within minutes of deploying our lines we had our first bite. Shark! That was followed by a couple strikes but no hook up. Finally after another short strike, Aaron dropped back and the fish came back for seconds. Hooked up and Sara fought the king perfectly. Her first fishing trip and her first king. We finished the day bottom fishing catching bass and gray trout. Thanks to Sara and Larry for choosing us for their first trip and hope to see you again. Great job.
- Chris Dew
It was awesome being able to get out and fish a few days and get back in tournament mode. We enjoyed seeing everyone this weekend and hope that everyone had a good, safe time. Thanks to the OIFC for putting on another great tournament. Too bad the weather man missed it for Sunday. On to the fishing, we went looking for bait on Friday and found it in front of Sunset Beach Pier, decent size. We also trolled for blues with no luck. We elected to fish on Sunday, so Saturday we decided to try and have some fun and see we could find some Kings in the process. We found bait below Cherry Grove Pier and made a stop in 55 ft water with a Spanish and sharks coming on board. Moved on out to 65 ft water and bait was stacked up everywhere. Heard of some kings being caught and we managed to come up with a spanish, king, and three nice cobia for the day. Sunday, we searched for bait, thinking it would be at Cherry Grove Pier, but no luck, continued down the beach a long ways, I remember seeing a Ferris Wheel. Finally caught bait and headed to 65 ft water and camped out for the day. Caught a few small kings and sharks that morning and two more decent cobia. That afternoon, we finally had a king smoke the reel and got him to the scales. See you on the water soon.
- Doug Robson