This is a shot of some of the fish Team Sea Tow pulled out during the Fall Brawl. They managed a 25.75 pounder to finish 23rd.
- Stan Gurganus
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Here is a recap of the top 10 fish. Pretty neat to hear everyone's story. We all try hard to catch a top 10 fish, but only a few can actually succeed. So close yet so far if you are not one of the few. There's always next time. Congrats to all those who did make the cut this year.
Fall Brawl 2013 recap
Place/Weight: 1st- 51.25
Boat: Final Approach
Capt.: James Demyan
Crew: Donald Johnson, Jason Tierney, Mike Williams
Boat size: 33 feet
Location: Fairway ledges
What fish bit: long, top lined Bluefish with Bluewater Candy skirt
Time of day: Saturday, 8:50am
Angler- Mike Williams
Gaff- Jason Tierney
Boat- James Demyan
Story: The big King engulfed the bait and made a very long, hard run; covering 200+ yards according to James. The King then turned around and ran straight at the boat, and James reported throttling up to try to move away from the fish to keep the line tight. Finally after 30 seconds of chaos, the big King settled into the fight. The water was clear and upon a good visual, the crew knew this was the fish they were after. Approximately 10 minutes later Jason gaffed the fish and put her on deck. That was the end of the day and end of any other team’s chance at first place as the Final Approach dominated the scales with the 50 pound smoker.
Place/Weight: 2nd- 38.60
Boat: Team Onslow Bay
Capt: David Smith
Crew: Brad Knight, Alan Ambrose, Jeff Atkinson, Paul Green
Boat size: 32 feet
Location: 70’ of water near Hammer
What fish bit: Double Pogy on short, top line
Time of day: Saturday, 11am
Angler: Paul Green
Gaffer: Jeff Atkinson
Driver: Brad Knight
Story: The team had a double hook-up of quality Kings, but their 2nd place fish skied and made it known this was a fish to take care with. The crew angled the fish as they did a dozen or more 20+ pounders during the day, but this fish netted them a nice payday.
Place/Weight: 3rd- 36.55
Boat: Total Chaos
Capt: Taylor Henkel
Crew: Sid Cauble, Hugh Henkel, Charles McClure
Boat size: 27 feet
What fish bit: Bluefish on top line
Time of day: Saturday, 10:30am
Angler: Taylor and Hugh Henkel
Gaffer: Charles McClure
Driver: Sid Cauble
Story: The big King skied on one bait then immediately shot over and bit another boat, hooking up solidly on two rods at one time, thus both Taylor and Hugh were anglers. The team initially thought it was two fish, then they thought it was a tangle, but upon boating the King, it was evident the King ate both baits as both sets of hooks were deep within her mouth. The crew reported a great bite of quality fish and said they had 3 Kings over 30 pounds, including a nearly identical 35.2 pounder.
Place/Weight: 4th- 34.90
Boat: Raunchy Conch
Capt: Cameron Atkins
Crew: Patrick Atkins, Chelsey Williams, David Griffith, Will King
Boat size: 25 feet
Location: Old sea buoy position in Cape Fear Ship Channel
What fish bit: single, naked Pogy fished on long, top line
Time of day: Saturday, 9am
Angler: Chelsey Williams
Gaffer: Will King
Driver: Cameron Atkins
Story: The crew reported an overall slow day of fishing, but time went by without much pain as they had their prize King in the bag early. They reported the King made one long run and couple of shorter ones before settling into circles before coming aboard.
Place/Weight: 5th- 34.80
Boat: Mr. Goodhands
Capt: Toby Russ
Crew: Rusty Russ,
Boat size: 29 feet
Location: Old sea buoy position in Cape Fear Ship Channel What fish bit:
Time of day: Saturday, 4:15pm
Place/Weight: 6th- 34.50
Boat: Wee Doggie
Capt: Joey Crisp
Crew: Andy McKinnis
Boat size: 38 feet
Location: 2 miles from Jungle on bait pod
What fish bit: single, naked Pogy on medium, top line
Time of day: Saturday, 3pm
Angler: Joey Crisp
Gaffer: Andy McKinnis
Driver: Andy McKinnis
Story: The two man team reported awesome action all day long as they started at the Jungle and then ended up on bait schools a couple miles offshore. The team said they caught 32 Kings during the day include 10 Kings over 30 pounds. This fish skied the bait which made it known that they needed to pay close attention and take care of the potential prize on the end of the line.
Place/Weight: 7th- 33.45
Boat: Hot Rod
Capt: Brett Barnes
Crew: Alan Barnes, Sierra Sharpe, Carlie Barnes
Boat size: 25 feet
What fish bit: single, naked Pogy on top
Time of day: Saturday, 2:30pm
Angler: Alan Barnes
Gaffer: Brett Barnes
Driver: Brett Barnes
Story: Brett and Alan brought along a couple of lady anglers as their designated fish catchers, but by 2:30pm, with over 40 Kings brought to boatside, the ladies were worn out. Alan grabbed the next rod that went off and after making a little stronger run than the other fish, they crew soon found out this was to be their big fish of the day.
Place/Weight: 8th- 32.90
Boat: The Sweet Life
Capt: JJ Smith
Crew: Steve Hondorp, Josh Hondorp, Zach Snavley
Boat size: 21 feet
Location: Shark Hole
What fish bit: single, naked Pogy on top
Time of day: Saturday, 10am
Angler: Josh Hondorp
Gaffer: JJ Smith
Driver: Zach Snavley
Story: The crew fished their 21 foot boat to the top of the 23 and under class. They reported a good bite of quality size King Mackerel, but their big fish made its presence known with 3 long runs and deep circles under the boat. The crew reported boating a total of 4 Kings through the day with many other quality fish released.
Place/Weight: 9th- 31.45
Boat: OIFC Carolina Cat
Capt: Derick Treffinger
Crew: Ben Morris, Austin Allen, Todd Williams, Heather Williams, Sam Williams, Ashley Williams
Boat size: 33 feet
Location: 70 foot hole
What fish bit: single, naked Pogy on long top line
Time of day: 9:30am
Angler: Sam Williams
Gaffer: Ben Morris
Driver: Derek Treffinger
Story: The Williams family chartered the OIFC World Cat with Capt. Derek Treffinger and mate Ben Morris as OIFC crew members. The family fished with Capt. Derek back in the Summer and had so much fun catching Kings they decided to try their hand at tournament fishing. They are hooked as they once again experienced a great day of fishing, including a top ten fish, a ton of King Mackerel action and a several Cobia to boot as well. Derek reported the crew was doing battle with a Cobia and a King when the long line was taken by their prize winning fish.
Place/Weight: 10th- 30.95
Boat: Blue Ice Bandit
Capt: Tim Lowry
Crew: Jimmy Lowry, Ricky Allen, Will Lowry
Boat size: 23 feet
What fish bit: nake, single Pogy in propwash
Time of day: 1:45pm
Angler: Jimmy Lowry
Gaffer: Ricky Allen
Driver: Tim Lowry
Story: The crew was enjoying a good day of fishing when they realized they had not put out “Mikey”, their old, lucky rod. Jimmy picked up the rod and began setting back a bait into the propwash position when the prize winning King grabbed the bait and made what Tim described as the longest Kingfish run he has ever heard. The team gave chase and after many circles under the boat, the fish was gaffed and pulled aboard.
Check out this Troll Pro footage taken by boat while offshore trolling -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRenod6OXbo
Troll Pro housing holds Go Pro camera- both of which the OIFC carries
In case you have had a problem finding the results-- CLICK HERE FOR ALL FALL BRAWL RESULTS
Go to our Facebook page and enjoy the 100+ pictures I posted there of the Fall Brawl Awards Night.https://www.facebook.com/OceanIsleFishingCenter
Comgratulations to the crew of the "Final Approach" for winning the Fall Brawl King Classic with a 51.25 lb king!!
As usual there was a lot of great food, folks and Yellowfin Boats. Come join us for the weigh in tomorrow!
Yesterday we made a recon trip to look at conditions. Wind was blowing NW 15-20. Flat on the beach. Beach loaded with pogies up and down. Little River Inlet loaded with bluefish and mullets. Water color on the beach not good when we got there in early afternoon but by evening it had cleared up a lot. Water at Cauble Reef[2 miles offshore] crystal clear. Today wind has layed out, maybe blowing 5-10. Water along beach should be clearing on each tide. Yesterday was probably the transition day for Kings looking for the better conditions that are improving now. My guess is the Kings will lite it up today, and tomorrow/Sunday will be the classic Carolina beach bite. Come join us at the Fall Brawl.
Below are pictures I took today at 5:30 pm beside the Ocean Isle Pier. The wind was blowing out of the north at 15-20. When we say the ocean is flat near shore during a north wind we aren't just trying to get people in the Fall Brawl. Go to our Facebook page and watch a video I made of the ocean.
The picture of the john boat was taken by Captain Jeff Beck while he was out testing the OIFC/Do Work. Once again Bobby Lovingood pulled us through!
Took a look at beach front this morning, and with a north wind and our south facing beaches, you could skip a nickel out to the buoy[make that Shallotte Buoy, not Frying Pan]. Looking out to the horizon, I think I see Kings skyrocketing[or maybe a elephant parade]. Just kidding, sorta. North wind stays with us thru the tourney, thus it will be flat on the beach front. Fortunately, this is the October week the Kings will be right on the beach and this will probably be a repeat of a few years ago when the winning King was caught inside of the sea buoy in 18 feet of water. We will make a bait recon today and will report on where its at. Come on down for the classic Carolina October King beach bite.