Trey joined me for a half day of backwater fishing. We started in some well known hot spots and started with all my usual tricks. It would do no good for me to tell you what we finally caught our fish on today. I pulled out an old private stash of discontinued baits that only come out under special circumstances. The bite was tough for us today and special circumstances is what it took to put a few fish in the boat. Trey landed his first redfish today. Trey had another one on that appeared to be a little bit bigger than the first but pulled the hook. The reds were not very aggressive with their strike today. On the other hand, the trout that we caught busted it! We landed about half the bites because the wind was blowing just enough to keep a bow in the line. We still managed to bring some good eating back to the dock. Make no mistake about it though, we earned it! Trey, thanks again for coming out and fishing with me. Hope to have the opportunity to put you on some bigger reds in the future. See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob Frick
1st Mate Derek and I left the dock at 10am this morning for an early season
adventure with Ron Komich and Dave Picha. Fishing in 40-50 ft of water we
caught and released dozens of the "endangered sea bass." Conditions were
beautiful for our first trip of the year. The true madness of March was the
quality and quantity of the bass. being released. However, a great start to
a new season with a couple of really nice guys.
What can we say? Thank you isn't enough! Because of your loyal support, the Jolly Mon was the #3 Brunswick County Event in the "Best of Brunswick" for 2012. Coming in 3rd to 1st place Oyster Festival, and 2nd place Festival By the Sea is a feat to be proud of.
Many of you saw this last year, but we just now got around to posting it on YouTube -- this was video that Chris Campbell shot while fishing with Team OIFC for Bluefin Tuna last year out of Oregon Inlet -- We are watching the weather right now, looking for a break. These Bluefin are holding off Oregon Inlet now! If we get a trip together, I'll post on the site and if you can move fast, grab your boat and gear and come on with us.
February always seems to be our coldest and most brutal month. Despite the conditions there is one pro to this time of year. Crystal clear water! It makes for great underwater footage. See ya on the water!
Got out for a little while today. Myself and a good friend Joe Zurad battled the bitter cold ENE winds in hopes of catching a redfish. The weatherman was dead on with the wind direction, but where was that sunshine until 2 pm today? We woke up to cloudy conditions and never saw the sun peak at us once. This made it very difficult to scout out and see the redfish. Water conditions were very clear, but again low light conditions made it tough. The water temperature started off at 49 degrees. When the water temp gets into the 40's the fish really seem to get sluggish. We moved around looking hard and watching water temps. We found some water reaching the 51 degree mark and got our first bite of the day. We worked the area over pretty hard without another sniff. We moved to another area and found some more water around that 51 degree mark. The bite was on! The majority of the fish were just in the lower slot around 19 inchs or so. Joe finally got a bite and landed a nice red. Bitter sweet! We ended the day with a dozen reds, not too shabby for February. See ya on the water!
What were they biting? The 4" sea shad by Bass Assassin in grey ghost tied to the end of my line! If you look real close you can see one hanging out of the fish's mouth in the picture. Don't forget the red jigheads!
We just couldn't sit inside any longer with the nice weather and calm seas close to the beach. Camdyn, Capt. Rickey and myself loaded up the Do Work and put her in the water. We had several missions planned for today's trip. So with that in mind, we ran out the inlet and set our course toward the Jim Caudle Reef. First thing to do was launch Camdyn's monkey kite. So we hooked it up to a rod and let it go. Just hearing that speed master as that kite went up brought a smile to my face. After Camdyn got the kite almost out of sight, she decided that it was time to start reeling it back in. We did this several times until Camdyn decided she had enough. That was great practice for her for this up coming season. After that I wanted to play with the new side scan sonar we had installed, I only have one word, "AWESOME". It's going to take some time to learn how to use it, but I think it's going to be a great tool. Below are a few pictures from todays trip.
Capt. Jeff Beck
Been a long winter and I'm so ready for the JOLLY MON to hurry up and get here.. Found a video we would like to share with you guys from Biloxi National Championship this year. What an awesome fishery and if you've never been do yourself a favor and make it happen this year......Its time to sharpen them hooks, change lines,check all down riggers,rods,etc... check out the go pro video keep in mind it was my first time ever using the gopro and the software. http://youtu.be/7ncHXRUPbvE
Capt. Corey Bellamy
Here are a couple more pictures I just received fro Bob Newell while on his fishing adventure in Guatemala. I am also posting a video on out facebook page. If you haven't friended us on FB you are missing some pretty good "stuff"
Capt. Rickey Beck