Good morning from high atop the breezy OIFC. Don't forget our mega sale on tackle and everything in the store NEXT Saturday
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Count down to the day after Christmas and the Captain Rickey's Spec Tacular Trout Tournament, Dec 26th.. Entry fee is $50 with a "winner take all " pot plus bragging rights. Entry is simple...Send your money or bring it to the Captain's meeting which is the night before and usually conducted leaning against my truck in the parking lot at the OIFC. Rules are....catch a trout from a boat...the same day and weigh it in at the OIFC during specified weigh in times.
There will be one heck of a meal and happy hour tournament night at Dr. Morphes' house on the Shallotte River.
Here’s a couple of shots from weekender in
Thanks for letting us see those monsters Brian
Joe Seegers fished with Joe Elphick aboard the Box Office out of Wrightsville Beach. They fished theSteeples area. Although the had lots of fish on the boat by Joe's stamdards it was "kinda slow".
Dwight and Alex McFadden from the Jersey Shore visited the OIFC today. We struck up a conversation about Hurricane Sandy and the damage caused by it. They do not live near the shore but shared the pictures of boats that had washed up in their neighborhood.
They had many interesting stories about how it was during and after the storm.
A young man and his grandad came in the OIFC today and it quickly became obvious to Capt. Brant and I that Alex was the real deal when it comes to inshore fishing. The short story is Alex was kind enough to share his double trout rig with us and gave us permission to make and sell it.
I've tied a couple and we'll proudly be selling Capt. Alex's Double Trout Rigs in a couple of days.
There were also several people in telling us they are catching trout almost every place,,,shallow creeks, the Jetties and around the docks on the ICW. It seems the hot lures today are the Salt Water Assassin Sand Shad on an 8th oz jig head and the Gulp New Penny Shrimp and Grub on a jig head. I was also given a report that flounder were still being caught.
Capt. Parker and I escaped the dog pound for just a few hours Wednesday afternoon in hopes of finding a few trout. It did not take us very long to start fine tuning our presentation and start putting trout in the box. I worked several colors of Bass Assassins with many of them getting short strikes, but Albino ghost was getting the hook to them. Capt. Parker and I managed to put a nice limit together for dinner. The trout continue to hang around and are biting a variety of baits. I believe presentation is just as important as choice of bait. Key points to remember...the water is cold, so slow it down...the water is clear, so be quiet...live shrimp or gulp shrimp are working well under a float...key is to make sure your bait is close to the bottom. Slip floats work best so you can adjust your depth from one location to the next. I still prefer working soft plastics slowly feeling the tell tell thump of a fish! I love that feeling! See ya on the water!
I know there are lots of fishermen out there hopeing to get a case of Bluefin Tuna fever in the coming weeks. I can tell you when we fished the other day, I don't think I have ever seen better looking conditions. We were at the Knuckle buoy area and there were massive schools of pogies[you could even see where they had stirred up the bottom and colored the water]. There were porpoises and a huge right whale who surfaced close enough to us we could smell his bad breath exhale. The Tuna should have been there but we got no bites in the 2 hours we put into it. Another boat did hook up before we got there but broke off. Seems to me if the pogies are there, and the porpoises, whales and Mary Lee got it figured out, the Bluefin will surely get the message. It's got to happen.
So, as for a commercial message, anybody who has interest in learning or gearing up for our NC coastal version of elephant hunting, come see Capt Brant or Capt Barrett. There aren't many fishermen on the water with more expierence and success at catching these monsters than them and they will happily share with you whatever you need to know.