Pictured is Benny Hipp with his "catch and release in the grease" flounder from today.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Scott, Alan, and myself did some serious fishing Thursday morning and Saturday. Thursday was a less than favorable day to be targeting some of the nearshore structures, but we were pretty set on getting out there. We braved a hard ESE wind to push on out. We dropped anchor and yes, I had the rope tied to it this time. We were immediately hooked up with toadfish and a few blues. Things were not looking too promising? Then Scott hooks up hard...our first flounder of the day a solid 4 pounder! The action heated up and we were all catching flounder. We ended up landing 15 to 20 with 9 solid keepers. The seas were getting very sloppy, so we headed for the safety of the backwater. Saturday the seas were very cooperative making it much easier to do some reef hopping nearshore. It was Alan's turn to bring the first fish to the boat. Alan hooked up hard! Drag screaming of the reel. At first we were all worried that a large toothy critter might be on the line. Then after several minutes it came apparent that it must me a nice red drum. Sure enough Alan landed a beautiful 35" red drum. Awesome! We continued to look for the flounder, but could only muster up three solid keepers. In the meantime, bluefish and gray trout kept us very busy. We must have caught close to 20 trout and kept three nice ones for the dinner plate. All and all not bad action the past few days! It was just great to have a couple of stress free days of fishing with friends. I love it! See ya on the water!
Below are pictures of John Pavy, of Myrtle Beach with his 6.1 lb, 24 in. flounder he landed while fishing the Ar 460 aboard Jeff Wallen's Triton with Jeff. They were using large mullet and landed several more flounder in addition to the one in the picture.
Pictures and story courtesy of the OIFC's Terry Johnson.
I did a short report on Chris Campbell's trip yesterday during which he caught a nice kink, mahi, grouper and snapper. Here is Chris's account in his own words:
We got our you know what beat by mother nature all morning trying to find bait and running offshore....had to jig cigar minnows, sardines, and blue runners up till 11:30, then headed out to 130ft of water and started kite fishing since it was too sloppy to troll....we got lucky when a school of 200+ dolphin showed up about 5 minutes after putting our first line in the water and they didnt leave for 3 hours while we picked them off one by one with live sardines on spinning rod....we rigged one of the smaller dolphin up on a rod and let him swim behind the boat which seemed to keep his buddies around all day.....caught 16 of them until we ran out of bait (lost about 10 also from spitting the hook)....while I was busy catching the dolphin on top, my buddy Andy Justice (capt of The Reel Justice) was busy bottom fishing for snapper and grouper....then late in the afternoon around 4:30pm, the long line went off on a live cigar minnow w/ green skirt....after 4 nice runs I finally got our eyes on the broad side of a nice king as it laid up next to the side of the boat.....Andy tail grabbed him and brought him into the boat for a few pictures and GoPro video before releasing him back into the ocean to fight another day....Our rough estimate on size was between 30-34lbs....
it was one of the sloppiest days ive been out in a long time, but the fishing was great and we were rewarded for our effort....it finally laid down with a nice sunset for a boat ride back to the docks .
Capt. Chris Dew and Capt. Chris Dawson took a charter near shore fishing Thursday. They caught 55 Spanish Mackeral and several blues trolling with spoons between the Youpon Reef and the Lockwood Folly Inlet.
Better yet Capt. Chris said the bait was holding thick right off Holden beach, the water was 80 degrees and king green.. The kings should be near shore in the next couple of weeks. For now, Captain Brant says we should fish in 80 ft. of water depth and suggested the Atlantic Ledge area. I'll get an update from Capt. Chris Dew in the morning and will post it.
FRI NE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. FRI NIGHT NE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
SAT NE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. SAT NIGHT E WINDS 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.
SUN E WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. SUN NIGHT SE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
MON S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.
People asked me today where to catch flounder and I told them the artificial reefs. Little did I know that at about 8pm Todd Helf and his wife would come to the OIFC and ask me to weigh a flounder he had just caught at the Sunset Bridge using tiger minnows. That flat fish came in at 8.2 lbs!!!! In kidding, I asked Mrs. Helf if she felt bad about catching some baby's momma and her response was "heck no..I'm gonna eat the b#$*h!!" I told her I was going to post her quote.
Thank ya'll for thinking enough of the OIFC to let us weigh and take pictures of your fish. Also thanks to Jeff Beck for taking the pictures. Now go eat the.......!
This weekend[Friday/Sat/Sun] and next weekend, Federal fishery managers are opening Red Snapper[Genuine Reds] for fishing. You are allowed to catch 1 snapper per person/day with no size limit. Obviously this is not a indication of a improved fish population and thus relaxation of the zero catch quota we have been under for last couple years. Their objective is to encourage harvest of a few snappers so they can analyze the carcasas to determine age/growth rate/ect. Most all sport fishermen are the purest conservationist on the water and we at OIFC appauld the effort to actually use a little science in determining the condion of the Red Snapper fishery in our waters. Truthfully, having fished these waters for many years, I bet I haven't caught a couple dozen genuine's all my years of fishing southern NC waters. If there is a fish that is in trouble it is the Red Snapper. Why I don't know. I have heard from the old timers they used to catch them like sea bass 50 years ago, just a couple miles offshore. I can say that 40 years ago, when I first started fishing the OIB area, I had a 20 foot shrimp net I tried pulling in the intercoastal. I wan't very good at catching shrimp, but I did catch a lot of tiny red snappers/groupers, king mackeral. I was shocked at what I was catching and quit realizing that pulling a shrimp net in the intercoastal was invading the nursery area of these prized fish. I don't know that there is a connection there, but allowing netting in the intercoastal which runs alongside the primary protected nursery areas of the marshes of the intercoastal just doesn't make much sense to me.
At the request of the NC Marine Fisheries folks, the OIFC has agreed to act as a location for fishermen to bring carcasas of red snapper they catch during the next two weekends. We will hold them for the MF to pick up to be used for the scientific research. Good luck to everyone. The weather looks fishable this weekend. Best spots to catch the Reds will be in 100+ feet, using small pogies/pinfish or cut bait.
Our first cold front of the season has just passed over us this weekend. Now high pressure is dominating our region. Today was the second day after the passing of the front. I kinda expected a little better bite, but the fish were a little hesitate. Even the pinfish at the cleaning station were not very aggressive. We still managed to pull several reds out of the back creeks, but they were mostly on the small side. We landed one small flounder and lost one at boatside. A couple of black drum and even a sheepshead got a little too close to our hooks. Live shrimp is what was working for us today on a carolina rig. We were soaking mullet right there with the shrimp, but they were just not going to eat a mullet today. All things considered it was a great day to be on the water. I can't tell you just how peaceful it is to be on the water this time of year. I love it! See ya on the water!
Second and third picture is from a group of folks that went just before the front passed. We landed several reds and black drum. Again, live shrimp got most of the bites...we did have a few reds on live mullet.
Everyone waking up this morning is noting the new world we have with a northerly breeze, lower humidity and the hint of fall in the air. That should be enough to get your angling instincts stirring, but let me add a little info on whats going on at the coast this morning. We have a couple crisis issues occurring that need to be noted.
First, rumors have it there is not a bottle of Carolina Treat BBQ sauce let at Lowes grocery store. The shelves are bare, as the fist significant mullet run is occurring with the northerly winds this morning. BBQ'd mullet, grilled mullet, smoked mullet, fried mullet, mullet on a stick, salted mulltet, pickeled mullet....the recipes go on and on and if you've never sampled a fresh Carolina fall mullet, you have missed a true culinary delight.
Second, rumors have it that vehicles are pulling off the road on Hwy 17 as their radiators are over heating as a result of running into swarms of yellow butterflies. And as all the old time locals will tell you..when the yellow butterflies show up, the spots are right behind. Fried spots, grilled spots, salt spots, spots and grits...the recipes go on and on and if you've never sampled a fresh Carolina spot, you have missed a true culinary delight.
Get the picture? Fall is coming and there is no better place in the world than the Carolina coast in the fall. Come on down!