Now that I've got your attention I am pleased to report that Captains Dew and Dawson had a bang up day aboard one of the OIFC's 33 TE World Cats. I will fill in the blanks tomorrow when I talk with one of them about their trip.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Mike Sala and his two sons, Joe and Evan joined me this morning for a half day backwater adventure. The weather was way too pretty to be in the skinny water, so we headed off the beach. The radio was speaking spanish, so we started trolling just outside the inlet and picked up 8 spanish very quickly. Spanish mackerel was not really what myself and crew were after this morning. We were looking to do some bottom fishing for flatfish at one of the nearshore AR's and structures. We got to our first bottom fishing area and loaded everyone up with a lively minnow. First fish was on the way to the boat in a matter of seconds. A nice 18" flounder! Thatta eat! We kept steady action with toadfish, bluefish, gray trout. black bass, and sharks. Best story of the day? Joe hooks up and the fish gets in the structure. I am not sure what exactly happened, but Joe lost the handle to my reel. He looks at me and says their was a fish on the line. I simply said then, reel, reel, reel....Ha Ha Ha! He figured out quickly that I meant hand line that sucker in! Joe did an awesome job in hand lining and landing a 18" flounder. He handled it well, but it would have been easier with a handle! LOL! We also caught a small shark that bit our 1oz. sinker. Thats right! No hook, he bit the sinker and would not let go. That was a first for me. We had a great time on the water this morning. Thanks for fishing with us guys! See ya on the water!
Finally the weather has stabalized allowing the sea condtions to improve from weeks of unstable weather. It's been flat this week, and the forecast is a continuation of the same, allowing conditions to continue to improve. Here's whats happening on the ocean.
The beach water has cleared and is a beautiful "King green". The beach water is full of blues/spanish/glass minnows, and pogies are scattered up and down the beach. As you move offshore, the water in the 60-80 foot depth has lots of scattered weeds, and is dirty. Apparently a current rip has set up in this depth and has been there for the last couple days. Beyond 80 feet, the water clears up and the weed is less of a issue.
So what does all this mean? 1st, with the weather stabalizing, the hope is the Kings get back to doing what they are supposed to be doing this time of year and return to where they are supposed to be. As of right now, the best looking water on the ocean is on the beach, the best concentration of bait is on the beach, so what does that tell you? The only thing missing is for the Kings to read this and appear at the historical beach hot spots like Yaupon/Myrtle Beach Rocks/90-90. Or will the current rip stuck in the 60-80 foot range move on, and open up the gates for the Kings to return to their normal 65 foot water hot spots like the Jungle/Shark Hole/Horseshoe. As always, it a crap shoot, but you can bet someone will catch the winner and take home a bunch of money. Stay tuned as we will report what we see/find this week. We're on the water tomorrow so should have a good report tomorrow. Come join us at the Jolly Mon.
The Frambes group joined me for a half day backwater adventure this afternoon. We spent the first few minutes of the trip catching some nice live shrimp. We just about had enough for a meal for ourselves, but the plan was to turn them into something bigger. We worked the Sunset area...we watched Capt. Jeff's group pull in a nice black drum, but we couldn't get a bite. We made a move into Tubbs and still could not get a bite. We headed back towards Ocean Isle hitting docks and little grass flat edges. One particular grass edge finally started producing some bites...Croaker, pinfish, and ocean perch...then Ted's cork takes off like a torpedo...Oh yeah! That's what we are looking for...Ted does an awesome job angling as we were in shallow water and in a gauntlet of oyster shells! Our best fish of the day was over the slot at 27 3/4 inches. We had two more reds that were short of the slot. Looking at the positive...we didn't kill another redfish today, so more to catch next time! See ya on the water!
Larry McNeill of the SeaWuf reports he caught and released a 12 ft. blue marlin at the 100/400 on the 9th. The fish weighed @ 300 #'s. Sorry we don't have a picture to post.
Thanks for the report Larry.
I just finished uploading several pics on Facebook from a trip with Capt. Chris Dew the other day. Click here to see the pics..
Capt. Jeff Beck called to tell me my earlier link went to Fox News. Go figure.