Here is an on-the-scene picture of Todd Helf and his 8.2 lb flounder he caught Wednesday.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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!
Nesbitt Noble sent 2 pics today. One is of Samantha King and Colin King with flounder they caught at the Atlantic Ledge and the other is of a nice drum Eion King caught. Nesbitt said he caught multiple red drum on the same trip. They all want to thank the Bonecrusher for the gps #'s.
Thanks to all for sharing your adventure and great catches.
Could there be a division in Gotham. Could Clay and the Bonecrusher be having a feud? Clay Morphis sent these pics as an addendum to those of Brandon Sauls from an earlier report. The headline read "Brandon didn't do it alone".
I really hope this humble reporter hasn't stirred the pot.
The redfish continue to bite, but they have slowed with the passing of the full moon. Doug and Greg joined me this morning to pick away at several reds ranging from 16 inches to 26+ inches. We tried to catch flounder in several locations, but couldn't get anything going on the flounder. Moved back to redfishing and ended the day with a few more reds. See ya on the water!
Finally, relieved of store duty after an awesome weekend. Thank you all for your business and we hope to see you again soon! My Moma and I got out on the water this afternoon for a few hours. We were looking for some flounder in the canals, but the ribbonfish made that a bit difficult. We moved on out into some near by creeks, but only managed some nibbles and one little redfish. We headed for the docks along the ICW...set some lines and waited patiently. The first line that went down zipped off several yards of line, then broke....second line went down and came right back at us...I put Moma on the rod, but she got scared she was going to lose the pole...I landed the 30 inch brute...third line down and he was half way to Calabash before breaking the line...fourth line down and I put Moma back on the rod. She was scared, but I coached sternly for her to just hang on...stick with it...reel, reel, reel...After both angler and fish were exhausted we landed the 30 inch brute and called it an afternoon. I am very proud of my Moma! See ya on the water!