I have a hard time explaining to folks they can't keep a fish because it is TOO BIG. They are fun to catch.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Jason Sessoms was kind enough to share his weekend fishing trip with his Dad with us in this report.
"I made it back up to Holden beach this past weekend to put to use some tips
I've gotten by reading your reports. My dad, Andy, and myself had a
productive time. Four upper slot reds, several keeper flounder, black drum,
and one nice sheepshead. The sheepshead was 9lbs and the black drum in the
picture was 28" and bottomed out our 15lb boga grip. Keep the reports
Thanks for the report and the pictures. We'll keep the reports comming as long as folks enjoy them.
My first group today ate banana chips all morning and caught several redfish, black drum, flounder, and trout completing an inshore slam. Jeff Jones (aka Toad) couldn't get a redfish to the boat, but sure put a hurt on the toadfish. LOL! He ate most of the banana chips. My second group shows up and was so excited that we ended up fishing one of them out of the marsh before we could get started. Everyone on the boat with fresh live bait and we were off into the East wind. Despite the silty water and howling East wind...we managed to find yet another inshore slam with a bonus sheepshead. Today was a great adventure with an awesome group of folks. Thank you guys for fishing with me! See ya on the water!
Mr. Almond and his son Zach joined me this morning for a half day backwater adventure. Debby to the South of us has sent a few showers our way and high pressure building to the North of us has the wind howling. We are stuck right in the middle of a pressure battle between two air masses. Our best hope is that high pressure to our North wins the battle sending Debby well South and bringing stable weather to our region. Despite all the changing weather conditions we were determined to give it a go this morning. Our first spot was void of live. We hit our secondary spot and game on! We landed several nice redfish and battled with some large stingrays. Mr. Almond was hooking all the fish and Zach was complaining that his rod wasn't getting hit. It was a good thing Daddy was lettting him reel in all the fish. We found out shortly after a long battle with a stingray why Zach's rod wasn't getting hit. Zach sat down for a quick snack...a BANANA! I am just glad it wasn't effecting the whole boat. We had a great morning on the water despite some tough conditions. Thank you guys for fishing with us! See ya on the water!
Live shrimp fished on a carolina rig in deep holes produced most of the bites. We also floated live shrimp over shallow oyster bars producing a few bites.
Below is Mr. Richard Boles and his crew of the "Toes Up" with a couple of Jolly Mon pictures.
Also is a picture of Brandon Aycock of the "Hail Yeah" with his 1st mahi.
A total of 176 boats registered to compete in the 2012 Jolly Mon King Classic. That is down substantially from 3+ years ago when the tournament would draw 300 or more competing teams. As most will agree, a combination of the building bust, fuel prices and poor fishing all have lead teams away from the sport. It is my sincerest hope that one day these fishermen will come back to competition and the Jolly Mon, and I believe many will come back if the fishing will continue strong. Regardless, the Jolly Mon is still one of the largest King Mackerel fishing tournaments in the country, and a total purse in excess of $75,000 was paid out to winning teams who were able to catch the largest King Mackerel. The Jolly Mon allowed for teams to compete 1 out of 2 days, either Saturday the 23rd or Sunday the 24th. The weather forecast was great for both days, and teams were split nearly 50/50 fishing each day. As is often the case in tournaments, the first fish to the scales is the big one that will take the prize. On Saturday at 2pm the Southport based team of Dave Canaday, Treston Nowell and T.K. Nowell pulled up to the scales in their 26 foot boat Snap One and announced they had a big one. The team pulled a monster from the bag, a 41.60 pound King Mackerel that would be the event’s only 40 pounder and good for the overall win and $18,000+ in prize money. Capt. Dave Canady reported they had caught the fish in 65 feet of water near the famous “Shark Hole”, located some 15 miles offshore of Ocean Isle Beach. They reported a good bite from Kings and that several other boats were in the area and catching fish. The stage had been set. The Kings showed up and now it was up to the 175 other participants to bring them to the scales. Shortly thereafter Corey Bellamy and team of the Choice of Two scaled a 33.7 pound King and Austin Eubanks of the Clearly Hooked scaled a 31.8. A total of 3 fish over 30 pounds were weighed in on day 1 along with quite a few others over 25 pounds. Approximately half of the 80 boats fishing on Saturday weighed in Kings, and by scale closing at 5pm, 31st place was just over 10 pounds. Sunday’s weather looked even better than Saturday with glass flat seas. The advantage for teams on this day was that “word” had gotten out on where Kings were caught and thus teams were able to hone directly in on their whereabouts. What was really great was that a large school of Kings had moved into the Shark Hole area just 15 miles offshore, making them accessible to any size boat. In addition, as it was thought prior to the tournament, another large group of Kings was holding 40+ miles offshore, southwest of the Frying Pan Tower. Many of the larger boats blasted off to seek these offshore Kings while the smaller boats went for the closer in Kings. And the best part was of the 30 places on the leader board, it was a near even split between winning fish coming from big boats and small boats; everyone was in the game. Scales opened at 2pm on Sunday, but on this day, there were no teams waiting. In fact, it wasn’t until after 3pm that the first team came to the scales. But, slowly as time pushed toward 5pm, the trickle of boats picked up, and it was evident the bite was hot and the fish were quality. 20+ pound Kings were the norm as many boats reported catching their limits. The Southern Bale team captained by Matt Gay came in early to post a 37.5 pound King that took over 2nd place. At 4pm, Jackson David of the Intracoastal Angler boat scaled a 33.95 to take over 3rd place. And the 30’s just kept coming. It was evident the Kings were back! By the end of the weigh-in on Sunday, 65 of the 95 fishing teams had weighed in. 10th place was a whopping 30 pounds and it took a 21.65 pound King to make 30th place. That is one of the strongest leader boards in the history of the Jolly Mon. Participants were all smiles and thankful for the great day of fishing. Being a competitive fisherman myself, I certainly want to win every time out. However, the difference between being satisfied with my effort and disappointed mostly revolves around whether I feel like I gave myself a fair opportunity to win the tournament. That means I felt like I was in a good place that could produce the winning fish, I caught fish and I didn’t mess up any opportunities. To me, that is a successful day of tournament fishing. And the wonderful thing was that most competitors in the 2012 Jolly Mon felt this way. The bite was good and there were scattered potential winning fish which meant any next bite could be the big one. It is the essence of tournament fishing; the anticipation, excitement and anxiety that occurs when you get a bite that you think might possibly be a winning fish. It is a rush! In the end, the team of Dave Canady, Treston Nowell and T.K. Nowell of Southport, NC took away top honors for producing a 41.6 pound King Mackerel. Congratulations to this team and all the teams who competed and helped to revive the King Mackerel fishery. Also many thanks to the sponsors that supported the Jolly Mon: Yellowfin Yachts, Yamaha Marine, Sea Tow, BrightStar, Bell & Bell, Guy C. Lee, NBOA, The GPS Store, BB&T, Ameratrail, Marine Service Center, Ocean Isle Marina and others.
I believe that with stable weather, the Kings are going to show up strong and make for great fishing this Summer. Let’s cross our fingers and hope the storms stay away; they are the deciding factor.
2012 Jolly Mon King Classis results:
1 41.60 SNAP ONE Dave Canady, Southport, NC
2 37.50 Southern Bale Matt Gay, Walstonburg, NC
3 33.95 Intracoastal Angler Jackson David, Wilmington, NC
4 33.70 Choice of Two Cory Bellamy, Sunset Beach, NC
5 32.65 Wide Spread Nesbitt Noble, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
6 32.60 Jay Bird Jay J Loney_Jr, Wilmington, NC
7 32.20 Hooligan Joseph R Winslow_III, Sunset Beach, NC
8 31.80 Clearly Hooked Austin T Eubank, Carolina Beach, NC
9 30.30 Hammer Ronald K Sutton, Carolina Beach, NC
10 30.25 Salt & Battery Blake Holcomb, Leland, NC
11 29.60 Toes-Up Richard L Boles, Laurinburg, NC
12 28.40 Blew By U! Corey Durako, Wilmington, NC
13 28.05 Half-at-it Brian A Bullard, Wilmington, NC
14 27.35 Inlet View Bar & Grill Tim Milliken, Shallotte, NC
15 27.00 Final Approach James M Demyan_Jr, Southern Pines, NC
16 26.35 Hot Rod Brett A Barnes, Wilmington, NC
17 25.75 Team OIFC Barrett McMullan, Shallotte, NC
18 25.65 What Ever Cheryl Davis, Greensboro, NC
19 25.50 Wild Ride Randy Griffin_Jr, Hampstead, NC
20 25.45 Windy Conditions Henry Tillett, Beaufort, NC
21 24.65 Service Call Patrick Overstreet_I, Tarboro, NC
22 23.70 Bud Light Phillip M Hamilton, Wilmington, NC
23 23.60 Full Throttle Billy Earnhardt, Salisbury, NC
24 23.45 On A Mission Chris Bryan, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
25 22.95 My Time Danny R Goodman, Shallotte, NC
26 22.55 Take a Chance David M Rucker, Raleigh, NC
27 22.20 Eren's Addiction Too Jack Bracewell, Summerville, SC
28 21.95 Wee Doggie Joey Crisp, Wilmington, NC
29 21.85 Logan's Run D Logan, Wrightsville Beach, NC
30 21.80 Gone Haywire IV Randy Baker, Waxhaw, NC
Junior Angler Division (16 years and younger)
1- 32.60 Jay Bird CJ Avery, Wilmington, NC
2- 29.60 Toes-Up Richard J Boles, Laurinburg, NC
3- 27.35 Inlet View Bar & Grill Tristen Catalanotto, Shallotte, NC
4- 25.75 Team OIFC Caroline McMullan, Shallotte, NC
5- 25.50 Wild Ride Ayden Griffin, Hampstead, NC
6- 25.45 Windy Conditions Gage Bass, Beaufort, NC
7- 21.95 Wee Doggie Whitney Crisp, Wilmington, NC
8- 20.90 Miss Teny Robert Jones, Walstonburg, NC
9- 19.75 Seahorse Fishing Team Madison Morris, Troy, NC
10- 17.45 No Pro Bono Holden Clark, Elizabethtown, NC
11- 17.20 Wave Walker David Lambeth Jr, Asheboro, NC
12- 16.50 Liquid Fire Crockett Henderson, Cape Carteret, NC
13- 16.35 Let'er Rip Mason Cashwell, Roseboro, NC
14- 16.05 East Coast Sports Cole Edens, Hampstead, NC
15- 14.80 Knot Head Ashleigh & Jennifer Stocks, Chadbourn, NC
16- 13.55 Fin-der Bender Dustin Mosier, Vass, NC
17- 12.30 Trick C Kaitlyn York, Burlington, NC
18- 11.25 Team Brightstar Christopher Lappin, Southport, NC
19- 10.75 Hail Yeah Brandon Aycock, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
20- 10.00 Pharmasea Holden Carroll, Four Oaks, NC
Grandma Mac Memorial- Lady Angler Division
1- 41.60 SNAP ONE T K Nowell, Southport, NC
2- 32.65 Wide Spread Becky King Noble, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
3- 31.80 Clearly Hooked Margaret Pennstrom, Carolina Beach, NC
4- 28.05 Half-at-it Teresa Bullard, Wilmington, NC
5- 25.75 Team OIFC Katelyn Kincer, Shallotte, NC
6- 25.65 What Ever Cheryl Davis, Greensboro, NC
7- 25.45 Windy Conditions Wendy Tillett, Beaufort, NC
8- 24.65 Service Call Devon Bullock, Tarboro, NC
9- 22.20 Eren's Addiction Too Eren Bracewell, Summerville, SC
10- 20.05 Didn't Ask ! Bonita Alexander, Stedman, NC
Scott Hewett Memorial- Senior Angler Division (55 years+)
1- 41.60 SNAP ONE David Canady, Southport, NC
2- 28.05 Half-at-it Lawrence Bullard, Wilmington, NC
3- 27.00 Final Approach James Demyan Jr, Southern Pines, NC
The awards dinner and presentation was last night. The recipients had a good group of supporters joining in and a great meal to boot.
Captain Brant will be providing the details of the finishing order shortly. Below are a couple of pictures including the winning team of D. Canady, Preston Nowell and T.K. Nowell.
Click on this link for more pictures. Also a big thank you to the substitute photographer Courtney Beck.
Congratulations to all.
Wow was I shocked with the amount and quality of Kings that came to the scales Saturday at the Jolly Mon weighin. All spring, and particuliarly the last few weeks, we have been moaning and groaning about how bad the king fishing was, and where in the heck were the kings. Truthfully, I was worried if anyone would actually catch a king. Well, you put approx 100 of the best fishing teams in the Carolinas on the water and sure enough, either the kings give up their hide and seek game or these guys are good. The fisheremen found the fish, although it seems the fish were scattered in packs, and if you found them you caught them good. On top of that, those fishing in 100 feet of water had extra benefit of lots of mahi mahi mixed in and also cobia. Today 80+ teams are on the water for the 2nd day of the tourney, so come on by OIFC and watch the final day weighin. The scales open at 2:00 and they have to be in line by 5:00. Our off island shuttle is running, no traffic/parking hassles.
Out in the stream, Jay Murphy proved the fish are still there bringing to the OIFC dock the most impressive catch of dolphin I have seen all year. He had 20 excellent fish ranging from 15-35lbs. They found a well formed weed line in 450 feet offshore of the 100/400. The day before, Kendel Suh and his team found a 40+ wahoo and a load of dolphin in the same area. Also, yesterday, one of the tourney boats brought in a huge wahoo that pegged out our scale at 70lbs and would have kept going probably up to 80+.
Come join us today at OIFC for the final weighin of the 2012 Jolly Mon.
Those who stayed home because they thought the kings were not around made an error. I am not sure how many boats weighed in but there was a "boat Load" of kings, mahi and cobia brought to the scales.
Right now D. Canady, Preston Nowell and T.K. Nowell are in the lead with an impressive 41.6 lb king..WOW!!! In a solid second is Corey Bellamy, Trask Cunningham and EDDIE JONES. Below are pix of the 1st and 2nd place kings. Click on this link to see all the pictures from today's Jolly Mon.
Today was the Jolly Mon Jr. fishing day. A few kings were weighed in. Also the Captains' Meeting was held at the OIFC. As usual a grand time was enjoyed by all. Click here to see all the pictures.
I fished the Jolly Mon Jr. with Jeff, Chris Campbell and of course our Jr. Angler Camdyn. The conditions were a little sporty with the winds out of the south west. There were some kings and mahi caught today. I saw photographic evidence of several nice kings caught and released Thursday. I had to swear under oath I would not share the info. And, I don't have the pix.
Captain Brant has expanded to Jolly Mon to include a prize for mahi and cobia. This was announced at the Captains' Meeting.
On the water yesterday; here's what I saw. Water from 0-50 feet absolutely beautiful "king green"; crystal clear. Pogies scattered up and down beach[in front of Holden Beach bridge yesterday], glass minnows and spanish. From 50 feet to 90 feet, color not as good, a lot of scattered weed, but did see schools of tinker mackeral in 75 feet. Tinkers are absolute #1 King candy and we don't usually see them till November. From 90 feet and beyond, weed not a problem and water color crystal clear.
Fishing action: There were Kings caught at the Shark Hole. Also heard reports of Yaupon and 90/90. What we suggested early in the week, with the weather stabalizing, the kings are finally begin moving in to where they are supposed to be. It seems every day reports are getting better as more and more fish are being caught. 2 more days to go before tourney so hopefully it will continue to improve.