The picture is of Attorney Rauch.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The picture is of Attorney Rauch.
Corey Bellamy's new Fountain, "Choice Of Two", must have come with the fish catchn' option. Cory, Trask Cunningham, and Ryan Stevens fished between the Mac Marlin and the Scarp today. They reported the waster was 69-71 degrees and they worked 150-200 ft of water depth. They boated mahi and, wahoo, while losing several. Trask said they jumped a sail (sounds like someone else I know), but I digress. His said that was an awesome sight. Trask ended his report by saying black and red were the best colors.
The name "Choice of Two" is in reference to Beck's Seafood and Ella's Seafood in Calabash. The Becks' are not related to me, in case you wanted to know, and Ella's was just voted Best Seafood In The State. Congratulations!
Thanks for the report guys. Also, tthe big guy in the picture is Corey. He's sometimes mistaken for Howie Mandel. I wanted to clear that up in case you're a fan of "Deal Or No Deal".
Captain Jeff Martini of the Midtown Bristol fished the 100/400 with his son Chance and friend Bill Hall. They caught mahi ,kings and black fin in 200 feet deep water. The water was 74 degrees with great color.
As many off shore fishermen say, no need to go looking for fish if you know wher they are.
Captain Joe Seegers fished the Same Ole today. He reported catching yahoo and a fair amount of black fin. Joe said it sounded like the action was around the Blackjack Hole and the 100/400.
Thanks for the report Captain.
Team OIFC, Brant, Barrett, and Rube combined forces and set sight on Bluefin Tuna action from Oregon Inlet. Also very cool was the addition of professi onal photo/videographer, Chris Campbell who's job was to document the adventure.
We arrived to the boat ramp to a hustle of action as dozens of boats were busy unloading, all with similar visions of bent rods and big fish. We too had similar thoughts, but a plan to do it "our way" -- while most boats chose to troll ballyhoo, and most had success catching a few Bluefin, we made a stop inshore and loaded our well with 2-4 pound live Bluefish. From there, it was just a matter of delivering these poor, innocent sacrifices to their demise. I assure you that while Bluefin can stick their nose up at trolled ballyhoo, vertical jigs, poppers..... they WILL NOT turn down a live Bluefish. It was automatic and it was ugly. We started with 50# tackle to "have some fun" but quickly realized "fun" lasted WAY too long and hurt too much. We caught and lost (break offs from putting too much pressure) dozens of Bluefin -our first fish to the boat was a 68 incher, good eating size, so we helped him make the decision to come home with us. By 10am we were whooped and it was brake time. We sat around eating lunch, lounging and messing with monster Hammerhead sharks until about 2pm when we decided we'd give it another go. Luckily I had brought a couple of my TLD 50 reels on OIFC custom Bluefin rods, so we geared up. We decided to spice things up as a 10-15 knot breeze had kicked up, thus allowing the chance to fly the kite. We pulled upwind of the fleet and put the boat in neutral, deploying a bait from the kite on one side of the boat and another on a flat line on the other side. It was quiet; action and reports seemed to be very scattered. Then from nowhere, the biggest Bluefin that ever lived (at least it looked like it at that second), with no warning, erupted from under the kite with the Bluefish in its mouth and left a hole in the water that sent whitewater 10 feet up and bubble trail 20 feet down - IT WAS INCREDIBLY COOL. The line came tight, the clip released, the circle hook set and Barrett went to work. We were driting as Barrett did battle when the tell-tale marks of Bluefin showed under the boat--I just commented to Rube that if the other bait got eaten it'd be interesting -- and of course, it did. I was hooked up and shoved the drag apparently too far and broke the Bluefin off on the initial run. I wound in, retied, rerigged another sacrifice, freelined it down, felt it stop, twitch and then get heavy -- again, I engaged and again got too aggressive and again busted the fish off on the initial run; all while Barrett is working on his fish; making good runs, sounding and fighting like a nice fish. Now I'm mad. I had a weak link of 100# mono topshot over the 150# braid, so I spooled the 100# off and tied my leader straight to the 150# braid -- now I'm ready. I again hooked the bait, threw it over and it swam right into another hungry mouth -- 15 seconds wait time, maybe. I came tight and threw the drag in the corner- 30+ pounds. The fish had some shoulders and did its thing. Barrett worked his fish to boatside after about 20 minutes and we released his 82-84 inch (350lb) Bluefin. My fish was now the focus and it fought hard, staying deep. We had to spend 30 minutes on this fish but eventually Barrett had the leader and the 88-90 inch fish (400lbs+) was at boatside and released. And that was all we wanted. We released the remaining baits from the well and watched as the water around us boiled as big Tuna chased the Blues around the boat. The fishery is obviously healthy and pretty darn cool. Chris got a ton of footage, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with. We had planned to fish 2 days, but as we rode back to the motel from the boat ramp this PM we concluded there really wasn't much more that could be accomplished. So, I think we'll eat a good dinner, watch some NCAA tourney games and the head back to OIB in the early AM. I love it when a plan comes together.
Back at OIB, I've gotten several reports of good Wahoo action. Capt. Steele and team are heading to the Stream tomorrow, so hopefully we'll get a good start to the Stream season as well. It sure is beautiful at the coast, come on down and join us. See you at the OIFC -- when we get some video footage from our trip on-line I'll post it to the report to check out --
Just got a text report from Brant and Barrett who are on a Tuna mission to our north... Sounds like the same great bite we had the opportunity to get in on last year with the Bluefin Tuna's in Hatteras. In his words, "About the same as last year but the fish are way bigger" and "Bluefin bites on a Kite bait are SICK"... I am sure he will elaborate. The Carolina Cat will be running offshore a little closer to home tomorrow with visions of a Carolina Slam in mind... We will keep you posted as to how we do out there and like I said, I am sure Brant will give the Play By Play as soon as gets back tomorrow night... If you want to try to go Saturday, I still have 4 openings. Just leave me a message on my Cell at 910-620-9919 and I will confirm when I get to the dock tomorrow night.
Chris Campbell took this picture at @4:45am and said he and Team OIFCwere going tuna hunting! Hope they bag some. Stream fishing is ON!! Not sure if Capt Brant has any slots open for this Friday's trip or not. Check with us at 910-575-FISH (3474)
And by the way, if you want some great pictures check with Chris Campbell of Campbell Photography Studio. You can also keep up with Chris and the OIFC on FaceBook.
I am sure you can easily tell we are all fired up about off shore fishing. This is because we have reason. Capt. Wally Trayah, who fished out of the Oak Island area reported that he landed some big black fin tuna, mahi and skipjack tuna while out around the Gulf Stream.
all this info combined with what looks like a great weekend has everyone ready to go the Gulf Stream. If fuel is an issue, charter one of our boats and split the costs!
Whatever you folks are doing inland drop it fast and get on down here to the coast. The weather is magnificent and looks to be that way all week. The gulf stream should be on fire as there is a perfect temperature break. Also it appears the yellowfin may be back after a 5+year disappearance. March used to be our best month for yellowfin and we are hearing encouraging reports of yellowfin being caught.
Everyone knows fuel is high, but just add another person to your crew. Split the cost up enough and it cost the same pre-Obama.
Inshore you can catch sea bass as fast as you can drop it just outside the inlet. I caught a all time record stringer of 6 bass on one drop. It's all catch and release but still lots of fun particuliarly for the young-ins.
Come on down....wahoo...tuna....mahi mahi!!