Brandon Sauls and Clay Morphes had four sweet Flounder today. They went straight to the fryer!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Brandon Sauls and Clay Morphes had four sweet Flounder today. They went straight to the fryer!
Congratulations to the Grays and Team Beeracuda on their victory in the Share Tournament. The total weight of their fish was $32k
Recently my wife Kelly and I were blessed with our first child, Heidi. After Heidi’s birth I decided to take a week off the water to take it all in and practice being a normal human with minimal sleep. It hasn’t been near as bad as people said it would be, but the sudden withdrawal of saltwater is what really got to me. Luckily yesterday (8/2), I was able to get back on the water to check the scene.
Steve Carnes, Dyke Davies, Scott Wise, Demvs, Noah and Mandi Oxford came aboard for an early eight-hour trip. Despite hungry sharks and barracuda eating our fish, our crew battled king mackerel, big spanish mackerel and Amberjack. Once the dust settled, all arms were sore, the fishbox was full and the seas laid down to almost nothing for a nice ride back to the dock.
My two-hour trip provided non stop action from black sea bass, tom-tates, ring tails, and pinfish. We attempted to catch a flounder on one of the artificial reefs but came up empty.
Rachel Turkal and Dani and Joseph Herron joined me on an evening four-hour trip to target spanish and sharks. With high hopes and flat calm conditions, we bullseye’d our target with catching some nice spanish mackerel for dinner then fell into a shark feeding frenzy at sunset. Rachel even managed to reel in a nice keeper king mackerel while spanish mackerel fishing with a #00 clarkspoon with attached to #10 fluorocarbon – little sketchy on the leader. All in all, I was able to put fish in the boat for some great customers.
The bait has shown back up in the 25-mile range but it’s a lot smaller than it was three weeks ago – smaller bait yielding smaller fish. However, mixed in with the small mackerels, bonita, and barracudas have been huge Spanish mackerel. Dead cigar minnows pulled behind Bluewater Candy Wedgies produced the best for us yesterday. Especially the candy apple red head with a glow squid skirt – great lure, sold at the OIFC, Aisle 1. If fishing in this 25-mile range be on the lookout for the nonexistent Long Bay sailfish. They start to come in a little shallower this time of year and a ball of 3 inch sardines that’s currently out there is just ticket to keep them around.
The near shore action has been hot as well. Just like Brant’s recent fishing report, it’s Spanish for dinner and sharks for a show. Simple as that – call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today.
Good day offshore Thursday on the Retriever with Will Newell and Chris Eckert . They got 7 triggerfish and a dozen fat beeliners
The final regular season event for the Elite Redfish Series out of Biloxi is in the books. And I for one am relieved. 3 days of the most intense competition and challenging conditions has me beat down and needing some recovery time. I backed into the final 5 on day three despite dead fish penalties and a lackluster day one. Day three the conditions totally changed and we were greeted by stiff west winds, clouds and rain. No big deal just another 75 mile run aboard my piece of plywood with a 250hp strapped to the back! Without being able to see the fish because of the dark cloudy conditions it made catching difficult. Despite the conditions I landed in a good area where a few schools showed up. The right fish were there, unfortunately my execution was poor. When the dust settled I only was able to put together a 21lb and change bag. It did move me up to 4th place for the event but truthfully I had the opportunity to do much better.
It's been a solid year on the trail for me. I began to understand what it took to consistently catch the right fish. 3 top 5's out of 3 events is an accomplishment. I finished the year in 4th place overall and have qualified for the match play championship in March.
Now time to get back to the east coast and a more reasonable lifestyle. This one man tournament fishing is for the birds!
be aIt's late, I'm beat up but I'm still in the game. Will save the details for a later report. The base facts are I squeezed into the top 5 again coming from behind today on the strength of a 12.05 29" redfish- the biggest fish of the event. Tomorrow the top 5 go head to head to see who comes out on top. The tally for the top 5 is 2 Louisiana, 1 Texas and 2 North Carolina anglers. I'm just over 3lbs behind the leader I believe. Two dead fish penalties really hurt my chances. So far I've fished basically blind both days in two totally different areas. Think I'll try that strategy one more time. Awesome day of fishing today. Nothing like seeing a pod of 30" redfish coming at you in 12" of water. Tomorrow will be a big challenge outside of my competition. Thunder storms and stronger winds are forecasted. Oh boy, it's tournament time.
Boyce Broadwell passed away unexpectedly yesterday morning after suffering a fall on the job.
Boyce was a pioneer of live bait King Mackerel fishing, perennial tournament winner, father and grandfather. He and family have fished the 31' Fountain Nauti Lady based from Oak Island for at least 3 decades; as long as I can remember.
Boyce was a very prominent and important member of our fishing community and his absence will be noticed. Please think of Boyce and his family, but also know the next time you pull a live Pogy on a double treble King rig, Boyce had something to do with that.
Tight Lines Boyce Broadwell
Wow, that was a tough one. Much longer run than I was anticipating. The weather was great as compared to what it could have been. However even a 1' chop will beat the fillings out of you in my boat. After all the twists and turns thru the marsh and the open water running it was over 100 miles to the fishing grounds. I ran for 6 hours today and fished for 2. Not exactly what I had in mind. Slight miscalculation. Good sunny conditions and fishing was decent for me. In a couple hours I was able to sight fish and catch around 10 redfish. One fish under 30" and 2 under 27" was our bag limit. I weighed 24.5lbs but had one dead fish so that gave me a .75lb penalty. Currently in 8th place. Day two tomorrow. We are changing check out location so hopefully the run time is cut down some. Here we go again
The junior anglers of Tge Beeracuda Fishing Team reeled them up until they needed a nap
Tom Walcott and crew from Chicago, IL with a nice catch of Kings and a kicker Mahi on an 8hr with Capt Sean on the OIFC World Cat- pic 1. Brady group from VA with a nice King Mac catch off the Carolina Cat with Capts Brad and Austin on 6hr- pic 2 Capt Brant Sent from my iPhone
The last regular season Elite Series event begins tomorrow. I've spent the last two days scouting the marsh over in Delacroix, LA. From Biloxi, where check out is, Delacroix is about an 80 mile run. Normally not a big deal. However in my particular situation the hardest part of the entire event will be getting there and getting back. I'm fishing out of my flat bottom tower boat and approximately 50 of the 80 mile run is in open water in the Gulf of Mexico. Any type of wave action and things get dicey quick. All the other anglers have shown up to this one with the larger bay boats prepared for the run. Nothing like a little adversity right off the get go!
Fishing has been relatively slow as compared to how it is normally in this area. Middle of summer patterns has the fish not moving much so seeing them without spooking them is difficult. All the floating hydrilla grass is dying out which is causing the water to be dirtier than I'd like making seeing the redfish difficult also. Nevertheless, it's southern Louisiana and there are still plenty of redfish. The trick will be execution.
This is a 2 day event with the top 5 after two days fishing a third day. We are fishing for 3 redfish each day and are allowed to have 1 fish up to 30" and 2 fish up to 27". Weigh in will be around 3pm central time tomorrow and can be seen at www.theredfishseries.com live.
I'm not on anything great but I've been in worse position leading into a tournament before. As stated, first things first. Make it across the Gulf then figure out how to catch a fish!
Fishing continues really good. Spanish and King Mac bite has been great and we hope it continues. The Kaufmans, Horns and Hazeltons were a few groups that busted them today; with some nice bottomfish as well. Come fish with at the OIFC. Great job OIFC captains- getting it done! Capt. Brant Sent from my iPhone
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Congratulations to OIFC family members Derek and Kelly Treffinger as they have brought Heidi Grace into the world. This is their first child, so the ride is just beginning. Many of the staff is currenlty wrestling over the rights to hold the baby, so I don't think she will be lacking for attention. Proud of you guys.
I have not done a very good job with reporting recent redfish tournament adventures. While the reporting hasn't been very good, the adventures have been exactly as intense as always so I thought heading into the last event of the year, I would do a quick catch up.
This year I jumped back into the one man Elite Redfish Series which includes three tournaments over the spring and summer and a championship in early 2018. The first event was back in March at the Louisiana Crawfish festival in Chalmette, LA. If I remember correctly, I posted a fairly thorough recap of that adventure/debacle right after the event. To make a long story short, I ended up in 4th place after a very slow start on day one and major breakdown on day 3. Making the top 5 cut to be able to fish the final day and weigh in amongst the crowds at the Crawfish Festival was pretty wild. I charged on hard on day two and three but couldn't claw my way to the top after starting from behind.
Event 2 took place in Bayou Segnette, LA which is just below New Orleans. This was a cool event because anglers had so many options on strategy. The field spread out 100 miles in both directions of weigh in. We had really windy conditions but sunny so fishing was good. I fished within the same 3 square mile area each day and managed to make the cut again going into the final day in 4th place. On the final day I truly made the conscious decision to swing for the fences. I had a good bag of five fish on board that I knew would move me up but wouldn't be enough to chase down the leader. At the last minute I caught a monster but he was riding the edge of the legal length. The safe play was to let him go and hope for a top 3 finish. Taking the, "if you're not first you're last" mentality I opted to bring the big fish in and go for the win. It backfired as my fish just wouldn't give up that 1/16" and ended up weighing 4 instead of a 5 full bag limit. 5th place was my reward.
The angler of the year award would normally be in sight with 2 top 5 finishes in 2 events but the two guys ahead of me have also had a great season finishing in the top 3 for each event. So going into the final event angler of the year is likely out of the question which leaves only one thing to do. Win. I've had a steep learning curve over the last few years fishing this one man redfish series in the gulf states. Everything that could go wrong has. From Dukes of Hazard style groundings, to boat fires, to fish not measuring, I've had it all. For whatever reason, this season things seemed to have clicked. I can't put my finger on it, but I'd say the biggest difference is the ability to recognize when you're on the right path.
The final regular season event of the season is this coming week held out of Biloxi, MS. This one will present quite a challenge for me and my equipment. Most of the competitors will have larger bay boat style rigs to run across the Mississippi sound and Lake Borgne to the LA marsh. Unfortunately, I'm in my flat bottom tower boat. Any type of wave action at all creates a major problem. With 25 miles of open Gulf of Mexico running required to get to the marsh it'll be tricky for sure. For this event we are allowed to weigh 3 live redfish. If fishing in LA waters two fish must be under 27" and one fish under 30". If fishing MS waters all three must be under 30". Weather will be my deciding factor. Most anglers will opt to fish LA waters due to the heavier weights of the fish and ease of catching. I'll have a couple days to do some scouting and put together a good weather and bad weather plan. While winning this event is the objecting and would be sweet revenge, I do have the pressure of weighing at least one legal redfish so I can qualify for the championship. One fish should guarantee me a top 10 finish for the season which is what qualifies you for the championship. The championship will be next February and will put the 10 finishers in the east division (my division) vs the top 10 finishers in the west division in a head to head, match play championship. I plan on being there for that so catching a fish this week is important. I will do my best to update the report with how the week is going. To keep up with the standings and happenings be sure to follow the Elite Redfish Series on Facebook, Instagram and all that stuff.
Scouting starts tomorrow afternoon.
From Heather Hughes Facebook page:
So this happened Saturday
Couldn't be more proud of my hubby (and #1 captain ??) for saving FOUR lives today after their boat drifted into the breakers and subsequently overturned.
After losing power in their cabin cruiser outside of Shallotte Inlet and drifting into the breakers, the boaters put a call out to notify the Coast Guard they were taking on water. Capt. Clay (SeaTow 8) and Capt. Kendrick Schwarz (SeaTow 6) responded and were able to work their way in closer to the distressed vessel. Once Clay started to approach, the vessel took a couple of waves over the stern and quickly overturned throwing the family into the water. Clay quickly realized two of the PIWs were little girls and thankfully was able to maneuver close enough to pluck the girls and their parents from the water. Once safely onboard our Sea Tow vessel, Clay was able to ferry them inside the inlet and transfer them over to OIB Fire & Rescue.
Today was a good day.
#SeaTowLife #waterrescue #mymansgotskills #myhero #SeaTow #ShallotteInlet #OIB
Meagan Smith and Austin Dunlap of Charlotte, NC show off a couple of several kings they caught today with friend Jeff Rosowski of Raleigh, NC, on board the OIFC World Cat with Captain OC. A few big Spanish were caught as well. King bite continues good, come fish with us at the OIFC. Sent from my iPhone