It may not be big but it is a Spanish caught in 18 ft at Shallotte inlet. W ater temp has cooled to 65 but there are a few Spanish and blues around. Pictured are some of oifc's finest crew doing a little practice fishing.
- Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Reports have been consistently coming in that flounder are showing up in several inlets. Speckled trout are still here, but locating keeper fish has been the challenge. I have caught several trout in the last two weeks, but the average size has been around 13 inches. We caught about 20 trout and two flounder yesterday, again everything was around 13 inches. The redfish have found their typical spring pattern, unpredictable. Capt. Jeff and I have managed to pick a few off with live mud minnows and I have found some live finger mullet. Capt. Jeff and I have a little something up our sleeve for this coming week. I will report back if it works out.
Bait? Live mud minnows are readily available here at the OIFC. Tiger minnows are in the suds along the beach front or you can catch them on the sand bars at low tide near the inlets. Some 4 to 5 inch mullet minnows have stuck around through the winter and can be caught at dead low tide in shallow water creeks. Don't forget that redfish love crabs. This is the time of year that crabs start to molt and get softshells. This the reason redfish get stubborn this time of year. They will key in on the crabs and only crabs! Artificial baits in chartruese, limetruese, and white color patterns have been picking up trout and flounder. April is approaching and we should see all sorts of fish showing up this month. I have caught a few bluefish in the backwater this past week. The bonita should be at the 90's and Spanish Mackerel will probably start to show the second week in April if they are not already out there. A King Mackerel or two will probably get snagged off of Ocean Crest Pier in the last week of April. Stay tuned...as the reports will probably get hot and heavy in the next few weeks. I love it! See ya on the water!
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I fished Thursday and Friday morning during the high tide periods. High tide is not my favorite time to fish. However, in preparing for my trips toward the end of the week, Jake and I went out scouting on high tide Wednesday morning. We had 15 to 20 trout to the boat first hour of the morning. I was feeling good about my trips at this point.
Well, Thursday morning the only thing that seemed to be hungry were the no see-ums. We had a few short strikes and finally landed three small trout. Started hitting some hard structures for red fish, found one 19 inch fish and a suprise 17 inch flounder. That ended our tough morning of fishing.
Friday morning was just as tough. Dodging showers and fighting the no see-ums. I squeaked out 2 small trout and another suprise keeper flounder. See ya on the water!
Captain Chris Dew and 1st mate Derek were chartered by Clay Parker, Jeff Raver, Max Treese, Roger Burloa, Horace Turbeville and Keith Geohagan of Charlotte, N. C. for a little off shore fishing.
What transpired may sound a little fishy, but it's true. They were fishing the boxcars on the inshore side of the Sharkhole in 69 degree water, when as Keith was reeling in a catch and release sea bass he saw a flounder nail the sea bass. A marine biologist dropped in and identified the flounder as a gulf flounder.
Thanks for fishing with us guys,
Kevin Sneed sent these pictures of a back water red fishing trip he and Kimber Alford took today. Kevin said he was using a custom OIFC spinning rod with a Shimano Sahara which made a perfect in shore combo.
Couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks for the pictures and the report Kevin.
Here we are. Bus ride wasn't too bad. Crowd is down by half at least from 09'. Congressmen on stage strutting their support..... Funny thing is PETA is here too. Me and Barrett had to take the topportunity at a photo op, talk about being out of place: mini skirts and high heels? Really? They are getting an ear full from this crowd. Stay tuned.
Pictured is John Kerry on stage, a heavy hitter showing support. Good mix of bipartisan support; seems like no good reason why things should not be able to get fixed.
My observation of the event is initial puzzlement of why more progress can't be made on the issue in that several of the most powerful Democratic Senators in Congress spoke in favor of the effort to modify the Magneson=Stevens act to relax the rules in favor of flexxibility for fishery management. Senators Kerry, Shumaker,Frank[and others]; on the Republican side Senator Scott Brown[and others]. The point is there is bi-partissan support for the effort. So, why can't it get anywhere? The answer is apparently the other 90% of the inland folks in Congress don't have a dog in the fight and apparently aren't interested. SO.....step #1 is define the problem....step#2 is figure out a solution. Standby, this one needs some thought, but having made the trip, it was very enlightening. This one should be solveable, even dealing with national politics.
Thanks to everyone who took their time to come and support the effort. Let's figure out a new plan of attack.
Larry Spainhour submitted this information about a 43 pound Wahoo caught by Jeff Annas while he was fishing with Steve Farmer and Jason Gore near the 100/400. The trio were fishing in 330 feet deep of 72 degree water.
Thank you Larry and great fish guys!!