Captain Chris Dawson, normally an off shore expert and Brad High went trout fishing today. Captain Chris is holding a 3 lb trout he caught. This trout is now in 2nd place in the OIFC Rodeo.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Got word today that all the OIFC and Brunswick County boats have made it to Biloxi safely with the arrival of the CrossfitOIB sponsered F-250 pulling the 36 ft.Get Floor'd Contender. Now many family members will be flying down to meet their anglers.
Below are a couple pictures Capt. Jeff Beck sent me today. Wouldn't it be nice to have structure to fish around?
One of the area's best inshore anglers and a member of the S.C.Recreational Fisheries Advisory Committee has passed along this article which reports great news about menhaden management. It's worth a read.
Thanks Dr. Jeff.
The Get Floor'd crew got under way this morning. They promptly blew a trailer tire. That fixed, the last report was they had cleared Atlanta. This is a real test of their determination! Robbie Roberts of the King Hunter/Bell and Bell GMC heard of the Get Floor'd's truck problem and immediately offered the services of the dealership. Bell and Bell is a loyal sponsor of the OIFC's Tournaments and also provides the shuttle vehicles.
The Hail Yeah crew were amazed with Biloxi and urges everyone to go to the Nationals next year just to see the event. The wind is supposed to blow but settle down for the Tournament. Below are a couple of pictures they sent.
This almost sounds like the old gag "Who's On 1st. Captain Jeff Beck (Team OIFC/Do Work), has joined forces with Brian Aycock and his crew of the OIFC/Hail Yeah. Their battle cry is Hail Yeah Do Work!. They left for Biloxi about 1 pm today and crossed into Mississippi about 10:30 pm.
Captain Zach Faulkner and Team Get Floor'd/OIFC left for Biloxi with his crew about 3:30pm. They made it to Florence, S.C. and had tow vehicle trouble. Not to be deterred, Capt. Jeff and Capt. Zach talked and decided on a plan of action.
Corey Bellamy, Ella's Fishing Team is going by Jeff's house on the way to Biloxi, pick up Jeff's truck and take it to Zach in Florence. Corey will drop Jeff's truck off and continue on to Biloxi. Zach will hook up Jeff's truck and he'll continue to Biloxi.
Is that confusing or what. But it shows that Team OIFC sticks together and with Corey involved, Brunswick County boys will survive. Meanwhile this reporter is hanging back in Brunswick Co. taking care of Mrs. Pam who is in good hands at Brunswick Novant Medical Center and coordinating efforts here.
The boat below is the Hail Yeah in for a final pit stop before the finish line at the Nationals. Also below are pictures of Team Hail Yeah and their 2nd place Fall Brawl king and Team Get Floor's with their Fall Brawl 3rd place king.The final pic is the Get Floor'd on the road awaiting assistance.
Pam being in the hospital has given me a LOT of time to read..maybe too much.
Below is a picture of an 85 yr.old woman who caught this 850 lb Marlin. There's hope for us old folks yet! Isn't that right Rube?
Team Reel Destruction was involved in a fatal traffic accident while on the way to the SKA Nationals. The details are sketchy but it appears 2 team members, Robert Lawson and Paul Jackson Wood were killed in the accident, Calvin Holcomb was life flited from the scene in critical condition. Calvin is pictured below holding the king.
Team Reel Destruction hails from Atlantic Beach, N. C. This link is an update on the accident..
The OIFC offers our prayers and condolences to Team Reel Destruction.
Barrett and I are heading out tomorrow AM with boat in tow, heading to Biloxi,MS. The drive is not much to look forward to, 13 hours. The hope is to keep all the tires on the trailer between here and there, and the boat on the trailer; not always a guarantee. We plan to do some scouting/messing on Tuesday and Wednesday before competition begins on Friday and Saturday. Winning is really a second thought when making this voyage. The hope is to find the "bite" of fish where we can enjoy some of the best King Mackerel fishing in the country; catching the biggest fish will be luck and a bonus. Many Carolina teams will be making the trip and hopefully the title will be brought back to the Carolinas. We will try to report from down there, so stay tuned.
The windy conditions have been keeping offshore fisherman at bay. It appears that the wind is not going to let up anytime soon and allow for any ocean fishing this week. Inshore action remains strong as the wind only seems to brother the fishermen and not the fish. Jeff Wallen proved just that yesterday. We had brutally strong winds 25 to 35kts with gust up 40kts. yesterday, yet Mr. Wallen and son Josh managed to find a few fish. Mr. Wallen wieghed in a 2.1 trout and 2.3 trout which improved his rodeo standings. Unfortunely, still not quite big enough to take over Brandon Sauls 3.9 lead. Mr. Wallen released his fish alive and well here at dockside. Also in the livewell were a nice redfish and a black drum. Conditions may have been tough, but the fish were still biting.
What is working? Live shrimp, floating them under a cork has been the go to method to finding the big ones. Can't get shrimp? Artificials on a light jighead worked slowly across mud bottom, shell banks, and grass beds will also work well this time of year. Reports have been coming in from Little River to Wrightsville Beach that the bite has been good. Locally we have been catching them around the Sunset Beach area and the Shallote Inlet. During windy conditions find the sheltered side of the intercoastal waterway, inlets, and canals to be successful. See ya on the water!
This report provides a link to an article in the Wilmington Star News about buoy removal, how it effects charter insurance and dredging. To me it is a must read in order to stay up to date on inlet issues.
Just speaking for me and not representing any position the OIFC may have (because I haven't talked with anyone about the subject) I think the state purchasing it's own dredge to keep the inlets clea is a good idea.
On the fishing front there is little going on because of the weather. Most everyone is preparing to go to the SKA Nationals and will pull out Monday or Tuesday. Also anyone who needs trailer repairs we use a local man, Radar, (Anita's dad). All the OIFC teams headed to Biloxi have had him go through their trailers. The OIFC only recommended people we use for our own needs. Contact the OIFC for his number.
Captain Tommy Helms is one of the hottest flounder fishermen in our area. He caught these flatties just prior to the Fall Brawl and thought he'd let all that settle down before sending pictures to the OIFC.
Tommy's daughter just got married and she and her husband, Dan stopped by on the way home from their honeymoon for a little golf and fishing. Flounder fishing with Mr. Helms ought to be called catching instead of fishing.
Congratulations Dan on your marriage and on the nice flounder. You've got a great mother and daddy in law. Thanks for the pics. Tommy.
The Hook A Hoo Wahoo tournament starts today. It was scheduled for one week, fishing 1 out of 9 possible days. BUT, the weather report is sketchy next week so it has been extended to 2 weeks. You can enter any time during that period -- pretty cool format.
Click www.hookahoorodeo.com for information and to enter.
Brandon Sauls has improved his lead in the Trout Division by weighing a 3.9 lb trout on 11-2. Neil Loman is in 1st place in the King Division with a 23.6 lb king he weighed in on 10-7.
The Rodeo goes on until December 31st. On the inshore scene the trout bite is heating up, so is the red drum action and the flounder are still hitting. I'll have a couple of pictures of Captain Tommy Helms' flat fish Thursday.