The Fall Brawl trophies are hand carved, one of a kind made by a local artist. He also has a display of his work for sale out in front of the OIFC.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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OK, entries are winding down, still taking a few last minutes on-line. But as of 9pm we have 190 boat entries !!!! That is outstanding. Thanks so much to all participants for joining in the 2011 Fall Brawl. Good luck to all fishing tomorrow. See you at the weigh in.
The wind blew hard West today but is supposed to lay tonight. We have offshore trips scheduled for both boats tomorrow, so we will have a report tomorrow evening. The weather report is actually looking pretty good. Things may just come together for this one, possibly a repeat of last year? Stay tuned --
The title came from Bob Newell's report of a trip he, Johnathan Olgesby, Andrew Sanderson and Matt Moore took on Bob's Black Dog.
They were all geared up for wahoo, but put one TLD 25 with a circle hook on board. They caught a nice wahoo and some slinger mahi at the Steeples in the morning along a weed line in 78 degree water. They decided to move at lunch and found nice 80 degree blue water at the 100/400. They set out wahoo gear and worked the ledges. Having no luck, they decided to leave at 3. But as they were getting ready to take up the sail fish began showing up in the teaser and hitting planer rods, wire, you name it! But they were skunked, going 0-4, missing strong hook ups with j hooks. One of the crew, Johnathan started prospecting and sure enough fish on!! with a perfect drop back.
As Bob reiterated, don't give up on the stream!
Thanks for the report Bob!
As Rickey reported, we ran a couple of full day charters yesterday. We fished in 90 feet of water and caught a couple of Grouper, but the current was bad which made bottom fishing tough. We decided to focus on topwater slow trolling and did quite well with a few surprises. We saw plenty of the "auxillary" species (Jacks and Cudas) but spiced things up with Kings, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna and Dolphin -- in October in 90 feet of water- pretty cool. The conditions were pretty sloppy, but we ended up with a good catch and a good mixed bag.
For all you Fall Brawlers out there, there are Kings in the 80-100 foot depths, but as far as I've seen thus far, they are all in the 12-20 pound range. Where are the big fish?? The deal this weekend is one of the gambles-- you can either wait at Lighthouse Rocks for the bite to turn on, and if it does, you are golden. Or, you can bank on it NOT turning on and head offshore a bit to try to find action and hope to find a nice size fish. It is a hard one to call. Pogys have been tough for a week now. We caught them yesterday on Jaybird shoal offshore of the lighthouse. One thing, if you do head offshore, there are lots of Cigar Minnows at artificial reefs and wrecks. If you stay inshore, the Bluefish have been around the inlet mouths- and, don't underestimate a Spot.
Tim Blanton of Integrity Air Monitoring of Huntersville, N.C. made a return visit to the OIFC chartering both Cat Boats Captaining the Cats were Capt. Brant, Capt. Chris Dew and Capt. Steele Park. Joining them were Jim Lewis, Tim Agner, Gary Yoder, Athena Strickland, Dave Mundy and Larry McCaskill.
The boats stopped on their way out and got pogies in 8 ft. of water and jigged up some monster cigar minnows. They started working in 100 foot deep water in the area of the Horseshoe. The water was in the low 70 degree mark.
Jim caught a wahoo, Tim landed a king, Gary a blackfin and an amberjack and Dave boated a mahi and a grouper.
The happy crew made it to the docks just before the rain set in. The rain couldn't dampen their spirits.
After a full day of work for both parents our bun in the oven dinged! Thats right! Just shortly after getting in the bed my wife is hollering at me. My water broke! As Capt. Brant would say, "Oh Crap!!!", my words exactly too. The chaos was somehow handled in organized fashion. I thought the baby was going to come a lot faster, but it turned out to be a slow drawn out process. What started at 12:30a.m. Saturday morning did not come to an end until 1:59p.m. Saturday afternoon. Jasper Carlton Frick arrived at 1:59pm shortly after halftime of the South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mississippi State game. Jasper weighed in a 8lbs. 8ozs and measured 20 inches. Healthy baby boy! You couldn't have asked for a better day than that! A successful delivery of a healthy baby boy and the Gamecocks won. Two miracles on the same day. LOL! See ya on the water!
In the picture below: Capt. Jacob, (wife) Mandy, (son) Jake, and (son) Jasper