Robert Speir caught these red drum around the Craven St docks Sunday afternoon. He had a double on to start off, then another he released. The action was fast and furious then turned off. Robert was using shrimp and mud minnows.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
It's amazing what one can run across while sitting in a hospital room. In this case I found a story by the Fisherman's Voice about Congressman Walter B. Jones of N.C. 3rd District and Rep. Mike McIntyre of N.C. requesting the Appropriations and Authorizing Committee not to fund the Catch and Share Program. Their request is based on the financial hardships the program would cause fishermen during this already struggling economy. The letter was signed by 19 congressmen of the eastern seaboard states. Click on this link for the news article from Walter B Jones.
When the time comes, remember those elected officials who support the fishing industry.
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.
The trout are biting! From Little River to Lockwood Folly River reports are coming in from all over that the bite is hot. We started out first thing this morning and found a few. We pounded the banks with artificials picking at a few here and there. After a few hours and several double hook ups with trout we ended the day with 25+ trout landed and 3 flounder. We saved a few good ones for the dinner table and released a bunch in the 2 to 3 pound range once we had six in the box. We were looking for a big one...I think our biggest one of the day was around 4 pounds. Still a great day on the water. I love it! Call us to get in on the action. See ya on the water!
The last two years winter has brought brutally cold weather to our area. The speckled sea trout population has suffered some loss no doubt as few were caught in the spring and summer months. Closures and lack of targeting the species may have also contributed to the lack in numbers caught earlier this year. I targeted the trout twice this past week and feel that we had a good spawning year. Lots of small fish in the 11" to13" range have been showing up with some 2 to 3 pounders in the mix. We have also caught several little trout in our cast nets as well. All good signs that trout are around and should rebound in numbers with hopefully a mild winter ahead of us. I look forward to some good fishing this next month targeting trout, reds, and flounder on artificials. Chase and Josh got in on the action yesterday! We landed several trout, 2 flounder, and one redfish. Thanks for fishing with me guys! See ya on the water!
My wife Pam (Nannybird) had emergency surgery early this week. We took her to the hospital because of severe pain. Her bowels had knotted up for some unknown reason and she had to have a fair amount of them removed. This was a near fatal situation. She will be in the hospital for a while. Thanks for all the thoughts, prayers and concerns.
I will do a periodic update on the Fishing Report. I do a daily update on my personal FB page. Many of my roving reporters send me updates and I will continue to post them. Thanks again to everyone.