The lovely ladies and crusty old men at the registration table..
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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1st- 29.95 Randy Griffin, Jr. Wild Ride
2nd-29.00 Mike Kinnerly Blue Pearl
3rd-28.80 Brent Gainey Miller Time
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 --
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.
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!
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.
While most boats were fishing the Rumble In The Jungle, Jim Almond and his crew consisting of Darren Cranfill and Bart Norwood braved the rough seas aboard Jim's "Never Satisfied" to push out and Wahoo Fish. They were rewarded for their efforts by landing 3 wahoo ranging from 40 lbs. tow the 30 lb range.
This is a good indicator of the bite for Jeff Martini's (Midtown Bistro N. Myrtle Beach), Nov. 4th Hook A Hoo Tournament.
The annual Fall Brawl King Classic is this coming weekend. The capt meeting will be on Friday and fishing will be allowed 1 out of 2 days- Saturday OR Sunday. You can enter-online thru Friday PM or stop by the OIFC any time this week. For information and entry form on the Fall Brawl- CLICK HERE
The weather usually plays a big role in deciding whether or not to fish. Keep an eye out as at this point, the timing is looking pretty good for a front to pass midweek which may mean good conditions for the weekend. Be ready!
This past weekend the Rumble in the Jungle tournament was held from Little River. The bite was pretty slow all around as the weather was very unstable, with winds shifting through most of the tournament. There were fish caught at Lighthouse Rocks and Myrtle Beach Rocks, both historically good places this time of year. I'd look for them to produce again this coming weekend.
Hope to see you at the Fall Brawl ----
Also in other news, the Wahoo bite was good at the Black Jack on Sunday. Conditions were a bit sloppy, but boats that made it all reported multiple bites and catches. This fishery is typically exceptional thru Christmas. Gag Grouper still in the 70-90 foot depth range.
Why in the world had the bait on the beach been so thick you could walk on it, then decide to hide out yesterday. Team "Do Work/OIFC" looked for bait all morning. The crew, aboard OIFC's It Works looked for bait from the Shallotte inlet all the way to Snow's Cut and back. Finally at 12:10 there were a couple of flips near the Ocean Isle pier. Captain Jeff Beck threw his Capt. Brant's custom heavy net blind and floated the net. "Do Work/OIFC" wasn't the only team experiencing the same problem.
When the scales closed at 5PM, "In Too Deep" won the gold and Keith Berciunas, Christa Lee, Samantha Thompson and Hunter Berciunas of the "EZ Now" got the sliver a mere 12 oz. behind the 1st place "In Too Deep". Samantha was the angler of the 2nd place king, she also won the Lady Angler Award. This was also her 1st king! Christa is the lady holding the king on the boat. Samantha and Hunter are pictured at the weigh in. I do believe they are hooked on tournament fishing. Which is a good thing.
The OIFC's teams suffered, with Capts. Brant, Barrett, Amy and 1st mate Caroline weighing in a 20 Lb king. We're licking our wounds but will be cocked and locked for this week's Fall Brawl.
Congratulations to all the teams weighing in fish, especially "In Too" Deep" who also won the Rumble last year!