Jeff and son Josh Wallen stopped by the docks of OIFC to weigh in this nice 5.6 pound flounder caught south of the Sunset Beach Bridge.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Angler Paul Pancake reported that he took a couple of trips to the deep water this week with some fellow fishermen and caught some wahoo and mahi. On the 1st trip they caught a wahoo in 400+ ft of water and on the 2nd trip they caught one in 390 ft. The 2nd trip saw rough seas, but did produce 2 mahi. Paul said the hot color was red and white.
In the pics are Paul, Austin Keener, and Billy Berg.
I have only gotten out twice this week with the McRae group on Monday morning and the Miniuitti group this morning. Monday we headed straight for the nearshore reefs looking for flounder. We could not get baits to the bottom before the black sea bass were inhaling it! We drifted, moved, and hit many different spots. Finally, Stuart drilled a nice 21" flounder and his buddy Richard followed it up with a nice 18" flounder. That was it for our flounder bite. We did fight a 4 foot shark all the way to the boat for a quick release at boatside. It was time for plan B...Spanish are scattered all along the beach front right now. It did not take long for us to catch a few to end the day with some good eating.
Today with Michelle, Wes, and Jack we made a few stops before heading out the inlet. Jack was first to hook up with a nice red! Jack fought him all the way to the boat before the fish released itself just out of reach of my net. Disappointing...but will Jack get another chance to redeem himself? Wes was up next, rod bent over and he went to work. Meanwhile, Jack's rod bent over and another fish was screaming off drag. I love it! I netted Wes's fish first and then scooped up Jack's redfish. Way to stay with it Jack! Both boys enjoyed it greatly, but were eager to see the ocean and catch a few spanish. We got on the spanish just past the sea bouy. Wes and Jack wanted to catch a shark, so we went to bottom fishing. The bottom was dead today! We did see a barracuda eat a bluefish and a large, very large hammerhead. Winds look great again for tomorrow, hope the fish got the memo. See ya on the water!
What a wahoo!!! Yesterday Steve Ritenhour took Joel Martin and his two sons, John, age 7 and Joseph, age 8 for their 1st off shore trip aboard Steve's 26 ft. Triton "Seaclusion". They caught the whaoo in the picture as well as a mahi 26 miles out in 80 ft. of clear water which was full of bait.. They caught the wahoo in the prop wash on a king rig with a cigar minnow and the fight was on!
Captain Corey Bellamy (Beck's Seafood in Calabash) and Kurt Hardee (Ellas's Seafood in Calabash) took Luke and Calab Hardee, Kurt's boys, and Jacob Frelich, (Corey's nephew, Kurt's sister's son..it's a Brunswick County, N.C. thang )sea bass fishing today on what was supposed to be beautiful calm seas. The east wind changed all that though.
They dropped lines with Charlie Browns, aka Lizard fish as bait. The current was terrible and they ended up catching mahi instead...and a sea bass. Luke Hardee was the angler on the mahi. The crew was fishing 65 ft deep near the Jungle.
P.S. Luke. That mahi will never make it in the swimming pool unless you add some Pogey Saver.
Thanks Corey for sharing the story and congratulations to the guys on a great trip!
Capt Chris (OC) Dew and 1st mate Aaron Dew took Brett and Joanna Devore along with their children Shelby (8), Samantha (11), and Savanna (3) on a near shore fishing trip Friday.
They spent the majority of the day trolling for spanish. Along with the spanish, they boated one monster of a barracuda. Chris said this was one of the nicest families he had met.
Thanks for fishing with us.
Thanks to Captain OC for the photos from the "gaff cam".