Captain Nesbitt Noble of Ocean Isle Beach went 2 for 3 on sailfish while fishing aboard his Privateer the "Widespread".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Allen swings hard and connects with a HOME RUN. This nice 5.0 citation size flounder on a 2 inch figer mullet minnow. The bite was steady but not many keepers. Hitting every deep hole I knew at low tide. Allen,Dirk ,Charlie and Cheer leader Jean. I think Charlie sized it up best. Todays fishing was like watching a soccer game when we scored it was big. P.S. That was Pastor Allens 1st salt water fish.
Jason DeLany and Rich Merrell from Dothan, Al. fished the Little River Jetties using finger mullet. They very proudly brought a 6.8 lb. citation flounder they caught there by the OIFC to be weighed and photographed.
Congratulations and thanks for bringing your fish to the OIFC.
Randy Beane and son Brett joined me on a half day inshore trip today. We pulled out of the OIFC canal at 7am this morning. First thing on the agenda was stock up on fresh bait. We found little peanut pogies and a few mullet minnows. I got us anchored up on our first spot and made the first cast. As I was showing and explaining the technique to feel the bite of a flounder one drilled it. I set the hook and handed the rod to Brett. Brett landed a nice 17" fish and supper was already looking good. Unfortunely, catching a fish on the first cast seemed to be the kiss of death for that spot. We caught a few more small flounder and a couple of small red drum in various places. The bite never really took off like it appeared it was going to on the first cast. The week has been tough with rain, wind, and dirty water. We have still managed to find a few fish willing to bite a hook. Capt. Jeff Williamson found a nice one late in the day. As he put it...Bottom of the 9th with 2 outs, but he hit one out of the park. Capt. Jeff should be sharing pictures with us soon. Give us a call if you want to have fun and catch a few fish. See ya on the water!
Paul McIntyre, his son Chris, who used to mate for Capt. Brant, Pauls's daughter Kelly, friends Josh Hatfield and David Wygonil went on a couple of successful king fishing trips last week.
In the course of a couple of trips they caught kings at Christina's and the 90's. They also landed some nice mahi and kings at the Jungle.
Good work and thanks for the report.
Robbie sent in a question about our inshore reports on our ask a question forum. In response to Robbie's question. The bait is thick everywhere! Mullet minnows can be caught pretty easily in the cement canals on just about any tide right now. Using a trolling motor will increase your chances. Any main creek off the ICW with feeder creeks will produce a variety of bait from: baby spots, pinfish, croakers, mullet, and shrimp. The low tide or last bit of outgoing tide is the easist time to catch bait in these areas, especially if you are looking for live shrimp. If you are looking for bait at high tide? Menhaden are going to be your best bet. Little pogies have been flipping in the middle of all the canals for months now and make great baits for most inshore species. Hard to keep alive without a round tank and fresh saltwater running at all times. Mullet minnows can be caught in the canals, shallow shell points, and along the grass edges at high tide. Catching bait is just one of the challenges we face as guides. It takes work and presistence!
Spots to fish? That is just another serious chanllenge we face each day as a guide. We have our starting points and we move a lot, especially this last week. The fish seem to be scattered. I recommend drifting the inlets or main creek channels for flounder. Pitching artifcials in the canals around the docks should also produce some flounder. It is fishing and the heat has made catching a chanllenge. Try to find a pattern and go with it. Red drum and black drum can be on any dock along the ICW. Starting point? Look for the docks closest to deep water and one that has lights on them at night. Right now the Little River Jetties is the hot spot with the heat. Float live shrimp up against the rocks and you might catch anything from sheepshead, black drum, red drum, or maybe even a trout. Live mullet on a carolina rig can produce flounder and red drum. That really is the best information I have on spots right now. The chanllenge of trying to catch fish and finding that perfect spot is what keeps us coming back. The best way to get an exact location is by going fishing with us. Thanks for your questions, as you can see we take them seriously. See ya on the water.
Monday we caught a handfull of small flounder with no keepers.
Tuesday we headed for the river and had three short flounder to the boat. Capt. Jeff Williamson gave me a call. He reported that he was on the fish. He invited me to head his way. I asked my crew if they wanted to chase a bite. They said, "willing to go anywhere to catch the fish". We headed Capt. Jeff's way. Good call! Mr. Morris and crew landed some nice flounder! We ended the day with 8 fat keepers! Pictures below.
Wednesday was also just a handfull of short flounder with just one or two keepers.
Thursday...Well, first cast was a nice 17" flounder...and it was all downhill from there. My engine was experiencing some technical difficulties. We continued to fish in close proximity of our first area and landed several small flounder. We even had a spanish mackerel on the line for a few seconds. I finally called Sea Tow and while we waited caught a few more small flounder. Thanks to all who fished with me this week! A special thanks goes to Capt. Charlie Wilson for the tow. Even more importantly, a big thanks goes to Capt. Jeff Williamson for putting us on the bite Tuesday! See ya on the water!
Friday...Boat fixed. Oil sensor giving a false alarm. You got to love boat ownership. Will be fishing Monday and Tuesday this coming week. Hope to have more to report this coming week. Stay tuned....
Captain Steele and Eckert were joined by the Luke and Becca Lucey, the Smiths, Becca, Tanner, Taylor, Van from Greensboro, NC and Greg Camachao of Colorado. They fished in 105 ft of 80 degree water using pogies and squid. Van landed the Jack and most everyone else caught a mahi.
Steele reported the pogies were thick off the beach, although they were small.