Pogies west of inlet, off of the Winds in 25 ft of water. Headed offshore for a full day.
- First Mate Chris Eckert
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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I just talked with Captain Dan Rately (Quick Draw) who told me he fished near the 100/400 this weekend with Captain Allen Murry 1st Mate Daniel Terry (Wilmington, N.C.) and Bobby Bleecker, owner of Bleecker Motors, aboard Bobby's 47 ft Buddy Davis the "J&B". Bobby was on his way back from the Big Rock and wanted to do some fun fishing.
Dan said for the 1st time in years they caught several yellowfin tuna and missed several more. He also said they saw a couple of nice blue marlin sky in the middle of the tuna. The yellowfin are like candy to the blue marlin. Dan was excited to finally have yellowfin back in our area and wanted me to share the news!!!
The in shore red drum bite has been wild. The off shore has once again been a little too bumpy for a fun time. That is up until yesterday when Captain Chris "OC" Dew and first mate Aaron Dew embarked on a 6 hr charter with P.J. Wachteler, Dean and Jackson Dyas as well as Ron Smith (all of Fayetteville) and Frank Zwan (Charlotte).
The Cat Boat went to the shark hole. As soon as 1st mate Aaron got the 2nd line in it was hammered by a king. 13 yr Old Jackson took the rod and after a little landed his 1st king!
A quick bite can mean one of two things Either the action is going to be red hot, or zero. In this case the king action turned off. So the group elected to bottom fish. The sea bass bite was so fast and furious that as soon as one person would get set up to fish, another was reeling in a bass. The charter limited on sea bass, so you can only imagine how many were actually caught.
As a side note, Captain Chris said he couldn't find any pogies. Captain Jeff Beck and I took The It Works out Sunday morning and no one was finding bait. The birds were diving along the tide line and we were marking bait at about 23 ft., we also saw a couple of flips, but nothing to throw on..
I wonder what Captain Jeff and Jerry Ridenhour were grinning about this afternoon? I just found out. A 9 lb 6 oz, 30 1/4 in flounder with a 26 in. girth they caught on a 2" mullet minnow in the Shallotte River.
Enough to make you smile.
While the off shore boats were in the ocean bumping around because of the winds, the in shore Captains were having a field day in the sunshine. Below are pictures of Captain Jeff Williamson and a group of gentlemen,[Don Clark,(Ohio), Nick Hall (Charleston, W.Va.), Jeremy Hall (Columbus, Ohio)] he took out Friday morning to some spots behind Sunset and OIB. This was a last minute charter that worked out great.
The photos are of OIFC Store employee and photog Katie.
Just had two spots come available for the September 10-13th Prince Edward Island, Canada giant bluefin tuna rodeo adventure. If you're interested, email email@example.com. Cost is $1000 for two days fishing, accomodations, and ground transportation. This trip is not for the faint of heart, mind or body. This is a hardcore fishing trip, battling 1000lb + school busses. Should be a great cool weather getaway in the heat of the summer. Currently on board are:
Capt. Barrett McMullan (OIFC utility man, tuna wrangler)
Capt. Chris Eckert (OIFC mate/capt and general handyman)
Capt. Zach Faulkner (OIFC mate/capt, line spooler and story teller extraordinaire)
Capt. Kyle Hughes (OIFC inshore guide, world champion flounder/trout catcher)
Capt. James "Big Chief" Hammonds (Kingfish tournament junkie and champion)
Capt. Chris Blackwell (Ft. Pierce, FL native, kingfish guru and NC giant tuna chaser)
Capt. Mark Blackwell(Ft. Pierce, FL native, kingfish guru and professional castnetter)
Capt? Ed Langel (Ft. Pierce, FL native, pro NC giant tuna deckhand)
As you can see we have an experienced, fun, yet hardened crew of serious tuna hunters on board. If you have interest, get in touch with me asap. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joshua Wallen was as excited as I've ever seen a young angler. He brought a 6.2 lb catch and release red drum to be weighed in for the OIFC Fishing Rodeo and a picture. This fish puts Joshua in 1st place in the red drum division as his dad, Dr. Jeff, takes 3rd with is own catch and release drum.
Congratulations Joshua. I hope your thrill of salt water fishing continues to grow and spreads to other young folks.
Dad Joe Matthews and his son Doug from Syrma, Ga. joined Capt. Chris and 1st mate Ben aboard one of the OIFC World Cats for a charter yesterday. The group had their best fortune at the Shark Hole using live pogies they caught off Holden Beach earlier in the day.
In addition to the kings Doug hauled in, he landed 6.4 lb 28 inch spanish. Thanks to the crew taking the OIFC 'Gaff cam along on their charter. A special shout out to 1st mate Ben for taking these great pictures. There are additional pictures in another report.
The Jolly Mon, wind and all brought a bunch of friends together AND brought the store a great deal of business. Thank God!
Look at the picture of store employee poor Katelyn as she gathers T Shirts to be folded. All kidding aside, thank all of ya'll for coming to the Jolly Mon and for being our loyal customers. It means the world to all of the "OIFC family".
David and John Hillsgrove joined me for a half day trip Monday morning. The redfish bite was excellent. We landed several fish in the 18" to 22" range. We released all the fish to fight another day. We also had a handfull of small flounder and a black drum. The flounder are still biting pretty good, but finding keepers has been a challenge.
Michael, Lee, and Chris joined me Tuesday for a half day trip. The action was much the same as Monday. The red drum were very active and kept the lines tight. We landed several again in the 18" to 22" range. We decided to keep two redfish, a flounder, and a black drum for supper. Again, the flounder were biting, but most of them just short of the new 15" mark. We will stay after them and keep you posted. See ya on the water!
Two Pars and a Pogy is the name of the boat that caught several kings at the 390's today. The thing is the kings were passing up the pogys and hitting frozen cigar minnows. At least that was the case with Troy Caraway, Jason Folsom and Capt. Zach White, who are pictured with the kings, one of which weighed a little over 23 lbs.
Maybe Two Pars and A Cigar Minnow?
When I arrived at the OIFC, Captain Brant was finishing up cleaning the last king of several kings and mahi he caught today on a full day charter. One of the guests said that the action wasn't "fast and furious", but was steady and consistent the whole day. He is supposed to email me pictures. When he does, I'll post them. I've not talked to Brant about the trip as he was pulling out on another charter. Great to see the action!