Ok...it may be fresh water, but this is Ty Bowman of Taylorsville's 1st fish. Ty's family are regular visitors to OIB. We need all the young anglers we can get to carry the torch when when we are long gone! Congratulations Ty.
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We've been covering the FOSO the past couple of days and neglected some of the in shore stuff. As can be seen in the pictures the flounder are finally getting bigger so I can stow away my flounder stretcher. Also Tommy Helms, flounder fisherman extraordinaire reported Tubbs Inlet full of pogies...most king fishing size. (Thanks Rube and everyone involved for keeping the pogy boats away).
Below are some pictures of Tommy Helms with our old pal Tommy Lytten's nephew, Capt. J Dogg Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC), Ryan Neuwirth of OIB, and the lovely and gracious Miss Virgina Beckham, formally of the OIFC and some of the nice flat fish they caught.
**** Capt. Brandon Sauls didn't catch any fish this weekend. But I had to put this picture of him on the report. As our t shirt says "If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough". After this, that saying may apply to me.
I fished Friday inshore despite being invited to fish on two different boats in the gulf stream. The bite inshore was pretty good with 9 flounder caught, 6 being over 14 inches, but only two made the new mark over 15 inches. Would have been a banner day last year. I landed every single flounder on artificials again today. I missed one trout and a flounder on topwater. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a flounder appear from under the boat to swipe at my topwater bait. Unbelievable! Well, I get home and get invited yet on another boat to the stream on Saturday. I decided why not?
I am a ROOKIE when it comes to the gulf stream. Mr. Norris Buff wanted to take his friend Ivey Curly, 80 years-old to the gulf stream just one more time. The conditions looked absolutely awesome for a smooth ride. So, I just couldn't stand it anymore...you guys twisted my arm! I just had to go! We were very lightly prepared on the equipment side. We only had two penn 30T reels and 4 penn 113h reels spooled with 30 pound mono line. We only had about a dozen or so ballyhoo rigs...three wire rigs and a few 60 pound fluorocarbon rigs. My plan...rig one of the penn 30T's deep on a trolling wieght with wire for the wahoo, just in case? I mixed the rest of the spread up with small and medium ballyhoo rigged naked, pink/white, and blue/white skirts. I also bought two rigged daisy chains from the store. I ran a daisy chain off the opposite corner of my deep line and ran a medium line just behind it. I put the pink/white on the outside rigger way back. Sent a blue/white king skirt way way way back down the center line with a small ballyhoo. Sent back a blue/white islander on the other outside rigger well back of my deep line. Then I put another medium above my deep line with a naked medium ballyhoo. Needless to say, it didn't take long! Lines were in the water around 8:45 and the long line was screaming at 9:00! We never saw the fish as it quickly released itself. I brought it in and rerigged. Outside rigger pops out! No hook up, but ballyhoo gone. I don't like springs! I needed rigging wire. Springs are fast though. Deep line takes off on short strike, I quickly drop it back, he takes, drops it, I drop back and he crushed it! Off to the races! At first the line was peeling off the reel fast, then it slowed to just a steady pull. Shark! I worked on him for a while thinking I could maybe get my rig back. Midway through fighting the shark I see a mahi jumping way back in the spread. No lines were sounding off, but I know he wasn't jumping for fun. We had slowed down trying to fight the shark and a nice mahi had found our long line. I quite fighting the shark and gave us a little speed to tighten up on the mahi. Fish on! We boated our first mahi of the day. I went back to the shark and got him all the way to the wire leader before he broke us off. I was tired at this point. I got all the lines rerigged, clear of grass, and reset like I wanted them. I headed for the cabin to get a snack and water. I didn't make it. Three lines went too screaming, mahi jumping all over the place. All three of us were fighting fish when a fourth hit the outside rigger! Nice bull! I had to take a break from my fish to gaff Mr, Norris's fish, but I did my usual farmer John hoeing episode and ended up losing the fish. I was a little upset with myself to say the least! We also lost the bull as he was able to cut through our light leader. We did land two nice cows. That is three nice fish in the box by 12:00pm. I got lines reset and we headed back over our newly marked spot. We had two more knocks downs, hooked up a with another nice cow and landed it for our fourth fish. Mr. Ivey and Mr. Norris were about pooped and were ready to head for the house. I tried my best to get them to hang out for one more good bite. We picked up one more little slinger dolphin and headed for the house by 1:00pm. Not bad for a bunch of rookies! See ya on the water!
The 2011 Far Out Shoot Out is in the books and filed away for safe keeping in the OIFC vault which is hidden deep in the Green Swamp. The FOSO was plagued by high winds and seas the first part of the week. But when Thursday arrived some teams ventured out to the blue water. Friday and Saturday brought excellent conditions and that's when the bulk of the boats fished. Captain Brant will provide the final results and we'll get them to you later today. Thanks to everyone who fished and to the supporters of the FOSO.
Below are some pictures of mahi which were brought to the dock Saturday. Pictured are Jason Tolar, Justin Obrien, Matther Rich and Ken Rich with their 17 lb mahi.
Also pictures are Joseph Cannarella, Bo Brown, D. Brown, Ed Coker, and children Heyward Brown and Laurie Beth Brown with the group's 25.75 lb mahi
26 boats registered and fished the 2011 GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out. The weather was pretty tough for the first part of the week, but it really got nice by the last weekend. The majority of the boats fished on Friday the 21st, including the tournament overall winner, John Munroe of Bald Head Island aboard the Office 2. He and team caught all three species for a total of 59 pounds aggregate. The largest fish scaled of the tournament was a 32 pound Mahi caught by the Black Gold team.
I am on my way to the Gulf Stream this AM myself, so I'll have to report on the details and all results on Monday. Stay tuned.
Today was picture postcard of the Atlantic off the coast of OIB. Tomorrow (Saturday) ought to be even better. Several boats took advantage of the break in weather and hit the "high seas", many reported a hot blackfin bite as well as mahi bite. We had our best luck at the steeples. Word has it that the wahoo bite is a little just before Charleston.
I took a couple of pics. my trip with Capt. Jeff B. and Toby and Rusty Russ.
So far 17 boats are entered. Entry remains open until Friday at 11:59pm -- you can drop entries at the OIFC or enter on-line
Two boats fished today - Toes Up which weighed one fish of each species for a total of 39 pounds. Diggin Weighed a 22 pound Mahi. Fishing is reported a bit slower up and down the line, likely due to the full moon cylce. Bites should come early then particularly late. Lines are out at 4pm, so my guess is around 3pm they should start snapping. Tomorrow the majority of the tournament is scheduled to fish, including myself and family. Stay tuned for a recap. Hopefully we'll get a few more boats before tournament end. The weather is great and fishing is good -- throw your money in the pot and give it a shot. See you on the water.
I have been busy with store duty the past three days while Capt. Jeff Williamson has been wearing out the flounder. I decided to go after them this morning for a few hours before more obligations ran me off the water this afternoon. Things started off pretty slow as I drifted live minnows from the Shallotte Inlet to the mouth of the Shallotte river without a bite. I decided to follow the tide on up the river. I changed over to artificails just trying to locate some fish. It wasn't long before the first flounder was to the boat, then another, another, and yet another....Most of the flounder were just below the mark, but would have made it last year. I had only one keeper out of 7 flounder caught on artificials. I also managed to land three trout with one of them being pretty nice. I never got back around to live bait today, until I rounded the corner and saw two huge pods of pogies. Thats right! All you King fishermen out there listen up. Two days in a row large schools of pogies have been found just inside the Shallotte Inlet at tip top high tide. Some schools have also made it just past Inlet View Bar and Grill up the Shallotte River. That is the best information I have for now. See ya on the water!
Oh! What artificials did I use? Charturese Diamond 4" Sea Assassins and even pulled out the Deep Creek on them today in Charturese. I also heard from another angler today that didn't have any luck on live bait, but had success on berkley gulp shrimp in natural and new penny colors. The trick...at high tide throw as close to the grass as possible where you know black mud is near by and work the bait slowly across the bottom. I am betting you will get a bite. O.K. that is enough for now. See ya on the water!
Capt. J Dogg has probably heard those words before, but not while fishing!! However that's where he, Mike and Aaron Wallace and David McConnell of Hickory found the flounder today. They said they caught a boatload of flounder using select Ocean Isle Fishing Center Mud Minnows (from the 2nd bait tank) while fishing next to the concrete wall on the ICW and the Shallotte River during a falling tide. The ones pictured were the only keepers. But if he'd had his Guy Harvey Fish Stretcher he could have kept a couple more.
JUST IN!!!!! Capt. Jeff just told me he had gone back and caught 8 more flounder!!!