15 boats and 25 brave young anglers have signed up to fish tomorrow's Jr. Jolly Mon- good luck to all -- weigh in will be Friday at OIFC until 3pm. Report today said bait was off Holden Beach
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The "OIFC Gaff Cam" traveled with Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron Dew the last 2 days. The Cat boat fished close to shore and caught their limit of spanish along with some sharks
Both OIFC boats reported thick spanish just outside the Shallotte Inlet. There were few sightings of pogies today.
The flounder bite continues to remain the go to fishing inshore right now. A few trout have been caught, but are few and far between. Season is slated to open tomorrow. The red drum have been inconsistent and on the move lately. The docks and deep holes should start to produce some redfish. Right now, the flounder are laying on all the sandbars, mud slicks, and pot holes. Live bait in any type seems to be working. Little pogies are thick in the natural canals, tiger minnows on sandbars at low tide, small mullet are everywhere, my favorite has been baby pinfish and croakers. If all fails, remember we have premium select mud minnows here at the OIFC. Gauranteed to wiggle on the other end of the line! :) Hopefully, the full moon will kick the flounder into high gear this weekend. See ya on the water!
Below John Toole, Spencer, Josh, and Connor show off their catch from earlier today. John Toole is a sheriff and kept us all straight on the water today. Great group of guys from my hometown! Small world...Catch'em up at Lake Murry guys! Thanks for fishing with us! Hope to see you again in the near future!
Captain Jeff and his charter Phil, Russ, Tyler and Josh from Mo. worked against the east to have a very successful charter today. The guys caught 14 flounder and a trout. The ones which weren't "legal" were released safe and sound.
Captain Jeff used mud minnows while fishing the falling tide.
Every OIFC Charter boat + Captain Barrett's "Tree Shaker" Yellowfin were pressed into service today. When the fishing is good, business is good! Near shore, Captain Zach Faulkner and Captain Chris Eckert had a couple of short trips. This allowed them to absolutely slay the spanish mackerel. This is good news to us king mackerel anglers as spanish make excellent bait. Further good news is the pogies are thick close to shore.
Meanwhile, Captain Chris Dew and 1st mate Aaron Dew on one of the World Cats and Captain Steele on the "Tree Shaker" Yellowfin had longer trips. All was well until the wind picked up and made the ocean "not too fun". Chris managed a couple of mahi and some other incidental fish. Steele got a couple of teenage kings. Mother Nature made it a not to fun day to fish.
Back at the docks, the OIFC is getting in Jolly Mon mode. Tents have been put up and the finishing touches on most everything are being completed. We expect a lot of boats this year, so come join the fun!
While Capt Brant might be too modest to report on this, I was there Saturday night and saw first hand the number 19 Team OIFC limited late model race car driven by Capt Brant at the Myrtle Beach Speedway step it up and rub shoulders with the big boys. The Milliken Racing team with Justin and Jamie Milliken leading the pit crew helped Capt Brant to his best finish yet behind the wheel. He led the 30 lap race for 22 laps eventually being passed, but not without a fight, by former track champions. He crossed the finish line in third place but like Jamie said, "they're going to know we were here". Congratulations Team OIFC, Capt Brant and Milliken Racing. Victory lane is on the horizon.
By the way, if anybody is interested in the best entertainment you can buy for $12 go check out these races at the Myrtle Beach Speedway every Saturday night this summer. This is how racing used to be.
Check out the kings Shane, Devon, Kimberly Britt and Chad Millard caught this weekend. Shane reports they caught their fish in 50 ft of water using naked pogies. They landed 4 kings, one 28#, one in the 20's and the other two were teenagers.
Check out the fishing reports for the past week and you'll see the king action is picking up just in time for the Jolly Mon.
Also, I got an unconfirmed report that a king was caught off the Ocean Isle Beach Pier. This goes along with Rube's prediction that this year's bite will be a shore bite.
Hey, I'm pretty sure you already know this stuff, but I fell up on it while readind some Earth Sports articles. Besides it's a good refersher during "King Week".
Where to fish the Jolly Mon is the question of the week. Since I'm weighing your fish and not mine, I'll happily share what I see and think. A weak cold front comes thru Tuesday shifting wind to north, then northeast, then east by Thursday. The impact of this will be to clear up the already clear water even more along the beach front. By Friday and the weekend, the high pressure will have pushed off shore bringing a typical summer southwest wind flow. Typically it will be light to flat in morning, and blow 10-15 in the afternoon. SO..........wind off the beach most of the week clearing the beach water. Pogies has been up and down the beach mixed in with more blues than I have ever seen as well as spanish. Looking at history of where winning fish have come from in Jolly Mon, suggest spots light Lighthouse Rocks/Yaupon/Myrtle Beach Rocks/Lockwood Ledges. Basically close in spots that have structure where the Kings can jump into the beach to get a mouth full, and then return to the structure where they are more comfortable. Lighthouse/Myrtle Beach rocks/LL have good natural bottom and rocks; Yaupon has the artificial reef. Thats how I see it. We'll see. Good luck to everyone fishing the tourney.We're expecting a big turn out so come join in; somebody is going to win a whole bunch of money! More updates to follow as info comes in.
Captain Jeff Williamson, aka J. Dogg of the OIFC Get Busy in shore charters fished with Mike McGurrey today. The weather was fantastic as was the fishing. The two of them caught 10 flounder and this 26" drum. Jeff said they released them all because they had Fleas?
Captain William Parker said he released some catfish because they had fleas and I caught a couple of dog sharks with them too. Anyone else experiencing this infestation problem other than us?
Also, unless Jeff is faking us out with this picture, I expect I know where everyone will be fishing after they read this report.