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Hardcore, crazy or bored...Regardless Capts. Brandon Sauls, Kyle Hughes and Brant braved the 32 degree temps. and snow to hit Brandon's hot spot from yesterday. Judging by Brant's and Brandon's pictures they hit pay dirt again.
I'm sworn not to give too many details, but I'd say to hit the waters behind OIB and you too should strike gold..or red.
As bad as the weather is now, looking just ahead the forecast is looking very promising. The winds are supposed to go light on Wednesday and I believe I saw Friday with a high in the 60s ????? I'll believe it when I see it. But, I know we are going to be ready. Of course, Christmas Day the weather was absolutely perfect with flat seas AND the Gulf Stream was perfect for big time Wahoo fishing. Its cloudy now, so I can't see, but the water at the Black Jack and Steeples was over 74 degrees on Christmas Day. If that water will just hold until mid week I guarantee I'll be there. The best days of Wahoo fishing I've ever had have been mid Winter unders such conditions. They are fairly rare. Also, looked like a finger of upper 60s water was moving around the Frying Pan Tower which should bring the Kings. Bluefin are still the wild card. I expect a good amount of effort if the weather does get good this next week. Come on down to the beach. Enjoy the coast when its laid back and not crowded. Best of all, send out 2010 with one last fishing trip and hang around to ring in 2011 at the beach. Where else would you rather be ???
Happy Holidays to all.......
Local inshore angler extraordinaire Brandon Sauls took a break from the Christmas gala to slip out for a little inshore fishing in the Ocean Isle backwaters. If you study the flounder closely you can get a rare glimpse at the bait he was using. Along with the winter flounder, Brandon brought in some drum and more than 2 dozen trout.
I was finishing up some shopping at the Walmart in greater Shallotte today when I ran into one of our local fishing "aces". He told me that "the water had moved in" around the Tower and the kings were almost eating the bottom out of his boat. He said most of the guys were pulling spoons and were killing the fish. That if someone pulled "minnows" they could absolutely slay the kings. All the emphasis has been on blue fins and most of us haven't really thought about kings. Maybe we need to. I also had my bags checked by the Walmart Greeter. I guess it was the "gangsta" look I had going in my hooded OIFC sweat shirt.
What better family tradition than to celebrate a birthday sea bass fishing. Today is Capt Brant's birthday so me, Brant, and Caroline loaded up the Carolina Cat[with it's brand new 300HP Yamaha's] and headed out to 90-100 feet in search of the absolute best eating fish in the sea; which just happens to make it's home right here in North Carolina. We loaded up with 1-3 pounders, while dodging lots of sharks. Seemed like the best strategy was to drop on any rock, catch a couple before the sharks found us, and then move to another rock. Hopping around like this in a small area allowed us to catch the sea bass and miss most of the sharks which are thick out there right now. The weather today was perfect, but appears to be taking another downturn for the rest of the week and into next week. Didn't see any encouraging Bluefin signs, a few gannets and porpoises, nothing exciting. Hope everyone has a great Christmas; I will with a refrigerator full of fresh Sea Bass!
Messed up! That's what the weather man did. The wind was supposed to blow Monday and Tuesday. It blew hard out of the north Sunday, and then about 5 pm someone threw a switch and it stopped! Tuna birds were thick right off the beach at Ocean Isle all day Sunday. The ocean was flat and beautiful Monday and there is not even a slight breeze now (Monday night).
I've talked with some guys who are going out blue fin huntn' Tuesday. With the cold weather, the report of the tuna washed ashore at Ft. Fisher and the Gannets flying in our area the odds are in the favor of someone hooking up. I wish all the anglers good luck and hope we'll have some pictures to post Tuesday evening. Stay tuned!!!!
The OIFC received the following bluefin tuna regulations update from the Marine Fisheries:
Recreation/private boat: 1 fish per day per boat-27" to 59"-no fish over 59"
Charter boats: 2 fish per day/per boat- 1 can be 27" to 47", 2nd fish 47" to 59"-No fish over 59"
Commercial boats: 3 fish per day/per boat over 73"
Well, no sooner did I send out a mass email pronouncing this weekend as a great weekend to get offshore than the weather forecast totally changed and went to poo. Its still cold as heck and the wind has layed a bit, maybe 15kts or so, but 15kts at 25 degrees on the open water .... you do the math. But, those are ideal Bluefin conditions. I think there may be a few guys trying for them today locally, I'll keep you posted. In Morehead, there's been one or two Bluefin brought in every day. Nothing has broken open yet, but there are fish there.
We finally got the web cam fixed. Not that there's a lot to watch, but at least now you can see the sunrise over Ocean Isle in the AM. And occasionally maybe you can watch us pace up and down the docks messing with stuff or simply trying to burn off energy. It is quiet here!
Hope everyone is planning a nice holiday. Merry Christmas. Stay tuned for updates as we get them.