Bob Newell sent this picture of a mahi they caught just off shore of the 100/400 during the Far Out Shoot Out. They also fought a blue marlin that hit on a black bart.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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.
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!
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.
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!!!
Unless Mother Nature changes her mind Thursday and Friday look like the days to fish the Far Out Shoot Out .
We're proud to have added a new boat to our inshore rental fleet. It is a Sea Pro walk through windshield. We still have the bay boat. In fact the father and son combo who rented it today caught 3 flounder near the ICW Public Pier near the Shallotte Inlet
The winds offshore are playing havoc on the Far Out Shoot Out. Many fishermen are passing time while waiting for "the day" by fishing inshore. Capt. Jeff Beck and Toby Russ fished Tubbs Sunday and caught several flounder..a couple of which were keepers.
Senter Currin fished Tubbs and as the pictures show caught flounder and red drum. Meanwhile, Ben Conner reported the winds picking up near shore this afternoon, but he still managed some spanish in 30 ft. of water.
Things are shaping up for "the day" to be around Friday or Saturday. Knock on wood!!!
The seas look a little bumpy off shore this morning. But Captain Chris Dawson is chartes fishing near shore and reports the seas to be glassy with small 2 ft rollers. The water is ideal!
OR, you may want to stop by the OIFC's fishing yard sale. There are a lot of "gently used" king rods for sale. Capt. Brant has come out with a new line of OIFC Custom King rods and a lot of people have bought them He also has bait and king bags marked down for today only.. Drop by!!
I don't think anyone was surprised by the windy conditions and the thunderstorms. After all, it's "Far Out Shoot Out" week and Bike Week, so we'd feel neglected if we had perfect weather. Not to fear...this isn't Capt. Brant's 1st rodeo, that's why he established the 8 day format. We ought to be able to fish sometime during that time frame.
However, Capt. Brant and the OIFC provided some activity with the fishing tackle yard sale, some great sales on bait and other gear in the store and fishing seminars put on by members of our seasoned charter captians.
Meanwhile, the Captains canceled a Gulf Stream trip because of the wind off shore. They instead ran a near shore charter with the Herbert's. The crew trolled for spanish and put out some king rigs just in case one of those kings we've all been hearing about showed up. They fished right off the beach and ventured to the 90's. The folks landed some spanish, blues and even caught black sea bass on the down rigger line. Weirder things have happened.
I think it would behoove us to partake in some of Rubes meteorological experience. So I invite Rube to provide us with a tournament forecast so we can all better plan our trips.