This picture should give a little perspective to the size of the 76.2lb wahoo Jeff Martini's crew landed on the 22nd. The bite is still on and right now the wind isn't blowing like was originally predicted.
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It has been fun reporting on the fishing this past week. Being able to share reports and especially pictures makes doing the Fishing Report very fulfilling. But I'm afraid if the weather prediction is correct my computer will fall silent for the next few days. But that doesn't mean ya'll should take a break also.
Reading this week's reports there is a common thread...bluefin tuna! Barrett's latest report ties it all together. Now we need to make use of our down time and test our equipment, make up rigs and buy bait before it all gets gone. Our shipment of jumbo ballyhoo has just arrived, it looks great and I've already sold a case myself. Steele is stocking our shelves with high quality supplies. I just talked with Captain Brant and he is going to teach his bluefin seminars again this year. We had a great turnout for them last year and Brant provided a lot of important, valuable information. He'll post his schedule soon.
Everyone have a happy and safe holiday...don't forget the Captain's Points Sale.
The fishing has been awesome! An approaching full moon, perfect water temps, and great weather conditions have set the fish in full feeding mode. I had the privilege of taking a couple of young ladies fishing this past Sunday. On the second cast Marley landed her first redfish. A few cast later Alyssa landed another. We ended up catching three reds, before looking for the trout bite. It did not take long before picking up a few trout with a couple of them being nice. While beating the banks for trout we picked up a few flounder completing inshore slams for Marley and Alyssa. Congratulations ladies! See ya on the water!
Corey Bellamy went bottom fishing this weekend on some numbers he had in 69 degree water and couldn't get the bottom dwellers to cooperate. That being the case they jigged some cigar minnows at the Little River Off Shore and took to trolling. The king bite was so hot for them that they even caught a nice one on a butterfish about the size of a silver dollar.
Michelle Drake reports that Saturday The Law fishing team partnered with Kenny Clark to fish 100 ft. of water.They took a bait buffet of frozen cigar minnows, squid, & assorted bottom rigs. The crew started trolling at 9:30 and had 3 kings in the box by 10, with numerous short strikes and break offs. By noon they had their 3 person limit of kings.
They then switched to bottom fishing using squid and various bottom jigs. Immediately they began catching keeper sea bass and the usual assortment of bottom dwellers. Michelle fished a blue and white Shimano Lucanus Jig, which is now in need of a skirt and hooks. At times she was catching 2 at a time. She reports a beautiful sea and a great time!
Thanks for the report!
The newly formed Team OIFC, made up of Brant, Amy, Anita, Steele, Jacob & Chris Dew joined Dan Ratley aboard the "Quick Draw" to get in on some of the hot wahoo action off the Brunswick Co. shores yesterday. The group pulled balleyhoo and landed these 2 citation wahoo and several blackfin tuna Anita's 62 # wahoo bested Jacob's 60 #'r for the top fish of the day, but neither fish were anything to sneeze at.
Captain Brant has some more pictures and surely will fill us in on the details in his report. I'm glad everyone had fun and wish I could have joined you.
I ran across this article and thought ya'll might be interested.
Jeff, his son Chance Martini and crew from the MidTown Bistro couldn't stand Bryan Freeman's success with the wahoo Saturday and struck out on their own today. They ended up surpassing Bryan's 60+ lb wahoo with their own 76.2 lb wahoo. This was Chance's 2nd gaff shot ever.
Jeff says he always plays Kid Rock when he's wahoo fishing. This wahoo must also have been a fan!
Captain Zach Faulkner, Captain Steele Park, Benjy Faulkner and Richie Hayward brought several big wahoo in Saturday night. They were also flying the sailfish flag upside down indicating a release.
Here are some pictures of the sail as Zach fought it that Benjy sent. I say it time and time again, thanks to all the anglers who send in reports, especially those supported by pictures so we can share them with our readers. When sending pictures they must be in the jpg format in order for us to upload them to the fishing report. Thanks again!
The OIFC reported on the monster yahoo Bryan Freeman, Brian Robbin, Steve Austin and Tripp Cobb brought to the dock on 11-20-10. Bryan has just sent us some action shots of not only the wahoo but of a beautiful catch and release sail that should make folks trapped inland long for the sea.
Thanks to the crew of the "Caught Ya Lookin" for bring your fish to the OIFC and for sharing the pictures.
I hope you were here this past weekend. Conditions and circumstances had built up to a point of near explosion; the weather and fishermen had been kept at bay for weeks and it just so happened that everything settled out perfect to land on a weekend. How often do you actually get good fishing and good weather? Well, I’m here to say that this past weekend was definitely the best all around fishing days we’ve had all year and I’d say near the top all time that I’ve seen. Its not unusual for one species or another to be hot and good catches to occur, but this weekend it all went down. The big news is without a doubt the Wahoo fishing. Quite frankly, I’ve never seen it so good. I don’t know a boat that went Wahoo fishing and didn’t catch 5+ Wahoo and many had double digit numbers. And these are not your run of the mill 20 and 30 pound schoolies. These were nice size Wahoo, averaging 35-40 pounds with a bunch of 50’s and quite a few 60’s scattered in. It was surreal at the
I don’t know what more I can say. I sure hope you were here, and if not, I sure hope you had a good excuse. At this moment as I’m pecking away on the keyboard, its 5am, my crew is loading the boat, and we are about to go fishing. Wahoo are on the menu.
A quick abbreviated report: Just got off the road returning from Morehead City and the final day of the North Carolina Kingfish Championship. The bite slowed down today in numbers but the fish that were caught by boats in the tournament and out of the tournament were enormous. The biggest fish caught by a tournament boat was 48lbs today. I saw 3 over 50lbs caught and sat right next to a guy not fishing the tournament catch a 62lber! I'll have a more detailed report tomorrow but the final standings for the 2010 NC Kingfish Championship are:
1st- Release with a 51.50 and a 27.15 = 78.65lbs
2nd- Dig It with a 52.55 and a 25.75 = 78.3lbs
3rd- OIFC with a 32.75 and a 38.10 = 70.85lbs
Wow! What a race to for the crown! A big congratulations to team Release for capturuing the first ever North Carolina Kingfish State Championship Title. There will be a full tournament recap posted asap. Thanks to all 21 teams for making this a great and memorable event. Hope everyone had a good time!
Below is a picture of Jason Britt and some kings he caught this morning at the Atlantic Ledge while fishing with Will Talton. Actually I couldn't read my own writing so I'm not sure I got Will's name correct.
Thanks for the info guys.
Alex Moss posted these pictures of Larry Barns, Drew Stephenson, Alan Moss and himself with kings they landed while fishing the Chicken Rock aboard the "Mac Hunter" during the N.C. State Kingfish Championship. Alex said they were using blue fish for bait, the water depth was 115 give or take a few feet and the temp was 65-68 degrees.
UPDATE 11-22-10!!!: The Mac Hunter finished the Championship in 4th place. They weighed in an 11 lb + a 41.90 lb king =52.90 lbs.
At 9:45 am a fisherman called the OIFC and advised he had seen several blue fin tuna right at a bouy inside the Raritan. The info he provided sounded like the Knuckle.
His radio transmission was very scratchy and I couldn't make out the boat's name. However many fishermen I know say they've seen conditions that would make them believe the blue fin are here.
UPDATE!!!!! After dinner I checked my computer and had a confirmed sighting of a bluefin and whales east of the Shoals today.
Captain Zach Faulkner, Captain Steele Park, Zach's dad Benjy and Richie Heycock all went to the Blackjack Hole yesterday (Saturday) aboard Zach's 36 ft. Contender, the "Get Floor'd". They absolutely spanked the wahoo, along with most everybody else out there. They also released a sail fish making the 2nd sail released there yesterday. Most all of their hook ups were multiple hook ups on the top.
There are a few boats out king fishing and wahoo fishing today. It will be interesting to see how they do since the warm water has pushed in and there is a slight breeze from the east. All that on a full moon should make the bite interesting.
There were 3 commercial center consoles and 2 other center consoles who had been pleasure fishing and had hammered wahoo, all at the dock the same time. Everyone knows each other and all get along well. There was a festive atmosphere on this cool Saturday night at the OIFC.
Captain David Hooks owner of the Black Pearl Contender arrived at the dock with Forrest Taylor, his son Adam, Tripp Hooks and friend Alton Lloyd. David had 3 boxes of perfect king. David will be taking a group out tomorrow for some of the same and I hope to have further reports.
Nesbitt Noble of the "Wide Spread" Privateer had 3-4 boxes of kings, a bonita and a mahi.
Joining the commercial fishermen on the dock was Nesbitt Noble aboard his Privateer the"Wide Spread" Nesbitt too had about 3 boxes of king.