Here is an interesting article about speckled trout by Jeffrey Meeks as it appears in the Charlotte Examiner
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Page 259 of 425
The following anglers can pick up their Fishing Rodeo Trophy(s) at the OIFC. Take this opportunity to sign up for the 2011 Rodeo, or call, drop by or sign up at the Spring Sale in March. Congrtulations to the winners! I hope everyone enjoyed the Rodeo and likes the trophies!
The prize money should be mailed out this week.
The boat ramp itself is still open. The parking lot is closed while it is expanded. The good news is the private parking area as you turn in the service road to the boat ramp is open. The manager said users of the boat ramp may park there for a "small donation". There is a donation box at the front of the parking lot.
We've started our work resetting the store, buying new product and getting things in order. In between occasionally breaking away for a Sea Bass, Bluefin, King Mackerel trip.
As part of 2011 preparations we are now taking job applications for the Spring and Summer season. If you have interest in joing the OIFC team for the 2011 season, please email email@example.com requesting a job application. The OIFC is looking for a few good men/women. Come join us!
The Sea Bass are thick as fleas once you get past 90 feet of water. Inside of that are alot of Sharks. The King bite was good southwest of the Tower in 100 feet a couple of days ago. Look for 66+ degree water and bait. The Bluefin are always a wild card. They have not been caught, but you never know what you will see if you are out. Take a couple of Bluefin worthy outfits on any offshore trip just in case you see the "Bluefin buring bush". Stay tuned
My boat has been out of the water for maintenance, but not anymore. The redfish bite has been hot despite extremely cold water. I have been surpised by all the reports of people catching redfish in such cold water. Our last two winters here have been brutal! To say the least, I have been chopping at the bit to get my boat back in the water. We finally got her in the water this past Friday and fished high tide. High tide is not the best time to catch fish this time of year. I looked ahead and picked Tuesday for my next day of fishing. The tides looked right. The weather could not have been more pleasant today as well. Pelicans have been diving on bait in front of the OIFC, and looks like some menhaden are hanging in there. I could not net any despite pelicans catching plenty. I fished several places as the tide pulled out of the creeks with little success. As the water went slack I moved into the canals and started to pick away at the docks. I landed three rat reds right in front of the OIFC. The water started to rise, so I gave another spot a quick try. Bingo! A 26 inch brute slammed a gulp pogy! Winter fishing at its best. Live mud minnows on a jighead work great this time of year as well. I have heard a few reports of trout and redfish around the Lockwood Folly area being caught with them. Little river area is also producing lots of fish. See ya on the water!
The 2010 edition of the Rodeo is in the record books. The final tallies have been sent to the accountant for verification and the checks will be forthcoming. I'm happy to announce that a little over $1,200 will be shared among the 26 finalists. Also the trophies should be ready Friday afternoon.
Get ready...the 2011 edition of the OIFC Year Round is getting ready to kick off! We hope you will take part in all the tournaments the OIFC has to offer!
Jim Bowen and John Currin went Sea Bass fishing aboard Jim's 26 ft. Sea Hunt the Stick Slinger. They fished some numbers provided by Capt. Chris Dawson in about 90 ft. deep water. They started out using squid and were hooking up, sometimes 3 at a time. After a bit, they switched to Roscoe Jigs and butterfly jigs. Jim said the Roscoe out fished the butterfly 3 to 1 and increased the size of the fish as well. Jim reported they started fishing at 8 am and had limited by 10 am. He raved about the success he had with the Roscoe Jig.
Thanks for the report and the pictures Jim.
Captain Jeff Williamson finished 2010 with a charter aboard the "Get Busy". Captain Jeff was chartered by the Casey family from Maryland. Jill Casey caught her first red drum as shown in the pictures. Jeff mostly fished the concrete canals on Ocean Isle Beach in the afternoon. The water was extremely clear and the temps were @ 48 degrees. The Casey's said being on the water in 60 degrees sure beat shoveling snow in Maryland!
There is a rare picture of the camera shy Captain Jeff in one of the pictures.
Inshore fishing continues to be strong despite extreme cold weather for us this time of year. Lots of reports from Little River to the Cape Fear River have been saying the same thing. Redfish are biting and biting hard! Everyday someone is catching a good one. I wish it were me! John Taylor from Fayetteville, NC was bound and determine that he was going to catch one today. Pictured below is his best fish of the day, a 23" fat Red! Mr. Taylor said he also landed two more that were 21 inches. You can bet I will be after them hardcore this week. See ya on the water!
Oh, What are they biting on? Gulp baits on the bottom or under a popping cork has been pretty productive. Live mud minnows on a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce jighead will work really good this time of year. Where? Dead water, shallow, really shallow...Good Luck!
Captains Jeff Beck, Zach Faulkner and I took advantage of today's 60+ degrees and sunny weather to do a little inshore fishing. We'd been told by Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) the bite had been on in the morning.
We put in at slack tide and didn't expect much action. Our afternoon started out slow and went downhill from there. (One of Brian Aycock's famous sayings.) Jeff fished mostly with a cork, Zach worked an artificial and I opted for mud minnows. We managed a few trout like the one in the picture. Mayhaps we three have spent too much time off shore and need to sharpen up our inshore skills. No matter though. All we wanted to do was take advantage of a beautiful day, get on the water and wet a hook.
Several boats fished yesterday. They found the kings and a couple of mahi east of the Frying Pan Tower. It seems the warm water has pushed out. Captain Brant and some others are out again today.
Inshore, the water was in the 30's. The trout were very lethargic. (Didn't know I knew words like that did you?) Flounder were seen in very shallow water laying on the black mud. Some of this info was courtesy of Captain Mark Dickson...thanks. Mark. Captain Jeff Beck and Capt. Brandon Sauls may give the in shore fishing a shot today.
I hope to give you an update this evening.