Here's some pictures of the ocean at Sunset Beach..so far, nothing. Not even a Rube "mullet blow".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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All is calm here in Brunswick County except for some good waves for the surfers. We ought to have some pictures later in the day.
We have the entry forms for the Bay Creek Classic at the OIFC. Try to fish this inshore tournament. It's for a great cause and a much needed operation for Brandon Matthews.
Below is a picture from local angler/surfer dude Ryan Neuwirth of a drum he caught behind OIB.
The surf is up at OIB. This picture which was taken by Mark Lenard was just posted and was provided by Sea Tow OIB.
I'll be working at the Fishing Center from 2-9 pm Thursday night. If you have any weather related concerns, need you boat checked or house and live near OIB give me a call during these hours and I'll try to get by your place.
The word around the OIFC today was Captain Steele had a good wahoo. But no one seemed to know just how good. Steele had taken his family fishing today. Along with him were his dad Bruce, brother Trent, Mary Margaret Park, Julia Park and Mike Baldyga.
When the Parks returned to the Fishing Center from the York Hole everyone found out the definition of "good"....61 lbs = good. What a wahoo!!!! She was fat! Trent said Steele fed a pogey to the whoo and when it finally took the bait Steele set the hook, and took the wheel handing the Speedmaster loaded with 20# line off to Trent. About an hour later Steele put the gaff to the "good" wahoo. Great job guys. If you look close, you'll see some other fish they also brought home.
Captains Chris Dew and Chris Dawson fished with Don Priebe (Pinckney, Mich), John Messisco (Stockbridge, Mich), Travis Messisco (Stockbridge, Mich), and Jeremy Herbertson (Dallas, Tx) today.
They started the day by catching some great king sized pogies in the mouth of Tubbs Inlet. The pogies have been plentiful both inshore and near shore. The spanish and blue fish continue to be thick near shore also. This has got to be a good sign for the close to shore king bite to start firing off. Plus the yellow butterflies are all over the place...another good sign in Brunswick County.
The cat boat then concentrated it's efforts about 8 miles out in 55 ft of 85 degree water. Soon Travis was on the business end of a Speedmaster with a nice king putting up a 20 minute struggle. Travis prevailed! The king, along with some spanish, some sea bass and beautiful weather made for a fun fishing trip.
Wendell Barnett sent this picture of a monster mahi and wahoo he caught late last week at the 100/400. This came in just as we at the OIFC were talking about how it won't be long before we need to start heading out to the Gulf Stream for some of our fishing. We're also already shifting mental gears towards blue fin tuna fishing
The Giant Bluefin Tuna fishery has become a great winter time fishing and economic engine for coastal North Carolina over the last 10+ years. This fishery initially was in the Outer Banks and progressed south to the Morehead waters. A few years ago, Capt Brant and other fishermen found them here in our local Brunswick County waters, and great success was had by many fishermen catching these world class fish, right here in our home waters.
Fast forward to this past year, and the fishery totally collasped. The fish didn't show in our waters at all, and very few were caught in the Morehead waters. What happened? The answer we believe was seen by Team OIFC as we traveled from Hatteras to Morehead in mid November last year. We came upon the entire Omega Protein menhaden netting fleet. There were 12 100+foot mother ships and the numerous catch boats operating from the mother ships. They were totally wiping out every menhaden from south of Ocracoke to north of Cape Lookout.
In that the Bluefin migration from up north to our waters was about that same time, we believe when the Bluefin arrived, expecting to find their winter food source of menhaden, only to find they were gone, wiped out by Omega, they were forced to pack their bags and head off somewhere else in search of the massive amount of food they need to fill their appetite. The result was the Bluefin season crashed, and virtually no fish were caught. There is an excellent article Jerry Dilsaver wrote on this subject[NC Sportsman Magazine, May 2010 edition].
Following that occurence we observed in mid November 2009, we appealed to Dr. Louis Daniels, Director of NC Marine Fisheries. Our request was for him to issue a proclamation that Omega's pogy netting would not begin until the end of Bluefin season[Jan 31]. By doing so, the food source for the migrating Bluefin would be preserved and thus their normal migration pattern in NC would not be interrupted. Dr. Daniels response was "there is no scientific evidence that menhaden are overfished". This of course is the same standard baloony response we got regarding our Brunswick County waters, that eventually led to our successful effort to eliminate pogy netting in our waters.
So..as a new winter Bluefin season is soon approaching, where do things stand. Hopefully/possibly there is light on the horizon. Enter David Redwine, a candidate for the NC Senate representing southeastern NC. He is a fishermen and understands the pogy issue. More importantly, he served in the NC House for 15+ years, and held very important committe positions while serving. Additionally, he was instrumental in establishing the NC Fisheries management programs. Bottom line is.."it's not what you know, but who you know that knows what". I have been talking to David on the Bluefin/pogy issue, and he has agreed to make every effort to try to get approal of our request to delay Omega's netting until after the close of the Bluefin season.
No guarantees, but for a Senate candidate with a lot of clout, to step forward and help attack this very important issue, speaks well for his committment to the fisheries. Let's see what happens. Standby. Rube McMullan[OIFC]
Fished along the beach in about 23ft of water on Wednesday this week and found lots of spanish out there. Some of the fish are small...to catch the larger ones I picked up my speed to between 7 and 8mph. I caught all that I wanted and only saved a few for the dinner table. Just outside the inlet, OIB pier, and tubbs inlet area in that magically depth of 23ft was producing the best bite. Came back in and hit a few spots for trout...the topwater bite was on! I caught ladyfish, blues, needlefish, trout, and the occassional redfish. I released almost all the fish...I did save a couple of trout for the dinner table. See ya on the water!
The 4th Annual Bay Creek Classic has announced it it's FaceBook site that Captain Brant and the OIFC have pledged $500 to the Tournament. Captain Brant asked that this pledge be used for the Junior Angler Division and the Tournament has designated it for that purpose.
Many anglers who would normally fish the Bay Creek Tournament are fishing for points in the SKA Division 9. Because of weather predictions for this weekend the Brunswick King Mackerel Tournament has been rescheduled for the same weekend as the Bay Creek inshore tournament, Sept 11th so we can't fish the Bay Creek.
To show support for the Bay Creek Tournament, team "Do Work" (Jeff's and my crew) and team "Hail Yeah" (Brian Aycock's crew) have joined many others and each donated Penn Slammer Reels for auction at the Bay Creek. Please go to the link and see how you can support this great cause, even if you can't fish it.
The Mission Statement for the OIFC says that we should share our fishing information with you. But in this case partially because of the upcoming king tournament I was asked not reveal any information. Because the person was kind enough to share these pictures I'll honor his request.
This is a 40 + pound king caught this week from a jon boat using a mullet and at the mouth of an inlet near here. What IS important is that it shows is that the kings are back near shore. A local told me that when the yellow butterflies show up the kings are not far behind. We've got a ton of yellow butterflies, the bait is on the beach and the water has cooled a tad AND this king was on the beach! May be some truth to that.
Today has been beautiful at OIB. The temperature, and humidity are lower than they have been. Even the water temperature is falling..just a little. The seas were in great shape as well as the backwater.
Captain Jeff Williamson of the "Get Busy/OIFC" fished north of OIB with his brother using pogies and had great fortune. He brought several flounder back to the OIFC, including this citation 7.1 lb.r which put him in 3rd place in the OIFC Year Around Rodeo. All reports indicate that pogies and mullet minnows are plentiful.
Captain Steele Park fished his Sailfish "Sea Monkey" near shore. Captain Steele reported a lot of pogies off Holden and Oak Island. Steele had several spanish, including a 5.7 lb.r. I didn't get pictures of Steele's fish because he needed to get home. All in all a great day to be at the coast.
Below are Capt. Jeff being assisted by Captain Amy and 1st mate Caroline with showing us his flounder.
Just a quick report in hope you will adjust your schedule and fish this tournament. Quickly, The Ocean Isle Fishing is doing our best to help support the 4th Annual Bay Creek Classic Tournament honoring Brandon Matthews. The tournament will be held September 11th. The "Fishing Center" has pledged to be a "Captains' Sponsor", offering to help support the Junior Angler Division.
Please check out the link...Fish the tournament and/or be a sponsor. We'll have more updates to follow. You can also keep up by visiting Bay Creek Classic on FaceBook.
Working in the store again today...had a report from a guy fishing in the surf today. He said he was catching nice red drum in the surf and getting chopped off by a lot of bluefish. I have seen lots of spanish jumping in the waterway lately and even seen some jumping up the Shallote river. Our charter boats have been catching spanish mackerel everywhere...from the beach to the hammer...king mackerel should be somewhere in the middle of all that action. We have not seen much action from them though. Don't worry...it won't be long before the bite just amazingly turns on out of no where. Looking to fish offshore? The bottom fish seem to be cooperating in 90 to 100 feet of water. I had a guy today say they went yesterday and limited out on grouper and had several triggerfish. This depth range seems to be the most productive right now for anything offshore. Kings, Mahi, and Cobia have all been caught in this depth range lately. So if you want to tug on something big, you better plan on a full day trip. If you are just looking for something good to eat then stay right off the beach and catch lots of spanish. Well, don't forget about the inshore species....the full moon has brought on a good bite...I have landed several trout, red fish, and keeper flounder my last two outings this week. Look for me tomorrow on the water. I may bring out the fly rod if I see the same action as I have seen. See ya on the water!
Captain William Parker and his wife Mrs. Pat took advantage of the beautiful seas yesterday aboard "The Hound Dog" to get in some spanish fishing. They didn't realize they were not only getting their supper but were serving up for the barracuda. They got about a dozen spanish, not counting the ones the barracuda ate and even a small king which was released. (I hope he grows a little by tournament time next weekend. Jeff and I need him!). The sea turtles and flying fish were abundant, so for those who want to take the family on a near shore trip it sounds as if the AR's are alive.
ON THE INSHORE NOTE:
Dr. Jeff Wallen and a couple of friends fished and caught 9 flounder, 5 keepers, a couple of trout, reds and a spanish. They fished behind OIB and the 3 mile AR. The flounder weren't biting for them at the AR and they only saw one keeper boated. The larger finger mullet were the bait of choice and the fish had moved into the shallows to ambush the bait. Big shrimp were available in the OIB canals and Dr. Jeff caught a couple of dozen in one cast.
Captain Tommy Helms and Tommy Lytton have been at it again. No, they weren't petting tiger sharks, they were catching flounder, which they are very good at. Captain Tommy had one that weighed 5.8 or 6.1 lbs depending whose scales he used and as soon as I can find his pictures I'll post them.
Lets keep our fingers crossed that the hurricane that is going to pass well off shore this weekend doesn't mess up the King Tournament Saturday.
Preparing for a little fishing yesterday...I was casting my net for bait when I noticed I had caught a barracuda...Well, you know it is hot when you are catching barracuda in the canals. Swimmers don't be too alarmed, he was only big enough to take a toe or two:) Lots of shrimp out there to be used as bait and seems to be the choice of many fish right now. The mullet have shown up in full force and are everywhere finally! Still perfect sized flounder pogies can be found up and down the waterway as well. The dinner table is set for the fall run! I believe even in this heat the fish know fall is right around the corner. The last couple of times I have been out the fish have been crushing the baits. We have had to move a lot to find exactly where they are feeding, but once you do...game on! We caught several trout, redfish, and flounder today...with the occassional bluefish and pinfish in the mix. Live shrimp under a popping cork was working pretty good, but slowed down for some reason. My buddy Jerry started throwing my Sea Assassin jig and slammed a few nice trout. I decided to try topwater since the action was so hot...I landed several redfish on topwater along with several nice trout as well. Jerry also busted a flounder on artificials and a redfish. Jerry actually land a Carolina Slam on artificials today. We all landed a Carolina Slam or two for that matter. The inshore action is definitely hot right now...not sure how long it will last. I hope this bite stays with us on through to the fall. I am sure the full moon has a lot to do with such a hot bite right now as well. Time to get on the water and enjoy some fishing. See ya on the water!
Captain Steele Park and Captain Chris Dawson were joined aboard the Carolina Cat for a full day charter by Terry Logan (Oak Island, N.C.), Rick Pressley (Charlotte), Tim Pressley (Charlotte), Roger Pressley (Wilmington) and Nicolas Pressley (Belmont, N.C.) for a beautiful day for fishing on perfect seas.
The group started their day by catching pogies just outside the mouth of the Shallotte Inlet. They then spent the remainder of the day fishing in 65 ft to 85 ft. of slick water. The day was broken up bottom fishing and trolling. They said the spanish were actually skying as they hit the pogies. Terry caught the cobia in the prop wash on a Spro Bucktail jig. It looks like he caught the cobia with a spanish in the picture. They considered free gaffing him because he just wouldn't bite...not really on the free gaffing.
Everyone on the charter agreed that the ocean was slick beautiful and so clear you almost see the down rigger ball.
Captain Chris Dawson said that he fished Friday and hooked up on about 40 spanish and several black tip sharks just outside the Ocean Isle Pier in 20-25 ft of water. They kept @ 20 in the 4-5 lb range.
Captain Jeff Williamson fished the Little River Jetties today, after getting the Sunset Beach Bridge tender to finally open the bridge! He and his group caught several red drum.
Won't it be nice to zoom down the ICW and not have to wait on that bridge? Just a couple more months!!!