I just found this story on Starnewsonline and thought I'd share it with you.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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I'm sure by now you've noticed a common thread with today's fishing reports. They lead up to mentioning the upcoming Cape Fear Fishing Classic scheduled for August 12-15th out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. This is a new event and promises to be exciting.
There have been a LOT of sails caught off of OIB this summer and you don't have to travel far or do much of anything special to catch them. We'll be posting reminders as the event draws closer. You can follow the link, or check the scroll box on the OIFC's main web page.
In addition to the previous pictures here a few more which I hope gets you fired up enough to participate in the tournament. We'd like for it to be a successl so we can enjoy it in years to come.
Darby Lykins, (left) and Frank Harrington (right), show a 6 ft 6 in. sail caught while fishing the Jungle for kings, using pogies on #6 treble hooks on July 6th. Fishing with them were Mike Cochran, Seth Joyce and Allison Strong. They fought the fish for about 45 minutes. Once safely onboard Frank's "Laid Back", the trebles were quickly removed, the fish measured, and a photo was taken. They the revived the sail and it was released in healthy condition.
Great job and thanks for sharing the story with the readers. As I said, sometimes I save reports for rainy days like today.
Sometimes I wait to do fishing reports folks send me until a "rainy day", which is what today is.
Here is a report of a sail fish caught during the Jr. Jolly Mon that Amber Simmons sent. The pictures are just too beautiful! Courtney Waddell was the angler. She was fishing with Danial Simmons (OIB Concrete), Bryan and 9 yr old Derick Freeman aboard Amber and Daniel's Contender. The sail was caught in 65 ft of water right off of OIB. Amber said she decided to take the "glory picture while they successfully removed a deep treble hook. The beautiful fish swam off hookless and healthy.
Fished with Mr. Pitt, Adam, and Chad today...Caught trout and lots of flounder again today. We could not find a redfish to complete the slam again today. Heard of some redfish being caught out in the surf. Also saw one get pulled out from under the docks in the waterway. I am sure the redfish are all up and down the waterway in deep water. Just hard to fish the waterway with all the traffic. Will continue looking for the redfish tomorrow. See ya on the water!
Paul McIntyre sent these pictures of cobia caught at Cristina's Ledge Sunday morning. The fish weighed 34 and 28 lbs each. Pictured are Paul's brother in law Mike Matulia, Paul's son Christopher, who used to be an OIFC Mate, and Paul's brother Rob. The guys were fishing aboard their family boat the Tiger Rag.
Thanks for the post Mike.
Our charters continue to land kings, with the Shark Hole being a hot spot. Speaking of big kings, here's a picture of the 56.6 lb king who won the Got-Em-On King Classic.
Captains Jeff Williamson and Chris Eckert struck gold at the Shark Hole today. Using naked pogies with a green bead they made a half day charter very happy.
On the charter, from Charlottesville, Va. were, from left to right, Allison deAlmeida, holding the big king, Haley Horbaly, Connor Williamson, Andrew Horbaly and in the background is dad Bill Horbaly.
Captain William Parker, of the "Hound Dog" learned his lesson well! Last week he caught a 40.6 lb king. William wasn't in the OIFC Rodeo. He since signed up and promptly went out and caught this 24 lb king which put him smack in the lead in the king division. Austin Aycock was moved to 2nd with his 20.4 lb king, and Jeff Beck joined the fray Sunday by weighing in a 19.1 lb king.
Jeff's king was caught during the Got-Em-On King Classic. Captain Jeff weighed a 28.35 lb king at the tournament, but held on to the 19.1 lb'r to be weighed in at the OIFC for the Rodeo..Good thinking for both William and Jeff
The OIFC Charters had a banner day today. They both caught a bunch of kings mostly at the Shark Hole and the 90's. Where were these kings this weekend when we were searching for them during the Got-Em-On King Classic? Captains Chris Dew and Chris Dawson said the seas were flat and that the kings turned their noses up at pogies and hit exclusively on frozen cigar minnows.
These pictures are of the Seay's, Eric, Nathan, Darren and David of Oakridge Tenn.
Took a father and son out today for there first saltwater adventure. Caught trout and flounder early this morning on artificials. Stephen the son beat his Dad up pretty bad with the artificial fishing. We switched to live bait and Mr. Apt put the hammer down on the flounder. It took Stephen a little while to get the technique down before gaining some ground back on his Dad. We caught 17 flounder, 3 trout, and 2 bluefish, making for a pretty good day on the water. We almost claimed a jet skier today, but I stuck a horn in his ear and he got the message. See ya on the water!
The Got-Em-On King Classic is in the books. Congratulations to everyone who placed. Special congrats to Austin who had the heaviest fish in the Jr. Angler Division! Follow this link for the results.
In the picture below are Austin Aycock, Edward Julian, and Alex Mercer with their 33.60 lb king..
It seems like summer is literally flying by, and we are suddenly in the "dog-days" of summer, which means the inshore criiters are transitioning into their hot weather, hot water kind of patterns. The flounder fishing remains consistent, but the fish have been very mixed size wise, so you just have to keep grinding through the little ones to find the good ones. That being said though, we have caught some really nice fish this week with several fish in the 3lb range, a couple of 4s, and a 5lber, so there are some nice ones out there. One thing that is happening with the flounder is that the seem to being headed for deeper waters as they usually do this time of year, as the inlets have been producing quite well recently, and there have started to be some fish on the nearshore reefs and wrecks. Also, there are still some nice redfish around that are willing to bite, both in the backwaters and around the inlets as well. The trout have also made a few appearances lately, but as is typical with them this time of year, you tend to catch them one day and not the next, but even if they dont bite, some of your norma trout spots might be worth checking.
Reno and Naylor put a pounding on the flounder...Reno also landed a red fish and a trout successfully completing the inshore slam. Flounder continue to show a consistant pattern...The trout seem to be spread out, but if you work hard you can find a hand full or two between 2-3 pounds. The red fish also seem to be very spread out...I have only been able to locate one here and there. I am looking forward to fall when the reds stack up again to crush the mullet. See ya on the water!
Mrs. Amber Simmons reports the grouper bite was hot off of OIB over the 4th week. Fishing buddies, Kennon Hill, Dr. Bryan Freeman, Brian Robbins, Daniel Simmons (OIB Concrete) limited out on groupers during 2 fishing trips. They were using live bait in about 180 ft of water. Family and friends have enjoyed the catch, grilled grouper, grouper bites, grouper salad and grouper formage.
Thanks to Mrs. Amber, she contributes regularly to the fishing reports and helps us all keep up to date on the current fishing happenings.
Went on a search for speckled trout this afternoon. Found a few fish willing to cooperate...released a 2 pounder and a 3 pounder...lost another 3 pounder at the boat and missed several bumps...Also managed to land a nice red and a fat flounder. No live bait was used this afternoon. No gulp either...4 inch Sea Assassins with 1/8 ounce red jig head...Carolina Slam on artificials...See ya on the water!
Captain Zach and Captain Steele fished aboard the 36 ft Contender, the "Get Floor'd" along with Grant Boyd and Garrett Fiddynent, both hailing from Atlanta, Ga., Eldon Peters from the home of the UNC Tar Heels, Chapel Hill, N.C. and Garry Spencer from the home of the American Idol star Kelly Pickler, Albemarle, N.C.
Garrett was fly fishing with a pogey for spanish while four miles off shore when a sail fish showed up. He kept feeding the pogey until the sail finally couldn't stand it anymore and hit it. After a short fight the sail was along side the "Get Floor'd" Garrett has some nice pictures which he will forward. One of the pictures below is of Garrett taking the customary plunge off the front of the "Get Floor'd" for catching his 1st sail.
After the excitement of the sail fish the crew headed out about 10 more miles where they caught kings and 3 cobia. The biggest cobia was 33 lbs and took 2 hrs of fighting to get aboard. They also had a 4th, but he eluded the fish box. The cobia were caught in the area of the 65 ft Hole.
This dynamic duo proved they can catch quality fish, they also showed their dedication by extending the charter 2 extra hrs. Quality fishing and dedication are only a couple of the attributes of the OIFC Charter Captains.
Congratulations guys on a great day fishing. I could tell by the excitement on the dock that everyone had a ball!