Just received a text that the Black Dog has just released a sailfis...Hopefully more info and picture to follow!!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Another sailfish to report just in time for the Cape Fear Sailfish Classic!
Garrett Williams and his dad Keith were joined by friends Brent Elliott and his son Matt aboard Keith's beautiful 31 ft. Cape Horn the O-Sea-D on what Keith described as a beautiful day at the 90's. He said the bait was so thick you could walk on it.
The result was a couple of kings and Garrett's 1st sailfish! They reported they had a couple more sails crash on their baits. It is obvious by the picture what the sail hit. Also in on the action was some sharks taking advantage of the bait pods. All of this is within sight of Myrtle Beach! Congratulations Garrett..and at some point you must take a swim to commemorate you 1st sail!
The OIFC is gearing up for the Classic...the trophy is on it's way to OIB from the custom builders. I hope to have a picture of the finished product this weekend.
Captain Brant had a morning charter and was successful boating Aj's and Kings in about 45 ft. of water
Captain Steele and Captain Zach had a full day charter with the Painter's..Dad , Fred, his sons Joe and Jason, son- in- law J. D. Dillon and son- in- law Rob Hanson, all from W. Va., Va. and Tenn. Rob is shown holding the largest King which he caught. The group used frozen Cigar Minnows and fished in 95 ft. of water.
Tony Sawyer reported he caught Spanish just of the shore of OIB. Captain Jeff Williamson reported he saw a big ball of pogeys in the ICW near the Shallotte Inlet. He said they were a good size for off shore fishing.
The trout have been pretty cooperative the last couple of days on artificials. We caught a few small flounder on artificials as well today. The flounder have been hard to get with the blues and pinfish being very active. Live bait is not lasting very long out there! See ya on the water!
Captains Zach and Steele headed about 8 miles out with the Kitts, Jimmy, Theresa, Ben and Brian, who are from all over the map...Va., Fla., and Calif.
Using frozen cigar minnows, the group had a great day of spanish and king fishing.
Joe Bunch of Wheeling W. Va caught and released this flounder and some reds today while fishing from the shore of the ICW below the Ocean Isle Bridge. Joe was using ultra light tackle with 4 lb test and the blue and silver spoon shown in the pictures below.
The reds were caught at high tide and the flounder was caught about 2 hrs later using the same spoon cast into the grass.
On July 23rd we reported on Marie Irby, Ann Smithey, as well as Jack and Hayden Smithey fishing aboard our Cat boat with Captains Chris Dawson and Jeff Williamson. In this report, Marie hooked up with a sail at Christina's ledge. Ann promised a picture, and here it is.
Remember, we are only days away from the Cape Fear Sailfish Classic. Be prepared, shop the OIFC for all your sail fishing needs.
A king caught in shore? Nope, a 30 lb king caught in 90 ft. of water on an in shore spinning combo. Bill Creveling (Winchester, Va. & OIB) was fishing on one boat, while his friends Jeff Young and Hanley Ervin were fishing Jeff's 23 ft. Grady White using jigged up bait. Jeff and Hanley were messing around, casting bait with an in shore combo. That's when the unexpected happened. A 30 lb king bit on the combo. 2+ hours and 2 men with sore shoulders later, they had landed the big king.
This may sound a little fishy, but I know Bill fairly well and though it's a good fish story, it's a true story. Thanks for letting us in on the action.
I hope you were fishing today...The full moon brought on a nice bite...The water has cleared up and the wind was calm this morning. We put it to the trout this morning on artificials and then moved on to catch some flounder. The flounder cooperated pretty well today. A few redfish also came in the mix. I failed to land any trout myself today, but my buddy Jerry caught five or six. Jerry also landed several flounder and a few redfish completing the inshore slam. See ya on the water!
I mean REALLY. What do you believe? Yesterday the near shore forecast looked like we were going to be blown away. Check it now...doesn't even look like the same forecast. What do you do? Where is weatherman Rube when you need him?
Call in sick...let go fishing!!
The N.C. Sheriff's Association is having their annual meeting at Sea Trail this week. Captain Jeff Beck and Captain David Hooks took some of the members for a little fishing today. Jeff is an Investigator with the Brunswick Co. Sheriff's Office, and David is a friend of Jeff's who runs the 31 ft Contender, The Black Pearl. Jeff said David asked if anyone had ever ridden a mechanical bull..then proceeded to ask if anyone had ever ridden a mechanical bull with a fire hose in their face? Because that's what it is what it was going to feel like as they clear the Shallotte Inlet. The winds were a brisk 17+ out of the SSW. The "posse" trolled about 8 miles out and actually caught some spanish and sharks before they had fished enough and returned to the smoother waters of the ICW. Still, a bumpy day on the ocean is better than a landlocked day anywhere. I hope we can get some boats out this week and I'll have some more great catches to report on like last week.
That was a funny line Captain Hooks used, I don't care who you are.
Went exploring tonight while the moon was overhead...looking for docks with lights on them...did not catch any fish under the lights...did manage to catch one in a dark creek...Air temperature was much more pleasant, but the water temperature was a hot 88 degrees! See ya on the water!
In an earlier report I focused on 1st mate Austin Aycock's 1st charter. Now I would like to address 1st mate Aaron Dew. Aaron is the son of the OIFC's Captain Chris Dew. He has served very successfully as his dad's 1st mate for the past 2 seasons. We, at the OIFC have watched as Aaron has honed his skills and become a valuable asset to Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures.
1st mates, just as the charter captains arrive well before the charter, usually before sunrise to help prepare for the day's fishing. They work closely with the captain and customers during the long days, in all environments. What may be the end of the day for the angler is just the beginning for the captain and 1st mate. They have to clean fish, the boat, the tackle, and get ready to do it all over again.
This is one heck of a tough job with a lot of expectations. These 2 fine young men should be admired and commended for their work. They will someday be running boats of their own!
Captain Kyle Hughes was joined today by Grandad Jim Pridgen (Jamestown, N.C.) and his Grandsons, 14 yr old Lieph Grubbs and 5 yr old Eli Grubb (Lake Mary, Fla.) They fished the backwaters of OIB and Sunset Beach using mullet minnows. In addition to the flounder and drum in the photo they caught around 8 more, of which, a couple of over slot reds.
The group decided not to keep the drum. A crowd gathered as Captain Kyle carefully revived him for everyone to watch quickly escape to his freedom.
This reporter has been with the OIFC for @3yrs and can count the number of African Pompano I've seen on one hand, minus the thumb. Two of those have been this week!
Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate/son Aaron fished with Keith Ocker and his sons, Nathan and Caleb of Middleton, Pa. The group had a great day, Nathan caught the Pampano and Caleb caught at least 3 of the Kings, but who's counting? They said the ocean was great today as they fished about 30 miles off shore in 90 ft of water. The Pompano hit a medium ballyhoo on the top. They had a tailing sea on their trip back in which made for a smooth ride.
I talked with Rube, who's been around the sea most of his life and knows how to prepare excellent cuisine from fish parts that most people would throw away. In my book, this qualifies him as somewhat of a layman chef. Rube says African Pompano is a delicacy that deserves to be sauteed in fine cooking wines, lemon and "other such stuff", my words.