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- Capt. Rickey Beck
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David Braswell, aboard the "Gettin Jiggy" fished in 150ft of water Tuesday using Roscoe Jigs and caught this nice grouper pictured below. On the trolling scene we've received reports of a hot mahi bite in the Stream, approximately 70 miles out. One person I talked with reported 26 mahi caught on one boat.
Our World Cats had half day trips. Captain Zach brought home some kings, as seen in yesterday's picture by Zach, while Captain Chris Dew reported hot spanish action right at the Shallotte Inlet Buoy in 30 ft of water.
The wind started picking up out of the west yesterday, making for snotty conditions. Our boats are "on the hill" this morning due to wind, but the prediction is for things to settle down and I expect action to pick up. This weekend looks great for heading out and trying to get some fishing action. Isn't that a change!!
Tommy Helms sent these pictures of him and Tommy Lytton. He asked if I'd heard of the ace of spades. They are the T's of spades, and for good reason. Tommy didn't say where these fine fish came from, but my educated guess would be a particular near shore AR. The bait of choice is jelly balls which are plentiful. Tubbs Inlet was full of them Sunday. Location and bait are one thing, (actually two, but whatever) however, technique is quite another and I would expect the T's to have that down pat. They also included a couple of flounder their friend Cooter from Charlotte caught for lunch.
What a crew!
Richard Boles of the Toes Up Fishing Team was kind enough to send the photo of a cobia caught by Glenn Boles on a recent trip aboard their 23 ft. Contender, the Toes Up. This was Glenn's first cobia.
Now for a fish story. Robbie Dial, a great friend, fishing buddy and truth teller, as far as fishing goes...sent this picture of a 48 inch drum caught Memorial Day at the Sunset Beach swing bridge by Ernie Blue. Robbie said the drum was caught on an 1 1/2 inch mud minnow....I report, you decide. (Just kidding Robbie), great story! He also sent a picture of a 9 lb sheepshead caught by Earnest Chavis while fishing with Robbie. Earnest has caught several sheepshead in this class recently.
Many thanks to Richard and Robbie for the pictures and stories.
Checked out conditions after all the rain and found beach water browned up from all the rain. Tried a couple beach spots and only got sharks. Pogies definitely showing up as rain pushed them out of Cape Fear river along beaches from Shallotte Inlet to Lochwood. My guess is rain pushed the fish off the beach to more normal 55-70 foot water. Our charters caught some 20's at the 90/90 so that confirms. Question now is if it stays dry and water clears back up, and bait moves on to beach, and does the beach bite kick off again. My long range crystal ball doesn't go out that far, so stand by. Come join us at the Jolly Mon!
Capt. Barrett, brother- Mike and Mark Kennedy and myself joined forces aboard the OIFC Yellowfin to compete in the Bald Head Island Rodoe. The tournament format is unique in that it is based on most total pounds weighed of Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo. Tuna and Wahoo have to be at least 20 pounds and Dolphin have to be at least 15 pounds. Other than that, stay within your legal limits and catch as many as you can for the most pounds. I had gotten some information from a friend that fishes north of Morehead City about scattered Yellowfin and lots of big Dolphin. I prefer fish near home, but the facts are that our Gulf Stream season has not been up to par this year and thus we felt we could use our mobility to make a run north and try to find better fish. We put in the water at Morehead and ran way offshore to 600+ feet. We found a fishy area with birds and no sooner had we set the spread than we were absolutely blasted by a school of Yellowfin. They came up into our teasers and looked like bombs going off behind the boat as they ate the teasers and every line we had in the water. We had 7 lines out and after it was over, we ended up with 5 Yellowfin in the box. Man it has been a long time since I've done that. It is still fun! We reset and looked all over the place but we could not find the Tuna anymore. They were gone. We trolled until 10:30am then decided to run further offshore to look for a temperature edge and weed line to find the Dolphin. We ran another 20 miles to 3000+ feet of water when we found the signs. We set out and it was on. Mahi all over; A monster came into the spread and bombed the teaser. Capt .Barrett grabbed the flat line and put it in front of the big fish and hooked up; BIG MAHI. Meanwhile we had 3 others on as well going all over the place. We boated Barrett's, which ended up being a 48 pounder! Been a while since I've seen one of those- they are still fun too! We fished on and caught a ton of Mahi. The trick was that they had to be over 15 pounds to weigh, and you'd be surprised how many 10-14 pound Mahi are out there. At mid day we were wore out and felt we had done what we came to do; we headed for the scales. At weigh in we posted 247 pounds, very respectable. The unfortunate thing was that the fishing locally was again subpar; the second place boat had 69 pounds. We decided we had enough fun and were beat, so we opted not to fish the second day and let our day 1 effort stand for both days. It was a risk as boats combine both days to get a total. Fortunately, 120 pounds was the most that could be mustered by the competition and we held on for the win. Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures. We were moving so fast while we were fishing trying to keep lines in the water, we didn't have time to get any pictures. Think I have one at the weigh in of the Mahi, I'll post.
Locally, the weather is up and down this week as a couple of cool fronts are moving through the area. Its nice to get some of the humidity out of the air, but the wind will typically blow from the south fairly hard before the passing of the front. The King action was good the last few days. The 90/90 has been good. We have weighed in a few fish over 20 pounds this week from this depth range, which shows the bigger fish are starting to move in from offshore. Our charter boats also had Mahi, Sailfish and Cobia from this 55-70 foot depth range. Pogys have been around from Shallotte to Lockwood this past few days.
The Jolly Mon King Classic is only a week and half away. Tournament programs went in the mail today, so you should see yours in a couple. Early entry deadline is 6/15. You can enter on-line - CLICK HERE or come by the OIFC to get an entry form or wait til yours comes in the mail. Everything is lining up. Bait is showing, fish are showing.... hopefully the weather will cooperate.
Captain Jeff Williamson (OIFC/Get Busy) had a productive day of fishing Saturday. The fish must have been attracted to Capt. Jeff's new metropolitan look fishing shirt as he along with Carl Jackson, Dan Jackson and Dave Panavas of Greenville, S.C. racked up pretty good on the flounder and drum.
Captain Kyle was on the docks today with a cleaning table full of flounder and drum.
Dr. Jeff Wallen also reported catching 10 really nice flounder, some 4+lbs and all but one over 16 inches. All of his fish were caught on pogies and were boated between the swing bridge and the Shallotte River. We really narrowed that down didn't we.
Today Capt Jeff Beck and our family went out for a while and we caught a fair amount of live shrimp in a cast net. We really didn't fish, we played in Tubbs Inlet.
The wind was blowing today so the off shore boats stayed in port.
Quick trip this afternoon...looking for a drum bite...Michael and I had a blast! Flounder are still hitting strong in the creeks...mullet and small shrimp are showing up in the creeks now...reds and flounder will start keying in on the mullet, so keep an eye out for an opportunity to cast net a few. We caught flounder, trout, reds, and black drum today. See ya on the water!
The charter group, fishing with Captain Chris Dawson and Chris Dew aboard the World Cat hooked up with a nice mahi within eight miles of the coast today. They said they got him along side the World Cat and he shook the hook loose and got away. This isn't a war story, it's testimony from the folks on the charter...a good fuel saving sign for those of us who'd like to hook up with a mahi. The group found good sized pogies about a 1/2 from the Shallotte Inlet just off of Holden Beach.
Meanwhile Gary Clair (Bainbridge, NY) landed a 23 lb king, Al Hartman (Clermont, Fla) caught a 19 lb cobia and Richard Cummings (Mocksville, NC) brought a 7.5 lb citation spanish in. Joining these guys on the charter was Keith Devost of Bainbridge, NY.
Mrs.Jenifer Cole surprised her husband Benji of Graham, N.C. with a fishing charter for their 5th anniversary. Along with the Coles aboard the OIFC Cat boat were Jody and Christy Staley,and their daughter Logan from Mebane, N.C. As we can tell by the pictures they had a great time.
Thank all of ya'll for choosing the OIFC to help make this a memorable anniversary.
Since I'm not fishing the tourney, I'm happy to spill my guts with what I'm seeing/hearing concerning where the winning Jolly Mon king will be. Here's what I know:
The water along the beach has been as pretty as I've ever seen and is pure "king green". This has led to one of the best beach bites I can remember this early in the year, mostly concentrated in the Yaupon/Ocean Crest area. That concentration is probably because that is where most are fishing and I expect other beach spots would also be good. This spring, we have weighed more 35-40lb fish than I can remember and they all came from beach locations from Shallotte Inlet to Yaupon. What has been missing are the pogy bait pods but I expect with all the rain we have had last couple of days, the bait will now push out of the Cape Fear river and come our way. Also, there is alot of bait off Carolina Beach which also will be moving this way.
If you had to make a decision today as to where to fish, it would probably be on the beach, but the wild card is all the rain we have had, and whether that impacts the color/salinity, and thus the fish move to the more typical 65-70 water depths by tourney time. Stay tuned, as we will see what happens next week leading up to tourney time. Come join us and help make this the biggest Jolly Mon ever!