Check out Captain Zach's sail he caught aboard the get Get Floor'd. ' Shame he caught it during an SKA Tournament and not the Cape Fear Sailfish Tournament. Beautiful fish though.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Just when the bite should turn on we finally get some rain...lots of rain all at once. This has really stirred the water! First bite of the day was an 18lb. stingray that Gavin landed after several battling minutes. Bluefish continued to chop are baits in half as we tried to get the flounder and redfish to cooperate. A few flounder just under the mark and one for the frying pan. Then a redfish showed up to put up a nice little fight. Action was a bit slow and spread out. Tide was getting low enough to catch some shrimp, so we did. Gavin and Taylor stayed busy reeling in one bluefish after another! I even decided to throw a topwater plug and watched them explode all over it. Bob, Jen, Gavin, and Taylor enjoyed watching the bait get crushed! Gavin and Taylor would quickly take over on the angling once hooked up. Fast and furious...time flys when the action gets hot. Back to the dock we had to go. See ya on the water!
Congratulations to Capt. Brant for his win the the Brunswick Islands Saltwater Classic. Also onboard with him were Rube, Caroline, Captain Chris Eckert. Brant will tell you more about his trip.
Today was a tough day as far as king Mackerel fishing was concerned. It seems the weatherman missed his wind speed prediction by a good 10 mph. We caught several smaller kings, spanish and cobia, I even heard of mahi being caught. Most of us fished the 90's with either mullet or pogies. The bait was just off Bird Island.
Below are a couple of pics I took of the boats catching pogies, then just random pictures
Well, hate to sound like a broken record, but a few short weeks ago you read Capt. Barrett's report about his win at the Onslow Bay King Mackerel Tournament-- he quoted "I love it when a plan comes together..... everything went too smooth" on the way to he and father's, Rube win with a 40.77. Well, I got say, "I love it when a plan comes together." This weekend OIFC charter mate Chris Eckert, my father, Rube, 5 year old daughter, Caroline and myself teamed up to compete in the Brunswick Islands King Classic tournament. We were actually seeking to defend our title as Team OIFC won this very same event last year with a 29 pound King. This year we had the same results, but with a lot more class. We weighed an awesome 43.14 pound King to win the tournament. I decided to fish offshore in 100 feet of water as nearshore water temperatures remain warm and action had been lacking. As such, the plan was to fish over bottom fishing grounds where hopefully there might be a big King that had taken up residence feeding on Snapper during the Summer. Our second stop proved to be the jackpot as a spread of live Pogys was set. After 10 minutes of trolling, the downrigger set at 30 feet went off and Chris grabbed the rod. As he came tight, the medium flat line rod bent double, and I grabbed the rod. My fish sent the reel into a smoking, high speed run, indicating it was a fish of size; the only question was if it was a wahoo or king? We kept the boat at idle while Chris fought his fish and I quietly worked his fish back to the boat. After 15 minutes or so, my fish came into sight and revealed the silver sides and yellowish tale that signal a Kingfish deep below. It was apparent it was a big fish. The King made one circle and I brought it to the surface where Rube gaffed and asked for assistance; I dropped the rod and grabbed the big tail and the fish was on the deck of the Yellowfin. It was one of those magical days as now all that was left was to weigh-in. It was only 11am, but my 5 year old daughter, Caroline came to fish, and she was having a blast. The team reset and Caroline boated another King and a nice Dolphin. We eventually set for home and made the weigh-in shortly after 3pm and the rest is history. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together. I will give credit where it's due as the common factor in both recent wins is Rube "the GooRube" McMullan. Most exciting to me was Caroline winning Jr. Angler. She won $300 of her own and got a first place trophy; she is fired up.
Included are some pictures of the day's action. I don't have a picture of the winning fish, but I'll post it when I get in a day or two. As you can see, the main focus is Caroline. If she's into it, we are all into it.
Shane fished the backwaters and some other undisclosed areas around Ocean Isle this weekend. He reported that he used mullet minnows which, along with pogies are extremely plentiful. Among other fish, Shane caught a 5.18 and a 4.3 lb flounder.
Shane will be fishing the Bay Creek Classic this weekend.
NOTE: Shane, your pictures didn't come through. Please resend, I'd love to put them on the Fishing Report.
Fished this morning with the hopes of some explosive action...tons of bait in the waterway...wind started to blow a little harder than predicted...the fishing was a bit slow...We did catch some rat reds and lots of 13" flounder...two flounder did make the frying pan eventually...one 16" and another 18"...Not the bite I expected...
Here at the store for the rest of the afternoon...recieved a phone call from a gentleman who apparently found the bite this morning. Several flounder with one citation and another just missing the mark. He will be sending Capt. Rickey photos that will be posted soon. No doubt the fish, bait, and all the other ingredients are here for some tremendous fall fishing. Don't miss it...Stop by sometime and get the rest of the story. See ya on the water!
The Jolly Mon Racing team ended the season on an incredible note. After a rocky middle of the season with 2 DNF's and several 3-6th place finishes, something clicked and the team turned it on. Over the season's last four races, driver Justin Millikin and Jolly Mon Racing team won all four races. That is an incredible achievement. The team finished up the season at 2nd place in the track championship race. They needed one more weekend of racing to catch the track champion, Rick Smith, but the season ran out. However, the "BIG" race is on Saturday, November 20th in which a full field of 43 cars will fill the .58 mile track and compete for the $10,000 first place prize.
Congratulations again to Justin and the Jolly Mon Racing team for a great job. Thanks for representing the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, the Jolly Mon King Classic and its sponsors.
If you didn't make it out to see a race, plan on the November race. The Jolly Mon car will be there and racing for the lead. For race details and schedule visit www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com or I'll be sure to keep you posted.
Captain Jeff Williamson of the "Get Busy"/OIFC was chartered Sunday by the Conrad family of Ocean Isle Beach as a 42nd birthday present for Shannon Conrad. The following is what Shannon wrote to the OIFC. He tells the story the best.
"Hey guys, just wanted to send a couple of photos that we took on Sept 5th of an inshore charter trip we took with Captain Jeff Williamson for my 42nd birthday (actually the 6th). We were fortunate to be with Jeff as he put us on several nice reds at the Little River jetties. We boated three, had a break off, and one other nice fish that got off right as the net was being lowered for the snag. All in all it was a great birthday trip for me and to spend it with my dad (Vic Conrad-pocketbook for the trip), two of my four sons, Adam Conrad 7 and Thomas (Hardcore) Conrad 4. We would recommend a trip with Jeff to anyone as we spent the day laughing and cutting up telling fish stories and having a great time. My dad loves to hunt so he and Jeff had a lot in common".
"We felt pretty good when we got back to the docks at the OIFC and Rube commented that our fish were the first fish he had seen come in since the water got stirred up from the storm."
What everyone at the OIFC wants to know is, Shanon..did you really write this or did J. Dogg?
Thanks for fishing with the OIFC. We're all very happy you caught fish, and more importantly had a good time with your family.
Captain Tommy Helms and Mr. Tommy Lytton, both infamous inshore fishermen and tiger shark whisperers have been at it again. This time they took Wayne "Paw Paw" Smith of Charlotte, N.C. out to catch dinner. They caught plenty flounder for the main course. As you can see they enjoyed an adult beverage prior to preparing the main entree.
Captain Tommy indicated to me that he and others will be fishing the Bay Creek Classic Saturday. I cannot emphasize enough how worthy of a cause this tournament supports. Were it not for an SKA points tournament this weekend we would be right in the middle of the competition. The OIFC and others are supporting the Classic in every way we can. We ask that ya'll help out by participating.
Below is a picture of Miss Lindsey Evans with a nice flounder she caught behind Ocean Isle Beach. Lindsey was fishing with Ryan Neuwirth of Shallotte Point. They were using pogies.
The flounder bite has been excellent and consistent in shore, while the bite on the artificial reefs has not really fired off. It was just a few summers ago we were concerned about the lack of flounder being caught in our back waters, but it seems that with pogies being more plentiful the flounder population has increased. That's my unofficial observation.
Also now is a good time to remind everyone of the Bay Creek Classic which is this weekend. Please participate..it is for a great cause!!!
Took a friend out this past Wednesday....we were looking for some red drum in the 25 inch range...I had located a school a few days ago and was eager to put my friend on them. We arrived at the area and immediately saw the bait scattering...it still looked fishy and hopes were high. We started working the area and it didn't take long, fish on! Problem? It was a trout, then another, and another trout...we caught several trout, but the redfish had not shown yet. We changed bait and tactics...redfish on! Not the size we were looking for, but a redfish none the less. Then a flounder to complete an inshore slam!
Took my mom back out and landed a few more trout on Sunday morning. We actually started off looking for spanish just off the beach. The water had a gray color to it...so we gave up on that idea pretty quick. We did land a bluefish...I would imagine once the water clears, the spanish bite will follow and kings won't be far behind. I can feel it...Fall is just around the corner...it is still warm outside, but the humidty has really dropped. The fishing should start to fire off any day now! See ya on the water!
Saturday, Captain Steele took a group of guys from Fayetteville, N.C. on a full day charter. Earl still had the water stirred up so he headed to 100 ft of water depth, with a temp of 82 degrees for a little bottom fishing. The results were a 23 lb gag and 23 beeliners.
Captain Steele reported using live bait and Braid Jigs.
Today's bait report was the pogies, blues and mullet are thick just west of the Ocean Isle Pier.
Also, be on the lookout for Captain Steele's personal livebait combo that took a trip to Davie Jones Locker. The same combo that tackled a 61lb Wahoo, just 4 days before.
"Dock Boy" Rube told me there was a boat at the docks today with some nice looking grouper. He was gone by the time I found out about it. But now we know the bottom fish are biting. The feeling from some of the veteran fishermen is the king bite should be firing off within a few days.
Inshore, Captain Jeff Williamson had a very productive day at the Little River jetties. J. Dogg said he had several under slot and over slot reds along with some flounder. Jeff was fishing with live shrimp and mullet minnows.
Congratulations to Justin Milliken, driver of the 02 "Jolly Mon" Impala on his win last night at Myrtle Beach Speedway. This made 4 in a row!!!