Just as promised, Jeff Martini sent me a fantastic picture of his dive today. Drop by the Midtown Bistro on Hwy 17, N. Myrtle Beach and taste this weeks special. Also ask for Jeff's signature flat bread as an appetizer.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The Rumble In The Jungle was today. Participants found plenty of pogeys right around the Cherry Grove Pier. The seas were great as was the weather. Fishermen I talked to fished from the Atlantic Ledge to the Hammer in search of the winning king..
There were a lot of kings weighed mostly in the mid twenties to low teens. At last report Brant was in 4th with a 30+ king. We caught our fish at the Hammer with just enough time to make it to the scales. I think this weather is supposed to hold and will make for great fishing.
The U.S. Open is next weekend and the Fall Brawl is the following weekend. As the month wears on the king bite should be getting hotter than it is now.
Our Cat boat chartered a group yesterday and caught a "boat load" of grouper. Unfortunately they were all undersized and were released. (Boat load is an angler's unit of measurement, meaning a lot. Not an actual "boat load"). Below are a couple of pictures of Brandon Sauls and Nesbitt Noble with a couple they caught just before the "big rain". Some friends are diving and bottom fish shooting this weekend so I hope to have their report. Might I suggest Midtown Bistro on 17 N. Myrtle Beach for frest seafood?
Yesterday several boats went blue fish huntin'. There were a lot caught, but they were sparse. Some pogeys were spotted flipping in about 35 ft. of water. The ocean was beautiful with a distinct tide line at the inlets. It ought to be nice this weekend for the Rumble In The Jungle and just plain ole fun fishing. Also below are some pictures of the sea I took yesterday. There are still a lot of people red drum fishing at the Little River Jetties.
Yesterday Martin Mcleod stopped by to show off his gulf stream catch. Martin's crew weighed a citation wahoo and a blackfin tuna that was just shy of the mark. If you are sitting out the Rumble in the Jungle king tournament, now would be the time to go deep. Sunday is suppose to be a flat sea all the way to the canyon!
Fished a few hours this morning with a great couple from Columbia, SC. We were greeted by an unexpected brisk NE breeze this morning. The sunrise was awesome this morning and things warmed up pretty quick. We moved around a lot trying to find a hungry fish. Not too many of those around...we caught a few here and a few there. The ones we caught were not hungry, their bellies were already full! The fish are definitely feeding hard right now. Just have to keep moving until you find them. We would move to a spot catch three with in a half dozen cast and then they would just quit. Move again and catch a few more. We ended the day with a couple of nice keepers for the frying pan. See ya on the water!
Below are some great pictures from a weekend trip this past Friday and Saturday taken aboard Captain C.C. Anderson's "Sawmil lDollars" based out Mocksville, N.C..
The pictures are of Jeff Bowden holding "the magic bait" he used to catch the kings. Captain Anderson, Brian Custard and Doug Illing are holding their 3 big kings. Captain Anderson and Doug Illing are holding the red drum they caught at the Jetties. The guys said it was too bad for them the U. S. Open wasn't held last weekend.
Thanks for sharing your pictures with everyone.
Also, Captain Jeff Beck and I went on a bait catching mission and caught several blues near shore just off OIB. We saw gulls and pelicans diving, but didn't see any pogys. There was a distinct tide line at about 30 ft. of water. We'll be at it again in preparation for the Rumble In The Jungle. The OIFC will be set up at the Rumble with some pretty cool stuff going on.
Yesterday ran down to Yaupon/River Channel. Best water at Yaupon, dark brown, but clean. First bait in water, a 20+ King. Couple other strikes and left to explore. River Channel looked nasty, lots of current from all fresh water pouring out, dark brown, but dirty. Did not look good to me at all. Going to have to do a lot of cleaning up for weekend river channel bite, but certainly coould happen. Left and went to Ocean Crest Pier area, water looked ok, but not as good as Yaupon. Water had more green to it, but a little silty. Shallotte Inlet looked the same. No bites.
Turbo sized pogies up and down the beach. Everyday water should be improving with north wind. Hopefully by Saturday the classic mid October beach bite is on. Good luck to everyone fishing the Rumble in the Jungle and Swansboro this weekend. See you there.
Fished a few hours yesterday afternoon on the first bit of incoming tide. A few flounder were biting despite the stained water. I had 4 chances to land a nice redfish yesterday and only capitalized on two of them. Break offs come with the territory when fishing for reds near the pilings. I usually have a report on fishing with artificials, but the water is just too stained and the bait is thick! If the water starts to clear or bait starts to disappear, the artiicials will be back out of the bag. The trout should start to stack up in large schools anytime now. I look for things to get exciting as the weather gets in a stable pattern and the moon starts building again. Live mullet, shrimp, and little pogies fished near or on the bottom will provide the best success right now. Gulp baits in dark colors in shrimp or pogy style worked really slow will also trigger some bites from flounder and reds. Don't rule out the ole popping cork with a D.O.A shrimp for the trout. The louder you can be in stained water the better. Anybody ever thought about using Rube's hydro-sonic fish call in the backwater? I think I will give a try and let you know. See ya on the water!
Capts Chris and Steele are hard at work -- on a morning charter and just boated a 20+ pound King while fishing the Little River tide line. Could not find Pogys, so using dead Cigars. This could be the start !!!!
Sheldon Franzel had the honor of fighting this long awaited king. Along on the charter with Sheldon were Jessie Franzel and Alexis Nicholson of Billings, Montana Also aboard were their friends Sherry and Mark Norland of Asheville, N.C. Everyone also said that before they could get their spread back out they saw an even bigger king sky!
The red drum bite has been hot as fire the past few days, especially down towards South Carolina. This may be in part due to the large amount of mullet just off shore. Here's a couple of pictures of a 32lb'r caught by Nesbitt Noble and a 22 lb'r caught by Brandon Sauls yesterday.
Also, just got word from a friend of mine, Jennifer, who said she caught two kings and had two get away from her while fishing at the Cherry Grove Pier today. This lady is a pier fishing expert and her reports are VERY credible. This is definitely a great sign!!
What do you do when there's not much to report and you can't sleep? Wright a fishing report! I'm not sure where the small craft warning is coming from. Yes, it's blowing 19 to 21 at the Tower, but near shore it' 8-9 with 1.6 swells. I'm going to become a weather forecaster. That way I can be wrong most of the time and still get paid. The water may look like chocolate milk but I think you can stick you nose out of the inlet and see for sure what it's like and possibly give a little fishing a shot. Speaking of the Shallotte Inlet, Capt. O C said the outside cans were gone and the channel had shifted a little to the east. You may have to explore some to get out.
I also talked to Kyle. He said he had 10 reds in the 16-18 inch range and a flounder Friday. Kyle was fishing with Matt Starbuck from the Winston Salem area. They targeted the shallows using finger mullet. Kyle said they did far better than he thought they'd do.
Maybe later in the week we'll have some off shore action to report, but right now this reporter is struggling for an interesting report. I feel like a crime beat reporter on a slow Sunday night. Good night, I hope!
Heard of a 25lb catfish caught yesterday in intracoastal. Also heard someone thru their cast net on what they thought were pogies, and came up with net full of blue gills. The water obviously looks terrible. The good news is our charter boats are on trips today, so we should get some sort of a report of whats happening. Capt Chris and Capt Steele will definitely earn their stripes today if they can do some magic.
As the water settles down this week, look for King bite to start in river channel, as flushing effect of river current seems to always make that spot recover first. Also, fishing in dark water, use noise type lure heads[Yee Haws/Turbos] to help the Kings find you.
Had a great time on the water with Jason and Kristin Parker yesterday. After all this rain the water is a dark brown color and smells like pond water. Regardless, it was the first beautiful day we've had all week and we were determined to get out on the water. My first plan of attack was to try topwater in a few places. The wind was not about to let that happen...scatch that idea...live shrimp on the bottom found some grunts, bluefish, and pinfish at our first location. We moved around hitting some docks trying to find some redfish...no such luck there either. We were waiting for the tide to turn around and start falling...tide was about two hours off yesterday. We stuck it out and as the tide lowered the redfish and flounder started biting. We landed a few redfish, flounder, and lots of trash fish in between. Looking at the conditions...I think we had a pretty good day. Talking to a few other inshore Captains and reading their reports...it sounds like a lot of small redfish are hanging around with some brutes still mixed in the bunch. I personal have not found any brutes since August, but will be on the prowl early this week coming up. See ya on the water!
I'm hosting a Grouper fishing class on Sunday, October 10th and a live bait King Mackerel slow trolling/kite fishing class on Thursday, October 14th. Each class cost is $350 per person, 4 per class max. Call 910 575-3474 to reserve. Limited spots, limited classes. The fishing should be at near peak for these dates. Good learning and good catching.
CAPT. BRANT'S FISHING SCHOOL- NEW DATES
Sunday, October 10th- class 7am to 9am, fishing from 9am to 4pm
4 person max- $350 per person
Live Bait King Mackerel slow trolling and kite fishing
Thursday, October 14th- class 7am to 9am, fishing from 9am to 4pm
4 person max- $350 per person
Sure many of you may be waiting for word on what's going on down here- HECK of a raing storm, that's for sure-- last count we were over 25 inches in 4 days -- so what's that mean for fishing?
Kyle caught some Redfish this AM on a morning charter. Reds seem least affected by fresh water, so they should continue to do well.
OC ran a half day recon/fishing trip. It wasn't good. There's a hard tideline where ocean meets fresh outside the inlet, but the ocean got very stirred up as we had winds over 40knots on Thursday AM. I don't worry as much about the fresh water as I do the silt in the water. It was so bad that OC couldn't even get Sea Bass or Pinfish to bite on the rocks 3 miles out of the inlet. That is a sure sign the bottom is very silty. They also trolled along the tide line and reported massive amounts of finger Mullet with some surface activity from maybe Blues or Spanish- but none would take a hook. Fishing was tough to say the least.
So where do we go from here? Good news is the wind is going to blow this week, so we won't be tempted to get offshore anyway. It will take time for things to settle out, and by the time the weather gets better by week end, the water will likely be more conducive. The good news is the rain and cool temps will cool the water into mid 70's, prime Kingfish temps. Just like always after a big weather event, the Kings will be non existent until on day suddenly the switch will flip and they'll be biting like mad everywhere-- I believe that may be Saturday's deal -- stay tuned.