If youve never seen the boca grande tarpon fishery, youve missed. The darndest show. We are right in the middle of it trying to hold our own
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Congratulations to the Crew of the Long Shot Yellowfin for their 1st place in the FOSO. The team consisted of Wade Long, Chris Gore, Brandon Knight and Kevin Koteles. They weighed a 14.3 lb mahi, 32.1 lb black fin tuna, and a 23.75 lb wahoo for a winning total of 70.15 lbs.
On May 15th Jack Brautigan (Wilmington), Bobby Hancock (Concord), and Tony Taylor (High Point), fished aboard the Seaclusion with Capt. Steve Ritenour of Whiteville, N.C. Their day started very slow, but the action picked up later when they fished a weed line near the Blackjack. They also bottom fished and hooked up with what they think was a grouper, which was eaten by an 8 ft. shark. They fought the shark for about 20 minutes before he broke off. Overall they had a very successful day, catching 21 mahi.
Pictured is Jack Brautigan with the bull dolphin and Bobby Hancock with the day's catch.
Well folks, there is no doubt about it, things are happenning on the inshore grounds. Even though it may have taken the fishing a while to fire off this year, it is in full swing now. The flounder bite continues to be red hot, with many double digit catches of fish being caught, and even some double digit catches of keeper flounder too. Using the now plentiful pogies for bait seems to be making the diifference in helping to weed though the throwbacks and catch more keepers. Finally there are some big ones starting to show up as well. We had a fish pushing 8lbs. this weekend, I saw another 5lber or so get caught, and have heard about/seen picutres of several other 5-6 pounders. On the trout side of things, I can also say they they are finally officially biting. We have had some double digit catches of trout recently as well, and although they are running a littlle small for spring fish (around a 2 pound average), there have been some 4-5 pounders around as well. I dont know where the big gators have gotten off too, but I feel like one or two will show themselves soon. Also, I would like to point out that the trout are in a pre-spawn pattern right now, with most of the females I have seen recently having big bellies do to being full of roe. So this is the time of year to release a few trout and protect our resource...let them spawn and then you can load the freezer in the fall and winter. Finally, things remain consistent on the redfish front, with quite a few still prowling around in their normal haunts. So there you have, the fishing is great, so now is the time to get to the beach a take part befoe it gets too hot.
Captain Chris Dawson took these pictures of the Arnolds on a May 14th 3/4 day charter to the 90's. The 90's and the Lighthouse Rocks were pretty productive Thursday and Friday....not red hot mind you, but a good sign the kings are moving in closer. The water was 70.5 degrees Friday and had good color to it.
Who is that guy in the blue OIFC shirt?
The Don Leonard Bill Fish Award commemorates a man who was not only a great friend of the OIFC, but was a accomplished fisherman. The award is presented to the angler who catches and releases a bill fish during the Far Out Shoot Out. Until this year's tournament no one had won the award.
This year, Margarett Pennstrom caught and released a sailfish. She was fishing aboard the "Clearly Hooked" Yellowfin hailing from Carolina Beach, N.C. Also aboard were Austin Eubanks, Field Hucks, and Clark Truluch. Pictured below is the crew with the bill fish and the Leonard family.
Margarett's name along with the boat name will be placed on the trophy. The award is displayed in the trophy case at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Congratulations Margarett and the crew of the "Clearly Hooked".
First mate Brayden McMullan served as the Jr. Weigh Master for the Far Out Shoot Out. Brayden was attending his 1st of many Far Out Shoot Outs.
Total 35 boats registered for 2010 tournament
1st overall: Long Shot- 70.15lbs, 2nd overall: Blew By U! - 52lbs, 3rd overall: Rigged and Ready- 48.4lbs
1st Tuna- Casual Water- 32.1, 2nd Tuna- Long Shot- 32.1 (based on time)
1st Dolphin- Blew By U! - 21.8, 2nd Dolphin- Full Time- 21.3
1st Wahoo- Rigged and Ready - 25.35, 2nd Wahoo- Long Shot- 23.75
**** Don Leonard Memorial Billifish Award- Margaret Pennstrom on the Clearly Hooked *****
DAILY CATCH RECAP
Monday's catches, 2 boats fished
Black Dog: Dolphin- 13.35 = 13.35
OIFC Fishing Schoo: Tuna- 19.15, Dolphin- 15.55 = 34.70
Wednesay's catches. 1 boat fished
Black Gold: Tuna- 15.15, Dolphin- 8.2, Wahoo- 21.1 = 44.45
Thursday's catches. 10 boats fished.
Dirty Dog: Tuna- 19.05, Dolphin- 20.55 = 39.6
Simply Storage: Dolphin- 5.5, Wahoo- 14.5 = 20.0
Mark Poff Yacht Sales: Dolphin- 18.35, Wahoo 21.7 = 40.05
7th Heaven: Dolphin- 18.4, Wahoo- 17.5 = 35.9
Gracie Mae: DNW
Spoiled Rotten: DNW
Full Time: Tuna- 11.4, Dolphin- 21.3 = 32.7
Rigged and Ready: Tuna- 4.6, Dolphin- 18.45, Wahoo- 25.35 = 48.4
Blew By U! : Tuna- 11.25, Dolphin- 21.8, Wahoo- 18.95 = 52
Yellow Dog: Tuna- 19.1, Dolphin- 6.8 = 25.9
Friday's catches, 12 boats fished
Get Floor'd: Tuna-6.65, Dolphin- 11.75 = 18.4
Reel Deal: Tuna- 15.45, Dolphin- 19.2 = 34.65
Dirty Martini: DNW
Adrian Ferraris: DNW
Bounty Hunter: Wahoo- 18.3 = 18.3
Sails Call: DNW
Hooyah: Tuna- 11.95, Dolphin- 12.4, Wahoo- 17.45 = 41.8
Gettin' Jiggy: DNW
Amazing Grace: DNW
Ocean Isle Fishing Center: Tuna- 12.6, Wahoo- 21.5 = 34.1
Saturday's catches- 10 boats fished
GPS Store: Tuna-23.5, Dolphin- 11.85 = 35.35
Big Kahuna: Tuna- 6.15, Dolphin- 13.15, Wahoo- 14.95 = 34.25
Crews Missile: DNW
Casual Water: Tuna- 32.1, Dolphin- 13.85 = 45.95
Lazee Daze: DNW
Truckin: Dolphin- 18.55 = 18.55
Long Shot: Tuna- 32.1, Dolpin- 14.3, Wahoo- 23.75 = 70.15
Clearly Hooked: Tuna- 19.75 = 19.75 ** Sailfish release**
Went out at low tide and checked out cut where dredge has been taking sand for beach renourishment project. WOW! There is a cut lining up with the last house on Holden Beach closest to intercoastal, out to sea buoy that was 10 feet deep at low tide in most places. A big congrats to Town of OIB, Congressman McIntyre, and Captain Brant for working together with the Corp of Engineers to get them to make use of the beach renourishment project to dredge us a fabulous new inlet cut. It's the best it's ever been! Will post the co-ordinates soon as possible and hopefully soon as the dredge is gone, Brant can get permission from Wildlife to relocate the buoys.
The existing inlet is virtually closed up at dead low, so this new cut is very important to all the boaters using Shallotte Inlet. Great work team!!!!
Capt. Jeff B and I king fished today. The seas were absolutely beautiful. We only had a few hours to fish so we elected to not put much effort into looking for pogies. A good thing, because we didn't find any.
We went about 8 mile out to about 50 ft of water depth. The water temperature was 70.5 degrees. Using frozen cigar minnows withBlue Water Candy skirts we set out 4 lines. Almost immediately we got a bite! The scream of aSpeedmaster is music to a fisherman's ears. During our short time out we got to hear that noise several more times, once during a double hook up and almost every time on a green skirt.. All the kings we landed were teenagers. A great day.
To all the spanish mack. fishermen, we encountered spanish in 14 ft. of water just west of the Shallotte Inlet while looking for bait and again on our way back, in about 36 ft of water and close to the sea buoy. Tomorrow Jeff will flounder fish, I'll be at the OIFC Store..Hope to see you here. Be sure to attend the FOSO Awards dinner Saturday night.