Check out Tyler Woods' black drum he weighed at the OIFC Sunday. Tyler, of Maxton, N.C. was on his 1st fishing trip. We hope Tyler catches the saltwater fishing bug and continues to enjoy our great sport.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
Captains Chris Dawson and Jeff Williamson were joined on a charter today by Marie Irby (Monroe, N.C.), her sister, Ann Smithey, along with Jack and Hayden Smithey (Ruston, La.).
They started fishing at the Shark Hole and caught some small kings, then were invaded by sharks. From there they went to the 90's, with the same story so they headed to Christinas Ledge. They put out a frozen cigar minnow with a crystal Blue Water Candy skirt, and a short time later Marie was on the way to a 2 hr battle with a 6 ft. sailfish. Everyone said the sail put on a heck of a show, tail walking several times. Thankfully they took some great pictures and will be emailing them to me shortly. On Ann's last charter this past season she had a big king. This should be the kind of action that brings her back for more.
We're all looking forward to the pictures, especially with the upcoming Cape Fear Sailfish Classic only three weeks away.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Wow! This humble correspondent has been sweating the winds lately because they were forcing me to struggle for reports. But all that came to an end today. Not the wind, but the struggle for reports.
The coupe de grace came late this afternoon when Captain Brant and 1st Mate Austin Aycock arrived at the OIFC docks. It did not seem that they would ever stop unloading fish and the variety looked more like an educational fish chart than a single charter. They pulled a couple of kings out, a few spanish..great catch, but that's kinda expected this time of year. Then a mahi, then a cobia, then what I at first thought was an aluminum trash can lid, but turned out to be an African pompano! How excited was everyone?!!
Captain Brant had taken Austin Aycock on his 1st charter as a 1st mate. Austin is no rookie when it comes to salt water fishing. He has been a crew member onboard many tournament winning boats. Most recently he weighed in the biggest fish in the Jr. Angler Division of the Got-Em-On King Classic. But I expect nothing made him as nervous as being tested as a 1st mate by an accomplished captain such as Captain Brant. Based on the comments of the charter members and the smile on Brant's face I'd say Austin passed with flying colors.
The Cat boat, chartered by Todd Comalander (Chapin, S.C.), Art Waldron (Bradenton, Fla) and Baylen Moore (Chapin, S.C.) fished in 85-90 ft of water depth using both frozen cigar minnows and pogeys. Todd brought in the cobia and kings, Art landed the African pompano and the mahi, while Baylen cleaned up with kings and spanish. This was one happy group and one relieved reporter.
Captain Chris Dew and Captain Zach Faulkner took Jeff, Mitchell and Jim Biship of Raleigh, N.C. as well as Eric Jackson and Lindsey Jackson of Raleigh and Foy Owen of Lexington, N.C. on a half day charter. They used frozen cigar minnows and fished the 90's and Christina's Ledge areas. The group was rewarded with several kings and spanish mackerel. Miss Lindsey managed to boat a citation 6.2 lb spanish..Congratulations!
That one word summarizes the fishing activity, or lack thereof in the OIB area. We may try to sneak out the 1st of the week and attempt some spanish fishing and maybe stretch it a few miles out and try some kings.
The Barta Tournament is over, and thanks to the Coast Guard, Navy and Marines a near disaster was averted when the "Reel Time", owned by Rick Sykes of Durham, N.C. began taking on water and sank.
Inshore, captain Jeff B. and Toby Russ fished the Shallotte River yesterday, but between the wind and the current they gave it up. Dr. Jeff Wallen fished the jetties yesterday also, but the wind was such that he hung it up. Captain Kyle had a charter today and had some success. I am sure he'll do a report on his trip later.
Below are pictures sent to me by Paul McIntyre of a mahi they caught last week while fishing near Christina's Ledge aboard their boat "Tiger Rag". Pictured are Mike and Jake Matulia. Also in the picture is Paul's dad, 79 yr. old "Grandpa Jack" McIntyre who still loves to fish. Thanks for the pictures Paul.
Check out the Tournament Section of the web site for updates on the OIFC Rodeo prize money. It continues to grow.
That about wraps up the news from the OIFC.