OK- final count, had a few late night entries- 306 boats- that's 1 more than last year! Good luck to all fishing. Weather looks great this AM. About 2/3 of fleet fishing today. Stay tuned for weigh in standings
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Page 281 of 425
Day one of the Jolly Mon weigh-in is in the history books and is on it's way to the Brunswick County Library for safe keeping. There were about 207 boats fishing today. The heaviest fish so far is 31.60 lbs.
Come join us Sunday for the weigh-in and later for a great meal, once again prepared by the Jolly Mon staff, and then the awards banquet. I've included all of the random pictures I took today. If you see a picture you like and would like for me to email it to you, send us a email with a brief description of the picture and we'll be happy to send it to you.
A big thank you from the OIFC for participating in and enjoying the Jolly Mon.
We have gotten a lot of calls regarding Pogey's and where they are located. The only place we have found is in the Cape Fear River..... Perhaps they will move down by morning.
OK- its 9:40pm. All is finally quiet. Jolly Mon and staff would like to thank all the participants. 302 boat entries to this point. Registration remains open until 11:59pm this evening. According to preliminary numbers, approximately 75 entered the high rollers TWT and 70 entered -23 TWT. 210 entered the regular TWT. Looks like roughly 2/3 of the field has chosen to fish Saturday. However, remember that you can change your declaration day as late as 7am -- call 910 253 3474 to declare or change declaration.
Thanks to all and stay tuned to weigh-in updates and reports. Good luck to all.
There were A LOT of boats fishing today and they were catching fish at A LOT of locations. Most of the boats I saw and heard were catching a fair amount of kings and small mahi. The biggest king caught in the Jr. Jolly Mon weighed 24+ lbs.
There is no secrete location where the fish are holding...the 90's, Christina's, 70 ft Hole, the Jungle...you name all the standard king fish locations and you'll find some kings at each location.
Here's a couple of pictures of 2 Jr. Jolly Mon participants in action.
Below are picteres I took at the meeting
I made a Jolly Mon recon run yesterday morning and here is what I saw.
On the beach:
-Big school of small bluefish in Shallotte Inlet, being fed on by Spanish
-Big schools of greenies in approx 25 feet[being fed on by Spanish]
-Big schools of butterfish in approx 25 feet[being fed on by Spanish
-water color on beach perfect "king green"
HMMM.......SO, WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?
-big schools of cigar minnows betweeen Jungle and Christina
-water color clear to king green
-water full of spanish and very small kings
HMMM...WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?
Answer: They can be anywhere. Only thing missing is the pogies which I understand are holding in Cape Fear River. This could be a dead bait tourney if they don't mysterioulsy show up which seems to happen just when you give up on them showing[pogy bobbin may be with pinfish this year]. Or this may be year of non tradional baits[whiting/spots/dogfish/grunts/ect, whatever you can jig up]. Somebody will get lucky and catch the big one and win a whole bunch of money. Come join us at the Jolly Mon!
Captain Jeff of the Blue Goose was able to take his son Chris king fishing on Jeff's birthday Wednesday. Chris caught his 1st king, shark and barracuda on the trip.
Happy birthday Jeff and congratulations Chris..Keep it up. Today's youth are very important to the future of salt water fishing
OK, it is just around the corner. I'm processing early entries now and will send out confirmations with boat numbers. If you can't make it to the Capt. meeting, you are responsible for all rules and any rule changes. If there are any, they will be posted on this page as well as tournament page. Hoping to have a great turnout again this year. Possibly Mother Nature will spare us and provide good conditions? I'm going out this AM to do some looking around for bait and conditions. I'll report back to findings.
Yesterday the Kingfish bite was very good for our charter boats at the Christina's Ledge, 90's and Barges. Most of the fish were in the 8-12 pound range. I also talked to someone who said there was a ton of bait at the Jungle. Pogys have been hard to find on the beach the last week. They may not be available, thus be sure to carry dead Cigars, Ribbonfish and Sabiki rigs.
Stay tuned.- Brant
Went on recon mission today. Ran from Shallotte to Murrells Inlet- NO POGYS. There were scattered schools of Threadfin and Spanish Macks. We ran offshore to reef in 60 feet and jigged Cigar Minnows and then caught Kings and big Spanish pretty quick at several spots in 60-65 feet of water - biggest 12 pounds. There is quite a bit of topwater bait between the Jungle and 10/10, that area looks good. Our charters caught fish at Christinas and 90's today, nothing of much size. There were Kings biting at Yaupon today as well, not sure if any of size came from there. Only Pogys I heard of were in Cape Fear River and Carolina Beach area.
Short of it all -- bait is tough, Kings are plentiful in 50-65 feet, but small so far as I've seen. Water on beach is clear and there are lots of Spanish and Greenies around. The biggest fish will come from these areas I think. I'm sure some 20+ fish will mix in with small fish in 60 foot depth range. Also some Kings offshore around Tower and over Grouper bottoms in 100 feet -- might be an option? Lots of choices, nothing clear cut. Tournament field will scatter out and someone will find a big one -- it could be you!
Just finished processing early entries-- 107 thus far, ahead of last year at this time. Hopefully we'll meet our annual target of 300 boats. Hope you and family will participate.
Tomorrow is final registration for Jr. Jolly Mon -- you can drop by the OIFC to sign up until 9pm or ENTER ON-LINE --- Fishing is Friday from 7am to 3pm -- Prizes are awarded for top 3 largest King, Cobia and Dolphin.
Jolly Mon King Classic registration is on-going thru Friday PM. You can stop by the OIFC or ENTER ON-LINE as well. If you cannot make it to the Capt. Meeting, I will post any rule changes on this page as well as tournament page. You are responsible for the rules regardless of attendance to meeting or not.
Here at the OIFC we are stocked with everything you need. Cigar Minnows, Ribbonfish, Chum and all the tackle..... see you for the Jolly Mon - stay tuned for a report tomorrow.
Tommy Helms sent me this fishing report. I copied and pasted exactly what he sent because there was NO way I could improve it. You have got to know these guys to really appreciate them. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did. Thanks Tommy and Tommy!
These guys came down from Charlotte and Mr Litton and myself told them we were going to catch some Brunswick County Bluegill Bream . I think we finally convinced them after a few beverages that they were larger bream. They said that was the biggest bream bed they had ever seen and the biggest cat fish ( Tiger Shark And cobia ) they had ever seen. The cat fish were eating their Bream .They hooked a cat fish but it broke the line ( imagine that ) It weighed Oh ! about seven or eight hundred pounds . More or less....