Team OIFC wins Baldhead Island Bluewater Rodeo with record breaking one day total for the two day event. Details to follow. Congrats to Capt Brant/Capt Barrett and team.
- Rube McMullan
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Captain Jeff Williamson (OIFC/Get Busy) had a productive day of fishing Saturday. The fish must have been attracted to Capt. Jeff's new metropolitan look fishing shirt as he along with Carl Jackson, Dan Jackson and Dave Panavas of Greenville, S.C. racked up pretty good on the flounder and drum.
Captain Kyle was on the docks today with a cleaning table full of flounder and drum.
Dr. Jeff Wallen also reported catching 10 really nice flounder, some 4+lbs and all but one over 16 inches. All of his fish were caught on pogies and were boated between the swing bridge and the Shallotte River. We really narrowed that down didn't we.
Today Capt Jeff Beck and our family went out for a while and we caught a fair amount of live shrimp in a cast net. We really didn't fish, we played in Tubbs Inlet.
The wind was blowing today so the off shore boats stayed in port.
Quick trip this afternoon...looking for a drum bite...Michael and I had a blast! Flounder are still hitting strong in the creeks...mullet and small shrimp are showing up in the creeks now...reds and flounder will start keying in on the mullet, so keep an eye out for an opportunity to cast net a few. We caught flounder, trout, reds, and black drum today. See ya on the water!
Thursday morning 07:42.
World Cat reports nice sized pogies 1/2 mile east of the Shalotte Inlet. Seas are 2 ft. with swells and a little chop. "Not bad".
Since I'm not fishing the tourney, I'm happy to spill my guts with what I'm seeing/hearing concerning where the winning Jolly Mon king will be. Here's what I know:
The water along the beach has been as pretty as I've ever seen and is pure "king green". This has led to one of the best beach bites I can remember this early in the year, mostly concentrated in the Yaupon/Ocean Crest area. That concentration is probably because that is where most are fishing and I expect other beach spots would also be good. This spring, we have weighed more 35-40lb fish than I can remember and they all came from beach locations from Shallotte Inlet to Yaupon. What has been missing are the pogy bait pods but I expect with all the rain we have had last couple of days, the bait will now push out of the Cape Fear river and come our way. Also, there is alot of bait off Carolina Beach which also will be moving this way.
If you had to make a decision today as to where to fish, it would probably be on the beach, but the wild card is all the rain we have had, and whether that impacts the color/salinity, and thus the fish move to the more typical 65-70 water depths by tourney time. Stay tuned, as we will see what happens next week leading up to tourney time. Come join us and help make this the biggest Jolly Mon ever!
Mrs.Jenifer Cole surprised her husband Benji of Graham, N.C. with a fishing charter for their 5th anniversary. Along with the Coles aboard the OIFC Cat boat were Jody and Christy Staley,and their daughter Logan from Mebane, N.C. As we can tell by the pictures they had a great time.
Thank all of ya'll for choosing the OIFC to help make this a memorable anniversary.
The charter group, fishing with Captain Chris Dawson and Chris Dew aboard the World Cat hooked up with a nice mahi within eight miles of the coast today. They said they got him along side the World Cat and he shook the hook loose and got away. This isn't a war story, it's testimony from the folks on the charter...a good fuel saving sign for those of us who'd like to hook up with a mahi. The group found good sized pogies about a 1/2 from the Shallotte Inlet just off of Holden Beach.
Meanwhile Gary Clair (Bainbridge, NY) landed a 23 lb king, Al Hartman (Clermont, Fla) caught a 19 lb cobia and Richard Cummings (Mocksville, NC) brought a 7.5 lb citation spanish in. Joining these guys on the charter was Keith Devost of Bainbridge, NY.
Hi there folks...thought is was time to give everyone an update on the inshore action. The fishing continues to be very consistent for all the target inshore species, despite the unstable weather and tons of rain we have had over the past few days. The flounder bite remains very good in all the local flounder holes, with many of the fish good quality keepers. The trout and redfish also continue to bite well, although it seems that bouncing around and covering a lot of spots has been the key to doing well with them. So there you have it, short and sweet, the fishing continues to be good, so there is no reason not to go.
Mrs. Amber Simmons reported that she and 1st mate Courtney joined Daniel Simmons and Tim Gallimore, all fishing out of Ocean Isle Beach for a day of bottom fishing. Amber and Courtney landed these very nice grouper while fishing "about 50 miles out and in over 100 ft of water". Give Amber credit for not giving up prime fishing holes. Amber also submitted this picture of a king she caught the other day, while Daniel is almost falling off the bow of the boat.
Thanks for the report and great catch ladies!
The excellent fishing during the Memorial Day holiday week end brought about some changes in the OIFC Rodeo. Captain Brant is in 1st place in the mahi division with a 31.4 lb mahi. In the king division, Austin Aycock is in 1st place with a 20.4 lb king. In the spanish division, Tiffany Aycock is in 1st place with a 5.1 mackerel , Austin Aycock is in 2nd at 4.7lb'r, and his brother Brandon is in 3rd with 1.9 lbs. Dr. Jeff Wellan knocked Brandon Sauls off the trout leader board with a 3.68 lb trout putting Wallen in 3rd place
Rodeo action is picking up!!
The Spanish bite is great just outside the shalloute inlet. I have caught the Spanish from 18ft to 31ft of water using #1 planers and 2oz. trolling weights. Bigger Spanish are hanging around the sea bouy and the #1 planer is needed to get down to the fish. Some good Spanish are also hanging around between the OIB pier and water tower in 23 ft of water, the 2oz. trolling weights are effective in this area. I have not been able to locate a feeding frenzy on top yet. This is when stopping the boat near a school and throwing gotcha plugs can be very exciting. Hopefully, we will see some good weather soon and with the new moon see some Spanish on top feeding. See ya on the water.
In shore, the flounder bite has been hot for at least the last month. The pogies are in the ICW and this seems to be their 1st choice as far as bait, matched only with live shrimp which is difficult to come by. But if your time is limited or your cast net skill aren't good, mud minnows work excellent. If you need some instruction throwing a cast net, stop by the OIFC and one of the staff will be happy to help you out. We have a great selection of cast nets, from the novice net to Captain Brant's custom pogy net.
Pictured below with Captain Jeff Williamson is John Porter, his son Ross and Erin Ritterof Charlotte, N.C. They caught these flounder behind Sunset Beach on a half day charter today.
Congratulations to Kyle and Nathanial Hughes for finishing 1st in the Dixie Chicken Classic, inshore division. Also to Brian and Austin Aycock for their 2nd place and Dr. Jeff Wallen for his 3rd place. Kyle charters inshore for the OIFC, Brian and Austin are members of "the OIFC family", and Dr. Wallen fishes out of OIB, is a regular at the OIFC and winner of the 2009 OIFC Rodeo flounder division.
A further "shout out" to our own Brandon Sauls who finished 1 tenth lb. behind Dr. Jeff for 4th place.
Everyone represented Ocean Isle very well!