Does anyone notice something a little strange in this picture?
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Captain William Parker decided to get in on the king action while he could get to the boat ramp. He took the "Hound Dog" to the Shallotte Inlet and caught some nice pogies, then boogied out about 8 miles. As soon as he put his 1st line out he got a hit . Twenty minutes later he boated this 28.2 lb king. It was weighed by Captain Zach at the OIFC.
William caught yet another and had a cut off before being forced to duck in Tubbs Inlet on a high tide due to the north east wind which had kicked up. It also shut down the bite. It is a fortunate thing that William's boat can handle Tubbs and he's a local who is familiar with Tubbs Inlet. If you don't know it, don't try it!
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The first clue we had that the king bite was on was when Capt. Zach Faulkner of the 36' Contender "Get Floor'd" called to say he was on his way in with some nice kings.
Zach was fishing with pogies he and Capt. Steele Park netted just off the Shallotte Inlet. They were trolling about 8-9 miles out in 65 feet of water.
While the "Get Floor'd" was headed back out for an afternoon charter, Captains Brant and Eckert were at the cleaning table cleaning their limit of kings. Aboard the OIFC World Cat were 3 generations of the Carpenter family, granddad, Joe, dad, Walter, and grandson Pierce all of Hendersonville, N.C.
Brant was about 8-9 mile out in 65 ft of water
Captain Chris Dawson and 1st mate Mitch Stephens were also on the dock with a group from the Charlotte area. These guys were Charles Smith, Paul Smith, Taylor Clark, Garrett Helms, Hunter Helms and Dillon Smith This charter was fishing the same area as the" World Cat" and the "Get Floor'd". All the boats were trolling with pogies just outside of the Shallotte Inlet
Yesterday, Capt. Chris Dawson and Cap. Zach Faulkner fished with a group from Arizona, Mike Rosellini, his sons Matt and Jon and friend Randy Kennedy. They to fished about 8-9 miles out with pogies and had a very productive trip.
Fished a half day with Mr. Miller and his girls. The day started off a little wet! Calm seas at first aloud us to spanish fish for a little while. The spanish did not cooperate...we caught two...so back inshore to find some fish. Mr. Miller hooked up twice on something of good size that striped off several yards of line before the line gave way. Tori hooked up with a large fish that spit the hook and then hooked another that finally came to the boat. Redfish! Then Lara hooked into something nice, which turned out to be a cobia. We caught a few small flounder and then gave it up to the east wind pounding us to death. See ya on the water!
Are the mahi in close? According to Chris Campbell they are. Chris and friends caught a grand total of 6 mahi within sight of the high rises at Myrtle Beach. He said they worked the Jungle and Christinas, pulling cigar minnows.
Thanks for the pictures and sharing the info Chris.
Great couple from Tennesse enjoyed a little inshore action today. The fish were not cooperating quite like I expected. We did manage to find a couple redfish, trout, and flounder. Chad completed an inshore slam today by landing one of each major species...red fish, trout, and flounder...I must add that the trout and flounder were caught on artificials. See ya on the water!
Grant Williams of Moore County caught his first spanish mackerel Saturday while fishing with his friend Richie Boles aboard Richard Boles Contender the "Toes Up". Grant and Richie were fishing with the old folks, all of whom grew up together.
Richard is a great friend and customer of the OIFC who fishes most of our tournaments. Richard provided us with the picture.
Like Kyle said in his report yesterday, the inshore bite is still on. This is a pleasant surprise because, especially with flounder, as the summer heat takes over a lot of flounder move to the near shore reefs. But Kyle has had several successful charters as has Capt. "J Dogg" Jeff Williamson.
Not to be left of the mix is local inshore legend, Brandon "Bone Crusher" Sauls. He and Clay Morphis, another inshore expert, hit the waters in our area yesterday and slammed the flounder and red drum. Brandon said he had shrimp and pogies, which have been plentiful at the mouth of the Shallotte River and the Sunset Beach Bridge. However the fish turned their nose up to the shrimp and hit on the pogies.
Perhaps if Brandon keeps trying, he can make the top of the Rodeo Leader board. Also, don't pay any attention to the background in the picture, I'm sure that isn't where he caught his fish!
The crew of the Fishmeister Yellowfin, Dean Spatholt, Mike Kress, Dennis Watson and family headed east Saturday. They began fishing in 85 ft of water and worked their way to 125 ft, handling 7 ft. seas. They caught Gags, Reds, Pinkies, Sea Bass and released a monster American Red Snapper.
Many thanks to Laurie Hall for the picture and information.
Summer is officially here, and the inshore criitters have certainly settled into there typical summertime patterns. I'll start with the flounder, which continue to bite very consistently, and while wading through throwbacks is often a chore when flounder fishing, there have been quite a few nice fish from 16 - 22' mixed in, and I've even recieved a few reports of some doormats over 5lbs in the past couple days. All the typical spots have been producing, but the lingering soutwest winds the past few days have stirred the water in a few areas, so it has been important to fish in the areas with the cleanest water possible. As for the trout, they too are on a summertime pattern, which unfortunately means they are somewaht unpredicatable. They may bite in one spot one day and not the next, only to be right back the following day. There have also been quite a few nice trout caught by fisherman targeting flounder recently, with is common this time of year, so you never know when a gator trout might deicide to bite. One encouraging thing about the trout fishing though, is that there have been some really nice fish around. I have caught a couple in the 4-5 pound range this past week, and have heared of a few more that size. Finally, the summertime redfishing is also in full swing, which means just about any spot that you know of that has ever held reds is worth stopping a checking. They to have been some unpredicatable, doing the ol' bite one day and not the next thing as well, but there seem to be fish in a lot of areas right now, so if you don't find them on one spot, keep looking, they might be snapping at the next spiot you try!
I have had many folks congratulate team "Do Work" on our winning the Jolly Mon. On behalf of the "Do Work" crew, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Also thanks to Captain Brant and the OIFC for putting on these tournaments, for their fine products and sharing their knowledge, not only with the "Do Work" crew but everyone.
Several have asked for the details of our catch. The Myrtle Beach Sun News has a great article that describes everything better than I can. This weeks Fisherman's Post also has a very good write up, but for some reason my link to it has been unsuccessful. Again, thank you very much and see you at the OIFC.
Be sure to check out the Jolly Mon Racing Team in action at Myrtle Beach Speedway July 4th weekend!
While fishing their first king tournament, The Jolly Mon, Joe Vasil, father in law William Bussie and brother in law Bill Bussie were pleasantly surprised by hooking up with a sailfish. The group was fishing aboard their boat, the "Shin Dig" about 3 miles off of Southport.
The sail was released after the photo op.
Captain Steele and Captain Chris Eckert were chartered by Joe, Erin and Morgan Tuggle. After catching pogies near the Shallotte Inlet they proceeded to the Shark Hole area. The group caught a citation 'cuda and brought a very nice mahi which Morgan caught, back to the dock.
Meanwhile Captain Jeff Williamson and his fishing pard' Jeremy hit the flounder jackpot in the Shallotte River. They were able to "hold their flounder together" long enough for a picture
Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron Dew fished with Joe Salmon, Paul Allmon and Harold Mantooth of Rome, Ga. today. They were drilled by a sailfish while pulling a dead cigar minnow with a blue and white skirt 50 feet behind the boat at the AR445. Harold Mantooth fought the sail for 1hr and 10 minutes before getting him to the boat. The sailfish was promptly released, healthy, and swam away to fight another day.
Check out these pictures.....
I was fortunate enough to go with Jamie Miliken, owner of Jolly Mon Racing to some race shops in the High Point area today. As such I wasn't around when I boats came in but was told they caught kings and mahi.
But the story of the day came from Corey Bellamy. Corey sent me this picture of a 58 lb king caught today VERY close to shore by some folks who were shark fishing. Corey said they using Boston Mackerel as bait.
I am sooooo glad they weren't in the Jolly Mon.
The picture quality is not top notch, but it's clear enough to show this magnanimous king!
Miss Virginia Beckham sent me this picture of a couple of mahi caught a couple of days ago while fishing with her dad Henry, and friends Tommy and Jennifer Gray, as well as Jennifer's boyfriend Josh aboard the Gray Goose out of OIB.
Henry and Virginia are mostly known for their inshore fishing, but as can be seen they have skills offshore as well. Folks may remember Virgina from when she worked at the OIFC last summer.
Also pictured is a sail fish the crew of the Gray Goose landed. Virginia said the sail swam happily away after Henry put it back in the water....you've got to know Virginia to love her like we do.