Think this one is worth weighing
- Capt. Brant McMullan
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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We have 6 teams fishing today in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.
Wild Ride, Dig It, Team OIFC, The Release, Bluechips, & Hooyah
Stay tuned for updates! Hopefully I will have some photos of a few nice kings waiting on me in my email Monday morning.
Day one of nine is in the books for the OIFC.com KMT. Apparently the bite of big fish wasn't great for the boats fishing the tournament today. Team Blue Chips was the only boat to weigh with a fish just over 13lbs. The good news is there is 8 more days to fish. The tournament is still wide open for the taking and registration is open until next Friday.
Team OIFC consisting of myself, Rube, and Brant headed north this morning. We left out of Ocean Isle around 5am and fished our way to Hatteras from Morehead City. We found plenty of bait, both pogies and blues, and lots of hungry small kingfish. Now if we can just turn those hungry kingfish into 40lbers we'll be in good shape. Tonight we're camped out here in a luxury condo at Hatteras Landing Marina along with fellow Ocean Isle based team, Team Hooyah. The weather is supposed to be perfect for the next couple days so we're headed out tomorrow and will declare tomorrow as one of our fishing days for the tournament. Stand by for the report tomorrow.
On the local OIB scene, the kingfish bite was good today and improving. They should hit 5th gear tomorrow as the water continues to clear with the stable weather. 65 to 85 feet of water is the best bets for kingfish action. The Jungle, Shark Hole and Atlantic Ledge are all producing. Go get em!
We have two teams fishing in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament today.
Bluechips - Radford Brown
Reel Lineman - Darryl Taylor
Stay tuned to see what they caught & tournament results!
The OIFC has received reports of fantastic sea bass action. They are biting as close in as the Youpon Reef, and the Shallotte Ledges. Many are keepers. With the cooler weather the sea bass are moving closer in. Still the chances of catching the biggest are in deeper water.....65 ft or so.
The gray trout are also showing up around the Youpon and the 460. They are hitting Betts Spec Rigs tipped with 1" to 2" squid strips or shrimp. Fishermen have been having a blast with them on spinning tackle.
Reports are the kings are hanging in 80-90 ft of water with the Horseshoe and the Atlantic Ledge showing promise. The Shark Hole has also been productive. Right now the pogys are not around...dead cigar minnows or live cigar minnows jigged up are the ticket.
A lot of anglers are getting ready for the SKA Tournament in Biloxi, the OIFC.com King Tournament in Hatteras, or just taking advantage of the perfect fishing weather the next several days. With that in mind, Captain Brant has compiled a shopping list of gear you would be wise to use. He has also updated the staff so we can better assist you.
The following is a general list Brant suggests, stop by or call and the staff can give you the particulars:
6' to 8' cast net
60# braided wire or #6 or #7 Straight Wire
We have everything you need in stock even though it may not be highlighted
Attention teams fishing the OIFC.com KMT. You MUST declare the days you are fishing prior to 6am of the days you fish by calling our hotline at 910-253-3474. Also, when declaring your day on the phone message please give us your best guess on which weigh station you will be reporting to, either Hatteras or Beaufort. You are not bound to that weigh station if your circumstances change but it will give us a general idea if we need to have our weigh master on duty.
Lastly, VERY IMPORTANT, remember that registration remains open until next Friday the 13th of November. Teams may enter anytime during the course of the event until next Friday. So, if you're waiting on a weather window you can still enter until next Friday.
The weather appears to be lining up perfect for the next 4 or 5 days. This should be a great opportunity to take revenge on the fish as the conditions are just right for an all out blitz of huge NC kingfish. Looking forward to this one!
William Parker and Steele Park have reported that the Sea Bass action is hot and heavy at the Youpon Reef. Steele fun fished today and caught a bunch. William and his wife fished yesterday and said they were catching them 2 at a time. He said that most were undersized, but there were several keepers mixed in. William further reported that he had a lot of king action at the Shark Hole but did not elaborate on his bait.
The weather this weekend is supposed to be superb with 10 knot winds and the temperatures to be in the low 70's along with plenty of sunshine. This is a perfect scenario for a fantastic weekend of fall fishing. I am looking forward to having a lot of action to report!
Donnie Clark sent these photos of a recent fishing trip he took with his son Jason aboard their boat the "Duckin Out". They fished using silver Yoziri Sp's while site casting. Some were caugt while trolling when the bite wasn't on top. They also caught some gray trout using spec rigs tipped with shrimp and blue stingsilvers jigged on the bottom. The best bite was about 2 hrs before high tide.
While Captain Squid was catching those magnificent grouper many others were having good luck in shore. As we saw, Brandon Sauls was having his day, but he wasn't the only one. I talked with some who caught several nice flounder in Tubbs Inlet. Captain Jeff (happy birthday) Williamson reported good fortune at he docks near Shallotte Inlet and watched as others scraped barnacles off the bridge fenders, fished with sand fiddlers and landed a cooler full of shephead.
Bait wasn't a real problem if you went after it on a fairy low tide. Captain Jeff Beck found a mix of shrimp, mullett minnows and mud minnows in the creeks. Speaking of tides, we were experiencing extreme lunar tides, which at low tide made navigating the shallows and fishing the docks near impossible,
If you caught the tides right..you could get in the action like Ryan Neuwirth, "Marky" Mark, and Thomas Willis in these pictures.
November is finally here, which means some of the best inshore fishing of the year is upon us. The trout fishing is good right now, but should only get better in the coming weeks. The water remains to be slightly warmer than normal, as it has warmed back up a few degrees in the past few days. It is a sure bet that when we do get a substantial cool - down that the trout will really start snapping. On the redfish front, they're also very prevalent and willing to bite right now as well, and things shouldn't change. These late fall and winter drum tend to run a little smaller, but they usually make up for it with they're numbers and willingness to bite. The flounder usually get put on the back burner this time of year, but they are still around and there to be caught if you put you're time in. I actually caught 4 one day this week on artificials while trout fishing, so theres no telling what you could do if you specifically targeted them. NOW is the time....so go catch some fish.
Bet these kings, grouper and AJ's wished they hadn't been tricked into treating themselves on the pinfish Captain Roger Gales, Bob Newell, York Pharr and Ned Garber were fishing with aboard Bob's Regulator today. They were fishing in 70 ft. of water when Bob caught the citation 32.7 lb king and Ned caught his 32.1 lb'r. I'm sure they wish they'd caught them last weekend for the Fall Brawl.
Not to be outdone, Captain Brant and Captain Chris Dew landed their own kings at the Jungle. The Captains reported swells of around 4 ft.
Captain Jeff Williamson had an inshore charter today and boated gray trout, speckled trout, reds and one extremely dark colored flounder.
The fun of fall fishing is upon us and should be around for awhile!
Brandon Sauls (Bone Crusher) just reported on his Face Book page that thus far this morning he has caught 5 specks, 1 gray trout, 1 redfish, and 3 sheephead thus far this morning. Brandon was catching his fish with live shrimp.
We have a couple of boats out today and their information will be reported when they come in.
The spot are running and the piers are packed! What does that have to do with me, you may ask?!! Everything if you intend to use the boat ramp. The parking lot is full with netting boat trailers. Not a complaint about spot netters. They have to make a living too. However if you're going to use the ramp you had better plan your trip well.
If you believe the weatherman, near shore and inshore fishing may be the best call. He's calling for winds, and right now he's on the money. Kinada hurts my reporting. But, Captain Jeff Williamson can always be counted on to come through in a pinch. He just sent these pictures of some kings he landed while on a guide trip a couple of days prior to the Fall Brawl. Jeff and the guys were fishing the Lighthouse Rock using pogies when they landed these mackerels. I deleted Jeff's email so I must apologize for not having the names of the folks who booked the trip. If you send them to the OIFC, I'll make the correction. MY BAD.
Couple of things, remember the guide program. It's a great way to pick up the techniques our captains use and if you are just getting into fishing it's a fantastic way to start. Also, with the fall fishing don't forget the Rodeo. However we don't have a spot division.
Finally, beware of pirates this weekend. Thay have already seized the OIFC.