Ever wonder what an aerial view of Shallotte Inlet or Tubbs Inlet would look like? I have almost every time I try to navigate them. Fortunately a friend of mine allowed me to provide ya'll with these pictures.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The king bite was on yesterday at the Lighthouse Rock. Our charter boats were in them hot and heavy as was Miss Caroline who took her dad, Brant and uncle Barrett fishing on Barrett's Yellowfin. Caroline said her little brother Brayden couldn't go because he didn't have a life jacket that would fit. Carolyn also reported that she caught two kings on her own!
Wrapping up the day's action was Captain Chris "OC" Dew aboard the OIFC-2, AKA " It Works", with Adam, Mandy (mom and dad) ,Eliot and Lucy Burhans of Cary, N.C. Instead of sounding like a broken record, Chris was fishing right along with the rest of the OIFC Fleet.
What a day on the ocean! The fall bite is definately on just in time for The Fall Brawl. Also, remember the OIFC Year Around Rodeo.
The King Fest continued with the Carolina Cat. Captain Chris Burrows and 1st Mate Steele Park served up a buffet for their charter from Raleigh, N.C. The group consisting of Jim Bos, Kirk Dittmar and Nick Versmissen fished with pin fish and pogies which they caught just off Holden Beach. The pin fish were the bait of choice for the grouper and AJ's and the pogies for the kings. Most of the kings were caught on the downrigger with a pink Blue Water Candy skirt.
Captain Brant was fishing near the Carolina Cat and landed several kings himself. He also reported a 40 lb'r caught in their vicinity. All our boats were fishing in 50 ft of water with pogies caught just off Holden Beach near the water tower.
Sunday my family and I joined the gang from the OIFC fishing at the 90's. Since my 3 yr old granddaughter was going with us and the wind was blowing I decided to call the OIFC to get an up to date sea report. The OIFC charter captains generally radio the staff to give us a sea condition and bait report as soon as they can. Ya'll should feel free to call us for that information if you are going out. That's what we are there for.
We found our bait just east of the Shallotte inlet in 6 1/2 ft. of water. One throw of Capt. Brants big net resulted in a boat load of pogies and a monster red fish which we released healthy. Check out the picture. If you are considering going after some drum this is a good the place to check out. Again, if you want to spend more time fishing and less time getting bait, Brant's pogy nets are a must. Christmas is just 2 months away and a good cast net would be a great present. I've included a picture of what 1 throw got us.
We made steam to the 90's, we set our baits and immediately got a strike. Our first hits were on the downrigger set at 25 ft and....you guess...the Yea Haw fish call ! The rest of the time out there was spent hooking up and watching the other boats gaffing kings. Which reminds me, a good gaff, the right length is a must. Courtney hooked up on a the Monster of The 90's. She fought what ever it was for a good 45 minutes. Every time she thought she had the upper hand her Speedmaster would again start screaming. Before we could see what we had been chasing it broke off. With that, we headed back in.
The Fall Brawl is just 2 weeks away. You don't want to lose the winning king because you don't have the right equipment or your equipment isn't up to the task. Check with us so you'll be ready. Also, the Fall Brawl T-shirt is beautiful. You can pre order on line via the web store. If you wait 'til Tournament weekend you may be disappointed.
The Rickenbaugh family joined me aboard the OIFC World Cat for a 1/2 day trip. We fished Shallotte inlet for Kings for an hour so with no luck. I spotted birds working offshore of the inlet some 2 miles and we change to Spanish gear and caught several 2-3 pound Spanish. The winds settled so I made the call to spend the last hour fishing for Kings at the 390's. We found action quick and stayed hooked up the entire hour, boating 4 Kings and releasing several others- the biggest around 23-25 pounds. Pogys were plentiful at Shallotte inlet and I think there are Kings there too, the tide was just wrong for us.
This afternoon dad, David, son Chad Gray, dad Chris, son Mason Muhlsteff, and Rocky and his son Josh Culbertson all from Charlotte, N.C. joined Captain Chris Dew aboard the Carolina Cat for a fishing adventure to the 90's. The ocean was fairly rough, but no so to make fishing uncomfortable, especially since they caught a fish box full of kings and tuna. Chris was using pogies with Blue Water Candy skirts. The pogies were thick just off the Shallotte inlet.
The Carolina Cat wasn't the only boat catching kings. Captain Brant, Brian Aycock along with his family, Captain David Hooks as well as my family and me were also raking in the fish. We caught our pogies with our Captain Brant's Custom Pogy Net in 6 1/2 ft of water just outside the Shallotte Inlet. Earlier, Brian had caught several kings at the Shallotte Inlet Buoy. Some other fishermen tried the Old Cape Fear River Buoy and came up empty. It shows the kings move around, and where a hot spot was today it may not be tomorrow.
Thanks to the guys for fishing with us, and check out their pictures.
Captain Jeff Williamson had a guide trip today with David and John Waite of Columbia, S.C. At the same time Captain Chris Dew aboard the OIFC-2-27' had a charter with Wade Mills, J.R. Little and Shelton Moore of Marshville, N.C.
The two boats stuck together and fished the Old River Channel Buoy using pogies they caught off the "High Hill". They said the pogies floated the net. The crews said the ocean had some swells but was very fishable. Along with the kings, John Waite landed a 6.60 lb citation spanish mackerel.
Check out the pictures below of today's catch.
Thursday I had the pleasure to work as Captain Chris Burrows' 1st mate as he chartered for Donna, David, Dena Skinner and future Mr. Dena Skinner, Todd Binkley of upstate S.C..
We began the trip looking for bait, which was scarce. Stephen Hunter (Bounty Hunter-Cape Horn) found it 1st and and hooked us up. We were working the 460 for spanish, pulling clark spoons on #1 and #2 planers. While out there we landed spanish and false albacore.
We got word of kings at the Shallotte ocean buoy and proceeded there. We pulled pogies, but couldn't get a bite. We saw a couple of kings skying, just not on our rigs.
At least we did get the skunk out of the boat, and had a great time with our charter. The only thing I can attribute our less than stellar day to was the bananas someone left on the fence post at the top of the dock ramp. I didn't even touch them, so it wasn't my fault!!
The 2nd Annual OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament is coming soon. The competition will commence on November 7th, 2009 and run through November 15th. Teams will be able to register online ONLY at www.oifc.com/tournaments beginning Monday October 12th. Registration will remain open throughout the tournament until Friday November 13th at 11:59pm before the last weekend of fishing.
The purpose of this event is to provide a competitive arena for fishing teams at a time and place where the kingfish bite is at its peak. From Cape Lookout to Cape Hatteras in early November the kingfish are plentiful and they are LARGE! Fish from 30 to 50lbs are common and watch out for the ocassional giant bluefin tuna mixed in. The second idea behind this event is to promote the Ocean Isle Fishing Center's online webstore www.oifc.com/fishingstore. Capt Barrett, Capt Brant and the OIFC staff hope fishermen will take a few minutes to look around the webstore and give us a chance to earn your business. There is a plethora of custom products that are a must have for late fall North Carolina king mackerel fishing. Some of which products will be put on sale beginning Monday the 12th until the tournament.
This is a pick 2 out of 9 day format tournament. Teams must declare their days of fishing be 6am of the day they will fish by calling the declaration hotline at (910) 253 3474. The phone system is set up for teams to leave a message declaring their day. The time of the call will be automatically recorded. You MUST declare your day in order to weigh a fish on that day.
There are two weigh stations available for this event. The first weigh station is located at Hatteras Landing Marina in Hatteras. Billy Webster is the harbor master and will also serve as weigh master. Billy has been kind enough to put together special accomodation packages and dockage rates for tournament competitors. I highly encourage anyone fishing this event to make the trip to Hatteras. The fish are typically very close to the inlet and fishing Hatteras in the late fall is a "cultural experience" everyone needs to experience. To secure your accomodations and dockage contact Billy direct at (252) 489-0458. Make sure you let Billy know you are fishing the OIFC.com KMT. For anyone unsure of navigating to Hatteras contact ME.
The second weigh station is at Town Creek Marina in Beaufort. Shae Lewis will be the weigh master in Beaufort. Town Creek has a newly built boat ramp perfect for large center consoles. They also have plenty of overnight slips, ice and other supplies for kingfish teams. Call (877) 347 4869 to arrange dockage.
Early entry opens Monday October 12th and remains open until 11:59pm Friday November 6th. The cost for early entry is $300. Late entry will remain open during the competition until 11:59pm on Friday November 13th. Late entry is $350. There are also two $200 OPTIONAL TWT's available. There is a big fish TWT and an aggregate TWT. The winner of the general tournament and the aggregate TWT is the team that posts the largest combined weight of two kingfish, one per day. The general tournament and the TWT's will payout the top 3 places. 1st- 50%, 2nd- 30% and 3rd- 20%. This is a 100% payback event less operating expenses. Operating expenses shall not exceed 10% of entries. More boats = more payout. The payout will increase with every additional participant.
Additional information on RULES, REGISTRATION, RESULTS, and other general tournament information is posted on the tournament home site at www.oifc.com/tournaments.
The OIFC's newest employee, Steele Park took his mother-in-law, Pam on her 1st king trip this morning aboard their boat the Sea Monkey. They weathered the"pleasant?" NE winds. They started at the Youpan Reef, then moved closer in to be protected from the uncomfortable NE wind. Between the pier and the sea buoy thay hooked up with a 20 some lb king which Pam fought like a pro.
What disappointed them was they saw a huge, possibly 35-40 lb king sky just before they hooked up. Steele said the king Pam hooked up with was on a live pogy with a white skirt.
With it seemingly to appear the kings have moved in closer everyone needs to get "ready to Rumble", in the Jungle that is!!! Congrats Pam and thanks for sharing your achievement.
Steele is the newest employee of the OIFC and has a lot to offer. Stop by and meet Steele and take advantage of his fishing knowledge.
Kennen Hill and Brian Robbins took Kennon's Dad, Ken,, Kennen's brother Kevin, Kevin's 7 yr old son Hunter and Phillip Crawford of Ashboro, NC to the Sherman Sunday.. Phillip and Hunter had never been on the ocean before.
They departed at lunchtime. First they got bait, which was no problem, then headed to the 90's. Having no luck they moved to the Sherman. There they saw spanish skying everywhere. There was also plenty of AJ's,. So after Hunter and Phillip landed a few 30 or so lb jacks and some spanish they headed back in. Sounds like a good 1st trip out. Maybe we have some more anglers coming up!