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"Lobotes surinamensis" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/28/09
 

Just after everyone had finished weighing in their kings for the Fall Brawl Richard Keck walked up from the docks carrying a big brown fish which was obvious to the crowd, not a king mack!

Richard walked up to the scales, and Rube weighed the fish and identified it.  The ole'Lobotes surinamensis weighed 12.10 lbs.  Good sized fish.  Rube went on to explain that though  caught in our waters it was uncommon to see this tasty fish. 

The big fish with what appeared to be three tails is usually an incidental catch while the angler is fishing for something else.  It's very often thought to be sick and thusly released because it floats on it's side.  Looking  a lot like a flounder, it generally hides under something, like weed, waiting for a bait fish, then darts out quickly and drills it for dinner.

Richard as fishing the Youpon with a pogy when he ran across this triple tail.  No, I'm not that smart, out of curiosity I Googled triple tail before writing this post.


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"Fall Brawl recap" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/27/09
 

Wilmington based brothers, Mark and Billy Emmart fished aboard their boat, Moon Doggie, in the annual Fall Brawl King Classic hosted this weekend out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. 170 fishing teams from all across the southeast entered the event and aspired to win the top prize of over $15,000, but this year the Emmart’s punched their ticket and walked away with the big money. Mother Nature did a pretty good job for the fishermen, providing much lighter than expected winds and seas on Saturday and Sunday. On the other hand, the NOAA weather man did not do a good job at all as predictions of heavy rain and winds were forecast for the weekend. Fortunately for the tournament and its competitors, many teams saw through the forecast and chose to compete; 170 total teams, making the Fall Brawl the fourth largest Kingfish event of the year hosted in the Carolinas. The event offers a Captain’s Choice format which allows teams to choose to compete one out of two days; either Saturday or Sunday. Given the terrible forecast for Saturday, only 17 out of the 170 teams chose to fish Saturday. Randy Spainhour and Buster Gunter aboard the Steel Fishing out of Southport, NC took the early day 1 lead with a 35.25 pound King. They caught their fish early Saturday morning on a live Bluefish while kite fishing at Lighthouse Rocks. Sunday the remainder of the fleet hit the water. Winds had shifted to the north at 10-15 knots which enabled fishermen to fish in near flat calm seas due to the wind blockage from land. Luckily, the majority of bigger Kings were located close to shore, so even the smallest boats were able to compete. The first place winning team of Mark and Billy Emmart chose to fish an area of ledges and hard bottom 6 miles offshore of Bald Head Island on the east side of the Frying Pan Shoals; known as the Fairway ledges. They had put the boat into a downsea drift and at roughly 1:30pm the winning King, a 41 pounder, sky rocketed a medium top-lined Pogy. Billy went to work on the rod while Mark steered the boat toward the fish and 20 minutes later, sunk the gaff into a fish worth just over $17,000 to the brothers. Second place fell to local Holden Beach fishing team Sea Byrd, including Ricky Byrd, Brian Matthews, Danny Matthews, Jenny Matthews and Will Richardson. Their King weighed 38.55 pounds and held the lead up until the final hour. The team caught their King while slow trolling between Yaupon Reef and Ocean Crest pier. The King sky rocketed the propwash Pogy and headed for the hills. Brian Matthews did the angling duties while Ricky drove and Will eventually put the gaff in the fish. Randy Spainhour and team were bumped to third which was their final finishing place. Fourth place fell to local Ocean Isle Beach fishing team of Toby, Andy and Rusty Russ, fishing aboard the Mr. Goodhands. They caught their 32.90 pound King at Lockwood’s Folly inlet on a triple Pogy in the propwash. Fifth place was won by the family fishing team of Frank, Caroline, Horace and Brice Byrum aboard the Wishful Thinking. This team is truly a family team as Horace is the father, Frank and Caroline are husband/wife/mom/dad and Brice is the son. This team caught their 31.35 pound King while fishing 1 mile west of Shallotte inlet. Frank reported that he had not gotten all the lines out when the King hit the medium top line and nearly spooled the reel. Frank angled the fish while Horace drove and Brice gaffed. It was the family’s first ever fishing tournament. The tournament’s top junior angler was Brice Byrum, fishing aboard the Wishful Thinking. Top lady angler was Ginny Matthews aboard the Sea Byrd and top Senior angler was Randy Spainhour aboard the Steel Fishing.
Thanks to all the teams that participated in the event. Also, thanks to sponsors such as Yellowfin boats, Ocean Isle Fishing Center, Sea Tow, JP Russ & Sons, Bell & Bell and Ocean Isle Marina for their support. The event offered fishermen and their families a great atmosphere and opportunity to compete together for big prize money. Oh yes, and the Spot Derby of course took place. This year’s grand champion was six year old Maddi Stevens who teamed up with one awesome Spot to win the round-robin format event and take home top honors. Congratulations to all. See you on the water.

 

Overall Winners

1 41.00 Moon Doggie Billy Emmart
2 38.55 Sea Byrd Ricky Byrd
3 35.25 Steel Fishing Randy Spainhour
4 32.90 Mr Goodhands William T Russ_III
5 31.35 Wishful Thinking Frank Byrum
6 31.35 Rawhide Terry Godwin
7 29.55 Squeeze Play Michael L Sellers_Jr
8 29.50 Hot Rod Brett A Barnes
9 28.85 Open Wide Benson J Ybanez
10 28.65 Top Choice David Gore
11 28.30 Inlet View Tim Milliken
12 26.95 In 2 Deep Kevin O'Neale
13 26.40 Sea'n is Believe'n Anthony Queen
14 26.25 Teredo James McSwain
15 26.05 Toes Up Richard L Boles
16 25.45 Miller Time Brent Gainey
17 24.95 Tide Line Dieter W Cardwell
18 24.75 Reely Miss Behavin Ricky E Holden
19 24.15 Orange Crush Jody Clemmons
20 22.50 Easy Times Charles R Wilson
21 22.25 2 Dogs Ken Ritch
22 21.25 Fine Boy II George Lepper_II
23 21.15 The Sea Horse Chad R Morris
24 21.10 GPS Store Fishing TeScott R Heffernan
25 21.10 Cape Contender Jay Bucklen
26 20.70 Carolina Cat Christopher Dew

Lady Anglers

1 38.55 Sea Byrd Ginny Matthews
2 31.35 Wishful Thinking Caroline Byrum
3 26.95 In 2 Deep Michele Stroud
4 24.95 Tide Line Lori Seawell
5 22.50 Easy Times Jessica Rees
6 21.25 Fine Boy II Savanah Miller
7 21.15 The Sea Horse Amy Morris
8 20.30 Bird Man Marcia Stilwell
9 19.55 Team Tru-line Pam Waller
10 19.20 Got-Cha Barbara Sears

Junior Anglers

31.35 Wishful Thinking Brice Byrum
22.25 2 Dogs Matthew Ritch
21.15 The Sea Horse Madison Morris
20.70 Carolina Cat Russ Gore
19.40 Wave Walker David Lambeth Jr
18.75 Reelin Up The Coast Jackson Denny
15.05 Misty Rose Nichoals Keifer
14.65 East Coast Sports Cole Edens
14.65 Get The Gaff Dylan Lechtrecker

Senior Anglers

35.25 Steel Fishing Randy Spainhour
32.90 Mr Goodhands Rusty Russ
31.35 Wishful Thinking Horace Byrum



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"Locals" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/27/09
 

If you think vacationing and fishing in South Brunswick County, N.C. is great, try growing up here.  So it is with Daniel Russ who along with friends  chartered the OIFC Carolina Cat to a place on the leader board in this weekend's Fall Brawl.  Daniel, who is a part of the family owned J. P. Russ and Son Grading and Contracting grew up on the Intracoastal Waterway just a stones throw away from the OIFC.  When not working, you can find him bow hunting in Brunswick County or wild hog hunting in Georgia.

His group fished with Captains Chris "OC" Dew and Jeff (Get Busy) Williamson aboard the Carolina Cat.  The group, fishing with pogies hung near shore where they caught their 26th place $1,000 king.

The Russ Charter fished Sunday.  You can tell the weatherman missed the mark by the ocean conditions in the pictures.


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"More Pictures" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/26/09
 


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"Fall Brawl" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/26/09
 

The 2009 Fall Brawl is in the books and the records are on their way to the OIFC vault to be kept for future generations.  Once again the weather man helped us out.  NOT!!  He was wrong, but the weather was right.  The conditions may not have been perfect, but they were certainly fishable and far better than predicted.

Regardless, there was a great turnout, some quality fish caught, the usual excitement, fine food and a fantastic time!  Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated even if you just came and enjoyed the weigh ins...you are all important to the success of the tournaments.

The format will only allow 5 pictures at a time.  The 1st three are of the top 3 finishers.  I'll do a few more entries of some random shots I took.  If you see any you like, send me an email at sunset69@atmc.net  with a description and I'll forward them to you.


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"Fall Brawl King Classic- FINAL RESULTS" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/25/09
 

Congratulatins Mark and Billy Emmart- Moon Doggie- 41 pounder- 1st place

CLICK HERE- details to follow


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"Bottom Fishing Regs" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/24/09
 

Ran across this article in the Starnewsonline about proposed regulations on certain bottom fish.  Thought ya'll would be interested.
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"Fall Brawl report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/24/09
 

Standings after Saturday- 17 out of 170 boats fished:

 STANDINGS AFTER SATURDAY:

1- STEEL FISHING- RANDY SPAINHOUR- 35.25

2- EASY TIMES- CHARLIE WILSON- 22.50

3- FREESTYLE- ROBERT FREE- 20.05

4- 2ND MORTGAGE- MIKE MCDUFFIE- 17.60

5- EAST COAST SPORTS- RANDAL EDENS- 14.65

6- DADDY'S ADDICTION- JEFFREY SRONCE- 14.60

7- EVOLUTION- SCOTT HAMILTON- 14.60

8- REEL WEINER- THEODORE MERCER- 10.55

Word is the leader may have been caught at Lighthouse Rocks.  There were also two of these fish that I know of caught at Lockwood's Folly inlet.  The inlet bite is the best news as this proves there are Kings on the beach.  Regardless of how hard the North wind blows tomorrow, you can fish the inlet mouths in relative calm seas and catch fish.  Pogys were very plentiful today up and down the beach and lots of Blues as well.  The weather man really blew the call as seas were reported at 2-4 feet and very fishable- there was a pretty large southerly swell, so take notice when leaving the inlet in the morning- be careful.  My call is still Shallotte inlet.  Especially after reports of fish at Lockwood today.  Good luck and good fishing- see you at the scales tomorrow.


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"Fall Brawl Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/23/09
 

167 boats entered in tournament thus far- registration open on-line until 11:59pm.  Most boats choosing to fish on Sunday.  Thanks to all for participating and good luck- be safe.
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"Fall Brawl update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/23/09
 

about to have Capt. Meeting- most choosing to fish Sunday- 140 boats so far- more still entering
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"Fall Brawl This Weekend" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/23/09
 

The show is on-- weather looks pretty bad on Saturday and fair on Sunday- I know its not the perfect flat seas we always hope for, but Sunday is certainly forecast to be fishable at 2-4 foot seas and thus the show will go on-- there will be fish caught and there will be a winner.  Hope to see everyone this PM at the capt. dinner and meeting and spot races -- Current marine forecast:

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC
925 AM EDT FRI OCT 23 2009
SURF CITY NC TO SOUTH SANTEE RIVER SC OUT 20 NM

AMZ252-232115-
CAPE FEAR NC TO LITTLE RIVER INLET SC OUT 20 NM-
925 AM EDT FRI OCT 23 2009

REST OF TODAY
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. A SLIGHT
CHANCE OF SHOWERS THIS AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT
S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 4 TO
5 FT. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

SAT
S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.
ISOLATED TSTMS. SHOWERS LIKELY...MAINLY IN THE AFTERNOON.

SAT NIGHT
S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT...BECOMING W
AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT... SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. ISOLATED TSTMS. SHOWERS LIKELY...MAINLY IN THE EVENING.

SUN
N WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 5 FT...EXCEPT 2 TO 3 FT NEAR
SHORE. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.


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"Baltimore Fishing Club" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/22/09
 

The Baltimore Fishing Club has fished with the OIFC the past two days.  This is a group of gentlemen who enjoy themselves by fishing worldwide.  The Club is made up of Joe Fontaine, Ken Cunningham, Arthur "Otts" Nash, Renfro Carter, Joe Cook, Thomas Cooper and "Big Fish" Cal Fleming.

The group fished with Captain Brant yesterday.  They found pogies down by Myrtle Beach and caught kings at the Hammer.  Captain Barrett and Rube also caught kings at the Hammer.  This is an area which should surely be given serious consideration for the Fall Brawl.  However, be reminded that several Fall Brawl winning kings have come from around the Shallotte Inlet sea buoy.

Today, the Baltimore Fishing Club joined Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Steele Parks for a day of bottom fishing aboard the Carolina Cat.  They used cigar minnows, pin fish and squid as they landed several grouper, snapper, vermilion snapper,trigger fish, sea bass and AJ's in 85-100 ft of water.  During their day of fighting bottom fish they broke several grouper leaders and snapped two rods.  There was some serious fishing going on with this crew.

Thanks to The Baltimore Fishing Club for choosing the OIFC to fish with and hurry back!


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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/22/09
 

There's been a couple of changes in the OIFC Rodeo in the past couple of days.  Cane Faircloth has taken the lead in the King Division with a 37.6 lb fish he caught on 10-20.  This pushes Neal Loman to 2nd,  Jeff Beck to 3rd and knocks Jay Bucklen off the board.  Tripp Hooks took 2nd in the Spanish Division with a 5.8 lb Spanish he caught on 10-2.  This pushes Austin Aycock to 3rd and knocks Jeff Beck off the board.  Finally, Bryan Aycock weighed a 4.2 lb Sea Bass putting him in 1st place, moving Jimmy Lee Williams to 2nd, and Rube McMullan to 3rd. 

That's a fair amount of movement in the course of a couple of weeks after a quiet summer as it relates to the Rodeo.  Fall fishing is in full swing, get in the Rodeo, and if you are be sure to let the Fall Brawl Weigh Master know when you weigh in.


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