Tomnmy Helms took these young men out for some reef eclipse fishing. They caught his fish
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Tomnmy Helms took these young men out for some reef eclipse fishing. They caught his fish
Tracey Sheriff, Leslie Innis and Patrick and Colan McBee climbed aboard the OIFC Catch All with me today on an early 6-hour trip. After running about 18 miles offshore we finally found a nice class of king mackerel to pick at for the most of trip. Not to mention the huge Spanish mackerel mixed in with the king bites. Great day of Summer king mackerel fishing for this crew.
Both the Spanish and king mackerel have been keyed in on the dead bait presentations this year. Whether its dink ballyhoo or your favorite cigar minnow rig, the mackerels have preferred the freshly frozen, store bought offerings. With fall right around the corner, the larger kings should start to move in with cooler weather. Look for large schools of Spanish mackerel or cigar minnow pods on the surface for a king mackerel bite. Let’s go fishing! Call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today.
Ella Bellamy landed this nice drum a couple of days ago. The big bull drum are due anytime now. Come get you some.
OK we are bringing the Summer season to an end so its time to refire the FISHING SCHOOLS. Here is what we have available this Fall.
We have a bottom school coming up THIS Saturday, August 26th and we have 1 spot left open. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON CLASS
Other classes take place in September, October and November
Backwater: CLICK HERE FOR SCHOOL DETAILS
Sept 8-9: Capt. Jeff
Sept 15-16: Capt. Jacob
Sept 29-30: Capt. Jeff
Bottom: CLICK HERE FOR SCHOOL DETAILS
Sept 23-24: Capt. Brant / Capt. Derek
TO MAKE RESERVATIONS CALL 910-575-3474
Below is a photo of a 39.38 lb king our good friends the Stanleys caught at the Sneeds Ferry Rotary KMT. Congratulations!
Day 1 prefish: Barrett and I are at the bottom of the world chasing Redfish for an upcoming IFA Redfish Tour event. We are staying at one of my favorite places, Port Eads, LA; the furthest South fish camp in LA. We just started fishing and have been on some fish, but there is still another day of prefishing before the event on Friday and Saturday. This is my first official Redfish Event, so I'm trying not to Googan it up too much for Barrett. Day 2 prefish: Well what started as fun and games ended with a reality check; or in this case a "Louisiana sleigh ride". Look at pictures and I think you will get the picture. Team motto: without risk their is no opportunity at greatness! Day 3 tournament day 1: We found nada prefishing so Barrett and I did what we normally do in fishing tournaments; we went the opposite direction of everyone else. It never fails. We are fishing a 30 boat event and when all checked out we were the only boat to take a right and never saw another boat all day. But, we stumbled onto some success with a 6.89 and a 8.88 pounder for a 15.74 aggregate and 4th overall and big fish of the day; first was 16.51 so we are within striking distance. Stay tuned. Day 4, tournament day 2. Well I was riding high yesterday after day 1 of the IFA Redfish Open; we had the biggest fish of the event and were sitting less than a pound out of the lead. Day 2 we actually saw and caught more fish, but we couldn't get the right size. We had two fish to measure 28", one inch oversized and they were FAT, but a centimeter over 27" and they don't count so we had to let them go. We had a 6.4 and 6.95 whereas yesterday we had the 6.98 but we also had that big 8.88 which actually held on for biggest fish of the tourney. That's the one we needed today to take home the first place trophy; so close. The winner ended up with a 4 fish aggregate of 31.95 pounds. This was my first experience Fishing a Redfish tourney and it was humbling and exciting. I'm going home and practicing my casting! That is critical in this game. Barrett is very good at seeing fish and casting accuracy and presentation. It's an art and he's on it, I was impressed. I'm not sure what the next OIFC adventure will be, but we are heading back to OIB to regroup and hug the family. Oh yeah, Barrett in his hockey mask: ran into a LA thunderstorm and that's his gettup to allow him to drive in heavy rain, the stinging kind. Capt. Brant
Thursday Capt Jeff Beck and I took our friends Brewer and his Grammy to the 90's for a little mackerel fishing. We took my new 21SE Parker named after Camdyn, Lil' Scrappy. On the way out we stopped at the Shallotte Inlet sea buoy and filled our Capt Brant's Custom Pogey Net with one throw. The pogies were thick in about 17 ft deep water. When we arrived we put our lines out and immediately a reel went off. As Brewer fishes exclusively fresh water, Jeff coached him, he caught right on and boated and released his first saltwater fish, a Spanish. Shortly thereafter a king hit a skirted porgy and once again Brewer handled him like a champ. We were short on time and the clouds were stacking up onshore so we headed back to the OIFC with a thrilled 8 yr old and proud Grammy
Long time returning customer Eric Miller and Nate Sherrin climbed aboard the OIFC Catch All for an 8-hour trip yesterday (8/15). We started our day off with slow trolling a few live baits in 80 feet and found plenty of short strikes from small king mackerel. After the second short king we opted to run a few miles offshore to anchor up and see what was biting on the bottom. At this next location the bites were plentiful and the fishing really started to heat up. Vermillion snapper, amberjack, black sea bass, and grouper made up our bottom fishing bites while we caught keeper king mackerel, and a surprise mahi mahi on flat lines. Great fishing with great returning customers. Can’t beat it during the dog days of Summer.
Pictured is Jordan Wilks and a Flounder he caught using a mud minnow off the OIFC dock
JD and Will Densmore from Davidson, NC, climbed aboard the OIFC Catch All with me today for an early 4-hour trip. Will started the day off right by bringing an 18” spanish mackerel in the boat for their first fish. Once the father and son duo had enough Spanish for dinner, it was off to Ocean Crest Pier for some shark fishing. With a dense chum slick behind the boat, the blacktip sharks kept us on our toes for the rest of the trip. Great job today crew!
I wanted to follow up to let everyone know that the two young men who were injured in the boat fire this early Summer are out of the hospital and doing much better. David Martin and Jonathan Bicket both have spent weeks/months at the UNC burn center recieving treatment, but both have been released and are working to get back life as normal. The recovery will take time, but they are thankful to be alive and thankful for all thoughts and prayers received. Almost daily I have folks ask me about the young men, and after receiving their approval, I wanted to pass along the information.
They are lucky to be alive. They have made it past one difficult part, but the next phase of recovery is tough both physically and mentally. They will need our support. Wish them well and encourage them when possible.
And to David and Jonathan, keep up the fight. Time will be your best and worst frenemy; but give it a year and see where you are. Give it two and you will be looking back at the anniversary. Wishing you guys the best. Stay strong and appreciate your family and friends.
Wendell Barnett of Cherry Grive and Mia Harrington fished today aboard Wendell's 2009 Sea Hunt with 4,000 hrs on the motor. They fished "blended" water and did well with the wahoo. Wendell takes care of his boat and fishes the mess out of it. Plus you can almost bet if he goes out he is going to catch fish.
Amidst the stormy weather the fish continue to bite. Dianna Martin, Kylyn Leach, and Gabi, Aubrey, Jeff Bartlett joined me on a 4-hour trip aboard the Catch All on Wednesday (8/9). We started the trip off Spanish mackerel fishing about two miles outside Lockwood Folly inlet. Kylyn, Gabi, and Aubrey made short work of the Spanish as they put six nice mackerel on ice for their warm up. The next objective was shark fishing. Luckily the sharks finally decided to cooperate as the whole crew got to reel in a shark. Size of the sharks varied from three to seven feet yet Gabi ended up with an impressive 90 pound blacktip to end their day of fishing. Great fishing with a great crew!
Greg Righter, Sam Righter, Bob Howard, and Frankie, Sarah and Nancy Goodnight joined Capt. Brad and I on an early 4-hour on Friday (8/4). The ride in was a little moist but the fish actually bit better when clouds and rain showers were around. Sharks and plenty of Spanish mackerel kept us entertained for the morning. The fish are already wet. Let’s go fishing – call 910 575 3474 to book your trip today.
Brayden McMullen caught their Flounder today while fishing off the dock at the OIFC. He said he caught him on a mud minner
Rex Steward sent me this email and picture- Saturday I caught a flounder limit fishing by myself in shallotte river. Flounder fishing is picking up. Size 15 to21 inch
I will support his report by noting that the watersports staff has recently been catching quite a few keepers off the OIFC docks.
And then here's a pic of the Bonecrusher Brandon Sauls who was fishing with Clay Morphis from yesterday.
Flounder fishing is picking up.