Here are more photos of fish weighed this past weekend in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.
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Holy *&%#!!! What a day of fishing. Today's fishing embodied precisely why this tournament was started. The waters from Morehead to Hatteras in the late fall is a special place. We've experienced the bite here in the past and thought it would be great if more kingfish teams had a reason to explore the incredible fishery right here in our own state. Thus, the OIFC.com KMT was born. I'll admit it, Team OIFC is made up of kingfish junkies. We are always searching for the next great bite of kingfish. Today we got a fix that none who were there will soon forget.
I haven't received a report from everyone who fished today but I do have some information. The teams of Dig It and Release fished from Morehead City today and absolutely put the smack down on the fish. I know this because Team OIFC eventually joined in on the smack down on the east side. Dig It put a 40lb slob together with their 32 from yesterday for a highly respectable two fish agg. Release, who weighed a 43 yesterday, weighed the king of kings today with a 53 and change! Wow! That is the big fish of the tournament so far.
Team OIFC and Team Hooyah left out of Hatteras inlet this morning in opposite directions. Hooyah went north and OIFC south both looking for bait which proved to be difficult in both directions. Hooyah gave up on the pogies that were so plentiful the day before and all but disappeared today and headed offshore. The fished the same area from yesterday that was so productive but today it was dead. However, they were able to jig up bluefish and croakers which made for great live bait. With their hopes and dreams of catching monster NC kingfish all but dried up after a long day of fishing, Capt. Lee Frick reported they made one last move inshore to a cooler water temperature break. At 3:00 just 15 minutes after dropping the lines in she hit. By 4:00 she was on the scales at 51lbs and change. That makes 2 50's so far. Hooyah puts their 51 together with their 22 from yesterday.
Team OIFC had the same bait struggles as Hooyah. After running about 40 miles down the beach we finally found the pogies. They were the same turbos from the day before. If you haven't seen these pogies before you wouldn't believe it. They are enormous. Being that we were so far south from Hatteras we decided to fish some of the east side spots around Cape Lookout. It was mid morning before we finally found the fleet of boats and the fish. There was no question if we were in the right spot when we pulled up as there were 8 boats at the spot and 8 bow riders with bent rods. For the rest of the day we went to battle with a class of kingfish that is hard to believe. I don't know how many fish over 30lbs we released but we let 3-4 40lbers go and one fish that was between 50 and 55lbs. During that stretch we kept one that would be our weigh fish. We couldn't bring ourselves to kill two fish of that size. At the scales our slob weighed 50.05lbs. That makes 3 over 50 on the scales. What a day!
I'll be the first to admit that this tournament hasn't caught on like we hoped. The participation has not met expectations. What has met expectations is the fish. They have not disappointed and have been as advertised - big and hungry! To have this many big fish with just a few boats fishing says a lot about the fishery. I'm hoping there are some teams out there that are planning to register for the tournament this week, but if not, it sure has been fun for those of us who were out there over the last few days. There is nothing like being in a bite of big fish.
As far as tournament standings, I can't post anything official yet because my best calculation has it so close I don't want to say without know for sure. There is a dead heat for top honors in the agg between Release and OIFC. Dig IT and Hooyah are also neck and neck for 3rd and 4th. Release does have the big fish so far.
More tournament updates will be posted as they come in. For Team OIFC it's time to rest for a few days.
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.
What a king Rube and Barrett have in their report. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, inshore Bo Tucker and Glenn Hess had a great morning on the ICW behind OIB. They were fishing with live shrimp on a rising tide. Bo caught the shrimp in a creek yesterday. If you've got live shrimp then "you da man!"
Offshore...The pogies were around the mouth of the Shallotte Inlet though most everyone skipped looking for them and used frozen cigar minnows. Seemed the Horse Shoe and the Shark Hole were the best places to be for king action.
Jamie Blue has just reported that he fished aboard a friends Grady yesterday. He said they caught blackfins, 3 of which they kept, they kept a 25 # king and several false albacore which were released at the Steeples. He also lost what he thinks was a big wahoo when a line broke. The bite didn't start until about 1:30. The fish were hitting dark colors..blue/black, red/black and a blue bling head. Jamie's day was completed when his Clemson Tigers beat FSU at Clemson in what was a great game to watch.
Matt Holt of Sunset Beach, aboard his black Contender "GutSea" bottom fished.most of the day today at the Atlantic Ledge. Using dead cigar minnows he caught several keeper sea bass, bee liners and a gag grouper. He reported that they were catching sea bass two at a time on squid. They had two grouper get off.
This weekend has probably been the prettiest here this year and a lot of boats took advantage. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Thank's to everyone who provide reports to the OIFC so we can share them!
Wow, what a difference a day makes! The weather up here in Hatteras is absolutely magnificent. Calm seas, blue skies, cool temps and hungry kingfish. Teams fishing the OIFC.com KMT hit the water today in search of monster kingfish from Morehead City to Hatteras.
I have limited communications here in Hatteras but it is my understanding Mike Williams on the Release scaled a stud 43+lb kingfish today that was weighed in Morehead. Team Dig It also posted a 32 and change. The bite was apparently very strong as all the boats fishing had a load of kingfish.
Team Reel Linemen, Team Hooyah, and Team OIFC fished from Hatteras today. The day started for us by departing the inlet and locating a school of pogies just down the beach. Now these are not your average pogies. These are super turbos. The pogies weigh between 1 and 3 pounds each. Trying to pull a net load over the side is quite the chore. Armed with the best live baits possible we each of the three teams headed out and set up on different areas of a temperature change. The bite was awesome early with double and triple hook ups the norm. The majority of the fish were in the 15-20lb range but bigger fish were around. Note the picture in an earlier report. At the end of the day, Team Reel Lineman scaled a 19 and change and told a sad story of a monster that was eaten by a shark. Team Hooyah posted a 22 and change and Team OIFC lucked into a 46.95lb hog. This is why we come to Hatteras! If you ever wanted a chance at catching giant kingfish now is the time.
Tournament registration remains OPEN. The weather is still perfect and the fish are only just getting started. Team OIFC and Hooyah are back at it again for the second day of the tournament tomorrow. I'm sure others will also be fishing. More news tomorrow.
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
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.