Got these pictures from Seth "River Rat" Strickland who has been crushing the big Drum at Little River for the last month. He reports live baits on the bottom around the inlet are the ticket.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
If you haven't already, be sure to check out the headline advertisement for the OIFC.COM King Mackerel Tournament located on all the pages at OIFC.com. This will be the second year for this event, which was one of the most enjoyable and memorable tournaments we fished last year. It is scheduled over a 9 day period from November 7th thru the 15th. Teams will choose to fish 2 out of 9 days. This is an aggregate event with the winner determined by the heaviest combined weight of two kingfish (1 per day). Unlike the other king mackerel tournaments we host here at the Fishing Center, this tournament is hosted completely online. Registration, rules, awards, and results will all be online at www.oifc.com. Also, unlike our other events, this tournament is not intended to be fished in our local waters. During the late fall each year northern North Carolina has one of the most unbelievable king mackerel fisheries in the world. Between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras schools of giant king mackerel invade the area to gorge themselves on the abundance of baitfish. Typically during this time fishermen get tired of catching before the fish quit biting. The average fish is around 30lbs. 40lbers are common and fish up to 60lbs are possible. The baits of choice are either bluefish or extra large pogies up to 2lbs. As far as fishing goes, things are basically the same as anywhere else its just all the species are supersized. The baits are bigger, the kings are bigger and it's not unlikely that you'll run into a giant bluefin. The best fishing areas will be where temperature changes cross structure in 60 to 80 ft of water. Or, just find the charter fleet. Team OIFC will be fishing from Hatteras all week and will be happy to help anybody that wants to fish the tournament but hasn't fished the area before.
There are two weigh-ins for this tournament. The first weigh in as in Beaufort at Town Creek Marina and the second is at Hatteras Landing Marina in Hatteras. The early entry is $300 per boat. Teams can register online at www.oifc.com anytime during the event until November 13th. I encourage anyone considering fishing this event to make a trip out of it and visit Hatteras for a few days. It's a truly unique place this time of year and the fish are close outside the inlet. Billy Webster at Hatteras Landing has put together special rates for boat slips and accomodations for tournament teams. Although there are no official get togethers/captains meetings for this event, I'm sure we'll cook out a few times during the week at Hatteras Landing and hang out on the docks.
All the information for this event is located on our tournaments page at www.oifc.com/tournaments. You'll find information on contacts for accomodations, rules, schedules and other general tournament information. You can enter through that page or just click on the advertisement on any pages at the OIFC.com site. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any questions or you need help on preparing to fish unfamiliar waters. Don't miss out on this one, it should be fun!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
35.25 Steel Fishing Randy Spainhour
32.90 Mr Goodhands Rusty Russ
31.35 Wishful Thinking Horace Byrum
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 email@example.com with a description and I'll forward them to you.