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- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Fall Brawl 2016 Real Time Rankings
Last Updated - 10/15/2017 06:07:26 PM
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Join us this weekend!!!!!
Look who made the SKA's Angler Publication! The OIFC/Team Do Work's Jr Angler Camdyn Beck. We are ready for the tournament season to begin Sent from my iPhone
Christopher Critz caught this citation Blackfin Tuna at the Steeples in 72 degree water. Weighed in at 23.11
I talked to inshore pro Clay Morphis about his Trout fishing - see the monster 7# he caught in our 4/10 post. He is known to be a Vudu guy and I pried the details -- he reports that live shrimp have not shown up so he's using Vudu Shrimp almost exclusively. He caught the picuted 4# and then the 7# alluded to earlier on the new 3.5" gold flake Vudu Rattler shrimp.
Technique is to cast it up current and keep the line semi tight as it drifts down through the water and then "walks" across bottom. Once the line is tight down current, reel up and do it again. In scenarios with less current, cast and slowly crawl with very slight twitches across bottom. I've also seen Capt. Jeff fish them under popping corks some 2' to as much as 6' under the cork - very similar to how they fish in the northern Gulf.
My reporting has suffered lately not because the fishing is terrible, but being a Dad is a demanding job as well. Spending time with our young kids is important and we will never get that time back. It seems like we have been running from one practice to another lately. From basketball this winter to baseball this spring. Both my boys are very active in sports and both are working hard to get better at their game. I hope to get my oldest on the boat this year a few times to help with fishing. The fishing lately has been up and down with the weather. Speckled trout have been the most consistent target for me lately with plenty of short fish around with some nice keepers in mix. Black drum made a showing but most are on the small side with a keeper here and there. Redfish are also scattered and have been difficult to find on most days. A few flounder have awakened and that action should get more consistent towards the end of April. Next week looks to be awesome weather if the forecast holds. Those interested in learning our backwaters need to sign up for our backwater class scheduled for April 23rd. This class will cover several techniques on how to target our backwater species and how to explore our shallow waters. Please call the OIFC at 910 575 3474 to book your spot today. See ya on the water!
Today was a little too windy to go off shore but was a perfect day for Captain Chris Dew to finish fine tuning the World Cat for this upcoming season. Book your charter now with the OIFC
On Monday (4/4) Sandy and Bob Simpson and captain Ben Morris and I departed from Shallotte inlet at 5:30 AM on a 10-hour trip offshore. A set plan was not established by any means however after discussing the forecasted weather with the Simpsons, Ben and I decided to point the OIFC Carolina Cat towards some numbers around the horseshoe area. Surprisingly, after a 34-mile run we were greeted by blue/green 69-degree water that was holding a good amount of bait. Ben went ahead and deployed a king spread and within 5 minutes we had our first fish on. While the reel continued to scream, Bob manned the rod as the rest of us anxiously waited to see what was fooled by a dead cigar minnow. Ben mentioned how the area we were fishing held a variety of different species but from the way the fish stripped off line he believed the hooked fish was a king mackerel. Superstitious of calling fish before they are boated, I kept quiet until Bob had coaxed the fish boat side. It was long, shiny, and believe it or not turned out to be our first king mackerel of the day. Thankfully, this action continued for the Simpsons as they caught and released 4 more kings in about an hour. After releasing the fifth fish, we opted to put away the slow trolling gear and head offshore another 10 miles to target some bottom fish. This decision also paid off as we immediately were hooked up with big vermillion snapper and black sea bass upon arrival. In addition to quick bites from beeliners and bass, the Simpsons topped off their day offshore by experiencing how painful it was to catch and release scamp grouper and American red snapper. All in all, we headed back to the dock with plenty of fish for dinner and actually made it back before the rough weather hit.
With how unstable our weather patterns have been recently, its tough to predict how the fish will behave in the next few weeks of April. However, fishing the breaks in-between frontal systems should produce some bites from wahoo in the 60 mile range and king mackerel in the 40-50-mile range. Hopefully our coast can catch a break from bad weather to allow us all to get offshore and see what’s biting.
We are proud to share the news that Clay Hughes, Sea Tow Ocean Isle Beach, has expanded his excellent service under the banner of Sea Tow Myrtle Beach. Clay now serves as far south as Hwy 544 (just this side of Murrells Inlet). Congratulations. And you folks are in for some quality service.
These pictures are from Jeff Martini & the crew of the "Dirty Martini" with some Snowy Grouper they caught off the coast of South Carolina Sent from my iPhone
**ATTENTION ALL QUALIFIED JOLLY MON VIP CAPTAINS**
Tomorrow (4/1) I will officially be accepting entries for the Jolly Mon VIP from captains that have either placed in the top 30 in the 2015 Jolly Mon, the top 30 in the 2015 Fall Brawl or have been lucky enough to receive a transfer entry.
HOW TO ENTER: Tomorrow morning at 7:00AM, I will send out a mass email to these qualified captains. The email will contain a password to the online and print-out entry forms. CLICK HERE to be directed to the Jolly Mon VIP Tournament page and entry links. As stated in previous fishing reports regarding the VIP, I have yet to receive current/working email addresses from a few of you. Thus, if you DO NOT receive an email from me, Derek Treffinger, you have four options:
Option 1 – Email me at email@example.com to request the password.
Option 2 - Call me at (704) 616-1615 to request the password.
Option 3 - Phone a friend that’s qualified
Option 4 – Put it off until May 1st and let a waiting list member take your spot.
Lastly, if you experience any technical difficulties do not hesitate to call/email me.
It’s about that time of year guys!!!
Yesterday was one of those days where surrendering to mother natures wrath was not an option. Most offshore fishermen have been in this situation; that moment when some belief bouncing around in our fish filled minds tells us that no matter what happens, it’ll all be worth it at the end of the day. Whether the belief involves improving weather conditions or a red hot bite 60 miles away, sometimes our inner instinct tells us to push off the dock and get after it.
This belief was fueled by a crew that was bound and determined to go fishing and have fun while doing so. Brady, Nikki, Haley, and Cole O’Neil accompanied first mate Paul Eagle and I on a six-hour journey that turned out pretty productive yesterday. After discussing the rough offshore conditions, we made the decision to run up the ditch to an area near the Cape Fear River mouth to target nice sized whiting. The action didn’t begin with a bang yet as minutes turned into hours, fresh whiting for dinner was becoming more of a reality. Haley had the hot corner of the boat by reeling in over eight whiting in just under an hour. Once we reached our fun limit with the whiting, we decided to pack up and head offshore to lighthouse rocks. Upon arrival we were immediately greeted by undersized sea bass. Most fish were in the 9-11 inch range however there were a few fish caught on the 12.5-inch mark. Eager for the O’Neil’s to catch a keeper black sea bass, I repositioned the anchor and the keeper bass started to cooperate. After catching a few for dinner, we headed back to the hill perfectly content with what we made of a forecasted horrible day.
Overcoming adversity is key to having a successful fishing trip this time of year. The weather and the fish may not always cooperate but thankfully the O’Neil’s were determined to make things happen. Great job guys!
Jim Bowen & the Stickskinger crew did a little sea bass fishing Saturday and had a sea bass dinner for Easter!!!