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"Jolly Mon first fish" | | 06/20/15
 

Critter Getter posts a 31+ for lead. Small boat, single engine
- Brant Mcmullan
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"Jolly Mon update" | | 06/20/15
 

241 boat entries. 200+/- fishing Saturday (still working on final info). Thanks to all for choosing to fish the 2015 Jolly Mon. The Capt meeting was highlighted by great food from Guy C Lee, successful fund raising for the Hooks family and of course Pogy Bobbing. This year the kids were bobbing, but it was a competition between adults that broke out and provided added entertainment. Saturday early morning the area had one heck of a lightning storm which lasted for hours. It was gone by daylight but the winds picked up well beyond the 10-15kt forecast. I hate it for all the small boats and kids participating, but it is unpredictable and unfortunate. Best of luck to everyone fishing and see you at the scales.
- Brant Mcmullan
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"Briefing or Sermon" | | 06/19/15
 

Rev. Stan briefing our group before departure this morning.
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"Jolly Mon Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/18/15
 

Yesterday the Jolly Mon VIP was held out of the OIFC which showed us tournament anglers that there ARE king mackerel out there. The 54 boat field fished just two spots yesterday and almost half the field caught decent fish. Note that this tournament had strict boundaries where our 54 qualified boats could fish. What does this mean for the actual Jolly Mon held this Saturday (6/20) and Sunday (6/21)? It means that there should be a pretty impressive leaderboard once the dust settles this weekend. In the past week, I have checked spots from 5 to 45 miles out to find a decent class of kings. The 30-45 range has been extremely slow - tons of unfishable grass and silty blue water. 5-10 mile range has been hit or miss – with big fish coming off the piers and pogy pods. However the 10-25 mile range has been very consistent - 10-20 pound kings have been coming from this range and I’m sure that there is a few 30-40 pound fish mixed in with them. Therefore, if you have been on the fence about participating in this year’s Jolly Mon King Classic, do yourself and favor and enter. It’s a family oriented, high paying tournament and serves as a great excuse to get out on the water. Be sure to stop by the OIFC to pick up all your tournament tackle needs. Good luck to all anglers this weekend – it should be a good one!


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Jolly Mon VIP" | | 06/17/15
 

Hot Rod, Brett and Alan Barnes won the Jolly Mon VIP today with a 51 pound aggregate- 22lbs and 29lbs. Chris Nealon on Wild Wing Cafe had the big fish with a 32. Fishing started at 390/390 but it was slow so I called an audible at 10am and everyone moved to the 65' hole. The fishing picked up with action from king, Mahi, cobia and plenty of Amberjack. The weather turned out nice, the fishing was decent, and I believe all the participants enjoyed the format. Brett and Alan win the $10,000 for top two fish aggregate and Chris Nealon wins $3500 for biggest king.
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"Jolly Mon VIP" | OIFC | 06/16/15
 

The Jolly Mon VIP is tomorrow.  50 boats duke it out for $10,000 winner-take-all.  Weigh-in will be at OIFC from 2:30 to 4pm.  Come on by and watch the weigh-in while having a cold refreshment from the Ocean Isle Fish Company. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"King Macs are biting" | | 06/15/15
 

The Kings are biting very good in 50-70' of water. We fished the Shark Hole area today and had lots of action, albeit from small fish. I did see one boat land a 25+ beside me and with the amount of bait present, no doubt the fish are moving in. I also heard good reports from the 90/90, 70' hole and Jungle today. There are tons of Pogys on the beach all the way out to 30'. I think there is a very good chance to land a nice fish by working the bait pods. The water is clean and there are tons of Spanish and Blues in the bait pods as well. All is shaking up for the Jolly Mon this weekend. The new VIP event takes place Weds so come by the Oifc from 2:30-4 to watch weigh in. We have the rock the dock kids tourney on Thurs am, Jr Jolly Mon on Fri and then main event on the weekend. It has turned into a full fledged festival. I am hoping the weather will hold stable?? See you at the Jolly Mon.
- Brant Mcmullan
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"WECT News Story About Shark Bites/Chuming" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/15/15
 

http://www.wect.com/story/29322978/renowned-shark-expert-recommends-closing-oak-island-beaches


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Several Ways to Skin a Cat" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/15/15
 

When you really want to go fishing, you will come up with all kinds of ideas. We watched these guys load up a make shift raft and swam it across the waterway Alcatraz style. Keep your eyes open out there and stay safe! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"The Kirchman Crew" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/15/15
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naocxglRRwk

Justin Kirchman always brings a few high school friends with him each year. I have enjoyed getting to know Justin and his friends over the years. They will be high school graduates next time I see them. I sure hope that we get another trip in before they head off to college. These guys can put the hammer down on the fish. I have posted a video of last year's action so you can see these boys in action. The picture is the results of this years action that got started JUST IN time for his crew. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"DA FLOUNDA MAN!!" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/14/15
 

Clay Morphis jumps to the lead in the Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Rodeo with his 6.5 lb flounder.

I actually saw Clay "dressed up" today.  I was too.  We didn't recognize each other.


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"Ultra Light Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/14/15
 

~~It was one of those days. Family of four with two young girls on board. I love taking kids fishing because they are often so full of life, questions, and give a new breath of life to our fishing world. When trying to entertain kids it is important to find action, usually any kind of action will do. Catching bait, seeing dolphins, birds, catching croakers, pinfish, etc...The ocean was calm enough for a chance at spanish and that is usually quick action. We elected to take the girls out there and give it a try. We trolled for about an hour with one spanish mackerel for our efforts. Although the bite was slow the action around us was alive. Birds diving on large schools of menhaden and just the experience of being in the ocean kept the girls alert. Despite getting other reports that the backwater action was also slow we made our move back inside. I carry a 5 foot ultra light reel just for these occassions. We pulled up to a flounder hole giving mom and dad quick instructions on how to drag for flounder. I then got the girls with me and put live shrimp on the ultra light outfit hoping to get some action from pinfish and croakers. Our first bait was quickly stolen. Our second live shrimp on the ultra light yielded a keeper flounder. Go figure! The girls were on fire! Dad also drilled a keeper flounder shortly after that. We stuck around a few minutes but the action slowed as the tide had stopped moving. Perfect time to catch bait now. We took the girls to a near by creek and caught all sorts of small critters. We picked out several small shrimp to use for bait at our next stop. The action there was yielding plenty of nibbles from pinfish, small black drum and croaker. It was 9 year old Lindsay's turn on the ultra light. As she was holding the pole something nearly yanks it out of her had. Line screaming, rod bent to breaking point, and a very excited little girl hanging on for dear life. Every parent's and fishing guides dream. Her 11 year old sister Emily assisted her younger sister as the fish kept taking line and was not cooperating. I began to get worried that the fish was going to win the battle. I began to help the girls giving them instructions on how to slowly pull up and reel down on the fish. The fight went on for what seemed like hours, days, weeks...what do we have...stingray, big black drum, redfish? REDFISH! Lindsay hooked and successfully landed a 26 inch redfish on my 5 foot ultra light croaker killing machine. What a way to end a great day on the water! I love it! Thank you guys for going fishing with me! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sheriff Ingram's Flatfish Roundup" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/13/15
 

http://sheriffjohningram.com/flatfishroundup/I have been honored by being asked to be the weigh master for Sheriff Ingram's Flatfish  Roundup.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gulfport HT Redfish Tournament Wrap Up" | OIFC | 06/13/15
 

Get a cup of coffee and get comfortable.  This is a long one.

 

Ok, so I left off last night after day one of fishing in the HT Elite Redfish tournament held in Gulfport, MS pretty much down in the dumps.  I felt like I should have done better with the conditions and number of fish I had opportunities at.  The three dead fish and accompanying penalty of 2.25lbs was just kick square in the…well you know, it was tough.  Similar to event one of this season where I had a multitude of problems on day one I was once again contemplating not fishing day two.  The weather forecast was terrible, I was pretty much out of contention and I was fed up.  Fortunately my wife and daughter were there to give me a pep talk and get back in the game.

Day two began early at 4am when I received a text from the tournament director that the check out/in location had been moved from Gulfport west about 30 miles to the Pearl River.  This was due to the high winds and thunderstorms that had arrived overnight.  From this check point all anglers could jump onto the Intercoastal then the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet on their way to Delacroix, LA and stay in protected waters rather than crossing the Gulf.  This was a good decision.  After day one I was in 32nd place.  My 22.50lb sack was reduced to 20.25lbs due to the dead fish.  The leader had just over 28lbs.  I needed a goal to invigorate myself into competition mode.  Not sure if most tournament anglers do this or it’s just me but I will confess there are some nemesis fellow anglers out there.  They are a nemesis mostly because they whoop me on a regular basis.  So to get myself back into the competitive mindset I made the goals of catching a bigger sack today than yesterday, keeping all my fish alive and I picked out a few competitors that were ahead of me that I wanted to chase down. 

I didn’t really have a plan of where I would be fishing today.  I wanted to go over to the Delacroix side as it seemed most of the top guys were in that area.  That is a broad statement though as Delacroix is a huge area.  The run over took about 1 hour and 55 minutes.  Yesterday when I was leaving out of Reggio to come home I made a short cut through some marsh and ran over a small school of what looked like nice sized fish.  I really didn’t want to go back to Reggio today as I still had a sour taste from yesterday’s no biting redfish.  However I remembered what I saw on my way out and since it was on the way to Delacroix I decided to stop for just a minute in the marsh where I had seen the fish yesterday.  The wind was howling which made fishing/seeing fish very difficult.  It didn’t take long though to realize I would spend my day in this area.  I got on a good pattern of drifting with the wind through the marsh over about a half mile.  I’ve been around more fish but at least there were some here and at least these would eat.  I did have a few snubs but overall they were more cooperative. 

I fished hard and put a 29” 11.5lber in the well early on.  Good start.  Now I needed two 27” fish.  Yesterday my problem was getting them to bite.  Today I could get them to bite but I swear they wouldn’t stay on the hook.  I had at least 6 solid hook ups come unbuttoned on fish that would have really helped me.  Finally I land a solid 26 ¼ that weighs 8lbs!  “Oh no” my words when I saw the tail.  The tail had been altered naturally and scarred back over.  Tail length in this game, as you can imagine, is critical and a point of much debate.  This was obviously a natural occurrence but still it was not a “natural” tail.  After throwing a fish back yesterday because it was close to being too long I decided today to take a chance and bring this fish in as I had nothing to lose.  I would present it to the weigh master and let him make a decision.  I continued fishing now in the heavy rain and hooked up to a monster.  It was an epic battle and I was sure this fish was going to be way too big.  I put him in the boat and thought, maybe, just maybe.  I put him on the board and he was 29 ½” and one of the fattest redfish I’ve seen.  I culled my 11.5lber and replaced him.  I had a special day brewing but needed one more good slot fish under 27”.  With an hour left to fish I lost two more stud 8lbers.  With just a few minutes left and desperation set in I finally got another shot and put a 6lber in the well. 

Now, can I actually put a decent day together and get myself, fish and boat back in one piece.  It wasn’t without some adventure- it never is.  I left in plenty of time to make it back through the storms.  However about 2/3’s through the trip back I see a buddy of mine and fellow angler with his boat in the marsh.  I pull over to him and his lower unit blew up.  A quick conversation ensued and the decision was made to put his power poles down and load his fish into my livewell and I would take him and his fish to weigh in.  We left the boat in the marsh and off we went.  I was in the second flight of boats at check out so I had plenty of time to make it to weigh in but my buddy was in the first so once again I ran her like a scalded dog and broad slid into the check in with 2 minutes to spare. 

Because of the check point was so far from weigh in the tournament director placed the fish measuring official at the ramp to check to see if our fish were alive and if they would measure.  We would then trailer our boats 30 minutes back to Gulfport to weigh our bags.  It was the moment of truth.  I thought the imperfect tail on my fish would be ok but I was nervous.  Sure enough the fish bumper looks at it and opts to rule the fish ineligible.  Talk about deflated.  It’s always something!  I disagreed with this official’s interpretation of the tail rule so I text a picture of the tail to the tournament director at weigh in and informed him I was coming to the weigh in for him to make an official ruling.  No response.

It wasn’t looking good.  I arrived to weigh in and stood around the release tank with the other guys and all of our fish.  They all began to chatter about my bag and my one huge fish.  It was a cool scene but I was upset about the ruling on my one fish.  I thought I was about to get into a confrontation with the tournament director when just before it was my turn to hit the stage he came over to me and gave me the ok with the explanation for why.  Yeehaa, I’m back. 

I proceeded to the stage, pulled out my big fish and the crowd went wild.  Instead of weighing all my fish at once the director weighed my one big fish by itself and it was a record 12.4lbs.  This was the biggest single fish caught in the tournament.  My total weight for day two was 26.50lbs good enough for third biggest bag of the day.  And, all my fish were alive.  I moved from 32nd place to 18th place.  Not sure if it makes me feel better or worse but the difference in 18th place to 6th place was my dead fish penalty from day one.  In the two days of fishing I had weighed 49lbs of fish which was good enough for 7th place but because my plug came out of the livewell on day one and my fish died I was penalized 2.25lbs which knocked me down to 18th.  It’s those details again.  With that said, I couldn’t be too upset considering the day I had and the emotional roller coaster I had been on.  It was exciting to be “in the game”. 

Two important lessons affirmed today:  1.  Get out of bed, hard to accomplish great things if you don’t get up off the mat and give em hell.  2.  Just go fish.  Quit overthinking things.  Use your intuition and focus.  Don’t worry if the game plan doesn’t fit perfectly into the box you created in your mind.  Have confidence and be prepared to react.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"If you really want to go fishing" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/13/15
 

We love to take people fishing. This past week we have enjoyed lots of action from small critters to some really nice redfish. Flounder, trout, black drum, and red drum are all giving us a few opportunities from time to time making things interesting as you just never know what might bite the end of your line. Live shrimp have started to show in the creeks and that will really bring in the fish from the surf zone. The mullet have started to show as well, most are really small, but blues and trout have followed them. Come on down and give us a call. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"A Little Drum" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/12/15
 

Capt. Roger Gales and jason High did a litle drum fishing


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"Fwd: Southern Flounder Supplement (?6?/?12?/?2015)" | | 06/12/15
 

This is important. Please read and provide your public comment of how you would like to see Flounder managed. > > > > CALL TO ACTION > We need you to tell the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) that you support pro-resource action on the Southern flounder FMP supplement! > > The MFC voted unanimously at their May meeting to move forward with a supplement to the Southern Flounder FMP seeking in essence an emergency plan to reduce harvest between 25% – 60%. On June 3rd the MFC announced they will receive public comments starting on June 10 and continuing through July 10 on six proposals for Southern flounder management. The public may submit comments in writing and at a public meeting on June 17th from 1:00 PM – 5:00 Pm at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. > > Beginning June 10, written comments may be electronically submitted to flounder.supplement@ncdenr.gov or mailed to: > > Southern Flounder Comments > c/o Nancy Fish > PO Box 769 > Morehead City, NC 28557 > > The six proposals are part of a draft supplement to the NC Southern Flounder FMP and can be found online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/southern-flounder-hot-topic > > The Commission is scheduled for a final vote in August on a plan that could finally end overfishing of Southern flounder in North Carolina and start the stock on the way to recovery. > > Thank you very much to everyone that has signed the petition in support of the Southern flounder supplement. If you have not signed on or shared the link with your friends please take a minute to click on the Action Center Link Southern Flounder Supplement Action Needed! > > Now we are asking CCA members, recreational anglers and conservation supporters to provide written comments to the Commission in support of the following actions for the recovery of Southern flounder: > No changes to the current recreational harvest rules. All previous attempts to reduce the harvest of Southern flounder have been directed at the recreational limits yet the commercial harvest accounts for almost 80% of the total annual harvest of Southern flounder. > A TAC (Total Allowable Catch) limit on commercial harvest that would reduce total commercial harvest by 50%. No depleted fish stock in North Carolina has ever recovered without the implementation of a TAC or quota. > A closure of the flounder large mesh gill net fishery in estuarine waters. We support recovery of our coastal marine resources by the use of cleaner, more efficient commercial gear specifically pound nets and commercial gigging. > A universal 15-inch minimum size limit for both commercial and recreational fishermen. > A moratorium on new pound net sets and permits until the stock has recovered with a provision for the event of death or disability of the owner. > > Your written comments must be received by July 10 and can be submitted electronically to flounder.supplement@ncdenr.gov . > > We also encourage you to copy MFC commissioners directly on your emails by using the following addresses: > > Sammy Corbett, Chairman, Commercial Industry, samjcorbett3@gmail.com > Anna Beckwith, Vice-Chairman, At-Large, annabarriosbeckwith@yahoo.com > Mikey Daniels, Commercial Fisherman, nccroakerjoe@yahoo.com > Kelly Darden, Recreational Fisherman, kdarden@embarqmail.com > Mark Gorges, Recreational Fisherman, captgorgesmfc@gmail.com > Chuck Laughridge, At-Large, sobxl1@gmail.com > Joe Shute, Recreational Industry, captjoemfc@yahoo.com > Mike Wicker, Scientist, amikewicker@gmail.com > Alison Willis, Commercial Fisherman, awillis.mfc@gmail.com > > And finally, you are encouraged to attend the public hearing in New Bern next week, Wednesday, June 17th. The Commission will hear public comments from both supporters and opponents of the Southern flounder supplement from1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Your presence and your voice will provide the support the pro-resource commissioners will need to approve this supplement. > > Please do not hesitate to reply to this email with your questions if you need more information or assistance with your public comments. > > Thank you for your support. > > > Click here to unsubscribe from this mailing list. >
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"Set Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/12/15
 

Yesterday’s offshore trip with Don Norman and his family was definitely one for the books. We trolled ballyhoo for 110 feet all the way out to 700 feet. The action was slow but one fish made the voyage out to the Gulf Stream worthwhile. Check out our first fish of the day --


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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Don 06/12/2015

Derek and Ben are great. Thanks for working so hard to make this trip one to remember. Already wondering how you are going to top this one next year.





"Late Night Day One Report" | OIFC | 06/11/15
 

Well I wish I had better news to report.  Everything went exactly according to plan right up until the actual catching.  Although I did push through that only to face more heartbreak.  

The wind was 15knots this morning which made the crossing difficult but doable.  The run to the fishing grounds took me 2 hrs and 5 minutes.  As soon as I arrived the wind died off and the sun came out.  The conditions were perfect.  Right on cue the fish were exactly where I had left them.  Everything was looking perfect.  That was until I actually started trying to catch them.  It was absoultely mind boggling and excruciating as I watched perfect size redfish basically do the back stroke around my boat all day.  They simply wouldn't eat.  I took well over 100 shots at sight casting and caught 6 redfish today.  It was tough.  I had to let one go that was 27 1/64th" that weighed almost 9lbs.  That was a tough decision.  I went from a 25lb sack with that one down to a 22.5lb sack without.  I should have done better with the great conditions.  To top it off somewhere along the way on the ride home the plug came out of my livewell without me knowing it and completely drained the tank.  I ended up with 3 dead fish and 2.25lb penalty.  Could've done without that.  I'm 32nd place at end of day one.  

The weather is supposed to be bad tomorrow so I'm not sure what my game plan is.  If doable I will give it another shot and try to redeem myself after today's disappointment.  This game aint easy.  


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Andrew Pepsny 06/12/2015

Good Luck you sure put in your road work with scoping! Interesting to follow your updates and adventures!





"Shark Week early this year?" | | 06/11/15
 


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