Capt. Roger Gales and jason High did a litle drum fishing
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Capt. Roger Gales and jason High did a litle drum fishing
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 --
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.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015
FRIDAY, JUNE 19 , 2015
SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015 - Optional Fish Day
SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015 - Optional Fish Day
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I have not done a very good job with my day to day reporting of the latest redfish tournament adventure this week. I've spent most of the week in Delacroix, LA hunting up the famed Louisiana pond pumpkins. The fish over in that area are notoriouxly orange and fat. Brant and I looked around for a few days, found some fish and caught a few. Yesterday, Brant went home and my wife and daughter came in to pump some new life into me as I was beginning to drag a little after the full week of hunting. I've covered over 500 miles of shoreline in Louisiana and MIssissippi trying to find THE hotspot. In general what I've found is scattered fish in multiple areas.
I'm now in Gulfport, MS which is where the tournament is being hosted. The big issue that's been on my mind all week is getting to the fishing grounds. We are checking out here in Gulfport and must cross about 25 miles of open water before we can get protection from the islands. The plan is to run back to Louisiana about 70 miles. That first 25 miles is going to be questionable for the guys in flat bottom tower boats like me. I will struggle in the rougher sea conditions but once to the fishing grounds I'll be in good shape. That's IF I make it to the fishing grounds. There is a distinct possibility I won't be able to make the crossing and thus won't be able to fish. It's a tough situation but unavoidable at this stage.
Nevertheless, I'm fueled up and staged for battle tomorrow. I'm not on the greatest body of fish but I'm hopeful I can pull it together. We are fishing for 2 redfish up to 27" and one redfish up to 30". Weigh in will be broadcast live tomorrow at www.theredfishseries.com around 4pm-5pm. Time to get it done!
~~A month ago my girlfriend Kristen asked what I wanted for my birthday, and my response was "a big old doormat flounder". After this stud wrapped the prop on the Yamaha, one final swoop with the landing net and she delivered! This was by far one of the best presents ever (besides the Yeti)!
--Capt. Tim Gallimore
The nearshore action right along the beach front has been red hot with plenty of bluefish, spanish, and sharks willing to bite. There are some really nice sharks out there that will really stretch your line. Look for the bait pods and drop a bloody fillet down in the bait pod. Hang on! Most of that action is happening in 30 feet of water our less. To our East around the Yaupon and Oceancrest area the King mackerel have been biting around the pogy pods in 30 feet of water or less. A few Cobia could and should be hanging close to these bait pods as well. How do you locate the bait pods? Look for the PELICANS! They will most likely tell you where the bait is. As you get close look for the flips or a dark purple mass in the water. You should see the bait flashing up to 15 feet deep. The water has been clear and clean out there. For those that can venture a little further offshore. The 10 to 15 mile range has been seeing more action for Cobia, Spadefish, and King mackerel. The 390's, Sherman, and the Shark hole have all produced action from these critter. Plenty of cannonball jellies to scoop up just outside the inlet for the spades. See ya on the water!
The bait of choice has been small menhaden that have finally started to consistently show themselves in the waterway flipping in front of the Ocean Isle Marina. If you are heading toward the Shallotte River they are also flipping in the waterway in front of the Holden beach canals on a regular basis as well. The flounder are the main ones taking an interest in the little menhaden fished on a carolina rig drifted or slowly dragged along in an anchored position. Deeper holes 6 to 8 feet at lower tide levels have been producing some decent flounder. During the higher tides 2 to 4 feet of water around docks, slick muddy spots around oysters beds, and sand bar edges with hard current is where the fish are most likely hanging out. Redfish and trout are also taking an interest in the little menhaden around the docks and submerged oyster beds. Same carolina rig will work, but do not move the bait. Black drum are also hanging around deep holes with hard structure near by. Fresh cut shrimp or live shrimp will work for black drum. Live shrimp or blue crab chunks will also increase your chances at catching a red drum in the same area as black drum. See ya on the water!
If you follow this site you are certainly aware of the new Shallotte River Swamp Park - Zipline adventure the OIFC has built near OIB. The park is open and we want to thank our loyal OIFC customers for their support by offering them first crack at the awesome mile+ zipline at a 50% savings.
Here is how it works. Go to www.shallotteriverswamppark.com or call 1-844-778-9471 and make your reservation to do the Zipline and/or Swamp tour. When you arrive to check-in, simply mention that you are an OIFC customer and you'd like to request your 50% savings. A manager will sign and date your Zip and Swamp tour receipt, which you then can take to the OIFC to redeem for a gift card for 50% of the cost of your Swamp Park adventure. PLEASE BE AWARE THIS OFFER EXPIRES JUNE 11 AND ALL TRIPS MUST BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 11.
You have got to try the zipline. It has received really good reviews from patrons thus far. And you will not believe the Swamp Tour. You'd never know such a natural beauty existed in the area- very serene.
~~Where did big dolphin go release 5 dolphins back in water kept 9
-Wendell Barnette of the Emptu Pockets
Back at it. This time Brant has come along for the adventure. We left out of Wilmington yesterday and flew into New Orleans. From there we picked up the boat and truck and made our way down to Delacroix, LA. The second seasonal event begins this coming Thursday out of Gulfport, MS but today and for the next few days we'll be scouting around south Louisiana looking for tournament quality redfish. The mission within the mission is shooting another episode for No Limit's Fishing Show. Today we had perfect conditions. Light winds, bright and sunny skies should mean excellent fishing. Unfortunately they didn't get the memo. We covered a couple hundred miles of shoreline today hoping to find a large body of quality redfish. It wasn't to be. We did find scattered fish all day but nothing that really had tournament potential. Some of the fish we caught were really good size but there just weren't enough of them. Tomorrow we will change zip codes and fish an area known as the Biloxi Marsh. It's all about covering ground.