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"Tough as tough gets" | | 06/30/14
 

Well Jolly Mon 2014 is officially in the books. The family, food, and comradery were there yet the big king mackerel and weather conditions were very tough to find. I had the opportunity to fish the first day of the tournament (Saturday 6/28) with a great charter group. Even with not being able to catch menhaden, find decent weather or a decent fish, this group of Brandon Haddock and crew still managed to have good time while entertaining me with their humor. However, I can’t really put in to words how tough it was Saturday. The weather was just about as unstable as it could get along with fish that seemed to have lock jaw for most of the fleet that fished. But what can we do? – it’s fishing not catching. Fortunately, there will come a time in the future where anxious king mackerel fishermen will be able to run out in a calm sea and actually catch kings until their tired of catching them – it happens every year. We as anglers simply need to be patient and learn as much as we can before we head out on our next fishing trip. With this tropical storm scheduled to hit our coast this weekend, the days leading up to the storm should be good fishing for anglers. The fish will feed as much as possible before the storm hits – thus, if you are fishing with what they are feeding on, you SHOULD catch fish. If the menhaden are still scarce along our beaches in the next few days, try jigging Sabiki rigs for live cigar minnows and hard tails. These baits are candy for kings and big Spanish. While your slow trolling at your favorite fishing spot, be sure to keep an eye out for mahi swimming through your spread. Some may ask, well how do I see them if they’re not right behind the boat or I don’t have a tower on my boat? One way to check if a mahi is nearby is to watch your rod tips while trolling live baits. Those rod tips will begin to bounce frantically if a cobia or mahi enters your live bait spread. Then after assuming a fish is behind your bait, drop your bait back a few pulls to see if the fish will eat. Be sure to have a buck tail jig ready to pitch a cruising mahi if you get a chance to sport one. Thanks to everyone who came out and fished the tournament this weekend. As with any competition or tournament, it all starts with the participants that enter. We are fortunate to have class act anglers that come out to fish this tournament at the OIFC. The next big one at OIFC is the Fall Brawl. See you there! Capt. Derek Treffinger
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
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"Mr. GOODHANDS/OIFC Jolly Mon Recap" | | 06/30/14
 

Here is a brief recap of our tournament weekend. Myself, brother Andy, and Captain Jeff Mcdonald set out Friday morning to catch bluefish. It didn't take long to fill the well up with monster bluefish on the shoals near Bald Head Island. We left there and headed home only to discover that we were losing bluefish fast. We started out with about 40 and were down to 4 on Saturday morning when it was time to set out for our declared fish day. We looked for about two hours for the elusive pogie's before we headed back over to the shoals to see if the bluefish were still there. Once we got to the shoals there were no birds working the schools of bluefish like the day before. We gave it a shot for about thirty minutes with no blues to be found. By this time it was 9:00 and time to make a decision on what to do. The decision was made to run to the knuckle bouy and the Raritan and try to jig some bait. We managed to jig up some Grunts and Pinfish at both locations. With enough bait to get started we set off for the Horseshoe just a couple of miles away. We put out a spread of Bluefish, ribbonfish, and Grunts and we had lines in roughly at 10:00. A couple of Sharks and peanut Mahi were all we could find there. We decided to move to the Sharkhole and finish the day there. Once we got to the Sharkhole the baits went back out and the hunt continued for our targeted species. There were probably 25-30 boats at the Sharkhole and there was some action going on. There wasn't a hot bite, but some fish were getting caught. We finally got a shot around 1:00 when our long line Bluefish got slammed and the sound of the Torium 30 was screaming. Andy was on the rod and doing all he could to stand up and keep the line tight in the sloppy seas. Once in gaff range, Captain Jeff sunk the steel into a respectable fish, somewhere in the 20lb range and our first points fish of the year was in the bag. We continued to fish till about 3:30 and picked up another Mahi and a nice Cobia. We made it back to the scales and our fish would weigh in at 20.25lbs. That was good enough to put us in 28th place at the end of the tournament. We want to thank Brant and all of his Family and Staff for putting on another great event. See everyone in Carolina Beach in a few weeks at the Got-em-On. Captain Toby Russ Mr. Goodhands Fishing Team
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"Jolly Mon Leader Board" | | 06/30/14
 

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"Backwater Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/30/14
 

What an afternoon! We started off catching a few short flounder and a nice speckled trout. We made a move to avoid an afternoon thunderstorm and found ourselves in the middle of a redfish flurry. We caught several 17 inch reds just below the slot before changing gears. As the thunderstorm rained itself out just inland of us we made another move. The reds in our last area had a serious attitude and some shoulders! John Fink couldn't get them out of the shells, so we let Jack Ellis give it a shot. Jack drilled a solid 25" redfish and none of us expected anything different. We all wish we had Jack's reaction on camera. It was hilarious as Jack set the hook the redfish nearly yanked the pole out of his hands. John got a few more shots and did finally yank one out of the shells. Jack also got another shot, but the reds were just to strong. There were some studs in that school. We got just about everything we wanted out of those reds other than a picture. Thanks again for fishing with us John, Chris, and Jack. I look forward to our next trip! See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"THE END" | | 06/29/14
 

This is what putting on The Jolly Mon results in!!! Sent from my iPhone
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"Got'em Again..." | Tiberias - 22' | 06/29/14
 

The tide seems to be a little bit off from the chart. The tide took forever to start falling, but once it did the flounder started snapping. Live mehaden are still the best bait to find keeper size fish. Menhaden are flipping inconsistently in the waterway between OIB marina and the Sunset Bridge. Channel markers 103 and 105 have been the hot spots, but the menhaden are scattered. Big 8 to 10 feet heavy nets are needed to have the best chance at getting these baits. We did cast net some decent finger mullet and they also produced a couple of keepers. Our redfish hit menhaden, finger mullet, and chunks of crab. Craig busted are largest red that was just over 31 inches. Thomas caught his first redfish that was just over 26 inches and Mark also got his first red that was also just over 26 inches. Thanks Criag, Mark, and Thomas. See ya on the water!


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"Jolly Mon Day 1 Results" | OIFC | 06/28/14
 

Day One of the Jolly Mon King Classic one hundred and thiryt boats fished today leaving one hundred  left to chase the dream tomorrow. All hoping to top the 36.15 brought to the scales by Par-Five fishing team. Second place finisher on day one is Reel Determined with a 33.45. Wild Wing Cafe' fishing team grabs third place weighing in a 33.30.  Good Luck to all who will be fishing tomorrow. Don't forget you have to weighin to get your hotdogs at the dock!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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"You Fish Like A Girl" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/28/14
 

Yep, the OIFC's Amanda Bennett fishes like a girl and in doing so she does like most lady anglers..OUT FISHES THE GUYS!!!!!!  Amanda caught this  king today while fishing with David Lewis and Andrew Pait.  They had several small kings and a tuna.  Too bad she wasn't in the Jolly Mon.  Worse yet she has to work tomorrow and can't fish with her home team  Do Work/OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cobia" | | 06/28/14
 

Dr. Jeff Wallen & son Joshua Wallen with their 20 lb Cobia. Shame they were not in the Tournament Sent from my iPhone
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"Jolly Mon as of Now" | | 06/28/14
 

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"Redfish Wrap Up" | OIFC | 06/28/14
 

The bottom line is I didn't get it done yesterday in the second day of the HT Redfish Elite tournament out of Lake Charles.  I was in 8th place going into the second day and needed to duplicate my first day's efforts to make the Super Seven cut for the final day of fishing.  Once again I made the long 100+ mile run east.  Everything has to go just right when making this run in order to get there, catch fish and get back.  Getting there went smooth.  Once I arrived, it was like a punch in the gut when I observed what happened to the water conditions.  Overnight the area got a massive amount of rain.  The result was the water went from already dirty to absolute chocolate milk and it raised about 6 inches.  Top that off with a now steady 20knot southeast wind and my goose was cooked.  On the other hand, the rest of the tournament field was encountering the same conditions so no excuses for me. 

Within 5 minutes of beginning fishing I somehow was able to make out a moving shape on the shoreline and hooked and caught a perfect 8lber.  I'm thinking at this point, maybe I'll be ok.  I fished a while longer and finally hooked another solid fish blind casting and during the fight he came unhooked.  I knew I wouldn't have many opportunities so this was devestating.  I fished hard for the next 3 hours and missed only one more shot.  The problem I had was that the fish I was on were very moody.  They didn't really want to eat and the only way I could make them eat was to sight fish them and aggravate them with my bait.  On this day I couldn't see the fish so my chances for success were dashed.  I eventually had to accept my defeat and make the journey back to the ramp.  This time the 100 mile run was through driving rain, tornados and thunderstorms.  Talk about fun.

Once again it was an incredible adventure overall.  I learned a ton but still feel like I only scratched the surface.  This season of redfishing has been enlightening and humbling at the same time.  It's easy to get discouraged when you're not winning.  However, when I start to get down on my lack of success I reanalyze and see that the same core group of anglers are doing well in each of these tournaments.  That tells me there is another level to this game that I haven't tapped yet.  I'm hopeful to continue on this trail next season.  This experience helped to re-ignite my tournament fishing passion and now it's time to shift gears back to my roots and go chase a king mackerel. 

For any of you OIFC report followers out there that are interested in a unique and incredible challenge and want to get in on the redfish tournament trail, I'm happy to share whatever information I've collected this season. 

Good luck Jolly Mon anglers.  I'm on the road back home for this one but will be back on the big water very soon.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Jolly Mon update" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 06/27/14
 

It's 10:51pm, Amy and I are working through entries and checking things through. At this point looks like roughly 225 boat entries. I will get a count on Sat vs Sun fishing as we reconcile. Stand by- game on! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center


- Austin Aycock
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"Sail at the 90's" | | 06/27/14
 

Below are pictures of Landon Lee's catch & release sail fish he caught today at the 90's while fishing aboard the EZ Now with uncle Keith Sent from my iPhone
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Kathi Heath 07/03/2014

That's my baby!!!! Way to go Landon I'm so proud of you :)





"Jolly King report" | OIFC | 06/27/14
 

Just got back from fishing Jr. Jolly Mon. Yes, the Kings are everywhere. We fished the Shark Hole and weighed a mid 20's; other fish being caught there. Also they were biting at the Jungle. For anyone who ever thought of fishing a tourney, this one now is the one to fish. The weather forecast[and actual conditions] is flat seas; plenty of pogies toward Long Beach[also school at Shallotte Inlet this afternoon coming in]; water color is perfect from the beach on out, water full of bait in 65-70 feet; AND the fish are biting. Come join us and help make this the biggest Jolly Mon ever.


- Rube McMullan
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"Jr Jolly Mon" | | 06/27/14
 

Kind of wierd watching my boat AND my kids pull away to go fishing. Austin Aycock and Grandpa GooRube are taking Caroline and Brayden to fish the Jr Jolly Mon this am. Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"Slow, but Slammed it! " | Tiberias - 22' | 06/27/14
 

The morning started off slow with pinfish and bluefish eating most of our shrimp. We headed back to my bait reserves and reloaded. We then proceeded to make an attempt at finding some live menhaden. The bait is flipping once in a while and the stiff westerly breeze is making it difficult to see the flips. I had caught just a hand full of baits, but felt that I needed a few more. Capt. Mark Dickson made a perfect cast just a few yards from us. He nearly floated the net. Mark was gracious to us and shared a few dip net fulls. Thank you Mark! Myself and crew greatly appreciated that. I hope that I can repay the favor in the near future. After loading down with bait we headed for a redfish hole. Again, the pinfish were killing us. We started hitting flounder holes and found a few for the table. We hit another redfish hole hooking up several times, but only landing one red. We caught a few black drum, but they were short of the new 14 inch mark. Meagan caught our best flounder around 4 pounds. Mark Stout had a great chance at an inshore slam, but let a nice redfish slip the hook. With a little team work my crew finally did put together a Carolina Slam for the boat. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"JOLLY MON NEWS" | OIFC | 06/26/14
 

SKA MAKES JOLLY MON ANNOUNCEMENT
 

Announcing the one-time only Jolly Mon Special: ATTENTION Anglers who haven't signed up yet for SKA! SKA Members have the chance to win an additional $1,000 at this weekend's Yellowfin/Yamaha Jolly Mon Tournament.

SKA is pledging $1,000 to the highest placing SKA Team (majority of team members must be 2014 SKA Members) Sign up online or at the SKA Trailer. Must be signed up by Friday, June 27th - midnight.  www.fishska.com/member

Remember, for this year only - the SKA is opening up Nationals to all SKA Members. All you need to do is fish two sanctioned tournaments. The pot is starting with $25,000 plus over $125,000 in additional prizes. ?So get out there, and JOIN, FISH, WIN!!


 

Rock the Dock 2014:  Kids endure HOT weather but persevere to compete and crown winners.



HEAT 1
1st pinfish- Logan Staley- .3
2nd pinfish- Landon Lee- .25
3rd pinfish- Issac Pauley- .1
HEAT 2
1st pinfish- Brayden McMullan- .1
1st crab- Brayden McMullan- .15
2nd crab- Regan Hinson- .1
3rd crab- Eric Huffman- .05
1st Flounder- Brayden McMullan- 1.2
Heat 3
1st pinfish- Abigale Carberry- .2
2nd pinfish- Eli Carberry- .2


Jr. Jolly Mon has at least 20 boats competing Friday, June 27th --- weigh-in closes at 3pm --

Jolly Mon currently has 61 pre-registrations


JOLLY MON KING CLASSIC
THIS WEEKEND JUNE 26-29


                                                                           

Current Marine Forecast


 
FRI S WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS. FRI NIGHT SE WINDS 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 2 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS. SAT E WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS. SAT NIGHT E WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS. SUN NE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT. 

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THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014

  • 9:00am-10:00am- Registration for "Rock the Dock" 12 and under kids dock fishing tournament
  • 910:00am-12:00pm- "Rock the Dock" fishing competition and awards
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Registration for the "Jr. Jolly Mon" at OIFC
  • 10:00pm- On-line Jr. Jolly Mon registration closes

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 , 2014

  • 12:00pm to 10:00pm - Tournament Registration at the OIFC
  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm - Weigh-In for "Jr. Jolly Mon"
  • 6:00pm - Complimentary dinner for fishermen and all guests
  • 7:00pm - "Jr. Jolly Mon" Awards Ceremony
  • 7:15pm - Captain's meetings
  • 7:30pm - Pogie Bobbing Contest 
  • 10:00pm- On-site
  • 11:59pm-  On-line registration closes 

    SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014 - Optional Fish Day

  • 7:00am - Lines in the water
  • 2:00pm - Weigh-in opens
  • 5:00pm - All boats with fish must be in weigh-in line (see rules for details)

    SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014 - Optional Fish Day

  • 7:00am - Lines in the water
  • 2:00pm - Weigh-in opens
  • 5:00pm - All boats with fish must be in weigh-in line (see rules for details)
  • 7:00pm- Complimentary Dinner
  • 8:00pm- Awards Ceremony

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"They're here!" | | 06/26/14
 

Kings have moved into the 20 mile range. Seems like the key to catching them is having big lively baits and fishing 2 hours before low tide. With conditions stabilizing, the Jolly Mon should have quite a leaderboard. Good luck to everyone fishing the tournament this weekend! Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Day One in the Books" | OIFC | 06/26/14
 

"Shrimpin is hard"- Forest Gump.  So is redfishing.  Man, what a day.  Woke up this morning and the storms had passed and left us with just a slight drizzle.  I was checked out at 6:17am and pointed her east.  I ran the inside and 5 other competitors went the same direction as me.  The good part is we were able to run as fast as we wanted in the calm water the bad part is dealing with the swing bridges and locks.  Thankfully, this morning the bridge and lock operators were cooperative and we got through with little waiting time.  I made it to my fishing area in 2 hours and 23 minutes. 

I began working an area I had prefished and on my second cast I had him on only to pull the hook.  I knew every bite was critical to capitalize on due to the short amount of fishing time I had.  Fortunately it didn't take long to find another fish and in the next two hours I boated 6 keeper redfish and culled one.  The fish were once again reluctant to eat and the only way I could get them to bite was sight fishing and aggravating them until they snapped at my lure.  Sight fishing is still such a rush for me and today was as good as it gets. 

I knew the fishing had been tough the last few days so with 5 decent fish in the boat and a long way to get back to the scales, I picked up and started making tracks back.  The first stop was for fuel.  That went smooth and took 15 minutes at most.  I then had to agonize over the decision to remain on the inside and risk the unkown with getting delayed at a lock vs running an extra 30 miles, 20 of them in the ocean and deal with a 3-5 ft sea.  After going back and forth a dozen times I opted to stay inside.  I made it through 2 bridges and 1 lock with little delay.  The last lock only 5 miles from the weigh in site held me up for an hour but fortunately I had given myself enough cushion that I had plenty of time. 

I made it to the weigh in and put up 32+ lbs with 5 fish but had a .75lb penalty for one dead fish.  It was a fair first day as far as the result goes, but all the trials and tribulations I encountered to get to that point was extraordinary.  My brain hurts from doing all the calculations over and over again and worrying about the locks.  And guess what?  I get to do it again tomorrow!  Currently I'm in 8th place about 5lbs off the leader.  The top 7 after two days of fishing fish the 3rd day.  I'll give em heck again tomrrow and hope for the best.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Rock The Dock Capts. Meeting" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/26/14
 

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