Headed back out to the Gulf Stream today. Y'all stay tuned.
- Austin Aycock
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Headed back out to the Gulf Stream today. Y'all stay tuned.
The 1st two pictures are of Logan Pennington & his Dad Roger of Aiken, S.C. & Ocean Isle Beach, As well as Corey & Gary DiFazio of Charlotte. These folks attented Capt. Brant's Off Shore Fishing School. Roger, the winner of the Fall Brawl said he had been a king fisherman for awhile but wanted to learn more about other types of fishing so he signed up for Brant's school
The next 2 pictures are of Tripp Muldrow, Rus Rushton, Kirby Bridwell, Jason Raines, Si Henson & Brent Browling of Greenville, S.C. They fished with Captains Chris Dew and Derek Triffinger. Capt, Chris said they fished in 170-180 feet deep water which was 72 degrees. He said there was no one "hot" color, but added all the blackfin were caught on a long-long-long line.
The seas were great when the boats headed out but got a little "bumpy" on the trip home.
Shane Britt sent me a picture of this red drom this morning. He said he went 2 for 3 using top water lures.
Capt. Chris & Capt Stan caught a coole full of spanish yesterday. Stan said they we 8 miles off shore and deeper than they usually hang out in.
To king fishermen the announcement that kings are being caught at Ocean Crest Pier is like telling a child school is out for summer!
Today John Gornto caught a reported 33 lb 7oz king and won $100 for the 1st king caught.
School's out for summer!!!!!!!!!!!
Our extremely patriotic web master and local in shore OIFC Pro Staff Member Brandon Sauls is having a ball at Hawk Cay, Fl. doing one of the many things he loves. Nice tarpon Brandon!!
Butch Myers fished with Mike Kennerly aboard Mike's "Blue Pearl" Sunday. They fished mainly the Steeples area in 71.5 degree water. Butch said they missed more than they got. He reprts the mahi weighed @ 10 lbs and the wahoo @35.
Thanks for the report and pix guys
Dale, Joe, and Larry joined me for a half day this week. We caught several redfish right out of the gate. After giving that first school the sore mouth we moved around looking for more action. We picked at them in a few more locations landing redfish from 16 to 26 inches. Live mud minnows, fresh crab chunks and white colored soft plastics have gotten us on the action lately. See ya on the water!
Wendell Barnett of the "Empty Pockets" made this catch pictured below near the Same Ole'. He said the water was between 72-75 degress and there was no particular color that was hot.
The 1st two pictures are of Terry Frink of Sunset Beach and his catch of the day. The 3rd picture is of "JB" Bowen of the "Stick Slinger" and his mahi and the last picture is of Chance Martini of The Midtown Bistro in N. Myrtle Beach with a pending S.C. State record Snowey Grouper.
Finally, after nearly 36 hours of no internet and cable at my house I am back in business. The weather cooperated this weekend and I was able to squeeze in our backwater fishing school trip. We arrived at our first spot around 8:30 and put our first technique discussed in class to the test. I didn't get a second hook baited before the technique proved itself. Martin quickly landed our first 25 inch redfish of the day. A quick snap shot and released to fight another day. I quickly got another hook baited and it was Bob's turn to see if it would work for him. Fish on! We quickly went through the rotation and all three anglers got the feel for redfishing. We tried several techniques throughout the day to target flounder and trout, but were not successful at landing either species. To end our day we tried a couple more spots for redfish and were successful at landing a few more. My students did an excellent job and graduated with honors. See ya on the water!
When you swing for the fences, you will strike out. BUT- nobody ever gets on Sports Center for hitting singles or doubles!
Yesterday I took Corey Bellamy and Kurt Hardee- my unsuspecting sacrifices- on a home run trip. I fished the stream on Sunday with the family and we did nothing on the break at the Winay, but ran out 8 miles and found an edge and caught a dozen or so Mahi 10-20 pounds. I had gotten reports of very good Mahi fishing off Charleston and south. So, I inferred that the Dolphin were out there and thus assumed there should be a large body of big fish offshore on the edge of the core Gulf Stream water. And sooooo..... We ran 120 miles one way, hitting a few small weed lines on the way and catching a few small fish, all the while holding out hope for the desert oasis just over the horizon. I was giving up hope as we approached my destination coordinates (pulled off Hilton's temp chart where edge had been day before). We set lines just to say we did it and as I looked on the horizon I could see huge mats of grass- as big as the boat and bigger. It was going to be on! We were fired up as we pulled up to the first mat -- and what? NOTHING! It was absolutley devoid of life. We fished mat after mat of grass, 2000+ feet of water, 79 degrees- and nothing! What can I say. We made a quick stop on the break on the way in and missed one wahoo, but it was allready over by then. Swing and miss!
I did get reports that more and bgger Dolphin moved up from the south and the Georgetown hole was supposed to be very good on Monday. All those fish are heading this way. The Mahi fishing should be very good for the next few weeks --
And that's how the story went -- no Sports Center this time, but I'm not giving up!
Devan Murphy caught his first wahoo on the Dawg Doc and earned a citation at 54# and 4 mahi too!!! They caught the wahoo and a mahi early at the Blackjack and then it got slow. The Aqua Loco Team out us back on the fish with some very good advice. Thanks guys. Bruce and Tina Mullis accompanied us too. Great day!!!! (Someone out there reported catching half a yellow fin).
Congratulations to the Bocks of Taylorsville, N.C. on their purchase of Contender 25T. They bought it from Marine Service Center of Little River Sent from my iPhone
Trask Cunningham and Austin Keener fished just off the Blackjack in 74 degree water and boated these mahi.
After a week of hardcore redfishing and another 15 hour drive back east, I slept in my own bed last night. Man it felt good. While I do prescribe to the theory there is no place like home, I'll also confess there is no place like Louisiana. The fishing, the people, the wildlife, the scenery, the food...it's all unique to that area and I'm declaring it my new playground. I'm already thinking about my return trip.
The second day of the tournament was full of trials and tribulations for me again. What I'm learning is that over the last 20 years we've dialed in king mackerel tournament fishing so much that very little unexpected events occur on tournament day. There is a plan and while we don't always catch the big fish, the plan is typically executed. I think we probably take this for granted. Being a newcomer on the redfish trail it seems like every possible thing that could go wrong does for me right now. With that said, I'm having an absolute blast figuring it out. Getting 100+ shots a day at sight fishing redfish is an unmatched fishing experience.
My second day started with a plan of swinging for the fences again. I had pretty much played myself out of the tournament with day one's performance so I was using this day as an exploratory day trying to learn more about what the fish were doing. I knew where the best bags of fish came from so I peppered the surrounding area. In this sport, unlike king mackerel tournament fishing, it is not acceptable to fish on the same school of fish as a competitor. A 1/4 mile is about the closest you can get to eachother. Anyway, the day started out great. I went to a totally new area and immediately started hammering the redfish. I did get frustrated though as I released 3 fish that measured 27 1/8" . I know everybody is saying, can't you just fudge it. I wish. The truth is the measuring system is very precise for these fish. All the anglers know this and pay extremely close attention to fish lengths. In fact, it is common practice and something I did as well to keep a fish that is just barely over and hold him in your well and measure him later in the day. Oftentimes the fish will tense up being in the well and measure because of this. I spent the morning and early afternoon jumping from spot to spot catching fish everywhere. I caught a ton of over slots but also had managed a decent bag in the low to mid 30's. At 1:30 I went to measure another fish and found I had accidentally left my pumps running when I was in a very shallow pond. I had pumped a bunch of mud into the tanks causing the pumps to seize and my fish had paid the price. They were in bad shape so I had to make the agonizing decision to let them go and start over at 1:30 in the afternoon. If you bring more than 2 dead fish to the scales you are DQ'd. I had an hour left to fish and managed to scramble and put together 4 fish to go along with one dead fish. My five fish would go an unimpressive 29lbs but the manner in which they were captured was an accomplishment.
Lessons learned. Don't run your pumps when sitting on a mud flat! Like I said, everything that can go wrong, will. I had a great experience at this event and learned a ton. I'm not a threat right now on the circuit to take any of these guys money but I'm studying, learning and will be coming for them soon. Heck it only took 15 years of king mackerel tournament fishing before we finally won one. I don't think I can take that kind of agony so I hope I can expedite this process!
My buddy Gritter Griffin from Troy, AL came in day two with another impressive 38lb bag. He went into the final day in the lead but a weather change on the final day caused his fish to change behavior and he could only manage 31lbs. He ended the event in 2nd place behind Shane Pescay from south Louisiana who had a 40lb bag on day 2 and a 38lb bag on the final day. He won 25k + for his hard earned victory. Check out www.theredfishseries.com for a full run down of the event if you are interested.
There are two more Elite 40 events on the HT trail. Next up is Biloxi, MS (home away from home) May 29-30.
The Spanish are here!!!
Pat Prince reported the gold spoon stayed busy today. He had a lot of bites in 22 ft of water around th Shallotte Inlet bouy. Pat submitted the 1st pic.
The 2nd picture was sent in by Brian Fimbel. He too was fishing around the sea bouy.
Thanks for the reports guys!!
THE OIFC WILL OPEN AT 6am SUNDAY TO ACCOMADATE ANGLERS GETTING AN EARLY START!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!