First Mate Ben Morris joined me with Gil Carroll and friends aboard the World Cat for some Gulf Stream action. Here's a couple of photos of the action. Will post a full report when dockside. Mani and tuna today.
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Brandon Sauls and Kyle Hughes took advantage of todays flat seas and ventured out in a bay boat. Theier efforts were repayed with 2 cobia and some Jacks.
Meanwhile the Team OIFC/Do Work went shark fishing at the 460. The pogies were thick between the OIB water tower on the west end and the high rise. We found them in 10 feet deep water by locating a dirty spot on water and our side scan sonar. Unlike yesterday there were no birds working. But one throw of a Capt. Brant's Custom Cast Net filled the bait well.
A great job by one of our Brunswick County beauties Miss Jessica Hayes.
The picture below is OIFC Pro-Staff Member Brandon Sauls showing his respect for those who made the unlimate sacrifice protecting our freedom.
Reports state there have already been 14 deaths on N.C. waters so far this year. This figure is equal to the total for last year. All the evidence is not in but it is felt by officials alcohol was involved in many of these deaths. PLEASE BE CAREFUL and remember not to drink and boat!
Stop by and say hello!!
Clay Morphes is the 1st on the Rodeo Leader Board with this 3.25 lb flounder he landed today. Clay landed his flat fish on a well trained OIFC Mud Minnow. I have indoctrinated these special minnows to understand that to give up their life as bait for a big flounder or drum is a noble thing. To make the OIFC Year Round Leader Board is a most noble sacrifice. They will work hard for you.
Speaking of the Leaderboard, 8 yr Camdyn Beck is in 1st place in the wahoo and mahi divisions. Are y'all going to let that stand?
The pictures below and of some of the cobia Jim Bowen and crew hooked with on the 20th. They weighed 36#, 42# 48# abd whopping 52# He also had some whopping sea bass.
I don't have a narrative, but it goes without saying the Dirty Martini worked the bottom today. If you are not at the OIFC Wing and Fish Company in Downtown Shallotte, you way want to try The Midtown Bistro in N. Myrtle Beach. Both establishments serve fresh from the local waters seafood.
After a long winter hiatus I finally got the chance to get back offshore this past Sunday. I joined Capt. Barrett and my brother in law, Shawn Lathem aboard the OIFC Yellowfin. We met at the OIFC around 6 am and started loading the boat with the required tackle for the day. With no particular species in mind, we just kept loading rods until every rod holder was full. Our first stop of the day was a wreck around 50 miles offshore. We did a little jigging in hopes of snagging a grouper or getting some interest from any cobia that may be around. We managed a couple of small jacks and decided to keep heading offshore. We pulled the throttles back again at the McMarlen Ledge. We managed a couple of blackfins, one wahoo and completely whiffed on a triple hook up. As we trolled down to the scarp we managed to pick up two more wahoo, the biggest 52#, and a mahi. The scarp showed some promise with a nice weed line and few flyers, but seems it may have been picked over by the 6 boats that were already there. Next, we decided to see if the grouper would cooperate. We put in a couple of hours on the bottom fish and were rewarded with grouper, golden tilefish, blue line tilefish and rosefish. The Wing and Fish Company is stocked up with fresh fish! Be sure to stop by and enjoy some of the freshest fish in the area.
Tommy Helms says "Watch out Shannon Reel here comes Brother Bill". Wapt. Rickey says talk is cheap, y'all both need to join the Rodeo and fight it out on the Leaderboard.
What say you Shannon?
What are they biting? A little bit of something and a whole lot of nothing. Everyday has been something different lately. We fished several of the usual places last week with fresh crab chunks, live mud minnows, and peanut menhaden with only a few bites. We switched gears to soft plastics hammering reds, trout, and flounder. Go figure! I got out Sunday afternoon catching a nice trout and several reds on soft plastics. Monday we drifted tubbs inlet with live mud minnows catching several short flounder. We switched gears to target reds with crab chunks and live menhaden without a bite. We went back to flounder fishing with mud minnows and peanut menhaden. Caught more flounder, trout and bluefish. Again, we switched gears to target redfish with crab and menhaden. We ended our day with a nice redfish and a black drum. So, what are they biting on? Throw the kitchen sink at them, something is bound to work. See ya on the water!
Scott Hamiliton along with Brent & Matt Elliott caught this fish near the 100/400. They weighed in at the OIFC with the wahoo coming in at 50.4 lbs
Thanks for the report Scott & thanks for your continued support of the OIFC.