10hr trip on World Cat The Hines family of North Carolina had a fun filled day of fishing on board the OIFC World Cat. King Mackerel, Snapper, Grouper and Sea Bass kept them busy all day.
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Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Competitive Fishing; Where the Highest Highs are Just Barely Higher than the Lowest Lows
This past weekend the annual Got’em On King Classic, King Mackerel fishing tournament was hosted out of Carolina Beach. The tournament has been going on for at least 30 years, and is one of the country’s largest. 225 fishing teams signed up to compete in the 2018 event, which meant the competition would be strong and the prize payouts would be big.
Team OIFC (Ocean Isle Fishing Center) was in for the competition, as we always are, and the team consisted of Capt. Brant McMullan, wife- Amy, son- Brayden, daughter- Caroline, with day 2 guest appearance from Grandpa- Rube. The tournament allows for two days of competition, and day 1 for Team OIFC was as dismal as it gets. It was rough as the wind blew near 20kts from the East. We fished all the wrong places and were always one step behind where the fish were being caught. As the saying goes, “by the time you hear about the bite, you’re too late for it.” By the end of day 1, Brant, Amy, Carolina and Brayden (especially Brant), were demoralized. We had tried hard, fought the conditions, but had no results, despite quite a few other local teams finding good fish. It is demoralizing. But when the alarm rang for day 2 at 4:30am, we were all back up, ready to try our luck again. As a parent, I feel competitive fishing is a way to instill values of hard work and never quitting in my kids. We talk about these things, and its particularly sweet when they get to see the reward. So day 2 Grandpa Rube joined the team and the weather got very nice. We started out in a good bite of Kings, but they were relatively small at 10-15 pounds. Around 8am we landed a mid 20’s fish, which was a decent start to the day, but by 10am the bite slowed. We made the decision that it was time to do something different. We ran offshore to a spot in 90’ of water. Our first stop yielded nothing, so we moved; keep trying. Second stop, same; keep trying. Third stop, as confidence was fading, lightning struck. The downrigger went off as a fish smoked the reel. You can often tell by the sound of the reel if it’s a quality fish, and this fish was doing all the right things. I was actually on the rod, and as I worked the fish, Amy and the kids cleared lines and then kept them straight in case another fish was out there that was ready to bite. We pulled over top of the fish, which had exhausted itself from the long run, and simply put the gaff in her and slung her over the rail. Bam! Suddenly our day and half of misery, demoralization, suffering…… was cured. This King Mackerel ended up weighing 38.36 pounds, which ended us in 6th place overall. We were very pleased with the fish and thankful that the fish Gods gave us the opportunity. And that my friends is the essence of King Mackerel tournament fishing: the highest highs are just barely higher than the lowest lows.
Also a big congratulations to local fishermen Robbie Roberts and Ronald Sutton on the Wilmington Automotive Fishing Team for weighing a 40.72 pound King Mackerel to win first place and take home over $57,000 in prize money!
As for the fishing report: We were in a little lull of activity this past week as Spanish Mackerel and King Mackerel fishind had slowed. However, the cool front that recently passed brought East winds, which pushed in clean water, and has resparked our fishing. The Spanish are showing back up in the 25-30’ depth range up and down the beachfront. The King Mackerel really sparked to life as they are holding in good numbers in the 55-70’ depth range. Spots like the Jungle and Shark Hole have been producing not only good numbers, but some very good size fish as well. There has also been a little resurgence of Cobia moving through the area in that same depth range. The bottom fishing for Snapper, Grouper, Sea Bass et al… is always consistent in the 90-120’ depth range through the Summer. All in all, we are having a very good fishing season. Stay tuned on a daily basis to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center fish report at www.oifc.com/fishing_report for a daily update and then check out The Beacon for your w
Despite the miserably hot weather, fishing has been very good lately. The nearshore Spanish mackerel bite has remained strong as well as the big black tip shark bite on an outgoing tide. The offshore bite hasn’t disappointed either. King mackerel fishing has been consistent with good quality kings coming from the 60-85’ range. While in this depth range, our 6 and 8 hour trips have managed to find a few stray Mahi and cobia as well. Can’t beat it for hot summer fishing. Book your trip today - 910 575 3474
The FLOUNDER bite is ON!!!!!!!!