Fished today at 390/390, Cristina's Ledge, and Boxcars. Caught a few Spanish Macks but no Kings. Fish didn't seem to want to cooperate. Hopefully they'll bite better tommorrow.
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Fished the afternoon and did good on King Mackerel in the 6-12 pound class and a few Sharks to boot. The seas were decent at 3 feet early but kicked up to 3-5 by late afternoon. Still plenty of bait on the beach and plenty of Kings to catch. Good fishing.
Had a 3/4 day trip this morning and started at the 65 foot hole. It was covered up with bait theiving and bait cutting 3 to 5 pound KINGS!! Had to get out of there after one nice Mahi. Moved to Atlantic Ledge to find a good stock of 12 to 15 pound Kings that were willing to feed rather aggressively!! Had a great day overall!! Will be back out Tuesday!! Bait was on the east side of Shallotte Inlet and easy to get!!
The Southwester had the seas pretty kicked up. We managed to get bait and fish the 90\90 and 65 foot hole areas all on one engine!! I experienced difficulties with my port engine this morning but the boat performed great on one engine. We managed 20 knots without making a prop change and caught Kings, Sharks, Mahi and Cobia. Our Kings were teenagers and didn't get us a big fat check but we got an "A" for EFFORT!! We will be back out tommorow so stay tuned!
I have not updated lately because things have been crazy!! We have been catching a lot of fish anywhere from 40 to 80 feet of water. The 90/90, Shark Hole, 24 Mile, and the 65 foot hole have been very productive. But now we are experiencing the reminants of a Tropical Storm which is hitting us with bunches of rain and a heavy Southwest Wind.As soon as it gets out of here we will hit the water again. Do not forget the Jolly Mon this weekend, it will have fun events for everyone and the comraderie around the new Fishing Center is Great. This is one of the best Tournaments in our area so come on out and see what all the fuss is about!! I would like to welcome Captain Stacy Peal to the Capt'n Hook team. He will be at the helm on some of our charters this year. He is an experienced fisherman in the area and a all around fun Guy!! This is it till next time!!
Spent a 7 hour trip around the Dale Grisset hole or 15 mile rocks and steady action from the king mackerel all morning. I used pogies for bait but Im sure cigar minnows would have worked. Most of the fish were the schooly 8 to 12 lbers but there were a few 20+'s mixed in. Here are a few pictures that I haven't put up over the past few days.
It’s Jolly Mon time! The annual Jolly Mon King Classic will be held from its new home at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on Ocean Isle Beach this weekend. We’ve got fun, food and lots of money in store for fishermen and guests, so come on out and enjoy the event. For you fishermen out there, the Jolly Mon will pay the 31 largest King Mackerel weighed including special prizes for the largest Kings caught by Jr. and Lady anglers. In addition, there are prizes for the largest Mahi and Cobia caught as well as a special $10,000 college scholarship drawing for all Jr. Anglers who weigh King Mackerel. In all, the Jolly Mon will offer nearly $70,000 in cash prizes all for a minimal $195 entry fee. And for you folks out there that are fishing fans but can’t participate in the event, I invite you to come out on Saturday from 3pm-6pm to watch the boats weigh-in their day’s catch. And finally, for you unfortunate souls who are stuck inland or can’t make it to the tournament site, this year Intracoastal Net Designs of Ocean Isle Beach will be bringing the Jolly Mon King Classic to you live on the internet. From the Capt. Meeting, to the weigh-in to the awards, you’ll be able to sit in the comfort of your own home and watch the Jolly Mon as if you were there. I look forward to seeing all you fishermen and spectators at the event this year and encourage you to bring along your lady or Jr. angler to compete or at least join in watching the tournament. Registration will be on July 4th from 12pm-9pm and fishing will be on July 5th from 6am-5pm. For more information and to watch the tournament live on the internet, visit www.oifishingcenter.com .
And as for the fishing scene, there’s no better time to be a King Mackerel fisherman than right now. We’ve been having awesome luck catching a lot King Mackerel in the 50-65 foot depth ranges. Hotspots such as the 390/390, Christina’s Ledge, Jungle, 65 foot Hole, Shark Hole and the likes are producing good numbers of Kings with the occasional 20 or even 30+ pounder. These spots are all covered with schools of live Cigar Minnows which are easy to jig on #6 R&R or Hayabusa jig rigs and make perfect King baits. We’ve also been catching a lot of our Kings on dead Cigar Minnows as well as Ribbonfish. And beyond that, there are tons of Menhaden up and down the beach which have been easy to catch with a cast net and also make a great bait for Kings. As you can see, there are lots of options for the King Mackerel fisherman right now. The Jolly Mon will be interesting because it appears to me that the winning fish could come from just about anywhere with no particular spot producing more than another. And also, to throw a little more confusion in the pot, a few bigger Kings have been coming off Yaupon Reef and the Cape Fear tide line. Big boat or small boat, it doesn’t matter with the Jolly Mon. Everyone competes on a level playing field to win the $25,000+ first place prize.
In addition to the Kings, we’re still seeing quite a few Cobia. Most of the 40+ pounders have moved north, but schools of 20-30 pounders have been frequent and make for a great fight and awesome table fare. There have also been quite a few Mahi mixing in with the Kings as well, and I’ve even heard of a few Sailfish being caught. The only area of our waters that have not been producing too good is the Gulf Stream. The water temperatures have risen into the 80’s and as such most Gulf Stream species have either moved north or scattered out and mixed inshore with other species. There still is the opportunity to have a great day in the Stream, but it is inconsistent at this time.
That’s all for this week. The fishing has been great, and I hope to see you at the Jolly Mon this weekend.If you have any questions or comments concerning this report or would like to submit a report of your own, contact Capt. Brant via email at email@example.com
Today I fished a 7 hour trip around the Christina ledge and the Dale Grisset hole. Found good action from smaller kings but was unable to find any hogs today. Lots of bait at both locations and I look for the big fish to turn on any day now. I'll be back at them tomorrow hunting up the big ones for the tournament this weekend.
Things were pretty good this morning we had one Kingfish and then the Jacks moved in and broke us off about ten times before we got one to the boat to do the real release!! This afternoon we caught another big CUDA this one was about 5 feet long and took about 30 minutes to get to the boat!! We took pictures and released it unharmed!! We did get one King and one Mahi for the table.!!
Shwwwwww! Been fishing so much lately I have been unable to update the fishing report. For the past three days I have been live bait fishing in the 10 to 25 mile range amidst the most perfect ocean conditions. The king mackerel and amberjack have been the predominant visitors. Although, we have had action from mahi, barracudas and sharks including one today that would go an estimated 200 lbs- on 15lb live bait gear! Overall there has been plenty of action to stay busy. At it again tomorrow. Pictures coming soon.
Had a beautiful Ocean all day. We ran 2 half day trips starting out near the Shark Hole where we caught the Kings yesterday to find they had vacated the premisis. We did manage to pull out one King and Mr. Trent caught a fine Shark!! On the 2nd trip we went in another direction and further out to 75 feet of water and found the fish! We caught a couple of Kings and a Amberjack for the cooler. Then we released 2 Kings in the 23lb range, another Amberjack and a 40 lb Baracuda! It was non stop for the 5 hour Trip!! We will be running 2 more trips tomorrow so stay with us!!
Great day with the Kings in the 8-12 lb range 2 miles offshore of the Shark Hole. We saw them busting the top of the water feeding on cigars so we offered them pogies and the fight was on. Hot action on a slick Ocean. The bait was on the east side of Shallotte Inlet about 1/2 a mile down. Easy to get!!
The weather has been absolutely unbelievably gorgeous. Cool clear days and flat calm seas. The fishing has been nearly as good as we're doing well on Kings, Amberjacks, Mahi, Cobia, Sharks and Barracuda. Lots of action on all the boats while fishing the 5-20 mile range.
Ended up fishing a tide line color change about 3 miles inshore of the shark hole today. Found lots of action on school size kings and dolphin and also had one cobia- all on live pogies. From there I fished the York 24 mile hole and had more action on dolphin and kings before being covered up by some ferocious amberjack. Busy day catching fish!
Had a Northwestern kicking in the early morning that made it a litlle sloppy running offshore. We stopped at the 90's and caught a couple of Kings and a big spanish. Then we mosied on offshore to the ledges and hooed up with a fine cobia but he spit the pogie out about 5 minutes into the fight and the pogie was still intact and swimming!! We caught a nice Jack and hooked a couple more but they kept cutting us off on the structure!! The bait was on the east side of Shallotte inlet and easy to get!! Till next time!!
Good fishing is moving inshore!! Had a good morning with the Kings and pulled out a couple of Cobia after being called in to the 390-390. The bait was on the west side of Shallotte inlet this morning and fairly easy to get. Its time to get on the water and enjoy some of this action! Will be back out tomorrow so stay tuned!!