Just spoke to Brant. Hooked, fought, and lost a good one at the Shark Hole.
Brett Yeager on the "Monkey Jon" just arrived at the OIFC with a 72 incher approx 300lbs+. Will post pictures asap.
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Just spoke to Brant. Hooked, fought, and lost a good one at the Shark Hole.
Brett Yeager on the "Monkey Jon" just arrived at the OIFC with a 72 incher approx 300lbs+. Will post pictures asap.
Brett Yeager on the 23 foot center console Sea Pro "Monkey Jon" is on the way to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center with a Giant Bluefin Tuna! He should be here approx 10:00. Jeff McDonald, of the "Undertaker" fame is fishing with him. You may recall Jeff caught a Bluefin last week and looks like this week his buddy Brett will take the "Bluefin Bounty" prize money!!!
Here are the pics of Monkey Jon's fish this morning. In the second pic Larry Cheek of Resort Brokerage and Consulting presents captain Brett Yeager with a check for $500 for the bluefin bounty prize sponsored by Resort Brokerage and Consulting, Cooke Realty, Ocean Isle Beach Realty, Sloane Realty. The next bluefin bounty will begin Monday the 11th and will run until the following Sunday or until the first bluefin of the week hits the dock. The weather looks perfect for this week so come and down and be a hero.
Capt Roger fought and lost one today on the Showtime. Blow tomorrow; looks like Saturday and especially Sunday will be fishable. All next week looks perfect and as weather stabalizes the Tuna show should be on. We'll be at it starting Saturday.
Confirmned report of Bluefin at Horeshoe today. One caught[approx 400lbs], others hooked and lost.
Spoke to Brant at Morehead. Few fish caught this morning but not like yesterday.
Just as I forcasted, he said heard couple fish hooked up at Horeshoe. Don't know if still fighting or caught. Hopefully yesterdays Morehead fish are moving into our waters.
Spoke with Capt Roger on Showtime this morning. No bites for the home boys at Morehead yet. Said some fish being caught but not like yesterday. If you'll remember, when we had the bite down here couple weeks ago, there was first a bite at Morehead so maybe that body of fish is moving down here and will be here this weekend. Looks like we'll have a good blow Thursday afternoon and Friday and weekend is settling out to look good.
Maybe that northeast wind will blow the Tunas on down here. Remember the "Bounty" tourney we are running for the first Bluefin of the week to be brought to our docks at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center[must come by boat]. $500 is being put up by local real estate companies Ocean Isle Beach Realty, Cooke Realty, Resort Brokerage and Consulting, and Sloane Coldwell Banker Realty. Each week the tourney starts on Monday and runs thru Sunday with new tourney starting on Mondays. Come on down, catch us a Tuna, win a little money, and be a hero. If you need motel rooms or a house with a boat slip be sure to contact the "bounty" sponsors.
Our boats didn't get any bites on Bluefin here today but there was a good bite at Morehead. Brant/Barrett are going up there to herd the fish back down here. Quite a few boats also fishing down here tomorrow. Standby for tomorrow updates.
Thanks to the many fishermen and their families who joined us for our Bluefin Blitz seminar here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. We are SO excited to see this worldclass fishery move into our waters and hope that many of you will join us this winter as we go on the hunt for these incredible fish. It is our intent to make the Ocean Isle Fishing Center your Bluefin Tuna headquarters for everything from information to supplies/tackle/ect. For those who will be selling their fish, we will have insulated shipping boxes for preparing your fish for sale and the buyers will come here. We also have a hoist to lift your fish for pictures. Stay tuned to our web site as we will keep you informed as to what's happening where. We will be fishing tomorrow and Wednesday and will be monitoring channel 11.
In support of our efforts to make OIFC and Ocean Isle Beach your Bluefin headquaters, several local real estate companies have agreed to put up a $500 bounty for the first Giant Bluefin of the week to be brought into the Ocean Isle Fishing Center[must be 55 inches minimum]. The weekly tourney will begin on Mondays[today] thru Sunday and we will continue the tourney each week as long as we have money. So, go catch a Bluefin, bring your fish to the OIFC, win a little cash, and be a media star hero.
If you're looking for accomodations here at OIB for you and your boat, please make contact with the companies that are supporting the "bounty"[Sloane Realty, 5796216; Ocean Isle Beach Realty, 5797770; Cooke Realty, 5793535; Resort Brokerage and Consulting, 5756262], Williamson Realty, 5792373. They can provide you hotel rooms or houses with boat slips.
Everything is in place; what we now need is to get everyone to work to find the fish so let's get at it. Game on!
Bluefin on the docks at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. This AM Jeff McDonald and Jonathan Morton of Holden Beach struck out aboard their 23 Palmetto, Undertaker in search of a Giant Bluefin Tuna. Last evening Jeff came by the Fishing Center to get a few final supplies and while here, my wife Amy talked him into buying one of her just-made super-duper custom Bluefin Tuna rigs. Jeff gave in and low and behold, less than 12 hours later, the lure had found its way into the mouth of giant Bluefin. Jeff was working approximately 2 miles southeast of the Fairway buoy at 7:50am when the fish struck. The bite came off of the planer rig and the reel was a Penn 10/0 Senator with 80# test. In Jeff's words, "there was no room for error" as the Bluefin attempted to turn the reel in ashes. After the initial run, they pursued the fish and got it back with range. The fish made serveral shorter runs before eventually settling into the grueling up and down fight. 2 1/2 hours later, Jeff sunk the gaff in the fish and got a tail rope on it. With some help from local fisherman Chris Pardue, Jeff got the fish aboard his boat and headed back in. He brought the Bluefin to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center docks to be hung for pictures and tagged (a requirement before you can take the fish off the boat). I then gave a first hand lesson cleaning the fish and Jeff and family now have enough fresh Bluefin tuna to feed ALL their friends, and then some. Jeff was obviously elated at his first Bluefin and couldn't say enough about the power and new respect he had for the fish. Congratulations to Jeff and Jonathan and thanks for bringing in the first of hopefully many Giant Bluefin to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center docks in the 06-07 season.
FYI- here at the OIFC we are rigged up with a davet to take the fish off the boat and hang it for photos. We have tags to tag the fish and starting next week, we will have brine tanks on site for chilling your fish to go to market. We are working to have all you need to take care of your fish.
See you this Saturday at the Bluefin Blitz. Maybe we'll have some fresh Bluefin as a lunch appetizer??
I know it's short notice, but for anyone who may be near the Fishing Center this afternoon there is a giant bluefin coming to the dock. OIFC customer Jeff McDonald and crew aboard the Undertaker a 23' center console did battle and successfully landed an 85" giant bluefin. The fish was reportedly hooked near the Fairway buoy. So, if you'd like to get an eyeball on exactly what you're hunting come on by the Fishing Center this afternoon.
With all the giant bluefin tuna hype in the air I just couldn't resist and headed out yesterday with Capt. Lyndon aboard the It Works. We put our bluefin spread in the water just before daybreak at the knuckle buoy at Frying Pan Shoal which is about 25 miles from Shallotte Inlet. After hearing of a couple hookups we picked up and ran to the east side of the shoals and fished from the Fairway buoy to Cucumber. I never really found the bait but did end up on a good looking temperature and color change. We had only heard of a couple bites by mid morning so we picked up our tuna mess and switched gears to king mackerel. We ended up at Frying Pan tower where the bait was thick and so were the fish. At dark we finally quit after going at it hard all day on the mackerels. Radio chatter later in the day indicated there were several more tunas hooked and a few captured towards the afternoon. I'm not sure exactly where that action was but I believe it was very close to shore towards Southport/Bald Head. Bluefin fishing is unlike any sportfishing challenge out there. Nevermind the actual angling of these beasts, but figuring out where they are going to be is like a game of chess. They are constantly moving and constantly feeding. Find the bait and you'll find the tuna. The report so far from today is that a few more giants have been hooked. The fish I know of today have been found at the Fairway Buoy and the Knuckle Buoy. It looks like the weather is going to be a liitle tough tomorrow but might be fishable Saturday. If you're not fishing Saturday be sure to come by the OIFC for the Bluefin Blitz. Anything you ever wanted to know about bluefin will be the topic of the day. We have planned several seminars and a lunch in between. All of this is FREE and will provide a great opportunity to meet fellow tuna chasers and strategize for the season.
Bluefin update. Today there were approximately 30 or so boats hunting for the elusive Bluefin. Of those, as best I can tell, 5 or so Bluefin were hooked. I know a couple were released for being short and another was lost after a long fight- a big fish- and the others I'm not sure of. The bite happened all in one small area just to the Southeast of the Fairway buoy. Its hard to say exactly what is going to happen tomorrow. Based on my experience, the best fishing typically takes place the first fishable day or two after a good North wind and then when the wind shifts to the South and it gets warm, the fishing slows. I expect there will certainly be a few bites tomorrow, who knows, it may be a blitz. That's the thing with Bluefin, you just never know. They can be anywhere at anytime and its just a matter of having baits in the water so you have the opportunity. I'll make a bold prediciton- before this Winter is done there will be Bluefin caught within 5 miles of Brunswick County beaches. We'll see. Until then, remember it is VERY early. We likely have two months of opportunity ahead. A great thing is happening for our area and as folks from out of town come in to try their luck, please remember to share the common courteousy you would hope to get if the situation were reversed. This weekend is our Bluefin Blitz seminar and sale on everything Bluefin Tuna. Funny how timing has worked out, but its always nice to strike when the iron is hot. Come on down and join the fun as we work to establish this fishery in our area.
As for my fishing yesterday- We went out thinking Grouper and Kings, but a shout over the radio at 7am- HOOKED UP- DOUBLE!, quickly changed our plans. We did carry the equipment and we were where the Bluefin were within minutes. We saw several fished being fought and saw quite a few Bluefin actually jumping and busting bait- But, as often can be, our number did not get called. To my knowledge, yesterday there were 7 fish hooked, 4 were from doubles and in all, 3 fish killed for sale.
THEY'RE HEEEERE! Hot off the press. At least 7 giant bluefin hooked today at the Fairway buoy off of Southport. 3 confirmed landings so far. Just got off the phone with Capt. Brant who is in the middle of the action on the It Works. He arrived to the bite a little bit late but has seen numerous fish jumping and a couple of hookups. Wait no more, it is time to go to work! These fish will likely scatter to the south of where the currently are in the coming days as more boats begin to fish. Concentrate on temperature changes and bait marks. Good spots to check include the shark hole, raritan wreck, and horseshoe. Come on by if you need any supplies- horse ballyhoo, reel spooling, reels, rods, fish bags ect..
With temperatures supposed to be in the mid to high 60's over the weekend, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to try my hand at the year's best speckled trout fishing. So I joined a few friends including Capt. Ryan Strickland on Saturday morning and set out for a full day of trout fishing. Since none of us had a SC fishing license and couldn't fish the Little River Jetties, we decided to start off the day floating some live shrimp past the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge. After close to an hour with no success, we made the move to go up the Shallotte River. Again no success there as the water was VERY fresh. (I actually tasted some and couldn't tell there was any salt in it!) Of course this area was dead so we moved back out of the river and to Sasspan Creek. It was now high tide and the perfect time for the trout to be there in full force. Well this wasn't meant to be either. There were a lot of fish caught there first thing in the morning and around 8:00 or 8:30 they had shut off for the day. A classic case of being there an hour too late. From there we moved back toward the Ocean Isle Bridge and I finally connected on our first trout for the day---a nice 2 pounder. (I'm not telling exactly where we were because the pictures below will be a dead give-a-way.) When the current started rolling, the fish quit biting there since our shrimp wasn't able to stay in the strike zone for more than just a few seconds. Since we knew that the fish were there and it was simply a matter of time before the tide slowed and they started biting again, we took a short break to grab a sandwich and rest a bit. About two hours before low tide, we anchored back in the exact same spot and our plan finally came together. First shrimp---missed a fish. Next shrimp---BAM! Nice 3 pound trout. Another shrimp---another trout! Another shrimp---black drum. With dusk closing in on us quickly (dead low tide was around 5 pm on Sat.) and enough fish in the bag for supper, we decided to call it a day as we got back to the dock at dark. Although we didn't post an impressive catch like the guys fishing the Little River Jetties on Saturday, we were able to put a few fish in the bag and enjoyed a beautiful day on the water. So don't put away the boat and rods for the winter---some of the best inshore fishing of the year is upon us. (Check out Capt. Barrett's report from yesterday as well!) Come down and join us in catching one of the most beautiful fish found in our inshore waters!
If you fishermen have ever dreamed of getting into a battle with a swimming freight train or maybe elephant hunting with a BB gun, you will have your chance this winter by taking part in the incredible Giant Bluefin Tuna fishery on our North Carolina coast. As you probably know, this fishery has been going on the past 10 years or so, primarily focused in the Outer Banks/Morehead City area. That all changed this past year as we successfully caught 2 Giants off Ocean Isle and brought them back here to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center for the world to see. And thus, a new fishery has been found and proven just outside our front door. Already this year, we have been getting reports of King fishermen hooking up with unstopable monsters in the Horseshoe and Shark Hole areas and a couple have already been caught in Morehead. No doubt they are on the way and will be in our waters in catchable numbers in the next few weeks.
Obviously our catching the Bluefins at Ocean Isle last year generated a tremondous amount of excitement and many fishermen came to Ocean Isle to give this amazing battle a try. The facts are that there is much to learn about this type of fishing, and many anglers ended their first fight with a Giant Bluefin with only a tale to tell of the one that got away.
Well, here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, December 2, we intend to level out the playing field with these monsters by conducting a FREE all day seminars on the HOW TO's of the Giant Bluefin Tuna fishery. Our goal is to share with you fishermen everything we have learned from our 10 years experience of catching 100's of these incredible fish. So please plan on joining us. The seminars will start at 10am and end around 3pm. We will tell stories, serve free lunch and hopefully have you educated so you can succeed in wining the battle against the most sought after fish in the sea. No reservations required; just show up. Hope to see you, and of course, as your Giant Bluefin Tuna headquarters, we have all the tackle/bait/equipment you need.
To say the trout are biting would be an injustice to the type of action inshore fishermen have been experiencing over the past couple weeks. The trout tournament held this past weekend at the OIFC brought impressive catches of trout by most all of the competitors. Watching the weigh-in on Saturday peaked my interest so on Sunday afternoon I jumped on board the Double Trouble with Capt. Brian Aycock and Austin Aycock for an evening trout mission. We opted to head for the Little River jetties armed with live shrimp and plastic jigs. From the time the first bobber hit the water it was on. For the next hour and a half we rotated jobs between net man, cooler opener and fish catcher. We finally quit around dusk satisfied with our catch of around 20 trout ranging from 2lbs to just under 4lbs a piece. If you're inshore fishermen around this area who slugs it out all summer now is the time to take redemption. The fish are thick as fleas and they're hungry. We have plenty of live shrimp here at the OIFC but we had equal success jigging gulp baits.
This weekend-- Capt. Stan's Thanksgiving Trout Tournament- register on Friday from 5-7pm with dinner at 7pm and fishing will be all day Saturday. Visit http://www.oifishingcenter.com/tournaments.cfm for details or stop by on Friday to register. Trout fishing has been very good and after this weather, it should be back on track-- WE WILL HAVE LIVE SHRIMP.
Wow- what a blow-- winds upwards of 30kts and rain. This is really perfect weather for you aspiring Bluefin Tuna fishermen as it will help to push them into our area. As of yesterday, the latest Bluefin reports include a half dozen Bluefin caught off Morehead City on Saturday and Sunday with several sighting and a couple of hookups off Southport near the Horseshoe and Knuckle buoy. I expect the Bluefin to start showing in numbers within the next week or so.
Offshore, the Kings are still biting like crazy. We caught them very good on Sat. and Sunday while fishing the Frying Pan Tower area as well as the Long Bay Terrace area. We were using dead Cigar Minnows as well as live Cigar Minnows we were able to jig up.
Offshore, the Wahoo are biting pretty good along with alot of Blackfin Tuna-- the Black Jack and Steeples have been the hotspots.
DON'T FORGET- December 2nd- Bluefin Blitz at the OIFC-- a full day of nothing but Bluefin. We'll be offering seminars all day starting at 10am on how, when and where to catch Bluefin tuna. In addition, the store is stocked to the gills with everything you could possibly need and we'll have all sorts of promotions in place to save you money on getting set up. Mark your calendar.
*** Weather this Sat & Sun is looking pretty good. I think we'll likely do some sort of offshore trip- Kings, Grouper, Wahoo- maybe Bluefin. Don't miss a good weekend of fishing.
Print this report and use it to save 10% off any purchase of $100 or more at the OIFC- valid thru December 2nd
Bluefin Blitz- December 2nd, OIFC-- 10am-2pm
Free seminars all day on everything to help you catch more Bluefin Tuna AND free food.
10am- Where to find Giant Bluefin Tuna
11am- Trolling for Giant Bluefin Tuna
11:30am- Live bait fishing for Giant Bluefin Tuna
12pm- Free Lunch
1pm- Inboard boat handling techniques
1:30pm- Outboard boat handling techniques
2pm- Landing and preparing your Bluefin Tuna
Here at the OIFC we are fully stocked for the Bluefin Blitz-- We've got great deals on our custom rods, custom rigs, reels.... you name it, we've got it all together in one place +++ We've just gotten our supply of Bait Masters jumbo horse ballyhoo. Also, we've got prerigged baits ready to go-- simply snap them on and go fishing.
Had a fun day of fishing yesterday with Capt. Barrett, Bryan, Lyndon and Roger-- an all Captain- All-Star team-- The plan was to go Grouper fishing and be ready for topwater action-- We stopped at an AR 7 miles out and loaded up on Pinfish. We then headed offshore and stopped at 25 miles where we caught several nice Grouper and AJ's and also were able to jig a livewell full of Cigar Minnows. Hit another couple spots and caught a few more Grouper and the occasional King before hitting final spot near Horseshoe. There we caught a few more Grouper and the King bite was red hot. All in all, we had a good day of fishing with lots of action from Grouper, Kings and AJ's. AND, a new OIFC Grouper record was nabbed by Capt. Barrett McMullan with a 22.5 pound Gag Grouper.
If you are into Kings, they are very prevalent in the 80-90 foot depth range. The Horseshoe towards the Tower and the Long Bay Terrace straight off are good spots.
If Grouper is your thing, they seem to still be inshore in the 65-80 foot depths.
*** BLUEFIN TUNA ALERT***
I've been getting rumors of sightings and myterious fish spooling king mackerel fishing reels. Today, there was a Bluefin caught and boated at the Trawler buoy off Morehead City. I've gotten reports from around the Horseshoe and the Frying Pan knuckly buoy of reports. I'd guarantee by this time next week there will Bluefin to be caught-- and I think right here in our waters sooner than later. Stand by!!! Don't forget about our Bluefin Blitz seminar on Dec 2- a full day of nothing but Bluefin-- We are stocked to the gills with anything and everything you need to be successful at Bluefin fishing- including the knowledge and experience.
|Junior Angler Results|
|1||Kyle Fisher||Play N Hookie||19.75|
|2||Allen Barnes||Hot Rod||19.25|
|3||Jackson Denny||Capt N Dad||16|
|4||Galen Reding||Linda Lee||13.6|
|5||Adam Taylor||That's My Dog||12.75|
|6||Zeke Hazelwood||Reel Labor||12.5|
|7||Taylor hinkle||Total Chaos||12.15|
|10||Michael Lewis||Fishing For Play||9.75|
|12||David Jackson||Live Line||9.15|
|13||Dylie & Kara Sohad||Diggin It||8.95|
|15||Matt Howard||Miss Tina||5.95|
|Lady Angler Results|
|1||Jessica Reiter||Day Spring||13.55|
|3||Amber Grooms||Critter Gitter||11.5|
|4||Lisa DeForge||Fish N 4 Play||9.75|
|5||Melissa Childress||Big Time Baby||9|
|6||Amy Peebles||It Works||7.1|
|Senior Angler Results|
|1||Don Johnson||Final Approach||24.3|
|2||Larry Spainhour||Fishin Physician||17.05|
|3||Bruce Denny||Capt. N Dad||16|
|1||24.75||** $ Reel Pursuit||Charly Fasssen||NC|
|2||24.6||** $ Twister||Patrick Bryant||NC|
|3||24.3||** Final Approach||James Demyan||NC|
|4||23.45||$ Bank On It||Craig Rabon||SC|
|5||21.45||Reel Attitude||Allen Wells||NC|
|6||20.45||Fightn Triton||Stephen Hunter|
|7||19.75||Play n Hookie||Jay Robertson|
|8||19.25||Hot Rod||Brett Barnes|
|10||17.45||All In||Ken Strickland|
|11||17.05||Fishin Physician||Kendall Suh|
|12||16.45||Casual Water||Scott Quaintance|
|13||16||* # Capt N Dad||Chris Denny|
|14||15.3||Intruso II||Juan Medrano|
|15||15.25||Just Hook It||Mike Kennerly|
|16||14.6||* # Reel Buzz||Chip Nifong|
|17||14.3||Three Stooges & Cheryl||Larry Warner|
|18||13.9||* # Wild Thing||Dane Waggett|
|20||13.7||Job Site||Jason Foster|
|21||13.6||My Time||Danny Goodman|
|22||13.6||Linda Lee||William Kish|
|23||13.55||Day Spring||Odell Williamson Jr.|
|24||13.35||Reel Live||Ricky Tatum|
|25||13||Rock Hound||Warren Barton|
|26||12.75||That's My Dog||Forrest Taylor|
|* = 23 division winners|
|** = TWT winners|
|$ = HRTWT winners|
|# = 23 TWT winners|