Pictures of "Hoo-Ya," Team Foster/Frick's big wahoo in the Martini Tournament. Talk about a stud....
- Capt. Chris Burrows
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The current standings for Martini's Hook-A-Hoo Tournament are as follows:
Wahoo: 1) Hooyah, 87.88# 2) Russle Hat, 38.92# 3) Start Me Up, 38.52#
Dolphin: 1) Dirty Martini, 28.16#
Tuna: 1) Randy Phyl, 10.68#
Also, check out this trout, caught by Mary Elizabeth Scott, out of Fayetteville. She was fishing at the AR 455 with Zack Hayes on Zack's Sea Pro. On Saturday, Zack armed his new boat with the Long Bay Mega Chip, which shows every bit of structure on the ARs on the gps. The next day, Mary Beth caught this beast on her brand new Shimano Trevala TVC 66MH while sea bass fishing. Talk about a nice surprise. I bet she wishes she was in the rodeo now!!! Look for this pair of anglers to make some noise in the SKA circuit real soon. I think they're on to it...
The offshore waters seemed to come to life today as just about everyone with a boat headed to the blue water. Team Foster/Frick is now leading the Martini Hook-A-Hoo Tournament with a high 80s fish, and at the moment I am waiting on a full rundown of the leaderboard from Jeff. Team Crews Missile reported four wahoos and a box full of dolphin from just east of the Black Jack. The Coastal Saltwater Anglers club from Coastal Carolina had a mixed bag of dolphin and some jumbo sea bass. They also reported a monster wahoo lost. I spoke briefly with Bob Newell on the "Black Dog," and he reported 75 degree water and a good gaffer bite near the Black Jack. Meet me at the break--it's goin' down!!!
By the way, the Coastal Saltwater Angler's sea bass in the picture each weighed over 3.5 pounds, but once again, NOT IN THE RODEO! If you ain't in, you can't win!!!
Furthermore, John Bird is now the leader in the OIFC Rodeo in the dolphin rodeo with a 19 pounder.
At 6am there is no wind on shore. The Tower has winds of 11.7 to 13.6 with a water temp of 66.7 degrees. This has been the pattern for most of the night.
The Rutgers shot was early the morning and indicates a break of 67 degrees to 70 degrees loosely forming a line from the Nipple to the Steeples to the Black Jack, which indicates south might be the direction to take. Warmer water is further out. The last Terrafin shot was yesterday afternoon and it showed the same.
Several fishermen yesterday said they were headed out early today to fish for anything from Martini's Hook A Whoo to bottom fishing. Good luck to all and let us know how you did so we can get a report together. Also, if you haven't done so already, check out the Shallotte Inlet Way Points on our web page. The buoys are NOT correct. Better safe than sorry.
Shame on Dr. Kendall Suh for two reasons:
1) He caught a 70+ pound wahoo today at the Winyah Scarp and was NOT entered in the OIFC Fishing Rodeo. His father-in-law, who was also NOT entered in the Rodeo, caught a 41 pounder. Had they anted up, they would be places 1 and 2 on the board. Instead, Amy (and her unborn son, who Camdyn Beck suggested should be called "Grunden") continues to lead that division with 39.1 pounds.
2) He caught a 70+ pound wahoo at the Winyah Scarp today and was NOT entered in Jeff Martini's "Hook-A-Hoo" tournament. And while the wahoos will certainly taste good on the grill in a few hours, they probably would be tasting a bit nicer with a bottle of Dom and a giant check for $18,000 or so.
But seriously, it's good to have Dr. Suh and his family back in town. Thanks for letting us know where the 70 pounders live, he he he... Looks like the world will be after them tomorrow. Catch 'em up.
On shore wind as of 7am is 4 mph. NOAA had posted a small craft advisory, but that has been lifted. Also, we just received an order of mud minnnows for the inshore guys and say they are ready to catch some red fish and trout. Still looks like the weather this weekend is going to be excellent.
Captain Roger had a short trip today with13 yr. old Garrett Wilson, 11 yr. old Chandler Modesitt, and adults Keith Wilson, Mike Modesitt and John Kellam of New Castle, Indiana.
The crew fished the S.E. Rock and the Milliken Rock areas using cut bait and squid. They were rewarded with several good sized sea bass, which is what they had targeted. For a change, anglers were able to bottom fish without being over run by black tip sharks. Roger said the water temp was 59 degrees.
On an inshore note, shrimp are starting to show up. Captain Jeff Beck, Brian, Austin and Brandon Aycock managed several late Sunday afternoon with some shrimp bigger than my hand. If the weather will cooperate I'm sure the fish are ready. It looks like this weekend might be a good shot.
Jeff has just passed his USCG Captain's Test, so we can officially call him Capt. Jeff now. Also, Capt. Zach Faulkner and Capt. Chris Eckert are hard at work on their master's upgrades. Good to see everyone getting ready for the season.
I just got off the phone with my government contact who was returning my call about dredging the Shallotte Inlet. I will make an attempt to report the correct information. If you have any questions I've got some contact people and I'll try to get answers. So...here goes.
Lockwood Folly Inlet from the Intracoastal to the Atlantic is considered a navigable inlet, so it is being kept dredged. What is referred to by the Corps of Engineers as the Crossroads, which is the intersection of the Shallotte River, the ICW and the Shallotte Inlet is also a navigable area. Little River Inlet is considered a navigable inlet. Thusly they will be kept open.
The Shallotte Inlet itself (the stretch from the ICW to the Atlantic Ocean) is NOT defined as a navigable inlet by the Corps of Engineers What dredging that is done there is for beach re nourishment for Ocean Isle Beach. We, as boaters using the Shalotte Inlet benefit from that dredging simply as a by product. The main purpose of the dredging is beach re nourishment, the sand to meet that goal just happens to come from the Shallotte Inlet.
The next beach re nourishment for OIB is scheduled to begin sometime after November 16th. That is if the bidding process, etc. goes as planned. Dredging cannot begin prior to November 16th due to CAMA regulations regarding marine life.
I hope I did a decent job of explaining the Shallotte Inlet situation and correcting misinformation I put out in an earlier report for which humbly I apologize. It sure would be nice to see some of the newly authorized government money designited to create jobs go towards dredging the Shallotte Inlet. Why doesn't somebody jump on that project?
Brant summed it up the other day when he said "March stinks", or something like that. When the sun shines it 's cold and windy, when it's cloudy, you can bet its going to be rainy and windy. And then there's the weather pattern, you can almost bet that the weekends are going to be rotten and Monday is going to be fishable. So for anglers, March stinks!!!! The only bright spot is that fishing gets better and better as the pages on the calender get torn off., and we are seeing more and more good reports from the stream and hearing stories that get us fired up such as the recent one I heard of the Kings firing off near the Tower. We all know that April, May and June are hot fishing months and they are just a few days away.
So, I guess it's time to get the final tune up done to our fishing gear, or you can drop by Coastal Carolina University and knock some cob webs out of your head by listening to some local anglers bestow some of their knowledge on us all. Or you can drop by the OIFC, and check out the new inventory of Black Barts Chris got in yesterday. Friday is also a big stock shipment day, so no telling what new stuff he and Brant have in store for us. Finally, the Rodeo money is beginning to pick up. With the spring fishing season kicking off, now would be a good time to get in.
Report from our trip to the stream yesterday....everything went perfectly except the fish didn't co-operate. Weather was as good as it gets, seas flat, temps warm; however ocean seemed lifeless. No current, no bait, no fish. We did get our day saved by Capt Chris's new Black Bart high speed lure when a 40lb wahoo blasted it, threw the hook, and then fell back on a cedar plug which Amy took control of and captured her and new baby to be's first fish. Caught a few more unintended species and then resorted to loading up on a good catch of snapper and jumbo sea bass. Weird day, guess lack of current maybe is the excuse "du joir". Anyway, freezer in good shape, and Amy is leading Capt Rickey's Ocean Isle Fishing Center Rodeo with her 39.1 lb wahoo. And I've taken early lead on sea bass with my 2.8lber. Come join the rodeo, only $20/species. Lets see who can knock me/Amy off the board.