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"Are we in Florida?" | World Cat- 33' | 07/07/08
Either that, or Al Gore was right. This 18.92# permit was caught on Steve and Marisa Smith's boat, the "Beer Run," on a Clarkspoon, near the Frying Pan Tower. Seeing as we have caught goggle eyes and blue runners at the AR 460 in the recent past, the only conclusion I can reasonably draw is that the world is getting warmer. I can only guess what kind of a fight that fish put up when he hooked it. Maybe Capt. Kyle and Capt. Jeff will be snook fishing before too long.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Mid Day Report" | World Cat- 33' | 07/07/08
The World Cat Captained by Captain Chris B. and Captain Rudy returned to the OIFC docks just ahead of a nasty looking storm that has been hanging south of Little River all morning Captain Chris said that when they were off shore they could see lightning off in a distance on shore.
The charter consisted of Brian, Lindy, and Greg Ward of the Richmond area and David and Rick Walden of Memphis Tn. David said they brought Elvis with them, but I couldn't score an interview.
The charter worked the Jungle area using live cigar minnows which they jigged on the numbers at the Jungle rigged with Blue Water Candy blue and white skirts. David caught the king, while Rick and Brian caught the dolphin. Everyone said along with the kings and mahi, they caught a bunch of sharks.
I hope to hear from Captain Brant of the OIFC 1 later and will report on his action then.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"OIFC Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/07/08
I just updated the OIFC Fishing Rodeo leader board and we have a total of $1,580. We have some species in which no one has weighed a fish in at all.
The following is a break down of the leader board: flounder 1} Captain Brant, 2} Brian Aycock 3} Austin Aycock, trout 1} Brandon Sauls, 2} Kyle Hughes, 3} Jeff Beck, spanish, 1} Doug Allen, king, 1} Jay Bucklen, 2} Brant, cobia--none, Dolphin, 1} Cody Johnson, 2} Courtney Beck, 3} Jeff Beck, tuna - none, wahoo, 1} Larry Spainhour, gag grouper, -none, sea bass-none-. We've got money to give away, and some wide open species, so weigh in some fish if you are entered in the Rodeo, and if you haven't signed up, join in on the fun. The Rodeo runs through December and we hope to have a lot of money to present.
Also Captain Brant is on a gulf stream charter and Capt.'s Chris B. and Rudy are on a 3/4 day charter so I hope to have something to report on upon their return.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"Offshore action cotinues" | World Cat- 33' | 07/06/08
It was a little choppy on the beach the last few days with that southwest wind, but once you got a few miles out, the ocean slicked down and created some really nice fishing conditions. Taking advantage of those conditions were Billy Leonard and Chad McIntyre, who caught this BIG sailfish at the 100/400 on a small Ilander/ballyhoo behind a bird. Also, Capt. Ed and his son on the LieAbility picked up a new OIFC Grouper combo with a Daiwa 50HSD reel (spooled with our favorite oceanic blue line) and put a hurtin' on some grouper. Capt. Ed said they were limited out by noon! I bet there were some sore arms on that trip.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"It Looks Bigger Than It Is" | Show Time- 34' | 07/05/08
Is that how the saying goes? Anyway, Captain Roger called the OIFC and wanted this reporter to stand by because he had a nice king on board. It looked bigger than it was, but still weighed in at 26 ibs. The big king was landed by Troy Thompson who was fishing along with his family, Tad, Todd, Cheryl, Meaghan and Nancy of Michigan. The family also caught a bunch of sharks, a half dozen of other keeper kings, spanish and numerous throw backs. Not a bad way for a family to spend the July 4th weekend!
The charter went out in bumpy conditions on a half day trip and caught their fish in 48 feet of water using a dead cigar minnow with a green C & H Lures Smoker Choker.
Also, Austin Aycock took 3rd place in the OIFC Rodeo 's flounder division. His dad, Brian is in 2nd, and their relative Captain Brant is still in 1st. A family affair that needs to be dealt with. Off shore angler Brant has got to go!!!!
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"Time to target sails" | World Cat- 33' | 07/05/08
Check out Stitch Wizard's sailfish, caught at the Atlantic Ledge on a pink skirted ballyhoo. Guess it's about time to break out the dredge. This fish was caught on July 3rd by Randy, William, and Nathan Lingerfelt, top competitors in the SKA who can go out there and catch it all.
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Happy July 4th" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/04/08
First, let's take a moment to remember those who have and are sacrificing to keep us free to celebrate the 4th of July.
Today was kind of a carbon copy of the previous reports. Captain Roger and Captain Chris Dew both had half day charters off shore. They reported a handful of kings and some spanish. The bait is still hanging just off the beach. I'm told the barges and the 65 foot hole, along with the Jungle are where it's happening. Live bait is the ticket, frozen cigar minnows are second.
In shore, Captain Jeff Williamson of the Get Busy reports flounder and trout action are what's happening. Bait is still thick enough to walk on in the channels and the ICW. Shrimp have been plentiful, especially in the ICW, if you know where to look, I've promised not to give up exact locations, but if you call me at the OIFC I can point you in the right direction.
For those who are "boat deprived", I've received reports of flounder and trout action in the channel at the west end of OIB and at the end of Shallotte Blvd. on the east end of OIB. I also saw some people down by the Swing Bridge bring in some drum while wading. The catches have been on frozen shrimp and live mud minnows. " Don't give up hope because you don't have a boat."
The weather is July 4th great. Right now we've got a moderate sea breeze, which may not be conducive to boating, but is fantastic for relaxing. This morning Ocean Isle Beach had a great parade and there are several fireworks displays in the area tonight, the stores are bustling and the smell of charcoal grills is making everyone hungry. It's great to see people enjoying the south Brunswick Islands, especially in light of the gas prices. From us at the OIFC have a happy and safe 4th of July!!!!!!!!
While I'm thinking about it, The Brunswick Beacon reported Wednesday that Sunset Beach is purchasing land beside the old swing bridge to put a boat landing. It's contingent on being able to cut a channel to the deep water of the ICW. They are also planning to leave a span of the bridge to make a pier on the inland side.
The pictures are of Mack and the OIFC's newest addition, Capt. Will's lab Fisher. The other is Captain Barrett's Parasail Boat calling it a day.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"Hot Kingfish bite" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/03/08
Capt. Chris Dew guided the Sakowizc family from Berthoed, CO aboard his charter boat OIFC 2 to an awesome morning of King Mackerel today. He reportedly caught Pogies outside Shallotte inlet and fished the Jungle area. Pictured are a pair of 28's and others in the 15-20 pound range. Capt. Roger had a few Dolphin from the 70 foot hole and Capt. Chris Burrows had a few kings and Dolphin from the 65 and 70 foot holes. Bite is pretty good right now and lots of Pogies on Ocean Isle Beach.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Top Billing" | World Cat- 33' | 07/02/08
Captain Rudy and Boston Rob on the World Cat get top billing today as they brought a 28 lb king to the dock. Along with him they had several more kings, Rudy said he had them stacked up like cord wood, but I'll let you decide on the validity of that description, they also had some amber jacks and a bunch of sharks. They lost only one fish today, so maybe that bad luck is out of the boat. Boston Rob said the most productive lure was the pink C H Lures Smoker Choker. They also reported action around the 65 Foot Hole and the Atlantic Ledge.
Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2 had a good day around the 90's. His charter landed several kings, a 4.5 lb. Spanish mackerel (they should have been in the Rodeo) and a citation barracuda.
I don't have pictures because I went inshore fishing today. Jeff and I finally got the skunk out of the boat by catching a few flounder. Most were not keepers, but a couple were. We caught them in the ICW and the Shallotte Inlet using mullet minnows. Speaking of minnows, the bait, to include shrimp was crazy thick. We had enough after two throws to last the day. It's no secret where to look, the channels and the ICW. We also watched an angler on a blue Triton bay boat put the smack on the red drum. I wanted to get his name and some pictures, but didn't want to mess up his fishing.
We have a lunar tide going on so for you inshore guys be careful. At low tide there is no getting into Tubbs. I saw several people run aground in Tubbs as well as the ICW. Off shore the ocean was great, ideal for fishing, just like inshore. The weather is great, it's supposed to drop down to the upper 60's tonight and tomorrow is going to be a carbon copy of today. Come, enjoy, and stay safe.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"At Last" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/01/08
Finally, once again the winds have stopped howling and the ocean has laid out. All our boats had charters ranging from half day to full day. Fishing wise, though, today seemed to be break off day.
Captain Chris Dew started at the 90's with minimal luck and then moved to the barges, where the bite was on. His charter hooked up several smaller kings and managed a handful of keepers. The disappointment of his day was a good sized fish a young lady hooked up with. After a decent battle they got the king along side the boat and saw it was hooked with one barb in the belly. They tried to let him wear down, at which time they planned to ease him to the boat, but he started shaking and managed to free himself. A good fight non the less.
Captain Chris B. and Captain Rudy took the World Cat out. I'm not sure who's turn it was to be first mate this trip. But anyway they too suffered break off fever. Some were bite offs on wire leader. Chris said they started at the 90's but had their best luck at the 65 foot hole, where they hooked up with kings, a couple cobia and some barracuda. No real war stories as they were happy with their catch, but bummed over the cut offs.
Captain Roger seemed to be "the man" today. He had a full day on the OIFC 1 and landed several kings. They were all busy cleaning their boats getting ready for a busy day tomorrow so I didn't get a real chance to put the "Clark Kent" on him.
It was good the see the docks full of people today. The charter captains were cleaning their boats, Cody was scrubbing the Tide High parasail boat ( she is a lot better looking than Roger), and the jet skis were hustling. It's really great to see people enjoying the beautiful weather and what the Fishing Center and our beaches have to offer. I think the weather is supposed to hold, so leave the hustle and bustle of work and come relax with us.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"SHE'S BACK!!!!" | Show Time- 34' | 07/01/08
After being laid up for repairs the backbone of the OIFC fleet , The Showtime is back in service. Captain Roger is happy to be back with his girl!
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"High Wind Flounder" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/30/08
The wind was howling this morning when the OIFC opened, blowing about 20 knots inshore. Shortly after opening Captain Kyle docked the Speckulator in water that was almost white capping in the channel. He had a situation as he had a charter booked with Joel Dobbs and his son from Greensboro, N. C. With the wind blowing, Kyle wasn't sure how good the fishing would be, yet he didn't want to disappoint the Dobbs'.
They decided to give it a try. The wind did not settle down all day. When I left work the waterway was white capping, yet Kyle came to the OIFC with several keeper flounder, and had released twice the amount he kept.
Kyle reported that he fished using mud minnows and finger mullet on a Carolina rig. Honoring Kyle's request, all I can report is that they were caught "very close to the OIFC". Kyle said that the wind was blowing so hard that "it blew the shortin' out of his McDonalds biscuit" end quote.
The wind is supposed to subside overnight, and drop to about 10 knots tomorrow. So hopefully the charter boats and the parasail boats will see some action. Check out our weather report.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"Traveling Fisherman" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/29/08
As we hit the peak of the summer vacation season things are all hustle and bustle around the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. It is during this "crazy" time that thoughts of the more relaxed off-season start to creep into my thoughts. For most it's difficult to start thinking about the off-season and even more difficult to begin making plans. However, in case I'm not the only one thinking about what's next, I am reminding everyone about the Traveling Fishermen program that I've lined up for next winter. We have two awesome trips set up and now we just need the fishermen to make them happen. Currently the first exotic fishing expedition is slated for mid February and our return to the fertile waters off Montosa in Panama Central America. After an awesome first trip last year to this location the decision was easy to arrange a return visit. Check out http://www.oifc.com/travelfisherman_detail.cfm?id=1106 for details on this particular trip or visint the Traveling Fishermen link off this site. In addition to the Panama adventure we have set up a new adventure to the fabled Galapagos Islands in South America off the coast of Ecuador. I have been in contact with an operation in the Galapagos since last winter and finally have worked up an truly unique expedition that fits perfectly into the mission of the Traveling Fisherman. This trip is scheduled for early March when the blue, black and stripe marlin fishing is exceptional. The Galapagos Islands have long been protected national parks and in recent years have opened up to sport fishing. From the stories I've heard of not only the amazing fishing but of the incredible onland wildlife and scenery this should be a trip of a lifetime for anyone. Be sure to check out some of the details for this adventure at http://www.oifc.com/travelfisherman_detail.cfm?id=1109 or visit the Traveling Fisherman link.
I'm not proclaiming the summer doldrums by any means as the fishing here at home is exceptional right now, but the thought of an approaching offseason is never too far away. If you're interested in joining one of these exotic fishing adventures next winter or would like some additional information please contact me. There is limited space on each trip so reservations are first come first serve.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"Update for the Landlocked" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/27/08
Don't brag about pretty weather, Mother Nature has a way of getting back at you. The previous days' weather had been beautiful. Yesterday morning started out the same way. We had three boats out in the morning, and they all did well.
Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2 got into the Kings pretty well using dead cigar minnows on a half day charter. His biggest disappointment was when an angler set the drag too tight after fighting a great King, to have it break off right at the boat. That's tough!!
Captains Rudy and Chris B., on the World Cat jigged live bait, a lot being greenies. This helped them enormously in catching Kings, Dolpgin and Cobia. Chris theorized that the cigars minnows are so thick, that the fish will hit something different better.
The OIFC 1, with Captain Roger at the helm also got into the Kings on a half day charter. All the Captains said that the 65 foot hole was the hot place to fish for Kings. Also the pogies were hanging off Shallotte Inlet, but in the white water which made them hard to get to.
That afternoon, the sea said enough! The wind shifted and picked up. That put an end to the charters planned for the afternoon. The wind continued to blow last night. This morning, there was no breeze, but residual seas were still hanging around.
For us inshore anglers I also have a report. Congratulations go out to 9 year old Austin Aycock. Austin took the Double Trouble out with his mom a couple of days ago and scored an inshore slam. AUSTIN CAPTAINED THE BOAT AND LANDED THE FISH HIMSELF!! I've stated more than once that he and Tripp Hooks are the future of our fishing.
I talked to Tommy Helms who informed me that after I had seen him in Tubbs, he went on to catch six flounder. It wasn't in Tubbs, but he wouldn't come off any information as to where he found them.
Also I talked with Captain Steve Prevette who told me he boated several good sized trout around the jetties and behind Sunset. He also said that he got into some small flounder which weren't worth keeping.
WARNING !!!!! IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH, READ NO FURTHER!!!! Fortunately we didn't have any charters today, which allowed the Captains time to spiff up the boats and rig lures. Captain Roger was spooling a reel, when he leaned over, slipped and stuck a treble hook on a King rig through his ear. Don't try that at home. That stunt should only be attempted by seasoned Master Captains. Fortunately for Rog, Dr. Captain Burrows was on hand to cut the barb and pull the hook out. At Roger's request I took a picture of his handy work and have posted it on the report....GROSS!!!
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"Hot Bites" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/25/08
Again, today was one of those post card days. We had a slight breeze, the temperature was in the 80's and the seas about 1 ft. It's about time that we get some good fishing weather.
Along with the excellent weather, we also had excellent fishing. Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2 got into the Kings at the Jungle on a half day trip and brought home about a dozen. He was fishing with dead cigar minnows rigged with Cape Lookout Smokers Only. The hot colors were pink and green.
On the other hand, Captain Roger on the OIFC1 took a couple of men and their four children from Ghent W. Va. out. They got into the dog sharks and the kings. Then just as they were getting ready to take up lines, a TLD 25 went off, and lo and behold they had a sail fish on. This battle took place at the 70 ft. Hole while Roger was pulling Cape Look Outs and dead cigar minnows.
Captain Rudy and first mate Boston Rob ran two trips today on the World Cat. They mainly fished the 65 ft. area, landing several Kings. Captain Rudy was pulling Cape Lookout Smokers Only. Rudy also informed me that the Sail Fish bite was on at Christina's' Ledge. The Sail Fish bite seems to be unusually strong this year.
We've got boats going out tomorrow and the weather is going to be good again, so I'll keep you informed.
I've been able to establish a link to the OIFC Year Around Rodeo, and through this link I can keep you abreast of the standings.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"Rodeo and Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/24/08
Just a couple of things. A young man weighed in a 6.15 ib. flounder the other day. IF he'd been in the Rodeo, he'd be at the top of the leader board in the flounder division. But he signed up after the fact. We had an angler in the Jolly Mon who was in the Rodeo and made the leader board in the King division. More chances for money. The Rodeo is a year long fishing competition which will pay out in December. You can sign up anytime BEFORE catching your fish. Again, the pot is growing.
Second, the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association will have their tournament again this year. We, at Team OIFC, expect to be under fire this year because we carried the trophy home in the last tournament. We need anglers!!! Contact me at the OIFC so we can begin putting together another worthy team. Thanks....Rickey
First Mate- Rickey Beck
""Slack Captain Zack"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/24/08
Captain Zack took some pictures of Captain Chris Dew's excellent charter today on the OIFC 2, our 27 ft Contender. Captain Chris caught Kings, Dolphin and who knows what else, BECAUSE ZACK DIDN't SEND ME THE INFO.. TO SHARE WITH YOU!!!!!! So, I'll just have to embarrass myself by telling you about my fishing
For those of you who are landlocked, today was a Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce day... carolina blue skies and a slight breeze. Jeff and I left this morning on the Scout 240 Bay Boat. We caught excellent bait from mud minnows in our minnow trap to nice pogies. We headed to the AR 460 with plans to knock Capt.Brant off the OIFC Rodeo flounder leader board. We came up empty. We moved to the Little River Inlet. Jeff scored a Toad Fish and a Sea Urchin. Me? Nothing. Then to Bonaparte Creek. We were entertained by a 9 year old girl driving a skiff like a seasoned captain. I couldn't get to my camera or I'd taken a picture. Austin Aycock and Tripp Hooks had better watch out.!! For us...we got good bait, where the young lady did. Otherwise, zip!
On to Tubbs. A ton of bait, pogies. We talked with Tommy Helms, a local flounder great. He'd caught nothing. We matched his catch. So, then off for a sure fish dinner, the Gigglin Mackerel. The fishing stunk, but the weather and being out on the water was exactly what I needed after our hectic weekend at the OIFC.
Not all fishing reports can be of great catches. If I did that I'd lose all credibility. But the time on the water on a beautiful day with my son is just what I needed and I recommend this medicine for everyone. Come to Ocean Isle and visit us at the Fishing Center. I'd also suggest that you book an inshore charter with someone who knows how to catch fish, such as Capt. Kyle on the Speckulator, or Capt. Jeff Williamson on the Get Busy, as for me, I think I'll keep my position in the OIFC Store.
First Mate- Rickey Beck
"A Bitter Sweet Jolly Mon King Classic" | World Cat- 33' | 06/23/08
This past weekend the annual Jolly Mon King Classic was held from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. This tournament has proven over the years to be one of the region’s favorite and most attended events due in part to its pick your fishing day format, fishing boundaries and family oriented atmosphere and prizes. However, with gas prices approaching $5/gallon and a general pessimistic fiscal attitude, I expected the event’s participation to be severely down. Friday evening registration continued into the evening and fishermen and their families just kept coming to take part in what many consider an annual tradition. And when all the Pogy’s had been bobbed and all of Guy C. Lee’s grilled chicken had been eaten, an impressive 294 boats registered to compete in the 2008 Yellowfin/Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic. That is an incredible showing of support from area fishermen and my family and I are honored by the continued support the tournament has received. And thus a large field of boats was set to compete for over $50,000 in cash.
As most tournament fishermen agree, the weather forecast often determines whether or not they choose to compete in an event. Particularly is the case with the Jolly Mon as many of the fishermen bring their wife and kids along to have chances at all the family prizes the tournament offers. The forecast was for Southerly winds at 10-15 knots on Saturday and Southerly winds at 15-20 knots on Sunday with a chance of scattered storms both days. By all means, the forecast was typical for any Summer fishing day, and the 10-15kt wind and 2-3 foot seas forecast for Saturday was nice enough to lure 250 out of the 294 boats to choose to fish on Saturday.. However, on Saturday morning a worst case scenario unfolded. Fishermen awoke to relatively calm seas and clear skies. They went about the normal business of catching bait and heading offshore to any of a variety of fishing locations all along the Brunswick and New Hanover coast lines. At approximately 9am a large thunderstorm developed over the Whiteville area and began to intensify and expand to the East toward Wilmington. The storm was more or less stationary as it intensified and grew to extend from NC/SC border all the way to Wrightsville Beach. And then it started moving offshore, toward all the fishermen that were participating in the tournament. Many saw the storm coming and ran inshore to seek safety in the Intracoastal or mouth of the Cape Fear while others stayed offshore to ride out the storm. I have been fishing as a captain for 15 years and this scenario is not uncommon. In the Summer it is a reality that you may have to contend with storms, and the majority of the time I choose to ride the storm out as they typically pass very quickly. As fishermen up and down the coast battened down to ride out the storm, one particularly intense cell came off of Holden and Long Beach and moved in on the fishermen fishing the Cape Fear River area. I have spoken to several people that were fishing the Lighthouse Rocks area (an area of rocky bottom some 2-3 miles offshore of the Cape Fear sea buoy) and they have all echoed the same comments. It was the worst storm they have ever seen or been in all their years of boating, bar none. The wind went from light south to north at 40-50 knots and it began to hail and rain sideways. The seas went from 2-3 feet to 6+ feet in a matter of seconds with the waves coming from all directions. During this time, one of the tournament boats, Spring Run, owned and captained by Scott Hewett took a wave over the stern and began taking on water. The wind and seas were so intense that other boats in the area could not see the distressed vessel and the boat eventually capsized. There were a total of three men that clung to the overturned Spring Run as they rode out the storm. According to one of the crew members, Scott began experiencing chest pains and had a heart attack and died while clinging for his life. The Coast Guard was on the scene shortly thereafter, to pick up the two surviving crew members, but Capt. Scott Hewett had lost his life, his body later recovered and brought to shore. Fortunately, there were no other boats that capsized or lives’ lost as a result of the storm, but many fishermen were thankful for their well being after such an experience.
As for Scott, I knew him very well. He lived in Supply and boated out of Holden Beach Marina. He has been tournament fishing his boat Spring Run since at least the early 90’s when I had my first encounter with him. We were both Kingfishing in a tournament around Yaupon Reef and there was a hot bite going on. Scott and I passed each other very close going opposite directions when his T-top rod bent double and the reel began screaming from the run of a big Kingfish. Somehow Scott managed to reach/dive for the rod and fall overboard with the rod at the same time. I can clearly remember the boat driving away and Scott floating behind the boat with rod in hand trying to catch that fish. I didn’t know Scott personally back then, but I never forgot the boat or the incident. A couple of years ago Scott introduced himself to me and inquired about an opening I had available to work as a charter captain out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. I did some research on Scott and quickly found that he was a very reputable man. I also found out that he was the captain of the Spring Run and thus was finally able to put a face with a memorable fish story. I figured if he was willing to go overboard for a fish, he was willing to do what it took to put his clients on fish. He worked as captain of the MacMarle’n out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center the entire 2007 season and not only did a great job as a fisherman, but his character and attitude improved the entire business. All the captains and mates enjoyed Scott’s presence. During his time working with me here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, I came to know and respect Scott very much as a man of honor. He always said what he was thinking and did what he said. He was up front and personable and as I said, a generally nice guy that was fun to be around. We have unfortunately lost a fellow fisherman and a good friend. He died doing what he loved, and we will never forget him. He will forever be memorialized as part of the Jolly Mon King Classic. May his baits stay lively, lines stay tight and rods continue bent- here’s to you Capt. Scott.
As the world continues to turn, so life goes on. Many fishermen headed back out or continued fishing after the storm had passed and there were quite a few nice Kings brought to the scale. First in was David Henderson on his 23 foot boat Ain’t Life Grand. He was grinning from ear to ear and for good reason as he and his team posted a 36.50 pound King to take first place. He reported catching the King in the morning before the storm while fishing in the vicinity of the Shark Hole. Next in was Keith Logan on the 21 foot boat Logan’s Love. He and team scaled a 36.65 pound King to take over first place. He also caught his fish early, before 7:30am while fishing the General Sherman wreck. The Reel Action later weighed a 34.95 to take third spot. By day end on Saturday 10th place was 26 pounds and 30th place was 17 pounds. There was still another day of fishing and the remaining 40 boats were poised to try to beat the fish weighed on Saturday. The weather forecast had improved and was calling for Southerly winds at 10-15kts and seas of 2-4 feet with a chance of scattered storms. Boats headed out and despite the morning starting out a little rough, the seas calmed by mid day and there was never a sign of any storms all day. By all accounts, it was a great day to go fishing. Especially for Cameron Bowers and crew of the Takin It Easy, a 22 foot bay boat that weighed a 39.75 pound King to take the lead in the tournament. Jared Floyd on the Keepin It Reel scared the leaders with a 33.35 that ended up in 5th and so did Jay Bucklen on the Cape Contender who weighed a 33.15 to finish 6th. There were only a few boats that chose to weigh-in on Sunday and thus the leader board stayed close to the same. However, it was the Takin It Easy team of Cameron Bowers and Cody Davis that made a clean sweep of the event. They won the first place overall, first place 23 foot and under division, first place High Rollers TWT and first place 23 and under TWT to win $31,785! Complete Results:
1 39.75 Takin it Easy Cameron Bowers Raleigh, NC 2 36.65 Logan's Love Keith Logan Longs, SC
3 36.50 Ain't Life Grand David Henderson Charlotte, NC
4 34.95 Reel Action Jeremy B Harrelson Hope Mills, NC
5 33.35 Keepin It Reel Jared Floyd Murrells Inlet, SC
6 33.15 Cape Contender Jay Bucklen Wake Forest, NC
7 32.15 Tailwalker Stuart Ballard Georgetown, SC
8 29.80 Hot Rod Brett A Barnes Wilmington, NC
9 29.60 Dirty Girl Renny DelosSantos Inman, SC
10 29.60 Coon Dog Samuel J Cernugel Wilmington, NC
11 29.00 Got-Tu Charles Randy Smith Carolina Beach, NC
12 27.55 Rawhide Terry Godwin Wilmington, NC
13 26.35 Strickly Business Jeff Crouch Bolivia, NC
14 25.30 Trick C Jeff York Burlington, NC
15 25.05 Contend This Hunter Woodell Sanford, NC
16 24.05 Eren's Addiction Too Jack Bracewell Summerville, SC
17 23.25 Oil Slick Jack Kyle White Shallotte, NC
18 22.85 Sea'n is Believe'n Anthony Queen Rock Hill, SC
19 22.45 Four Sons Douglas David Ocean Isle Beach, NC
20 22.15 Reel Nautie Fred Trull Midland, NC
21 21.65 Iron Man Ironman Fishing Team L Georgetown, SC
22 21.15 Wrench Head Kevin W Lawson Ramseur, NC
23 20.90 Simply Storage Michael Kennedy Winnabow, NC
24 20.85 Mad Mouse Robert Ferris Harrisburg, NC
25 20.80 Hooligan Joseph R Winslow III Sunset Beach, NC
26 20.60 Cash Flow James Shackleton Sanford, NC
27 20.45 Schneider Stone Tommy Schneider Asheboro, NC 28 19.25 Total Chaos Jamey Cauble Belmont, NC
29 19.10 Tide Line Dieter W Cardwell Winston Salem, NC
30 18.85 Orange Crush Jody Clemmons Holden Beach, NC
In other Jolly Mon highlight news the Jr. Jolly Mon tournament took place on Friday before the main tournament Captain’s Meeting. Results as follows:
1st King: Griffin Canady (12)-15.15, 2nd King: Jonathan Pugh (9)- 12.5, 3rd King: Layton Perkins (12)- 11.75
1st Dolphin: Tanner Junker (12)- 6.55, 2nd Dolphin: Matilyn Wilson (7)- 4.10
1st Sea Bass: Tanner Junker (12)- 1.55, 2nd Sea Bass: Jaqcob Starnes (4)- 1.05, 3rd Sea Bass: Jonathan Pugh (9)- .85
Also, the annual Pogy Bobbing Contest took place. Results below:
1st- Brandt McGilliwie (9): 9.15 seconds, 2nd- Nick Chase (13): 9.70 seconds, 3rd- Austin Aycock (9): 14.88 seconds
Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Jolly Mon and thanks to all sponsors who helped to make the tournament more enjoyable for all the fishermen. I hope to see you back at next year’s tournament.
In local fishing, the King Mackerel bite has definitely been the main improvement over last week. As you can see from the results of the Jolly Mon, some larger fish have begun to move inshore and are biting strong in the 55-65 foot depth range. Locations such as the Shark Hole, Jungle, 390/390 and General Sherman are producing fish. The Spanish Mackerel continue to be plentiful along the beach as well. The offshore action for Mahi has slowed some, however you can find scattered Mahi from 60 feet deep on out to the Gulf Stream. There have been a few early season Sailfish caught inshore in the 60-80 foot depth range thus far, but I look for that to pick up considerably over the next month. All in all fishing is getting better every week as more bait moves inshore. See you on the water.
The funeral will be at Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte at 11am on Tuesday.
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Capt. Brant McMullan