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Kennen Hill and Brian Robbins took Kennon's Dad, Ken,, Kennen's brother Kevin, Kevin's 7 yr old son Hunter and Phillip Crawford of Ashboro, NC to the Sherman Sunday.. Phillip and Hunter had never been on the ocean before.
They departed at lunchtime. First they got bait, which was no problem, then headed to the 90's. Having no luck they moved to the Sherman. There they saw spanish skying everywhere. There was also plenty of AJ's,. So after Hunter and Phillip landed a few 30 or so lb jacks and some spanish they headed back in. Sounds like a good 1st trip out. Maybe we have some more anglers coming up!
What started off as a gray, foggy, drab day at the OIFC turned out to be alllllright! First of all Captain Chris Dew showed up for a last minute half day charter. with Charles Wilkinson, a builder from Little River, S.C. and his employee Jose Hernanfaz.
Around noon Kyle Warren of Shallotte, N.C. wanted to know if someone could weigh a flounder he had landed at the wall at the Shallotte River. The flat fish weighed in as a citation 6.60 lb'r! Kyle said he was using mullet minnows. He also said he'd been catching spanish on mullet minnows at the same location. We appreciate him stopping by so we could weigh his fish.
Shortly thereafter Captain Kyle Hughes (Speckulator), arrived at the docks with a 4.6 and a 3.5 ln flounder Ray Kimpel caught while fishing with his wife Emilie. They are from Arcadia, Michigan and this is their 2nd charter with Kyle. They always take the fish they catch and good ole N.C. sweet potatoes back to their home state.
Around 3 pm Captain Chris (OC) Dew and his guys to the OIFC. With them was a 26.70 lb king Jose caught on the long line as well as three more kings. They caught the fish in 65 ft of water on Captain Chris' signatureBlue Water Candy skirted king rigs.
What a great way to get out of the dreary day funk!
Took the Allen family fishing on Sunday. The targeted species was Grouper and I had all ideas we'd limit out early then spend the rest of they day catching Kings. Either I've forgot how to do it or they just weren't biting, but we worked very hard for only a few Grouper. The fish we did boat were in 65 feet of water and we added a nice Genuine Red Snapper for a bit of color. Fortunately the weather was great and the company was good, xcept for a few foul odors, and a good time was had by all. I will note that it was a full moon and I am officially filing this as my excuse. I've had recently been diving on a couple of the spots we fished and I know for a fact there are Grouper there.
Also- there is an epic red hot Kingfish bite going on this very minute at Lighthouse Rocks and the Shark Hole -- Pogys thick at Shallotte inlet
It's not really a grapevine because the Fishing Report tries to only report facts. Over the past few days, including the U. S. Open, there have been plenty of kings landed. Toby Russ reported catching in the 20's, Joel Foster had many. Joel's were on naked pogies, some on double of pogy rigs. Several of the kings were from the area of the shark hole,though I haven't got the scoop on where the others were caught, and with the Rumble In The Jungle on the horizon I doubt I will. Off shore there was a confirmed report of a wahoo in the 80 lb. range. Don't forget the earlier reports from the weekend of the cobia that were landed.
In shore and near shore the reds are hot. Brandon Sauls slayed a bunch of them at the Jetties. I also got confirmed reports of several in the 30 lb range. One angler said boats were lined up at the Jetties and most all were hooking up.
Donnie Clark, of the Raleigh/Cary area said he caught spanish and blues just off the Jetties. Donnie was pulling Clark Spoons and using Yo-zuri's. The king fishermen know the value of blue fish.
Bait is still plentiful off OIB and Holden Beach. The weather appears to be funky for the next few days, but the way the forecast has been changing perhaps we can get out and do something within a few days!
Several boats took advantage of a nice day yesterday and ventured out to the blue water. Here you have Ned Garber with Andrew Sanderson of Harrell's Store, NC with a nice 'hoo they caught on Bob Newell's "Black Dog." This fish hit a green sea witch/ballyhoo. Capt. Joe Seegers squared (both father and son have the same name) ran the "Hooked Up" to the Steeples/Blackjack hole yesterday and put a 52 pounder in the box. He also reported some blackfins and a ton of false albacore.
As told by Jim Bowen:
My son Dylan caught his first sail at the Shark hole on Friday during the tournament. Took us a little over an hour to get him in the boat. Also, at the jungle on Saturday, we caught a gag grouper on the outside line, top water on a pogie.. 2 cobia also on top with pogies, a huge black sea bass on the down rigger, and limited out on kings both days most in the mid twenties. We cooked up some mighty good food Sat night… picked up 7 lbs of shrimp at Holden Beach off the shrimp boat and went to bed early!!
**I am told the sailfish swam off without a problem, evidently ready to head back to an exciting day of balling all that bait at the Shark Hole!**
Congratulations to Larry Deal and the Mako Warrior winners of the U. S. Open King Mackerel Tournament with a 40.30 lb king. There were a LOT of kings caught this weekend.
Not only were kings landed but Byran and Janet Hagler of Laurinburg, NC weighed a citation 51 lb. cobia in at the OIFC. They also had two 20+lb'rs on board. Bryan fought the cobia for two hours just off the Shark Hole. At one point he had a double hook up! The first cobia struck a regular store bought (OIFC, I do believe) king rig. The citation fish was caught on a pink C & H Lures Stubby. They said there were plenty more to be caught but the 2 hr. fight wore him out.
He fished using pogies he caught with a heavy net he's had for years just off Holden Beach. They were so thick they floated his net, yet he only had to use two of them for his bounty.
I promised not to tell that Janet should get an award for hanging in during the fight while she was a little green around the gills. See Janet, I didn't tell anyone. Thank ya'll for stopping by the Fishing Center and letting us weigh your catch and do the report.
The pictures are of the Tournament and Bryan and Janet's cobia aboard their Sea Fox.
The weather today for the U. S. Open King Mackerel Tournament was beautiful. Totally opposite what was predicted, though participants said the ocean turned fairly rough after the passing of a front.
The Open was well represented by S. Brunswick County by "The Fishin Physician", the "Carolina Saltwater, the "Miss Janelle, as well as the OIFC Yellowfin. There were approximately 450+ entries and a lot of kings were weighed in. The 1st place fish was 40.? lbs, 2nd was 38 lbs caught by John Brown of Bolivia, N.C., and the 3rd was 35 lbs. caught by Thomas Hayes of Thomasville, N. C. The average weight was in the mid 20 lb range with a few in the 30's. Tomorrow is yet another day of fishing and we'll see what it brings.
The important message the Tournament has sent is that the kings are along our coast. Also in talking with some fishermen it seems that the best places to get bait is from the Lockwood Folly Inlet to just off OIB. Perhaps once the Tournament is over we can learn where are the best places to find the kings.
****Just in at 11:00 pm..received unconfirmed report of a 43 lb king being weighed at the end of the day
The pictures are of The OIFC Yellowfin, Captain Amy, and 1st Mate Carolyn, as well as random shots of the weigh in.
The weatherman missed it this morning. A lot of boats fished today, and from our 1st hand experience and the radio traffic it was obvious that we were all taken by surprise. We had to return to port early for work reasons, but it seemed that there was improvement in conditions as the day went on.
The bait was unreal!!! We ran up on a pod of pogies in 23 ft of water just off of Shalotte Inlet that were at least 2 acres across. Pogies were being caught all along Holden Beach.One throw did it for most everybody. But we did see one poor sole trying to get bait was a standard 8 ft. cast net. I'm not making from of him, but it is obvious that one of Captain Brant's Custom Nets is a must have.
Several kings were caught, but because of the tournament no one is talking. Below is a picture of Amber Simmons, taken by her husband Daniel (OIB Concrete) of some kings they caught at the "Cup Cake" today. See what I mean by fishermen keeping secretes. You can't blame them. Amber and Daniel are gracious enough to share pictures and reports with the OIFC on a regular basis, for which we are very grateful.
Also,Mr. William Whicker reported to the OIFC that yesterday he was fishing within sight of land and landed some blues and kings.
The OIFC has bait, rigs, sweat shirts, foul weather gear, 100% pure gasoline and will be opening early. The Store will be open and ready for business at 6 am. Good luck to everyone fishing the U.S. Open and everyone be safe.
The bait is in place, the wind is laying down, the fish haven't eaten in the past few days, all these forces are pulling together to make Thursday a red hot fishing day. If it isn't this reporter is really going to look bad. I'm going out with my two favorite Captain Jeffs...Beck ans Williamson for a morning of near shore king fishing so I have no excuses.
Several accomplished fishermen called the OIFC today and said they were also going to give it a try. There should be something to report tomorrow unless the fish "pull a David Copperfield" and disappear. I must admit I heard that at the Fishing Center today and wanted to use it.
I'll have all my OIFC gear on, so as Captain Brant told me, "if I can't be good, I can look good". Wish us all luck so maybe I'll have something to report.
What a difference a day can make. Yesterday the ocean was all but "nasty". This morning it was beautiful near shore, with "camel backs" on the horizon. Later in the afternoon we got our usual Brunswick County chop. The Tower right now indicates fishable conditions but we'll have to keep an eye out on the conditions for the weekend as the wind is predicted to blow again.
However, the big picture looks positive as at night our temperatures are dropping with the days being in the mid 70's. This is KINGFISH weather. We've got the bait, the rigs,king combos, cool weather and foul weather gear which will have you set up to fish. We'll also be here monitoring the bait, fishing hot spots and whether.. Keep an eye on the Reports, call or better yet drop by for the latest info.
I've just finished getting my personal boat set up for the cold weather...looking forward to blue fin fishing. I've also got my eye on an OIFC Custom Blue Fin Combo
Yesterday's rain kept a lot of people inside watching fishing on TV, or hanging out at the OIFC swapping lies...correction..stories. But Captain Tommy Helms, and Trent Little from the Cornelius N.C. area went fishing. Tommy said they got soaked but it was worth it.
They fished with Mullet, and intended to target flounder, but the seas were rough, so they went to the Little River Jetties, where they got into the red drum. Trent is pictured below with one drum he caught.
This morning we had a fairly stiff north wind, but the ocean was flat as a lake as far as the eye could see from the vantage point of the OIB Bridge. Several anglers were going to try their hand at some spanish or some of the kings that have been hanging close to shore and some were going to fish a benefit flounder tournament out of Southport..
About 1 pm it started raining buckets and ruined their day. The radar and 1st hand reports said it was raining from Southport to Sunset Beach. Another report was that it was sunny in Myrtle Beach. But their tourism reports always say it's sunny in Myrtle Beach. So,with the weather not being conducive for fishing, which has an adverse effect on the report, I'm forced to go to some reports I've been saving for a rainy day.
Captain Chris Dawson (Miss Jannille/OIFC) sent in this report. He said he and Danny Cokely, Jessie and Steve Henry fished about 3 miles out and got into the kings on the 23rd. I don't have any further info because Chris is kinda tight lipped. He did say that it was one of the most fun days he has on a charter.
In the pictures below Danny is in the orange holding a king. Steve is the older guy, Capt. Chris' words not mine, and Jessie is the younger of the group. Thanks Captain Dawson for your report.
The OIFC offers a Guide Service for those who want help in learning to operate their boat or fishing using their own boat and equipment. Simply put, for $30 an hour one of the OIFC's licensed Captains will go with you on your boat and show you the ins and outs of boat operation, fishing and fishing equipment. In return you will get a gift card for $15 per hour to the OIFC. A pretty good deal.
Kris Thompson, Billy Thompson, Kris' son in law Scotty Benton and his wife Sarah, all of Rockingham and Holden Beach, NC, took advantage of the OIFC Guide Program today, with Captain Jeff (Get Busy) Williamson working with them on their sweet new 21' Carolina Skiff.
Jeff showed them how to catch pogies with his Captain Brant's Custom Pogy Net in 20 ft of water just east of the "High Hill". They then fished the Youpon Reef and just off the Ocean Crest Fishing Pier. Captain Brant reported several kings being caught at the pier lately The group caught kings and spanish. Afterwards they came back to the OIFC where Jeff instructed them on how to clean the fish. A friendlier group of folks would be hard to find. They enjoyed fishing with Capt. Jeff Williamson (who wouldn't?) and the OIFC appreciates them choosing us to help them out.
You'll notice Captain Jeff just had to be in the picture. And yes, he is holding his stomach in!