Today we celebrated Future Captain Brayden McMullan's 1 st birthday. There was also a surprise birthday cake for Rube. Happy birthday Brayden and Rube!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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While Brandon Sauls was weighing in a 7.6 lb flounder at the OIFC, Rusty, Toby and Andy Russ were joined by Capt. Jeff Beck and me for some flounder fishing of our own on some of the artifical reefs. We weren't alone, as there were several other boats who had the idea.
We found some good sized pogies in the ICW just the other side of the Shallotte River. Many of the pogies were king fishing quality. But they did us little good, as it seemed the fishing had turned off. Rusty managed a good sized flounder to at least get the skunk out of the boat.
Brandon "Bone Crusher" Sauls struck a major blow today when he weighed a 7.6 lb flounder in at the OIFC to take 2nd place in the OIFC Rodeo just 2 tenths of a point behind the other half of the OIB Inshore Mafia... Kyle Hughes. As usual he has quietened the crowd, and is probability not done!
The "Crusher" said "I walked down the hill, just like the old bull and showed the young bulls how its done"! Let's not forget that the "Bone Crusher" has been around for a while and holds many championship belts. The OIB Mafia will not be easy to beat!
Now the gauntlet has been thrown the challengers have to step up to the plate and show what they are made of. This may be the beginning of an epic inshore battle.
However as many athelets have said.."2nd place is 1st loser". Kyle better watch out! Stay tuned!
The Cape Fear Sailfish Classic is almost here! In fact it's Aug 12-15th. The OIFC just received this picture a the Classic's Tshirt..which looks real good.
Up until this tournament, to my knowledge no one in this area has gone out and specifically targeted sails, yet we've had a bunch caught. We're all very anxious to see what happens during the Sailfish Classic...I'll definitely see you there.
Captain Tommy Helms sent us there pictures today. He said they were a mess of Brunswick County Bluegills (spade fish) with a side of flounder....that's Tommy!
I haven't seen or got reports on any jelly balls, but there have been a lot of people stung by jelly fish in the past couple of weeks. Be careful.
Captain Zach and Captain Steele took a half day charter made up the Corpening's, David and, Daniel, of Charlotte, and son/brother-in-law Adam Haselkeen of Boston to the Shark Hole today. They fished with pogies they caught in the OIFC's canal.Along with having a good time they guys landed a couple of mahi and spanish.
Today was Captain Zach's last charter of the summer as he's heading off to school. He'll be in Wilmington so he won't be too far away.
Pushed my 20ft. bay boat offshore yesterday...I ended up about 20 miles offshore and seeing a few flyers as soon as I hit my destination. I figured with flyers in the area some mahi mahi had to be close. Had a couple of short strikes and then a king drilled the bait. A few minutes after getting reset a cobia drilled another bait. After getting the cobia boated and reseting my spread a mahi mahi jumped all over my live pogy. The bite slowed and the south wind was starting to turn it up a notch. I hit a few ARs on the way in hoping to see some spade fish to shoot with my bow fishing equipment. Instead, the cudas were thick on the bouys, so I opted to run a few live baits by them and instant hook ups! Cudas can put on a show sometimes! A spanish also got ambitious and hit a large pogy on one of the AR's. See ya on the water!
Stranger things have happened in the world of off shore fishing. The cobia hitting a sabiki rig wasn't exactly what happened. The crew of the OIFC Cat was jigging for bait and a cobia came up to the sabiki to check things out. He in fact brought along his big brother. I guess big brother got big by not being dumb. The nosey one ended up on the OIFC cleaning table.
The crew, Marc Tebben (Dayton, OH.), Jason Tebben (Charlotte, N.C.), Ed Conder (Charlotte, N.C.) and Joe Gliemmo (Columbus, OH.), spent their day fishing the Jungle and the Barges in search of kings. Though you could have closed your eyes and seen as many kings as they did, the group enjoyed a smooth day on the ocean catching spanish mackerel. All in all they had a good day, a great time and said they'd be back next year.
Oh, yeah, Joe was the lucky one who landed the cobia.
This past weekend the Doctor was out on the water looking for gators. The Doctor succeeded in finding a few. Two trout weighing over 4 lbs. and another over 5 lbs. This puts him in first place on the rodeo board knocking many of the local legends off the board all together. Talk about crushing bones...looks like somebody may be looking for a new name by the end of the season. Doctor says take two and add a third for good measure! See ya on the water!
The perpetual trophy for the Cape Fear Sailfish Classic has been completed and is at Ocean Isle. At this time no decision has been made as to where it will be displayed. The picture of it is below.
A couple of other things to be mentioned. Anyone who catches and releases a sailfish is eligible for a citation..not the type requiring you to pay a fine, but one you hang on the wall. The OIFC is a certified location for citations and for weighing fish. The OIFC has Eagle Claw 7/0 thin wire circle hooks for sailfishing in stock. And you can find the picture of Mrs. Amber Simmons' sailfish in the current Fishermans' Post. We also have those at the OIFC.
There has been a change in the standings in the speckled trout division. Jeff Wallen weighed in a 4.35 lb'r yesterday. This moved Branon "Bone Crusher" Sauls to 3rd and Knocked Captain Kyle Hughes off the board.
No more than I got this report posted Dr. Wallen weighed a 5.8 lb trout to knock Clay to 2nd By virtue of the rule which says only the biggest fish caught by a competitor can stay on the board, Brandon Sauls retains his 3rd place. How long are you going to take this abuse Brandon. Dr. Jeff is making you look bad. If a competitor could weigh in more than 1 fish in each division, Jeff would have 1st, 2nd and 3rd!
Captain Jeff Williamson of the OIFC/Get Busy got on a roll with the red drum yesterday at some near artifical shore reefs. Jeff took Andrew Salmaso and Randy Dobel, of Canada for little in shore/near shore action and they definitely found it. These well thought out picture angles tell you about as much as I know about the location. Maybe we can tell more by the angle of the sun, because Jeff sure ain't coming of anymore information.
The guys from north of the border did a great job eh?
****Of course these beautiful drum were released.
Tired of the wine and cheese Sprint Cup racing on Sundays. Yearning for Saturday night short track racing southern style, the way racing was born? Come to the Myrtle Beach Speedway Saturday night (July 31st) and you'll get your money's worth.
Support the Jolly Mon Racing Team. Watch Justin Milliken pilot the 02 Jolly Mon Chevrolet, and Captain Brant McMullan behind the wheel of the of the black 82 Impala. The races start at 7:30 pm. Join us for the fun and action
Another sailfish to report just in time for the Cape Fear Sailfish Classic!
Garrett Williams and his dad Keith were joined by friends Brent Elliott and his son Matt aboard Keith's beautiful 31 ft. Cape Horn the O-Sea-D on what Keith described as a beautiful day at the 90's. He said the bait was so thick you could walk on it.
The result was a couple of kings and Garrett's 1st sailfish! They reported they had a couple more sails crash on their baits. It is obvious by the picture what the sail hit. Also in on the action was some sharks taking advantage of the bait pods. All of this is within sight of Myrtle Beach! Congratulations Garrett..and at some point you must take a swim to commemorate you 1st sail!
The OIFC is gearing up for the Classic...the trophy is on it's way to OIB from the custom builders. I hope to have a picture of the finished product this weekend.
Captain Brant had a morning charter and was successful boating Aj's and Kings in about 45 ft. of water
Captain Steele and Captain Zach had a full day charter with the Painter's..Dad , Fred, his sons Joe and Jason, son- in- law J. D. Dillon and son- in- law Rob Hanson, all from W. Va., Va. and Tenn. Rob is shown holding the largest King which he caught. The group used frozen Cigar Minnows and fished in 95 ft. of water.
Tony Sawyer reported he caught Spanish just of the shore of OIB. Captain Jeff Williamson reported he saw a big ball of pogeys in the ICW near the Shallotte Inlet. He said they were a good size for off shore fishing.