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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"More Jolly Mon pics" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/25/08
 

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Pogy bobbing went off great!  The site was alive all weekend with fishermen and spectators.  Thanks to all for coming !!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Career Day for David Ratley" | World Cat- 33' | 06/25/08
 

Capt. Dan Ratley, Woody Wooten, and Steve Thanhauser all played guidance counselors today as they put Chris Thanhauser and David Ratley on cobias at the Sherman.  Chris had a bigger fish that they lost at the boat, while they managed to catch David's 34" fish.  Now David says that he wants to be a charter captain!!!  With his grandfather being the accomplished angler (and Big Rock veteran) that he is, I don't see that as being much of a problem  Congrats to those guys, and also to Capt. Roger, who had a sailfish this morning on his 1/2 charter.  While Roger was catching his sail, Capt. Rudy and Capt. Chris Dew were wearing out the mackerel on their morning charters.  Rudy had nine, Chris had seven, and Rudy (with Boston Rob) is back out there again trying to replicate his morning success.  I guess they're still biting out there...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"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
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""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
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"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.

FUNERAL INFORMATION:

The funeral will be at Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte at 11am on Tuesday.   

In lieu of flowers  the family request memorials be made to the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association, 3928 Cross Street, Bolivia, NC 28422 or a charity of one`s choice. You may offer condolences or sign the guestbook at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon 1st place adult division-pogy bobbing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/08
 

Crew member Dennis of the Fish Meister won the 1st place adult division of The Jolly Mon Pogy Bobbing Contest Friday night at the OIFC.  Dennis was the only contestant.  The first picture is of his good side.  The second picture is Dennis being elated over his victory.  Congratulations!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon-1st Place Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/08
 

Say What?!!!!!   Just when Rube was cleaning up at the Jolly Mon scales, young 4 year old Jacob Starnes of Albermarle, N. C. walked up with a bucket and asked Rube if he could weigh his fish.  Then out of the bucket Jacob pulled a 6.15 lb. flounder!

Jacob was fishing aboard the 19 ft. Sea Pro "My Dog House" in the Lockwood Folly River using pogies when he caught the fish.  His grandaddy said Jacob did All the angling...who's going to question a proud grandaddy?

Jacob also showed his salt as he was fishing the Jolly Mon yesterday when the storm hit.  They caught a sail fish.  Hopefully they'll be able to send me video so I can share it with you.


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"Jolly Mon Awards Pictures" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/08
 

I'm sure Captain Brant will do a full report, so I'll post some pictures.  The first three will be of the top three fish.
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"Jolly Mon concluded" | World Cat- 33' | 06/22/08
 

The weigh-in is over and Takin It Easy, a 22 foot boat captained by Cameron Bowers from Raleigh, NC wins with a 39 pounder !!  We had several 30's get weighed today and top shuffled a little, but not much.  CLICK HERE for all results  -- thanks to all for fishing.  Awards is tonight at 8pm, but come early to eat some of Capt. Amy's grilled hamburgers-- see you here.

JR JOLLY MON RESULTS:

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

POGY BOBBING RESULTS

1st- Brandt McGilliwie (9):  9.15 seconds, 2nd- Nick Chase (13):  9.70 seconds, 3rd- Austin Aycock (9):  14.88 seconds


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"More Weigh In Pics" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/21/08
 


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"Jolly Mon Pictures" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/21/08
 

Today was a long eventful day full of an array of emotions.  I enjoyed talking to anglers jubilant with the feeling of victory and also felt the raw emotions of fellow fishermen who had lost one of their own.  Friends, who during the thick of a storm hunkered down together staying in touch by radio or cell phone keeping check on their fishing brothers' and sisters' well being. We may be competitors on tournament day, but we all have a common bond in our love of  fishing and each other.  I took some random pictures at the OIFC and am posting them for those who were unfortunate enough to be landlocked.
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"Jolly Mon day 1 complete" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/21/08
 

This morning was tough for everyone.  The freak thunderstorms that developed along the coast were some of the worst I've ever heard of.  The only boats that were spared were the ones that fished far offshore or to the south, otherwise, you likely saw terrential rain, lots of lightning and heavy winds.  It was very tough, and I know of two boats that did capsize, and one man drowned.  Our prayers go to him and his family.

After the weather cleared out around noon, many boats ventured back out and we did have a good weigh-in with a fairly strong showing of fish.  There were plenty of 10-15 pound fish but there were also quite a few over 20 pounds.  First to the dock was Ain't Life Grand, David Henderson and crew aboard a 23' Ken Craft who posted an awesome 36.5, caught at the Shark Hole.  Next in was Keith Logan on Logan's Love, a 21 foot boat and they posted a 36.65 pounder.  2 other fish in the 30's were caught and several high 20's.  COMPLETE RESULTS- CLICK HERE . 

Sunday there will be roughly 40 boats fishing.  We'll see if the leader board changes and hope for better weather conditions.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Live bait problems equal "old school technique"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/21/08
 

Earler in the week the water was full of pogies and sure enough come tourney time they disapear. Haven't heard reports this morning if they resurfaced, however if live bait doesn't want to co-operate, time to go to "old school" fishing. Back before live bait fishing was invented, the #1 most productive bait/lure we used was the "Bait-O-Matic" rigged with a jigger ballyhoo[not the expensive BaitMasters ballyhoo, but the cheap "jigger" ballyhoo]. This lure's head has a planner effect and the lead hook locks into the head, thus causing it to swim like Mark Spitz. What I did was replace the trailer hook with 1 #4 or 2 #6 trebles[leaving one of the #6's freee floating in front of the 2nd treble]. The trailer hook is embedded in back of bait. If you get a strike and don't hook up immediatley free spool to drop bait back and the King will come back to finish off his work. Back in the early 70's I caught a lot of tourney caliber Kings fishing like this. Additionally you can pull this rig faster than standard dead bait fishing since the lure will keep the bait from spinning at faster speed; thus you cover more territory. If having live bait problems, give the Bait-O-Matic a shot.

This morning we're getting a ugly thunderstorm. It looks like it is running east/northeast right along the coast so all the guys that are in the Jungle area should hopefully miss it. The guys toward the Carolina Beach/30/30 waters are getting bombed. After it passes, appears worst is over as storms back west hopefully will lift north of us.


- Rube McMullan
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"Video Clips of Marlin Catch" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/20/08
 

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I'm Sure some of you are tired of my Marlin catch "comedy" comments.  But Captain Chris put the short videos together and I think you'll enjoy them
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/20/08
 

Were we busy today or what?!!  Bait and tackle were flying out of the store with people preparing for the Jolly Mon.  All of our boats were out today and the general report was plenty of spanish, and kings  with the kings in the 12-18 pound range.  They were mostly located in the Yaupon Reef and River Channel areas. in around 75 ft of water.  Captain Rudy of the World Cat said he fished 75 feet deep on a downrigger set at 25 ft.  The Smoker Choker was the weapon of choice.  Reports were that pogies were scarce today, so the captains fished with dead bait and were successful.  Sorry about not being more specific, but we were happily busy with getting ready for tonights festivities.

Speaking of which,  a great time was had by all.  Guy C Lee, and all the OIFC family put on a great dinner.  There were people of all ages in attendance, with a fun, family atmosphere.  Everyone was meeting up with old friends and exchanging fish stories.  There were a LOT of folks there and almost a carnival atmosphere.  The most fun event was the children poggy bobbing  contest which was won by Brant McGillowee. I'll post some pictures.  Good luck to all participants and tight lines.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon Registration" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/20/08
 

I am really thankful to all the fishermen and their families that turned out to fish this year's Jolly Mon.  Honestly, I didn't know what to expect in light of fuel and the economy- BUT YOU CAME !!! Thanks so much.  We are at 293 registered boats and maybe we'll add another couple before night end-- we may fall just short of the elusive 300 mark, but man, what a great turnout--  thanks you so much. 

The majority of boats are fishing on Saturday, and tomorrow I'll have all the stats and post the percentages.  Weigh-in results will be up immediately following weigh-in.

Come on by the OIFC Saturday or Sunday from 2-5pm to watch the weigh-in.  Please ride the shuttle to the site. 

Thanks again and now lets see who wins the big money!!!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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