This is a pretty good read about the S.C. Legislators' backing fishermen.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
Address: 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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The winds offshore are playing havoc on the Far Out Shoot Out. Many fishermen are passing time while waiting for "the day" by fishing inshore. Capt. Jeff Beck and Toby Russ fished Tubbs Sunday and caught several flounder..a couple of which were keepers.
Senter Currin fished Tubbs and as the pictures show caught flounder and red drum. Meanwhile, Ben Conner reported the winds picking up near shore this afternoon, but he still managed some spanish in 30 ft. of water.
Things are shaping up for "the day" to be around Friday or Saturday. Knock on wood!!!
I don't think anyone was surprised by the windy conditions and the thunderstorms. After all, it's "Far Out Shoot Out" week and Bike Week, so we'd feel neglected if we had perfect weather. Not to fear...this isn't Capt. Brant's 1st rodeo, that's why he established the 8 day format. We ought to be able to fish sometime during that time frame.
However, Capt. Brant and the OIFC provided some activity with the fishing tackle yard sale, some great sales on bait and other gear in the store and fishing seminars put on by members of our seasoned charter captians.
Meanwhile, the Captains canceled a Gulf Stream trip because of the wind off shore. They instead ran a near shore charter with the Herbert's. The crew trolled for spanish and put out some king rigs just in case one of those kings we've all been hearing about showed up. They fished right off the beach and ventured to the 90's. The folks landed some spanish, blues and even caught black sea bass on the down rigger line. Weirder things have happened.
I think it would behoove us to partake in some of Rubes meteorological experience. So I invite Rube to provide us with a tournament forecast so we can all better plan our trips.
The seas look a little bumpy off shore this morning. But Captain Chris Dawson is chartes fishing near shore and reports the seas to be glassy with small 2 ft rollers. The water is ideal!
OR, you may want to stop by the OIFC's fishing yard sale. There are a lot of "gently used" king rods for sale. Capt. Brant has come out with a new line of OIFC Custom King rods and a lot of people have bought them He also has bait and king bags marked down for today only.. Drop by!!
It's 6:25 am and a customer reported 2 kings caught from the Ocean Isle Pier using blue fish yesterday! He said Dave Bower was the angler and that Dave's bait was in the water a short time before the 1st strike!!!!
I saw the pictures of a 25 lb. king. will post them as soon as I get home from work!
Capt. Chris Dew and myself worked together on a 6hr. trip w/ Mr. Hockenberry and his son Cain from PA. Capt. Chris checked the condition of the sea and they were pretty calm despite the passing weather overnight. We loaded the boat down with spanish and king gear. As we cleared the inlet we were met with a SE swell with Easterly wind blown tops. It was not to bad, really. We trolled for spanish and I lost my second spoon in 10 years to a bite off. That was the only bite we had in the morning. The conditions were good enough for us to head to the 90's. We approached the area with lines in the water loaded with cigar minnows. We marked a little bit of bait, but everything was hugging the bottom. I dropped the downrigger deep in the hopes of at least getting a shark. No such luck...we headed back to the beach as the East wind was starting to show its true colors. The conditions got tough to say the least! We did manage to pull one spanish out of the murky water. Not what we like to experience on the water. My best guess is the thunder and lightning along with an East wind had the odds stacked against us. The good news...we lived and will fish again another day... and we will probably wax them next time! See ya on the water!
Talked to our cat boat at 09:35. Capt. Chris Dew said the sea conditions we "nice" near shore. The water is a little silty but clears up nicely at the tide line. He wasn't looking for bait but said the birds were workng between the Shallotte Inlet and The Ocean Isle Pier. He's at the 90's now and said the water is clear. More later
Rodeo Update: The pot is up to $530.
The fish weighed in so far are:
Flounder-Clay Morphis 4.7#
Mahi-John Bird 16.5#, Bryan Freeman 12.38#
Tuna-Daniel Simmons 27.2#
Wahoo-Bryan Freeman 25.58#
John Bird 11.1#
Not to hurt anyone's feelings but they are all beatable. Don't forget to enter the Rodro when you fish the Far Out Shoot Out.
The Gulf Stream is just begging for the Far Out Shoot Out participants to catch some winning fish! Today is yet another example of the action in the Stream. Captain Zach and Captain Steele were joined by Greg Griffin (Greenville, SC), David Van Gelder (Atlanta, Ga.) and Gil Carroll (OIB) and fished the 100/400. The charter group caught 2 wahoo, a black fin and around 8 mahi. These guys were a fun buch, as displayed in the pictures!
This was indicative of the recent fishing in the Gulf Stream and should encourage us to the The Far Out Shoot Out!
Tubbs Inlet is full of life. Flounder, blues, mullet and the beautiful red drum are all thriving in this estuary. I was just told by a man today that a hot spot for red drum fishing is by the 1st pier in Tubbs. I guess, based on Captain Jeff Williamson's pictures he must be correct.
Also, Jeff took a reporter from The Brunswick Beacon newspaper to Goat Island today. She doing a story on the goats. Seems we caused quite a stir!!