Most of us practice catch and release. I ran across this article on Earth Sports and found it interesting.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Fall Brawl 2016 Real Time Rankings
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If you're checking this Fishing Report, then I know you enjoy salt water fishing. That being the case, take time to link to Casie'svideo of Brant, Amy, Caroline, Chris Eckert and Cassie's Rumble In The Jungle trip. She did a great job abd I think you'll like it.
The 2010 SKA Nationals' is in the books and preparation for the next tournament is underway. I think I'll whine and get it out of my system. The fishing conditions were a little rough...there was a slight mullet blow of 29-35 NNW all day. The tournament was changed to a 1 day 2 fish event due to the weather. That's not what I'm whining about. The top 7 boats fished right beside us all day! We were at the Kingfish Holes 1&2. Most teams fished goggle eyes, blue runners or mullet. Many of the blue runners were jigged on sabiki rigs tipped with shrimp. Some bought their blue runners and goggle eyes, which were very expensive. Mullet could be caught in the back waters. Captain Brant's Stealth net worked great for us. We upsized our nose hooks to #2 off sets. Otherwise, king fishing is king fishing..all the same techniques. The winning team fished beside us and is staying at the same place we are, why was their number pulled and not ours?...whine, whine, whine!
Ya'll do know Team "Do Work/OIFC" isn't whining. Just kidding. As Rube would say, "Welcome to the world of king fishing". Team "All In" on a 30 ft. Wellcraft took top honors with a total of 69.75 lbs., and a nicer bunch of guys couldn't be found. CONGRATULATIONS! Locally the top team was "Black Gold", Captained by Mike McDuffie and owned by Don Williams, the winner of this years OIFC Master's Division. "Black Gold" finished 4th with a total of 62.86 lbs.
If the wind lays down tomorrow, we're going to try our hand at some of the monster tarpon we saw yesterday while catching bait. Rube, Brant and Barrett are heading back to Ocean Isle for Granny Mac's 90th birthday celebration. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANNY MCMULLAN!!!!!!!! We'll head back early Sunday morning. If you ever get the opportunity to fish a SKA National event, jump on it. No matter the weather it's something all king fishermen need to experience.
Shannon Conrad reported that he, his dad Vic, sons Adam and Thomas as well as their friend Scott Fleming fished the Friday of the Fall Brawl. They had not entered the Brawl, but trolled around for some kings at the Light House Rocks, the Youpon and ended up at the Sherman. Just as they were getting ready to grab a snack, their reel screamed with what they declare was the big one that got away.
Having had enough of that excitement for the day they elected to go to the jetties and drift fish for a while. That's when they caught this 42" hoss and some 28 inchers....To be continued..........
Ya'll will please have to excuse my lack of reporting the past couple of days. I am with Team "Do Work" at the SKA Nationals representing Division 9 and the OIFC and my computer signal has been a little weak....Tuff being me isn't it? At any rate I'll try to keep the report somewhat updated on events here as best I can.
But this report has to do with Gary and Matt Reagan's 41.9 lb king. The guys caught him on October 30th at the Light House Rocks. Everyone had reported the bite went off around 2 pm and that's when they caught this king. They also had a 2nd king in the 30 lb class and several cut offs.
Team OIFC down here in Ft. Pierce, FL. We are fishing the SKA Nationals this weekend. As normal, big front passing tomorrow to bring strong winds and rough seas; what's new. We actually fished a seperate tournament Tuesday and Wednesday, the last leg of the Yamaha Pro Tour. We did not over achieve, weighed a 20 on day 1 and 30 on day 2. There were a few 40's caught and quite a few 30's. I think we finished the year maybe 12th or so overall on pro tour. Not terrible, but not great either. The guys that fish the pro tour year after year, whom we compete against, are very good. Very humbling. We may be the big fish in our own pond, but with the pro tour crowd, you struggle not to become bait. The challenge is what I think keeps us interested; and always seeking that adrenaline rush of landing a big one or doing well in an event. Anyway, this weekend is why we are reallly here as we always looks forward to Nationals. Stay tuned as I'll try to keep you posted on whos doing what. For a live webcast and info, watch www.fishska.com
Looking at the mainre forecast back home at the OIFC, doesn't look like we are missing much, at least as far as offshore fishing goes. Wind and more wind seems to be the trend through the weekend. Good news is the inshore fishing is red hot with Trout, Flounder and Redfish.
Thats right! Don't let the weatherman scare you away from doing a little fishing. Capt. Chris Dawson stayed close to the beach today and landed a nice king. He said he was just outside of Dawson's Creek drifting pogys when a 30lb plus king skyrocketed on a bait. The king dumped a little over half the spool, as they started to gain some line back it went slack. Under further inspection the swivel had slipped apart! Bummer! Then another king skyrocketed and game on again. This fish made it to the OIFC official scales placing Capt. Chris in 3rd place (24.10) on the year round rodeo.
Inshore action remains consistent despite passing and approaching fronts. The wind has been challenging to deal with, but the North wind should help clean the water up a bit. Large flounder, trout, and redfish are still being caught. Lockwood Folly river is producing trout. The Shalloute River is also producing a few trout and I saw a 8 pound flounder get netted up the river as well. Capt. Jeff Williamson reported seeing a couple nice trout get boated at the Jetties a few days ago. The water temperature is right and the fish are biting at the right times. Go get'em! See ya on the water.
Saturday started on a good note, with bait being plentiful. The pogies were found just off the beaches and the cigar minnows were thick further out. But in the morning there was no bite. That is until the tide began to turn around 2 p.m. Then the bite fired off at the Light House Rocks, the River Channel, the Atlantic Ledge and several other places.
While I was at the docks late in the afternoon I saw over a dezen teenage kings brought in. Captain Chris Dew had a mixed bag of kings and jacks, as his charter wanted to do some bottom fishing. Captain Chris said he went to several locations and around 2 he saw kings skying all around the Cat boat. Today we have a fairly stiff west wind and all our boats are at the dock, so I'm not sure how many people went out I'll pass along what ever info I can..
Congrats to Team OIFC with today's victory in the first annual Marshes Light Marina Kingfish Tournament with a 41.90 lb kingfish. This tournament was held up in Hatteras which verifies that the big Kings are up there just in time for the NC Kingfish Championship. Congrats again to Capt. Brant, Capt. Amy and Capt. Rube on a job well done. Team OIFC is now headed down to Ft. Pierce for the SKA Nationals in an attempt to defend their national title... With the "hot hooks" these guys have had this year, I would gladly put my money on them.
Whle Team-Toes Up aboard Richard Boles' Contender was jigging for bait near the Little River Jetties in preparation for the Fall Brawl they jigged up this red drum on a sabiki rig. In the picture is Doug Robson.
Sound like a fish story? I Don't think so.
Captain Kyle and Mrs. Emilie Limpel of Arcadia, Mi. have good reason to smile as Mrs. Emilie hooked up with this over slot red drum at the Sunset Beach Bridge. Mrs. Emilie was visiting the area with her husband Ray. This huge red comes on the heels of Donnie Clark's blue caught at the Bridge. Could there be something in the water?The Limpel's said they took home a big box of sweet 'taters. I hope they also took home some good memories of their stay here and their trip with Kyle.
If you haven't been watching Political page, you need to catch up. Rube is in deep conversation with NCMF and NCDNR regarding Menhaden harvest and its affect on our Bluefin Tuna fishery. CLICK HERE
Oh yeah, forgot to mention. Registration for the NC Kingfish Championship is now open and active online. You may either enter online, which I encourage, or you can print an entry form and mail it.
To enter go to
Man, how about that Fall Brawl! That was fun. Great weather, great turnout and great fishing. As I said when the SKA's division one in northern NC concluded a couple weeks ago, I sure hate to see the king mackerel tournament season end just when the fishing is getting good.
So, for those who just can't get enough, let me remind everyone about the NC Kingfish Championship slated for November 13th - 21st. That's right, 9 DAYS!. Teams will select 2 of those 9 days to count as their fishing days. That decision can be made up until 6am of the fishing day selected by calling the declaration hotline at 910-253-3474. This tournament does not have a captains meeting as all entries and awards take place on line at www.oifc.com. Teams must enter either on line or by printing off an entry form from the tournaments page on the website and mailing it in. Before fishing teams must select their fishing days and lastly, GO FISH!
This is a simple tournament designed to be easy for the fishermen to fish. We have TWO weigh in locations. Teams may either weigh their fish at Town Creek Marina in Beaufort, NC or Hatteras Village Marina in Hatteras, NC. The idea behind the weigh in locations was to offer options for the fishermen on the north and south end of the fishing grounds again in an attempt to make it easy to fish. Entry fees are low with several TWT options for the gamblers. Most importantly somebody is going to walk away as the 2010 NC State Champion.
Fishing Report: The big fish have already started showing up on the east side of Cape Lookout all the way to and past Hatteras. I have reports of giant kingfish just on the east side of Cape Lookout with fish being caught over 60lbs already. Up towards Hatteras fish in the 40lb range are becoming more and more prevalent every day with the monster kingfish to arrive any day. There are lots and lots of fish right now in Hatteras.
Accommodations: For those teams with 2 or 3 days to devote to this event I highly encourage you to check into staying in Hatteras. I just spoke with Billy Webster of Hatteras Landing Marina (our host location) and he has put together some smoking deals for us on accommodations and boat slips. Contact Billy at 252-489-0458 and tell him you're coming to fish the tournament. His facility is top of the line with your choice of condos overlooking your boat in the marina or hotel rooms. Both options are priced very very reasonably. The condos are big with 4 or 5 bedrooms so sharing with another team is also an option. He is also going to have a vehicle for us to use if there are teams who travel to Hatteras by boat. We will be up there for the week staying in a condo.
Some folks who haven't been to those waters may be a little hesitant as you've heard the legend and lore of the outerbanks. Fishing Hatteras from a weather perspective is very similar to fishing the Brunswick county coast. If it's blowing hard out of the south it's going to be rough. The nearshore waters are protected on a north wind. The good news is the fish are usually within sight of land and the weather typically in years past has given us ample opportunity to get our fishing days in. For those with questions or concerns about getting to Hatteras, navigating around or fishing Hatteras please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll do everything I can to help (email@example.com). We may try to organize a boat caravan up to Hatteras if everyone's schedule works out where we drop in the water at Morehead and run to Hatteras. But, if Hatteras isn't your game, Morehead has plenty of fish to offer and is certainly easier to get to.
Next week we're headed down to Ft Pierce, Fl to defend the SKA National Title but when we get back it'll be time for the NC Kingfish Championship and the biggest and best king fishing of the year. Come check it out, you won't be disappointed.