Phillip Brock fishing out of Holden Beach aboard his Contender the Judy Bee landed these nice grouper Saturday while fishing in 100 ft. of water.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Fall Brawl 2016 Real Time Rankings
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Thats right folks, the call for action; it's time to go fishing. After enduring the hottest summer and early fall in history, and un-cooperative fish, a weather change has finally come. And with the weather change, it is almost guaranteed the fish will start the delayed fall fishing all out bite. All the rain of today will push the pogies out the river so they should be on the beach fronts in a couple of days, the mullets are everywhere, and the spots are not far behind.
This weekend we finally had some dock excitement as several boats that fished the stream all had decent catches of wahoo. Also they found football blackfins, which are candy to the wahoo. As the water cools down a little, the wahoo bite should go wild.
Inshore the King fishing has been terrible, but sure enough, Saturday we weighed a 36+ King that came from the 90/90. Meanwhile, Team OIFC fishing the Atlantic Beach King Classic couldn't buy a bite for 2 days. All that should change with the cooler weather coming. Looking at the long range, after the rain and the cold front passes, appears to be long period of stable clear beautiful fall weather. The Kings will go crazy starting next week in the River channel and Yaupon, and eventually will move down to Shallotte Inlet, hopefully perfectly timed for the Fall Brawl.
So in the immortal call to action words of "Grandpa Mac".....gentlemen, start your catfish!. It's time, finally.
Pictured below is a nice gag grouper Forest Taylor and Brian Richard caught while fishing the break Saturday aboard Forest's 36 ft Yellowfin "That's My Dog".
Also is a picture of a couple of sea bass William Parker caught in 85 to 120 ft of water. William said they caught a couple of dozen sea bass and some big grunts. He thought they had some grouper, but they swam back into their holes and escaped. William's largest black bass weighed 2.75 lbs. Had his partner not cleaned it he would have made the Rodeo Leader Board.
Well folks, it is supposed to officially be fall, even though it still feels a lot like summer outside. It seems that they fish are ready to go into all out fall feeding mode, but dont know what to do because our water temps are still pushing 80 degrees. However, all is not lost, and there are plenty of fish being caught on the inshore grounds this time right now. The redfishing is really good in the backwaters right now, plenty of fish ranging from 15" rats all the way up to some 30+" fish. The flounder fishing has also been strong the past couple weeks, both in the backwater and on the nearshore reefs in the ocean. There have been some really nice flounder around lately, with a lot of nice 2 - 3lb fish, and even a couple of doormats pushing 8 or 9. Fall is literally right around the corner at this point, so the good fishing we have now should only turn into better fishing in the coming weeks.
Benji Faulkner weighed in a 53.9 lb wahoo yesterday. This puts Benji in 3rd place in the Wahoo Division and knocks John Bird off the board.
The fall bite is starting to happen. If history serves itself the king bite should be moving close to shore very soon. Now would be a good time to enter the OIFC Year Around Rodeo.
Also at the docks sporting nice fish was the crew of the "Golden Sunrise". They are Martin McLeod, Chris McLeod, Patrick McLeod, James Fields and Brandon Parnell. This group of anglers caught their fish in about 300 ft deep of "blue water" using ballyhoo.
Docked bow to bow, and fueling his Triton with OIFC ethanol free fuel was Art Jordan. He along with his son Art, Parker Bates and Michael Kratz had fished the Steeples today. They also brought some very fine fish to the OIFC dock.
It's is great to see the dock this festive with beautiful boats, great friends and lots of quality fish. This is a sure sign that the fall bite is taking off!
I arrived at the OIFC docks about 6 pm to see Captain Barrett and Captain Chris Eckert cleaning mahi and wahoo. Then Captain Zach, his dad Benji and Captain Roger rolled up to the OIFC dock after a day's worth of Blue Water fishing. Captain Roger had called me and said they had a couple of fish they'd like for me to take a picture of. Little did I know they'd pull out a fat mahi! Then they started struggling and said the other fish was stuck in the fish box. I guess it was, as the "other fish" was a 54 lb. wahoo.
Roger said that when it hit, the line screamed off, but the 'hoo quickly ran out of gas and was in the Get Floor'd within 10 minutes. This started the log jam at the dock.
There is no big fishing story here. Just some pictures Captain William Parker of the Hound Dog sent me of the Atlantic at the 460 yesterday. If your stuck inland the sight of this beautiful ocean ought to make you cry! Here William was fishing and got some pictures of a couple of barracuda and a barge dumping pipe at the AR 460.
Team OIFC is fishing the tournament out of Morehead today and we wish them good luck. Also Captain Zach of the Get Floor'd and Captain Roger Gales are headed for the Stream to wahoo fish and fish for anything else that gets in their way! Roger's been working and Zach's been stuck in class so anything with gills had better beware!
Hit a few spots this morning on the last bit of incoming tide. First cast triggered an explosion, but it was a miss. Second cast another explosion, this time hooked up with an average two pound trout. He had still missed the bait, but double trebles foul hooked him in the belly. This happens often as trout will aggressively strike a topwater lure from several feet below. Trout often expose their backs and tails during an explosion on a topwater lure. This is what makes this technique so exciting! I only landed 3 fish this morning, but had the priviledge of watching several more open the water up with tremendous explosion. After missing several fish on top, I went to my old technique of using Sea Assassin jigs. The trout did not seem interested in this today, but a 2 pound gag grouper hammered it! This is a sure sign that fall is near and fish should continue to get more aggressive as our water cools. Stop by and talk topwater with me sometime. We have now started to carry two of my most favorite topwater lures. See ya on the water!
Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) just forwarded these pictures taken by Bill McDonough of his son Patrick on a recent inshore charter trip they had with Captain Jeff.
The OIFC had a half day charter yesterday. Though the weather and water were both beautiful, the fish just wouldn't cooperate. COME ON COOLER WEATHER!!
I also must apologize for my slackness in reporting recently. This humble reporter has caught the "Brunswick Co. Crud" and cannot shake it. I'm considering calling Captain Richard and the "Toes Up" crew to come for me.
I watched the full moon set on the opposite horizon this morning as a beautiful sunrise was in the making on the other. The ocean was as beautiful as anyone could expect. We started out in search of the spanish schools that I have been hearing about. Apparently the spanish didn't have school today:) We caught one short spanish and one large bluefish. We called it quits and headed inshore to find a flounder. Inshore the flounder were biting, but slowly. We landed nine flounder or so, most on the short side. We also landed 4 red drum in the 14" to 17" range. Bluefish were being themselves as usual and chopping our baits up. We managed to give a few of them a sore lip as well. We did catch a few fish, but the action wasn't as good as expected on such a beautiful day. See ya on the water!
Pictured is Mr. Lamont. He was an excellent rodeo bull rider in his day. Captain Tommy Helms met him when Tommy's daughter was rodeoing.
Tommy took Lamont in shore and near shore fishing and landed these nice flounder as well as several other species. Tommy said they were fishing with mullet and white perch. He and Tommy Lytton both say the perch make excellent bait and have been pretty thick just off shore.
There is a new leader in the flounder division of the Year 'Round Rodeo. Captain Tommy Helms just weighed in an 8.7 lb flounder. He provided no specifics on where it was caught or what bait he was using
Captain William Parker called yesterday about 1 PM to tell us that the spanish out around the OIB high rise were so thick you could walk on them. He and his wife Pat had decided to do a little flounder fishing on one of the AR's, but because of the crowd they changed positions. While headed to another location William saw a slick and birds diving. He quickly changed his flounder rigs into spanish mode, pulled some 00 Clark Spoons and soon had a boatload of spanish and albacore.
Also pictured below is their boat's namesake.
A group of guys from Charlotte, N.C. chartered with the OIFC for a full day trip Friday. They were Matthew Wilson, Chip Crumpler, Bruce Cole and Marc Striker. The Captains on the cat boat were Captain Brant and 1st mate, Captain Jacob Frick. Jacob specializes in in shore fishing with some off shore angling and is sharpening those skills
The day started with a futile attempt at finding bait. They went all the way to the Cape Fear without finding a single lone pogey. Giving up on that, Brant turned the boat to 100 feet deep water some 40+ miles out and began trolling frozen cigar minnows. At the end of the day they returned to the OIFC with some nice kings and smaller mahi.
Looks like until some cooler water shows up we're going to have to go long and deep to find kings.
This week the Whites (Charlotte) the Houghs (Charlotte) and the Taylors (Jackson, NC) met up for their annual vacation at Ocean Isle Beach. The 1st day they loaded up Butch and Julie Hough's 31 ft Cape Horn for a days fishing. The seas were rough and no bait was too be found. They ended the day with 2 blue fish.. The 2nd day they went at it again, determined to at least catch a few Spanish. A few small pogies were located. They pulled Clark Spoons along the beach but the only bite they could drum up was false albacore. Day 3 was spent at the 90's but there was no action to be found. Day 4, small pogies were found. They fished the 90's with still no luck so they went to the 65 ft. Hole..Nothing!
The decision was made to venture to the Atlantic Ledge. They trolled with some cigar minnows and small pogies. After about an hour they decided to pack it up and head for the hill. That's when a sailfish exploded on a small pogie! Susan Taylor took the rod and fought the sail for an hour with a rod spooled with 20 lb test. The sail put on quite a show, skying and tail walking. When they got it to the boat, they removed the hook, taking pictures all the while. They were concerned about reviving the fish after it had put up such a long fight, so they quickly got him back in the water where he swam away to freedom. Susan hung with the fish the entire time and said by the time he got to the boat her legs were so week they were shaking.
Thanks to Sylvia White for the story and pictures. I couldn't upload the pictures in the format I received them so I had to mess around in order to use them. Because of that the enlarged picture suffers greatly in quality. As soon as we can reformat them I'll repost these 3 as well as some others.