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- Capt. Rickey Beck
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The 4th Annual Bay Creek Classic has announced it it's FaceBook site that Captain Brant and the OIFC have pledged $500 to the Tournament. Captain Brant asked that this pledge be used for the Junior Angler Division and the Tournament has designated it for that purpose.
Many anglers who would normally fish the Bay Creek Tournament are fishing for points in the SKA Division 9. Because of weather predictions for this weekend the Brunswick King Mackerel Tournament has been rescheduled for the same weekend as the Bay Creek inshore tournament, Sept 11th so we can't fish the Bay Creek.
To show support for the Bay Creek Tournament, team "Do Work" (Jeff's and my crew) and team "Hail Yeah" (Brian Aycock's crew) have joined many others and each donated Penn Slammer Reels for auction at the Bay Creek. Please go to the link and see how you can support this great cause, even if you can't fish it.
The Mission Statement for the OIFC says that we should share our fishing information with you. But in this case partially because of the upcoming king tournament I was asked not reveal any information. Because the person was kind enough to share these pictures I'll honor his request.
This is a 40 + pound king caught this week from a jon boat using a mullet and at the mouth of an inlet near here. What IS important is that it shows is that the kings are back near shore. A local told me that when the yellow butterflies show up the kings are not far behind. We've got a ton of yellow butterflies, the bait is on the beach and the water has cooled a tad AND this king was on the beach! May be some truth to that.
Today has been beautiful at OIB. The temperature, and humidity are lower than they have been. Even the water temperature is falling..just a little. The seas were in great shape as well as the backwater.
Captain Jeff Williamson of the "Get Busy/OIFC" fished north of OIB with his brother using pogies and had great fortune. He brought several flounder back to the OIFC, including this citation 7.1 lb.r which put him in 3rd place in the OIFC Year Around Rodeo. All reports indicate that pogies and mullet minnows are plentiful.
Captain Steele Park fished his Sailfish "Sea Monkey" near shore. Captain Steele reported a lot of pogies off Holden and Oak Island. Steele had several spanish, including a 5.7 lb.r. I didn't get pictures of Steele's fish because he needed to get home. All in all a great day to be at the coast.
Below are Capt. Jeff being assisted by Captain Amy and 1st mate Caroline with showing us his flounder.
Just a quick report in hope you will adjust your schedule and fish this tournament. Quickly, The Ocean Isle Fishing is doing our best to help support the 4th Annual Bay Creek Classic Tournament honoring Brandon Matthews. The tournament will be held September 11th. The "Fishing Center" has pledged to be a "Captains' Sponsor", offering to help support the Junior Angler Division.
Please check out the link...Fish the tournament and/or be a sponsor. We'll have more updates to follow. You can also keep up by visiting Bay Creek Classic on FaceBook.
Working in the store again today...had a report from a guy fishing in the surf today. He said he was catching nice red drum in the surf and getting chopped off by a lot of bluefish. I have seen lots of spanish jumping in the waterway lately and even seen some jumping up the Shallote river. Our charter boats have been catching spanish mackerel everywhere...from the beach to the hammer...king mackerel should be somewhere in the middle of all that action. We have not seen much action from them though. Don't worry...it won't be long before the bite just amazingly turns on out of no where. Looking to fish offshore? The bottom fish seem to be cooperating in 90 to 100 feet of water. I had a guy today say they went yesterday and limited out on grouper and had several triggerfish. This depth range seems to be the most productive right now for anything offshore. Kings, Mahi, and Cobia have all been caught in this depth range lately. So if you want to tug on something big, you better plan on a full day trip. If you are just looking for something good to eat then stay right off the beach and catch lots of spanish. Well, don't forget about the inshore species....the full moon has brought on a good bite...I have landed several trout, red fish, and keeper flounder my last two outings this week. Look for me tomorrow on the water. I may bring out the fly rod if I see the same action as I have seen. See ya on the water!
Preparing for a little fishing yesterday...I was casting my net for bait when I noticed I had caught a barracuda...Well, you know it is hot when you are catching barracuda in the canals. Swimmers don't be too alarmed, he was only big enough to take a toe or two:) Lots of shrimp out there to be used as bait and seems to be the choice of many fish right now. The mullet have shown up in full force and are everywhere finally! Still perfect sized flounder pogies can be found up and down the waterway as well. The dinner table is set for the fall run! I believe even in this heat the fish know fall is right around the corner. The last couple of times I have been out the fish have been crushing the baits. We have had to move a lot to find exactly where they are feeding, but once you do...game on! We caught several trout, redfish, and flounder today...with the occassional bluefish and pinfish in the mix. Live shrimp under a popping cork was working pretty good, but slowed down for some reason. My buddy Jerry started throwing my Sea Assassin jig and slammed a few nice trout. I decided to try topwater since the action was so hot...I landed several redfish on topwater along with several nice trout as well. Jerry also busted a flounder on artificials and a redfish. Jerry actually land a Carolina Slam on artificials today. We all landed a Carolina Slam or two for that matter. The inshore action is definitely hot right now...not sure how long it will last. I hope this bite stays with us on through to the fall. I am sure the full moon has a lot to do with such a hot bite right now as well. Time to get on the water and enjoy some fishing. See ya on the water!
Captain William Parker and his wife Mrs. Pat took advantage of the beautiful seas yesterday aboard "The Hound Dog" to get in some spanish fishing. They didn't realize they were not only getting their supper but were serving up for the barracuda. They got about a dozen spanish, not counting the ones the barracuda ate and even a small king which was released. (I hope he grows a little by tournament time next weekend. Jeff and I need him!). The sea turtles and flying fish were abundant, so for those who want to take the family on a near shore trip it sounds as if the AR's are alive.
ON THE INSHORE NOTE:
Dr. Jeff Wallen and a couple of friends fished and caught 9 flounder, 5 keepers, a couple of trout, reds and a spanish. They fished behind OIB and the 3 mile AR. The flounder weren't biting for them at the AR and they only saw one keeper boated. The larger finger mullet were the bait of choice and the fish had moved into the shallows to ambush the bait. Big shrimp were available in the OIB canals and Dr. Jeff caught a couple of dozen in one cast.
Captain Tommy Helms and Tommy Lytton have been at it again. No, they weren't petting tiger sharks, they were catching flounder, which they are very good at. Captain Tommy had one that weighed 5.8 or 6.1 lbs depending whose scales he used and as soon as I can find his pictures I'll post them.
Lets keep our fingers crossed that the hurricane that is going to pass well off shore this weekend doesn't mess up the King Tournament Saturday.
Captain Steele Park and Captain Chris Dawson were joined aboard the Carolina Cat for a full day charter by Terry Logan (Oak Island, N.C.), Rick Pressley (Charlotte), Tim Pressley (Charlotte), Roger Pressley (Wilmington) and Nicolas Pressley (Belmont, N.C.) for a beautiful day for fishing on perfect seas.
The group started their day by catching pogies just outside the mouth of the Shallotte Inlet. They then spent the remainder of the day fishing in 65 ft to 85 ft. of slick water. The day was broken up bottom fishing and trolling. They said the spanish were actually skying as they hit the pogies. Terry caught the cobia in the prop wash on a Spro Bucktail jig. It looks like he caught the cobia with a spanish in the picture. They considered free gaffing him because he just wouldn't bite...not really on the free gaffing.
Everyone on the charter agreed that the ocean was slick beautiful and so clear you almost see the down rigger ball.
Captain Chris Dawson said that he fished Friday and hooked up on about 40 spanish and several black tip sharks just outside the Ocean Isle Pier in 20-25 ft of water. They kept @ 20 in the 4-5 lb range.
Captain Jeff Williamson fished the Little River Jetties today, after getting the Sunset Beach Bridge tender to finally open the bridge! He and his group caught several red drum.
Won't it be nice to zoom down the ICW and not have to wait on that bridge? Just a couple more months!!!
Hello from the inshore grounds. It seems the OIFC's fishing report page has been dominated by inshore reports lately, which is a sure sign that we have some decent fishing going on. I feel like we have been very fortunate to still have consistent fishing going on, even though it has been terribly hot. The water temps are still blazing in the mid to upper 80 degree range, but there have been quite a few redfish and and flounder prowling around. The reds have been coming in all mixed sizes from 12" rats to 30+" bulls, often off of the same spots, so always be ready for a big one. While we havent caught any big flounder in a couple of weeks, we have been catching some nice keepers in many of the same spots we have been drum fishing on. Also, I have heard off and seen some nice fish that have come off of some nearshore structure (ARs) recently, and now is the time to get your offshore flounder fishing in. The finger mullet have really started to make a showing, and its seems that they have been the bait of choice recently, along with a live shrimp of course. There have also been some trout hanging around in a few areas, so floating a live shrimp thourgh some of your normal trout holes just might produce.
**On a side note, all of you flounder fishermen out there should check out and look into fishing the 4th Bay Creek Classic flounder tournament, which will be held Sat. September 11 at the Wildlife Boatramp in Southport. The registration and captains meeting will be Fri. Sep. 10th at Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport. For those of you who aren't aware, this is a benefit tournament tournament for Brandon Matthews, a local fisherman who was badly injured in a hunting accident several years ago. So if you are planning on fishing that weekend anyway, enter the tournament and support a geat cause. More information can be found at: www.baycreekclassic.com.
Mark Ray of Mark Ray Studio Marine Wildlife Art just finished the artwork for The Marshes Light 1st Annual King Mackerel Tournament to be held over Halloween. They wanted Halloween themed artwork and I thought this was too cool not to pass along. Hope Mark doesn't mind.
Stuck working in the store today, so did not get on the water myself today. I am sure the fish are still biting somewhere. This time of year you need to be looking for the bait and its reaction. We found fish exploding on top yesterday. They had the mullet minnows scattering everywhere and shrimp jumping out of the water. We killed the fish on a cajun popping cork with live shrimp. Every cast was a fish...even flounder would come off the bottom every now and then to take a bite. The trout and redfish were stacked up in this area. An occassional blue was also eager to jump on a live shrimp. We caught close to 40 fish yesterday...mostly redfish.
With all that said...my tip for today is to learn how to locate live bait and get proficent with a cast net. Location for live bait? Any feeder creek connected to the waterway at the last bit of low tide will produce a wide variety of live bait from pinfish, croakers, spots and shrimp. Live bait is best this time of year...it is hard to compete with the real thing when the water is so full of it. But at the same time don't completely give up on artificials...sometimes it works, because it is something different. I have still been catching flounder and trout on artificials. The 4" Sea Assassins and 3" gulp pogies on a 1/8 ounce jighead worked correctly will produce some aggressive strikes. Redfish will also hammer a gulp pogy...29" redfish landed this year on the gulp pogy. Well, that is enough said for today...hope this helps all those struggling on the inshore game or perhaps lost confidence. The fish are hear! You have just got to find them and not give up. See ya on the water!
Fished with Grandpa, Dad, and daughter today from Concord, NC area. Had a little electrical delay this morning. Once the electricity was turned off we headed out. The fishing started off a little slow, but when the next shower of rain started, so did the fish. One redfish after another...14" to 16"...not big, but a great little fighting fish. Everyone also caught a flounder, but right before we decided to make a move Alyssa drilled a 16" flounder for the dinner table. Of course we gave it a few more minutes, but it was time to go hunting for bigger fish. We headed to our next spot with no success...the 30" fish were not there this morning. So we moved to our next area...the fish were on fire here! Redfish exploding out of the water...so we put some shrimp on a popping cork...immediate hook up...put a pig fish(grunt) on a bottom rig and agian immediate hook up...23" trout...We caught several trout 16" to 23" and redfish from 14" to 25" in this area. Shrimp on a popping cork was killing the fish. Awesome! Grandpa and Dad after catching several fish themselves just sat back and watched Alyssa have some arm burning fun. We gave it one last try where some 30" fish had been hanging out. No such luck. I guess you can't have everything! Alyssa landed nice keeper fish in all three inshore species today completing a Carolina Slam. I enjoyed it...hope the memories stay with them forever! See ya on the water!
For being located in the middle of no where, Cedar Island must be a busy place. The OIFC just received these pictures from Andrew Strickland of Durham, N.C. (this reporters home town) of a trip he took along with Willis and Paul Warren this past weekend.
They fished the bottom using cut mullet and caught the biggest fish of the day at sunset. All the reds were over slot and were released healthy. Andrew usually fishes out of OIB and is headed to the Little River jetties this weekend. We hope he gets into the action there.
Seven year-old Carter and his dad fished for hours today all up and down the intercoastal waterway. They said they had very little success with catching much with any significance. So after a long day they finally headed back home to the dock. Carter just couldn't give up. Carter stayed on the dock and made a few cast. Next thing you know he is hooked up! Dad wasn't to excited at first, thinking it must just be another small fish. Then he saw the fish surface...GET THE NET! Carter landed his age today. Thats right...he weighed in a 7 pound 12 ounce flounder today caught right of the dock. Well folks, that goes to show you that the fish can be anywhere.
TIP: Don't give up...the next cast could be the big one!
It's become an annual pilgrimage, sort of a call of the wild. Maybe it's a primal urge man has to provide food for the family. Or maybe it's just a ROAD TRIP!!!!!!! Every year a group of local Ocean Isle Beach buddies with a common love of fishing head up the N.C. coast to Cedar Island for a weekend of 'round the clock fishing and fun.
This year Brandon Sauls, Brian Aycock and family, Jeff Beck, Clay Morphis, Eddie Juliun and family, Scott Quaintance, and his family, and I'm sure I've left someone out, made the trip. I am told that next year some of our smaller lady anglers will also be traveling along to show the guys some equal opportunity.
Here are a few pictures of the drum the guys caught and released.
Chris and Cole from Houston, TX fished a half day inshore trip with us this morning. I was a bit nervous with this being my first trip representing Capt. Brant's Fishing Adventures. Also everything in Texas is known to be bigger. Expectations were high...I always put a ton of pressure on myself to locate and successfully coach my crew in landing fish. I was able to locate a few fish this morning and my crew did a great job at landing some nice fish. Cole started out with several redfish in the 14" to 16" range and a few flounder around 13" inches. Chris could only watch as his 8 year-old son was stacking the fish up on him. Dad stayed patient and allowed his son to continue hogging the hole. Finally, Cole got a little pre-occupied and stole his dad's Dr. Pepper from the cooler. I thought that was the deal...the guy who lands the first fish gets choice. :) Dad took advantage of his chance to get in the honey hole. Wham! Just that quick the drag started screaming...a nice 23" redfish in the boat. A couple casts later here comes a 16" flounder. Dad was just waiting to set the dinner table. The tide was bottoming out and the fishing slowed down. We made a move to check out a few more spots. We rolled up to the next place and caught another redfish on live shrimp. Made another move trying to locate some fish willing to bite. Then it happened...Both rods bent to their limits...Cole fought his for just a bit and it spit the hook....Dad was still hanging on...After a few minutes and a burning elbow dad landed a brute of a redfish...30 inches plus....A quick picture and released...We got reset for Cole....Just a few seconds and Cole was hooked up...Cole also landed a 30" plus brute after several minutes of an arm burning experience! We gave it a few more minutes before a little shower put us on the run. Cole was pretty much satisfied and ready to go. Dad and I hit a few more spots, but the tide had completely quit on us. We called it a day. A great day! There is nothing like a father & son enjoying time on the water together! See ya on the water!
Inshore tip for today: Locate the bait...watch the bait's reaction...the bait will tell you if the fish are there or not...follow the bait...catch the bait...and fish with the bait that is in that area.
Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron Dew were joined on a half day charter by Ken White, (USMC, Camp Lejeune & Hubert, N.C.), John Park, (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Greg Erhard, (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for a morning charter. The group fished the Youpon Reef and brought home some spanish mackerel. They said the bite was sporadic at best, but a good time on the water was had by all. Good news for the spanish fishermen is the spanish are there but you are going to have to work for them.
Ken has 21 years in The USMC and has recently returned from Iraq. The OIFC staff wishes to extend our gratitude to Ken for his service to our country, just as we appreciate all members of the armed forces.