Ray Carroll took his son Holden balloon fishing and Holden landed his 1st cobia The father-son team were fishing at the General Sherman using double pogies on a naked king rig. The cobia was released unharmed.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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OK- its 9:40pm. All is finally quiet. Jolly Mon and staff would like to thank all the participants. 302 boat entries to this point. Registration remains open until 11:59pm this evening. According to preliminary numbers, approximately 75 entered the high rollers TWT and 70 entered -23 TWT. 210 entered the regular TWT. Looks like roughly 2/3 of the field has chosen to fish Saturday. However, remember that you can change your declaration day as late as 7am -- call 910 253 3474 to declare or change declaration.
Thanks to all and stay tuned to weigh-in updates and reports. Good luck to all.
We have gotten a lot of calls regarding Pogey's and where they are located. The only place we have found is in the Cape Fear River..... Perhaps they will move down by morning.
Captain Jeff of the Blue Goose was able to take his son Chris king fishing on Jeff's birthday Wednesday. Chris caught his 1st king, shark and barracuda on the trip.
Happy birthday Jeff and congratulations Chris..Keep it up. Today's youth are very important to the future of salt water fishing
I made a Jolly Mon recon run yesterday morning and here is what I saw.
On the beach:
-Big school of small bluefish in Shallotte Inlet, being fed on by Spanish
-Big schools of greenies in approx 25 feet[being fed on by Spanish]
-Big schools of butterfish in approx 25 feet[being fed on by Spanish
-water color on beach perfect "king green"
HMMM.......SO, WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?
-big schools of cigar minnows betweeen Jungle and Christina
-water color clear to king green
-water full of spanish and very small kings
HMMM...WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?
Answer: They can be anywhere. Only thing missing is the pogies which I understand are holding in Cape Fear River. This could be a dead bait tourney if they don't mysterioulsy show up which seems to happen just when you give up on them showing[pogy bobbin may be with pinfish this year]. Or this may be year of non tradional baits[whiting/spots/dogfish/grunts/ect, whatever you can jig up]. Somebody will get lucky and catch the big one and win a whole bunch of money. Come join us at the Jolly Mon!
Went on recon mission today. Ran from Shallotte to Murrells Inlet- NO POGYS. There were scattered schools of Threadfin and Spanish Macks. We ran offshore to reef in 60 feet and jigged Cigar Minnows and then caught Kings and big Spanish pretty quick at several spots in 60-65 feet of water - biggest 12 pounds. There is quite a bit of topwater bait between the Jungle and 10/10, that area looks good. Our charters caught fish at Christinas and 90's today, nothing of much size. There were Kings biting at Yaupon today as well, not sure if any of size came from there. Only Pogys I heard of were in Cape Fear River and Carolina Beach area.
Short of it all -- bait is tough, Kings are plentiful in 50-65 feet, but small so far as I've seen. Water on beach is clear and there are lots of Spanish and Greenies around. The biggest fish will come from these areas I think. I'm sure some 20+ fish will mix in with small fish in 60 foot depth range. Also some Kings offshore around Tower and over Grouper bottoms in 100 feet -- might be an option? Lots of choices, nothing clear cut. Tournament field will scatter out and someone will find a big one -- it could be you!
Just finished processing early entries-- 107 thus far, ahead of last year at this time. Hopefully we'll meet our annual target of 300 boats. Hope you and family will participate.
Tomorrow is final registration for Jr. Jolly Mon -- you can drop by the OIFC to sign up until 9pm or ENTER ON-LINE --- Fishing is Friday from 7am to 3pm -- Prizes are awarded for top 3 largest King, Cobia and Dolphin.
Jolly Mon King Classic registration is on-going thru Friday PM. You can stop by the OIFC or ENTER ON-LINE as well. If you cannot make it to the Capt. Meeting, I will post any rule changes on this page as well as tournament page. You are responsible for the rules regardless of attendance to meeting or not.
Here at the OIFC we are stocked with everything you need. Cigar Minnows, Ribbonfish, Chum and all the tackle..... see you for the Jolly Mon - stay tuned for a report tomorrow.
OK, it is just around the corner. I'm processing early entries now and will send out confirmations with boat numbers. If you can't make it to the Capt. meeting, you are responsible for all rules and any rule changes. If there are any, they will be posted on this page as well as tournament page. Hoping to have a great turnout again this year. Possibly Mother Nature will spare us and provide good conditions? I'm going out this AM to do some looking around for bait and conditions. I'll report back to findings.
Yesterday the Kingfish bite was very good for our charter boats at the Christina's Ledge, 90's and Barges. Most of the fish were in the 8-12 pound range. I also talked to someone who said there was a ton of bait at the Jungle. Pogys have been hard to find on the beach the last week. They may not be available, thus be sure to carry dead Cigars, Ribbonfish and Sabiki rigs.
Stay tuned.- Brant
Captain Jeff Williamson and Captain Chris Eckert were chartered by the Kreb's, Emily, Christian, Josh and Conner. They went a few miles out and caught several kings, spanish and even a gaffer mahi on the downrigger using cigar minnows. Jeff said they had no idea what hit the downrigger until they saw the mahi sky.
On the 13th Captain Steele and Captain Chris Eckert went about 8 miles out and caught a fistfull of kings and mahi on cigar minnows.
Also below are a couple of pictures of fish Captain Jeff caught on an in shore charter. He is just so amphibius!
Tommy Helms sent me this fishing report. I copied and pasted exactly what he sent because there was NO way I could improve it. You have got to know these guys to really appreciate them. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did. Thanks Tommy and Tommy!
These guys came down from Charlotte and Mr Litton and myself told them we were going to catch some Brunswick County Bluegill Bream . I think we finally convinced them after a few beverages that they were larger bream. They said that was the biggest bream bed they had ever seen and the biggest cat fish ( Tiger Shark And cobia ) they had ever seen. The cat fish were eating their Bream .They hooked a cat fish but it broke the line ( imagine that ) It weighed Oh ! about seven or eight hundred pounds . More or less....
Check out this picture that was taken by one of my charters last Friday. We were at the 90's catching a mix of Kings, Spanish and Cobia. We were hooked up to the Cobia in one of the pictures when this big fella began circling the boat; the biggest I've seen in some time. I'd say 12 feet easy, awesome fish!
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While many people were off shore taking advantage of the hot king bite, Captain Jeff Williamson (OIFC/Get Busy) and Will King took a couple of hours to do some in shore fishing. Armed with live shrimp Jeff had cast netted earlier they went to hunt the red drum.
They found them too...probably the hottest red fish bite either had experienced! All total this dynamic duo caught and released over 30 drum. What a trip! The shrimp are showing up in pretty good numbers and can be caught with a little skill using a cast net. As far as the fish are concerned, you are the most popular person on the block if you have shrimp. Next and a VERY close 2nd is pogies and in 3rd place are mud minnows.
Jeff fishes the backwaters for the OIFC and provided the pictures.
Today was a banner day for kings and cobia in the Long Bay area of Ocean Isle Beach. In the earlier part of the morning the pogies were off of Holden Beach. The king and cobia action was at the 90's where Capt Chris Dew and 1st mate Aaron Dew saw success on both their morning and afternoon charters. Captain Zach was also there and had several kings and cobia. Zach was using frozen cigar minnows as was Captain Chris.
Captain William Parker was also in on the action at the 90's while fishing with his brother Fred of Charlotte. They caught several kings, spanish and a cobia. Captain William reported all but one king was caught on frozen cigar minnows, the other was on a pogey. Captain Steele had a charter to the stream where they caught several mahi. Steele will do a report on his trip later.
Pictured below is Fred Parker with one of his kings.
Sometimes when doing a Fishing Report something stands out that epitomizes, for many, what salt water fishing is all about. This is one of those times.
Yesterday Brian Aycock, aboard his boat the "Hail Yeah", took his oldest son Austin, their friend Eddie Julian and Eddie's sons, Edward and Davis to the Gulf Steam. They caught 3 mahi, 15 AJ's and a scamp. But more importantly they spent time together on the sea fishing as family and friends. Memories that will outlast any fish they may have caught. Well maybe.... unless they think about when they fished with Capt. Brant, Capt. Barrette and Rube and they caught the 74 lb king. Or when they won the Dixie Chicken.... Anyway, enjoy these pictures of yesterday's beautiful ocean.