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"Over size load" | Get Busy | 06/26/12
 

I made mention of the over the slot redfish that have hit the ICW and the jetties of Little River. Keep in mind that if you stop to fish your favorite dock or deep hole in N.C. waters and catch that nice 26 inch slot red DO NOT cross the border down around corner and hit the jetties as that 26 inch red will be over the S.C. slot for keeper redfish. 18 to 27 in N.C. and 23 inches being the upper end of the slot in S.C.. Remember to pinch the tail. NOT to the fork.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Little Debby Banana Cakes?" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/26/12
 

Mr. Almond and his son Zach joined me this morning for a half day backwater adventure. Debby to the South of us has sent a few showers our way and high pressure building to the North of us has the wind howling. We are stuck right in the middle of a pressure battle between two air masses. Our best hope is that high pressure to our North wins the battle sending Debby well South and bringing stable weather to our region. Despite all the changing weather conditions we were determined to give it a go this morning. Our first spot was void of live. We hit our secondary spot and game on! We landed several nice redfish and battled with some large stingrays. Mr. Almond was hooking all the fish and Zach was complaining that his rod wasn't getting hit. It was a good thing Daddy was lettting him reel in all the fish. We found out shortly after a long battle with a stingray why Zach's rod wasn't getting hit. Zach sat down for a quick snack...a BANANA! I am just glad it wasn't effecting the whole boat. We had a great morning on the water despite some tough conditions. Thank you guys for fishing with us! See ya on the water!

Live shrimp fished on a carolina rig in deep holes produced most of the bites. We also floated live shrimp over shallow oyster bars producing a few bites.


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Jolly Mon Awards" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/25/12
 

The awards dinner and presentation was last night.  The recipients had a good group of supporters joining in and a great meal to boot.

Captain Brant will be providing the details of the finishing order shortly.  Below are a couple of pictures including the winning team of D. Canady, Preston Nowell and T.K. Nowell.

Click on this link for more pictures.  Also a big thank you to the substitute photographer Courtney Beck.

Congratulations to all.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon Winner Crowned; King Bite Hot" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/25/12
 

Look back up at the title to this report.  “King Bite Hot”; now there’s something you haven’t seen me write in a long time.  It is hard to believe how this year’s 2012 Jolly Mon King Classic unfolded; it could not have been scripted any better.  After enduring an early Summer of storms that caused the postponement of the original tournament dates, left the water stirred up and made the King Mackerel uncooperative, the skies opened up and Mother Nature sent a blessing down in the form of a great weather weekend and great fishing.  If you have been following my past reports, you likely could tell that I had all but lost hope in the King Mackerel fishery.  The Kings were no where to be found.  In fact, the Ocean Isle Fishing Center had not seen a single King Mackerel put on the dock in the 2012 season; now that’s amazing.  I had lots of theories as to where/why the fish were as did many other fishermen, but there was no clear cut answer.  But as has been the case with Kings in the past, they mysteriously show, seemingly out of nowhere and everything is back the way it should be.  I may be rambling here, but I’m still in shock over how the fishing did a complete 180 in just a week, and believe it or not, just in time for the Jolly Mon.

A total of 176 boats registered to compete in the 2012 Jolly Mon King Classic.  That is down substantially from 3+ years ago when the tournament would draw 300 or more competing teams.  As most will agree, a combination of the building bust, fuel prices and poor fishing all have lead teams away from the sport.  It is my sincerest hope that one day these fishermen will come back to competition and the Jolly Mon, and I believe many will come back if the fishing will continue strong.  Regardless, the Jolly Mon is still one of the largest King Mackerel fishing tournaments in the country, and a total purse in excess of $75,000 was paid out to winning teams who were able to catch the largest King Mackerel.  The Jolly Mon allowed for teams to compete 1 out of 2 days, either Saturday the 23rd or Sunday the 24th.  The weather forecast was great for both days, and teams were split nearly 50/50 fishing each day.  As is often the case in tournaments, the first fish to the scales is the big one that will take the prize.  On Saturday at 2pm the Southport based team of Dave Canaday, Treston Nowell and T.K. Nowell pulled up to the scales in their 26 foot boat Snap One and announced they had a big one.  The team pulled a monster from the bag, a 41.60 pound King Mackerel that would be the event’s only 40 pounder and good for the overall win and $18,000+ in prize money.  Capt. Dave Canady reported they had caught the fish in 65 feet of water near the famous “Shark Hole”, located some 15 miles offshore of Ocean Isle Beach.  They reported a good bite from Kings and that several other boats were in the area and catching fish.  The stage had been set.  The Kings showed up and now it was up to the 175 other participants to bring them to the scales.  Shortly thereafter Corey Bellamy and team of the Choice of Two scaled a 33.7 pound King and Austin Eubanks of the Clearly Hooked scaled a 31.8.  A total of 3 fish over 30 pounds were weighed in on day 1 along with quite a few others over 25 pounds.  Approximately half of the 80 boats fishing on Saturday weighed in Kings, and by scale closing at 5pm, 31st place was just over 10 pounds.  Sunday’s weather looked even better than Saturday with glass flat seas.  The advantage for teams on this day was that “word” had gotten out on where Kings were caught and thus teams were able to hone directly in on their whereabouts.  What was really great was that a large school of Kings had moved into the Shark Hole area just 15 miles offshore, making them accessible to any size boat.  In addition, as it was thought prior to the tournament, another large group of Kings was holding 40+ miles offshore, southwest of the Frying Pan Tower.  Many of the larger boats blasted off to seek these offshore Kings while the smaller boats went for the closer in Kings.  And the best part was of the 30 places on the leader board, it was a near even split between winning fish coming from big boats and small boats; everyone was in the game.  Scales opened at 2pm on Sunday, but on this day, there were no teams waiting.  In fact, it wasn’t until after 3pm that the first team came to the scales.  But, slowly as time pushed toward 5pm, the trickle of boats picked up, and it was evident the bite was hot and the fish were quality.  20+ pound Kings were the norm as many boats reported catching their limits.  The Southern Bale team captained by Matt Gay came in early to post a 37.5 pound King that took over 2nd place.  At 4pm, Jackson David of the Intracoastal Angler boat scaled a 33.95 to take over 3rd place.  And the 30’s just kept coming.  It was evident the Kings were back!  By the end of the weigh-in on Sunday, 65 of the 95 fishing teams had weighed in.  10th place was a whopping 30 pounds and it took a 21.65 pound King to make 30th place.  That is one of the strongest leader boards in the history of the Jolly Mon.  Participants were all smiles and thankful for the great day of fishing.  Being a competitive fisherman myself, I certainly want to win every time out.  However, the difference between being satisfied with my effort and disappointed mostly revolves around whether I feel like I gave myself a fair opportunity to win the tournament.  That means I felt like I was in a good place that could produce the winning fish, I caught fish and I didn’t mess up any opportunities.  To me, that is a successful day of tournament fishing.  And the wonderful thing was that most competitors in the 2012 Jolly Mon felt this way.  The bite was good and there were scattered potential winning fish which meant any next bite could be the big one.  It is the essence of tournament fishing; the anticipation, excitement and anxiety that occurs when you get a bite that you think might possibly be a winning fish.  It is a rush!  In the end, the team of Dave Canady, Treston Nowell and T.K. Nowell of Southport, NC took away top honors for producing a 41.6 pound King Mackerel.  Congratulations to this team and all the teams who competed and helped to revive the King Mackerel fishery.  Also many thanks to the sponsors that supported the Jolly Mon:  Yellowfin Yachts, Yamaha Marine, Sea Tow, BrightStar, Bell & Bell, Guy C. Lee, NBOA, The GPS Store, BB&T, Ameratrail, Marine Service Center, Ocean Isle Marina and others. 

I believe that with stable weather, the Kings are going to show up strong and make for great fishing this Summer.  Let’s cross our fingers and hope the storms stay away; they are the deciding factor. 

 

2012 Jolly Mon King Classis results:

1    41.60  SNAP ONE Dave Canady, Southport, NC        

2    37.50  Southern Bale Matt Gay, Walstonburg, NC            

3    33.95  Intracoastal Angler  Jackson David, Wilmington, NC             

4    33.70  Choice of Two Cory Bellamy,  Sunset Beach, NC           

5    32.65  Wide Spread  Nesbitt Noble,  Ocean Isle Beach, NC         

6    32.60  Jay Bird  Jay J Loney_Jr,  Wilmington, NC              

7    32.20  Hooligan  Joseph R Winslow_III,  Sunset Beach, NC            

8    31.80  Clearly Hooked Austin T Eubank,  Carolina Beach, NC          

9    30.30  Hammer  Ronald K Sutton,  Carolina Beach, NC         

10   30.25  Salt & Battery  Blake Holcomb,  Leland, NC           

11   29.60  Toes-Up   Richard L Boles,  Laurinburg, NC             

12   28.40  Blew By U! Corey Durako,  Wilmington, NC             

13   28.05  Half-at-it Brian A Bullard,  Wilmington, NC              

14   27.35  Inlet View Bar & Grill  Tim Milliken,  Shallotte, NC               

15   27.00  Final Approach  James M Demyan_Jr,  Southern Pines, NC          

16   26.35  Hot Rod   Brett A Barnes,  Wilmington, NC             

17   25.75  Team OIFC Barrett McMullan,  Shallotte, NC              

18   25.65  What Ever Cheryl Davis,  Greensboro, NC       

19   25.50  Wild Ride  Randy Griffin_Jr,  Hampstead, NC               

20   25.45  Windy Conditions  Henry Tillett,  Beaufort, NC                

21   24.65  Service Call  Patrick Overstreet_I,  Tarboro, NC                 

22   23.70  Bud Light  Phillip M Hamilton,  Wilmington, NC              

23   23.60  Full Throttle  Billy Earnhardt,  Salisbury, NC               

24   23.45  On A Mission  Chris Bryan,  Ocean Isle Beach, NC        

25   22.95  My Time  Danny R Goodman,  Shallotte, NC                

26   22.55  Take a Chance  David M Rucker,  Raleigh, NC          

27   22.20  Eren's Addiction Too   Jack Bracewell,  Summerville, SC             

28   21.95  Wee Doggie  Joey Crisp,  Wilmington, NC              

29   21.85  Logan's Run   D Logan,  Wrightsville Beach, NC      

30   21.80  Gone Haywire IV   Randy Baker,  Waxhaw, NC                  

 

Junior Angler Division (16 years and younger)

 

1-  32.60   Jay Bird  CJ Avery,  Wilmington, NC           

2-  29.60   Toes-Up   Richard J Boles,  Laurinburg, NC           

3-  27.35   Inlet View Bar & Grill  Tristen Catalanotto,  Shallotte, NC           

4-  25.75   Team OIFC   Caroline McMullan,  Shallotte, NC           

5-  25.50   Wild Ride   Ayden Griffin, Hampstead, NC           

6-  25.45   Windy Conditions  Gage Bass,  Beaufort, NC           

7-  21.95   Wee Doggie  Whitney Crisp,  Wilmington, NC            

8-  20.90   Miss Teny  Robert Jones,  Walstonburg, NC           

9-  19.75   Seahorse Fishing Team  Madison Morris,  Troy, NC           

10-  17.45   No Pro Bono  Holden Clark,  Elizabethtown, NC           

11-  17.20   Wave Walker  David Lambeth Jr,  Asheboro, NC           

12-  16.50   Liquid Fire  Crockett Henderson,  Cape Carteret, NC           

13-  16.35   Let'er Rip  Mason Cashwell,  Roseboro, NC           

14-  16.05   East Coast Sports  Cole Edens,  Hampstead, NC           

15-  14.80   Knot Head  Ashleigh & Jennifer Stocks,  Chadbourn, NC           

16-  13.55   Fin-der Bender   Dustin Mosier,  Vass, NC           

17-  12.30   Trick C  Kaitlyn York,  Burlington, NC           

18-  11.25   Team Brightstar   Christopher Lappin,  Southport, NC           

19-  10.75   Hail Yeah  Brandon Aycock,  Ocean Isle Beach, NC           

20-  10.00   Pharmasea   Holden Carroll,  Four Oaks, NC         

 

Grandma Mac Memorial-  Lady Angler Division

 

1-  41.60   SNAP ONE  T K Nowell,  Southport, NC           

2-  32.65   Wide Spread   Becky King Noble,   Ocean Isle Beach, NC        

3-  31.80   Clearly Hooked   Margaret Pennstrom,  Carolina Beach, NC           

4-  28.05   Half-at-it    Teresa Bullard,  Wilmington, NC           

5-  25.75   Team OIFC   Katelyn Kincer,  Shallotte, NC           

6-  25.65   What Ever   Cheryl Davis,  Greensboro, NC           

7-  25.45   Windy Conditions   Wendy Tillett,  Beaufort, NC           

8-  24.65   Service Call  Devon Bullock,  Tarboro, NC            

9-  22.20   Eren's Addiction Too  Eren Bracewell,  Summerville, SC           

10-  20.05   Didn't Ask !     Bonita Alexander,  Stedman, NC           

 

Scott Hewett Memorial- Senior Angler Division (55 years+)

1-  41.60   SNAP ONE  David Canady,  Southport, NC           

2-  28.05   Half-at-it   Lawrence Bullard,  Wilmington, NC           

3-  27.00   Final Approach    James Demyan Jr,  Southern Pines, NC       

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"More Jolly Mon Pix" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/25/12
 

Below is Mr. Richard Boles and his crew of the "Toes Up" with a couple of Jolly Mon pictures.

Also is a picture of Brandon Aycock  of the "Hail Yeah" with his 1st mahi.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Saturdays Jolly Mon report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/24/12
 

Wow was I shocked with the amount and quality of Kings that came to the scales Saturday at the Jolly Mon weighin. All spring, and particuliarly the last few weeks, we have been moaning and groaning about how bad the king fishing was, and where in the heck were the kings. Truthfully, I was worried if anyone would actually catch a king. Well, you put approx  100 of the best fishing teams in the Carolinas on the water and sure enough, either the kings give up their hide and seek game or these guys are good. The fisheremen found the fish, although it seems the fish were scattered in packs, and if you found them you caught them good. On top of that, those fishing in 100 feet of water had extra benefit of lots of mahi mahi mixed in and also cobia. Today 80+ teams are on the water for the 2nd day of the tourney, so come on by OIFC and watch the final day weighin. The scales open at 2:00 and they have to be in line by 5:00. Our off island shuttle is running, no traffic/parking hassles.

Out in the stream, Jay Murphy proved the fish are still there bringing to the OIFC dock the most impressive catch of dolphin I have seen all year. He had 20 excellent fish ranging from 15-35lbs. They found a well formed weed line in 450 feet offshore of the 100/400. The day before, Kendel Suh and his team found a 40+ wahoo and a load of dolphin in the same area. Also, yesterday, one of the tourney boats brought in a huge wahoo that pegged out our scale at 70lbs and would have kept going probably up to 80+.

Come join us today at OIFC for the final weighin of the 2012 Jolly Mon.


- Rube McMullan
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"Jolly Mon" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/23/12
 

Final boat count- 176 boat entries.  Thanks to all for participating.  Split almost exactly 50/50 fishing Saturday and Sunday.  Good luck to all
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/23/12
 

Jay Murphy and George Macon with a boat load of Mahi.  Had two over 30 and a bunch n 20s.  They fished 400 feet just east of 100/400 on weed line.  Nice catch!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon Day 1" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/23/12
 

Those who stayed home because they thought the kings were not around made an error.  I am not sure how many boats weighed in but there was a "boat Load" of kings, mahi and cobia brought to the scales.

Right now D. Canady, Preston Nowell and T.K. Nowell are in the lead with an impressive 41.6 lb king..WOW!!!  In a solid second is Corey Bellamy, Trask Cunningham and EDDIE JONES.  Below are pix of the 1st and 2nd place kings.  Click on this link to see all the pictures from today's Jolly Mon.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Giant Mahi" | Real-Time Update | 06/22/12
 

OIFC Gulf Stream class alumni Capt Jim Almond aboard his Southport, Never Sa tisfied, captured a massive Mahi today. Angler Bart Norwood caught a 46lb Ma hi in 500' offshore of the Blackjack. The fish ate a green machine at 11:30. The team boater 4 other nice Mahi in the area to add to their prize 46lber. That's the largest Mahi to come to the OIFC docks in a couple years. Way to go guys!
- Barrett McMullan
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"Jolly Mon King Classic- Game On!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/22/12
 

It took an extra weekend to get the show going, but it is on now!  171 boats registered.  81 fishing Saturday, 90 fishing Sunday.  Weigh in will be each day from 2-5pm.  Good luck to all teams and thanks for participating.  Remember declaration hotline is open until 7am Saturday morning- 910 253-3474 - you can call to change your day of competition until 7am Saturday.  Stay tuned.....
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/22/12
 

Today was the Jolly Mon Jr. fishing day.  A few kings were weighed in.  Also the Captains' Meeting was held at the OIFC.  As usual a grand time was enjoyed by all.  Click here to see all the pictures.

I fished the Jolly Mon Jr. with Jeff, Chris Campbell and of course our Jr. Angler Camdyn.  The conditions were a little sporty with the winds out of the south west.  There were some kings and mahi caught today.  I saw photographic evidence of several nice kings caught and released Thursday.  I had to swear under oath I would not share the info.  And, I don't have the pix.

Captain Brant has expanded to Jolly Mon to include a prize for mahi and cobia.  This was announced at the Captains' Meeting.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"A fishin' dog" | N/A | 06/21/12
 

Diesel, from Aventura Florida, loves his new Mahi dog collar from the OIFC. Now he just needs a life jacket & he'll be ready to go fishing.

Thank you to Daren for getting Diesel's message to us.


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"Jolly Mon ocean report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/21/12
 

On the water yesterday; here's what I saw. Water from 0-50 feet absolutely beautiful "king green"; crystal clear. Pogies scattered up and down beach[in front of Holden Beach bridge yesterday], glass minnows and spanish. From 50 feet to 90 feet, color not as good, a lot of scattered weed, but did see schools of tinker mackeral in 75 feet. Tinkers are absolute #1 King candy and we don't usually see them till November. From 90 feet and beyond, weed not a problem and water color crystal clear.

Fishing action: There were Kings caught at the Shark Hole. Also heard reports of Yaupon and 90/90. What we suggested early in the week, with the weather stabalizing, the kings are finally begin moving in to where they are supposed to be. It seems every day reports are getting better as more and more fish are being caught. 2 more days to go before tourney so hopefully it will continue to improve.


- Rube McMullan
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"King in the boat" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/21/12
 

Just had a call from one of charter boats. Capt Dawson just boated a 20+ King at the 90/90. You gotta luv it when a plan comes together.
- Rube McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/21/12
 

Kings and big Spanish at 90s today.  Things are shaping up.  Fish are becoming accessible to all size boats.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Flounder bite is on today" | Get Busy | 06/21/12
 

I took Greg and his three nephews David, Alex and Nathen out this morning for a little flonder fishing. They bit as soon as I put a line in the water. Greg from Alaska and the boys from Geensboro N.C. We managed 9 flounder and a few reds. I will never get tired of watching a kids face light up when a redfish nails a bait. Priceless!!
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Jolly Mon update report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/20/12
 

Went out along beach yesterday to look around. Water is absolutely perfect along the beach ; King green and clear. Water is full of acres of spanish, concentrated enough to gotcha plug them. Lots of glass minnows, Pogies are scattered, yesterday thick at Tubbs Inlet and down to Little River. Our boats that fished offshore reported same conditions in 60-85 feet water, lots of scattered weeds, but said water color looking better. On the water today so will update this evening. Heard there was a good fish caught at Yaupon and a good bite out toward the Tower ledges. Maybe the kings are getting the message and are starting to appear just in time. They got 4 more days to get here in mass!
- Rube McMullan
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"Jolly Mon 2012- IT IS ON!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/20/12
 

The 2012 Jolly Mon is going to happen this coming weekend, June 22-24.  It was unfortunate we had to reschedule from the original dates last weekend, but I believe it was a good decision.  The weather is shaping up nicely for this weekend.......

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC 939 AM EDT TUE JUN 19 2012 SURF CITY NC TO SOUTH SANTEE RIVER SC OUT 20 NM  AMZ252-192115- CAPE FEAR NC TO LITTLE RIVER INLET SC OUT 20 NM- 939 AM EDT TUE JUN 19 2012  TODAY SW WINDS 10 KT OR LESS...BECOMING S 15 KT THIS AFTERNOON.  SEAS AROUND 2 FT. PATCHY SMOKE.  TONIGHT SW WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT.   WED S WINDS 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 2 FT.   WED NIGHT S WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT.   THU SW WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 FT.   THU NIGHT SW WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.   FRI SW WINDS 10 KT...INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.   SAT SW WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. 
** On-line registration will remain open until 11:59pm, Friday, June 22nd - CLICK HERE

** Jr. Jolly Mon registration is available ON-LINE
(CLICK HERE), register by Thursday, June 21st at 11:59pm and fish on Friday, June 22nd.

** RULES- CLICK HERE

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS- 2012 JOLLY MON KING CLASSIC

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012

  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Registration for the "Jr. Jolly Mon" at OIFC
  • 11:59pm- On-line Jr. Jolly Mon registration closes

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 , 2012

12:00pm to 9:00pm - Tournament Registration 2:00pm to 3:00pm - Weigh-In for "Jr. Jolly Mon" 6:00pm - Complimentary dinner for fishermen and all guests 7:00pm - "Jr. Jolly Mon" Awards Ceremony 7:15pm - Captain's meetings 7:30pm - Pogie Bobbing Contest  11:59pm- On-line registration closes 

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012 - Optional Fish Day

7:00am - Lines in the water 2:00pm - Weigh-in opens 5:00pm - All boats with fish must be in weigh-in line (see rules for details)

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012 - Optional Fish Day

7:00am - Lines in the water 2:00pm - Weigh-in opens 5:00pm - All boats with fish must be in weigh-in line (see rules for details) 7:00pm- Complimentary Dinner 8:00pm- Awards Ceremony

**** Entry will remain open through Friday, June 22nd -- CLICK HERE to enter and for additional tournament information.

**** Don't forget the Jr. Jolly Mon- NEW DATE-- JUNE 22;  Take a youth fishing.  Prizes for King, Mahi and Cobia.  -- CLICK HERE for entry and other information on the Jr. Jolly Mon. 



OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE JUNE 22nd
web/phone orders will be accepted- email- ANITA@OIFC.com
 (no guarantee unless you actually come to the tournament)


Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.  $500 BONUS PRIZE -- JOLLY MON 2012

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Jolly Mon - Fishing Report                                                                         Capt. Brant McMullan











OK- here is the deal.  The King Mackerel fishing has been very slow.  Last week there were a few glimmers of hope as some nice Kings were caught in the 90-100 foot depth range, but the rough seas last weekend kept anyone from following up to see if the fish were still there.  I was out yesterday  and did some "scouting" to see what the ocean looked like.  The water inside of 50 feet and outside of 90 feet looked very good.  The 50-90 depth honestly looked terrible.  The water was very "milky" green and there was scattered weed everywhere.  This 50-90 foot range is typically where the tournament is fished (Jungle, Shark Hole, 90/90....), but unless things change this week, I don't see it.  Inshore of 50 feet the water is clear green, there are Glass minnows with Spanish and Blues everywhere and the Pogys have been plentiful.  It honestly looks like the bite should happen at Yaupon; hopefully the fish will get the memo.  Offshore in 100+ feet, the water is blue and clear.  Kings are scattered in this range and feeding on Snappers and other bottom fish.  The big issue in this range is all the "auxillary" species:  Jacks, Mahi, Cobia...... they are out there and they are biting, particularly the Jacks.  It can be almost impossible to fish live bait with Jacks around.  As such, think on using more dead bait if fishing offshore.  Cigar Minnows and Ribbonfish will often be left alone by Jacks but enticing to Kings.  It is a good offshore strategy.  And that's all I have on the state of the King Mackerel fishing.  It isn't like it "used to be", but what is?  Mother Nature may offer us a break this weekend and as such, conditions may be suitable to try out spots you would not normally fish for this tournament.  Broaden your horizons and think outside the box.  Good luck- Capt. Brant.

*** UPDATE***  Things are continuing to evolve.  Yesterday reports were dirty water due South of Ocean Isle but much clearer up towards the Horseshoe.  Mahi and Sailfish there, but no King reports (YET).  Christinas Ledge and 65' hole area water cleared up and lots of BIG Spanish Mackerel eating live baits.  Weed was bad, so tough to fish.  These are encouraging reports.  There is a rumor of Kings at Yaupon reef, but I have not confirmed it, so might just be wishful thinking.  It should be true; conditions are perfect!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/20/12
 

Ok boys, here they are.  Notice date stamp on photo.  This is TODAY.  Kings at Shark Hole!!!!  Pogys at Lockwood Inlet.  All reports coming in are of clearing water, less weeds and more bait.  Good reports of Kings up to 25lbs from Tower yesterday.  Boys- Game On!!!!!!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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