The YEAR ROUND IS ON!!!!!!!!! Same as last year...$20 per person per species or $60 blanket for the boat per species
- Capt. Jeff Beck
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The YEAR ROUND IS ON!!!!!!!!! Same as last year...$20 per person per species or $60 blanket for the boat per species
Sorry for the delayed report, but its took me several days to get caught up from our offshore adventure. Well here it goes, no information held back. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together. My crew consisted of Capt. Rickey aka Papa D, Eddy Jones of Team Choice of Two/OIFC, Jon Hayes, Jeremy Phillips and Camdyn who is now claiming to be the Captain of Team Do Work. We planned this trip over a month out from the fishing date and were lucky enough to get perfect conditions.
We head out Shalotte Inlet and had our course set of the 100/400 area. We arrived and found good water, but just wasn't marking bait or finding anything that was making us to excited, so we decided to troll towards the Blackjack. We began trolling and found our first fish just inshore of the Blackjack. This fish hit a deep trolled bait that was on an inline weight. Jermery was first up on the rod. This fish hit and burned the TLD 30 down. Eddy and myself knew we had a good fish on! Jermey put it to this fish and got her along side of the Do Work and we were able to land it. It was a 49 pound fish. High five were passed around the boat and we reset our lines and got back to work. Papa D stayed on the wheel and said that he was making good bait and was seeing a temperture chnge that was ranging from 73 to 75. Then Capt.Papa D said "get ready boys, I just marked bait from 50 feet to 150 feet." Then just like that three rods went off like a bomb! Triple header of wahoo. Eddy, Jon and Jeremy all grabbed rods and went to work. Camdyn and I began clearing lines and began helping anyway we could. Jeremy was first to bring his fish in and the fish was gaffed and put in the box, Eddy then got his in and it was landed. Jon was still fighting and we were not making any ground on this monster. Jon was able to get his fish with in sight and once this fish saw the boat it took off and made another huge run. Jon continued to fight and got the fish about two feet from gaff range and the line just snapped and the monster swam away in slow motion. Not bad getting two out of three, with the biggest being land was Eddy's weighing 44 pounds. We continued to work the same area and eneded up catching one more. We ended to day with 4 wahoo out of 7 strikes. We loaded up and Papa D took us in at about 35 mph running little to no tab, the ocean was smooth as glass.
Now for the information everyone wants. We caught all our fish down deep. All fish hit on the weighed lines or the planner. The fish seemed to prefer the baits on the inline weights. The lure of choice was the Red and Black or Orange and Black that are made by Fish Finder Tackle, which are available at the OIFC. The area we fished was just inshore of the Blackjack with depths ranging from 175 to 190. The trolling speed that produced most the strikes was 7.0 mph to 7.5 mph. I credit landing all of these fish to the outstanding crew that we had on board. Everyone stayed busy and worked hard to have a productive day. Capt. Papa D had the wheel all day and kept us in the prime area. Eddy stayed busy working the baits and keeping them in the zone. Now I see why Choice of Two/ OIFC is such a strong team. With all that being said it looks like early next week maybe fishable once again. So everyone has plenty of time to get some Fish Finder Tackle and get them rigged up and ready to go. Stop by the OIFC and get all your gear and get ready to roll. Capt. Rickey has tons of pictures,I will get him to post more from the trip.
Dear SKA Member,
It is my pleasure to inform you that the SKA will be up and running in the next few days. National Boat Owners Association ( N.B.O.A.) Marine Insurance, a prime sponsor of the SKA for the past five years, is purchasing the trail and is expected to pick up the tournaments, divisions, and Championship, we had scheduled. We are very excited and happy that they will keep the trail going and are expected to make it even better.
If you purchased your membership for the 2014 season, the new owners will honor your membership. This saves the time of refunds and the need to re-apply. We have turned over the list of members to them. We will be a couple of weeks getting everything moved and helping N.B.O.A. get geared up. We will continue on in an advisory capacity for a period of time to insure a seamless transition.
In '91 a building contractor from St. Simons Island, Georgia, John Jones, had this idea to form a saltwater tournament trail and enlisted our help. We had the ability to grow the sponsorship ranks, promotions, and the publishing of Angler Magazine. It was a very trying time the first year but it wasn't long after that Jim Armstrong came on board as our partner. Jones lasted thru '93 then left to pursue his building contracting business. In 1999 Armstrong and I sold the company to Sid Steverson, an industrial contractor from Georgia and a participant on the trail. In 2001 he sold the company back to Deona and I. The trail continued on under our leadership growing into the largest saltwater tournament trail in the world. Now the trail changes hands once again, I might add, in very capable hands. While I'm sure that the new team has some great improvement ideas, those changes will not happen overnight but within the foreseeable future. It's also anticipated that the sponsors will embrace the new owners. It's in their best interest.
Now it's up to the rank and file membership. You need to embrace and support the new SKA. Your input is very important and always welcome.
They will begin their series at the Saltwater Shootout in Pompano Beach, Florida, Division 10. If you really want to embrace them make plans now to join them for their N.B.O.A. event in Sarasota, Florida, May 15th thru 17th. See the full schedule at www.fishSKA.com.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, the SKA staff, I thank you for your support all these years and all the best on this years Mercury Tournament Trail.
Good Luck and Tight lines,
Jack and Deona Holmes and the SKA Board of Directors.
You can contact Holmes at 386-801-3200
You can contact N.B.O.A., Erin Henshaw @ 561-351-9393
Anglers, friends, and industry partners,
When we heard the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) was closing its doors three weeks ago, like many of you, we were concerned. We have supported the SKA for the last six years, and over that time we'd grown attached to the trail - what it meant to the anglers, their families, and our fellow sponsors.
At NBOA, we've always put our customers first. We're a family owned and operated company, our headquarters has been in Sarasota, FL since its inception in '84 and since then we've grown into one of the largest marine insurance agencies and boating membership clubs in the country.
With that being said, legacy and tradition are important to us. So when we heard one of the best tournament trails was about to close its doors after 23 years of operation, we wanted to do whatever we could to ensure that didn't happen.
Fast forward three weeks and we are proud to officially announce: NBOA has acquired the Southern Kingfish Association and will be assuming all operations effective immediately!
So, what exactly does this mean? Business as usual, with a whole lot of exciting, new plans in store.
NBOA's Jim Butler and Erin Henshaw, will be the managing directors of the SKA, sanctioned tournaments will continue as scheduled, and we'll be announcing final intentions on this year's PRO Tour within the next three weeks.
The transition between current SKA management and NBOA is effective now. Please feel free to give our team a shout with any questions or comments. We're all ears and excited to hear what you (the lifeblood of this organization) have to say.
On behalf of the NBOA team, we look forward to continuing the SKA legacy, and broadening a tournament trail that's focused on the fundamentals of this sport. We are in for one heck of a ride and we sure hope you all are on board.
Here's to another great year on the trail!
Patrick and Iceseas Farrell
Saturday was go day for the Get Floor'D and crew with good weather finally on the table and schedules able to work out. We made the decision to head to the Bluewater in search of some willing finned critters to begin filling our dwindling freezers! Our crew for the trip worked tirelessly to get all the gear and the boat ready on Friday. I pulled a surface temperature shot on Friday night and found the warmer 72-74 degree water was out past the blackjack in and around 100 fathoms.
After a sleepless night of anticipation and excitement we loaded the boat up and ventured out of shalotte inlet at 0600 Saturday morning. I again checked the weather. I was able to pinpoint a small finger of warm water just inshore of the 100 fathom line and we set our course and pushed the throttles up set the auto pilot and we were off.. A short ride later we were crossing the blackjack marks and I slowed to check the water temp and at that point decided to deploy a spread of high speed wahoo lures. Meanwhile we searched for the warmer water that was on the SST shot. We trolled at 15 knots for about 8-9 more miles and found what we were looking for 73 degree cobalt blue water and a beautiful weed line. We slowed and changed game plans and deployed a 8 rod spread of ballyhoo rigs and began the hunt. A short time later while working up this weed line that seemed to go on forever the center shotgun rod with a pink and white islander flasher fired out of the clip with the tale tale sound of a wahoo on a tiagra 50. We quickly cleared lines and my cousin and Get Floor'D team member Jess Patterson went to work on his first Bluewater fish. He made quick work of the high 50 lb wahoo. After high 5's and all was ready to get back after another bite..Our next fish was about an hour later working the same area of the weedline. The left long rigger with a custom hand tied Ritchie Heycock "Black and Blue" lure flys out of the rigger clip and we are tight again this time with a soild mid 20's class mahi on the business end. After a good battle and some commentary I sank the steel to a soild April mahi...nice wahoo on ice and now a mahi. The chatter from inshore is starting to pick up and I had a difficult decision to make. We had beat this weedline up and down and it was time to move inshore and fish shallower rocks and ledges of the blackjack area. So out goes the high speed lures and we head inshore to the blackjack and redeploy our spread of Ballyhoo rigs and began to fall inline with the fleet in search of some more fish. It took a while for our number to get called. Again the hot number was the pink and white shotgun bait This time we had a blackfin on the other end. After short work and a comedy show on my part we had a Carolina slam in the box. After another hour or so of trolling it was time to put the Get Floor'D in the wind and head home...
It was a great trip and a fantastic time with great friends and plenty of jokes to go around!! What a way to kick off the 2014 season!!! There will be many more to come!!!
May 2nd land class 5-7pm...May 3rd full day of fishing. Currently two spots have filled for this class. Who will be the third? The cost is $225 per person. The focus of this class is to learn when, where, how and why to fish certain techniques. We will certainly do our best to catch fish, but the focus is on the process to become a more confident fisherman. Get more confident in making a move or changing your approach. Learn to search out new areas and fish them effectively with confidence.
The latest fishing action has been focused on the redfish. Trout are moving around and should get more active in the next few weeks. Flounder have started to make a showing in the Cherry Grove area and that action should get closer to home in a week or so. Peanut menhaden started to flip in the waterway around Holden Beach this past weekend, but this cold front might have pushed them deeper. They will be back soon. It is all coming together slowly but surely. See ya on the water!
Jack Ellis with a stud 30 incher caught just before this cold front hit us. Jack was fishing with blue crab on a 3/4oz. carolina rig when this redfish hit in just inches of water. It was quite a sight to witness, Jack!
Get Floor'd/OIFC Team member Richie Heycock sent these pictures he took with a Go Pro while fishing with Capt. Zach Faulkner & Benji Faulkner Saturday. I am sharing them on behalf of the Get Floor'd crew.
This clip is from a sea bass charter this morning with the Little family from Jamestown, N.C. Capt. Chris and Capt. Stand ran the charter aboard the OIFC World Cat.
This very short clip showes a 49 lb wahoo (if you look closely) being worked along side the "OIFC/Do Work" 27 Contender. Dr. Jeremy Phillips is free lining the last part of the leader properly and is wearing gloves...as we were just reminded of by Capt. Jeff Beck. Now go to the next clip and see/hear what happens in a split second.
We've all heard about people handlining sport fish in and getting badly hurt because they wrapped the line improperly around their hand and didn't have gloves on.
Fortunately Capt. Jeff Beck had just conducted a little "trainiing session" on how to properly do the line and the importance of gloves. In this clip Dr. Jeremy Phillips is working a 49 lb wahoo to the boat. The fish spooks and runs hard. You can hear Capt Jeff in the back ground saying let him go, get the rod and I smell rubber burning. Dr. Jeremy had properly wrapped the line so he was able to feed the line off. We had not put the rod in a holder and were lucky we didn't lose a 30w. The "I smell rubber burning" was the rubber on Jeremy's glove which had melted. Can you imagine if he hadn't had gloves on?
Lesson learned. Train, review and practice what you learned.
If you are interested in picking a Captain's brain for a day then you should consider signing up for our backwater school May 2nd and 3rd. A land class will be held on May 2nd from 5 to 7pm at the OIFC. We will fish a full day on May 3rd using the techniques discussed in class. Currently two slots are available for this class. Call immediately to reserve your spot.
Our backwaters are slam full of small critters. Spots, croakers, whiting, pinfish and even a few small flounder have started to invade our waters. Speckled trout have been biting for a few weeks with most being on the small size. The trout fishery is closed for harvest until June 15th, so they are catch and release only. I have run into a few trout between 19 and 21 inches, but not very many yet. The bigger ones should start to show up anyday now. Redfish have been the primary target as they are just pure fun to tug on. The action has been hit or miss with the redfish. I have seen a few small schools and more loners than in weeks past. I suspect the warmer weather and the availability of food has them on the move. We have managed to snag a few fish on each trip this week, but not without hard work. We have tried a variety of baits each day and all have been productive at different times. Live mud minnows, fresh chunk crab, and soft plastics have all produced redfish in the middle of the slot. The fish do seem to be on the move and scattered a bit. Things should start to settle into a better pattern in the coming weeks as menhaden schools and shrimp start to push out of the mud. See ya on the water!
The dredge is gone and what's done in the Shalotte Inlet is done. These 2 posts are video I shot as were were leaving on the way to a great day of wahoo fishing.
This is the last clip of the "OIFC/Do Work" leaving the Shallotte Inlet this morning. We stayed between the bouys and did fine.
Its pretty late but if you are still thinking on where to go: Based on what I see with temp charts I think 100/400 looks decent, but I like just to the North of Steeples the best -- Scarp looks a little cool and action was slow there Thursday -- BUT, always subject to change. Just my 2 cents-- good luck to all
Saturday and Sunday's weather is looking great and we are hoping that everyone is going to get on the water to look for fishing action. As such, the OIFC will be open at 6am on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend to better serve you -- see you on the water!
The spring redfish bite can be difficult at times with conditions changing constantly. Dirty water from strong winds after a passing front. Stained freshwater from the last set of thunderstorms. Rising water temperatures get lethragic redfish schools on the move and out of their winter hiding spots. More and more food comes available on the menu and allows ole red to get a little bit more picky. It is fishing and you just never know what the water is going to give up from day to day. You have just got to come up with a game plan and be willing to make adjustments as the day unfolds. We have been fishing live mud minnows and fresh chunk crabs to target redfish lately. Fresh chunk crab will most definitly produce bites from both red and black drum. The bites have just been few and far between. We have been catching a couple of reds and then working the grass banks for speckled trout with soft plastics. To my surprise, we found a few nice redfish willing to eat soft plastics today and no speckled trout. Again, you never know what the water is going to give you. Be patient, work hard, and keep your eyes open for that blue tail wag. See ya on the water!