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October 23, 2019 Live Great Outdoors Blog Comments Off on Small boats. big results

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‘We knew we had a good one’: Small fishing boats have large time in Rumble in the Jungle

By Gregg Holshouser
October 22, 2019

Finally, the Rumble in the Jungle King Mackerel Tournament out of Little River Inlet was blessed with good weather Oct. 11-12 and the turnout showed.

“In 17 years, this is the third time we’ve had good weather,” said Tournament Director John Gore, who welcomed a field of 213 boats to the event based out of Captain Archie’s in North Myrtle Beach. “It was the second-largest group we’ve had.”

With tranquil seas and the king mackerel bite prolific close to the beach in mid-October, the small boats came up big, including the winner. Five of the top six boats were 25-footers or smaller.

‘We knew we had a good one’: Small fishing boats have
large time in Rumble in the Jungle

Ron M. Sinclair and his family-oriented crew from Mooresville, N.C., aboard Heels with Reels, a Sea Hunt Triton 225, came out on top with a 39.25-pounder caught on Sunday, the second and final day of fishing in the Captain’s Choice event.

Sinclair was fishing with his dad, Ron J. Sinclair, his son, 14-year-old Will Sinclair, and fishing buddy O.J. Carolan of Oak Island.

The Sinclairs vacation in Ocean Isle Beach, and are familiar with the near-shore waters off Brunswick County, having fished approximately a dozen king tournaments from Southport to Little River in the last five years.

They worked a ledge within a few miles of the beach, using Atlantic thread herring (greenies) for bait after they couldn’t find menhaden (pogeys).

“When it gets to be fall, (the kings are) up on the beach or within a few miles,” said Sinclair. “Those boats with three engines can get there quicker but at the end of the day, we’re all able to get there when they’re that close.”

Around 9 a.m., Ron M. Sinclair was dropping back a bait, when the big bite came.

“I was just dropping back a fresh bait, and that’s when the king took it,” said Sinclair.

Sinclair simply closed the bail and set the hook.

After a 15-minute fight, the king arrived to the boat, Carolan applied the gaff and pulled it into the boat.

“We thought it was close to 40,” said Sinclair, noting the leader after day one was a 35.73-pound king caught by Fin Chaser. “We knew we had a good one, so at that point we knew it would be a top fish.”

The weigh-in at Captain Archie’s didn’t begin until 3 p.m., and the Sinclairs immediately planned to be there early.

“We were in a Sea Hunt with one engine, and with a big fish in the bag, we wanted to get it to the scales as quick as we could,” said Sinclair.

They weighed the fish at around 3:30 p.m., and sure enough, Heels with Reels was atop the leaderboard with their 39.25-pounder.

After waiting a few more hours, the crew had indeed won the tournament at the conclusion of the weigh-in.

“We were at the right place at the right time with the right bait,” said Sinclair, who earned around $34,000 for the win. “There’s a little luck involved in these tournaments. It’s a combination of skill and luck. You want to get lucky enough to have a hungry, big king swim behind your boat, that’s the luck part.”

Wahooligans 2 of Durham, N.C., finished second with a 37.37-pound king followed by Bradley Byars and crew of Conway aboard Hit-N-Run in third with a 36.55-pounder.

First-day leader Fin Chaser, of Monroe, N.C., wound up fourth with Knothead of Raleigh, N.C., with a 33.69-pounder rounding out the top 5.

The Rumble in the Jungle was the fourth tournament in the Southern Kingfish Association’s Division 2 – Carolina Border and the third tournament in The Kingfish Cup.

Capt. Brant’s Fall Brawl King Classic out of Ocean Isle Fishing Center this weekend, Friday through Sunday, is the final tournament in both series.

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Let Em Go, Win The Dough

It was a bit of a slow fishing day for the 3rd annual Let Em Go Win The Dough Flounder Tournament in Murrells Inlet on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The 50 anglers, including four youth anglers, brought 27 flounder to the scales at Crazy Sister Marina, but the good news is they all were released back into the inlet after being weighed in.

The tournament, which paid out a total of $3,000, was won by John Edwards with a 3.3-pounder.

The final event of the fall semester for the Student Angler League Tournament Trail (SALTT) was held last Saturday, Oct. 12 out of the Carroll Campbell Marine Complex in Georgetown.

A beautiful fall day greeted the anglers, from elementary school through high school, who target either red drum or largemouth bass on the trail.

Following are the division winners:

Red Drum Elementary Division: Jameson McCants of Andrews landed the big fish of at 1.51 pounds and leads the division at 4.88 pounds.

Red Drum Middle School Division: Conrad Begin and Aiden Flemming of Waccamaw Middle School won the division with a 2- fish limit weighing an aggregate of 9.04 pounds including the big fish at 4.40 pounds. Cubby Weaver of Coastal Montessori Charter School tied for the big fish, also with a 4.40-pounder. Chappell Miller of Georgetown Middle School was second with 2 fish weighing 7.44 pounds and is the overall leader with 23.74 pounds. Third place went to Riles Hucks and Aiden Day of Conway with 2 fish at 7.07 pounds.

Red Drum High School Division: Ashton Rouhselang and Lance Cooper of Conway High School won the division with 2 fish at 9.12 pounds including the big fish of 4.41 pounds. Brandon Poston of Georgetown and Thomas Boniford of Macedonia were second with 2 fish at 8.09 pounds and are the overall division leaders with 21.88 pounds. Third place went to Christa Edmonds of Carolina Forest with 2 fish at 6.74 pounds.

Bass Elementary School Division: Mack Hardee of Conway won the division with 1 fish weighing 1.14 pounds. Hardee also won second place with a .93-pounder. Tucker Howard of Andrews is the current division leader with 4.51 pounds.

Bass Middle School Bass Division: Cody Wilder and Dalton Williams of Conway won the division with a five-fish limit weighing 8.95 pounds including the big fish of 3.25 pounds. Wilder and Williams currently lead the division with 25.41 pounds. Andrews Middle School anglers Matthew Player and Riley Harrington were second with 5 fish at 8.57 pounds. Conway’s Branson and Tucker Howell were third with 5 fish at 7.39 pounds.

Bass High School Bass Division: Jacob Martin and Charlie Holmes of Conway High School won the division with an aggregate of 15.64 pounds for a limit of five bass, setting a new SALTT record. Their catch included the big fish of 5.30 pounds. Dalton Hewitt and Brantley Todd of Georgetown High School were second with 5 fish at 12.77 pounds and lead the division with 38.57 pounds. Austin Winburn and Chandler Brown of Conway finished third with 5 fish at 9.28 pounds.

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Our President since 1999, Gregg Holshouser, is an avid fisherman writing the weekly fishing report and outdoors column for The Sun News since 2004.  Gregg and his sister “Sam” invite you to visit Custom Outdoor Furniture to see how you, too, can Live Great Outdoors.  Click here for more information and to check out this week’s fishing report or find us on Facebook. #LiveGreatOutdoors

Seatrout biting in local estuaries

October 18, 2019 Live Great Outdoors Blog Comments Off on Seatrout biting in local estuaries

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Grand Strand Fishing Report: The fall bite of spotted seatrout is picking up in local estuaries from Brunswick County, N.C. to Georgetown.

By Gregg Holshouser
October 17, 2019


Look For: Spotted seatrout, black drum, red drum, flounder, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, bluefish.

Comments: On the heels of a significant drop in temperature Wednesday night, the trout bite turned on during a Thursday morning trip for Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters in Little River. “We had an excellent trout bite,” said Kelly. “We struck out at a lot of spots but we found them at one spot and caught the heck out of them.” Kelly’s crew also caught red drum in unusual fashion, as the reds ranged widely in size. “The reds were 14-40 inches in one school,” said Kelly. “It was crazy, it’s not usually like that.” Kelly was fishing dropoffs on the Intracoastal Waterway, with the trout hitting live shrimp and the reds on cut mullet, using an adjustable float rig. Kelly noted a water temperature of 72 degrees Thursday morning. The trout bite was also on for Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown on a Sunday trip. McDonald’s crew used soft plastic grubs to catch numerous trout, including plenty of keepers measuring from 15-19 inches. One red drum measuring 26 inches hit a grub and was released. McDonald noted a water temperature ranging from 69-71 degrees. Capt. Perrin Wood of Southern Saltwater had good success with black drum and red drum on a recent trip to the Murrells Inlet jetties. Area jetties and the channels of inlets such as Little River Inlet and Winyah Bay, along with near-shore hard-bottom spots in the Atlantic are also holding bull red drum measuring 32 inches in length and more, sometimes much more. Anglers are urged to catch these spawning stock fish quickly with beefed up tackle and release them carefully, being sure they are revived before letting them go.

Look For: King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, red drum, flounder, spadefish, whiting, pompano, black sea bass, weakfish, black drum.

Comments: King mackerel and Spanish mackerel continue to show up strong along the beach, chasing southbound baitfish such as menhaden and mullet. Slow-trolling menhaden or bluefish around pods of bait or around hard-bottom areas or ledges can produce kings. The same method using finger mullet will produce nice Spanish. Three kings were landed from Apache Pier on Tuesday, while two were caught last Saturday from Cherry Grove Pier. On near-shore hard-bottom areas, bull red drum, weakfish and black sea bass are available for some fine fall action. Fresh cut mullet is a prime bait for all three species. Look for the same three species on near-shore artificial reefs along with flounder and spadefish. A variety of species are being landed from Grand Strand piers, including Spanish, blues, whiting, croaker, red drum, black drum, flounder and trout. The ocean water temperature at both piers was 74 degrees Thursday afternoon, both surface and bottom.

Look For: Wahoo, dolphin, blackfin tuna, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, grunts, porgy, amberjack, red snapper.

Comments: Capt. Danny Juel of Fish Screamer Charters in Little River and the party boat Atlantic Star in Calabash, N.C. has seen some excellent bottom, or reef, fishing this week. Last Saturday and Sunday, Juel produced the regular vermilion snapper, black sea bass, white grunt, red porgy, triggerfish and scamp, plus hogfish (hog snapper). Flat-lined cigar minnows produced several king mackerel off the stern, in 110 feet of water. Jeff Martini of Dirty Martini in Little River had a super trip on Tuesday, landing grouper, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, cobia, red snapper, plus four king mackerel in 100 feet of water. Trolling action for wahoo has been slow overall out of Little River, Murrells Inlet and Georgetown. Martini noted a water temperature of 79 degrees Tuesday, but the current cool down may bring the wahoo, which have been caught in good numbers off Morehead City, N.C. this week, down to areas such as the Blackjack Hole, Winyah Scarp and Georgetown Hole. “Hopefully we’ll see them in the next week or two,” said Martini. “When we get a little bit cooler water temperature, from 70-75 (degrees), that’s what you need.”

Look For: Bream, bass, catfish, crappie.

Comments: The rivers remain at excellent levels for fishing and the cold front dropped the water temperature a bit overnight Wednesday and Thursday. In short, conditions are perfect for super fall fishing. Even with the dip in temperature, bream are still in summer mode. “Right now they’re still catching them on crickets in 2-4 feet of water,” said Ronald “Catfish” Stalvey of Stalvey’s Bait and Tackle. “Some are even shallower.” Crappie action is primed to be excellent with fish hitting medium shiners in creek mouths and around brush. Catfish action continues to be very good, including a 41-pound flathead Stalvey saw from the Waccamaw caught on a live bream this week. Other prime catfish baits are cut eel and cut finger mullet.

Our President since 1999, Gregg Holshouser, is an avid fisherman writing the weekly fishing report and outdoors column for The Sun News since 2004.  Gregg and his sister “Sam” invite you to visit Custom Outdoor Furniture to see how you, too, can Live Great Outdoors.  Click here for more information and to check out this week’s fishing report or find us on Facebook. #LiveGreatOutdoors

Nauti-Edition III Wins U.S. Open Fishing Tournament

October 12, 2019 Live Great Outdoors Blog Comments Off on Nauti-Edition III Wins U.S. Open Fishing Tournament

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‘It was just our day’: Nauti-Edition III crew lands winner at U.S. Open fishing tourney

By Gregg Holshouser
October 12, 2019

With a huge field of boats competing annually, no wonder they call it the U.S. Open.

A whopping 496 boats fished the 41st annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament out of Southport, N.C., last weekend, with a mix of pros from several states and local weekend warriors alike converging on Brunswick County to ply the waters around the Carolina state line for a smoker king.

When the dust had cleared, the crew of Nauti-Edition III had struck a blow for the weekend warriors.

‘It was just our day’: Nauti-Edition III crew lands winner
at U.S. Open fishing tourney

Robert Carr of Wilmington, N.C., his son Joshua Carr and fishing buddies Jeffrey Masnick and David Clem weighed in a 36.6-pound king to claim first place in the event, earning $42,723 for the victory.

“We’re a bunch of good old boys, neighbors, and we just jumped in there in the U.S. Open, and said ‘Let’s go try it,’ “ said Robert Carr. “It was just our day. We were very surprised and it was very humbling at the same time. We have the right skill set, we just don’t do it every day.”

Boats were able to fish both days, last Friday and Saturday, with the largest king mackerel winning the tournament.

Daddy Rabbit of Southport claimed second place and $59,628 with a 36.20-pound king followed by Frayed Knot II of Wilmington (34.70 pounds, $12,089), Fun Times of Seagrove, N.C. (34.70 pounds, $2,750) and Fish Whistle of Oak Island, N.C. (34.05 pounds, $72,324) to round out the top five.

On Friday, armed with three live wells full of menhaden (pogeys), Carr and crew started by fishing along the beach between Oak Island and Holden Beach, then ran about 15 miles out to fish the 390-390 ledge.

With nothing but kings in the teens being landed, they headed to an area off the Brunswick County coast well-known for producing quality kings – the Cape Fear River Channel.

“We got to the river channel, sets the lines down, trolled around, lost a fish, lost another fish,” recalled Carr. “At 3 p.m., the port side outrigger went off. It was screaming so hard I thought it was going to spool it.”

Carr grabbed the rod and handed it to Masnick, who served as the angler.

“David grabbed the gaff and Joshua was clearing lines,” said Carr. “It was a steady fight, we got the fish close, but it wanted to go under the boat. One guy said ‘That’s a shark.’ I said that ain’t no shark, that’s a king mackerel.

“We missed it with the gaff, then set the gaff and got it in boat. We were all working as a team. When we got it in the boat, we knew it was over 30 and we were just happy.”

Then came the realization of the weigh-in deadline.

“We had to run,” said Carr. “We had to be in (the weigh-in) line by 4 p.m., and we got the fish in the boat at 3:30 p.m.”

When the weigh-in concluded on the first day, the crew’s 36.6-pounder was atop the leader board.

“When we weighed the fish in, (Joshua) said ‘We’re in first,’ “ recalled Robert Carr. “I said ‘Don’t hold your breath son.’ “

With a cold front bearing down on the Carolinas, the seas blew up on the second day of fishing.

“Saturday was terrible. The wind was blowing 25-30, it was rough, the water was dirty and bait was hard to get,” said Carr.

Alas, when the weigh-in concluded on Saturday, the Nauti-Edition III’s king remained in first place and victory was in hand.

As for the $42,000-plus winnings?

“Not bad for a couple days of going fishing,” said Robert Carr.
Rumble In The Jungle

The Rumble in the Jungle king mackerel tournament is on tap this weekend in the North Myrtle Beach-Little River area, with another big field of boats ready to get after smoker kings.

The event is based out of Captain Archies in North Myrtle Beach, with boats able to fish one of two days, Saturday or Sunday. Scales open at 3 p.m. both days.

Captain Archie’s is located at 2200 Little River Neck Road in North Myrtle Beach.

Our President since 1999, Gregg Holshouser, is an avid fisherman writing the weekly fishing report and outdoors column for The Sun News since 2004.  Gregg and his sister “Sam” invite you to visit Custom Outdoor Furniture to see how you, too, can Live Great Outdoors.  Click here for more information and to check out this week’s fishing report or find us on Facebook. #LiveGreatOutdoors

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