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Us open fishermen check your lower units

Old 10-06-2019, 04:21 AM
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had a fish on near Oceancrest yesterday. Not sure who the ď Dale EarnhardtĒ was that took off on the pins in the crowd but you got about 150 yards of mono on your prop hub. Cut the line as quick as I could.
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:41 AM
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If you're putting out 150 yards fishing in a pack you're gonna have this happpen. Hate it happened to you. Same this happened to a friend of mine down there yesterday.
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:48 AM
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I got one boy on my boat that I have to constantly remind to keep the line shorter when in a pack of boats. I saw a Fountain pick up some guys line yesterday and got a prop full before they got the line cut. He was hauling ass out of the pack also. He just kept on getting it.
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:51 AM
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If you're putting out 150 yards fishing in a pack you're gonna have this happpen. Hate it happened to you. Same this happened to a friend of mine down there yesterday.
um...... I didnít have 150 yds out until a king smoked it out. I had a fish on, boat ran over my line as I was starting to bring the fish in. I know, I should follow the fish. I was fishing solo 300 yds just east of the parking lot. It happens.
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Hardest part was trying to throw a heavy 10 ft net from a 21 while fishing solo. Almost gave up several times! Took a beating. My efforts were enough for 30th. Not bad for first fish I ever weighed in a tournament. Tough conditions for sure!
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Congrats for your fish. I’m sure you had your hands full!
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Congrats for your fish. Iím sure you had your hands full!
Thanks! I had a ball but I took a beating. I left cape fear with a pinfish and a 9 inch mullet. Fishing solo, I decided to drop anchor and send out a few balloons. Not the most popular technique but with it being so rough, I wasnít going to slow troll or fool with the kite. Both baits got sharked just east of yaupon reef. At that point I started to think, I may not die if I just pull anchor quick and haul tail back in the river. Cranked the motor pulled the anchor and headed to the hill. When I got close to shore in the mud, big pogies were everywhere. I thought about it and thought why not try. No one was around so I didnít have to worry about bumping into anyone.
I pulled out the 10 ft extra heavy net, loaded it up without falling somehow. As luck would have it I time my drift towards the school just right. Fish finder went crazy and I gave it a sling. I ended up on the floor of my boat after a wave caught me off guard. No pulled muscles or broken bones so I get up and remembers I had a net to pull in. Holy cow I literally couldnít get the net into the boat. I had to pull it in in sections.
Got 40 in the tank and filled two mesh chum sacks. NOW I was excited. Now all of the sudden I felt I was in the game and the rough conditions didnít seem so scary.
I wanted cleaner water so I dropped anchor 1/2 mile west of yaupon reef. Got the chum sacks mashed and hung over the side and two 1 1/2lb pogies out under balloons. Nothing but sharks. I gave it a few hours with no luck. I remembered that the piers had caught many kings in the yoo-hoo chocolate colored waters this week so I said itís time to move. Stay with the bait I kept thinking. After I pulled up the anchor I was shocked to see a 200yd wide school of pogies bee lining it to the beach from way in in 30 ft. I figured where I thought they were headed and I hauled tail way east and inshore of them. Dropped the hook in 18 foot of coffee with extra cream. Got the chum going heavy and added chunks of pogies to the slick. Balloons sent out. 30 minutes later a spinner shark hits. Set back out and waited. Gave the chum a good hour. All the sudden my closest balloon goes bye bye. I pick it up hoping it would squeel. It did for 10 seconds. Then it felt sharky . My heart sank. Then I thought I lost it but it was hauling tail straight to the boat. I got back tight just before it went by the boat. I had to lay down on the bow to pass the rod under the anchor rope. Then I fought it feeling sure it was a shark. I put the heat on it. I was so sure it was a shark that I almost thumbed the spoil to pop it off. I remembered my buddy Chris telling me to always confirm by sight before doing that because kings wonít run like a king in dirty water. I gave one more good crank and nearly fell out when I saw it was a king. Had to get the 3 foot gaff and keep the line off the boat. Luckily I easily gaffed it and flung it in. It was 3:30 so I hauls tail to the scales. At weigh in everybody said I had it with that fish. It was fat. I was so excited I didnít measure it or weigh it on my scales. Guy plops it on the scale and says 37.65. I was stocked. The lady recording said how much? He said 27.65. I was like what?? Lady called me over I signed everything and walked away exhausted and thrilled to have weighed my first ever king in a tournament. A guy approaches me and says dude you need to have your fish reweighed. I ask why he says the guy called 37.65 the first time. Which was correct 27.65 or 37.65 ? Then another person and another person says get it re weighed it was bigger than 27. I asked my wife and she says she thought she saw 27.65 on the actual scale so I was cool with it. It was just a fat not long fish. I saw the winners in the box at the awards and at that time I was thinking maybe I should have had it re weighed but I know those guys are great at what they do and felt/ still feel there was no error. It was a fat 27lb king. Few guys approached me asking to see pictures of my fish at the awards so I showed them. They looked at me like I was nuts and walked away. One of them said man, I donít know, your fish looks bigger.

i was very tired when I was carrying my fish and Iím sure he felt bigger than he really was. Scale read 27.65 according to my wife and Iím more than good with it. Totally know it was 27 not 37. Getting cut off yesterday stung but what a great weekend all in all. Love the US OPEN!! Best tournament ever!

sorry to bore those of yíall that Iíve bored but some of ya might be like me and love a good fish tail. You can see the fish picture on the Facebook. Me and the wife boat number 099. Fish was caught between yaupon and Oceancrest . I was anchored in 15-18 ft of water.

Now yall tell where you caught yours!😂😂
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What a great post. Congrats to you.
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Great story, glad you landed it without injury to yourself. Solo king fishing is tough. Just remember never ever sign the weigh ticket if you have a doubt, ask for a reweigh. Once you sign the appeal cost $$
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:26 PM
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I fished Friday by myself a few years ago, the year the storms were so bad people had to hide in the waterway for a while up by Oak Island and Southport. It was challenging for sure. I finally gave up on trolling because I couldn't keep lines straight in the wind and just drifted two lines. Ended up with my limit that day and missed a special weight by .05 lbs. 2 fish off of Hog Inlet and one with the fleet by ocean crest after the storms moved out.
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I fished Friday by myself a few years ago, the year the storms were so bad people had to hide in the waterway for a while up by Oak Island and Southport. It was challenging for sure. I finally gave up on trolling because I couldn't keep lines straight in the wind and just drifted two lines. Ended up with my limit that day and missed a special weight by .05 lbs. 2 fish off of Hog Inlet and one with the fleet by ocean crest after the storms moved out.
thatís awesome! I bet our situations are similar! Helped a 78 yr old woman catch a 25lb king after work today on oak island pier. We finally have green water at oak island. Spanish and big drum are thick. Debating whether to fish the rumble up here or around hog inlet/north myrtle. The size class of fish inshore seems to be 15-25 for the most part. Iíd get more lines in time if I fish north myrtle but the weather for saturday( I think) will be better up here. Are you fishing the rumble? My wife is joining me for this tournament.
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thatís awesome! I bet our situations are similar! Helped a 78 yr old woman catch a 25lb king after work today on oak island pier. We finally have green water at oak island. Spanish and big drum are thick. Debating whether to fish the rumble up here or around hog inlet/north myrtle. The size class of fish inshore seems to be 15-25 for the most part. Iíd get more lines in time if I fish north myrtle but the weather for saturday( I think) will be better up here. Are you fishing the rumble? My wife is joining me for this tournament.
No, Im dealing with trailer issues and my girlfriend has us going to an event at the Angus Barn Saturday night. I'd stick up around OCP / Old Sea Buoy numbers if'n I was though.
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Thanks for sharing. Great post.
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