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Jolly Mon King Classic rescheduled

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By Brant McMullan, Fishing Correspondent

The 2012 Jolly Mon King Classic is going to be rescheduled for June 22-24.
The original dates of June 15-17 are being postponed because of a combination of a poor weather forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the current status of the king mackerel fishery.
This is the first time in the event’s 18-year history that dates will be postponed. However, Mother Nature reigns supreme and we all must answer to her wishes.
The king mackerel fishing showed marked improvement this past week as it went from non-existent to fairly good. The kings were moving into 80 feet of water and several fish in excess of 30 pounds had been caught over the weekend. Hot spots included the Horseshoe, AR 465 and 32-mile rocks.
However, this weekend NOAA weather is calling for a low pressure system to form offshore of the Carolinas, resulting in a strong northeasterly wind, which in turn will make the offshore waters rough. In the past, we would have had the Jolly Mon as scheduled with this forecast, as a north wind blows off the land and seas are relatively calm close to shore. However, the kings have not been found inshore for the past several weeks despite much effort from local fishermen.
Thus, with the impending offshore weather conditions and the lack of kings near shore, the Jolly Mon tournament committee saw the conditions as “worst case” and thought it appropriate to reschedule the tournament until the following weekend: June 22-24. Hopefully, the fish will continue their move inshore and weather will improve to host the event on this new scheduled date. See the schedule in story below and at www.OIFC.com.
In other fishing news, it actually was a good week of fishing. The weather stabilized and allowed the water to clear. The Spanish mackerel bite was red-hot over the weekend along the Brunswick beaches. In addition, the cobia fishing in the 50- to 80-foot depth range has also been good with most fish in the 30-pound class, but some upward of 80 pounds have been reported.
All indications are the fish are out there and they want to show up and bite, but they just need some help from Mother Nature. Please go to www.OIFC.com for daily updates.

Brant McMullan, a two-time winner of the SKA national championship, is a charter captain and fishing columnist for the Beacon. Reach him at captbrant@oifishingcenter.com.