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"Carolina Slam" | Get Busy | 09/21/14
 

Capt. Jeff Williamson's fishing school landed a Carolina Slam today.  They were using mullet Jeff caught in the Shallotte Inlet and caught their fish south of the Sunset Beach Bridge.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Report " | | 09/20/14
 

Yesterday, captain Chris Dew and myself teamed up for a nearshore trip for Spanish. After clearing the inlet we headed east for a short time and started seeing the gulls in tight groups diving and dipping into the water. After deploying our spread of #0 and #00 Clark spoons, we soon started bailing them in as fast as we could get the lines reset. Color did not seem to matter to the fish but Captain Chris observed that the fish bit a lot better when he slowed the boat to between four and a half and five knots. We soon had our limit of Spanish and decided to move a little and soak some baits for some sharks. We had gotten a report from another charter boat that they were biting really well but as soon as we decided to make the move, the wind cranked up to 25 knots out of the east. This seemed to shut down the bite that we were looking for albeit we did manage to get a bite or two. On a side note, some of the Spanish that we were catching were undersized. So be sure to measure them before you throw them on ice. The legal size is twelve inches to the fork of the tail. Sent from my iPhone
- Stan Gurganus
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"Happy Birthday, Bonecrusher!" | N/A | 09/19/14
 

The one and only Brandon Sauls decided to celebrate his birthday by going fishing and is now sitting in second place in the OIFC Rodeo in the Red Drum category. His drum weighed in at 6.55 lbs and according to the Bonecrusher it bit a pogy at an "undisclosed" location.

There is still time to beat the Bonecrusher, stop by the OIFC and enter today! It is only $20 per species.


- Katelyn Kincer
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"Capt Jeff fish school" | | 09/19/14
 

One spot open for Capt Jeff's inshore school this evening land class and fishing all day tomorrow. I talked to Jeff a few minutes ago (as he was cleaning a nice catch of slot reds and flounder) and he said the class was originally set for a focus on Bull Redfish. However due to the strong East wind, that style fishing wasn't conducive. He just came off a trip with flounder, redfish and trout- so he would be shifting focus to cover all species. So he has one spot open. Land class is at 5pm this evening and fishing is all day tomorrow. Call 910-575-3474 to book the last spot Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"So close..." | N/A | 09/19/14
 

Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades...Tommy Helms was close to stealing the lead in the Rodeo with this 6.6 lb flounder! 1st is Clay Morphis with a 6.9lb and 3rd is Jeff Wallen with 5.9lb on the Rodeo board for the Flounder catergory. Hopefully, I can get out there this weekend and get on the leader board myself!


- Shannon Reel
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"Bull Reds." | OIFC | 09/18/14
 

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The calm before the storm. Caught 4 to 5 nice reds 25 to 26 inches with some meat on their bones. Then changed gears and got my trout limit. Decided to call it a day after I was soaking wet and saw lighting

Report is by shane Britt.  Thanks Shane

Also, the pogeys are thick on the beach.  A couple of fishermen have been working the pods trying to catch some of the bull reds who are known to hang out in them.  They folks I've talked to had no luck.  Enter Kevin Sneed.  Seems like he's been tearing them up.  My guess would be to try off Oak Island and Holden.  Let us know how you do.

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"More Redfish Action..." | Tiberias - 22' | 09/18/14
 

Earlier this week Jason and his son Andrew joined me for a half day in the morning. We found the redfish! I mean we could see the fish. Tails up and wagging...we got several hits, but were only able to capitalize on a couple before loosing sight of the school. Angela, Jason and David joined me the next morning. We found the same school from the day before pushing water in the shallows. No tails up, but you could tell they were there. We had to fish over top of the grass, top of oyster bars, and sometimes directly in the grass. We were rewarded with several opportunities that created lots of excitment for us all. It is just cool to pick out a fish and watch them crush your bait. I wish we could find that kind of action everyday. Keep on hunting. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Weak tide and East winds" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/18/14
 

If you have been on the water the past few days you may have noticed that the tide has not gotten very low. This is known as a neap tide and happens on the last quarter of the moon phase. These conditions have thrown a wrench in my fishing. We have worked the waterway, creeks and beachfront finding a mixed bag. The creeks gave up several short flounder with one keeper. We hit the beach finding sharks and spanish around the bait pods in 21 feet of water. Headed back inside looking for redfish and could only muster up a few croaker. This was our first day  in a while the redfish did not cooperate with us. I expect the redfish bite will fire off as the new moon phase passes and starts to grow again. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Its a Start..." | Tiberias - 22' | 09/16/14
 

We picked off a couple of slot reds in the skinny water today. Made a move and found a monster. The bait is thick in the waterway, creeks, and beachfront. It is the time of year a big one could be lurking anywhere in our area. Most of the time big baits equals big fish. This 42 incher hit a 5 inch mullet. The big boys are moving around and more should show up anyday. We will be back at it tomorrow. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Video Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/16/14
 

Click on the link below to see a little video from this past week's action. Things have not been on fire, but all the signs are there for things to bust loose anytime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkMHI1hksJ4&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Caudle Reef Produces" | OIFC | 09/16/14
 

This is Robert Speir of Charlotte with 4 nice flounder caught Saturday at Caudle Reef

 

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Robert Speir 09/16/2014

Capt. Ricky, Can you repost with the picture. Thanks.





"OIFC News & Events" | OIFC | 09/15/14
 

 

OIFC Eblast
 
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October 10th-12th, 2014
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Rob's Bait Pens have become widely known as the premier hard bait pen for keeping a variety of baits- Menhaden, Blues, Mullet, Cigar Minnows...

I've had several recent requests to get the pens.  I called Rob and he said he would deliver an order if we could get at least 6 pens in the order together.  If you have interest, he will be delivering to OIFC this coming Saturday the 20th.  The deadline to place an order is Friday at noon. 

TO ORDER- CALL BRANT AT 910-367-2945 OR EMAIL: captbrant@oifc.com

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INSHORE FISHING REPORT- Capt. Jeff Williamson
   Good numbers of midsize reds are being caught. Reports of big bull reds around the Frying Pan Shoals. They are on their way, stay tuned. Pogies and mullet minnows have been plentiful. 

 
Backwater Fishing School
September 19-20:  Bull Redfish- Capt. Jeff Williamson 
Land Class:September 19 at OIFC from 5-7pm+/-, 
Fishing Day: September 20 from 7am-4pm) 
3 SPOTS OPEN- CALL (910) 575- 3474 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

      
 
OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT- Capt.Derek & Capt. Stan


The gulf stream action is progressively getting better off our coast. We have had good reports of wahoo and a few stray mahi being caught in 150 to 250 feet range. This Sunday (9/15) I had the opportunity to venture out to the gulf stream and experience the fishing first hand. - Capt Derek 
 
Had a couple decent kings today (9/11/14) in 65 feet of water. The water was still green but the clarity was great. The bite wasn't fast and furious but it was steady - Capt. Stan 

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"BAIT PEN ORDER- DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY" | OIFC | 09/15/14
 

Rob's Bait Pens have become widely known as the premier hard bait pen for keeping a variety of baits- Menhaden, Blues, Mullet, Cigar Minnows......  Team OIFC has multiple pens from Rob and we use them at home in the Carolinas and they are an absolute MUST if you plan on attending SKA Nationals in Biloxi.  The problem in getting these pens is the shipping.  You can buy them from some sources in FL, but the shipping is near $150. 

I've had several recent requests to get the pens.  I called Rob and he said he would deliver an order if we could get at least 6 pens in the order together.  If you have interest, he will be delivering to OIFC this coming Saturday the 20th.  The deadline to place an order is Friday at noon. 

TO ORDER- CALL BRANT AT 910-367-2945 OR EMAIL

OPTIONS:

4' x 4' round with 1" mesh- $275

4' x 4' round with 1/2" mesh- $325

3' x 5' oval with 1" mesh- $275

3' x 5' oval with 1/2" mesh- $325


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"GULF STREAM HEATING UP" | | 09/15/14
 

The gulf stream action is progressively getting better off our coast. We have had good reports of wahoo and a few stray mahi being caught in 150 to 250 feet. This Sunday (9/15) I had the opportunity to venture out to the gulf stream and experience the fishing first hand. To begin the journey 60 miles offshore, we were presented with some of the weirdest weather conditions I have ever faced as a captain - 5 knot South East wind out to 5 miles, 15-20 knot North East wind from 5-30 miles out, then dropped to an extremely weak 5 knot South West wind once we got offshore. Not to mention we dodged heavy rain the whole ride out. Variable was an understatement when describing these conditions. Finally we arrived at our first spot and it wasn't long before the flat line got bit and we were on to first wahoo. As we were fighting that fish, the long line also starts screaming as we were on to our second wahoo - doubled up. Like a light switch, the chaos was silenced as both fish threw the hooks, 0-2. Determined for another bite, we got back on the troll and began deploying baits. Not a minute after the long line was set it started screaming drag again. Luckily this fish stayed on the hook long enough to get brought in the boat. Unfortunately after that bite everything seemed to shut down for us. We managed to get three mahi bites and landed one of those three fish. Having known we fished around rain storms and windy conditions all day, we kept our heads held high and headed back to the dock. That's why they call it fishing not catching right? This wahoo bite should continue to get better once we get a few more cold fronts to push in cooling our near shore waters. These fish will begin to gang up on the local offshore hangouts such as the black jack, steeples, MacMarlen, and Winyah Scarp. Stop by the OIFC and pick up some purple/black and blue/white illand lures for your spread. Wahoo and mahi can't resist these lures trolled with a medium to select ballyhoo. Not to mention they're 25% off till October 1st. Or if you don't feel like buying the tackle, let one of our OIFC captains take you on a charter. This time of the until mid November is our peak season for wahoo and king mackerel so take your pick. Capt. Derek Treffinger
- "Treffinger, Derek James"
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"2nd Place in Slidell" | OIFC | 09/15/14
 

~~I left off the Slidell report after day two fishing with Eddie Adams which put me into 3rd place going into the final day.  The final day puts the top 10 pros and co anglers against each other where the highest 3 day weight of two slot redfish each day will determine the winner.  On the third day I was paired with the pro in the third position, Fred Myers, from Panama City, FL.  Red is perhaps the most accomplished angler on the redfish circuit.  His home waters are Panama City but he knows the upper gulf inshore waters similar to how I feel like I know them for king mackerel. 


For the second day in a row I was fishing with one of the best.  My weekend was already a success no matter if the fish cooperated or not.  And, for the second day in a row we took off on another 100+ mile run to get to Fred's fish.  This time though the ride was on Fred's death machine a 20ft Lake and Bay with a 250hp Mercury.  When he hit the flex capacitor I swear we went back in time as we reached ludicrous speed.  70 mph sitting 12 inches off the water will peal your eyelids over your head.  With nothing really to speak of to hold onto except the jumper seat it made for a very scary, very fast ride.  I know I left teeth marks in that seat but I promise they weren't from my mouth!


We got to the small pond where Fred had been on a large school of fish only to find the wind had changed directions and muddied the water plus the tide had fallen out a few inches.  We could hardly get in the pond and when we did the fish were hard to see.  We were strictly sight fishing.  Finally we ended up catching a few reds including one nice 7lber.  We had about 12lbs in the boat between 2 fish and Fred decided it was time to leave.  We were going to hit another pond in the same area but when we were approaching it, a large squall popped up so we had to head the opposite direction.  Running out of ideas we headed in the direction of weigh in thinking most other teams were going to struggle.  We decided to make one more stop about half way back in a pond he had fished years ago.  The weather had calmed and the sun came out making sight fishing possible again.  With just a few minutes left to fish we see a group of reds coming down the bank.  We both cast and hook up.  My fish is 28 inches, too big to weigh and Fred's is 25 inches but very fat.  We now had two 7+ lbers in the boat and he was feeling good about his chances.


Back at the scales, Fred's theory was proven correct.  Several teams struggled with the changing conditions.  We weighed the largest bag of the day at 15.12lbs.  It was good enough to bump me into second place but not quite enough for me to make the 3lb difference to first.  I ended up .5 lbs out of first.  For Fred, he ended up winning the tournament by .4lbs. 


This weekend was a research project for me and it couldn't have gone any better.  I was able to fish with some of the best, most accomplished anglers in the sport and I feel like I was able to piece together a lot of valuable information.  As usual I can't wait to get back down there and do it again.

 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Not bad" | | 09/14/14
 

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- Barrett McMullan
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"" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 09/14/14
 

Took the Contender out for what the weather man said was gonna be a slick calm day.. He was wrong it was pretty snotty all day . We made the best of it and landed 3 nice Sails and some other fish in the mix as well . Although most fishermen will tell you they hate any East winds , NE is my favorite for sailfish .Choice of Two


- Capt. Corey Bellamy
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"VA Beach Adventure Continued" | OIFC | 09/14/14
 

OIFC charter crew members- Capt. Chris Dew, first mate Aaron Dew and first Ben Morris joined my son Brayden and I aboard the Team OIFC boat for a day of White Marlin fishing out of VA Beach.  Barrett and I fished up here last week and had some decent success catching White Marlin.  I was not satisfied as I would like to hone skills in this style of fishing.  It is so very different than we have out of Ocean Isle, but actually very similar to fishing that many travel to distant foreign lands to experience. 

We cleared Rudee Inlet around 6am and pointed the bow of the 32 Yellowfin due East 64 nm.  The wind was dying down and was blowing around 10-15kts.  There was still a residual sea from the previous winds and we trudged ahead a 25-27knots to make it to the fishing grounds; the further we got the better the conditions got. 

Upon arrival we set a spread of squid teaser chains and circle hook Ballyhoo.  None of the crew had experienced this style of fishing before.  I did my best to explain scenarios, albeit my experience is not worthy of much direction.  About 30 minutes in all the direction went out the window as a White pulled in on the starboard teaser and proceeded to beat it to death.  I was yelling orders, which by the time they cleared my tongue were now irrelevanet.  The White never turned focus off the teaser and after a couple minutes got bored and left.  We again kept on and then again the next fish on the teaser.  Tangled lines, people falling, me yelling......  it was just as it should be.  Somehow though OC had picked up the long rigger bait and after the White made a mockery of the teaser bait guys, he fell back onto the long rigger and found a hook.  We caught and released.  We reset and again same game....  we did not get good, but we did get better as time progressed.  We caught 3 Whites in total while trolling ballyhoo.  One came off the teaser and the other two came off the long riggers after we swung and missed on the teaser bite.  I know on at least two of the encounters we had more than one fish in the spread.  We also stopped to try the live bait style for Whites that is being done up here.  We jigged Tinker Mackerel from 350 feet down and bridled a spread and began slow trolling.  We are experienced live bait fishermen, but the White Marlin again made us look silly.  As best I can tell there was 3 or maybe more Whites that came in and tied a bowtie in our lines and left us scratching our head.  However, I had boobie trapped a downrigger bait with automatic drop back which caught one of them by surprise.  We caught and released one before choosing to get back to Ballyhoo fishing.  At around 5pm we had just released our 4th white and I set our single large MoldCraft chugger in the middle of the spread and put it in the T top rod holder.  This large lure is designed to act as a teaser and it is also set to entice a Blue Marlin.  I had hardly set the rod down when it bent over and line began spooling off at a moderate rate.  OC grabbed the rod.  Nothing unusual; I just figured a White had grabbed it and got the hook.  Then out of the water a 300+ pound Blue surfaces and then erupts straight up in the air.  Things spead up after that- on deck and on the reel spool.  I'm shouting orders, line is screaming off..... we were making a turn on the big Blue to get off the bow and slow progress.  And although we were losing line fast, we were doing pretty good- and then the line parted.  Darn it!  The fish had a few hundred yards on us and the line was 60lb and it had been through a lot of fish over the Summer.  It was heart breaking to lose the fish, but what a thrill.  I had set aside a TLD30 for the Blue Marlin reel, but I think that will be rethought.  I have a bad habit of underestimating the tackle needed for certain species.  Thus it will be a 50W for the next outting. 

We ended up with 4 White Marlin releases out of maybe 12 or so Whites in the spread and a miss on a Blue Marlin.  That is not great catching, but it is great fishing.  And like anything who seeks to be better at anything, experience will make the difference.  Thus, my team has headed home but I'm staying and a new crew will be here in a day when the next weather window opens up.  Stay tuned.

It is typical though that I would leave OIB and the weather would be great and the fishing great too.  The Kings seem to be showing themselves as the weather and water are finally clearing up.  And the Wahoo fishing has been red hot on the break.  The Winyah Scarp has had some good fish as well as the areas North of the Steeples.  These Wahoo come and go, so they can be anywhere on any given day.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | | 09/13/14
 

This is Pat Prince and the 25 lb king he caught at the 90's today aboard the "Screaming Reels". Pat was using pogeys which he said were thick on the beach. Thanks for the report Pat Sent from my iPhone
- Capt Papa D
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