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"Citation Flounder" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/27/15
 

It is no secret that some action has been enjoyed around the Sunset Beach Bridge area. Two eager youngsters on the boat and a live well full of shrimp, we headed for a croaker and black drum hole. The croakers, pinfish and small black drum did not disappoint. As I was steady baiting hooks for the kids, Steven Carter (Dad) was hard at work himself. He calmly said I think I got something Captain. I turned to see a huge dark oval shape at the top of the water. WHOA! DON'T BRING HIM OUT OF THE WATER! I quickly grab the net and with one scoop I felt the flounder hit the bottom of the net. HE'S IN THE BOAT! Steven just turned a slow charter into a memory that will forever burn in my mind and hopefully his family's for some time to come. Steven's flounder hit the scales at 7.05 pounds. His son Ethan was not to be out done as he landed a solid 4 pound trout himself. The ladies cheered us on cranking in plenty of croakers and small black drum themselves. Thank you guys for fishing with us! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Rodeo Update" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/26/15
 

Capt. Rickey is doing my best to return to my new normal.  Below is the 1st posting I have done of the Rodeo.  If anyone weighed a fish in during the Jolly Mon and was in the Rodeo at the time please let me know.

Thank you all for understanding.  Scarey thing is my bookeeping MAY get worse, if that's possible so help me keep an eye on me. It won't hurt my feelings if you point out a problem.

If you haven joined, it's not too late


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Citation Trout" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/26/15
 

The action has slowed from last week's red hot drum bite. However, some quality fish are hanging around. Shana Grieve drilled a 5.3 pound trout while fishing with live menhaden on a Carolina rig. A few nice drum also joined the action, but not the double digit numbers that were biting a few days earlier. Just like the weather, fishing comes and goes in cycles. The moon phase is building to full and that should get the action back on track this coming week. Live bait is every where right now. Live shrimp are available in the creeks. Live menhaden are thick in the waterway and canals. Live mullet are hear by the hundreds of thousands on the small side, but a few schools are getting big enough to use. Bluefish, trout, flounder, and drum are keying in on the small mullet minnows. We have witnessed several flounder skying on the small mullet minnows. Bluefish and speckled trout have also been exploding through the bait pods. Small topwater lures should see some action from all sorts of species right now. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"OIFC HELP WANTED" | | 06/26/15
 

We are looking for sales clerk with experience in retail who is available to work part-time, year round. Interest to work with clothing and gift side is needed. Fishing/boating knowledge helpful but not required. Please email- captbrant@oifc.com Job available immediately.
- Brant Mcmullan
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"Catch & Release Drum" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/22/15
 

Capt. Shane Britt dropped by the OIFC today to let me get a quick picture of this pretty girl before he released her.  She weighed 7.05 lbs

Shane is also a crew member of the "Shock Wave" SKA Jolly Mon team

Shane finished the day out with a "grand" slam.  He caught ALL the fish on top water lures.  I saw the lures


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Retriever" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/22/15
 

I am sooooo behind!!  Bob Newell of the Sea Vee "Retriever sent me this report Tuesday:

Offshore the mahi have scattered so the Retriever crew set out with Edwin Newell, Bob Newell and "7th Heavan" captain, Far Out Shoot Out 3 time winner Larry Spainhour to try and find some billfish activity, setting our sights on the Steeples area.  We thought we had what we all felt was a sail in the spread early but no hook ups to confirm our hopes.  So, we settled in for a long day of picking at the mahi and looking for the weed line to form up....it was not to be.  The current was strong all day and the fish were hiding from the heat.

Thanks for the report Bob <*(((><


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Wahooligans win Jolly Mon" | | 06/21/15
 

Congrats to Billy Goss and Wahooligan team for winning with a 36.65 they caught around 2:30 on Saturday while fishing the 390/390. The team won just over $34k. Stay tuned over the next few days as I will work to recap the entire Jolly Mon festival week of events. It was a good one. Thanks to all event sponsor and event participants
- Brant Mcmullan
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"Sailfish Fun" | N/A | 06/21/15
 

Saturday Randy Bork and his son Matt Bork and family friends headed out in search of kings, when the weather wasn't ideal they were only able to make it about 10miles off shore. After a long day they put one last line out and before they knew it sailfish hit. Congratulations Guys! (Pictured is Matt Bork & Family Friend)


- Shannon Reel
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"Sailfish Fun" | N/A | 06/21/15
 

Saturday Randy Bork and his son Matt Bork and family friends headed out in search of kings, when the weather wasn't ideal they were only able to make it about 10miles off shore. After a long day they put one last line out and before they knew it sailfish hit. Congratulations Guys! (Pictured is Matt Bork & Family Friend)


- Shannon Reel
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"Jolly Mon VIP" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/21/15
 

The tournament results for the 2015 Jolly Mon VIP have been posted on the VIP page under the format and rules. Please note that this was a winner take all tournament. Congratulations to Brett Barnes with team Hot Rod on their $10,000 win. Also, I would like to thank everyone who participated in this tournament. It was different, the weather cooperated, and the fish bit for the most part. From what I have heard, people enjoyed the shotgun start and the boundaries that were implemented. Feedback is appreciated. Email me at derek@oifc.com with comments on this new tournament.     


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Jolly Mon first fish" | | 06/20/15
 

Critter Getter posts a 31+ for lead. Small boat, single engine
- Brant Mcmullan
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"Jolly Mon update" | | 06/20/15
 

241 boat entries. 200+/- fishing Saturday (still working on final info). Thanks to all for choosing to fish the 2015 Jolly Mon. The Capt meeting was highlighted by great food from Guy C Lee, successful fund raising for the Hooks family and of course Pogy Bobbing. This year the kids were bobbing, but it was a competition between adults that broke out and provided added entertainment. Saturday early morning the area had one heck of a lightning storm which lasted for hours. It was gone by daylight but the winds picked up well beyond the 10-15kt forecast. I hate it for all the small boats and kids participating, but it is unpredictable and unfortunate. Best of luck to everyone fishing and see you at the scales.
- Brant Mcmullan
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"Briefing or Sermon" | | 06/19/15
 

Rev. Stan briefing our group before departure this morning.
- Chris Dew
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"Jolly Mon Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/18/15
 

Yesterday the Jolly Mon VIP was held out of the OIFC which showed us tournament anglers that there ARE king mackerel out there. The 54 boat field fished just two spots yesterday and almost half the field caught decent fish. Note that this tournament had strict boundaries where our 54 qualified boats could fish. What does this mean for the actual Jolly Mon held this Saturday (6/20) and Sunday (6/21)? It means that there should be a pretty impressive leaderboard once the dust settles this weekend. In the past week, I have checked spots from 5 to 45 miles out to find a decent class of kings. The 30-45 range has been extremely slow - tons of unfishable grass and silty blue water. 5-10 mile range has been hit or miss – with big fish coming off the piers and pogy pods. However the 10-25 mile range has been very consistent - 10-20 pound kings have been coming from this range and I’m sure that there is a few 30-40 pound fish mixed in with them. Therefore, if you have been on the fence about participating in this year’s Jolly Mon King Classic, do yourself and favor and enter. It’s a family oriented, high paying tournament and serves as a great excuse to get out on the water. Be sure to stop by the OIFC to pick up all your tournament tackle needs. Good luck to all anglers this weekend – it should be a good one!


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Jolly Mon VIP" | | 06/17/15
 

Hot Rod, Brett and Alan Barnes won the Jolly Mon VIP today with a 51 pound aggregate- 22lbs and 29lbs. Chris Nealon on Wild Wing Cafe had the big fish with a 32. Fishing started at 390/390 but it was slow so I called an audible at 10am and everyone moved to the 65' hole. The fishing picked up with action from king, Mahi, cobia and plenty of Amberjack. The weather turned out nice, the fishing was decent, and I believe all the participants enjoyed the format. Brett and Alan win the $10,000 for top two fish aggregate and Chris Nealon wins $3500 for biggest king.
- Brant Mcmullan
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"Jolly Mon VIP" | OIFC | 06/16/15
 

The Jolly Mon VIP is tomorrow.  50 boats duke it out for $10,000 winner-take-all.  Weigh-in will be at OIFC from 2:30 to 4pm.  Come on by and watch the weigh-in while having a cold refreshment from the Ocean Isle Fish Company. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"King Macs are biting" | | 06/15/15
 

The Kings are biting very good in 50-70' of water. We fished the Shark Hole area today and had lots of action, albeit from small fish. I did see one boat land a 25+ beside me and with the amount of bait present, no doubt the fish are moving in. I also heard good reports from the 90/90, 70' hole and Jungle today. There are tons of Pogys on the beach all the way out to 30'. I think there is a very good chance to land a nice fish by working the bait pods. The water is clean and there are tons of Spanish and Blues in the bait pods as well. All is shaking up for the Jolly Mon this weekend. The new VIP event takes place Weds so come by the Oifc from 2:30-4 to watch weigh in. We have the rock the dock kids tourney on Thurs am, Jr Jolly Mon on Fri and then main event on the weekend. It has turned into a full fledged festival. I am hoping the weather will hold stable?? See you at the Jolly Mon.
- Brant Mcmullan
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"WECT News Story About Shark Bites/Chuming" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/15/15
 

http://www.wect.com/story/29322978/renowned-shark-expert-recommends-closing-oak-island-beaches


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Several Ways to Skin a Cat" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/15/15
 

When you really want to go fishing, you will come up with all kinds of ideas. We watched these guys load up a make shift raft and swam it across the waterway Alcatraz style. Keep your eyes open out there and stay safe! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"The Kirchman Crew" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/15/15
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naocxglRRwk

Justin Kirchman always brings a few high school friends with him each year. I have enjoyed getting to know Justin and his friends over the years. They will be high school graduates next time I see them. I sure hope that we get another trip in before they head off to college. These guys can put the hammer down on the fish. I have posted a video of last year's action so you can see these boys in action. The picture is the results of this years action that got started JUST IN time for his crew. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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