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"Yeti Christmas" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/24/13
 

The OIFC and Team OIFC/Do Work's Amanda must have been a good girl this year...Santa brought her a Yeti full of coal.  Hmmmmm, maybe he knows her better than we thought.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE OIFC CREW!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Headed South" | Real-Time Update | 12/23/13
 

This past week first mate Ben Morris and my self had the luxury of fishing the pristine inshore waters around the west central coast of Florida. The trip was designed to target redfish, speckled trout and snook. We packed our bags and made the 10hr drive down to Clearwater, FL. Upon arrival, we were greeted with cool temperatures from a cold front that had just moved over the region that day. We both knew that this cold front could make or break the inshore fishing. Nevertheless, we packed our inshore gear into a leaky Jon boat we had borrowed and went fishing. We decided to focus on throwing artificials' at dock lights that people installed to attract fish at night. This tactic produced countless amounts of speckled trout. However, we couldn't find that redfish or snook we were searching for. That next morning first mate Ben, gave one of his old fishing buddies a call to see if he was catching anything about 30 miles south of us. Ben confirmed that he was and insisted that we travel down to fish with him. So off we went down to Tierra Verde, FL. This trip consisted of a total opposite approach compared to our first trip. We used live bait, fished in extremely shallow water, had a boat that didn't leak, and we caught a variety of fish. To start the day off, we caught big bluefish and small jacks. These were fun, but we were really looking for that targeted inshore species we set at the beginning of our trip. After losing hooks to toothy bluefish and getting wrapped up around pilings by jacks we decided to go look for some redfish on the flats. We arrived in the skinny water and started chumming some of our live baits out to determine if there were fish in the area. Huge splashes and boils on the surface clearly indicated that there were redfish here and they were hungry. We pitched live baits to them for a little over an hour catching 7 nice, healthy redfish. After that battle we decided to reload our live wells with bait and go target those bigger speckled trout and snook. We once again arrived in very shallow water and began live chumming baits out. Ben and I were both hooked up to 4 pound trout within minutes. As we kept catching bigger and bigger trout we could see off in the distance large splashes from where snook had began to eat our live baits we threw out. Quickly Ben made the long cast out to where the snook were feeding and hooked up. On a side note, for anyone who as ever king mackerel fished, snook fight similar to a big king. The fish has a hard first bite then makes a long run away from the boat. Then it almost wears it self out and you play the fish gently back to the boat. After Ben and I caught 3 more snook. We decided to pack it up and head in. That trip basically concluded our fishing travels besides a few more short trips in the leaky Jon boat. Once again packed our bags, said our goodbyes and made the 10 hour drive back to Ocean Isle. There was one thing that I really took away from this trip though. To all you guys and girls out there that target inshore fish, more power too you. I learned that it requires an immense amount of skill to catch your desired species no matter where you are. Everything from tide, moon phase, water temp, air temp, water clarity and salinity. On another note, for any of you last minute Christmas shoppers there is plenty of gifts at the OIFC just waiting to be purchased. Come on by and take a look. Happy Holidays Capt. Derek Treffinger
- Derek Treffinger
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Rickey Beck 12/24/2013

Great Pix.





"Happy Birthday!!!" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/22/13
 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAPTAIN BRANT FROM EVERYBODY AT THE OIFC!!!!!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Doug - Toes Up 12/23/2013

Happy Birthday Capt Brant from the Toes Up Fishing Team!!





"It's that time of year" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 12/22/13
 

December rolls in and that means two things, speckle trout and in-laws. If you've had all the Christmas shopping you can stand or the in-laws wearing on your last nerve, get out on the water with some of Capt. Ricky's mud minnows and some Gulp baits. I had the pleasure of fishing with Dr. Jeff Wallen his son Josh yesterday. We hammered the L.R. jetties and scored a big fat zero. I knew of the Shallotte River bite so we ran north and started catching. No big trout but 73 degrees on the first day of winter catching trout. Not too shabby.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Fwd:" | Real-Time Update | 12/21/13
 

Chris and Candy just left the store with a large bag of OIFC apparel and gifts. Now, I can finish my spooling of the Tiagra 50W, which needed the extra room with the straightened Armature on the spooling machine. Small Christmas miracle! ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <9102282241@mms.att.net> Date: Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at 7:19 PM Subject: To: livingbird777@gmail.com Chris Rivenbark of Bolivia used a hammer and file and fixed our Spooling Station Armature tonight! He and Candy Faulk (fiance) were shopping at OIFC, and he offered to straighten the Armature! THANK YOU CHRIS Dr. T
- "Dr. Terry H. Johnson"
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"Not So Empty Pockets" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 12/21/13
 

The ocean has been slick as grease the past few days and Wendell Barnette of the "Empty Pockets" took advantage.  I do not know any more details but he has wahoo, bonita and blackfin in his pictures.  These 70 degree December days are great! 


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"Live Shrimp" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/20/13
 

I am sorry to announce we are out of live shrimp & they are nowhere around here to be found.  Our shrimpers made four pulls Thursday and yeilded 12 shrimp, a ball cap and an old rod and reel.  Three pulls were made today yeilding 5 shrimp, 3 abandoned crab pots and a horseshoe crab shell that the shrimper found last week.  All that is true.  We will keep trying.  I am told there is a man who pulls in the Cape Fear and there may be some shrimp for sale in Southport.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"December Play" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/17/13
 

While poor Capt. Rickey stays at the coast of N.C. holding down the OIFC with other members of the crew, Capts. Brant, Barrett & Amy headed off to Fla. to pick up the new Yellowfin, Miss Amanda is in the Bahamas with her brother Noah and family, and Capt. Derek Treffinger along with OIFC 1st Mate Ben Morris are in Fla. red drum fishing.  We  I was on the water with Capt. Roger and we ran up on Robbie Roberts trying out new props on his twin 150 Mercs mounted to his 23 ft. Contender.  It was beautiful on the ICW and the ocean was slick flat.  It's not a bad life.

Don't forget the Captain Rickey's Annual Specktacular Tournament the Saturday after Christmas.  Capts. "meeting" will be in the parking lot of the OIFC Friday night the 29th and "feed" at Clay Morphes' house Saturday night.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Only 9 Days Left" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/16/13
 

If you are gettng in that last minute crunch and need some ideas a couple of things I would suggest are a Sea//Tow package or a chart..even better a Pro Chip for your boat.

You can't do wrong with OIFC apparel!!!  Drop by or order on line.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Rube McMullan 12/18/2013

How about using OIFC gift cards as currency? Want to give someone a tip for good service? A OIFC gift card is perfect. Stocking stuffer??





"Lockwood Folly Trout" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/15/13
 

 
  • Shane Britt who was fishing the Lockwood Folly River today said the trout were biting on artificial bait.

    Also, don't forget our Trout Tournament Saturday Dec. 30th with a fun dinner and get together at Clay's house on the Shallotte River.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Custom Rigs For Stocking Stuffers" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/14/13
 

Santa Rick is tying on line order stocking stuffer OIFC Flounder/Drum Rigs


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin Hype" | OIFC | 12/14/13
 

I just happened to notice my calendar today read December 14th.  Why is this siginificant in our fishing world?  Well, I'm not usually the one to start the speculation and hype that surrounds the giant bluefin tuna fishery in our area so I'll just stick to facts and let yall decide.  It's true over the last few years the bluefin have not shown up in good numbers off our coast like they did in the mid 2000's.  However, every year multiple reports come in of "sightings" from net boats, airplanes, or fishermen heading to the Gulf Stream.  This year is no exception as rumors began at the end of November of giant bluefin harrassing the whiting netters off Topsail Beach.  To my knowledge, there has not been a confirmed bluefin hookup this year off our coast but if it's going to happen the time is now.  History says that from December 15th to January 15th is the peak time when the bluefin would normally show up in our waters.  There has been very little effort to find the bluefins in the last couple years which is likely one reason they haven't been located.  This could be the year.  You never know.  So, if you're headed offshore over the next month keep your eyes open and your guns cocked.  Carry a pack or two of horse ballyhoo, a couple 50 wides and a strong back just in case you stumble across paydirt.  In year's past the bluefin would typically be found within a 10 mile perimeter of Frying Pan shoals but truthfully they can be anywhere.  We've seen them in water 10 feet deep to 3000 feet deep.  One variable will always be consistent, where there is tuna there will be bait and sometimes vice versa.  If you see big bait marks out there this time of year it's a reasonable bet there could be tuna nearby.  So, the time is right and now we just need somebody to be a hero.  A fun trip this time of year is to leave early, troll for bluefin for a couple hours near the shoals and then depending on what you are seeing, either catch giant tunas or run another 30 miles offshore and catch wahoos.  If anyone wants to give this a try and needs more information, come by the Fishing Center and we'll happily tell you everything we know.  Getting the bluefin madness cranked up again around here sure makes for an exciting winter.

Here a few pics from the glory days of bluefinning out of OIFC


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Rube McMullan 12/18/2013

Look for group of Gannets diving. If you see them diving, that means a large fish has schooled up bait so gannets can catch them by diving on them. More gannets more bait schooled up, more bait schooled up, more likely Bluefin. If you see 10+ gannets diving together, very good chance that is Bluefin that has schooled up the bait. Let us know if you see that on the water.

Rube McMullan 12/18/2013

Look for group of Gannets diving. If you see them diving, that means a large fish has schooled up bait so gannets can catch them by diving on them. More gannets more bait schooled up, more bait schooled up, more likely Bluefin. If you see 10+ gannets diving together, very good chance that is Bluefin that has schooled up the bait. Let us know if you see that on the water.





"A Cold Day On The Water...." | Do Work / OIFC | 12/13/13
 

I think what the OIFC's Amanda said was a cold day on the water is better than a cold day on land..Anyway, Amanda, Capt. Roger Gales & I decided we'd had enough of the dry land and needed some time on the water.  Roger is home for a couple weeks before he heads back to the tug so we took his 23 ft. Contender and messed around on the Intracoastal.  We caught skate, Roger showed Amanda how to hold it without hetting stung, some small black drum. a very small flounder and a toad fish.  Above all. Amanda showed the guys she's not too sissy to go out and fish in the cold.  A big thanks to my good friend and former OIFC Captain Roger for taking us out and teaching Amanda manny great lesssons.  Anytime I am on the water with Roger I learn also.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Hand Fed Shrimp Go National" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/10/13
 

Here's the proof!!!  Our live shrimp has done so well we've made the big time!  We still have live shrimp which were hand fed by Captain Brant.  Enjoy trout season with the OIFC's live  hand fed shrimp.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New GoPro 3+ in stock and 10% off" | Real-Time Update | 12/10/13
 

New and in stock- retail $399.95- OIFC price- $359.95-- only while supplies last. A great holiday gift! Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"" | OIFC | 12/10/13
 

Have you finished your holiday shopping? Come see me at OIFC or shop the webstore for all kinds of gifts including new GoPro accessories!
- Shannon Reel
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"Great Pics" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/08/13
 

Chris Campbell owner of Campbell Photograpy  Studio went out with the 3 time SKA National Champions the other day and took some great sunset pictures.

I thought I'd share.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Dr. T 12/11/2013

SWEET!





"Wahoo Today" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/05/13
 

Terry Frink (Capt. John's Seafood) & Richie Heycock (O.I.B.P.D.) fished the Stream today.  

Terry reports:I was really foggy on the trip out but a nice ride going and coming ocean was glassy and beautiful. We went to blackjack picked up two hoo's early but couldn't get anymore .The Shallotte Inlet is shallow where it comes into waterway


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"Trout Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/05/13
 

Below is a picture of Joe Burger's 8.1 lb. 30 inch trout he caught behind Sunset Beach using The OIFC's live shrimp.

We still have live shrimp!  Also, the Saturday after Christmas is Capt. Rickey's Spec-Tacular Trout Tournament.  This trout would be the winner!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Trout Tournament" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 12/04/13
 

The 3rd Annual Captain Rickey's Spec-tacular Trout tournament will be the Saturday after Christmas, which is 12-30.  The Captains meeting will be held the night before at the OIFC which will consist of anglers bringing thir own beverage and/or snack.  We will cover the rules and any possible changes.   The entry fee is $50 (subject to modification by the Rukes Committee). This is a winner-take-all, LAYED BACK & FUN tournament.

The tournament itself will be the next day.  There is no "lines in the water" time,or boundries but the trout must be caught the day of the tournament by hook and line from a boat.  Weigh in will be at 4:00 pm on the dot at the OIFC.

That night we've have an awards dinner and get together at Clay Morphis' house on the Shallotte River.  Clay will be serving barbecue, beans and cole slaw.   The prize $ will be awarded then.  The winner's name will go on the plaque and proudly displayed  at the OIFC.

More information will follow. or bou


- Anita Moore
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