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"Grocery Shopping" | OIFC | 01/15/14
 

Looks like senior OIFC reporter, Rickey, beat me to it, but I'll elaborate on our recent fishing expedition to the deep.

A combination of factors went into the necessity of this particular fishing excursion.  First, the OIFC's Wing & Fish Company restaurant has enjoyed a very busy holiday seaon and thus the cupboard was looking bare of most all local caught fish.  Second, I am leaving town at the end of the week for vacation and if we didn't go now the Wing & Fish Company was going to be just the Wing Company until I got back.  Lastly, the restaurants GM, Chris Burrows, yes the same Chris Burrows who was the OIFC GM for several years was looking pretty grim and he confessed he hadn't been on the water since April.  One excuse is usually enough to get me to go fishing but with three big ticket items coming to the surface, it was an all out crisis, call to arms, we're outta here. 

I loaded up the boat and OIFC Capt. OC and Chris Burrows joined me for an offshore trip.  The weather would determine if we went way offshore looking for glory species or stayed close and worked on the black sea bass.  Keeping the restaurant stocked with fish this time of year is difficult with the weather.  We've been able to make it happen taking shorter trips and loading up on black sea bass which are excellent tasting fish just a pain in the rear to clean.

As luck would have it, the weather was perfect.  From the time we got on plane in the waterway until we got home, we never saw less than 40knots when running.  With weather and crew lined up I made the call to go for the glory species and head to the deep in search of snowy grouper and whatever else we could find.  It took some hunting around but once we got dialed in we began putting meat on the boat.

First in the boat was grey tilefish.  These fish range from 4 to 9lbs and are incredible tablefare.  If a sea bass is a 9 and a grouper a 10, the grey tile is an 11.  Next in the boat was snowy grouper.  We found a covey of snowies and got our limit of 15 to 30lbers in no time.  Snowies are highly regulated by marine fisheries even for commercial fishermen. Saving the best for last, we dropped down again and this time the rod bent like it hadn't bent all day.  Up from the depths came a 25lb golden tilefish!  This was my first and we added a couple more for good measure.  Let me tell you, if a sea bass is a 9, a grouper a 10 and a grey tile an 11 on the tablefare scale, a golden tile is a 20.  It is the most unique fish meat I've seen. 

For the last hour of the day we trolled along the break and captured one nice blackfin tuna.  Overall the day was a major success on all fronts.  We procured fresh fish for the restaurant and Chris Burrows got breathe some gulf stream air.  The only problem with catching all those fish is cleaning all those fish which myself and OC did all day yesterday. 

Starting tonight we'll be featuring local fresh snowy grouper at the Wing & Fish Company.  By the weekend we'll have the tilefish ready.  I will confess with this much fish we could never serve it all before needing to store it.  You can keep fresh off our boat fish for 12-14 days, if cared for properly, before needing to store it.  However we stick to 7 days.  So we'll keep out 7 days worth of fish and go ahead and vaccum seal and flash freeze the rest.  We call this process fresh frozen.  We've found that using this process the quality does not suffer at all and in fact when compared to never frozen product, you really can't see or taste the difference.

Come by and see us for the tastiest fish that swim in our oceans at the Wing & Fish Company on Main Street in Shallotte.  Also, please vote for us in the Best of Brunswick Competition online at this link.

www.surveymonkey.com/s/bestofbrunswick2014

 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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Birdman 01/18/2014

How do you catch those tilefish? Depth, bait? Thx





"Menu" | OIFC | 01/13/14
 

  • Oh wow, do we have something special coming to the table this week! Our GM, Chris Burrows, OIFC Capt OC, and Capt Barrett went to work today. We went grocery ...shopping offshore and struck gold. Unequivocally THE BEST tasting fish in the ocean will be at the Wing & Fish in the coming days. More details to come tomorrow once I get the pieces all put together. For now, check out this sneak peak with Chris and Chris and the treasure we found today.-Stephanie McMullan

- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shane Britt's Inshore Slam" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/13/14
 

Afternoon inshore slam 4 trout biggest a little over 4 lbs, a flounder and I released a red fish. First inshore slam of 2014.-Shane Britt


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Now in stock" | Real-Time Update | 01/10/14
 

The hottest thing going on the inshore scene- Vudu shrimp. Have 1/8oz, 3" in stock in ghost, Cajun pepper/char tail and natural. Have the new 1/4oz, 4" on order to arrive any day-- call to order or look online soon- $7.45/2pk Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
- "Capt. Brant McMullan"
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"" | Real-Time Update | 01/10/14
 


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"" | Real-Time Update | 01/10/14
 


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"Rig Wrangler" | Real-Time Update | 01/10/14
 

Santa brought Camdyn a rig bag for Christmas, I wish he would've included the rigs. I come home to find Camdyn going through my rigs picking out the best. Want be long until I have to ask to borrow my boat!!! Sent from my iPhone
- Jeff Beck
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"Dock Knocking" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 01/09/14
 

Dock knocking is a term we use when we wander from dock to dock fishing.  In Trask Cunninghams's (OIFC/Choice of Two and Scale Bound) case he was fishing from a dock at Little River when he caught 10-12 trout within an hour.  He said he kept 3 and put the others back.  The trout were 16-20 inches and were caught on DOA Shrimp.  Thanks for giving me the story Trask.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Vudu Shrimp" | N/A | 01/09/14
 

You've been asking for 'em so come and get 'em! Vudu Shrimp is now at the OIFC!

http://www.oifc.com/fishingstore/product-details.cfm?ItemID=837&ID=58

 


- Shannon Reel
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"Fishing With Jaylyn" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 01/05/14
 

~~Trout fishing with my little fisherman!! She (Jaylyn Nobles) loves being on the water!! -Billy Noble


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"2013 Rodeo Results Update" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/05/14
 

KING:

1. Corey Bellamy $130

2. Tim Gray $78

3. Camdyn Beck $52

Dolphin:

1. Bob Newell $70

WAHOO:

1. Corey Bellamy $35

2. Daniel Simmmons $21

3. Bob Newell $20

FLOUNDER:

1. Clay Morphes $100

2. Brandon Sauls $60

3. Jeff Wallen $40

TROUT:

1.Clay Morphes $65

2. Joshua Wallen $39

3. Brandon Sauls $26

Note:  Joshua & Brandon both weighed 5.1 lb trout.  Joshua weighed his on 7-5 & Brandon weighed his on 11-17 giving Joshua the 2nd position.

RED DRUM:

1. Clay Morphes $75

2. Brandon Sauls $50

3. Jonathan Rickey $30

INSHORE ANGLER OF THE YEAR:

Clay Morphes $200

OFF SHORE ANGLER OF THE YEAR:

Camdyn Beck $50

The information is being forwarded to Mrs. Diane and Capt. Brant for the payouts.  I am awaiting the trophies.

 

 

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Mack is Found!" | OIFC | 01/05/14
 

Thank you for all the help in finding Mack.  Turns out he wondered into a neighbors garage where he spent the night.  I think he was hot on the trail of somebody cooking hot dogs!  He was found this morning and came home with an attitude like, "What dad! I knew what I was doing".  He's since received a stern talking to, an introduction to his new fenced area and yes, a hot dog.  He's happy.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"B.O.L.O." | Do Work / OIFC | 01/04/14
 

~~Mack has gone missing today from his home in Bent Tree. He has likely followed someone, found a dog friend, or gone to check out the waterway. If you are local to OIB, please keep an eye out and share this page. Thank you for your help


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Last Chance" | N/A | 01/04/14
 

Just wanted to put out a reminder that this is the last weekend to use your Captain Club Points. Use 'em or lose 'em!


- Shannon Reel
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"Catfish" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/03/14
 

~~The Catfish are biting! Amber and her husband Mitchell Fortson, from A+ Heating and Cooling of OIB, caught this nice fish Tuesday after a long day at work! They were fishing with live minnows, in brackish water, near the Swing Bridge in Little River.

Thank you Amber!  Sge actually wrote the report herself.  Isn't "cut and paste" great!????


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"Happy New Year" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/01/14
 


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"Capt. Brant's Surgery" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/30/13
 

Please keep Capt. Brant and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he undergoes surgery on his right heel at Duke University tomorrow.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Capt Jim Bowen 01/02/2014

Wishing him all the best!

Cane Faircloth 01/01/2014

Wishing you a speedie recovery Brant from the Faircloth Family

Terry 12/31/2013

I have been praying for him, that all goes well this time!

Rube McMullan 12/31/2013

Thanks Rickey and everyone. He had a superlative pre-surgery dinner last night at the Angus Barn. Hopefully the surgeons will get his foot put on straight this time!


Rube McMullan 12/31/2013

Thanks Rickey and everyone. He had a superlative pre-surgery dinner last night at the Angus Barn. Hopefully the surgeons will get his foot put on straight this time!




"Santa's Rig Bag" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/29/13
 

~~Santa brought Camdyn an OIFC rig bag for Christmas.  I wish he would have included the rigs.  I came home only to find Camdyn going through my rigs picking out the best. It won't be long until I'll have to ask to borrow my boat!!!!!! 


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"And The Winner Is....." | Do Work / OIFC | 12/28/13
 

Captain Rickey's Annual Christmas Spec-Tacular Trout Tournament began with 30 degree weather and very competitive anglers all after the coveted name on the Master Angler Plaque and winner take all $700 purse.  One team's day began terribly with trailer trouble. The other teams were greated with a trout bite that shut down after about an hour and half fishing, as is always the case, the bite was hot yesterday,

The winner, Clay Morphes had left to prep the Award Dinner at his house.  He did not know he had won.  So, anglers being anglers, devised a cleaver prank.  Brandon Sauls text Clay and told him "a guy from Lake Norman named Wyatt had won".  Clay bought it hook line and sinker.  So at the dinner I presented Wyatt Clark with the winner's $700.  I asked him if he had anything he'd like to say.  Wyatt then told the group that Clay had won and it was all a prank.  Clay's face was beet red.  SUCCESS!!!!

The night was filled with food, families, children running around and stories being told.  Another success.  Clay is the Captain Rickey's Annual Christmas Spec-Tacular Tournament for this year joining Brandon Sauls & Brian Richard on the Master Angler's Plaque.  It will start all over next yea on the weekend after Christmas.  Congratulations Clay, thank you to all who participated and a special thank you to the OIFC for the fishing report and the use of thier scales and dock.  A huge thank you to Clay, Dr. & Mrs. Morphis for the wonderful meal and evening at their home on the Shallotte River.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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