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"Backwater Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/20/13
 

The backwater bite has improved this last week. It sure isn't due to the weather that we have been experiencing. The afternoon showers and strong winds continue to keep the water stirred up. I will have to give the approaching full moon the credit for getting our fish back on the move and feeding. We have seen the redfish bite and black drum bite really turn on at times this past week. Fishing fresh lively menhaden on a Carolina rig will tempt the hungry redfish. Freshly cut menhaden would be my next option if live ones are not working. Menhaden have been flipping all around the Ocean Isle Marina and the cement canals are also holding several pods of menhaden. Beware...they have been hard to locate early in the mornings, but flipping by the acres by afternoon. Shrimp...live or freshly cut up under a cork or Carolina rig will get the black drum feeding. Small shrimp can be located in many of the small feeder creeks at low tide connected to the waterway. They are still pretty small, but with a little hard work you can find some big enough for fishing. Speckled trout and flounder are also hanging around...either technique described above will also attract attention from trout and flounder. I can only hope that the fishing continues to improve and everyone gets in on the bite. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/19/13
 

Stormy weather and sailfish on the world cat today.
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Capt. Rickey 06/22/2013

Beautiful sail, but 1st mate Matt takes away from the view :) What water depth were ya'll in and what did it hit?





"Sailfish release on Carolina Cat" | Real-Time Update | 06/19/13
 

Capt Stan helped start the OIFC some 10 years ago as an original inshore guide. He eventually grew up and had to get a real job. But 10 years later he has come back as an OIFC offshore Captain. Today was his first trip as sole captain and look what he and mate Matt Ritch produce. Nice job guys! The weather report was not good for Today but it ended up being pretty nice. Capt. Brant McMullan OIFC
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E-Z NOW 06/20/2013

Where was that pretty little sail located??

Ken 06/19/2013

Nice work fellas





"Meanwhile Back At The Ranch" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/18/13
 

All of the attention lately has rightfully been on the Jolly Mon.  Meanwhile the back water action continued.

In the first picture Brian Lovingood's lovely daughter shows he Father's Day flounder.  I can't go on without thanking Brian for the use of his Fusion radio on the Do Work/OIFC.  When you have Marine Electronics needs in our area Brian and the GPS Store are the go to businesses.

 

The 2nd picture is of the beautiful Christina who landed this flat fish while fishing with Daniel Simmons on the afternoon of June 12th.  Daniel reported they were catching the flounder 2 at a time.

The last pictures are courtesy of the infamous Tommy Helms.  The are of fish he caught while fishing with "June Bug" Trent near the Sunset Beach bridge.

Thanks for the reports everybody.  If ya'll have any reports with pictures send them to me at Sunset69@atmc.net.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon article" | OIFC | 06/18/13
 

Mark Long of Harrells, NC, Regina Reep and Elijah Sorenson loaded up their 26 foot boat on Saturday morning with aspirations of catching a big King Mackerel.  They were fishing the Jolly Mon King Classic King Mackerel tournament, one of the largest King Mackerel tournaments on the East Coast, and they were one of 205 teams competing for the exact same prize.  However, they ended up alone atop the leader board because at 1:15pm, a big King Mackerel bit their line and skill and good fortune landed that fish in their boat; a very impressive 41.65 pound King Mackerel to be exact.  On board fishing with Captain and boat owner Mark Long were Regina Reep and Elijah Sorensen.  Mark reported that the team had bounced around to several different places during the morning but had nothing but sharks and Spanish mackerel to show for their efforts.  They decided to try the Jungle, an area of live bottom located 21 miles southwest of Shallotte inlet.  The team had set lines and commenced back into the routine of catching sharks and Spanish mackerel when a small tap on the rod caught the attention of Elijah Sorensen.  He picked up the reel and began feeding line, hoping that whatever had struck at the bait would come back.  Seconds later the line came tight and what started as a very subtle bite turned into a high speed getaway attempt.  The big King Mackerel had eaten a pink skirted Menhaden fished on top and now that it knew it was hooked, it did its thing and spooled off 300 yards of line in a matter of seconds.  Mark remarked on how cool Elijah was in the midst of the smoking run while he and Regina scrambled in the back of the boat to clear lines and give chase to the fish.  Elijah began collecting line and once the team was back on top of the fish, it was just a matter of minutes before the big, shiny shape took form under the water’s surface.  The big King has spent most of its energy on the initial run and after slowly pumping the King to the surface, Mark took a shot at the King with the gaff; but he missed.  Mark admitted he was very nervous.  Not only was this the biggest King Mackerel he had ever put on his boat, it was the Jolly Mon King Classic, and both he and Regina were a nervous wreck.  It was then that Mark realized he had mistaken the plastic tubing that is used to protect the gaff hook as the actual hook itself, and thus had only tickled the back of the big King.  A turn of the handle put the hook on the gaff down and the next strike hit home.  The trio hauled the fish aboard and commenced to release all the built up tension.  Several other boats were fishing the Jungle area when all this was going on and heard the commotion and soon after saw the team pack up and head to the scales.  Upon arrival to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at 3pm, Mark and crew were all grins and for good reason.  Their day had ended by scaling a 41.65 pound King Mackerel, and although they still had to wait out the rest of day’s weigh-in as well as the following day, a 40 pounder in the Jolly Mon is usually a sure thing.  Congratulations to Mark Long, Regina Reep and Elijah Sorensen for winning the 21st annual Jolly Mon King Classic. 

The fishing conditions for the Jolly Mon were good but certainly not ideal.  A cold front passed on Friday morning which fortunately led to very nice sea conditions on Saturday and fair conditions on Sunday.  The weather is always the biggest obstacle to fishing, and participants were very fortunate to have good fishing weather.  The Kings were and continue to be very scattered.  The winning fish came from 65 feet of water while 2nd, 3rd and 4th came from 110 feet of water and several other top 10 fish came from as shallow as 50 feet of water.  It truly was a crapshoot as participants scattered out across the ocean looking for the biggest King.  The Jolly Mon also featured prizes for cobia, mahi and Spanish mackerel.  The cobia are obviously still around in good numbers as many boats weighed cobia, and for those boats that fished offshore in the 100+ foot depths, they also had mahi.  The boats that stayed in the 50-65 foot depths found the bigger Spanish mackerel.  A very consistent report from participants was that the hottest bites in the tournament were from atlantic sharpnose sharks in the 50-65 foot depths and amberjack in the 80-100+ foot depths.  Too bad they were not eligible tournament species. 

Thanks again to all those local area businesses that support the Jolly Mon and of course all of the area fishermen and their families that make the Jolly Mon an annual tradition. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Scott Hamilton 06/18/2013

Hats off to the McMullan family and staff of the OIFC for hosting the best tournament on our coast!! Its a First Class Event run with Family values and integrity throughout!!

Rube McMullan 06/18/2013

Having watched the preparation for this years Jolly Mon all the way from Brant's hospital bed to the center stage, I can assure everyone that Brant put his heart and soul into making this the best Jolly Mon there ever has been or ever could be. It got a little complicated for us doing the weighin with all the new ways to win, but I'm sure everyone would agree...The Jolly Mon is a REALLY BIG SHOW and well worth the price of admission. Hope to see more folks next year so we can get back to that mystical 300 boat field.

stan ryba 06/18/2013

How about those Coastal Carolina student team ...4th place pretty good. 3 pound off of a second place . I understand they are in the SKA tour and competed pretty well last year, ended up at the SKA Nationals in Biloxi..Glad to see the students mixing it up with the professionals....Higher education at it's finest!





"Happy Birthday Sara" | Real-Time Update | 06/17/13
 

First Mate Aaron and I were joined by Sara and Larry Moore of Gastonia today for a half day trip. Neither had ever fished offshore before and it was Sara's birthday wish to give it a try. We headed off to the 90's to begin our search. Within minutes of deploying our lines we had our first bite. Shark! That was followed by a couple strikes but no hook up. Finally after another short strike, Aaron dropped back and the fish came back for seconds. Hooked up and Sara fought the king perfectly. Her first fishing trip and her first king. We finished the day bottom fishing catching bass and gray trout. Thanks to Sara and Larry for choosing us for their first trip and hope to see you again. Great job.
- Chris Dew
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"Jolly Mon Report - Toes Up Fishing Team" | Toes Up / OIFC | 06/17/13
 

It was awesome being able to get out and fish a few days and get back in tournament mode. We enjoyed seeing everyone this weekend and hope that everyone had a good, safe time. Thanks to the OIFC for putting on another great tournament. Too bad the weather man missed it for Sunday. On to the fishing, we went looking for bait on Friday and found it in front of Sunset Beach Pier, decent size. We also trolled for blues with no luck. We elected to fish on Sunday, so Saturday we decided to try and have some fun and see we could find some Kings in the process. We found bait below Cherry Grove Pier and made a stop in 55 ft water with a Spanish and sharks coming on board. Moved on out to 65 ft water and bait was stacked up everywhere. Heard of some kings being caught and we managed to come up with a spanish, king, and three nice cobia for the day. Sunday, we searched for bait, thinking it would be at Cherry Grove Pier, but no luck, continued down the beach a long ways, I remember seeing a Ferris Wheel. Finally caught bait and headed to 65 ft water and camped out for the day. Caught a few small kings and sharks that morning and two more decent cobia. That afternoon, we finally had a king smoke the reel and got him to the scales. See you on the water soon.


- Doug Robson
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Corey 06/20/2013

Nice work toes up !!!





"Jolly Mon Leader Board" | Do Work / OIFC | 06/16/13
 


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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/16/13
 

Jolly Mon 1st Place Down Time Mark Long, Regina Reep & Elijah Sorensen!!!
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/16/13
 

Jolly Mon 1st  Place Down Time with Mark Long
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/16/13
 

Jolly Mon 2nd place HotRod
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/16/13
 

The Hooligan/Coastal Carolina university Fishing Team   Winners of $8K
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/16/13
 

Jolly Mon 1st Place Jr Division Austin Aycock of the Hail Yeah/OIFC
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Courtney 06/17/2013

Great job to Austin and the Hail Yeah/OIFC crew!

Dr. T 06/17/2013

Way to go, Austin!





"" | Real-Time Update | 06/16/13
 

1st place lady angler Regina Reep
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/16/13
 

ALL the Jr. Anglers who weighed in a fish
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/16/13
 

Jolly Mon Jr Angler winners..1-Austin Aycock, 2-Richard Boles & 3-Austin Jeremiah
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"Summer has arrived at OIFC" | Real-Time Update | 06/16/13
 

Sent from my iPhone
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/16/13
 

Summer has arrived for Fin and Mack at OIFC
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"Jolly Mon Standings" | OIFC | 06/15/13
 

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Pretty good day of fishing.  The Kings appear to be scattered, but I think we are seeing that there are fish in closer in the 55-65 foot depth range.  I will bet that with the clearing water today and tonight, you are going to see a good bite in this depth tomorrow.  But who knows?  Good luck to all.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 06/15/13
 

33.30 3rd place king caught by Aqua Loco out of Little River
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wb 06/17/2013

shame billy wasnt on boat





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