"" | Real-Time Update | 07/25/13
Just wrapped up the shark fishing adventure with the Miller clan. 7
sharks.released including this 6-7 footer.and a really nice cobia on ice.
"Sharking" | Real-Time Update | 07/25/13
First Mate Aaron and I are on a shark fishing adventure with the Miller
clan. Already have had 3 nice fish to the boat.
"Fridat July 10th Guf Stream Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/24/13
Rickey Rozier sent these pictures of mahi-mahi, wahoo, and blackfin tuna caught buy boats Double R and On Time. Great catch and thanks for the pictures
If anyone has pictures & a report they would like to share email them to me at email@example.com.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Tournament" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/23/13
The Obsession is a 35' Triton with twin 350hp Yamaha power, run by Thomas and Art Jordan of Dillon, SC. This crew caught the first blue marlin of the 2013 Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Tournament out of Beaufort, NC. They also went 1-2 on white marlin and finished 2nd in the tournament's Outboard Division.
Photos by Danny Kirsic
Photo enhancement by Capt. Rickey
Capt. Chris Burrows
"Sheriff Ingram's 2nd Annual Flatfish Roundup" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/22/13
Just wanted to let everyone know that Sheriff Ingram's 2nd Annual Flatfish Roundup is just around the corner. The tournament is August 10, and will be held at Southport Marina. This tournament allows inshore and ocean fishing. For further information, check out the tournament website. www.sheriffjohningram.com/flatfishroundup.
Capt. Jeff Beck
"Record Spanish" | Real-Time Update | 07/22/13
The Be all family from West Virginia joined First Mate Aaron and me for an
afternoon trip on Friday. After catching bait we ran to the 90s and
deployed our lines. In short time we began catching Spanish in the 4lb
range. We also did battle with a sailfish for about 20 minutes before he
broke off. As we made our way back to our mark, the long line began
screaming. Luke grabbed the rod and fought the fish to gaff range. Aaron
shouted that it was the biggest Spanish be had ever seen as he brought it
over the gunnel. I had to agree. Back at the dock, the Spanish tipped the
scales at 8 lbs. Not only did Luke earn a citation but took his position on
the OIFC all time record catch board for Spanish Mackerel. Congratulations
"Team OIFC report" | Real-Time Update | 07/22/13
Well, you are only as good as your last tournament and we are now once again back to rock bottom again.
We fished the Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo out of Dauphin Island this past weekend and what we hoped to be an all out assault on big fish turned out to be just an all out assault on us.
Of course the weather was the culprit as we got beat for three days in a a row, traveling an average of 150 miles per day.
We struggled as the weather was tough but also the fishing conditions were not anything like we had seen before. According to the locals "you should have been here last weekend." Go figure.
We caught fish, but not to our expectations. Our biggest king was 36 pounds and we had Dolphin and Snapper and other odds and ends as well.
On board were Brant, Barrett, Rube and guests were cousin Ronnie Joyce and OIFC long time staffer Sean Morris. Since Barrett and I have often too lofty expectations, I'm going to get Ronnie and Sean to give a report from a first time perspective.
We are on the road back to NC but left the boat in the Gulf as we plan to head back for another crack in another event in August. I'll see you back at the OIFC.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Fish report and Team OIFC recap" | OIFC | 07/22/13
Part of a fisherman’s job is to constantly complain about the weather. The conditions are never just right. If its not one thing, its another; and in the memorable words of my Alabama fishing friend Marcus Kennedy, “It seems like if a pelican craps off the wrong side of the piling it shuts the bite down.” However, in those rare moments when the pendulum is swinging from its extremes, it passes the middle and conditions get just right. And that’s what keeps us fishermen continuing to come back for more.
This week the weather conditions and the good fishing culminated to provide anglers with outstanding experiences. Light to slight southerly winds, calm seas and good water conditions put the fish in the feeding mood. Mid July is typically a month where we see good catches of King Mackerel with Dolphin, Cobia and Sailfish mixing in. Fishermen have been focusing their efforts in the 65-80 foot depth range, where schools of bait fish have been holding near bottom structure. The Jungle was the hot spot this past week for King action as anglers reported a great bite from above average size class Kings. Local angler Chris Campbell sent me pictures on Thursday of a flat calm sea and big King Mackerel he had caught while fishing that morning. He reported a steady bite from fish in the 20-30 pound class. The Ocean Isle Fishing Center charter fleet has been giving similar reports along with mixing in some of the above referenced “bonus” species. I also got a report last week of some improving Grouper fishing. The Grouper bite has been slow thus far, and that is likely due to all the freshwater runoff. Scuba divers had been reporting near zero visibility close to the bottom as the more dense freshwater would sink and thus affect the bottom conditions. Most bottom fishermen don’t take this variable into consideration. They pull up on some good bottom structure in 100 feet of water and the surface is blue and everything looks good. However, as I diver myself, I can tell you that what is going on 30+ feet below the surface can be a whole other world. I think that as improved bottom fishing reports are coming in, it is evidence that the effects of the rain are continuing to wear off. The other fishery that has been hit hard by the rains have been the near shore bite from Spanish Mackerel. They too are beginning to get their act together as reports are coming in of Spanish being caught in the 20-30 foot depth range. All in all, you can see that fishing is continuing to get even better. The one area that is struggling, which is typical for this time of year, is the Gulf Stream. This time of year we typically see a lull in action as most of the Pelagic migrating fish have moved North or spread inshore. The bite out there will start back up in late August with the arrival of the Wahoo.
As I left the report last week, my family and I were heading down to Alabama to fish in the “world’s largest fishing tournament”, the Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo. I will say for certain it is a rodeo, but I’d deem it more like a goat rodeo. I’m not knocking the event, it is a fishing tournament, and there are a lot of very good fishermen that fish very hard for top honors. But as far as the format and organization, the name fits. Sign up is on Thursday and after waiting an hour for the entry forms to arrive, and then waiting in three separate lines to enter the three different levels, we got out of there. Fishing opened on Friday morning and the format says you can weigh Friday, Saturday or Sunday; but there is not rule that says you must weigh your fish the same day in which they were caught. That is a foreign rule to our area, but it is understandable as many of the boats are fishing blue water species, which requires runs upwards of 100 miles offshore and overnight stays are the norm. In addition to unusual, eligible species include: King Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin, Marlin, Barracuda, Blue Runner, Shark (biggest one put on the dock of any species), Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Vermillion Snapper, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Scamp Grouper, White Trout, Yellowtail Snapper, Lookdown, Pompano, Grey Snapper, Speckled Trout, Redfish……………whew, I can’t type anymore, but I assure you there are more. I thin you get the jist of where I’m going with this. Anyway, we left out of Dauphin Island Friday morning and fished very hard for three days. We were hoping the forecast of calm seas and the previous week’s reports of great fishing would hold; of course, they did not. We got beat up for three days and struggled hard to catch fish. Conditions were unfavorable and without great knowledge of the area and its fisheries, we were little more than out-of-towners fishing a locals event. It was humbling. But, as Lloyd Christmas once said, “So you’re saying there’s a chance,” and thus we gave it our all to try to produce that lightning strike bite. Instead though, all we got was the lightning strike. As is always the case, regardless of the success, we had good times and learned more about the fishery. Thus, Team OIFC is back to rock bottom, and happy to be back in the Carolinas. If you’ve ever wanted to fish in a goat rodeo, where basically the rules are there are no rules, I’d give the Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo a try.
Capt. Brant McMullan
"Gulp Ice Tea" | Do Work / OIFC | 07/21/13
OIFC Pro Staff In SHore angler Brandon Sauls fished with Edwin Newell today he said they finished off with a double header and a big gulp of Long Island ice tea!!
Thanks for the report Bonecrusher, but I didn't know Gulp bait came in a Long Island Iced Tea.
Folks, Brandon is doing his best to win the In Shore Angler of the year award. Ya'll need to get in the Rodeo and make him work for it
Pictured is Edwin Newell.
Capt. Jeff Beck
"45 lb king" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/19/13
Below is a picture of Nick Palombi and the 45 lb king he caught today using a sea witch while fishing aboard the "Fish Screamer" charter boat out of Little River
Capt. Rickey Beck