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"Bay Pirate Fishing Team" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/16/12
 

 
Lizard Licked
Saturday Brian Fimbel and his Father Paul joined the Bay  Pirate Fishing Team aboard their Yellowfin, fishing for some kings and a little bottom fishing. We caught bait right off the beach and proceeded to head 40 miles offshore to Dales Rock. When we got there the water temp was 79 degrees at 90ft of sloppy 3-5ft slow rollers. We turned and started trolling into the wind so we could bottom fish at the same time. We jigged up a lizard fish and put it back down on the down rigger set at 60 ft and after a few minutes of trolling the lizard fish got nailed. Paul fought the fish while the lines were cleared.  After a 10 minute fight we had the 18lb king to the side of the boat and Frollie tailed the king to bring him in the boat. After trolling for a little while longer and no more strikes we found structure for some bottom fishing. We picked through a dozen or so seabass and got 3 spanish mackerals on Roscoe Jigs
Write up and pics by Patti Sellers Hughes..Thx for sharing..

- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sail Fish Action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/16/12
 

Bob Newell sent this picture of a catch and release sail fish he caught today while fishing with Yorke Pharr at the 100/400.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Catch and Release" | Get Busy | 09/16/12
 

Pictured is Benny Hipp with his "catch and release in the grease" flounder from today.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Toadfish Fillets!!!" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/16/12
 

Scott, Alan, and myself did some serious fishing Thursday morning and Saturday. Thursday was a less than favorable day to be targeting some of the nearshore structures, but we were pretty set on getting out there. We braved a hard ESE wind to push on out. We dropped anchor and yes, I had the rope tied to it this time. We were immediately hooked up with toadfish and a few blues. Things were not looking too promising? Then Scott hooks up hard...our first flounder of the day a solid 4 pounder! The action heated up and we were all catching flounder. We ended up landing 15 to 20 with 9 solid keepers. The seas were getting very sloppy, so we headed for the safety of the backwater. Saturday the seas were very cooperative making it much easier to do some reef hopping nearshore. It was Alan's turn to bring the first fish to the boat. Alan hooked up hard! Drag screaming of the reel. At first we were all worried that a large toothy critter might be on the line. Then after several minutes it came apparent that it must me a nice red drum. Sure enough Alan landed a beautiful 35" red drum. Awesome! We continued to look for the flounder, but could only muster up three solid keepers. In the meantime, bluefish and gray trout kept us very busy. We must have caught close to 20 trout and kept three nice ones for the dinner plate. All and all not bad action the past few days! It was just great to have a couple of stress free days of fishing with friends. I love it! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sky Rocket!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/16/12
 

Capt. Steele called in via radio this morning reporting that king mackerel were sky rocketing on bait pods along the Lookwood Folly ledge area. Really no suprise there...the bait is thick out there! Getting one to bite a hook is a different story. Maybe Capt. Steele will make hero status today. I sure hope so!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"AR 460 Gives Up 6.1 lb Flounder" | Get Busy | 09/16/12
 

Below are pictures of John Pavy, of Myrtle Beach with his 6.1 lb, 24 in. flounder he landed while fishing the Ar 460 aboard Jeff Wallen's Triton with Jeff.  They were using large mullet and landed several more flounder in addition to the one in the picture.

Pictures and story courtesy of the OIFC's Terry Johnson.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishermans Post Flounder Tournament" | Get Busy | 09/16/12
 

Pictured below is Al Fulford and his 11 lb 8 oz flounder as he awaits the awards ceremony at the Fishermans Post Flounder Tournament at Carolina Beach.  Way to represent Brunswick County Al.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Marshwalk Kingstalk" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/15/12
 

Congratulations to everyone who fished in the Marshwalk Kingstalk King fish tournament.  On a personal note a big congratulations to Amy Metzgar Morris and the crew of the Yellowfin "Seahorse" who have become friends of the "OIFC/Do Work" Team.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Big Whiskey's Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/15/12
 

I did a short report on Chris Campbell's trip yesterday during which he caught a nice kink, mahi, grouper and snapper.  Here is Chris's account in his own words:

We got our you know what beat by mother nature all morning trying to find bait and running offshore....had to jig cigar minnows, sardines, and blue runners up till 11:30, then headed out to 130ft of water and started kite fishing since it was too sloppy to troll....we got lucky when a school of 200+ dolphin showed up about 5 minutes after putting our first line in the water and they didnt leave for 3 hours while we picked them off one by one with live sardines on spinning rod....we rigged one of the smaller dolphin up on a rod and let him swim behind the boat which seemed to keep his buddies around all day.....caught 16 of them until we ran out of bait (lost about 10 also from spitting the hook)....while I was busy catching the dolphin on top, my buddy Andy Justice (capt of The Reel Justice) was busy bottom fishing for snapper and grouper....then late in the afternoon around 4:30pm, the long line went off on a live cigar minnow w/ green skirt....after 4 nice runs I finally got our eyes on the broad side of a nice king as it laid up next to the side of the boat.....Andy tail grabbed him and brought him into the boat for a few pictures and GoPro video before releasing him back into the ocean to fight another day....Our rough estimate on size was between 30-34lbs....

it was one of the sloppiest days ive been out in a long time, but the fishing was great and we were rewarded for our effort....it finally laid down with a nice sunset for a boat ride back to the docks .


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Where In The World?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/14/12
 

That's right......Where in the world did Chris Campbell go today?  Along with the king in this picture he had 16 mahi, some snapper and grouper.  I'll see if I can get the scoop and pass it along.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Thursday's Action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/14/12
 

Capt. Chris Dew and Capt. Chris Dawson took a charter near shore fishing Thursday.  They caught 55 Spanish Mackeral and several blues trolling with spoons between the Youpon Reef and the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

Better yet Capt. Chris said the bait was holding thick right off Holden beach, the water was 80 degrees and king green..  The kings should be near shore in the next couple of weeks.  For now, Captain Brant says we should fish in 80 ft. of water depth and suggested the Atlantic Ledge area.  I'll get an update from Capt. Chris Dew in the morning and will post it.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Another Picture" | Get Busy | 09/13/12
 

Here is an on-the-scene picture of Todd Helf and his 8.2 lb flounder he caught Wednesday. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Grouper/American Red Snapper Make up Charter" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/12
 

Yes, I said it American Red Snapper.... South Atlantic Marine Fisheries has opened the fishery for the next 2 weekends.  We have been catching and releasing these fish all season... Lets go get some of these delicious fish to eat.  I would like to take 4 folks out for a day of Grouper and Snapper fishing on Saturday and or Sunday.  This will be 10-12 hours of hardcore bottom fishing out to 50 miles offshore, the length of this trip give us the opportunity to check lots of "secret" spots and catch some big fat bottom fish.  Cost is $300 per person and the weather looks great.  Call 910-575-3474... Lets go fishing.....
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Fishing This Weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/12
 

Weather is set to be very nice.  Red Snapper are open for those interested bottom fishermen.  Charter boats had near shore trips today and reported the water full of Spanish.  They easily limited out before attempting Kings at Yaupon, but no luck.  Pogies are thick along the beach.  I would expect to find Kings in the Atlantic Ledge area or near the Frying Pan Tower.  It is possible to see them closer, so certainly give 65 foot depths a shot before heading offshore.  Also start looking for Grouper in the 70-90 foot depth range.  Fishing looks good for the weekend.  I wish I were there, but I'm not quite ready yet.  I'll be waiting at the dock to take pictures.

HOW TO CATCH RED SNAPPER:
We like to use medium sized Pinfish the best, but Pogys work almost as good.  Use the same 3-way swivel rig that we (oifc) sell in the store---  3-way swivel with loop on one side to hang 8-16 oz lead and then 4-6' of 80# - 130# leader to a 6/0-8/0 circle hook.  This rig will do well for Grouper or Snapper.   You can "tweak" this rig.  The lighter and longer the leader, the better chances at Red Snapper.  however, the better the chance you get broke off by a Grouper.................  now go get'm!

FRI NE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.   FRI NIGHT NE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.   
SAT
NE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. SAT NIGHT E WINDS 10 KT OR LESS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.
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E WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. SUN NIGHT SE WINDS 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
MON S WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bite on this weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/12
 

Took a look at the beach water yesterday and with the northeast winds we've been having last few days, it has cleared up and is a beautiful "king green". The water is full of pogy schools up and down the beach and blues are working the schools. Surely the Kings will look at the calendar and see it is mid September and with the good water color and lots of pogies and with the forcast for a light northeast wind this weekend...the beach bite SHOULD be on. It should happen at Yaupon. If not, then surely at the 90/90 or Lighthouse Rocks.
- Rube McMullan
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"Sunset Bridge Produces" | Get Busy | 09/12/12
 

People asked me today where to catch flounder and I told them the artificial reefs.  Little did I know that at about 8pm Todd Helf and his wife would come to the OIFC and ask me to weigh a flounder he had just caught at the Sunset Bridge using tiger minnows.  That flat fish came in at 8.2 lbs!!!!  In kidding, I asked Mrs. Helf if she felt bad about catching some baby's momma and her response was "heck no..I'm gonna eat the b#$*h!!"  I told her I was going to post her quote.

Thank ya'll for thinking enough of the OIFC to let us weigh and take pictures of your fish.  Also thanks to Jeff Beck for taking the pictures.  Now go eat the.......!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Ahhhhh..." | Tiberias - 22' | 09/12/12
 

The weather is awesome down here. The humidity is gone and a cool NE breeze was in our face this morning. Dennis and Diana joined me for a peaceful relaxing half day of fishing today. We started off landing a couple of small reds, but the black drum from yesterday were not there today. I headed to a spot that I struggled at yesterday, we landed 4 very nice reds all over 26 inches and a 17 inch flounder. We ended the day with a few ribbonfish, toadfish, and a pinfish. All fish were released with the exception of the flounder. The flounder will be fried and put on a sandwich tonight! I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Red Snapper season opens this weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/12/12
 

This weekend[Friday/Sat/Sun] and next weekend,  Federal fishery managers are opening Red Snapper[Genuine Reds] for fishing. You are allowed to catch 1 snapper per person/day with no size limit. Obviously this is not a indication of a improved fish population and thus relaxation of the zero catch quota we have been under for last couple years. Their objective is to encourage harvest of a few snappers so they can analyze the carcasas to determine age/growth rate/ect. Most all sport fishermen are the purest conservationist on the water and we at OIFC appauld the effort to actually use a little science in determining the condion of the Red Snapper fishery in our waters. Truthfully, having fished these waters for many years, I bet I haven't caught a couple dozen genuine's all my years of fishing southern NC waters. If there is a fish that is in trouble it is the Red Snapper. Why I don't know. I have heard from the old timers they used to catch them like sea bass 50 years ago, just a couple miles offshore. I can say that 40 years ago, when I first started fishing the OIB area, I had a 20 foot shrimp net I tried pulling in the intercoastal. I wan't very good at catching shrimp, but I did catch a lot of tiny red snappers/groupers, king mackeral. I was shocked at what I was catching and quit realizing that pulling a shrimp net in the intercoastal was invading the nursery area of these prized fish. I don't know that there is a connection there, but allowing netting in the intercoastal which runs alongside the primary protected nursery areas of the marshes of the intercoastal just doesn't make much sense to me.

At the request of the NC Marine Fisheries folks, the OIFC has agreed to act as a location for fishermen to bring carcasas of red snapper they catch during the next two weekends. We will hold them for the MF to pick up to be used for the scientific research. Good luck to everyone. The weather looks fishable this weekend. Best spots to catch the Reds will be in 100+ feet, using small pogies/pinfish or cut bait.


- Rube McMullan
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"High Pressure" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/11/12
 

Our first cold front of the season has just passed over us this weekend. Now high pressure is dominating our region. Today was the second day after the passing of the front. I kinda expected a little better bite, but the fish were a little hesitate. Even the pinfish at the cleaning station were not very aggressive. We still managed to pull several reds out of the back creeks, but they were mostly on the small side. We landed one small flounder and lost one at boatside. A couple of black drum and even a sheepshead got a little too close to our hooks. Live shrimp is what was working for us today on a carolina rig. We were soaking mullet right there with the shrimp, but they were just not going to eat a mullet today. All things considered it was a great day to be on the water. I can't tell you just how peaceful it is to be on the water this time of year. I love it! See ya on the water!

Second and third picture is from a group of folks that went just before the front passed. We landed several reds and black drum. Again, live shrimp got most of the bites...we did have a few reds on live mullet.


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sailfish" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/11/12
 

Our offshore boat got off the beach on Saturday. Conditions got bumpy in a hurry...a Gulfstream trip got cut down to a full day. Capt. Steele, Capt. Dawson and crew braved the conditions hanging around the horse shoe area. They were marking cigar minnows by the ton, but not getting much action. Then Capt. Steele yells billfish, oh here we go...Capt. Steele is known for seeing billfish in his sleep from time to time...LOL! However, this time Capt. Steele was wide awake and went to work...The duo managed to get the sailfish to eat and the crew landed a beautiful Sail. Great work guys! Good news is the water is cooling and the bait is thick out there. It is only a matter of time before things line up for an all out King bite! Another cold front on the way later this week, could bring the Kings much closer to the beach. Stay tuned as we will continued to go after them and report the action. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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