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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"Tournament Prep" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/11/13
 

What to do when it's cold and raining? Take full advantage of it! This is the time of year when Do Work/Team OIFC is prepping and getting ready for the 2013 King Mackerel Tournament Trail. There is no part too small to be overlooked. We like to start by looking at the schedule and putting in vacation requests for the tournament days and at least the day before. This gives us time to catch bait and get everything prepped for a fun day of fishing. I then like to start tying rigs, which consists of single and double pogie rigs, bluefish rigs and ribbon fish rigs. During the rig tying phase, I will also stress test my rigs to ensure quality control. Another off season item to inspect is your cast net. Check the entire net, top to bottom, look for holes in the net or worn lines. A great way to inspect the net is to get in the yard and practice throwing. This will help to ensure that you throw a perfect pancake on that first pod of pogies you see. We also strip all of the line off our reels. While all of the line is off the reels I like to clean the reels and inspect them for any cracks or items that need to be repaired. This is also an excellent time to inspect your live bait rods. Items that need to be inspected on the rods are the reel seats, guides and the eyes in the guides. When inspecting the reel seats, check for cracks and ensure that the reel seat is secure. Visually check the guides to ensure that they are not bent and are firmly secured to the rod. I personally feel the most important part of a rod to inspect is the eyes in the guides. A great way to do this is to take a cotton ball and rub the inside of the eye. If the cotton ball snags or there are any fibers of the cotton ball left on the eye, then you may have a burr or a rough spot on the eye. This can be a very bad problem when fighting that winning fish. That small burr or rough spot will cause line to wear and over time cause your line to break. I hope these few tips help prepare you and your team for a successful King Mackerel season. It's also a great way to pass the time on the cold rainy days when you are sitting inside wishing you were on the water.
- Capt. Jeff Beck
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Capt. Rickey Beck 02/12/2013

Capt. Jeff covered tackle and gear prep. Another important thing is going through your boat and trailer from bow to stern. It is way too late if you're off shore, or even in the back waters to have a repair issue. Also too many people neglect their trailers and tires. When is the last time you've tried to break a lug nut loose? When the season cranks up is too late to try and get service work done, you'll be waiting a while. Check with the staff at the OIFC if you need a recommendation as to who to contact. You can bet Capt. Brant only uses the best people for his equipment.

Capt. Rickey Beck 02/12/2013

Capt. Jeff addressed tackle and gear. But do not forget this is when boat maintenance needs to be addressed. You should check your boat from bow to stern. And DO NOT neglect your trailer!! Don't wait until everyone puts their boats in to try to get an issue fixed...you'll be waiting awhile! Check with one of the Captains or Mrs. Anita at the OIFC if you need a recommendation on who to contact. You can bet Capt. Brant only uses the best.





"We Haven't Forgot" | Get Busy | 02/11/13
 

Fellow Rodeo participants......we haven't been forgotten.  The OIFC is having some really nice trophies made but it's just taking longer than anticipated.  Please bear with us.  We are planning on fine tuning the Rodeo in 2013 to make it more enjoyable, more affordable and hopefully more attractive for more participants.  Thanks for bearing with us!!

Flounder:

Jeff Wallen..6.8 lbs and 5.5 lbs total 12.3

Brandon Sauls.. 0

Clay Morphes 0

Trout:

Jeff Wallen..3.3 lbs, 3.2 lbs and 2.9 lbs total 9.4 lbs

Brandon Sauls..7.2lbs, 5.3 lbs, 5.5 lbs and 3.1 lbs total 20.6 lbs

Clay Morphes..3.9lbs total 3.9 lbs

Drum:

Jeff Wallen..7.63 lbs, 7.0 lbs, 6.2lbs total 21.83 lbs

Brandon Sauls..6.9 lbs total 6.90 lbs

Combined Weight:

Jeff Wallen 43.53 lbs

Brandon Sauls 27.50 lbs

Clay Morphes 3.90 lbs

Overall Average Finish Combined Participants:

Jeff Wallen 6

Brandon Sauls 7.33

Clay Morphes 10.33

Off Shore:

Team OIFC

 

 


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"Job Opportunity" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/10/13
 

OIFC is seeking a clothing & gift Inventory/Sales manager; job includes receiving, ordering, stocking, customer help, staffing....... the head, the tail, the whole fish!  EMAIL: info@oifc.com Capt. Brant with interest.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Last Week's Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/10/13
 

Got out with my next door neighbor Pete and his buddy Ron last Monday. We headed to some nearshore structure in hopes of finding the elusive black sea bass. It did not take long to locate a large school of bass. We started bringing doubles, triples, and even quad hook ups to the boat. Using the larger sabiki rigs with no natural bait was doing the trick. All bass were released unharmed with the exception of the ocassional shark attack. As the sharks got more aggressive we changed our gear and targeted them. Whole pieces of squid on wire rewarded us with some line stretching excitment. Not bad for February!

On Wednesday I got out with my buddy on his new boat, "Penny Pincher". Joe is normally a kayak fisherman. Paddling may be a thing of the past now. We headed to some of his top secret kayak honey holes. Joe's new Sundance Skiff proves to get as shallow as his kayak. He loves it! The fish were also cooperating...we landed 8 or 9 reds with a nice trout in the mix. All reds were released to be caught another day. Again, the action is still pretty steady for February. The challenge is dodging the cold fronts picking the right weather day and the green cabbage is starting to grow thick along the oyster bars. Throwing light jigheads or weedless flutter hooks will keep you out of the cabbage. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 02/09/13
 

Congratulations Capt Stan Gurganus for re-passing his Capt license test. Capt Stan was the OIFCs original inshore guide, but "a real job" pulled him away. He let his license lapse, but now he has gone through the class and passed again. I am hoping to have Capt Stan rejoin the OIFC this season, but this time he wants to focus on offshore. I'm sure you will be hearing more from Capt Stan- good job. I may have also forgotten to mention that recently our former first mate Derek Trefinger also passed his test, and he is now a licensed Capt. He will rejoin the OIFC charter crew this year as a Captain- great job guys!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Feds. Killing Red Snapper" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/09/13
 

Capt. Josh Hughes made us aware of this video showing the U.S. Government blowing up abandoned oil rigs in the Gulf and killing thousands of red snapper in the process.  You can click on this link or go to our Facebook page, Ocean Isle Fishing Center and watch it.

Please post your reaction in our comment section.


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Capt. Jacob Frick 02/10/2013

I will let Tom Cruise in a "Few Good Men" describe our Federal Government for you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jevG0vhGWU

wb 02/09/2013

hope this get attention

Capt. Rickey 02/09/2013

I found the video to be shocking. This has caused a lot of harm to a lot of people, not to mention the useless killing of the snapper, as well as the destruction of valuable reef and deaths to other sea life.





"Isla Mujeres" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/08/13
 

This report was sent in for all of us to enjoy by Douglas Montgomery...Thanks!!

Hey Fishing Report readers... just wanted to share our big day!
My wife Tammy and I fished about 20 miles of the coast of Isla Mujeres the last week of January. I read the sails had been really hot late in the Afternoon. So I did something I had never done before. I booked an afternoon charter. It was torture!!!!!...we laid at the pool all morning as I watched the frigate's diving on Spanish sardines!!!....well it paid off. We left at 1pm and were hooked up on our first sail by 2:30. We fished till dark (about 6pm) and never had one second that we weren't hooked up on a sail. It was truly the most amazing thing I have ever seen. They were as think on top of the water as the Bonita's are here in the late summer!!!!!...our final count was 12 sails on 16 hookups!!!!!...

Just figured it may bring some smiles to the faces of everybody out there with the February blues.

-Doug Montgomery


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"NEW! Ladies and mens OIFC Bonefish flip flops." | Real-Time Update | 02/08/13
 

NEW! Ladies and mens OIFC Bonefish flip flops.
- Anita Moore- OIFC Manager
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"" | Real-Time Update | 02/08/13
 

A little mullet blow is all
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Capt. Rickey 02/08/2013

There was supposed to be a picture of the flag flapping in the wind!





"Apply now for Summer Jobs" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/07/13
 

If you are interested in applying to work at the OIFC, I am accepting applications through 2/15 - CLICK HERE to request an application.  See you at the OIFC.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Capt. Brant 02/07/2013

Ooops- link was messed up, but now its working. Send me your inquiries. We'd love to have you aboard.





"" | Real-Time Update | 02/07/13
 

We had to leave Key West before the tournament awards, but Brayden finally got his 1st place Jr plaque. He took it to school this AM after sleeping with it last night. He asked me when we could go fish another tournament so he could win a trophy. It warms my heart. Caroline got her plaque too but the first thing she asked was if there was in prize money with it?
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Martini 02/11/2013

Mom teaching her skills lol lol

Dr. T 02/08/2013

Yes,Sir, Captain Brant, Brayden is #1 ... Way to go, Brayden!!!

Capt. Brant 02/07/2013

He has left every toy he has taken to school, but not this trophy. It is back in his room on the dresser. New personal goal/motivation: do good in tournaments so my children can win trophys; forget all the money it takes, the reward is well worth it!

Joe Seegers 02/07/2013

Thank you for posting this. Taking them fishing is what it's all about.


Joe Seegers 02/07/2013

Thank you for posting this. Taking them fishing is what it's all about.




"Stick Slinger's Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/05/13
 

Capt. Jim Bowen FINALLY got some great pictures of a fishing trip he took a few weeks ago to us. In Capt. Jim's defense, his computer crashed and he lost my email address. The tuna was caught by Dr Mike Cahn from Whiteville. The sail fish was caught and released by John Currin from Henderson. Biggest sail I have ever seen..
For some reason I could not get the pictures to format for the Fishing Report.  So...if you'd like to see a great sail fish check out our Facebook page!!

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Capt. Rickey 02/05/2013

Be sure to keep a check on our Facebook page. There is a lot of interesting "stuff" there. Share it with your friends too. I'd be interesting to see how many likes we can get!!!





"" | Real-Time Update | 02/05/13
 

Brayden and I are hard at work getting new merchandise out for the season, come by and see all our new "stuff"!
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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Capt. Rickey 02/05/2013

Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. If you do, throw him our way!

Courtney 02/05/2013

I am pretty sure the only thing Brayden is working hard at is being cute, but I am looking forward to seeing the new "stuff"!





"55 lb Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/02/13
 

In an earlier post I mentioned Wendell Barnett's 55 lb wahoo he and Tom Cushman landed near the Scarp (if I remember right) this week.  Judging by the horizon the seas may have been a little "bumpy"

Thanks for the report and the picture.


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Capt.Rickey 02/03/2013

Looks like there may be a window of opportunity to go out this upcomming week.





"OIFHC" | Get Busy | 02/02/13
 

The wind is still blowing and the "Get Busy" is still getting some much needed TLC. So what else to do but load up the trucks for some upland bird hunting. Ned Gerber invited Daniel Simmons, State grouper record holder Tim Gillimore, Coastal Carolina Constructions Jeremy Ridenhour and Myself up to Harrells to shoot some birds. With a couple of bird dogs and a pointer/retriever/border collie named "Buck" some of us got in some great shooting. Others not so much. Well alot of shooting just not alot of hitting. But at least no Dick Chenney moments it was a fun time. Thanks again Ned.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"" | Real-Time Update | 02/02/13
 

Name that fish? Caught a few of these today in Key West. They were coming up to the chum on the reef line and we were floating small chunks of chum to them on light tackle. They are about 5 lbs and have sharp teeth. Who knows what kind of fish they are? Post to comments.
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Barrett 02/06/2013

Thanks guys. Looks like the answer is Bermuda Chub. Normally Rube will eat anything that comes out of the ocean and in a pinch he's been known to our bait straight out of the bait well (true story). Sounds like the right decision was made to release these guys. I'd never seen one. They were great on light tackle.

Neal Cartrette 02/04/2013

Bermuda Chub. Fun to catch, but no good to eat and can make a nasty mess in a boat.

Ryan Powers 02/04/2013

Bermuda Chubs. No good to eat and they chew on your baits while you are yellow tailing.

Tommy Helms 02/04/2013

That Africa Pin Fish

Joe Vasil 02/03/2013

Its a Hybrid!! LOL

out there guess... 02/02/2013

A saltwater pirahna....

Dr. Terry and Captain Jacob 02/02/2013

"RUBICS FISH" ...What else could they be??

Bob Ellingson 02/02/2013

Rube, That is a real big " Key West Sharp Toothed Chum Sucking Striped Silverfish". It may be a world record!!

W. Parker 02/02/2013

Its a Bermuda, Chub,or in your case a Key West Chub.Don't try to eat one, great fight on light tackle.

Bob Ellingson 02/02/2013

Rube, That is a real big " Key West Sharp Toothed Chum Sucking Striped Silverfish". It might be a world record!!!


Tommy Helms 02/04/2013

That Africa Pin Fish

Joe Vasil 02/03/2013

Its a Hybrid!! LOL

out there guess... 02/02/2013

A saltwater pirahna....

Dr. Terry and Captain Jacob 02/02/2013

"RUBICS FISH" ...What else could they be??

Bob Ellingson 02/02/2013

Rube, That is a real big " Key West Sharp Toothed Chum Sucking Striped Silverfish". It may be a world record!!

W. Parker 02/02/2013

Its a Bermuda, Chub,or in your case a Key West Chub.Don't try to eat one, great fight on light tackle.

Bob Ellingson 02/02/2013

Rube, That is a real big " Key West Sharp Toothed Chum Sucking Striped Silverfish". It might be a world record!!!




"Wendell's Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/01/13
 

I spoke with Wendell Barnette today. He said he landed 2 wahoo yesterday (I think). One was 55 lbs. and he lost some others. He was fishing off the Scarp. He promised to take pictures from now on. If you catch any nice saltwater fish and would like them o our webpage send them to me at my home email..sunset69@atmc,net. Include a short write up. And please no fibs...I can usually see right thru them


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"Congratulations" | Get Busy | 02/01/13
 

Congratulations from the OIFC staff to OIFC Pro Staffer Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls for being chosen for the cover of the South Brunswick Magazine.  This is quite an honor in our neck of the woods. Brandon ownes Intercoastal Net Designs
Brandon Sauls
910-443-1786
info@icoastalnet.com. and does the web page for the OIFC.

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Capt.Rickey 02/03/2013

A well deserved honor

Capt. Brant 02/02/2013

Who would of thought that all those weekends cleaning out my basement would have prepared you for this? Just shows that no matter what the "experience", they all help shape our lives. I'm proud to have been a part of the shaping; happy for you.

Courtney Beck 02/02/2013

Impressive Brandon...Congrats!!!





"Rodeo" | Get Busy | 01/31/13
 

We haven't forgot the Rodeo prize money and trophies...We have had a set back in getting the trophies.  Please bear with us.  Speaking of the Rodeo. we've met and discussed the 2013 Rodeo with the intention of getting more people involved.  Remember, we don't make a dime on the Rodeo..it's 100% for your enjoyment.  We are also talking about a flounder tournament similar to the trout tournament.  There will be more to come.

Help us spread our Facebook Page around by sharing things with your friends.  I posted this tonight..Now is a great time to review our fishing reports to see what was biting when, where and on what. It's simple to go through the archives. Besides I don't have a lot of action to report on except the store crew is busy rearranging and getting in new stock..March 16th, the Spring Kick Off is not that far off.

And don't forget our comment section on the Fishing Report.


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"Jake n Action!" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/30/13
 

Posted this video yesterday and many folks reported that they were unable to see the video. Please give this link another try and let me know if you encounter any issues.

Here is a quick little video from yesterday afternoon. That's my boy making me proud! See ya on the water!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-OnRW8oNzE


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Aaron Miller 02/01/2013

Freakin awesome video!! Great to see kids enjoying the sports!!!!

Mark 02/01/2013

J- awesome video! That's good livin.





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