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"It's my job to report." | Get Busy | 08/11/12
 

The redfish bite is still on. Christina poses with a few caught with Danial Simmons.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Brant update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/11/12
 

Yesterday he did a difficult surgery #4 to rebuild a bone in his wrist and move nerves around in hopes of stopping the extruciating nerve pain he is experiencing. I spoke to the surgeon afterwards and he said it all went well and he continued to be optimistic. I asked him where Brant's surgical needs stacked up over his years of experience and he answered quickly that Brant was number 1 as his most challenging case as he had never dealt with so much broke stuff. Brant will be happy to know he is #1 and on top of the leaderboard! His pain this morning he describes as "different" which we think is encouraging as hope is it's surgical pain and not nerve pain. If the nerve thing can get fixed, he will be 1000% better and can begin to wean off the massive pain meds he is on. Think things looking up.
- Rube McMullan
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"Puddle Hopping" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/10/12
 

What a week...we have had to cut trips short, reschedule, and run from the rain showers just about everyday this week. Despite mother natures challenges I have managed to put a few fish in the boat on every trip this week. The redfish bite remains to be the best action for me. Black drum, trout and flounder have also been in the mix this week. The plan for action remains the same as last week, floating live shrimp under a cork or live minnows on a carolina rig. The trout bite has been early in the morning and the drum bite has been in the deeper holes along the ICW and Little River Jetties. Best trip of the week goes to the Riddle Family! I wish everyone could catch'em like that! A big THANKS goes out to all those that fished with me this week. I really appreciate the business! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | N/A | 08/09/12
 

Sent of behalf of Bob Newell:

 

Fellow fisherman,

The tournament committee has decided to make the event a Captains Choice, meaning that a team may fish any 2 of the 3 days, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The fishing times are the same, lines in at 8 am and out at 3, except Sunday when lines will be out at 2pm.

Captains may declare their choice tonight at the Captains meeting, or via text message to
336 462 1224 or 336 817 1676 BEFORE 8 am on the declared day.

We look forward to seeing you tonight, the pig cooker is under way as we speak at the WB Marina, 2 Marina St. Please park along the street or in the WB Marina lot. Registration, tee shirts, etc open at 4, dinner and rules announced at 6 , silent auction items include a canoe, custom sailfish art, a handheld GPS, and of course, the raffle tickets for 2 beautiful jet skis and a trailer donated by Murphy Family Ventures for 50 dollars each, or 3 for 100, All proceeds from the raffle go to Cy's World Foundation.

Call me with questions at
336 462 1224
Bob

Please share this with others I may have missed


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 08/09/12
 

OIFC A-team.  You got to love it when a plan comes together.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Brant update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/09/12
 

Good news to report. Brant had a good day yesterday and a good night last night and doing good this morning. We think maybe the nerve meds are finally kicking in to address the unbearable pain issue coming from the nerve in his arm and leg. Progress!! Friday another surgery to rebuild a bone in his wrist and Doc also plans to work on the nerve to relieve pressure. Move to rehab put off to Monday. If we can notch another good day today, maybe can declare getting a handle on the recovery. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Optomistic!!
- Rube McMullan
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"Storm Dodgn'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/07/12
 

Corey Bellamy dodged storms today while fishing aboard his "Choice Of Two" just inside the Shark Hole. They caught 6 kings and three mahi.  Corey said dodging the storms made it fun...And then called me crazy!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sailfish Tournament Update" | N/A | 08/07/12
 

This from Tournament director Bob Newell

 

 Fellow Fisherman, please pass this along to others who may have an interest in our tournament this weekend. First, we look forward to an exciting tournament, kicking off with the Captains meeting, pig picking, and raffle/silent auction on Thursday night at the WB Marina, 2 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach. Registration opens early afternoon, dinner and silent auction begins at 6:00pm. Come on out with your family and friends to have dinner, visit with old friends, and support Cy’s World, a family foundation to support youth and the love of outdoors. We’ll have captains registration “buckets” this year we feature Battlewagon rope handle buckets for our teams, and of course, tee shirts, koozies, and tote bags for purchase by all. Our sponsors have been generous with their time and donations, hope you’ll come on out and enjoy their company. Preliminary

 

As for the weather, the tournament committee is keeping a close eye on the weather, and we’ll make our final decision for the safety and enjoyment of all, as close as possible to the last moment, to give us the best chance of accuracy. The tournament committee will be meeting by conference call on Wednesday, and again Thursday morning. Remember, we have many options, so don’t make an early exit based on what you see on your favorite forecasting site today. Our options include, fish as is Friday/Saturday, fish the best 2 of 3, fish Saturday/Sunday, or pick one best day for you and your crew. Trust me, we fish a 29 Regulator, so comfort and fish ability will be of upmost importance, as this is a family friendly event. Our goal is to give away the most prize money possible, even if it all comes down to one exciting day. So, keep an eye on your email, keep an eye on Facebook, keep an eye on the fishing forums, Hull Truth, Sportfishing forum, Frying Pan tower, the website at www.capefearsailfishclassic.com.

 

We will post the final decision no later than noon on Thursday.  Again, please forward this to various folks I may have missed.  Remember, you can fish Ocean Isle or Wrightsville Beach, once the Captains meeting has been completed, you need not come back to the host marina, except to pick up your check!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Brant medical report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/07/12
 

To survive an accident that is not survivable doesn't offer a smooth path to recovery and unfortunately Brant is going through from doing great to getting knocked off the road. When he is good, he is almost like normal, on the tele, barking orders, just like old times. The status is the Docs are trying to get him off the super heavy pain drugs in order to get him to rehab where he has to be off the morphine pump and intravenous drips. This is leaving him in extruciating pain as the nerve injuries are much harder to pain manage than the breaks and they have to put him back on the drips in order to control blood pressure. He fights as long as he can to stay off the drips but at some point the Docs have to step in and go back to the drips. He is fighting an incredible battle to turn the corner, but it is very difficult. Yesterday was great but all went to hell in the evening, last night , and today. The battle continues.
- Rube McMullan
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"Early August Action" | Get Busy | 08/06/12
 

A beautiful catch and release red drum with Brian Richard and Todd Helf aboard Todd's "Scout's Budddy"
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | N/A | 08/06/12
 

The Cape Fear Sailfish Classic is set for this weekend.  This is the only sailfish tournament that takes place in our local waters and gives everyone a new game to play.  There is a steep learning curve to this fishery, but I guarantee there is nothing more exciting than watching your spread behind the boat when a windshield wiper comes up and beats your bait to pieces while you turn circles and flips trying to get a hook in it's mouth.  More details to come on this event on tomorrow's fishing report.  Thursday evening, local sailfish expert and tournament co-director, Bob Newell will be at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center to talk rigging for sailfishing.  All you king mackerel guys need to give this a shot.  One shot at a fish and you'll be addicted.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Week's Report" | N/A | 08/06/12
 

While Capt. Brant is healing up, here is a quick synopsis of what's happening on the water this past week.
Inshore:
The redfish action continues strong around structures such as jetties, docks, bridges and creek mouths.  They seem to be keying more and more onto mullet minnows as the mullet become more prevalent ahead of the mullet running in the coming month.  A surprising appearance over the last couple weeks has been the speckled trout.  Not normally abundant this time of year, the speck fishing has been excellent of recent but only on specific tides and which tide depends on which spot you’re fishing.  It takes some time to figure them out but once you get a pattern they are hungry. 
 
Nearshore:
The biggest fishing news of the week is the abrupt beginning of the nearshore flounder season.  Like a light switch it turned on and the flounders are thick.  The wrecks inside of 40 ft are the hotspots and anglers are limiting out on flounders in the 17 to 23 inch range using mullet minnows.  Spanish Mackerel and bluefish are still holding good around the schools of pogies around 30 ft of water.  As long as the weather remains somewhat consistent with winds less than 20 knots, and the bait sticks around the Spanish will hang in the same area.
 
Offshore:
The king mackerel fishing remains great again this week.  After a couple years of slower than usual king mackerel fishing, this summer is back to the way it used to be and anglers are taking full advantage.  With continued stable weather this week the kings were again found in the 65 ft depth range but many good size fish moved even further inshore to the 50ft range.  Live pogies or live cigar minnows is the hot ticket for the kings but if live bait isn’t an option, a dead cigar minnow will likely do the trick.  In addition to the kings more mahi arrived this week in the 65 to 80 ft range.  The mahi are a nice bycatch for anglers targeting king mackerel.  There were also a few sailfish and cobia caught in the same depth.  A little further offshore the grouper fishing picked up as the 100 ft depth seemed to be where the best numbers were holding.  Lastly, out even deeper on the continental shelf in 150’ the wahoo began to make their annual August/September showing.  The wahoo fishing will do nothing but get better over the next 4 months. 

- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Congratulations" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/05/12
 

Congratulations to  our friend Kimberly Munley of Carolina Beach on her 1st Place Lady Angler finish in the GE/Corning Industrial King Tournament.  She was fishing aboard the 24' Tidewater "Silverado" when she landed the fish at the 30/30.  I don't think the slinger mahi counted.

Kimberly fishes for Island Tackle and Hardware True Value out of Carolina Beach. ..a fun ferry ride and trip from our area.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tommy, Bill & The Bug" | Get Busy | 08/04/12
 

Jeff and I were planning to take Camdyn fishing tomorrow (Sunday), but after all the fish that showed up on the fishing report, not to mention those that didn't were caught I don't know if it's worth a man of  my limited skills  to even bother.  But, what the heck, I can get out of putting on a suit and going to church so I guess we'll go.

However, look at what Tommy Helms and his crew did at the Caudle Reef a couple of days ago with mullet minnows.***Shaking my head***


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Flounder Population Down" | Get Busy | 08/04/12
 

I just knew when Clay Morphes came in the OIFC this morning as Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls was pumping fuel and filing the barbs off his 2/0 Eagle Claws that some flat fish were going to die today.  It appears there was a massacre at a near shore AR.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Happy 222nd Birthday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/04/12
 

Today marks the 222nd birthday of the U.S.C.G.  Happy birthday to the Coast Guard and a big thanks for your service to Mrs. Anita Moore who served as a Boatswain's Mate in the Coast Guard.  Anita is the glue that holds the OIFC together, especially here lately.  Anita's son, Levi Moore proudly serves in the Marine Corps and is currently stationed in Afghanistan.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Flash Back" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/04/12
 

Flash back to Tuesday and a trip Captain Chris Eckert and 1st Mate Derrick had.  Chris sent me this cool pic.  Thought I'd share
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"SeaPA Scores Big King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/04/12
 

The following Report was submitted by Terry Johnson of the OIFC:Matt Rich, Ben Rucker, and Terry Johnson (Team OIFC), along with three of
Ben's friends [Alex Chapala, Sam Beavans, Paul Owens (all of NC State
fame) - Raleigh, NC] fished Matt Rich's new boat (31 Cape Horn - "SeaPA" -
actually it's his father, Ken, who owns the new magnificent machine, of
course!) around the 100/400 and Black Jack Hole, leaving out of OIFC dock
at 6:00AM today.

Strong "bite" at 100/400 first off with Citation King (34.9 pds. reeled in
by
Terry), next Paul brought in a Wahoo.  Next, Alex brought in a Bonita,
then a triple bite of Mahi-Mahi with Alex, Sam, and Paul reeling them in!
One more King Mackerel about 20 lbs. was reeled in by Terry after we moved
closer to Black Jack Hole, and we then called it a "great day of fishing,"
heading back and arriving about 5:00P.M. to OIFC dock.

SPECIAL thanks and recognition go to Matt Rich (1st Mate for Team OIFC)
and Ben Rucker (1st Mate for Team OIFC) for driving, finding fish, and all
set-ups.  We mostly used skirted Ballyhoo for all the catch, with
exception of the one Wahoo caught on purple Cedar Plug.  Matt and Ben are
the superlatives of the day, unselfishly assisting their friends with such
a big "catch" and great ride both ways.  Actually, in one instance, Ben
assisted Matt as the huge King nearly yanked him in the ocean after
gaffing; he was that strong still!  Great work, guys ...

It's really amazing to travel between 40-52 knots over open seas, just
chillin on a bean bag, actually sleeping sometimes even with twin 300
Yamahas right behind us!  Got some "air time" too!  Ha! Ha!

Just thought everyone might want to know how it all went down today.  I
mean, Terry went from catching his first King two weeks ago to catching a
"Citation King" today; that's probably quite remarkable.  It all goes to
show what great mentoring Captain Brant and all the fishing staff at OIFC
are able to accomplish with those eager to learn under their tutelage.

SO ...

THIS DAY WAS DEDICATED TO CAPTAIN BRANT FOR ALL HE HAS BEEN DOING TO
PREPARE US FOR DAYS LIKE THESE, FOR SUCCESSFUL FISHING CAREERS, AND
INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES ON THE OPEN SEAS!  THANK YOU, CAPTAIN BRANT, AND WE
ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND KNOW YOU WILL MAKE A STRONG AND SPEEDY RECOVERY!


Sincerely,

Matt, Ben, and Terry

- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"LongTime" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/04/12
 

Layton Long is pictured below with his 35 lb king at the OIFC scales.  He was fishing aboard the LongTime at the 390/390 when the king hit a naked cigar minnow on a down rigger set at 35 ft.  Fishing along with Layton were Terry Pierce, Larry Long and Jane Johnson.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Family Fun at its Best" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/04/12
 

It is the dog days of summer and the heat has been difficult to beat. Numbers of flounder have moved into deeper water onto the nearshore structures along the beach front. The winds have been calm, but the seas have been a little sloppy to take my charters out into the ocean. The backwater target species this week has been the red drum and trout. Floating live shrimp under a slip cork has been producing mostly trout with a few drum in the mix. Carolina rigs baited with shrimp, pogies, or mullet have produced mostly red drum with a few trout in the mix. I suggest having all three baits in your livewell. The red drum have been changing up their diets daily, sometimes hourly. Flounder are still being caught inshore, but most are undersize with just a few keepers. Below are a few highlights from this week. Check out our facebook page to see more pictures from this weeks action. Thanks to all the families that fished with me this week. I have had a blast watching the kids battle with some nice redfish! It has been awesome! I love kids!  See ya on the water!

Johnson Family...you guys are in the Brunswick Beacon this week August 2nd

Chelsea, you also made the paper...Check out Jeffery Weeks articles with the Brunswick Beacon, great information about our fishing this time of year. Thanks again everyone for fishing with me this week!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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