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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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"65 ft Deep" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/04/12
 

Captain Steele and 1st Mate Derrick were joined by Joey, Patrick, Ryan, Michael and Johnathan Fox as well as Necole Nealon of Charlotte, N.C., Durham, N.C. and Portland, Maine.  The charter landed several kings while fishing with live pogeys in 65 ft. of water.  Michael had the honors of catching the biggest on.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Brant update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/04/12
 

Seeing Brant taking trips outside his room gets us feeling encouraged and confident of his speedy recovery. We know however there will be setbacks along the way as he couragously fights the battle. Yesterday was a tough one; combination of extreme pain, the situtation, more surgery, more pain, and he was temporiarly knocked off the road. Hoping for a better day today. In the bigger picture, he continues to make great progress and is empowered by your thoughts and prayers. Thank you to everyone.

Amy request no visitors today as he works to get the wheels back on.


- Rube McMullan
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"Trout?" | Get Busy | 08/03/12
 

Yep we got them too. Flounder on the other hand. I have heard  tales of good catches off shore but I have not made it out there yet.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"HOTTTT!!!!" | Get Busy | 08/03/12
 

Man is it hot out there on the back water. Water bouncing back and forth between mid 80's low 90's Deep water is cooler water. Mornings is cooler water. Red fish report.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Total Chaos" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/03/12
 

Sid Cauble fished the 70 foot hole on Wednesday of last week.  It was his future son in law's first trip offshore.  Rafael is from Berlin, Germany where there is no opportunity for this kind of fishing.

  The crew caught pogys right out of the inlet and headed for the 70 foot hole area.  Rafael caught a sailfish, mahi , king and a shark.  Quite a catch for a first trip offshore.  The crew was rounded out by Hugh and Taylor Henkel.  They had a short day and came back and celebrated their engagement. Great day on the water.

The sail was revived and lived to fight another day.

Thanks for sharing the trip Sid.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Aycock's at an AR" | Get Busy | 08/03/12
 

Bryan, Austin and Brandon Aycock fished with Davis Julian yesterday just off shore on an artificial reef.  The guys used mullett and pogies, landing flounder, spanish and Davis got himself a citation cobis.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Family Picture" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/03/12
 

Amy sent me this picture for the Fishing Report this morning.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"1,000 Words" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/02/12
 

A gazillion well wishers have sent their thoughts, prayers and kind words wishing Captain a speedy recovery.  They are working.

With the permission Of Brant and Amy I am posting this picture she just sent me.  And of course Brant's on the phone taking care of business...Thank God!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"NC Wildlife on the job!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/02/12
 

I think it was yesterday I emailed Erik Christofferson at NC Wildlife that Brant would not be able to reset the buoys in Shallotte Inlet due to his injury. Less than 24 hours later I can report to you the NC Wildlife guys are here at OIB, on the job replacing the buoys lost in the heavy winds last week. That's a pretty amazing response time I'd say. Thanks go to Erik and his team at NC Wildlife [ erik.christofferson@ncwildlife.org ] .
- Rube McMullan
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"Brant update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/02/12
 

Every day sees Brant 1000% better than the day before. He is blowing the Doc's mind with where he's at in the recovery process. A combination of his mental and physical toughness and the power of support from everyone out there is enpowering him to accelerate the recovery process. He's got surgery tomorrow on his right foot and then a couple more surgeries next week on his arm/wrist/elbow. From there it's off to the rehab hospital where I can assure you he will be cutting time off the estimated 6 weeks scheduled there. Brant is doing good. Thank you to everyone for your continued concern and support.
- Rube McMullan
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"Just When.." | Get Busy | 08/01/12
 

Just when you started worrying about sharks a misguided 11 ft long alligator decides to wander on the beach at Holden Beach.

The 'gator said he was tired of playing golf so he thought he'd take a dip.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Beautiful Tuesday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/01/12
 

When you look at the pictures of the fish our guests caught yesterday you will see how nice the weather was.  These fish were caught aboard the OIFC World Cat Captained by Chris Eckert with 1st Mate Derrick.  Look closely at the spanish a barracuda got a hold of.
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"Miricle Man & Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/31/12
 

Someone on the Ocean Isle Fishing Center Facebook page said "Get Well Miracle Man" in a message to Captain Brant.  That hit home especially after Camdyn and I visited him today.  To be as injured as Brant is he looks great.  His attitude is super and his strength is undeniable.  Brant will overcome and be back in action.  It may not be as soon as we want, but it will be faster than the doctors will believe.

Captain Amy is hanging strong and hanging at Brant's side.  She is as strong as Brant.  I think the Gales has kicked in.  There is a bond between the two that most people will never know.  Brant is fully aware of all the well wishes and is humbled by them.  Let's keep all the positive vibes going his way, it works.  His room is easy to spot.... it has a picture of a Yellowfin Capt. Steele put on the door.

Now for the fishing.  This reporter has fallen down on the job.  It's kinda like the wind was knocked out of my sails.  But I saw a couple of pictures 1st mate Derrick sent Brant of a trip he and Capt. Chris Eckert had today and there were several kings in it, as well as a part of a king that must have been hit by a shark.  I talked to Captain Chris Dew who told me that he and 1st mate Aaron had a good day too.  Hopefully I'll have pictures tomorrow.

That's all for the day.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"From Brant's Mom" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/30/12
 

From Bran't Mom:

Thanks for the outpouring of love and support following Brant's injuries. For those who don't know, last Tues., Brant fell 40' from a billboard he and Barrett were working on. He was flown to New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington. He had an 8 1/2 hr surgery on his pelvis last Wed. and a surgery on his left arm yesterday. There are other issues to deal with in the upcoming days. All... scans, head and body are clear of internal injuries. He can move everything although it hurts a lot. He's eating regular food, talking to all who visit (thanks, fishing world!), and was never sent to ICU! He has a long, long road ahead of him - but HE IS ALIVE - no brain damage, no spinal injuries. We have seen a miracle and are so very thankful. Amy has not left his side. The children have visited twice and taken it in stride. Barrett was with him and needs your prayers, too. Capt Brant is strong, in body and spirit, and we all know he will do everything to make a full recovery. But he's still my first- born - you know?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Barbless Hook" | Get Busy | 07/29/12
 

Check out Tim Gallimore's catch today.  Tim say he uses his "Bonecrusher Barbless Hook" an invention Tim has named in honor of his fishing hero Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fisherman's Post Write Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/28/12
 

The Fisherman's Post had an excellent article about the Cape Gear Sailfish Classic.  Here it is.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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