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"Get Wet Soon" | Get Busy | 09/02/12
 

This is a "Get Wet Soon" arrangement of fishing lures in a crab pot float made for Capt. Brant by one of the many diving friends he has, "Gadget".. Gadget also owns the Pelican Motel in Cherry Grove.
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"More Cedar Island" | Get Busy | 09/01/12
 


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"Choice of Two" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/01/12
 

Corey Bellamy, Chris Burrows, a former OIFC charter captain, and Trask Cunningham fished today aboard Corey's Fountian the "Choice of Two" and brought in this beautiful bill fish.

This is a breaking story..more at 11.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"apt. Brant Medical Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/01/12
 

I want to say thank you for all the cards, emails, hand shakes, prayers..... that have been extended in hopes of my recovery.  I would love to be able to send formal "thank you" cards, but I don't see any way to cover everybody.  So, I hope a big "THANKS" will suffice to all you well wishers.
As for my status:  Today is actually a pretty tough day.  I am stuck layed up on the couch while Barrett and Rube are representing Team OIFC in the Brunswick Islands King Classic.  This is the tournament that we have miraculously won 3 years in a row.  And so I'm trying to do my part by crossing my fingers and trying to envision the team catching the big one.  I think I'd be just as happy for them to do well than if I was there myself.
As for my real condition; I am doing well.  I had my first follow up doctor appointment.  It was with Dr. McIntyre, my right ankle and pelvis bones repair doc.  Follow up X-rays showed that all the bones had healed properly and the fracture lines were not even visible anymore.  I was hoping he would turn me loose to start putting some weight on my feet, but he said I need to give it another 5 or so weeks to be sure that none of the plates or screws could be popped from movement.  That sort of stunk, but the doc knows best, and Amy and I have gotten into an acceptable routine using wheel chair and "Luggie" scooter to get me around.   My left arm and wrist doctor is Dr. Baynor, and my follow up with him is this Tuesday.  I am hoping he will take off this huge "Frankenstein" type cast I'm wearing and replace it with something smaller and more manageable.  Also on Tuesday I meet with a Neurologist/pain management doctor who can hopefully help me to solve the nerve pain that I am experiencing.  When my left Pelvis was crushed it injured my Cyatic nerve.  The result has been partial loss of motor function in my left foot and terrible pain that comes through on the bottom of my left foot.  It really is weird that with all this injury, the only pain manifests in the bottom of my left foot, but let me promise you, I'd have just assumed cut my leg off on some days:  The pain can be absolutely unbearable.  Supposedly in time the nerve will heal itself and all this will go away, but if it is happening, it is at a snails pace.
Amy has been helping me to get out about every day, and I have been to the OIFC a few times to try to help keep that show running.
All and all I have to admit that I am doing better.  Some days are better than others, but thanks to the unwaivering support of my wife Amy, we are taking baby steps toward a hopeful near/full recovery. 
Thanks again for the support, and I will keep you posted.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Ocean report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/31/12
 

Made a bait recon mission yesterday in preparation for the South Brunswick Classic King Tourney this weekend. What we saw is a continuation of the amazement we have seen all summer. There are massive schools of pogies holding outside the sea buoy all the way past the Jolly Mon Reef[AR460], 3 miles offshore. Bluefish are working the schools but I saw no sign of Kings or other predador fish. In my 60+ years of fishing this area of the NC coast, I do not ever remember seeing schools of pogies holding this far offshore, and how in the world can they be in the vulnerable deeper water and not be savaged by gamefish. I don't have a clue, but that is a good one for discussion. What the heck is going on. The water is crystal clear[king green] once you get past the tide line. SO....same story; how in the world do you ignore the bait, perfect water color and not fish the beaches[Yaupon/Long Beach]? Truthfully I haven't heard reports of Kings on the beach, but I sure can't figure out why not. Not sure where team OIFC will head; we may end up doing circles around the sea buoy as Barrett and I argue on which direction to head. The weather this weekend looks perfect; heard there was a good wahoo bite this week off Morehead, so that body of fish should be moving into our waters along the break.
- Rube McMullan
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"Don't know Jack" | Get Busy | 08/30/12
 

Jimmy Stevenson of Holden Beach caught two crevalle jack using finger mullet.  Jimmy said he was fishing for flounder and caught these fine fish.

Thanks to the OIFC's Terry for the pics and story.


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"Wet as a Fish!" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/29/12
 

I have fished in the pouring rain several times the past two weeks. The fish don't seem to mind the wet conditions. My clients on the other hand prefer a bit dryer climate. Those that have battled with the rainy conditions have enjoyed some success. Red drum, trout, and flounder have all been biting pretty steady despite the unsettled weather conditions. The full moon is approaching and will peak on Friday. As expected the red drum are showing up near the inlet mouths and feeding on the large schools of mullet minnows. The nearshore structures are also producing flounder and a few red drum. This action should only continue to get stronger as Fall approaches and our water starts to cool down. It should all start to bust loose this next month if our weather cooperates.

Scott and Alan put the hammer down on the flounder...Jerry and Andrew enjoyed some success with a few red drum...The Lombardi group enjoyed catching croaker, red drum, spanish, and a boat load of ribbonfish. Myself and Scott have been out catching and releasing some nice red drum, but have only mustered up a few keeper flounder. It is hard to leave 28 inch red drum though...See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"What Rain?" | Get Busy | 08/29/12
 

We have had tons of rain the past 72 hours. I was a little worried about where to start this morning. Best bet is to go back to were you left them biting. Well the first Cajun Thunder float I threw at the oyster bar never got to set down on the water before it was gone under. One after the other banging out trout after trout until we ran out of shrimp. We left there and headed towards the jetties and never got the second rod baited before we had a nice 23 inch red on the line. We lit them up until the tide got to low. Decided to stop in the ICW and catch a couple of flounder just because we could. What a fun morning to whip a case of cabin fever. Sorry no pix of the specs it was a little damp and too cloudy.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Taking Fire" | Get Busy | 08/28/12
 

The picture below is Eddie Jones with a monster red drum he caught in between taking fire from roman candles, paint ball guns and potato guns on the locals fishing adventure to Ceder Island.

I haven't been invited and wouldn't go if I was...


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"NOAA briefly opens red snapper fishing in South Atlantic | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News" | Real-Time Update | 08/28/12
 

http://www.wwaytv3.com/2012/08/27/noaa-briefly-opens-red-snapper-fishing-south-atlantic
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"That's Nice" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/28/12
 

Bless their hearts, southerners know what that means.  NOAA is nice enough to open the red snapper season.

NOAA briefly opens red snapper fishing in South Atlantic

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WASHINGTON, DC (NEWS RELEASE) -- NOAA Fisheries today approved an emergency action to temporarily open recreational and commercial red snapper fishing in the South Atlantic region - federal waters off North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida's east coast.

The recreational season will open for two consecutive weekends of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from September 14 through 16 and 21 through 23. During the recreational season, anglers may keep one fish per person per day with no size limit. The 2012 recreational catch limit is 9,399 fish.

The commercial season will open for seven days, from September 17 through 23. During the commercial season, the daily trip limit is 50 pounds, gutted weight, with no size limit. The 2012 commercial catch limit is 20,818 pounds.

"I'm glad to see this opening. Closing this fishery in 2010 was a difficult decision for the South Atlantic Council to make, and certainly a sacrifice for the fishermen," said Roy Crabtree, southeast regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries. "I hope this is just the beginning of great red snapper fishing in the South Atlantic and I applaud the council's efforts."

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries closed the red snapper fishery on January 4, 2010, to protect the population from too much fishing pressure and to allow the number of fish to increase.

The South Atlantic Council recommended opening the fishery this year after new scientific information projected the population will continue to improve, even with some allowable catch. Opening this fishery supports recreational and commercial fishing jobs and businesses.

The South Atlantic Council is working on a long-term plan to allow for some catches of red snapper as the population continues to grow. Data collected during annual openings for red snapper fishing will also be used in the next population assessment, scheduled to begin in 2014


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"Smooth Eddie" | Get Busy | 08/27/12
 

Tommy Helms has been at it again..This time he had Smooth Eddie Julian and Davis Julian with him.  Tommy assures me that all the  flounder get eaten.  Usually that night.

Thanks Tommy and leave me some flounder to catch..


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"Cedar Island" | Get Busy | 08/26/12
 

The local Ocean Isle in shore gurus took their annual trip to Cedar Island fishing for giant red drum.

These pictures were provided by Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls.


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"In On The Action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/25/12
 

The ribbon fish bite has been hot the last few days and the king fishermen have been taking advantage of the bite.  I expect they will save them for the upcoming tournaments.  Ribbon fish sell for $5.00 each so they are sitting on a gold mine if they decide to sell them.

The picture below is some Corey Bellemy caught. 


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"Silver Gold!!" | Get Busy | 08/24/12
 

Big Nesbitt Noble and his son.."Lil" Nesbitt fished the other day, I presume for ribbon fish, or gold..same thing come king tournament time.when they can't be found.  Along the way "Lil" Nes' caught his 1st red fish.

If he grows up like his dad, he will be one heck of a fisherman.  Or as Captain Brant would say.."a force to be reckoned with".


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"afternoon bite" | Get Busy | 08/23/12
 

Trout in the morning and a pretty good redfish and black drum bite in the afternoon. Falling tide and change of zip code and the bite was on. Dave was not ready for the hard hitting reds. Never the less winner winner time for dinner. Enjoy.
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"Hump day Birthday" | Get Busy | 08/23/12
 

What a better gift for your wife than a fishing trip for her birthday. O.K. truth is he forgot and they where here at OIB, quick call Capt. Jeff and lets go fishing. We waited watching the storms rolling just offshore and inland. We fished all morning w/o a drop of rain. The water is a little muddy from all the rain but we did find some trout that liked what we had to offer up. The birthday girl was happy and I even threw in one of my new Get Busy Fishing T-shirts.
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"Another AR Flounder" | Get Busy | 08/23/12
 

Tommy Helms went to the AR's again flounder fishing, He said it wasreal rough that day but his crew toughed it out. Eddie Julian Jr . ( Davis Julian ) caught the bigest one ! ChecK it out ..


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"Rainy Day=Video Editing" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/21/12
 

Chris Johnson, his two boys Carter and Ian joined me on a fishing trip the later part of July. The action was great...well you don't have to take my word for it. Check out the video and the smiles. I love it! See ya on the water!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxwqUVipMBs&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA&index=1&feature=plcp


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"HOME" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/21/12
 


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