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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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"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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