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"Fishing from another Zip Code" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/09/12
 

Amy and I are down in St. Thomas with the Campbell's, enjoying a few days of R&R before we get into the "season".  Of course, we had to go fishing.

Pretty cool – they load well with pilchards, head to break and troll until they see birds and topwater action – pull into area of activity and throw scoops of live baits out and then free line single baits on small circles on 30’s, one on downrigger- and drift – Once Tuna get on bait and start busting you can watch as they work their way to boat and then its on – landed 7 whole YF 45-60 pounds, 3-4 Blackfin – lost 2 YF to sharks and missed probably 3-4 more – 6 hour trip.  20 mile run. 

Pictured are Robin and Chris Campbell with one of their Yellowfin Tuna; wouldn't  it be nice to have that fishery! 

There is also a story that involves the marina Tarpon (schooling and ravenous by the dozens) and a certain $1000, Orvis, 11 weight fly rod.  You can't buy that kind of entertainment.  Let's just say that Orvis will soon be making another sale and there's a herd of Tarpon laughing like Hyennaes. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"For Spanish Fishing Enthusiasts" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/08/12
 

There are a lot of us who enjoy the thrill of Spanish Mackerel fishing.  They are good eating, make great bait for king fishing and are near shore for those who don't have a boat big enough to feel comfortable going way off shore.

Today, the OIFC's own Terry and his friend from Lake Norman Captain J.T. trolled for Spanish using  #1 and #2 planers with gold, then silver-pink 00 Clarke Spoons and caught the Spanish you see in the picture.  They were fishing just off Tubbs Inlet in 24 feet of water.

Thanks for the pic and report Terry. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Yellow Fin Tuna!!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/08/12
 

Captain Brant and Captain Amy joined Robin and Chris Campbell for a yellow fin tuna trip.  They proved that if you were willing  to travel far enough you could hit the jackpot!

In this case they traveled to St. Thomas, The Virgin Islands...That was really uncalled for on my part wasn't it?

Don't forget to check the OIFC as well as Chris Campbell's pages out on FaceBook.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Winner Winner Flounder Dinner" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/08/12
 

That is exactly what you get when you fish with the inshore guides from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Capt. Jeff and myself both put our guys on the flounder today. Jeff, Chuck, Thomas, and Steve all enjoyed a fine meal, funny jokes, and exciting action on the water today.  Inlet View Bar and Grill is an awesome place. The atmosphere, service, and the food is awesome! Oh! I snuck in a few more minutes of fishing after dropping off my charter. I just couldn't let it go. We had 4 opportunities at landing trophy fish again today, but ended up on the short end of the line each time. I landed 3 more short flounder and finally managed to pull one of those nice reds out of hiding! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Get Busy | 05/08/12
 

Check out the 10.08 lb doormat Tim Walters weighed in at Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Black fin and More" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/08/12
 

Trask Cunningham sent these pictures of the weekend fishing to the Georgetown Hole he took aboard Corey Bellamy's sweet looking Fountain the "Choice of Two".  Also along were Richard Boles (Toes Up) and Briggs Badurski.  If that is Briggs' real last name, it is too cool.

Trask said the black fin bite was hot.  I've pulled tuna feathers before, but I've never plucked them from a live bird. Trask, you better watch out, some bird lovers might be hot on you trail.


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"Productive But Bumpy" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/07/12
 

Jim Bowen said the Stick Slinger cleared the LR jetties around 0400 this weekend and headed out searching for warm water more than he was trying to locate structure. The Stick Slinger had to dodge storms on the way, and the seas were a little worse than forecast. When they got to 650' deep water they came across a weed line and jumped on it. The crew headed East on a weed line for 10 miles boating 16 nice Mahi. It took about 3 hours to get back in. The action was great but the trip out and back was a little sporty. All in all an awesome day aboard the Stick Slinger.

Thanks for sharing your bumpy trip Jim!

 


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"Another Fun Day" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/06/12
 

Captain Chris Dawson had the thrill of taking 9 year old Tyler Lambiasi on his 1st saltwater fishing trip.  Along with Tyler were Will Patterson, Jonn Smith and Warren Thompson.  Tyler is pictured below with a spanish mackerel he caught on the 4 hr. charter.

Also on the dock was Michael Goodwin, Mitchell Hough and Brian Locklear with the 12.7 lb and 17.6 lb grouper they caught southwest of the tower.

Don't forget to visit our Facebook page

Pic's and report by KK


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"Fin's Pillow" | Real-Time Update | 05/06/12
 

Now you know you are tired when you settle for a pack of ballyhoo as a pillo w. Whatever works?
- Brant McMullan
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"Team OIFC Reporting In" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/05/12
 

Team OIFC assembled in Sarasota, FL to fish the Gulf Coast Open (Kingfish tourney) - Barrett, Rube and Brant were representing.  We had a good day on the water as we caught 8-10 Kings.  Our biggest weighed 44.57 pounds and was good for 3rd place.  No win, but close enough to the top that they knew were we there.  Heading home to OIB, tomorrow.  See you on the water.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Iron Horse" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/05/12
 

Had the priviledge of guiding Papa G and Momma G deep into the backwaters this morning. We started off quickly with a 3 pound flounder! The bite was pretty steady for the first hour with several 14" fish. We made a move to find something with some shoulders. We quickly had our hands full with a fish on and fast moving current due to the full moon. Papa G did great work angling and landed a nice redfish. Quick picture and released to fight another day.  Two more lively mullet minnows loaded and fired into the hole. The bait was nervous...very nervous....zzzzzzzzzz....

The fish made two or three really hard runs before releasing itself. We had two more hard hits and quick releases. I really wanted to hang around to see if we could get another chance, but store duty at the OIFC was calling my name. I had a great time with the G's! Thanks for going fishing with us! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Friday Gulf Stream Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/05/12
 

Captain Steele an 1st Mate Derek caught several mahi and an amberjack on a Stream trip with Tom Wildeman and brothers Greg, Rob and Mike Chandler.

The wahoo bite has slowed, but the mahi have certainly picked up the slack.  What are they hitting?  Almost everything. As most of ya'll know, mahi are ferocious feeders and are not known as the brightest light in the Gulf Stream.

Check out our Facebook page for all the pictures!

Pictures by Kit Kat


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"TGIFF" | Get Busy | 05/04/12
 

Thank God is was a fishable Friday.  I looks like Paul Pancake had a productive.
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"" | Real-Time Update | 05/04/12
 


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"Martini's Hook A Hoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/03/12
 

Don't forget Martini's Hook A Hoo is still going on!!
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"Double Shot" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/03/12
 

Both OIFC Cat boats were chartered by one group for a full days fishing.  Among the plethora of fish caught was a " f-i-n-e" cobia.

Aboard Captain's Steele boat were Paul Taveira, Scott Pearce, Mike Stoneman, Mike McClung and Eric McManus

Aboard with Captain Dew were Jeff Sturgeon, Dan Martin, Mike Griffin and John Ruggiero.

To see more pictures visit our FaceBook page at Ocean Isle Fishing Center.

Special thanks to our lovely On Dock Reporter Katelyn Kincer


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"" | Real-Time Update | 05/03/12
 

Fin and Ms. Anita enjoying this beautiful weather!
- "Kincer, Katelyn Diana"
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"It's HOT!" | N/A | 05/03/12
 

Fin said it was HOT outside today, so he came in to get an ice cold drink. He also wanted one of those t-shirts with his picture on them but those haven't come in yet. LOL.


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"In my Backyard?" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/02/12
 

Cary and Scott joined me for a half day backwater trip this morning. Cary is an offshore fisherman wanting to learn a little more about the backwater. Little did we all know that we would be fishing in Cary's backyard this morning. We landed several flounder just mere yards from Cary's dock this morning. I think he was a bit suprised! Scott  just came along to catch some fish! Both angler's caught their fair share of flounder, but the trophy size reds and blues were not to be landed today. We are confident we had at least two great opportunities at landing a nice redfish. The bluefish moved in and we could only watch in amazement as we watched huge bluefish boil on 14 inch mullet. Cary was the first to hook up! The fish was 30yds under the boat before he could catch up. Drag screaming to the point of reel explosion! The monster blue finally cut the line on his third burst of energy. Scott hooked up! Scott got about 5 solid 20 to 30 yards of blistering drag screaming runs before the monster blue jumped nearly 5 feet into the air breaking the line upon entry back into the water! Awesome show though! We made a few more stops picking up a couple of nice flounder to round out the day! I really appreciate Cary and Scott for choosing to go fishing with us! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Bonito" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/02/12
 

Captain Chris Dew took some folks out for a short near shore trip Wednesday.  The weather was perfect, with a light breeze to keep the no-see-ums away. While the group worked around the 90's an Atlantic bonito hit a frozen cigar minnow on the long line. 

 I could tell it was an Atlantic Bonito, because it was in the Atlantic.  Had it been in the Pacific, it would most likely be a Pacific Bonito.  A further dead give away was that it had no upper teeth.  These little tips will help you discern an Atlantic Bonito from it's cousin in the Pacific and will help you tell the difference between it and a tuna. 

Members of the charter were Tim and Melissa Lesher, Billy Mitchem, and Justin Crawford of  Seymour, Tenn., along with Bill Wood of Winston Salem.

Thanks for fishing with us and we hope you enjoyed your charter!


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