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"Lesson Learned" | Get Busy | 04/21/12
 

Eddie Julian and his Dad, Ed came in the Fishing Center in need of a good landing net. They had an even better fish story.  Seems they were fishing in Tubbs Inlet when Ed hooked up with a slab of a flounder.  They both said it looked to be 2 ft. long.  Eddie grabbed his WalMart landing net, scooped the fat flat fish up and guess what happened.....You got it! The net snapped right at the handle.  Mr. Julian was able to hang on to the flounder, but it shook the hook loose before they could try to net him again.

Lesson learned..Sorta like, you don't go to a gun fight with a knife.  But they did have 2 keepers I was able to get pictures of.  And a new landing net too!

That was a story worth telling and I'm sure they will both be tellling it for a good while.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Spanish Bite" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/21/12
 

All you Spanish Mackerel aficionados will be happy to learn that once again Captain William Parker, accompanied by the OIFC's own Terry Johnson mopped up on the Spanish today.  They were at the Youpon Reef and same as Wednesday pulled an Alabama Rig with 00 Clark Spoons  pulled pretty far behind the boat.  The Alabama rig, to a Spanish looks like a school of bait fish.  Also, William said they caught a small King at the Youpon but released it.

The OIFC has all this tackle in  stock and I strongly suggest you give them a try.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stream school report" | Real-Time Update | 04/21/12
 

What a nice day. Southerly winds 5-12 kts and a steady, manageable bite fro m tuna, dolphin and wahoo that lasted all day; perfect teaching conditions. We started hot with a Wahoo third line out and got solid bites at least eve ry 30 minutes or so. The class learned from early mistakes and by noon they were finely tuned; I enjoyed sitting back and watching them work together. There are definitely more Mahi starting to show with most in the 10-12 pound class, but a full small Bulls showing. We boated 3 Wahoo and pulled hooks on several other solid bites. The tuna feather produced a couple of Blackfin; final tally was 2 Blackfin, 3 Wahoo and 6 Mahi. We trolled the MacMarlen ledge area all day and got most bites in 155-170'. Hopefully weather will get good soon as fishing is well worth the effort. If u r around we will be back to OIFC dock at 5:45pm. Also noting on the way in lots of topwater cigar minnow pods in the 50-65' r ange. Kings soon to follow if not already caught today. Water temp 71. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"OIFC World Cat heading off" | Real-Time Update | 04/21/12
 

OIFC gulf stream fishing class heading out. We got blown out yesterday but we are going to give it another shot today. Wind is light but SE swell maki ng run off a bit slow. Stay tuned, fish or not we will at least learn something, maybe we will get lucky. Heading toward MacMarlen ledge and Scarp.
- Brant McMullan
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"Zebco 33?" | Get Busy | 04/20/12
 

Howard Cheek and his brother Tommy were back at it again today.  Howard told me this morning that the 2 black drum he caught yesterday were caught on a Zebco 33 combo.  The drum are pictured in yesterday's post.

Today they went to the Jim Caudle Reef and caught and released over 100 endangered sea bass and the 17.5" flounder in the picture.  I'll try to find out if he used the lucky Zebco or not.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Threes a Company" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/20/12
 

Grady, Ernest, and Cathy joined us for a half day inshore trip this morning. The sky was gray and the wind was blowing hard from the ENE. It was a bit cooler and more windy than expected. We headed for some protected creeks deep in the back country. The grass was flooded and it looked like a perfect tailing tide. We hit several places in the hopes of seeing Mr. Redfish show up. The tide started to pull out of the grass and no redfish were to be found. We set up near creek mouths and drop offs looking for the flounder bite. After a few moves we had found the fish. Cathy was the first to strike with a short fish. Cathy strikes again and then Grady gets one to the boat. Pressure was on Ernest as he was labeled as the best fisherman of the three. Meanwhile, Cathy and Grady were steadily weeding through the small ones to find a couple of keepers. Ernest was holding out, saving the best for last. As my cell phone alarm sounded the whistle, Ernest hooks up hard! The fight lasted just a few seconds and the hook pulled. I hit the snooze button for just 5 more minutes. Ernest nails a nice 21 inch flounder to top off the trip and take top spot in the last 5 minutes of the trip. Notice the other anglers made him stand in the back to make his fish look smaller. LOL! What a great crew! I love it! Thanks for fishing with us! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Stick Slinger's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/20/12
 

Yellow Fin Tuna inside the 100/400?  You read it right!  Captain Jim Bowen of the Stick Slinger reports he was blue water fishing with Captain David Cutler and his 15 yr old son Hayden.  Hayden landed 2 mahi and missed one.  They missed 2 wahoo but put this nice tuna in the boat.  They spent time fighting off hound fish and released several false albacore.

They switched over and did some catch and release fishing in 120 ft. of water.  They released sea bass, grouper, and trigger fish.

He said having Hayden along made his day!

Thanks Jim...Tight lines back at ya!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"U.S. Turning Over Our Oceans To U.N.?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/20/12
 

I found this article and felt it may be of interest to you.  I am not posting it to be "political" and have not researched it to insure accuracy.  Simply put.."I report, you decide.  Click on this link.
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"King News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/12
 

I don't have any pictures but have very, very reliable information.  Capt. Wally has been catching the mess out of kings a little further out.  He told me today that he caught a 40" 46# king today.  Capt. Jeff Beck said a king was caught at Youpon Pier, always a good sign.  I failed to mention in Capt. William Parker's report, but he found a temp. break near the Cape Fear Rive of 67, or 68, I can't remember, to 70 degrees.  It's all shaping up to be a good king season!

Just in, a picture of the king!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rocky! Rocky! Adriene!!" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/19/12
 

Rocky and Phil joined us for a half day inshore charter today. Last night the weather condtions were predicting light winds out of the NNE. I thought this might give us an opportunity to hit some nearshore areas, check on the spanish bite, and possibly be a hero getting a king to bite. The wind was a bit stronger than predicted making the nearshore idea quickly come to an end. We headed back inshore looking for a flounder bite. I baited a hook and made the first cast for Phil, handed him the rod explaining the feel of a flounder bite. Getting another minnow out the livewell for Rocky and I here Phil's drag slipping...? That doesn't sound like a flounder, maybe a bluefish...nope it was Mr. Redfish himself. How about that...first cast and a redfish...one more bluefish in that area and that was it. Not sure why more redfish were not biting? We moved around and finally found the flounder. We landed 8 to 10 flounder with some good ones in the mix. As always...the BIG one got away! My crew decided to release the red drum at the dock after a quick picture. They had plenty of flounder fillets to eat. Thank you guys for letting me release the redfish. Thanks for fishing with us! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"OIFC News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/12
 

I was just reminded that Martinis Hook-A-Hoo Wahoo tournament is coming up- it snuck up on me.  April 20-29 with fishing 1 out of 10 possible days.  The tournament offers lots of weather windows and typically very good prize money.  Most of us will be fishing the Stream during that time anyway, why not enter?  I'm sure Team OIFC will assemble to give it a go, hope you will too- check out their site with all details- http://www.hookahoorodeo.com/ 

Also -- I like this video so much I thought worth posting back to top- in case you didn't get chance to watch, a great example of OIFC Gulf Stream charter trip --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS0o8VazcwE&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA&index=1&feature=plcp


Also- yesterday I had some very good friends- Jeff Martini and son Chance and Tracy Huggins join me on OIFC World Cat for day of leisure on the water.  It was a very nice day.  I couldn't keep those guys out of the water, so we abandoned fishing and went straight for the spear guns.  We dove from 110-125 foot depths and saw a decent amount of life.  Saw more Grouper in the deeper depths, lots of BIG Sea Bass in shallower - thankfully no sharks to report this time -- we all made it back safe and this a good thing.  Water temps in this depth range were 73-75 degrees- looked fishy.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weather" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/12
 

I get countless questions on weather -- it is understandable as Mother Nature dictates our fishing schedule and certainly the Marine Forecast hasn't been very reliable.  You should check out this site - www.fishweather.com -- change your home setting to Frying Pan Tower and look at the 7 day outlook -- it is extremely accurate, with hourly wind forecasts.  It has allowed us to fish on MANY days when forecast wasn't great because we plan our trip around the timeline of wind forecast - whereas NOAA forecast is generic for the entire day. 

One last note - too many of you are looking at the forecasted sea height -- wind is what makes waves and chop is what beats us up when we are offshore -- a forecast with 10-15kt winds and 4-6 foot seas means it has been rough or there is a storm offshore, but you can be assured the interval between the seas will be large as there is little wind.  Watch the wind forecast, don't pay much attention to the sea height - it will cost you good fishing days. 

See you on the water.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/19/12
 

Reminder. Make up stream trip is this Saturday. Weather looks like we will get it in. Call 910-575-3474 to get a spot. Bite is on!
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"Couple of Random Pics" | Get Busy | 04/18/12
 

Finally, after we've tried to get the pics in the right format, I happy to be able to share Kevin Sneed's wahoo trip the later part of last week.

Also enclosed are a couple of photos of Howard Cheek's black drum.  No doubt the fishing season is here!  In shore, near shore or off shore there's something for everybody.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Hound Dog Finds Spanish" | Get Busy | 04/18/12
 

Captain William Parker and his wife Pat headed to the Youpon Reef this morning.  William said when they arrived they saw Spanish busting all over.  They deployed an Alabama Rig with 00 Clark  Spoons a fair distance behind the boat,  All was going well until William called me to say he had a big Spanish and the action was hot.  As soon as he put his mike up the action shut down!  But there is going to be no freezer burn on these fish.  They became tonight's dinner.

But they did weigh a citation Spanish.  Click on this link to see the Parkers at the OIFC dock with their theme song.  Dancing With The Stars....Not!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"heading off" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/12
 

The misfit team is heading off aboard the OIFC World Cat. Stay tuned. If t hey don't bite we may have to jump in and get them.
- Brant McMullan
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"Catching Bait" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/17/12
 

Here is a quick video on what bait, where, when, and how I have been catching it. Live finger mullet have been producing some flounder and red drum for me here in the past weeks. Artificials have also caught there fair share of both as well. However, as a dedicated guide I like to keep my boat fully stocked with options! I love it! See ya on the water!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUHIhfrbbLY&feature=g-upl&context=G2ec218eAUAAAAAAAAAA

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"New Video Service from OIFC" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/16/12
 

Many of you have gotten to know Terry Johnson, new OIFC staffer.  He came on board in March and has been working his way into the system.  Besides becoming an expert T-shirt folder, Terry has also been honing his video skills; taping fishing trips and editing them into short "video diaries" to chronicle the fishing day.  He has been practicing for a month now and his videos have been playing in the OIFC daily.  But now Terry is ready to take it to the big-time and I'm excited to now offer "Video Diaries" for charter customers.  If you come on board a charter fishing adventure with us you will have a choice to have your trip videoed, edited, posted to You Tube and copies sent to all fishing party members.  It is a great way to remember the trip and relive it until the next adventure.  Here is Terry's first "OIFC Video Diary" -- filmed last Friday with the Fulcher party - check it out, pretty cool.  It gives a good idea of how things operate on board an OIFC charter boat.  Great job Terry!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS0o8VazcwE&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA&index=1&feature=plcp


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/16/12
 

20 pound King caught off Ocean Crest pier today. First of the year!
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"Blackjack" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/16/12
 

Pattie Hughes sent me these absolutely stunning action shots from William Froley Hughes, Billy Nobles and a couple of anglers ( I don't recognize) trip to the Blackjack aboard their 31' Yellowfin the "Bay Pirate" Saturday. They brought 5 mahi to the boat using Blue Water Candy Jags.  Not a bad way to start the season!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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