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"Sperry Clearance!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/23/12
 

We have limited sizes left of some of our Ladie's Sperry Shoes, they are going fast at 50% off! Stop by & see if we have your size before they are all gone.

~ Anita


- Technical director-Anita
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"Sea Bass rules" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/23/12
 

Spent some good tele time today with both the Mid Atlantic Marine Fisheries and South Atlantic folks, trying to understand the reason why the rules north of Cape Hatteras would be relaxed and our rules are not. Here's the story. First, the commissions believe there are 2 stocks of seabass that have genetic differences. Therefore they break out the 2 stocks geographically and thus study sea bass from Cape Hatteras north and Cape Hatteras south as 2 distinct seperate groups of fish. They acknowledge there may be some mixing but they contend they are different fish. The recent studies are complete and the north of CH study shows not only are sea bass not overfished, but in fact they are underfished. The end result is they are re-opening their sea bass season May 19, and are increasing the limits to 25 fish per person, in order to get the fish mass back to a controlable level[figure that logic out]. Whereas the study for south of CH shows that sea bass are not overfished, however they are not fully recovered, thus our season remains closed. All of us "boots on the ground" raise our eyebrows and say how can this be? We can't hardly fish for kings on a downrigger, bee liners, or grouper because the sea bass eat our baits first and are basically jumping into the boat. My conclusion is politics are influencing the manner that the studies are being done. That thought comes from what we saw on our trip to Washington a few weeks ago at the fishing rally. At the rally, there were several of the most powerful northern  members of Congress there, pounding the podium, and telling their constituents from the northern states this issue has their attention and they are committed to fixing it. Senators Kerry, Franks, Schumer,ect all were there, lending their support to the fishermen. As I recall, in our area, only Senator Jones from NC spoke and Senator West from Florida. A couple other Reps from Florida also spoke, but the sea bass deal is mostly a NC/SC/Ga issue. These decisions are being made on a federal level, so when you have the most powerful Senators championing a cause, it makes me suspicious that how a study is interpreted or how it is prepared, could in fact lead 2 studies for the same basic fish, fish that mix together in certain areas of the study, to somehow come to a 180 degree different determination. If my conclusion is correct, the challenge becomes more difficult, as even if our elected folks stepped up their game, none of them are from the large population centers like in the northern cities, thus it is difficult for them to have much power. I don't know the answer, but since this is a federal issue, as election season rolls around and they seek your support, make sure they understand you want their support as well.
- Rube McMullan
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"Chris' Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/23/12
 

Chris Campbell was the angler aboard the "Lein Holder" when this wahoo struck.  The wahoo hit a blue and white skirted ballyhoo in 68 degree, 175 ft. deep water.  He fought the fish for about 20 minutes and said it skyed about 7 to 8 ft. behind the boat.  He said it was a beautiful sight.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Yesterday" | Get Busy | 04/22/12
 

Brandon Sauls with 8 redfish and a trout.  Howard and Tracy Cheek some more catch and release sea bass and at least A flounder.

The flounder are certainly here.  I seen pictures posted by flounder giggers and by anglers which prove it.  The trout and drum, both red and black are plentiful also.  From the back water to the blue water it's shaping up to be a good season!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Twisted my Arm!!!" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/21/12
 

Terry and William left the OIFC at 7am this morning. I was invited, but declined so I could catch up on my husband duties. Terry text me at 8am letting me know that the spanish were thick and they had two in the boat. I get breakfast for my oldest and take care of my youngest one's tummy issues. I finally get out in the yard preparing to cut the grass. Rodney from across the canal calls me and ask why I wasn't fishing today. The weatherman missed the conditions badly. The ocean was mirror perfect this morning! Rodney twisted my arm and made me go! LOL! Truthfully, Terry was taunting me with text messages. The ocean was saying I don't give you too many days this pretty. We loaded up Rodney's boat with spanish gear and headed for Yaupon. We ran into the birds thick just off Holden Beach and caught one spanish in that area. I saw some good fish jumping, but they went down and never came back up. Terry was steadily giving me the report via text. We motored on towards Yaupon and the first spoon in the water was nailed. The action was pretty steady with a good mix of small and large spanish. We ended the day with 11 keeper spanish and several throw backs. We did not run the Alabama rig. Looking at William and Terry pictures...looks like we should have given it a try! See ya on the water!  
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Pogey Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/21/12
 

The Captain of the "Judy B" told me that he saw a lot of pogies just outside the Shallotte Inlet today.  He noticed them after seeing the birds dive.

Reports of Kings caught at the Ocean Crest Pier + William Parker catching one today + pogies=a good King bite!!!  I stunk at school math, but I can do "fish math".


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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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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