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"Approaching Cold Front" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/18/12
 

It is February with a cold front pushing through Texas, Louisiana, Alambama, and approaching fast. Plentiful sunshine and warm air from the Gulf has gotten our water temperature on the rise again. The redfish are stacked up in some of the local community holes and scattered in small groups on the flats. The speckled trout continue to move in and out of the rivers as water temperatures change rapidly from day to day. Flounder have been caught in deep pockets of water as they are awakened by the warm waters draining off the flats. It has been a mild winter so far this year, yet one cold front after another continues to keep the fishing up and down. Today the fishing was on the up side. Red drum were biting well as a friend reported catching 15 in just a few hours. Most were on the small side, but he had a couple of keepers in the mix. I also had a friend yesterday report the trout biting hard up the river as he caught several. Again, most of them being on the small side with only 6 keepers in the mix. Jeffery Weeks just covered a story in the Brunswick Beacon on catching flounder this time of year. I caught one that was 17 inches last week and that is a nice flounder for this time of year. The weather is gorgeous down here! It is suppose to be the same way next weekend and with the new moon just passing the fish should be biting again. Come on down and join us! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"A Husband's Love" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/16/12
 

Guys the bar has been set pretty high for us.  Corey Bellamy of Calabash, N.C. bought his wife Shaun a 34 ft. twin 350 hp Donzi for Valentines.  My wife Pam is sooo jealous!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/16/12
 

Well, I fished hard Wednesday...caught one trout during the daylight hours. Again, I could see the redfish, but they are not wanting to bite. Even spooked a decent size school of trout. Crystal clear water!  I decided to go back at dead low tide during the night and the redfish were thicker than fleas! You ask...How could I see them? Green light! Thats right...They were swimming right up to the boat with me last night. Pretty cool...caught and released 4 before calling it the night. The fish are here, but the up and down weather patterns have them feeding very little. Oh well, we will take what we can get this time of year. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Boat Ramp Update" | Get Busy | 02/13/12
 

Click on this link to get info on the Sunset Beach Boat ramp as well as a new boat ramp to be located on brick landing road.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Doppler remembered" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/12/12
 

I am sad to report that Doppler has lived out his life and recently passed.  The old fella has been showing signs of age and the onset of an aggressive internal cancer brought his life to a speedy end on Friday, February 10th.  Doppler lived a good life for nearly 12 years; a life which many have commented "I'd love to have his life."  If you visited the OIFC you almost certainly met Doppler, likely resting at the top of the stairs, paws hanging over the edge and nose twitching as he sniffed for any sign that you may be holding his next meal.  Doppler was always willing to succumb to petting from admirers of all ages, but you likely know the real way to Doppler's heart strings were through a white, GMack to-go box.  Doppler has been a fixture of the OIFC since its inception in 2003, and I am confident in predicting that he is the most popular and well known dog on Ocean Isle Beach, quite possibly the most photographed single attraction on the island; no doubt gracing thousands of family vacation photo albums.  Doppler will be greatly missed but never forgotten.  He was a great dog. 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Grandma's Tribute" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/11/12
 

Please read Doppler's Grandma Linda McMullan's sweet tribute to Doppler.  She also has some pictures for those of us who long to see his wonderful face again.

Thank you Linda, these are comforting words.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Red Action" | Get Busy | 02/11/12
 

Brian Richard showed being a hard core fisherman pays of with this nice red drum he caught in the ICW near the Ocean Isle Marina and Yacht Club.

Since this afternoon the wind has really kicked up and the temperature had fallen off the chart.  We'll have to see what the bite does after this front moves through.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gulfstream 2/10" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/11/12
 

Well, I saw a weather window and took a shot at it.  Arrived in the gulf stream to slick glassy seas and 74 degree water with friends Brad and Jimmy.  Put out the high speed lures early with no luck, switched over to ballyhoo and trolled near the Same Ole hole marking plenty of bait and several times seeing Tuna busting on top in huge schools but they would not bite anything I pulled.  Mid morning, we were ready for some action so we pulled out the Jigging tackle and went to work on the "Endangered" Grouper off our coast... We caught and released 8 Groupers all in the 10-20lb range in just over an hour.  We also caught our share of Huge 7-8 foot sharks and Small Amberjacks.  Once we were all good and tired, it was back on the troll to look for the Wahoo that had eluded us thus far... On a hunch, I punched in the Tower and started trolling towards that location.  About the time we headed that way, the Fan turned on and seas started building.  Just as I was about to call it and head home, the Left short rigger holding a Black and Red BWC Tweener exploded..... After taking the reel down to about 100 yards of Braid left, the fish slowed down.  We cleared down and started fighting the seas back to where the fish was.  After about a 20 minute fight, the gaff was sunk and our token wahoo was in the boat... Overall a pretty slow day but it was beautiful early and a fun day with Friends.  The Gulf stream action should only get better from here... Book your trip and lets go fishing...This picture does not do justice to this fish... It was easily 70 pounds....
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Good Bye Dear Friend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/10/12
 

On behalf of the McMullan family and the Ocean Isle Fishing Center I must tell everyone that our dear Doppler passed away today.  Please keep the McMullan's in your hearts and prayers. 

Here is a recent video of Doppler and Fin.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Lochness Monster (Ole Nessy)" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/09/12
 

Got out on the water for just a few minutes today. I could see the redfish again today, but can not figure out what they are eating. Headed to another spot and snagged a little rat red. I really don't think he bit the lure because I had him foul hooked underneath his mouth. A few trout started to bite once the wind switched to SW later today. Even a little 10" flounder got aggressive today. Another slam! But the big story of the day was seeing Ole Nessy show up. She seems to show up about this time each year. We saw her a few years ago in our canal on Wilmington St. She has gotten a bit bigger now. Enjoy the video clip! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Full Green Moon!!" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/08/12
 

Started out looking around at high tide today. The full moon had the water very high and the flats were easy to explore this morning. Lots of redfish and even a large school of black drum were sunning themselves along the oyster beds this morning. I could not get them to cooperate and was forced to leave as the tide started to fall extremely fast. I started to work the outer edges of oyster bars and deep holes hoping the warm water rushing off the flats would get the fish bite'n. The first pocket of trout were on the small side, but aggressive. The second pocket had a few keepers in the 15" to 16" range. The third pocket of trout had some solid keepers and this is what you would expect on a full moon tide. The best color again was green moon. I am really gaining confidence in this color, especially on clear crisp days and crystal clear water conditions. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Where are the fish?" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/04/12
 

This is a question I often get while working here at the store. I sent a youngman named Larry Spainhour in the direction that I had spotted several redfish earlier this week. I told him that I knew the fish were there, but getting them to bite was another story. I shared a few tips with Mr. Spainhour that might encourage them to bite, but you never know. Being quiet, using light gear and working a bait slowly is a great recipe for success this time of year. Mr. Spainhour sent me a text messege at 11am that clearly showed that the fish were cooperating today! Thank you Mr. Spainhour for reporting back to us! I believe Mr. Spainhour caught 6 red drum and 1 black drum in just a few hours. All fish were released to be reckoned with on another day! An absolute true sportsman! See ya on the water!  
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Costa Rica" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/02/12
 

Brian Matthews, Ricky Byrd and Will Richardson recently took a fishing trip to Los Suenos, Costa Rica.  They caught 6 sails and 1 blue marlin weighing @ 300 lbs.   They said for a great bill fishing trip we need to check out this area.

Thanks for the pics and story guys.  Sorry about the delay in sharing it. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Recent Action" | Get Busy | 02/02/12
 

Capt. Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls and his daughter, Sloane took a backwater adventure on January 29th and look at some of the results.  The weather her is great.  Come enjoy it.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Green Moon Strikes Again!" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/01/12
 

Headed out Wednesday morning as the winds were slight and right for searching the flats for fish. I struggled to get over a few sandbars as tide was extremely low. About the time I was ready to throw in the towel, I noticed movement to my left. Several reds were moving along an oyster bar about 30 feet away. I made a cast about 10 feet ahead hoping to intercept. Bam! A 23" red slammed it in full stride and the fight was on! Absolutely awesome to see it all unfold in 2 feet of water. The rest of the group scattered and headed to an unknown location. I moved on,  spotting a small group of five reds, but they were not interested. I moved a little further and a couple of 10 inch flounder slipped out of the mud. A few more yards and a few nice size trout spooked to my right. The flat was alive! Unfortunately, I could not get anymore fish to bite, but it was great to see them. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Green Moon" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/30/12
 

Finally, talked Brant into carrying some new colors here at the OIFC. Here is a little video of what I caught with our new color in Bass Assassin's Sea Shad collection. Our water is super clear right now and this color has been smoking them here of lately. Come by and check it out! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Going Big Time" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/30/12
 

www.thestreet.com which I think is a pretty big deal ??  Did an interview on couples working together and chose Amy and I for part of their report.  Here is the link -- pretty small, but still pretty neat to be considered in this big world.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11388675/6/6-businesses-run-by-couples.html


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Sunset Beach Boat Ramp" | Get Busy | 01/29/12
 

I took some pictures of the construction site of the new boat ramp.  I looks like it is going to be a single ramp facility located at the  exact place where the old swing bridge was located.  I don't know anymore than the pictures show.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Clear water making it Tough?" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/28/12
 

I have recieved several questions concerning the redfish bite around our area right now. The clear water has made getting close to the fish and getting them to bite difficult at times. Up and down weather patterns, water temperatures, and porpoises have kept large schools of redfish on the move. I have shared additional information about this subject on our How to's page. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Steeples Action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/28/12
 

Wendell Barnett and Neal Loman caught 4 wahoo at the Steeples on Thursday the 26th in 71.5 ft. of water.  The biggest was 61 lbs.  They lost four hook ups.
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