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"Fun At The 455" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/13/12
 

Mikey Garrett took his nephews, Will and Cole  and niece Gracie fishing today at the 455.  The gang had a fun day catching blues, sea bass (and releasing this endangered species) and even octopi.  Mikey said they had a great day on the water.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Friday the 13th" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/13/12
 

What a day!  Captain Brant sent this reporter a message that he and the crew of our 2nd cat boat were in route to the OIFC and I should meet him there.  As I was trespassing on an abandoned golf course on my mountain bike at the time, I kicked it into high gear and headed home to get the camera.

When I got to the docks people were all around looking at two beautiful wahoo, several mahi, black fin tuna and trigger fish.  Mike and Amber Clark of Gastonia, N.C. were fishing with Captain Steele, Captain Dew and 1st mate Aaron and caught the smaller of the wahoo, but a metric ton of mahi and trigger fish.

Captain Brant and OIFC  cinematographer Terry were fishing with Cody Christian, Brad Desjerlias, Everette Bigeagle (cool name), all of Canada and Louis Fulcher of Fayetteville, N.C.  This group caught the bigger of the wahoo, probably in the 40# range.

Both boats were fishing inshore of the Blackjack where the water was 76 degrees and around 180 ft. deep.  Steele said the fish were biting anything they threw out.

Speaking of which..these Captains will probably want to throw this reporter out in 180 ft. of water and see what bites me since I erased every $@#* picture I took when I uploaded them to the computer!!!  Anyone interested in hiring an elderly reporter?

I HATE FRIDAY THE 13th.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/13/12
 

Carolina cat headed to the dock. Be there in 30 minutes. Decent catch of wahoo, mahi, tuna and bottom dwellers...come see...
- Steele Park
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"OIFC World Cat report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/13/12
 

It was a tough day, required lots of patience- BUT we stuck with it and ended up pretty well. There were scattered wahoo, blackfin and dolphin in 170-220. We spent most of the day in that range. At around 2 Steele and OC called from the Carolina Cat and reported some action in 140ft. I made a turn inshore and at 2:30 in 150' we hit a 6-header of 10-15 pound Mahi. We gathered ourselves and reset and caught a Wahoo. For the finally we pulled up and deployed a few live baits and caught a couple Kings. Total tally ended at 2 Wahoo, 1 Blackfin, 7 Mahi and a King. We missed 3 other Wahoo. If u are goin Saturday I'd suggest working 140-150' inshore of Black Jack to inshore of Steeples. Good luck!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"just to add to everyones excitement" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/13/12
 

Joe Winslow and Crew just stopped in. Take a look at their nice catch!

30lb Wahoo, and 21lb Dolphin.

-KK


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Gulf Stream fever outbreak" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/13/12
 

It's been years since I've seen a break out of gulf stream fever like is going on today. Looks like tomorrow we will need a traffic cop out there as the entire world appears to be going to the gulf stream tomorrow. The wahoo bite has been good, the weather looks perfect[should be flat in the morning and then a southeast sea breeze/tail wind 10-15 in the afternoon. We have both Cat boats out there today, so stay tuned, when they come in we will post where they fished and what they found. Great to see so many folks getting back to fishing. Our spring gulf stream season is not to be missed. Good luck to all tomorrow.
- Rube McMullan
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"Inshore this Week" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/13/12
 

The flounder are still biting, black drum nippling a bit, did not really target the trout, and the red drum have been stubborn. Mr. and Mrs. Heffernan allowed me to take them and there 4 precious kids fishing yesterday. Conditions were cool and windy. We started in a 15 to 20kts NW wind and ended with a 10 to 15kts SW wind. No doubt there were times the wind was slack and conditions were absolutely beautiful! We were using premium OIFC mud minnows and frozen shrimp for our primary bait. I got us anchored up and set out a nice spread. Not much was happening, so I started tossing the artifcials a bit. Mr. Heffernan also started to toss the jig a bit. With all that live fresh bait sitting around our first flounder fell for a soft plastic. Mr. Heffernan drilled a 13" flounder on the 4" Bass Assassin albino ghost. We managed to pick up a few more flounder and got a black drum on the shrimp. The table was set, keeper flounder, black drum, and about a dozen of keeper blue crabs. Mmm..mmm...good! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 04/13/12
 

Ccat headed to the stream in slick calm conditions... Call to get your spot tomorrow.
- Steele Park
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"Fun Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/12/12
 

Capt. Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron Dew took a group on a near shore charter this morning.  They said they caught and released 200 sea bass and a bunch of blues.

The crew consisted of Roseann Deucher, Chris Deucher, William Deucher, Thomas Deucher all from Cleveland, Ohio  Also aboard were Andrew Deucher and Jack Deucher of Vass, N.C.

Thanks for chartering with the OIFC and I hope ya'll enjoyed yourselves.


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

2 spots open for Saturday make-up Gulf Stream. Cost is $400 per person. Weather looks good. Call 910-575-3474.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Easter Break" | Get Busy | 04/11/12
 

Wow a busy time around OIB. The spring time means a couple of  things. Get the boat out of moth balls , pray it's full of fuel and dust off the rod and reels. Time to go fishing. Right on schedule the hammer  handle size whiting and flounder have begun to show up around the inlets. Deeper holes at Shallotte and Lockwood Folly are producing O.K. numbers. Fresh shrimp as well of frozen are working just fine. I know this sounds odd but take a mixture of double drop rigs. Red as well as green bead rigs. Some days they will choose one over the other. Tight lines and good eating too.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Wish you were here @ the OIFC!" | Real-Time Update | 04/10/12
 

Wish you were here @ the OIFC!
- Anita Moore- OIFC Manager
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"Slow Trolln'" | Get Busy | 04/10/12
 

John Thompson and Colby Edwards went fishing Monday.  They started just off Holden Beach and caught some blues.  Then they trolled some king holes in 66 degree water for kings with no luck so they went bottom fishing.  The guys caught and released some endangered sea bass, gray trout and whiting.  The day ended with Colby catching a big red drum.  Colby dedicated the catch to his brother Conner as it was Conner's birthday.

Glad ya'll had an enjoyable day on the water and thanks for the report.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Again...." | Get Busy | 04/10/12
 

Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls was up to his old tricks again today.  He went to the Jetties drift fishing using live bait. Among some other fish he caught this fine Red Drum. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Come byy & check out all the new OIFC Bonefish tees. And say hi to Saralyn a ne" | Real-Time Update | 04/10/12
 

Come byy & check out all the new OIFC Bonefish tees. And say hi to Saralyn, a new OIFC team member. This message has been sent using the picture and Video service from Verizon Wireless! To learn how you can snap pictures and capture videos with your wireless phone visit www.verizonwireless.com/picture. Note: To play video messages sent to email, Quicktime@ 6.5 or higher is required.
- Anita Moore- OIFC Manager
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"Make-up Trip- Saturday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/09/12
 

At the risk of jinxing the weekend- it looks like Saturday is going to be very nice.  We have boats open and crew ready - we want to go to the Stream --

Make-up trip for Saturday, April 14 - call (910) 575-3474 and ask for reservations- that will get you to me to set things up -- cost is $400 per person -- 4 max -- operators are standing by !!!

And just to warm you up a little-- a follow up to the Stream trips that Steele and I captained last Friday - Aboard the OIFC World Cat we spent a good majority of the day slow trolling dead Cigars in 110 feet of water near the Navy Wreck.  The action has been red hot there earlier in the week including some big Wahoo, but it was definitely slower.  We caught a half dozen Kings in the 8-18 pound range before getting the word from Steele that the Wahoo were biting.  We set lines at the 100/400 at 12:30 and began fishing.  We started slow and had to listen to Steele taunting us with reports of Wahoo and Blackfin -- but as I've learned in fishing, you can't catch them running, and almost always by the time you hear about a bite, it will be too late to get to it.  So, we stuck to our guns and just as Steele was reporting the action slowing, we began picking up.  We started off with a 58 pound Wahoo, then a 35, then a 25 pound King.  It was not red hot, but consistent every 20 or so minutes.  Then as we were making our final pass the short rod bent and splashes on the long riggers.  Three rods bent, then the other short.  The first short rod went slack, then the second, but the riggers stayed connected.  2 small Wahoo in the 15-20 pound range were boated-- and the two flat lines were cut as apparently a school of very hungry wahoo had attacked the trolling weights ahead of the baits and cut the lines-- it happens.  Anyway, we finished strong, and I'm encouraged.  Unfortunately, we got our rear ends whipped coming home as it went from near flat to 20-25kts from the NE and 4-6 foot in minutes.  It happens.  Unfortunately the holiday weekend did not offer conditions to get offshore, but this weekend looks like it may.  We hope you will join us aboard as part of our make-up trips or we will see you out there in your own boat.   Either way, let's go fishing!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"BAD WEATHER" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/09/12
 

Well, Chris Eckert and myself went offshore to the gulf stream yesterday in less than ideal conditions.  On board the Carolina Cat were Marie and Ford Minsker from Charlotte.  It was their first time to the bluewater and after having to reschedule a couple of times over the past couple of weeks, were ready to go.  We pushed offshore to a completely manageable 3-4 foot wind chop out of the southwest headed towards Gene's ledge where I saw a beautiful warm water Eddy pushed off of the gulf stream.  We got there to find high winds and building seas, not good... After deploying just 4 lines out of my usual 7-10, it became apparent that we were going to have our hands full.  Baits were constantly skipping not only out of the water but litterally surfing down the face of the waves which by now were topping 6-8 feet consistantly... It was looking bleak when a nice wahoo crushed the left short rigger bait and tid the telltale smoker run... Hooked up... Ford did just as he was taught and left the rod in the holder till the fish slowed down from its initial run then picked it up and went to work.  After an exausting 20+ minute fight with both the ocean and the fish, we boated Fords very first Wahoo a respectable 28 pounder.  After just a few more minutes, we all had had enough of the conditions and the decision was made to head home... We got our gear up and realized that with the wind and seas, we were not going to be able to go to Shallotte inlet so we plugged in the Cape Fear river and headed that way at a mind numbing 12-14 kts.. After a 3 hour ride in, we got to the river.  The worst part I feel is that we truly landed on the fish and had it been a little less insane with the weather, we would have absolutely worked the fish out there... This was the first really good showing of Flying Fish I have seen this year and it is all coming together.  All in all, I had a wonderful time getting to know and spend time on the water with Ford and Marie and hope to have an opportunity to take them offshore under better conditions.  Below is a pic of Fords very nice wahoo.  Hope you enjoyed the meal.
- Capt. Steele Park
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"GS Fishing School opening" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/09/12
 

I have had 1 cancellation for the April 21/22 Gulf Stream fishing school.  Cost is $450 per person.  If you are interested in the spot call 910 575-3474 or email captbrant@oifc.com  -- first come, first serve- 1 spot only -- TX
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bonecrusher or......" | Get Busy | 04/08/12
 

Capt. Brandon Sauls continues to pretty much dominate backwater red drum fishing in the armature division our area.  It's pretty obvious by the background the picture was taken at the Little River Jetties.  The burning question is, is that where he caught his fish?

Perhaps he should consider a name change from the Bonecrusher to the Dominator. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/08/12
 

Our inshore fishing has been tough the last few days. Thursday morning we managed to get a carolina slam, landing all three major inshore species, but they were on the small side. Thursday afternoon the wind started to howl as a front was approaching from the Norhwest. Mark Wood was determined to go fishing even in the tough conditions. We managed to put together a flounder sandwich and a couple of short trout. Trips were cancelled on Friday as weather conditions were horrible. Saturday we were back on the water. Bluefish were chewing up every mullet we threw in the water on our morning trip. We changed gears and headed East on our afternoon trip. We ended the afternoon with 4 short flounder and a couple of short strikes from trout. Assemble the troops and back to the drawing board...good news is the water continues to warm and the fishing should continue to improve. Below is a picture of a bass my niece Eva caught this weekend. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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