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"Stragglers" | Get Busy | 12/18/11
 

Brian Richard fished with Robert Hughes aboard Robert's Lil Bro Bro Sunday at the Jetties when they caught these trout and red.  Brian said it wasn't quite as exciting as the Stream, but made for a great Sunday.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Glory Mission" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/18/11
 

Barrett, Steele and I are planning on heading out tomorrow mid morning in the Carolina Cat, headed toward the Steeples to do some Wahoo trolling.  Around 4 we will pick up and run offshore to 1000 or so feet and set up to do overnight Swordfish trip.  Then early AM we will either have had so much fun we are ready to go home or the exact opposite, or there will be the slight chance we just can't get enough and we'll fish the break for Wahoo til noonish.  This trip is the blind leading the blind, so I'm not sure where it will all go -- BUT, we'll give it a shot and give ourselves a chance to be heroes -- never know.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/17/11
 

This year's Rodeo is winding down.  The trout bite is hot and based on the earlier reports so is the wahoo bite.  So, if you are in the Rodeo don't forget to weigh your fish.  If you are not in, sign up and try your hand.

The Rodeo was down a little this year as were the fish weighed in.  We are determined to keep it going.  I refuse to allow the economy, or whatever stop this fun event! 

Trout:  1- Bonecrusher 6 lbs., 2-Brian Aycock 5.1 lbs, 3-Austin Aycock 3.9, or .7, I can't read my own writing.  Austin, I'll fix it later...I promise!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Wahoo Mission" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/17/11
 

Well, it looks like mother nature is going to cooperate for a fishing mission on Monday.  Lets go Wahoo fishing.  We are putting together a last minute make up trip to go after them.  Brant found them on Thursday and apparently left a few out there.  Lets go finish them out.  Cost is $395 per person.  We would like to have 4 folks go with us.  Call us at 910.575.3474 to book your spot.  We have had some really fun Make-up charters this year and hope to continue that. 
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Empty Pockets u say?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/16/11
 

Wendell Barnett and Tracy Huggins also headed for the stream yesterday. The word is that the wahoo bite is on fire! Not sure about that? Maybe this picture will help? Six Wahoo with the biggest one being 61 pounds landed on the "Empty Pockets". That means the big ones are showing up out there as well. Check the gear, check the weather, and get out there! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"What's on the Menu?" | Tiberias - 22' | 12/16/11
 

Chris and Kerry booked a trip with us looking to catch some redfish. I spoke with Chris the night before and explained that catching a redfish was going to be a challenge. This is fishing and there are no absolutes. I told him my expectations right now would be to pick up several trout in the 13 to 14 inch range and maybe find a few keepers for dinner. We had decided to take redfish off the menu, unless we happened to get lucky. We started up the Shallote River and picked off a few trout before the porpoises invaded us. Of course, the bite seemed to completely shut down on us as the porpoises surely had everything spooked. We worked our way out of there and headed for the Sunset Beach area. We found some more trout that were actively feeding. I mean we could see them pushing bait against the grass line and we were doubled up several times. The action was hot and steady. No keepers yet though. I hate to leave fish, but we needed some for dinner. We made a move and caught our first keeper trout, then another and so on. We ended up putting seven keepers in the box, but later released three at the dock. Why? We changed out gear and got loaded up to try for the redfish. Chris hooks up hard! After a great battle, awesome angling and some boat handling we landed the 27 inch brute. We took a quick picture and released him to fight another day. Kerry hooks up next and it was a perfect slot fish right at 26 inches. Chris caught a few more 17 inch reds, but Kerry drilled the next slot fish right at 26 inches again and a complete menu has been served. Awesome day on the water for December! Thank you guys for fishing with us! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Today's Stream Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/15/11
 

It was a great weather and fishing day in the Stream- light southwest winds, 2 foot seas and the fish were biting.  I had local friends Brian Strickland, Ernie and son Billy Crews and Tim Gallimore with me aboard the Carolina Cat.  We cleared Shallotte inlet at 6:40 and had lines in the water a mile inshore of the Black Jack just before nine.  I had set three lines when the flat line went off and young Billy went to work on the screaming reel.  10 minutes later the first Wahoo was in the box- 35-40 pounds.  We reset and worked the ledges in 160 feet with no action.  We continued circling for about an hour with little action.  I then pushed offshore a bit and we picked up a double, 1 False Albacore and 1 Blackfin.  We marked the spot and circled back and picked up another Blackfin.  It was roughly 10:30 and from that point forward it was game on.  We had bite after bite from Wahoo all the way until the time we picked up at 3pm.  The problem was we kept losing fish.  I was having good success pulling small Tuna feathers on my long lines and the Wahoo seemed to like them too; bad news is they are straight mono and although I lost 4 feathers, we did catch 2 Wahoo on them, so it was a fair trade.  The tough part was the many solid, reel screaming hookups that would last 30+ seconds only to have the hook pull.  Brian actually battled a Wahoo for nearly 30 minutes, a big fish to straight up and down just to within sight before it shook its head and bit through the wire.  I won't go so far as to say "it was one of those days", but we  did miss a ton of very nice fish- BUT, if you've done much Wahoo fishing, you know that is how they are.  They are hard to keep on the hook!  Through all the trials and tribulations, we did manage to boat 5 more Wahoo, all in the 35-40 pound class.  Toward the end of the day it was interesting to note the water which had been a blended blue-green became much greener and schools of Houndfish moved in - as this occured, the bite slowed- but luckily it was time to go home.  Anyway, it was a very good bite as after 10:30 we did not go more than 15-20 minutes without a solid reel screaming run.  I am anxious to get back out and do it again.  Also, Wendell Barnett and Tracy Huggins were fishing beside us in Wendell's boat and they caught their 4 fish limit and headed home by noon -- Tracy reported one in the 70-80 pound class, but I have not yet recieved the verified weight.  If it has my lure hanging in its mouth I want it back!

On another note, the Kingfish guys found some really BIG kings today near the Tower.  I got reports of quite a few in the 40's and a couple in the 50's.  It is a big ocean out there, but if you can find the fish, they are still out there.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/15/11
 


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"Today" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/15/11
 


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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/15/11
 

What a nice day. I can say for sure it's the best day of wahoo fishing I've seen from this area since November of last year. Thats the good news. Bad news is our batting average would probably have us sent back to the minors. We ended up with 6 hoos and 2 blackfin and I lost count exactly but I'm near certain we had close to 20 solid, drag screaming wahoo bites that would mysteriously come unglued. Anyway, I'll post report and few pics later this pm or tomorrow. Next decent weather day u might want to be out there. Fished black jack all day.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/15/11
 

Heading offshore. Seas calm with SE swell. Looks like hard temp edge inshore of break. Probably fish that and then push off to break if no action. Conditions r good, will see if fish got memo. Stand by.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"A Little Humor" | Get Busy | 12/14/11
 

I just couldn't help myself....
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sasquatch" | Get Busy | 12/12/11
 

Winter at the coast is one of the more beautiful times of the year.  And the trout fishing in our area is on fire. There are some exciting sights, such as the goats, the beautiful sunset and Sasquatch catching his dinner as is shown in the pictures below.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Brayden and Fin at work" | Real-Time Update | 12/11/11
 

Sunday am is my normal shift and today since Amy was out of town Caroline, B rayden, Fin and Doppler all joined me at the OIFC. Caroline can handle hers elf but Brayden requires full time clean up crew to pick up the debris field he leaves in his wake. Finally at noon both Brayden and the new OIFC puppy Fin had wore down, both finding Comfort in eachother's arms. They are so innocent when they sleep; it's the awake part where the sweetnes s wares off!
- Brant McMullan
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"Trout still chewing" | Tiberias - 22' | 12/09/11
 

The water temperature remains steady around the 55 degree mark and the trout continue to chew. The redfish are still fighting like bulldogs as well! We started off with a few trout, hit a couple of reds, and went back to the trout. We landed at least 40 trout with most of them being around the 13" mark,  but we managed to catch enough good ones for a limit and even cull a few. We caught all the fish on a large variety of artificials today. Gulp jerk baits, 4" Sea Assassins, Deep Creek mullet, and even pulled out the ole DOA shrimp. I really don't think it matters much right now, if you get it in front of them, they are eating.  Pick your day and lets go fishing! See ya on the water.  
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Planning Stages" | Get Busy | 12/08/11
 

A few in shore fishermen are batting around the idea of an informal, very fun trout tournament Christmas Eve.  The thought right now is a $50.00 entry fee per boat.  ALL proceeds except the cost of some cheezy trophy will be put in the prize pot with the payout being 50% to 1st place, 30% to 2nd and 20% to 3rd.  We'd like to have at least 10 boats.

This is JUST an idea in the early planning stages.  If you think you'd fish it and have any ideas send them to info@oifc.com, get with Brian Aycock, Brandon Sauls, Jeff Beck or me.  There will be more to follow.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Bite Goes On" | Get Busy | 12/08/11
 

A.  Don't ask me how I come up with these titles to the Fishing Reports I write.  It's a gift and a heavy burden to shoulder.

B.  The local in shore anglers are having a big time with the trout bite.  If you take a look in the mouth of this monster trout Nesbitt Noble is holding it can be seen that artifacts are also the way to go.  This fish was caught in the ICW.  The backwater creeks, the ICW as well as the rock jetties are the places to be.  Check with Captain Jacob, or Capt. Jeff Williamson at the OIFC for some guidance on what's the ticket.  They are our resident OIFC gurus on in shore fishing.

C.  Regarding the picture.  These local back water anglers are some cagey dewds, so we have to take the artificial bait in the trout's mouth and the background location with a grain of salt.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Still Awake" | Get Busy | 12/06/11
 

The feeling yesterday was that the fish were starting to get a little lethargic because of the cooling waters.  Don't tell that to the Bonecrusher who fished today using live shrimp.  One of the pictures was taken at the Jetties, he wouldn't come off the other locations.  Check out the 5.9 and 6.0 lb'rs he brought to the OIFC.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Took a Friend Fishing" | Tiberias - 22' | 12/04/11
 

Finally got out on the water with a good buddy of mine. We were looking to pick a fight with a redfish, but they were not in the fighting mood today. We saw a few tails and spooked a large school, but could not get a bite. The trout are still here as that was our secondary plan. We managed to pick up 15 to 20 fish with several of them being right at 14 inches. We only had one good keeper at 17 inches. We both had other obligations to fill this afternoon and had to head back to the hill. New game plan for tomorrow...Zach and I plan on going after them in the morning. I will leave you with a picture of the game plan. It worked great last year about this time. Stay tuned...See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Under A Rock" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/03/11
 

Just in case you've been under a rock, or without a computer like me, this is the link to the video of the great white shark off Wrightsville Beach this week.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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