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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.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"RFA DC RALLY- HERE WE GO AGAIN !" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/27/12
 

The Recreational Fishing Alliance is planning another rally in Washington DC on March 21.  The idea is to reiterate and reinforce our resolve to correct fisheries issues as presented in the original rally in 2010.  The OIFC will again be sponsoring a bus to carry concerned fishermen to DC- free of cost.  The details of the rally are at http://www.joinrfa.org/  --

If you want a seat on the bus, you need to email me immediately- first come, first serve- email captbrant@OIFC.com

There will be more details to follow, but just wanted to get info out so bus seats can get filled.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Lets go Wahoo and Tuna Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/26/12
 

Weather looks good on Saturday.  I know its late notice but I wanted to make sure we got the Carolina Cat back from getting its brand new Yamaha F300's installed before I tried to put anything together.  The latest satellite shot shows perfect Wahoo/Blackfin water out on the break.  Lets break in the new motors and put some fish in the boat.  Plan is to head out early Saturday morning to the Steeples where several BIG Wahoos and Blackfins were caught earlier this week.  Will most likely mix it up with some trolling for Wahoo's and then some Vertical Jigging for the tunas if we mark them like I think we will. I am looking for 4 folks to go with me on this winter adventure.  Cost is $395 per person.  Give me a call at 910-620-9919 to book your spot. If your boat is put up for the winter and you are wanting some offshore therapy, this is your trip.  Lets go gettem...
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Shhhh...the fish are biting!!" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/25/12
 

It is that time of year! The water is extremely clear in our area and you can see the fish. The fish can also see you and hear you. They may tolerate seeing you and still bite. They may tolerate hearing you at a distance and still bite. Let them hear you and see you, game over! I spooked a large school of fish a couple of weeks ago and they would not bite that day. I went to check out the area this past week and worked my way in very slowly. I started making long cast up current from where I first spotted fish a week ago, letting the bait tumble back to them. I could feel my line going through the school, then one slammed it! Game on! I have been fortunate to catch several nice reds the last couple of days. I love it when a game plan comes together! Enjoy the pictures and video...See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"key west pic" | Get Busy | 01/24/12
 

Here are a few pics from key west trip
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Team OIFC " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/24/12
 

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Pretty cool video that Jeff Beck took while we were running to the fishing grounds during Key West tourney - one of Jeff's Facebook buddies summed up the video .."Dude, I can hear the roar of synchronized horsepower, awesome"


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"1st Flounder" | Get Busy | 01/24/12
 

Local fisherman Henry Beckham took a mental health day from work to take advantage of the beautiful weather.  Henry caught his 1st flounder of the season today.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Swimming with Dolphins" | Real-Time Update | 01/24/12
 

Most days the McMullans find themselves in pursuit of various fish species. However today we took a break and made friends with a few. Amy, Caroline a nd Brayden enjoyed playing and swimming with the Dolphins at the Dolphin Reaearch Center in Marathon, FL. It sure is beautiful down here.
- Brant McMullan
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"tourney recap" | Get Busy | 01/24/12
 

Today Amy, Caroline and the Becks- Jeff, Courtney and Camdyn joined the team We had a good day of catching kings but just never had a big bite. We we ighed a 36 and released quite a few fish in the 20-30lb range. Our 43 from Sat finished 10th and the 36 got the kids 4th jr. Now it's on to our family vacation at Hawks Cay for R&R.
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"One Foggy..." | Tiberias - 22' | 01/24/12
 

Rudolph want you guide my boat today...Yesterday was was so foggy at times I could only see about 50yds. Oh well! I sure could hear my drag screaming. The redfish were a little bit easier to sneak up on with the gloomy conditions. Plus, with the approaching front their appetite was back in full swing. I managed to land 14 reds, most of them right in the middle of the slot around 23 inches. I also had 5 trout and one flounder to top the day off with this years first Carolina Slam. I can't stand it and will be back after them on Wednesday. Give me a call if you want to go! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Supporting The Area" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/24/12
 

Please go to this link and read how McMullan family supports our area.  They do not know I am posting this news article and I hope they do not mind.

 www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/mcmullan-family-donates-closer-home-secu-hospice-house-campaign


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Key West Harbor Kingfishing Tournament" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/22/12
 

Team OIFC, Capt. Brant, Capt. Barrett (yesterday) Capt. Amy, Capt Jeff Beck, Courtney Beck, Caroline McMullan and Camdyn Beck, finished in 10th place overall with a 36 lb king.  Caroline and Camdyn unofficially placed 4th in the Jr. Division.

It's great that these two young ladies are being brought up in a way where they can enjoy off shore fishing in such a loving and family atmosphere.

Congratulations!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"A New Reef?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/21/12
 

There's talk of a new AR off the shore of Oak Island.  Click here to "read all about it".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"team OIFC in key west" | Real-Time Update | 01/21/12
 

Barrett and I fished first day of key west king tourney today and weighed a 43. I think 7th after day 1. Tomorrow is new day and we will give it a sho t again. Lucky charms coming tomorrow- Caroline and Amy with special guests the Beck family. Barrett and i worked hard today catching 20 or so Kings, most in the 30-35lb range- good fun. Pic is of one we released. You can watch the weighin live tomorrow at www.fishska.com. And for all u stuck n the cool Carolinas, it's a nice 75 degrees in the Keys. I'll drink an umbrella drink for u! Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"BFT Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/20/12
 

This is an update on Blue Fin Tuna fishing, if you can figure it out.

Last updated: 1/20/2012
NMFS Closes BFT General Category (Commercial) January Fishery

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) closes the General category (commercial handgear) fishery for large medium and giant BFT (measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) effective 11:30 p.m. local time on January 22, 2012, until it reopens on June 1, 2012. Based on the best available BFT landings... information for the General category BFT fishery (i.e., 17 mt of the available 23.1 mt landed as of January 17), NMFS has determined that the General category January BFT subquota will be reached by January 22, 2012. Therefore, through May 31, 2012, fishing for, retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic Tunas General and HMS Charter/Headboat categories (while fishing commercially) must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time on January 22, 2012. The General category will reopen automatically on June 1, 2012, for the June through August subperiod. Limited catch and release is permissible as described below. The intent of this closure is to prevent overharvest of the General category January BFT subquota


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