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"Gone Huntn'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

Chris Campbell took this picture at @4:45am and said he and Team OIFCwere going tuna hunting!  Hope they bag some.  Stream fishing is ON!!  Not sure if Capt Brant has any slots open for this Friday's trip or not.  Check with us at 910-575-FISH (3474)

And by the way, if you want some great pictures check with Chris Campbell of Campbell Photography Studio.  You can also keep up with Chris and the OIFC on FaceBook.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Saturday looks good too" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

Well, with the reports of some great fishing offshore, we are ready to roll with some marathon fishing.  Looks like the weather is going to be nice Saturday as well so we are putting together another make-up gulfstream charter for Saturday.  sounds like lots of Wahoos, dolphins and Tuna being caught.  If you want a spot on the Carolina Cat call me at 910-620-9919 to reserve your spot.  Cost is $400 per person up to 4 people.  If a 5th or 6th person wants to go, the price for everyone goes down.  Lets not miss this opportunity to put some blood in the boat and fish in your cooler.
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Early Report is???" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

Just got a text report from Brant and Barrett who are on a Tuna mission to our north... Sounds like the same great bite we had the opportunity to get in on last year with the Bluefin Tuna's in Hatteras.  In his words, "About the same as last year but the fish are way bigger" and "Bluefin bites on a Kite bait are SICK"... I am sure he will elaborate.  The Carolina Cat will be running offshore a little closer to home tomorrow with visions of a Carolina Slam in mind... We will keep you posted as to how we do out there and like I said, I am sure Brant will give the Play By Play as soon as gets back tomorrow night... If you want to try to go Saturday, I still have 4 openings. Just leave me a message on my Cell at 910-620-9919 and I will confirm when I get to the dock tomorrow night.


- Capt. Steele Park
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"Team OIFC Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

Team OIFC, Brant, Barrett, and Rube combined forces and set sight on Bluefin Tuna action from Oregon Inlet. Also very cool was the addition of professi onal photo/videographer, Chris Campbell who's job was to document the adventure.

We arrived to the boat ramp to a hustle of action as dozens of boats were busy unloading, all with similar visions of bent rods and big fish.  We too had similar thoughts, but a plan to do it "our way" -- while most boats chose to troll ballyhoo, and most had success catching a few Bluefin, we made a stop inshore and loaded our well with 2-4 pound live Bluefish.  From there, it was just a matter of delivering these poor, innocent sacrifices to their demise.  I assure you that while Bluefin can stick their nose up at trolled ballyhoo, vertical jigs, poppers..... they WILL NOT turn down a live Bluefish.  It was automatic and it was ugly.  We started with 50# tackle to "have some fun" but quickly realized "fun" lasted WAY too long and hurt too much.  We caught and lost (break offs from putting too much pressure) dozens of Bluefin -our first fish to the boat was a 68 incher, good eating size, so we helped him make the decision to come home with us.  By 10am we were whooped and it was brake time.  We sat around eating lunch, lounging and messing with monster Hammerhead sharks until about 2pm when we decided we'd give it another go.  Luckily I had brought a couple of my TLD 50 reels on OIFC custom Bluefin rods, so we geared up.  We decided to spice things up as a 10-15 knot breeze had kicked up, thus allowing the chance to fly the kite.  We pulled upwind of the fleet and put the boat in neutral, deploying a bait from the kite on one side of the boat and another on a flat line on the other side.  It was quiet; action and reports seemed to be very scattered.  Then from nowhere, the biggest Bluefin that ever lived (at least it looked like it at that second), with no warning, erupted from under the kite with the Bluefish in its mouth and left a hole in the water that sent whitewater 10 feet up and bubble trail 20 feet down - IT WAS INCREDIBLY COOL.  The line came tight, the clip released, the circle hook set and Barrett went to work.  We were driting as Barrett did battle when the tell-tale marks of Bluefin showed under the boat--I just commented to Rube that if the other bait got eaten it'd be interesting -- and of course, it did.  I was hooked up and shoved the drag apparently too far and broke the Bluefin off on the initial run.  I wound in, retied, rerigged another sacrifice, freelined it down, felt it stop, twitch and then get heavy -- again, I engaged and again got too aggressive and again busted the fish off on the initial run; all while Barrett is working on his fish; making good runs, sounding and fighting like a nice fish.  Now I'm mad.  I had a weak link of 100# mono topshot over the 150# braid, so I spooled the 100# off and tied my leader straight to the 150# braid -- now I'm ready.  I again hooked the bait, threw it over and it swam right into another hungry mouth -- 15 seconds wait time, maybe.  I came tight and threw the drag in the corner- 30+ pounds.  The fish had some shoulders and did its thing.  Barrett worked his fish to boatside after about 20 minutes and we released his 82-84 inch (350lb) Bluefin.  My fish was now the focus and it fought hard, staying deep.  We had to spend 30 minutes on this fish but eventually Barrett had the leader and the 88-90 inch fish (400lbs+) was at boatside and released.  And that was all we wanted.  We released the remaining baits from the well and watched as the water around us boiled as big Tuna chased the Blues around the boat.  The fishery is obviously healthy and pretty darn cool.  Chris got a ton of footage, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with.  We had planned to fish 2 days, but as we rode back to the motel from the boat ramp this PM we concluded there really wasn't much more that could be accomplished.  So, I think we'll eat a good dinner, watch some NCAA tourney games and the head back to OIB in the early AM.  I love it when a plan comes together. 

Back at OIB, I've gotten several reports of good Wahoo action.  Capt. Steele and team are heading to the Stream tomorrow, so hopefully we'll get a good start to the Stream season as well.  It sure is beautiful at the coast, come on down and join us.  See you at the OIFC -- when we get some video footage from our trip on-line I'll post it to the report to check out --


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Seeger's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

Captain Joe Seegers fished the Same Ole today.  He reported catching yahoo and a fair amount of black fin.  Joe said it sounded like the action was around the Blackjack Hole and the 100/400.

Thanks for the report Captain.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Two down, Two to go" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/12
 

There has been some interest in a Gulf Stream Trip on Saturday.  We have 2 people booked and ready.  Just need 2 more to make the trip happen.  Cost is $400 per person.  If more than 4 people want to go, the cost goes down.  Call the OIFC at 910-575-3474 to reserve your spot. Hopefully, I can find some fish tomorrow to put you on. 
- Capt. Steele Park
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"On The Menu" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/14/12
 

Jeff Martini of Midtown Bistro in N. Myrtle Beach fame contacted me and said he got 5 wahoo, 4 mahi and some black fin tuna today.  Pictures will follow.  Looks like now is "prime time"..
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shallotte Inlet" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/14/12
 

The inlet buoys in Shallotte Inlet have been moved to what, as of today, is the best route[basically a straight line out]. The only bad place is the last 2 sets of buoys which is where the bar is located however as of today there is at least 3 feet at low tide. There is one red buoy that is reversed in its location from a green, but just follow the line of buoys out and you should be fine. Everyone should mark their own course out the inlet, the buoys are only intended to be a guide and all inlets are subject to change thus the course shown today is only good for today[a disclaimer]. GO FISH!
- Rube McMullan
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"Broken Record" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/13/12
 

I know the last few posts have been all about weather and fishing but that's what Spring at the OIFC means... We are really looking forward to getting out on the water sooner than later. If your boat is still winterized or not ready for the long trip to the Gulfstream or you have never been out there and want to see what its all about. Give me a call. We still have spots available for Friday on our Make-up Charter aboard the Carolina Cat. Reports are very good and there are absolutely some fish out there itching to be caught. We are putting a trip together for Friday as it is the BEST day in regards to weather but Saturday is absolutely fishable as well. If Saturday works better for you, give me a call at 910.620.9919 and lets discuss. Cost is $400 per person. This price is based on 4 people. If 5 or 6 want to go, pricing drops. Its cheaper than taking your own boat out there and we do all the work for you.
- Capt. Steele Park
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"" | Get Busy | 03/13/12
 

Tough morning on the water It was warm ,No wind ,no rain and the fish bit a little.. So  what's tough about that? The No see ums ate us alive. The water is between 58 and 61 degrees and cyrstal clear.OIFC live mud minnows where the ticket. We did throw some gulps for trout after the tide got up but no luck.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Brayden's first offshore trip" | Real-Time Update | 03/12/12
 

Here we go. Sea Bass look out! Caroline and Brayden on board with Grandpa Rube and daddy Capt Brant
- Brant McMullan
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"success" | Real-Time Update | 03/12/12
 

Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"new OIFC STAFFER" | Real-Time Update | 03/12/12
 

Terry Johnson, new OIFC staffer shows off his fishing ability. No fish is s afe. It is an absolutely beautiful day and man is starting to feel like fis hing season. Several boats in the Stream today, so I hope to have a report later. Barrett and I are threatening some sort of serious mission mid week so stay tuned.
- Brant McMullan
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"Make Up Charter Friday 3/16" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/12/12
 

Early reports are that the fishing offshore is Firing Off... Wahoo's, Yellowfin Tuna and Blackfin Tuna as well as a few Gaffer Dolphin are all cruising and biting on a beautiful temperature break offshore at the gulf stream.  We feel like the gulf stream fishing season is firing off early due to the mild winter.  There has been a very unique and very rare weather window that has boats fishing offshore all week.  Lets go fishing.  I am putting together a make up charter for 4 folks to go offshore on Friday.  Plan will be to troll lures and bait as well as cast topwater and vertical jig schools of Tuna.  Cost is $400 per person.  I have room for 4 folks but can take up to 6 if there is interest.  Come see what spring offshore fishing is all about.  Call me at 910-620-9919 to reserve your spot. 
- Capt. Steele Park
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"The weather is here; I fish you were beautiful" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/12/12
 

Whatever you folks are doing inland drop it fast and get on down here to the coast. The weather is magnificent and looks to be that way all week. The gulf stream should be on fire as there is a perfect temperature break. Also it appears the yellowfin may be back after a 5+year disappearance. March used to be our best month for yellowfin and we are hearing encouraging reports of yellowfin being caught.

Everyone knows fuel is high, but just add another person to your crew. Split the cost up enough and it cost the same pre-Obama.

Inshore you can catch sea bass as fast as you can drop it just outside the inlet. I caught a all time record stringer of 6 bass on one drop. It's all catch and release but still lots of fun particuliarly for the young-ins.

Come on down....wahoo...tuna....mahi mahi!!


- Rube McMullan
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"All Pumped Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/12/12
 

I am sure you can easily tell we are all fired up about off shore fishing.  This is because we have reason.  Capt. Wally Trayah, who fished out of the Oak Island area reported that he landed some big black fin tuna, mahi and skipjack tuna while out around the Gulf Stream.

all this info combined with what looks like a great weekend has everyone ready to go  the Gulf Stream. If fuel is an issue, charter one of our boats and split the costs!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"RODEO UPDATE" | Get Busy | 03/09/12
 

This year we will have blanket entry.  An angler can enter their boat for the year and it doen't matter who on the boat catches the fish.  In fact the owner/captain doesn't have to be on the boat.  The trophy and prize money will go to the boat unless the captain decides to give them to the angler.

The entry fee is $100 per species.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bassin'" | Real-Time Update | 03/09/12
 

First charter of season. Capts OC and Dawson on 4hr. Report light south wi nds with 2-4' south swell. Crushing "keeper" bass in 40' Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Interesting Article" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/08/12
 

I ran across this article about the Nags Head Bridge.  For those who like to visit or fish there I may be of interest.

Right now the weather in Paradise is beautiful.  We have extended our hours Thursday - Sunday, the 2012 Rodeo is underway.  We look forward to seeing you.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Interesting" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/08/12
 

Here is a bit of interesting information that could have a great impact on our inshore fishing.


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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