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"In the red or black?" | Get Busy | 09/08/11
 

Today started out with an awesome sunrise and got nothing but better. First stop while the tide was up we targeted flounder. As the tide fell we moved on to docks close to deep water and creek mouthes. Closer to low tide we hit the deep water structures. With 14 reds , 7 blacks and a few flounder  released we headed back to the docks at OIFC. We only kept enough for dinner tonight and let the rest go to fight another day.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Making a come back" | Get Busy | 09/08/11
 

You may have heard the Speckle Trout took a beating this past winter and many froze in the backwaters during times of extreme cold. The past couple of days while cast netting shrimp for bait I have caught small trout. Even the keeper trout  caught we are releasing to help out. They say even without more cold weather it will take (3) years to get good numbers back, so help out and practice catch and realease.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"9/11 Gulfstream Makeup Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/08/11
 

Well folks, just 2 spots left available for the Makeup gulfstream charter on Sunday. Call 910.575.3474 to reserve one of the last 2 spots.  Remember, cost is $400 per person or $350 for military, police or firefighters in appreciation for your service.  Lets go fishing...
- Capt. Steele Park
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"9/11 tribute trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/07/11
 

The weather is looking great for this Sunday.  Lets do a make-up charter to the gulfstream.  Targeted species will be Mahi's and Wahoo with hopefully another Billfish kicker... Cost is $400 per person. In rememberance and appreciation for our Military, Firefighters and police officers we are offering a discount. Military personnel, police and firefighters rate will be $350 for this trip. We at the OIFC appreciate everything you guys/girls do for us every day...  Call 910.575.3474 to reserve your spot.  I have personally scouted out there and can tell you, the fishing is very good right now.
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Team OIFC Wins Brunswick Isles King Classic- the story" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/06/11
 

3-peat for Team OIFC.  Some how fishing in three different locations over the past three years Team OIFC has won the SBI tournament.  2009- 29 pounds, 2010- 43 pounds, 2011- 36 pounds.  It is crazy how hard we work and think on how to win every tournament, but to win the same one three years in a row is just plain weird.  Here's the story and some supporting pics-

Sometimes you have to make things worse before they can get better.  I believe such is going to be the case with our local fishing.  This Summer has been fair fishing, but nothing spectacular.  After the wind of July, August was actually a good weather month, but most of the offshore fisheries were lacking.  The water temperatures had risen into the mid 80’s and despite clear waters with lots of baitfish, the predators just weren’t present.  Then along came Irene.  Although we did not get a direct hit here on land, the storm did make a direct hit on our offshore waters.  The result is “milky” water, whether green or blue, that is full of sediment and very unsavory to offshore gamefish.  The good news is that the water temperatures dropped several degrees.  It only took a few days for the waters to settle down enough for the bottom fish to begin biting again, and by the weekend the Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish were feeding nearshore again.  However, the waters from 60-100+ feet were turned upside down and this range which typically holds King Mackerel and other species were devoid of topwater action.  Which leads me to the shining light at the end of the tunnel.  This past weekend, my family and I (Rube-father, Barrett- brother, Caroline- daughter) participated in the South Brunswick Islands King Mackerel Tournament.  The weather forecast was for near calm seas and having knowledge that the waters had been stirred by Irene, we had a game plan to head offshore to 100+ feet to find clean water and slow troll live baits over bottom structure in hopes of finding King Mackerel.  We stopped in 100 feet at the spot where we caught the winning fish in this exact tournament last year, a 43 pound whopper.  However, this year the water was dirty and there was no action.  We punched in another location a mile away.  Still no luck.  We had burned half the day and had yet to get a bite.  We pushed offshore another couple of miles where we found a beautiful color change where the water went from silty blue/green to a clear blue.  It happened that the color change was set up right over an area of good bottom, so we decided to deploy.  It took about 15 minutes, but we were quickly brought to life from the sound of a screaming reel.  The speed of the run indicated a possible King, but we also knew that as deep as we were fishing, we could likely encounter Wahoo as well.  And wouldn’t you know it, a tense battle was ended when we found out we had a 30 pound Wahoo instead of a King.  It was a nice catch, but in a King tournament, it wasn’t going to bring the money.  The funniest thing happened with this fish.  Barrett was in the bow doing picture poses with the fish in an attempt to make the cover of the Beacon when he realized that his wedding ring had slipped off inside the Wahoo’s gills.  He dug through the gills and then shook it upside down by the tail, but the ring wasn’t coming out; the Wahoo had swallowed it.  So, Barrett pulled out the fillet knife and performed a gastro bypass on the Wahoo in an attempt to find the ring.  All the while, we’re back slow trolling in 3 feet seas.  Blood was all over the front deck and Barrett, but he finally found the ring at the very bottom of the Wahoo’s stomach.  It wasn’t quite as romantic as the initial setting of the ring, but I did place it back on his finger for him.  We continued trolling and again got another smoking run.  We hoped King but knew it could be Wahoo.  Sure enough, Rube battled a 40 pound Wahoo to boatside this time.  We were having fun, although slightly disappointed with no action from Kings, it was still a blast catching the Wahoo on the live bait gear.  We again reset and a few minutes later the downrigger at 60 feet came tight and again Barrett was on the end of a screaming reel.  This fish we knew was a Wahoo immediately from the speed and quick direction changes it displayed.  We gave chase and while doing so, we got another bite on a flat line. I grabbed this rod and it too was tight to high speed retreating fish.  Both fish were stretched in different directions, but Barretts was faster, so we worked toward it.  Meanwhile, Caroline set up shop next to me and we worked on the mystery fish from the stern.  Barrett and Rube eventually subdued a 50 pound Wahoo from the bow, while Caroline and I battled.  The fish began making deep circles and I was suspiscious this might not be a Wahoo.  I kept quiet and glanced into the depth for a visual.  I finally caught sight of a lateral line and greenish tint and it was on; this was a nice King.  Barrett stood by with the gaff while Caroline and I worked the King to the surface.  A few tense minutes later the fish was on the deck and we were high-fiving.  It was a solid 30+ pounder and given the conditions, we felt it might be good enough for the win.  And when weighmaster called 36.45 pounds and a 29 pounder was in the lead and no one was in line to weigh, we knew we had done it.  Not just once or twice, but we won this same tournament for the third consecutive year.  And to top it all, Caroline won top Junior angler and Rube won top Sr. angler- a family victory.  

 So, as this relates to a local fishing report, the Wahoo are starting to bite offshore in 110 to 200 feet of water.  Several boats fished the Black Jack and 100/400 areas this weekend all caught Wahoo and several also caught Mahi and even a few White Marlin.  The Gulf Stream is set for some great action, and I hope to personally report on it for the coming weeks.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Tropical Storm Lee" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/06/11
 

Chris Sr., Chris Jr., Matt and Christine joined us for a full day charter today. I worried most of last night as I listened to the wind beat the side of the house. I woke up with two white puffy clouds to our West spitting lightning bolts. I would have never thought we would have gone fishing today. I loaded the boat anyway and headed to meet my crew at the Fishing Center. We were all in agreement that we would fish as long as mother nature would allow us. We were all prepared for wet weather. We stayed close to home with our first stop. We landed one redfish and two flounder, no keepers. The clouds were steady holding well West of us, so we made a run. The wind was just too strong to anchor in the inlet, so we tried the river. The water was stirred up and very dirty. We headed back to the cover of the cement canals with no luck there either. We moved back out to the waterway and started picking at the docks. Christine was the first to drag a nice 25" red out of the pilings. Sweet! We continued to pick away at them on the docks. We ended a brutally windy day with several redfish, a few small flounder, and a couple of nice black drum. We even dip netted a few $20 bills today as we almost lost a wallet! What an adventure, I had a blast! Thanks for fishing with us guys! Hope to see you next year with lighter winds and the same tight lines! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Hurricane Season" | Get Busy | 09/05/11
 

I found this article on storm surge.  Since it's hurricane seasson I thought I'd share it.  Click on this link for the article.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gulf Stream Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/05/11
 

Well folks,  its been about 2 months since I visited the deep water off our coast.  I had the opportunity to get offshore with a friend, Mike Lappin of Raleigh/Bald Head Island aboard his 26 Regulator, the "Over Equipped".  We headed offshore not really sure of what we might find based on the recent disruption Irene caused to the waters off our coast.  We got about 40 miles offshore and found a chest freezer floating in the ocean and picked up a couple of Bailer Mahi's casting live pogey's and artificial lures.  It was off to the deep water after picking at them for a few minutes.  We arrived in the area of Gene's Ledge and started setting our spread.  We deployed the Shotgun bait and Right Long Rigger position.  As I was getting ready to turn around and grab the next rig to put out, I saw the trademark bill/dorsal fin break the surface just ahead of the long right bait.  The Billfish spun around and took a shot at the bait, missing it, I immediately dropped back for 10 seconds or so and came tight on him.  The White Marlin then proceeded to strip off about 300 yards of line putting on one of the best shows I have seen from a fish in a long time.  After about a 5 minute fight, we boated, snapped a pic and released the White Marlin, making this one my 4th this year off our shores. After releasing this fish, we got word that there was a life raft floating nearby so we headed that way.  Mike and I decided that it would be fun to catch some dolphins on live bait using speedmasters and OIFC custom king rods.  We got close to the raft and put out a spread of 5 baits.  Almost instantly, we were covered up in gaffer dolphins.  The two of us boated 3 out of 4 fish.  Rather than troll circles around the raft, we stopped and proceeded to pitch live baits to the waiting gaffers, catching quite a few more. When the action slowed, we put the ballyhoo's back out and trolled to the Blackjack where we found a scattered weedline loaded with more gaffer dolphins.  We caught another 5 or 6 on the troll before stopping yet again to feed the fish while drifting.  This time, we chose to use light spinning tackle on the fish to enjoy the fight a bit more.  The gulf stream is absolutely holding fish right now.  While fighting the White Marlin first thing in the morning, we watched several other whites freejump near the boat.  We ended up the day with a limit of Gaffer Dolphins and many more that we chose to release.  A REALLY fun day for the two of us.  Attached is a picture of the Marlin we released.  Stay tuned for a make-up gulfstream charter in the near future.  If Katia behaves, perhaps we will try to get the Carolina Cat out there next weekend.  The fish are biting and the conditions are great.
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Back to the East side" | Get Busy | 09/05/11
 

Got a call from Marie Irbe from Monroe N.C. She was going to be at Carolina Beach and wanted to expand her resume" of salt water fishing. Marie and I have a great history of fishing. 2009 we limited out on King Mackeral 1 weighing 29 lbs, 2010 we caught a giant Sailfish. This weekend well I'll let the pics tell the tell. I hope she keeps that horse shoe close. I hope I can talk her into going deer hunting some time.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Crisp Cool Morning" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/04/11
 

Fall was in the air this morning. Low humidity and a cool breeze in our face. Mr. Barnhill, his son Paul and myself headed for the Shallotte Inlet where the bait was thick and the spanish were cutting through the mullet. We only landed a bluefish among all the action. We headed on around the corner into the river. The water has a tea stain tint, but is pretty clean. A couple of flounder cooperated and even a trout was foolish enough to bite our hook. We also had several redfish and even doubled up. A really good sign that Fall is just around the corner. Most fish were caught on live mullet on a carolina rig. However, Paul did manage to complete an inshore slam on artificials today. Mr. Barnhill also added to the inshore species by landing a black drum on live shrimp. Great job guys! I enjoyed it! Hope to see you next year. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"capt jeff finds reds and more" | Real-Time Update | 09/04/11
 

Quinten masciarelli with nice red caught while fishing with capt jeff Willia mson. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"wallen flounder" | Real-Time Update | 09/04/11
 

Jeff and Josh wallen with another big flounder. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Team OIFC" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/04/11
 

 Team OIFC carried the winning banner for the OIFC Tournament Fishing Fleet, aboard Capt. Barrett's Yellowfin in the South Brunswick Islands SKS Tournament.  Along the way Capt. Barrett, Capt. Brant, Caroline and Rube picked up these wahoo.

Pictured below are Capt. Barrett and Capt. Brant.  Rube and Caroline were no place to be found when it came time for the picture.  They were met at the OIFC dock , by Stephanie and her and Barrett's beautiful daughter, Blakely.  (If I misspelled young Miss. McMullan's name, Mom is going to have my hide!)

Congratulations to Team OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"South Brunswick tourney" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/04/11
 

I'm getting a little spear chucking for my reports last week suggesting the inshore waters looked like the best place to fish the tourney, and then we head offshore and catch the winner in the deeper water. I'm sticking with my story; the inshore waters look the best and the winner "should" have been caught in the river channel. Everything continues to look perfect for the inshore bite to kick in; water color, lots and lots of bait. For Team OIFC, as usual there was a early morning argument about where to fish, and as usual I lost the argument, and as usual I was proved wrong. Decision was to fish close or fish far. Far won out as the thought of fishing for that one big bite in the river channel didn't seem to be an acceptable plan to keep 7 year old Caroline occupied all day. Offshore hope was we would find more excitement. And did we ever! We bounced around to a variety of Brant/Barrett's scuba diving rocks and found a spot in 110ft where a color change ended up on one of the spots. In approx 1 hour we caught 3 wahoo up to 50+, and what we thought was a 4th wahoo turned out to be the winning king. The coolest part was watching Caroline fight her fish from the rod holder while Barrett and I were fighting wahoo. Only when we saw that her fish was the king did the envirnoment on the boat change from lots of fun to full bore tournament seriousness. Fish in the boat...head to the scales....a 3-peat for Team OIFC!
- Rube McMullan
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"Coastal Carolina Univ. Fishing Team" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/04/11
 

Captain Joe Winslow and members of the Coastal Carolina University Fishing team, Steven Van, Billy Berg, Nick Palambi, and Matt Corbit, ventured to 120 ft of water depth, where Billy Berg hooked up with the 63 lb wahoo in the picture.  They had other's also, but were most proud of this 'hoo.

Info by Katlyn Kincer, OIFC


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/03/11
 

I have been a little absent from reporting lately. Hurricane Irene put a damper on my fishing as I prepared for the worst. Again, we have been spared until the next round. Irene only left a slight skid mark with her presence here on the island. The water is a little stirred and the inlets are a bit different. All and all everything is pretty much the same. The fishing has been a little slow on the inshore scene, but not much different from before Irene. It has been tough at times to locate lots of fish and we have worked for every one that we have caught. Today things picked up a little bit as some of the locals brought several fish to the dock. Tommy Helms, Dan Ratley, and Grandson targeted the flounder this morning landing a citation 5.7 flounder with a few more nice ones in the mix. Jeff Wallen and son Joshua were targeting the flounder, but found several redfish between 25 and 30 inches. Jeff Wallen also landed a nice speckled trout to get the rodeo started. Live finger mullet and peanut pogies seem to be the bait of choice. Artificial baits were also used and that is what the speckled trout drilled. Other reports suggest that the jetties are firing off with trout and red drum floating live shrimp under a cork. We shall see what we can find tomorrow. It will be my first full day back on the water since Irene. I hope to find some great action as it looked promising from the folks I talked to today. Stay tuned and enjoy the pictures. See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Team OIFC wins South Brunswick King Classic" | Real-Time Update | 09/03/11
 

More details later but Brant, Barrett, Rube and Caroline weighed a 36.45 pou nd king to win tourney.... Believe it or not third year in a row. We also a good catch of wahoo, fished color change in 110' of water. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"Post Irene inshore" | Get Busy | 09/03/11
 

The fishing has been steady despite terrible water and east winds. My local guys from the Myrtle Beach ventured out and found a few flounder and reds biting around times of high tide.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"water condition report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/02/11
 

Looked at water yesterday and it is almost perfect "king green" on the beach. Our charter boats report water offshore[out to 20 miles] still blue-ish/milky.Didn't see Cape Fear,  although alot of water still flowing, it should be clean under surface. Mullets running the beach, pogies showing back up, glass minnows out to 40 feet......for those fishing South Brunswick Island King tourney this weekend....you get the picture.
- Rube McMullan
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"Lets Go Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/01/11
 

The weather is looking great for this weekend.  I have a couple of spots left open for a Wahoo excursion in the gulf stream this Saturday aboard the Carolina Cat.  If you have never had the opportunity to fish for Wahoo's or have tried repeatedly and been unsuccessful, this may be your chance to experience the fastest fish in the ocean and enjoy a great day on the water.  We will be trolling almost exclusively, possibly mixing in some high speed trolling with lures as well. We had an incredible gulf stream season this spring and it looks like the late summer/fall season is going to be as good as last year with some absolutely epic days mixed in.  There are likely some Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Sailfish still in the area and would be a welcome bonus on this trip.  Cost is $400 per person. This is hardcore fishing at its finest and we will be on the water for approximately 12-13 hours.  Call 910.575.3474 by Friday afternoon to get in on the action.
- Capt. Steele Park
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