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"water condition report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/01/11
 

Report from our charter capts today is water color toward Ocean Crest looks very good, much better than off shore where still green/milky. Beach front full of mullets, pogies showing back up, glass minnows being ravaged by bonito.....what does that tell you?
- Rube McMullan
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"water conditions" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/31/11
 

The key to getting the fish to start to biting is to get the water color right. Its a little messy following storm, but nearly as bad as some of previous storms. The inside waters are somewhat muddy, but canals full of bait. Water should be getting better and better on every tide and with amount of bait in water, bite should kick off soon with a vengence. Offshore, water still milky which is not good, however with a northeast breeze, that wind direction very favorable to clear water up quicker. We have a charter out 20+ miles today so should have a good report this evening.
- Rube McMullan
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"The Day After" | Get Busy | 08/30/11
 

The OIFC has fielded many questions about the bite after Irene.  This picture of Seth Strickland's red fish caught 8-28-11 along with pictures on previous post ought to serve as an answer.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo Leader Board Change" | Get Busy | 08/30/11
 

There has been a change in the red drum division with Ron Benetti taking the lead weighing in a 7 pound spot tail on 8-28.  This puts Brandon Sauls in 2nd and Josh Wallen in 3rd.

Picture by Captain Jeff Williamson


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Frying Pan Tower Post Irene" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/29/11
 

To see how the "Tower" fared during Irene, click on this link.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New Partner" | Get Busy | 08/28/11
 

Meet Captain Tommy Helms' new fishing partner Trent.  He's been nicknamed P.  As soon as I can figure out a diplomatic way of explaining why I'll do it.

Check out P's  flounder he landed a couple of days before Irene.


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Sharing The Evening Sun" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/28/11
 

Doppler has a big fan club.  People from all parts of America ask about him whenever they come in.  He get's plenty of lovn'.  In this picture he is sharing the evening sun with his newest friend Gracie Westphal as he keeps a watchful eye on the OIFC docks.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Impressive!!" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/28/11
 

Irene looked impressive at a distance, but she ended up just like that girl across the room. As she got closer she just fell apart. Thank goodness right! If she would have looked any better up close, you could have ended up married with two kids and broke! The point is, just because you escaped this disaster, don't think you can predict the next one. I haven't met a woman that was predictable yet. It is best to look straight ahead, give quick yes or no answers until you find out what you are being accused of. Then agree, shut up, and do what you are told. As you can see I have weathered many storms and will live to weather many more. It is always best to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. You just never know when she might turn on you. LOL! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Irene Flounders" | Get Busy | 08/28/11
 

Capt. Tim Gallamore with the flounder he "bagged" just prior to Irene. Tim was using his Capt. Tim's Channel Rig.


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"Greatest near miss" | Get Busy | 08/27/11
 

For all the out of town people that visit the fishing report for updates I am glad to say I rode the Island from one end to the other. That was the Greatest close call I can remember. I checked ten homes and boats of friends and NO damage. Should be a great Labor Day weekend ahead.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"The Worst I Saw" | Get Busy | 08/27/11
 

This picture was taken by Mrs. Jill Carter.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pictures Are Worth A 1,000 Words" | Get Busy | 08/27/11
 


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"Pictures Worth A 1,000 Words" | Get Busy | 08/27/11
 


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"Pictures are worth a 1,000 words" | Get Busy | 08/27/11
 


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"Hello out there ...." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/27/11
 

Can anybody here me?  Are we live?  If you can here me, we are OK.  Despite a sleepless night, dealing with the acorns being pounded onto my roof, we have arisen this morning to more chaos.  I have all ready broken one of the blades on my rake, so things may be worse than I feared.  BUT, despite all this, the boats we left at the dock are still floating, the American flag on the dock is still flying and the OIFC will be open for business today at 2pm.

More reports to follow.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Pics from OIB" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/26/11
 

Below are some pictures taken by Dr. Ernie Ward of Seaside Animal Care @ 6:30 pm on Ocean Isle.

Pic 1-A house that has had sandbags around it for a while on the Shallotte Inlet end of the island.

Pic 2-A flooded road on the east end.

Pic 3-Another flooded road at the east end

Pic 4-The OIFC Commercial Canal at high tide

Pic 5-The west end of OIB down by Tubbs Inlet and the marsh behind the High Rise during high tide.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Irene At Sunset Beach" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/26/11
 

A few pictures from Sunset Beach of Irene just prior to the bridge closing at 5 pm.  You can see how this reporter put his life in danger in order to bring you these photos.  Thank goodness the pole was there for me to hold on to.

I may be speaking too soon, but I've seen far worse Nor'easters here than Irene.  The news and weather channels are blowing this way out of proportion as far as Ocean Isle and Sunset Beaches are concerned, as exemplified by my Weather Channel like picture!

The OIFC will be open at 2 pm Saturday with your's truely at the helm!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pictures from OIB" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/26/11
 

A few pictures of the surf at Ocean Isle Beach around 4:30 pm.  The bridge at Sunset  closed at 5:00 pm.  I don't know about OIB.  Things are not bad here now.  Rain and wind, but nothing we haven't seen before.  I would love to have gotten pictures of the Shallotte Inlet.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Hurricane report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/26/11
 

Probably for the first time in my life I am missing in action on the hurricane team as I ended up in Atlanta doing some doctoring work. Over the years I have sacrificed myself more than once with the time tested formula of how you keep the hurricanes away from a direct hit to us. I will share this with our friends north of us who appear to be in the cross hairs. Formula: Get a bottle of Don Ricardo Coconut Rum[only Don Ricardo works, none of that Mailbu stuff in the white bottle]; build a camp fire; gather your friends and proceed to use the cap to take sips of the rum as you dance around the campfire backwards in a clockwise direction. The effect is to basically unwind the hurricane as your alcohol induced turbulance runs counter to the counterclockwise motion of the hurricane. Question this if you will, but my OIB track record has been spotless for the 30+ years I've been there.

Best of luck to everyone in the path. Hopefully Rickey is going to camp out at the OIFC to keep the web cam working so we can all watch the action from the safety of our homes.


- Rube McMullan
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"Irene" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/26/11
 

This reporter/meteorologist now predicts the brunt of the storm will miss up.  We will get tropical force winds and some storm surge.  No big problem expected.  Stay tuned for more.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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