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"Why?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/17/11
 

Why in the world had the bait on the beach been so thick you could walk on it, then decide to hide out yesterday.  Team "Do Work/OIFC" looked for bait all morning.  The crew, aboard OIFC's It Works looked for bait from the Shallotte inlet all the way to Snow's Cut and back.  Finally at 12:10 there were a couple of flips near the Ocean Isle pier.  Captain Jeff Beck threw his Capt. Brant's custom heavy net blind and floated the net.  "Do Work/OIFC" wasn't the only team experiencing the same problem.

When the scales closed at 5PM, "In Too Deep" won the gold and Keith Berciunas, Christa Lee, Samantha Thompson and Hunter Berciunas of the "EZ Now" got the sliver a mere 12 oz. behind the 1st place "In Too Deep".  Samantha was the angler of the 2nd place king, she also won the Lady Angler Award.  This was also her 1st king!  Christa is the lady holding the king on the boat.  Samantha and Hunter are pictured at the weigh in.  I do believe they are hooked on tournament fishing.  Which is a good thing. 

 The OIFC's teams suffered, with Capts. Brant, Barrett, Amy and 1st mate Caroline weighing in a 20 Lb king.  We're licking our wounds but will be cocked and locked for this week's Fall Brawl.

Congratulations to all the teams weighing in fish, especially "In Too" Deep" who also won the Rumble last year!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl this weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/17/11
 

The annual Fall Brawl King Classic is this coming weekend.  The capt meeting will be on Friday and fishing will be allowed 1 out of 2 days- Saturday OR Sunday.  You can enter-online thru Friday PM or stop by the OIFC any time this week.  For information and entry form on the Fall Brawl- CLICK HERE

The weather usually plays a big role in deciding whether or not to fish.  Keep an eye out as at this point, the timing is looking pretty good for a front to pass midweek which may mean good conditions for the weekend.  Be ready!

This past weekend the Rumble in the Jungle tournament was held from Little River.  The bite was pretty slow all around as the weather was very unstable, with winds shifting through most of the tournament.  There were fish caught at Lighthouse Rocks and Myrtle Beach Rocks, both historically good places this time of year.  I'd look for them to produce again this coming weekend.

Hope to see you at the Fall Brawl ----

Also in other news, the Wahoo bite was good at the Black Jack on Sunday.  Conditions were a bit sloppy, but boats that made it all reported multiple bites and catches.  This fishery is typically exceptional thru Christmas.  Gag Grouper still in the 70-90 foot depth range.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Yahoo, Wahoo!!" | Get Busy | 10/17/11
 

While most boats were fishing the Rumble In The Jungle, Jim Almond and his crew consisting of Darren Cranfill and Bart Norwood braved the rough seas aboard Jim's "Never Satisfied" to push out and Wahoo Fish.  They were rewarded for their efforts by landing 3 wahoo ranging from 40 lbs. tow the 30 lb range.

This is a good indicator of the bite for Jeff Martini's (Midtown Bistro N. Myrtle Beach), Nov. 4th Hook A Hoo Tournament.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"She has still got it." | Get Busy | 10/15/11
 

Many will know this smiling face. Had a great time fishing today with Louise Ingram from here at OIB. Her smile says it all. We did not find as many as we would have liked but had a beautiful day up the Shallotte River.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Back to the east side" | Get Busy | 10/14/11
 

Tom Earp from Raliegh called me a month ago t o plan a trip to fish there at Carolina Beach. The 25 knot winds keep us close to the beach. The near shore wrecks did not produce many reds so we moved back to the ICW and went to work.Mulllet minnows. We managed to bang out a double handful of reds and called it a great time.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Don and Corinne" | Tiberias - 22' | 10/13/11
 

Don and Corinne from Nebraska joined me for a half day trip this morning. We started off targeting trout with artificials, but never connected. We moved on to try and find the redfish. Corinne hooked up on a live mullet and the drag was slipping just a bit. The fight was on! Its a trout! We got Corinne reloaded and the next bite was a redfish. I am not sure Corinne was quite ready for the fight. She did a great job sticking with it and landed our first slot red of the day. Meanwhile, Don hooks up hard, drag screaming, angler and reel both straining under pressure. Don did quick work and did a great job at angling another nice slot red to the boat. Corinne hooks up again and it is another nice trout. Lady Luck! We had a couple more mystery hook ups and quick break offs. We landed a couple of toadfish and the action went dead. I was getting ready to pull the lines and head elsewhere. Corinne's reel started whining, then screaming and the fight was on again! Corinne landed a 26" brute of a redfish. I decided to go look for a flounder to complete her slam. We could not find one willing to bite a hook. I decided to try and end the day with one more redfish. We doubled up and ended the day on a great note! I love it! Thanks for fishing with me guys! See ya on the water!  
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Fall Brawl fishing forecast" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/13/11
 

Looks like things are coming together for a repeat of last years Fall Brawl King Mackerel Tourney where most of the fish were caught at Lighthouse Rocks. Last couple days have seen improving King fishing coming from Lighthouse Rocks. Have heard of some good ones being caught there. Looking out to next weeks weather, it looks stable. A weak front comes thru next Thursday and weekend looks excellent. As fish start to build into LHR, if weather stays stable, fish should also stay stable. Hoping for a all out classic fall Carolina King bite!
- Rube McMullan
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"Bait Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/13/11
 

Captain Chris Dawson just reported there is plenty of bait on the beach in 16 ft. of water.  He also said the water is clearing up.  Capt. Chris said "the water is clear enough to see the jelly fish".

Good news for the upcoming tournaments!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kevin's King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/12/11
 

Captain Kevin Sneed had to do some traveling today to find this king pictured below.  But we know they are around.  The bait is there and the water is settling down from the blow.  The fish ought to be chewing and ready to be caught in time for the upcoming tournaments. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Semi-Annual Hook A Hoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/12/11
 

November 4 marks the opening day of Jeff Martini's Fall Hook A Hoo Tournament to benefit the Shriner's Burn Center.  Click this link for all the information.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/12/11
 

Weather layed out nice for boats to check out what is going on.  Pogys are pushed off into 30-40 feet and scattered.  They will gather back up and push to beach for the weekend as the seas settle.

A couple of Kings caught at Jungle and a couple caught at Lighthouse Rocks this afternoon.  This is encouraging considering how rough it has been.  If the weather holds off tomorrow I expect more fish to be caught.  Hopefully the blow in front of the cold front won't be too bad and by Saturday and especially Sunday it could be a good bite.  Stay tuned


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/11/11
 

It has been NASTY here the past couple of days -- BUT, it appears there may be a light at the end of the tunnel -- better get your gear ready, the weekend may offer a chance at redemption against all those fish that have been eluding you all year.  Hopefull the waters will settle the next couple of days and yield good action Sat and Sun.  I'm calling the Shark Hole as the spot - possible Lighthouse Rocks depending if water is decent clarity -- Grouper are out there and Wahoo grounds have been untouched for weeks -- let's get them --

Also don't forget the Rumble in the Jungle King tournament out of Little River is this Sat/Sun -- you can choose which day you want to fish -- for info visit www.littleriverfishingclub.com


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"The Answer" | Get Busy | 10/10/11
 

The OIFC always has people asking what is biting in shore.  In Todd  Ferber's case the answer is a 10.3 lb flounder!  Todd caught this giant flat fish at the mouth of the Shallotte River using finger mullet.  He also had a nice 26 inch red drum.

This is the biggest flounder I recall reporting about in recent memory.  Thanks for the report Todd.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"October at the beach" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/10/11
 

To all our friends back inland, folks you are missing one of the most magnificent times of the year at the beach. This past weekend was beautiful and you should have been here. Bluebird sky, low humidity, perfect temperature, pleasant northeast wind...it don't get no better than this. True, it blew pretty strong keeping offshore boats in shore, but our Brunswick County beaches face south, so any wind out of the northern quadrant is blocked by the land and thus it is flat right on the beach...which is where the kings are this time of year[or will be soon]. This week, it's pretty messy right now, but all the rain clears out by Wednesday, a weak front comes thru Thursday, and the weekend looks magnificent for the beach King bite to start for real. Also the oyster festival is this weekend so if you tire of catching fish, there are entertainment options. As a wise ole friend stated some years ago....October only comes once a year, and you don't know how many more Octobers you will have. Got the message? Come on down and enjoy this magical time of year at the beach.
- Rube McMullan
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"Happy Birthday!!!" | Tiberias - 22' | 10/08/11
 

Debra suprised her husband with a half day charter with us today. Debra and David own a campsite in Sea Mist campground. They have fished around the campground for several years with little success. Today was David's birthday and Debra wanted to change that success for him. No pressure Captain! The wind was blowing pretty hard and forecasted to get worse as the day progressed. Conditions were tough to say the least. We pulled up to our first spot. I baited David's hook with a live shrimp and made the first cast. I handed David the rod as I explained what to expect and how to set the hook if a fish were to strike. I went to bait another hook for Debra and I heard David's reel straining under the pressure of a nice redfish. David could not believe it! After years of trying to catch a red drum, he had finally succeeded! We landed the fish, took some pictures, and got set back up. Several 16 to 17 inch fish started hammering the live shrimp. Debra and Joyce both got a feel for the pulling power of a redfish. As I was preparing one of the ladies rods, I noticed David's line moving up current. David you got one? He tightened up and set the hook. The Quantum Catalyst 30 started begging for mercy as the drag was screaming off the reel. Straight under the boat clear on the other side. After a few minutes David landed our second slot fish of the day. A beautiful 5 pound 25 inch fish on 10# test tackle. Awesome! We aren't done yet. The redfish bite slowed so we moved on trying to find David a flounder. It didn't take long to catch his first flounder and David has the feel of the bite figured out now. Happy Birthday buddy! Thanks for fishing with us! See ya on the water!

Also a few pictures from scouting this week. Despite the windy conditions, it is Fall and the fish are biting.


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Black Sea Bass" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/07/11
 

Black Sea Bass fishing will close from Oct 17 thru June 1 2012.  I also found a 2nd article in the Myrtle Beach Sun News.
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"Family Fishing " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/06/11
 

Barrett and I made a quick round-trip run t Sarasota, FL to pick up the new Team OIFC touranment boat-- Yellowfin 32.  This boat is the same as the one's we have been running in previous years, but powered with F300s instead of the F350s.  We did give up some accelleration and top-end speed, but we are still plenty quick (hard to catch a fish at 60mph) and the economy is very impressive.  I am glad to have a 32 Yellowfin back on our team as the ride and fishability are awesome. 

So, we got back late Tuesday and why not go fishing?  Wednesday was forecast nice, so Caroline and Brayden played hookie from school while Grandpa Rube and I hosted the two junior anglers on a fishing trip/boat break-in trip.  We ran out toward the Jungle to try to find a King, but found none- I was surprised at this.  However, we headed a bit deeper and caught several nice Grouper.  I later found out that a red hot King bite had ensued that afternoon at Lighthouse Rocks -- no matter, Grouper eats better anyway.  The boat did good, but most important, my two kids are really doing great on the boat.  Even 2 year old Brayden is in to all of it -- I'm excited to have them as part of the team; they give me enthusiasm to go "fun" fishing more often.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Grouper/King report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/06/11
 

On board yesterday with Brant and grandkids Caroline and Braydon as we cristened Brant's new 32 Yellowfin. Ran off to the Hammer[at 60mhp] thinking the Kings would be thick there. Water was ugly with lots of weeds, nothing but sharks. Moved further off to the BP-25, water looked much better, but still no Kings. Abandoned the Kings and went to work on Grouper, and I watched Brant catch our limit of Grouper while all I could catch were butt busting AJ's. Definitely got my feelings hurt as I "thought" I could catch grouper with the best of them. He finally disclosed on way back in that he was using floro-carbon leaders while I wasn't. I hope that was the problem with my catching. Heard the King bite went off at Lighthouse Rocks in the afternoon and mulitple fish being caught.

Looking at the weather for next few days, the only good news is our waters have pretty good protection from hard north/northeast winds, so anyone wanting to fish the beach for Kings should be able to do so, and probably, if the body of fish is finally arriving at Lighthouse Rocks, the wind should push them[and the bait]on into the beach. Yaupon/Lockwood Folly/Shallotte Inlet should produce fish. Beyond that, with the weather forecast, the spot bite should be on big time. Late next week a weak front comes thru, and hopefully the weekend should be good to get us back on the King tourney trail as both the Rumble and Swansboro will fish next weeked.


- Rube McMullan
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"Every Picture Tells A Story-Rod Stewart" | Get Busy | 10/05/11
 

This reporter is showing dedication by carrying out his duties while in Daytona Beach.  What I should have done was stayed put in Ocean Isle Beach and gone fishing with Henry and his daughter Virgina Beckham of O.I.B.  Both are accomplished in shore anglers and can always be counted on to catch great fish.  As the pictures show they were fishing at the Little River Jetties when they caught a 36 " drum, a 26" spanish as well as the others in the pictures.

Virginia was my sidekick at the OIFC a couple of years ago and she and her dad can always be counted on to give us good reports and pictures. 

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"current conditions report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/04/11
 

Just returned from a pre-tourney recon mission. The good news is I have never in my 60+years seen so much bait in the water. Pogies are from 10 feet on out past the sea buoy to 40 feet. Glass minnows are mixed in with the pogies[never seen that before]. Blues and spanish are wearing out the pods, especially the glass minnows. You can have some fun with a gotcha plug. The bad news is while we were out doing recon work for the tourney, we heard they cancelled the tourney this weekend I guess due to the front thats coming Thursday[we love a hard north wind in October????].

With the conditions, you would think the Kings would be on fire, but only a scatterred bite. But standby, surely the word will get out to the Kings of the smorgasborg thats waiting for them right outside our inlets.Maybe they are just now moving in and  maybe this year will be a repeat for the Fall Brawl where an epic bite happened at the Shallotte sea buoy. Standby for updates. Thanks.


- Rube McMullan
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