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"nice king from 90/90" | Real-Time Update | 08/12/11
 

Reuben Green & Brent Elvington weighed a nice 29 pound king caught from 90/9 0 this am. They reported good bait and lots of Spanish. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"'cuda" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/12/11
 

Ken and Matt Ritch along with Stafford Dunbar landed this citation barracuda at the Shark Hole today.  They had hooked a king and the 'cuda ate the king and went on to give 30 minute battle until he was landed.  The fish was a citation size 52" and 32#.  My understanding is they were going to release the predator. 

Joe Seegars also sent me a picture of some 5+ lb. spanish he caught today. 

Barracuda pic.. and story by 1st mate Mitch


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Banana Flavored Butterfingers" | Get Busy | 08/11/11
 

No Bananas! Bananas don't belong on a boat, I thought I covered this in a few reports earlier this year. The first guy down the dock today was carrying a banana! I knew then it was going to be a long day, just didn't know how bad? I did manage to keep the banana off the boat, but the damage was done. I get to the spot we were going to fish and Capt. Jeff Williamson hollers at me. He said check this out! One of his clients was wearing a green shirt with a stalk of bananas on it that said, "Go Bananas!" We both started the day with bananas. Not usually a good sign. Both boats started to catch flounder, with most of them being just short of the mark. Finally, we got a keeper in the boat. Yes, in the boat! I stress the fish was in the boat! The fish was a good 16 inches, but I just had to make sure by giving him a quick measure. The banana curse got me! As I laid him down to measure him, he gave it one last effort and flopped out of my hand, two more quick jolts and he was free! BANANAS!!! We did not see another keeper flounder the rest of the day. We moved on to greener pasture. We found the spanish close to Shallote Inlet and picked off 12 nice ones for dinner. On the way in we hit a few docks and found a nice 25" redfish. Not a bad day for Bananas! Thanks again Michael, Gene, Bill, and Ken for fishing with us. I enjoyed it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Bad Luck Bananas (BUSTED)" | Get Busy | 08/11/11
 

Dwight,Cindi Quinlan & family from Greensboro N.C. When Mason showed up on the dock with his Go Bananas shirt on I thought we where dombed. We fought thru ithe bad luck bananas and the east wind. We started offshore in 22 ft of water to boat a few flounder then moved inside to boat a few redfish and a nice black drum.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/11/11
 

The Captains meeting and formal kick off for the Cape Fear Sailfish Classic was tonight at the OIFC.  There was a crowd of anglers, families and enthusiasts enjoying great food and fellowship.   Mr. Wendell Murphy won the Boston Whaler which was raffled off.

Word at the meeting was 8 sailfish were caught today by a boat hailing out of Wrightsville.  Let's hope the trend continues.  We'll keep you posted through out the Classic.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Fish Fear!" | Get Busy | 08/11/11
 

The flat fish fear when Capt. Tommy Helms is near.  Capt. Tommy hasn't done a lot of fishing since his partner Tommy Lytton passed away.  But when he goes he almost always catches the big ones.

Yesterday he and Woody (Wooten?) slid to a near shore reef and brought back these 2 nice flounder.  Woody's GPS was on the blink so they guesstimate were their spot was.    I'll need Tommy's permission to post exactly which reef but will do when I hear from him.

Get on the water more Tommy, I think it has healing powers.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The weather is HOT! " | Tiberias - 22' | 08/10/11
 

The heat has put a damper on the fishing and slowed the bite down a bit. We are still working hard and finding fish. Today Jason, Nathan, Lindsay, and Kathleen joined me for a 4 hour trip. It was awesome to have two ladies on the boat so willing to go fishing. Our first drop produced a nice 19" flounder. We caught a couple more short fish and then the trash fish started biting. We moved and caught a couple of nice spanish for dinner. We tried to get the barracuda to eat a lizardfish, but could not entice them to eat. We went back to bottom fishing and caught another lizardfish that was eaten at boatside by the cuda. My flounder setup was no match for the beast! We sure had some excitment for a few seconds. I enjoyed it! Thanks again for fishing with us! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Fun Day/All Day cont." | Get Busy | 08/10/11
 

Capt. Turtle and Family came back for a visit from State College Pa.. I had to take him fishing.Fun times talking/laughing  about the summer fun we had on the Carolina Cat running and gunning for Kings and Cobia. We set or sites on offshore flounder and sharks.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Fun day/ All day" | Get Busy | 08/10/11
 

Started out the Morning with the Columbia S.C. group Katy, Doug and Patrick Dobbs. We fished docks ,deep holes and mud banks around Tubbs inlet. We found a few flounder but they where all short of the 15" mark. Stopped at the deep hole just north of the Sunset Bridge. Hooks baited with live shrimp and hooked up on a nice limit of 22" to 25" Redfish.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Day 2" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/09/11
 

Two days in a row the staff of Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures and the OIFC have found kings.  Today, 1st mate Ben Rucker took his dad and his brother to 65 feet of 83 degree water in their Key West and trolled frozen cigar minnows.  And once again the charter captains saw light at the end of the tunnel.  Good job Ben, lefts hope this is just the beginning.

Once again the very accomplished 1st Mate Katy provided the dock pictures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bigger Than Small Spanish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/09/11
 

Steve Jordan sent in this picture of Alfred McCloud and a "bigger than small" spanish Alfred caught at the Shark Hole while fishing with Steve aboard Steve's center console Sea Hunt the "Just Enuff".  The down side is this was the only fish he caught that day.  The ocean looks lovely too.  Don't fret though, the kings are starting to show up.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"3 Generations" | Get Busy | 08/09/11
 

Jeff Furr, his son George Coker and his father-in-law Charles "Pa" Rayfield braved 85 degree water to catch 12 flounder 2 reds and a trout.  5 of the flounder were keepers.  One of the drum measured @28" and they lost 2 or 3 around pilings.

Jeff said his son and Pa are both now hooked on fishing, which is a good thing.  I'm still trying to figure out where they were based on the pictures...I think I can tell...Any hints there George?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kings Show Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/08/11
 

PTL!!! Kings have finally shown up someplace between Virginia and S. Georgia!  In fact they were in @60ft of 83 degree water 20 miles off shore in the morning today.  They weren't huge, but as Capt. Rube would say about King Mackerel Tournament fishing, "size is relative".

Captain Steele and Captain Chris Eckert were trolling with frozen cigar minnows on a 6 hr charter booked by Greg and Colleen Gutirrez, Randy and Julia Shearer, James Reid and Dan Kudia.  Julia caught the biggest king and Randy caught the littlest.  Only re-enforcing my theory that ladies are better fishermen than men.  Let's hope these kings will bring along a whole colony!

Gaff Cam pictures by Capt. Chris

Dock pictures and reporting by 1st Mate Katy B.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Federal Regulators Meeting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/08/11
 

The Star News Newspaper of Wilmington, N.C. has an article on proposed and current fishing regulations. It's rather long but talks about the king mackerel deep in the article.  Click on this link to read the article.

Radio station 99.9 out of Wilmington, N.C. reports that Federal Regulators will be meeting this week to discuss catch limits on several species, to include grouper, snapper, kings and spanish.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Humbled" | Get Busy | 08/07/11
 

I was moved, to say the least, by a surprise birthday party for my 60th birthday at the OIFC this afternoon.  Gathered at my home away from home were my family and closest friends from both my worlds of fishing and fitness.  Rarely am I speechless, but I was today.  I am warmed and humbled by the love and friendship shown today.

Capt. Brant...get the elevator fixed, I'm going to be around for a long time!!! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Big Red" | Get Busy | 08/07/11
 

I wonder where Ryan Neuwirth caught this red?  I can't believe he stopped surfing long enough to fish.


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"OIFC rodeo red" | Real-Time Update | 08/06/11
 

Dr jeff wallen and son Joshua wallen caught this 26 inch/6.6lb drum in shall otte river- current 3rd on rodeo leaderboard. They reported slow fishing but did manage a few nice ones. Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Within Sight" | Get Busy | 08/04/11
 

My friend and very accomplished angler Tim Gallimore fished within sight of the OIFC and prevailed using his "Channelside" rig.  Tim is keeping this top secret weapon very close to the vest, but is willing to share it with the Bonecrusher under certain conditions. Negotiations must  be channeled through this reporter.

Back to the catch...On this trip Tim caught and released a  a 22" and a 26.5" red drum and a 7 lb black drum using live shrimp and pogies on a Channelside rig.


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"Drum Roll" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/03/11
 

Reno, Naylor, Ian, and Joey joined me for a half day of fishing this afternoon. It started off pretty slow. We started off targeting flounder and only landed two short fish. The wind was making things a bit difficult and had the water stirred up. I decided to change gears and see if we could get a few red drum to bite. The tide was low enough to catch a few shrimp. We loaded the livewell with plenty of shrimp in just a few cast. Headed to our first dock and only produced pinfish. Second stop also produced pinfish and one nice croaker. Our third stop and what was going to be our last hope for the day started producing. I should say, Joey started catching the fish. Joey hooked 5 of the 7 redfish we caught today. Everytime he touched a rod a fish would strike. Unbelievable! He was nice enough to pass the rod to Ian twice. Ian had one hook up, but it quickly broke the line. Finally, Reno and Naylor both hooked up and landed a nice fish. We were going to end the day after landing Reno's redfish. However, I try to leave a line in the water at all times. As we were pulling in the last line and packing up, something drilled the bait. The best fight of the day, but it was only a sting ray. Great job guys! I enjoyed it! Hope to see you again next year. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/03/11
 

In an earlier report I lamented about the number of sailfish being hooked up..Nesbitt went 2 for 3, Jeff Beck hooked up as Christina's (oops it slipped), the Mac Daddy had a couple.  In reporting this action I failed to mention the somewhat new but exciting Cape Fear Sailfish Classic.  Click on the link for all the info.!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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