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"Trouty Trout Redy Red Merry Christmas" | Tiberias - 22' | 12/20/11
 

Wade and Bert joined me for a half day of fishing this morning. We started off looking for a few trout and found a few keepers. As the tide continued to rise we eased back into the grass looking for the reds. We spotted a few, but the wind was making it difficult. I drilled a nice one...but the action was slow, so we headed to a secondary area. The tide was not quite right for the reds just yet, so we headed for a trout hole. The trout were still there...we landed 10 to 15 trout, but only picked up one more keeper. We switched to our redfish outfits with heavier line to sneak back up on the reds. With a few cast we had a double hook up! Wade made quick work of a nice 24" red, because he switched to the right outfit. Unfortunely, Bert got a little confused and picked up another trout outfit with only 6# test line on it. No problem! Bert did an awesome job angling a 25" brute of a redfish to the boat on just six pound test line. It takes a little luck and a lot of skill to pull this off. Who knows, Bert is a pastor and I'll bet he had a little more than luck on his side. We made another sneak into the area and Wade drilled another nice red that was released to fight another day. Another great day on the water, with great company. Thanks guys for fishing with us! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/19/11
 

Here we go! Headed offshore for an adventure. Steele is marinating the steaks and Barrett rigging baits. All is in order. Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/19/11
 

Just came across a breaching Right Whale 5 miles off Holden Beach. Very cool.
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"Get Floor'd" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/19/11
 

Captain Zach Faulkner sent me this picture of the wahoo caught by the Get Floor'd 36 ft Contender today (Monday).  The crew was fishing in 180 ft of water.  The temperature was 73.6 degrees and they were fishing a ballyhoo with a Captain Zach handmade lure.

Zach reported that Captains Brant, Barrett and Steele were seeing some good action also.  They stayed overnight so we should get a report from them in a day or so.  The Get Floor'd will be heading back out early Tuesday morning.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sight Fishing!" | Get Busy | 12/19/11
 

I was invited to go to the gulf stream, but had obligations that kept me close to home today. I couldn't stand it anymore and had to get on the water for a few hours. Tide was approaching high, so we slipped into the grass marsh behind Sunset looking to push a few reds. Indeed, we pushed several schools in all sizes up and down the oyster bars. We immediately got a few of the smaller ones to strike. We scattered the school pretty good and pushed them far back into the grass. We moved on to find a small school of nice ones. Ben hooked up and fought a nice upper slot red until the shallow oyster bars cut the line. We moved on around and found a huge school with some nice ones in the mix. Double hook up! I landed my nice upper slot red while Ben again ended up in the shells. This group stayed together for a bit and gave us a few more shots. I picked up another nice one and a short. Finally, they busted up and headed deep. We kept sneaking around and looking hard when we spotted another large school with some nice fish grouped together. Ben immediately hooked into a nice one! He landed it! He landed it! Awesome job! Persistence and patience pays off. I will leave you with a video and a picture of Ben's best redfish yet! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Glory Mission" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/18/11
 

Barrett, Steele and I are planning on heading out tomorrow mid morning in the Carolina Cat, headed toward the Steeples to do some Wahoo trolling.  Around 4 we will pick up and run offshore to 1000 or so feet and set up to do overnight Swordfish trip.  Then early AM we will either have had so much fun we are ready to go home or the exact opposite, or there will be the slight chance we just can't get enough and we'll fish the break for Wahoo til noonish.  This trip is the blind leading the blind, so I'm not sure where it will all go -- BUT, we'll give it a shot and give ourselves a chance to be heroes -- never know.  Stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Stragglers" | Get Busy | 12/18/11
 

Brian Richard fished with Robert Hughes aboard Robert's Lil Bro Bro Sunday at the Jetties when they caught these trout and red.  Brian said it wasn't quite as exciting as the Stream, but made for a great Sunday.
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"Wahoo Mission" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/17/11
 

Well, it looks like mother nature is going to cooperate for a fishing mission on Monday.  Lets go Wahoo fishing.  We are putting together a last minute make up trip to go after them.  Brant found them on Thursday and apparently left a few out there.  Lets go finish them out.  Cost is $395 per person.  We would like to have 4 folks go with us.  Call us at 910.575.3474 to book your spot.  We have had some really fun Make-up charters this year and hope to continue that. 
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/17/11
 

This year's Rodeo is winding down.  The trout bite is hot and based on the earlier reports so is the wahoo bite.  So, if you are in the Rodeo don't forget to weigh your fish.  If you are not in, sign up and try your hand.

The Rodeo was down a little this year as were the fish weighed in.  We are determined to keep it going.  I refuse to allow the economy, or whatever stop this fun event! 

Trout:  1- Bonecrusher 6 lbs., 2-Brian Aycock 5.1 lbs, 3-Austin Aycock 3.9, or .7, I can't read my own writing.  Austin, I'll fix it later...I promise!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"What's on the Menu?" | Tiberias - 22' | 12/16/11
 

Chris and Kerry booked a trip with us looking to catch some redfish. I spoke with Chris the night before and explained that catching a redfish was going to be a challenge. This is fishing and there are no absolutes. I told him my expectations right now would be to pick up several trout in the 13 to 14 inch range and maybe find a few keepers for dinner. We had decided to take redfish off the menu, unless we happened to get lucky. We started up the Shallote River and picked off a few trout before the porpoises invaded us. Of course, the bite seemed to completely shut down on us as the porpoises surely had everything spooked. We worked our way out of there and headed for the Sunset Beach area. We found some more trout that were actively feeding. I mean we could see them pushing bait against the grass line and we were doubled up several times. The action was hot and steady. No keepers yet though. I hate to leave fish, but we needed some for dinner. We made a move and caught our first keeper trout, then another and so on. We ended up putting seven keepers in the box, but later released three at the dock. Why? We changed out gear and got loaded up to try for the redfish. Chris hooks up hard! After a great battle, awesome angling and some boat handling we landed the 27 inch brute. We took a quick picture and released him to fight another day. Kerry hooks up next and it was a perfect slot fish right at 26 inches. Chris caught a few more 17 inch reds, but Kerry drilled the next slot fish right at 26 inches again and a complete menu has been served. Awesome day on the water for December! Thank you guys for fishing with us! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Empty Pockets u say?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/16/11
 

Wendell Barnett and Tracy Huggins also headed for the stream yesterday. The word is that the wahoo bite is on fire! Not sure about that? Maybe this picture will help? Six Wahoo with the biggest one being 61 pounds landed on the "Empty Pockets". That means the big ones are showing up out there as well. Check the gear, check the weather, and get out there! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/15/11
 

Heading offshore. Seas calm with SE swell. Looks like hard temp edge inshore of break. Probably fish that and then push off to break if no action. Conditions r good, will see if fish got memo. Stand by.
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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/15/11
 

What a nice day. I can say for sure it's the best day of wahoo fishing I've seen from this area since November of last year. Thats the good news. Bad news is our batting average would probably have us sent back to the minors. We ended up with 6 hoos and 2 blackfin and I lost count exactly but I'm near certain we had close to 20 solid, drag screaming wahoo bites that would mysteriously come unglued. Anyway, I'll post report and few pics later this pm or tomorrow. Next decent weather day u might want to be out there. Fished black jack all day.
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"Today" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/15/11
 


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"Today's " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/15/11
 


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"Today's Stream Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/15/11
 

It was a great weather and fishing day in the Stream- light southwest winds, 2 foot seas and the fish were biting.  I had local friends Brian Strickland, Ernie and son Billy Crews and Tim Gallimore with me aboard the Carolina Cat.  We cleared Shallotte inlet at 6:40 and had lines in the water a mile inshore of the Black Jack just before nine.  I had set three lines when the flat line went off and young Billy went to work on the screaming reel.  10 minutes later the first Wahoo was in the box- 35-40 pounds.  We reset and worked the ledges in 160 feet with no action.  We continued circling for about an hour with little action.  I then pushed offshore a bit and we picked up a double, 1 False Albacore and 1 Blackfin.  We marked the spot and circled back and picked up another Blackfin.  It was roughly 10:30 and from that point forward it was game on.  We had bite after bite from Wahoo all the way until the time we picked up at 3pm.  The problem was we kept losing fish.  I was having good success pulling small Tuna feathers on my long lines and the Wahoo seemed to like them too; bad news is they are straight mono and although I lost 4 feathers, we did catch 2 Wahoo on them, so it was a fair trade.  The tough part was the many solid, reel screaming hookups that would last 30+ seconds only to have the hook pull.  Brian actually battled a Wahoo for nearly 30 minutes, a big fish to straight up and down just to within sight before it shook its head and bit through the wire.  I won't go so far as to say "it was one of those days", but we  did miss a ton of very nice fish- BUT, if you've done much Wahoo fishing, you know that is how they are.  They are hard to keep on the hook!  Through all the trials and tribulations, we did manage to boat 5 more Wahoo, all in the 35-40 pound class.  Toward the end of the day it was interesting to note the water which had been a blended blue-green became much greener and schools of Houndfish moved in - as this occured, the bite slowed- but luckily it was time to go home.  Anyway, it was a very good bite as after 10:30 we did not go more than 15-20 minutes without a solid reel screaming run.  I am anxious to get back out and do it again.  Also, Wendell Barnett and Tracy Huggins were fishing beside us in Wendell's boat and they caught their 4 fish limit and headed home by noon -- Tracy reported one in the 70-80 pound class, but I have not yet recieved the verified weight.  If it has my lure hanging in its mouth I want it back!

On another note, the Kingfish guys found some really BIG kings today near the Tower.  I got reports of quite a few in the 40's and a couple in the 50's.  It is a big ocean out there, but if you can find the fish, they are still out there.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"A Little Humor" | Get Busy | 12/14/11
 

I just couldn't help myself....
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"Sasquatch" | Get Busy | 12/12/11
 

Winter at the coast is one of the more beautiful times of the year.  And the trout fishing in our area is on fire. There are some exciting sights, such as the goats, the beautiful sunset and Sasquatch catching his dinner as is shown in the pictures below.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Brayden and Fin at work" | Real-Time Update | 12/11/11
 

Sunday am is my normal shift and today since Amy was out of town Caroline, B rayden, Fin and Doppler all joined me at the OIFC. Caroline can handle hers elf but Brayden requires full time clean up crew to pick up the debris field he leaves in his wake. Finally at noon both Brayden and the new OIFC puppy Fin had wore down, both finding Comfort in eachother's arms. They are so innocent when they sleep; it's the awake part where the sweetnes s wares off!
- Brant McMullan
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"Trout still chewing" | Tiberias - 22' | 12/09/11
 

The water temperature remains steady around the 55 degree mark and the trout continue to chew. The redfish are still fighting like bulldogs as well! We started off with a few trout, hit a couple of reds, and went back to the trout. We landed at least 40 trout with most of them being around the 13" mark,  but we managed to catch enough good ones for a limit and even cull a few. We caught all the fish on a large variety of artificials today. Gulp jerk baits, 4" Sea Assassins, Deep Creek mullet, and even pulled out the ole DOA shrimp. I really don't think it matters much right now, if you get it in front of them, they are eating.  Pick your day and lets go fishing! See ya on the water.  
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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