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"Sunday Afternoon Fishing" | Get Busy | 08/14/11
 

The weather called for 50% chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.  The storms held off until after dark.  Too bad for the flounder and drum as Brandon Sauls, Jeff Beck and Clay Morphes hit the flats on Brandon's Bonecruscher.

The crew fished with live shrimp and landed several flounder and drum.  They fished the Sunset Bridge and in behind Ocean Isle on a falling tide  They had several small flounder and numerous keepers.  One of the reds was 26". 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"2011 Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/14/11
 

This year's very successful CapeFear Sailfish Classic is in the books.  The overall champion was 18 Reeler, a 33 ft. Grady owned by Vance Forbes of Wrightsville beach.  They released 2 sails on Friday which they caught near the 23 Mile Rock.

The 1st sailfish was released by Reggie Abbot who captained Daddy Rabbit out of Fayetteville.The largest dolphin was day 2, weighing 16.62 lbs., caught by House Divided.

Most importantly was that over $30K was raised for Cys World.  Please visit them at www.cysworld.org.  The Boston Whaler was won by Dell Murphy of Wallace, N.C.

The Cape Fear Classic organizers would like to thank their sponsors, The OIFC, Atlantic Marine, Sea Tow,Ocean Isle Marina and most of all, the 15 captains who participated.  Look for an even bigger and better Classic in 2012.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/14/11
 

I know we've been pretty quiet over the past month, particularly on the offshore scene.  The honest reason is there has not been a whole lot to report.  However, that doesn't mean we have not been catching fish and making people happy.  Most of our mid to late Summer charter fishing is 4 and 6 hour, half day trips.  This keeps our range to within 20 miles and cuts down on options.  Many of our trips are for Spanish Mackerel, which have been biting very good all Summer.  Lately they've been in 25-30 feet of water around Glass Minnow and Pogy pods- lots of Blues mixed in as well.  On our 6 hour trips we have been giving the Kings an opportunity to cooperate, but they really haven't been doing much.  However, we have run across a few fish and the occasional Mahi -- here are a couple of pics from last week as proof that there are in fact Kings and Mahi still out there and there is good reason to go fishing. 

I'm really looking forward to this week's cooler weather.  Maybe it will spark the fish to move and get biting.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic results" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/14/11
 

The tournament was a great success, the OVERALL CHAMPION is 18 Reeler, a 33 Grady owned by Vance Forbes of Wrightsville Beach, They released 2 sails on Friday near the 23 mile rock. The first sailfish of the tourney was released by Daddy Rabbott of Fayetteville, captained by Reggie Abbott. The largest dolphin of Day 2 was House Divided, with a 16.62 mahi!

Thanks to all who participated in the tournament and who bought raffle tickets to win the boat.  Through the tournament and the raffle, over $15,000 was raised for Cy's World foundation.  Plans are underway to spend the money on getting more kids on the water and in the woods.

Thanks to the Newell family for their work in putting the event together and hosting it.  They ran a first class show.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Brett Devore's 'cuda" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/14/11
 

Below are pics of a barracuda Brett caught while fishing with Capt. OC and 1st Mate Aaron
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Family Outing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/14/11
 

Capt Chris (OC) Dew and 1st mate Aaron Dew took Brett and Joanna Devore along with their children Shelby (8), Samantha (11), and Savanna (3) on a near shore fishing trip Friday.

They spent the majority of the day trolling for spanish.  Along with the spanish, they boated one monster of a barracuda.  Chris said this was one of the nicest families he had met.

Thanks for fishing with us.

Thanks to Captain OC for the photos from the "gaff cam".


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gaff Cam Pics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/14/11
 

Below are more pics Capt Chris took with the gaff cam.
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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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