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"Men and new toys" | Get Busy | 07/31/11
 

A few weeks ago I rode with Kris Thompson and brother Billy out to some nearshore reefs to check out his new toy. Kris put the new Lowrance side scan on his Carolina skiff. This is an awesome piece of equipment. Today we put it to test to see if it was worth the price tag. I think the pictures speak for the test results. Today is the first day w/o the usual 15 to 20 knot S.W. winds. The day started out with a double hook up. We tried drifting but the winds did pick up and switch and the changing of the tide so we anchored up and landed right on the spot. The side scan allowed us to back right up to the edge of the structure. No more rigs were lost and fish caught.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"They do exist" | Get Busy | 07/31/11
 

Speckle Trout that is. Josh Wallen brought in this one for a photo op  and was released to fight another day.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Team Bonecrusher" | Get Busy | 07/30/11
 

Team Bonecrusher had a great day on the in shore waters landing 15-18 flounder (counting was never one of the 'crusher's stroung suits).  They also had 9 keepers.  Members of Team Bonecrusher were Tommy, RJ and Jay Paul.  Bonecrusher doesn't share his fishing holes and I wouldn't even venture a guess. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"2 for 3" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/30/11
 

Captain Nesbitt Noble of Ocean Isle Beach went 2 for 3 on sailfish while fishing aboard his Privateer the "Widespread".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Raleigh Saltwater King Tournament" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/30/11
 

A 60 lb king was weighed in today at the Raleigh Saltwater King Tournament in Morehead City.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bonescrusher's Smoke" | Get Busy | 07/30/11
 

Captain Nesbitt Noble and his nephew Ian were fishing around the Sunset Bridge when Ian hooked up with this 18" trout.  The 1st thing he wanted to know was is The Bonecrusher was around.

They finished off by fishing most of the day  around the Jetties.  The Bonecrusher said Ian talked trash to every boat out there.  He said Ian was a trip..coming from  'Crusher that means a lot!  Keep it up Ian! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Big John's Flounder" | Get Busy | 07/30/11
 

It's hot enough to fry these flounder on the front of the Sea Hunt Big John Thompson, Pete and Lee were fishing.  They caught these flat fish in the Oak Island/Southport area using finger mullet.

Nice fish and thanks for permission to use  the pic and the info.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"At The Jetties" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/29/11
 

Jason DeLany and Rich Merrell from Dothan, Al. fished the Little River Jetties using finger mullet.   They very proudly brought a 6.8 lb. citation flounder they caught there by the OIFC to be weighed and photographed.

Congratulations and thanks for bringing your fish to the OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"afternoon trip" | Get Busy | 07/29/11
 

7/29/11 P.M. trip with Howard and Teri Buonasera and nephew Alec. Slow but steady was the pace combined w/ the ole hit and run. Bouncing around from spot to spot. We managed to find some fish. Black drum ,redfish and flounder.Not all keepers but fun none the less. Live shrimp and mullet minnows seem to be the ticket today.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Bottem of the ninth bases loaded" | Get Busy | 07/29/11
 

 

Allen swings hard and connects with a HOME RUN. This nice 5.0 citation size flounder on a 2 inch figer mullet minnow. The bite was steady but not many keepers. Hitting every deep hole I knew at low tide. Allen,Dirk ,Charlie and Cheer leader Jean. I think Charlie  sized it up best. Todays fishing was like watching a soccer game when we scored it was big. P.S. That was Pastor Allens 1st salt water fish.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"The Kiss of Death" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/28/11
 

Randy Beane and son Brett joined me on a half day inshore trip today. We pulled out of the OIFC canal at 7am this morning. First thing on the agenda was stock up on fresh bait. We found little peanut pogies and a few mullet minnows. I got us anchored up on our first spot and made the first cast. As I was showing and explaining the technique to feel the bite of a flounder one drilled it. I set the hook and handed the rod to Brett. Brett landed a nice 17" fish and supper was already looking good. Unfortunely, catching a fish on the first cast seemed to be the kiss of death for that spot. We caught a few more small flounder and a couple of small red drum in various places. The bite never really took off like it appeared it was going to on the first cast. The week has been tough with rain, wind, and dirty water. We have still managed to find a few fish willing to bite a hook. Capt. Jeff Williamson found a nice one late in the day. As he put it...Bottom of the 9th with 2 outs, but he hit one out of the park. Capt. Jeff should be sharing pictures with us soon. Give us a call if you want to have fun and catch a few fish. See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"The Week So Far" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/28/11
 

Wind and rain, words that describe this week.  But earlier in the week and then again today our boats did make it out.  Below are a couple of pics. that should help to satisfy our thirst for salt water.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Minuteman" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/26/11
 

Mike Powell called and booked a last minute charter with us today. Jeff and I both were asked to take a group of six die hard fisherman out in the weather today. I had the great privilege of having Mike, Chris, and Eric on my boat. These guys were a blast! We got started quick landing a nice 19" redfish in sight of the fishing center. We limited out on redfish pretty quickly and opted to go flounder fishing. The flounder were not cooperating very well for me today. We landed one fish and lost one at boatside. Capt. Jeff Williamson got several short flounder to the boat with one solid keeper in the mix. Regardless of the fishing we had enormous amounts of fun on the water. Throwing ribbonfish from one boat to the other and so forth. Cutting up and joking around! That is what it is all about, having a good time and catching a few fish is a bonus! I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Slippery When Wet" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/26/11
 


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"Slippery When Wet" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/26/11
 

Leonard, Robert, Michael, and Josh joined us for a half day of inshore fishing yesterday morning. The sunrise was gorgeous, but the dark clouds moved in quickly. Did not see any electricity in the clouds so we kept on fishing. Caution: Fish are slippery when wet, especially on rainy days. We caught quite a few flounder with two at a time coming to the boat on occassion, but they were all short of the new 15" mark. We made a move to try for redfish. The second shrimp in the water got drilled! A nice redfish was peeling off the line. We hooked one more redfish in that area, but he quickly put us in the oyster shells. We moved back to our original starting point to see if we could pick up a keeper flounder. Just a couple more small ones. We hit a few spots on the way back to the dock. Our last stop produced 4 hook ups and 3 nice redfish came to the boat. What a great way to end a fishing trip! See ya on the water.
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"McIntyre's Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/24/11
 

Paul McIntyre, his son Chris, who used to mate for Capt. Brant, Pauls's daughter Kelly, friends Josh Hatfield and David Wygonil  went on a couple of successful king fishing trips last week.

In the course of a couple of trips they caught kings at Christina's and the 90's.  They also landed some nice mahi and kings at the Jungle.

Good work and thanks for the report.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tough week" | Get Busy | 07/23/11
 

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Sunday started out the week with a bang, Capt. Steele and I went to explore a little reef fishing that produced us a hand full of flounder and an over sized Red fish. We started to leave and my anchor was tangled in the wreck so I left it there w/ buoy attached. Monday Morning I went back to pick up right where I left  off catching some nice keeper flounder. Tuesday and Wednsday went well but the winds of change hit and slowed the bite down. Friday produced a few fish but it was a hit and run type deal hitting at least 10 different spots in 4 hours. Bait is still plentyful in the canals and creeks at low tide.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Inshore Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/23/11
 

Robbie sent in a question about our inshore reports on our ask a question forum. In response to Robbie's question. The bait is thick everywhere! Mullet minnows can be caught pretty easily in the cement canals on just about any tide right now. Using a trolling motor will increase your chances. Any main creek off the ICW with feeder creeks will produce a variety of bait from: baby spots, pinfish, croakers, mullet, and shrimp. The low tide or last bit of outgoing tide is the easist time to catch bait in these areas, especially if you are looking for live shrimp. If you are looking for bait at high tide? Menhaden are going to be your best bet. Little pogies have been flipping in the middle of all the canals for months now and make great baits for most inshore species. Hard to keep alive without a round tank and fresh saltwater running at all times. Mullet minnows can be caught in the canals, shallow shell points, and along the grass edges at high tide. Catching bait is just one of the challenges we face as guides. It takes work and presistence!

Spots to fish? That is just another serious chanllenge we face each day as a guide. We have our starting points and we move a lot, especially this last week. The fish seem to be scattered. I recommend drifting the inlets or main creek channels for flounder. Pitching artifcials in the canals around the docks should also produce some flounder. It is fishing and the heat has made catching a chanllenge. Try to find a pattern and go with it. Red drum and black drum can be on any dock along the ICW. Starting point? Look for the docks closest to deep water and one that has lights on them at night. Right now the Little River Jetties is the hot spot with the heat. Float live shrimp up against the rocks and you might catch anything from sheepshead, black drum, red drum, or maybe even a trout. Live mullet on a carolina rig can produce flounder and red drum.  That really is the best information I have on spots right now. The chanllenge of trying to catch fish and finding that perfect spot is what keeps us coming back. The best way to get an exact location is by going fishing with us. Thanks for your questions, as you can see we take them seriously. See ya on the water.


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Productive Day" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/22/11
 

Captain Steele and Eckert were joined by the Luke and Becca Lucey, the Smiths, Becca, Tanner, Taylor, Van from Greensboro, NC and Greg Camachao of Colorado.  They fished in 105 ft of 80 degree water using pogies and squid.  Van landed the Jack and most everyone else caught a mahi.

Steele reported the pogies were thick off the beach, although they were small.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tough Week Inshore" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/22/11
 

Monday we caught a handfull of small flounder with no keepers.

Tuesday we headed for the river and had three short flounder to the boat. Capt. Jeff Williamson gave me a call. He reported that he was on the fish. He invited me to head his way. I asked my crew if they wanted to chase a bite. They said, "willing to go anywhere to catch the fish". We headed Capt. Jeff's way. Good call! Mr. Morris and crew landed some nice flounder! We ended the day with 8 fat keepers! Pictures below.

Wednesday was also just a handfull of short flounder with just one or two keepers.

Thursday...Well, first cast was a nice 17" flounder...and it was all downhill from there. My engine was experiencing some technical difficulties. We continued to fish in close proximity of our first area and landed several small flounder. We even had a spanish mackerel on the line for a few seconds. I finally called Sea Tow and while we waited caught a few more small flounder. Thanks to all who fished with me this week! A special thanks goes to Capt. Charlie Wilson for the tow. Even more importantly,  a big thanks goes to Capt. Jeff Williamson for putting us on the bite Tuesday! See ya on the water!

Friday...Boat fixed. Oil sensor giving a false alarm. You got to love boat ownership. Will be fishing Monday and Tuesday this coming week. Hope to have more to report this coming week. Stay tuned....


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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