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"Jolly Mon Dunking Booth" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/17/11
 

The Jolly Mon Dunking Booth is the newest addition to the fun and festivities at the Jolly Mon Captains' Meeting.  The guest of honor, who drew the largest number of particpants was Captain Brant.. The money from the entries went to support Recreational Fishing Alliance..
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Grandma Mc Ladies Angler Award" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/17/11
 

Captain Brant addressed the crowd at the Jolly Mon Captains' meeting about how much his grandma influenced his familly's love of fishing.  He announced that from this point forward the Jolly Mon Lady Anglers Award would be known as the Granny Mc Lady Anglers award.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jr. Jollly Mon" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/17/11
 

Even though the winds were wrecking havoc on the seas, 25+ boats fished the Jr. Jolly Mon.  There were fish caught in all but the mahi division.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon Pogy Bobbing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/17/11
 

Every year the Jolly Mon has the Pogy Bobbing Event.  This year was no different, except there were a far greater number of participants.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Adjusting your Jolly Mon fishing plan for weather" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/17/11
 

The forecast being put out this morning is not what we hoped for, but as everyone knows, it changes constantly, so who knows what it will actually end up being come fish days. I went out to the beach this morning, and although wind is SW at 15kts, there is no swell, so conditions are only a short chop. It looked like approx 2 feet.

We all love to fish in flat conditions but when we don't have ideal, the trick is to adjust your plan to the conditions. In this case, with a SW wind, there are several strategies you can do that will work.

[1] heading north[east] up the beach will be in a following sea, so leaving out of any of our inlets[Little River/Shallotte/Lockwood] and heading toward Yaupon/Light House Rocks will not be that bad. Fishing these close in spots, you will have a little wind protection from the land on a SW wind, definitely better than say the Shark Hole/Jungle.

[2] getting out to a spot offshore like 90's/Jungle/Shark Hole is not a problem, just take it slow. Once there, anchor, chuming is a good strategy in a 15kt wind. Or drift downsea, crank your baits in, and start another drift.

[3] any of the spots on the north[east] side of Cape Fear shoals will be fairly calm on the beach, as the land protects that area from a SW wind. Spots like Carolina Beach Inlet will be perfect conditions. You can run down the intercoastal, across the Cape Fear to Snows Cut, and out Carolina Beach inlet, and completely avoid the SW wind. Additionally, the beach water should stay clear on that side of the shoals as it will be protected by the land. The tourney has been won at least twice at CArolina Beach Inlet, so definitely a good bet.

So the answer to the tourney game plan is adjust to the conditions. Somebody will win a whole bunch of money and my bet is it will occur within a 9 iron of the beach. Good luck to all.


- Rube McMullan
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"Jr. Jolly Mon report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/16/11
 

15 boats and 25 brave young anglers have signed up to fish tomorrow's Jr. Jolly Mon-  good luck to all -- weigh in will be Friday at OIFC until 3pm.  Report today said bait was off Holden Beach
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/16/11
 

OK - the facts are the weather is not shaping up very good for the tournament- go figure.  Its been flat calm for 2 weeks and suddenly the 2 days of the tournament it's going to blow 15-20kts-- then the funny thing is to look at the forecast for the following Monday and its back to 10kts -- this is a conspiracy! 

Regardless, the Jolly Mon must continue and as such, despite Mother Nature, there will be a winner.  There is a large contingency of 23 foot and under boats that fish the Jolly Mon, and despite the SW wind, I hope many of you will still choose to participate; either fishing the calmer waters on the east side of the Frying Pan shoals or staying close and hunting for the big fish along the beach front.  I still hold firm to my prediction that the winning fish will come from between the Cape Fear Sea Buoy and Lighthouse Rocks.  Currently we have 100 pre registered boats, which is in-line with pervious years.  Typically the majority of entries come in tomorrow evening at the Capt. Meeting, so I'm confident we'll get over the 200 boat mark, but I'm just not sure if between the weather, economy, less fishermen and whatever else that we'll make the magical 300 boat mark- but by gosh the Jolly Mon staff is going to put in 110% to be sure whoever comes has a great time and gets their money's worth.

Hey one other thing, as many of you have read, the Jolly Mon sponsors driver Justin Milliken and the 02 Jolly Mon Racing Team- racing at Myrtle Beach Speedway most Saturday nights.  This Saturday night Justin and team will suit up as they are currently tied for the points lead in the track championship.  I am going to go with my family on Saturday, arriving to the track by 8pm.  If you are looking for some entertainment on Saturday evening, come down to Myrtle Beach Speedway and root on the Jolly Mon racing team.  My family and I will be in the pits, which you are hereby formally invited to join.  Instead of going through the main gate, drive around the side and pay a bit extra to join us in the pits and in the action.  I hope you'll come- see you there!

Everything is set for Friday's registration and festivities.  Please ride the off-island shuttle the tournament site.  All shuttle riders will get raffle tickets to win all sorts of great prizes from sponsors.

Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"2/3 Slam" | Get Busy | 06/16/11
 

Jake Kreg of Charlotte, N.C. fished with Captain Jeff Williamson in the back waters behind OIB and Sunset Beach.  The two used OIFC Delux mud minnow to land 2/3 of an inshore slam.  The in shore fishing remains on fire!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"800 ft Deep" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/16/11
 

Will (pictured), and dad, Shane Bosell, along with Curry Reece and Tim Gibbs went fishing on their boat Wednesday.  They worked off shore of the 100/400 in 800 ft. deep water to catch these mahi which they brought to the OIFC dock.  Thanks for the information and the picture.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Past 2 Days" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/15/11
 

The "OIFC Gaff Cam" traveled with Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron Dew the last 2 days.  The Cat boat fished close to shore and caught their limit of spanish along with some sharks

Both OIFC boats reported thick spanish just outside the Shallotte Inlet.  There were few sightings of pogies today. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon weather/fish update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/15/11
 

Checking conditions [and my previous forecast] wind blowing from noth/northeast direction. This is causing the beach water to continue to get clearer. Pogies are up and down the beach like they have been for last week. There is no way the big Kings are not close behind. As week moves forward, high pressure will build back in and we will have a typical summer pattern of Southwest wind. Typically flat in morning with afternoon seabreeze. Forecast for weekend is 2-3 feet, again probably flat in morning with afternoon seabreeze. With bait and water clarity, big fish should be on the beach or close by[90's or Lighthouse rocks the furtherest.
- Rube McMullan
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"Busy Day" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/14/11
 

Every OIFC Charter boat + Captain Barrett's "Tree Shaker" Yellowfin were pressed into service today.  When the fishing is good, business is good!  Near shore, Captain Zach Faulkner and Captain Chris Eckert had a couple of short trips.  This allowed them to absolutely slay the spanish mackerel.  This is good news to us king mackerel anglers as spanish make excellent bait.  Further good news is the pogies are thick close to shore.

Meanwhile, Captain Chris Dew and 1st mate Aaron Dew on one of the World Cats and Captain Steele on the "Tree Shaker" Yellowfin had longer trips.  All was well until the wind picked up and made the ocean "not too fun".  Chris managed a couple of mahi and some other incidental fish.  Steele got a couple of teenage kings.  Mother Nature made it a not to fun day to fish.

Back at the docks, the OIFC is getting in Jolly Mon mode.  Tents have been put up and the finishing touches on most everything are being completed.  We expect a lot of boats this year, so come join the fun!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"14 Flounder" | Get Busy | 06/14/11
 

Captain Jeff and his charter Phil, Russ, Tyler and Josh from Mo. worked against the east to have a very successful charter today.  The guys caught 14 flounder and a trout.  The ones which weren't "legal" were released safe and sound.

Captain Jeff used mud minnows while fishing the falling tide.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Yesterday" | Get Busy | 06/14/11
 

Captain Jeff Williamson took Joe and Wayne Kayler of Charlotte and Mark Way and Will Kesserys of Alabama on an in shore fishing trip yesterday.  Captain Jeff fished behind Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach using mostly mud minnows.  Check out the pictures for "some" of their catch.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bait Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/14/11
 

Pogies are east of the Shallotte Inlet & Spanish are plentiful along the beach.... stay tuned for more reports.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Staying with It" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/14/11
 

The flounder bite continues to remain the go to fishing inshore right now. A few trout have been caught, but are few and far between. Season is slated to open tomorrow. The red drum have been inconsistent and on the move lately. The docks and deep holes should start to produce some redfish. Right now, the flounder are laying on all the sandbars, mud slicks, and pot holes. Live bait in any type seems to be working. Little pogies are thick in the natural canals, tiger minnows on sandbars at low tide, small mullet are everywhere, my favorite has been baby pinfish and croakers. If all fails, remember we have premium select mud minnows here at the OIFC. Gauranteed to wiggle on the other end of the line! :) Hopefully, the full moon will kick the flounder into high gear this weekend. See ya on the water!

Below John Toole, Spencer, Josh, and Connor show off their catch from earlier today.  John Toole is a sheriff and kept us all straight on the water today. Great group of guys from my hometown! Small world...Catch'em up at Lake Murry guys! Thanks for fishing with us! Hope to see you again in the near future!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Full Moon Flounder Bite" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/13/11
 

Josh and Lori joined me on a half day trip this morning. We looked for flounder sized pogies first thing this morning, but the cloud cover had the bait deep. I decided to fish for a little while where the bait has been thick. We landed a few small fish and Josh drilled our first keeper of the day, about 18". Just as the action was getting started, I saw the pogies starting to pop on top. I eased over and got a net full. We made a boat ride and tried for red drum with no luck. Made another quick boat ride and found the flounder. Shallote inlet is on fire! Lori drilled our two best fish of the day, both over 4 lbs. Awesome! We had lots of throw backs, but ended the day with 5 nice keepers. I enjoyed it guys! Hope to see you again next year and hopefully Josh gets his answer to that question :) See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Jolly Mon stratigical fish/weather report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/13/11
 

Where to fish the Jolly Mon is the question of the week. Since I'm weighing your fish and not mine, I'll happily share what I see and think. A weak cold front comes thru Tuesday shifting wind to north, then northeast, then east by Thursday. The impact of this will be to clear up the already clear water even more along the beach front. By Friday and the weekend, the high pressure will have pushed off shore bringing a typical summer southwest wind flow. Typically it will be light to flat in morning, and blow 10-15 in the afternoon. SO..........wind off the beach most of the week clearing the beach water. Pogies has been up and down the beach mixed in with more blues than I have ever seen as well as spanish. Looking at history of where winning fish have come from in Jolly Mon, suggest spots light Lighthouse Rocks/Yaupon/Myrtle Beach Rocks/Lockwood Ledges. Basically close in spots that have structure where the Kings can jump into the beach to get a mouth full, and then return to the structure where they are more comfortable. Lighthouse/Myrtle Beach rocks/LL have good natural bottom and rocks; Yaupon has the artificial reef. Thats how I see it. We'll see. Good luck to everyone fishing the tourney.We're expecting a big turn out so come join in; somebody is going to win a whole bunch of money!  More updates to follow as info comes in.  


- Rube McMullan
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"You Already Know This" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/13/11
 

Hey, I'm pretty sure you already know this stuff, but I fell up on it while readind some Earth Sports articles.  Besides it's a good refersher during "King Week".


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Racing Team Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/13/11
 

While Capt Brant might be too modest to report on this, I was there Saturday night  and saw first hand the number 19 Team OIFC limited late model race car driven by Capt Brant at the Myrtle Beach Speedway step it up and rub shoulders with the big boys.  The Milliken Racing team with Justin and Jamie Milliken leading the pit crew helped Capt Brant to his best finish yet behind the wheel.  He led the 30 lap race for 22 laps eventually being passed, but not without a fight, by former track champions.  He crossed the finish line in third place but like Jamie said, "they're going to know we were here".  Congratulations Team OIFC, Capt Brant and Milliken Racing.  Victory lane is on the horizon.

By the way, if anybody is interested in the best entertainment you can buy for $12 go check out these races at the Myrtle Beach Speedway every Saturday night this summer.  This is how racing used to be. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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