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"Tuff Day" | Get Busy | 06/09/11
 

Yesterday was rough on our Captains.  The SW wind made for snotty conditions and beat them pretty by.  It also made for terrible fishing conditions and long faces.  Our guys like to catch fish for their charter customer and after some very productive days they were disappointed yesterday.  Both cat boats are out today.  Let's hope yhe wind cooperates.

In shore was a different story though.  Capt. J Dogg of the "Get Busy/OIFC" and Will King flounder fished.  They caught a a couple hand fulls of flounder.  Most were short, but made for a fun day anyhow.

Yesterday was also a sad day for the OIFC family with the passing of Grandma Mac.  Please keep the McMullan family in your prayers.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Grandma Mac McMullan passed today" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/08/11
 

Vera "Grandma Mac" McMullan, the fishing matriarch of the McMullan family died this morning peacefully at age 90. She was the founder/teacher/leader of our family's involvement with salt water fishing, having introduced Rube and sister Deborah to pier fishing for King Mackerel at Carolina Beach many years ago. Over the years, many grandkids, and many many great grandkids are now excellent fishermen and lady anglers, all as a result of her love of salt water fishing. We will be having a visitation at Brunswick Funeral Services[on Hwy 17] tomorrow evening[Thursday] from 5-7pm. Come on by and join us in telling fish stories as a celebration to her life.

Rube McMullan


- Rube McMullan
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"No Camera " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/08/11
 

Why is it that whenever you need a camera there's not one around?  That's what Captain Jetter Lewis, and his crew of Rickie Rozier and Allen Grooms were asking when they hooked up with a 5 1/2 ft. sail fish 3 miles in shore of the Horseshoe Saturday. The sail hit a downrigger baited with a ballyhoo at about 7:30 am.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Hot Rod Contender" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/08/11
 

Congratulations to Brett and Alan Barnes of the "Hot Rod Contender/Team OIFC" on their 5th place finish in the Share King Mackerel Tournament at Wrightsville Beach this past weekend.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon pre-tourney fishing report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/08/11
 

I was out on the water yesterday and here is what I noted. The water is as clear as I can ever remember seeing. This due to long period of stable weather. There are numerous schools of pogies up and down the beach, with bluefish[2lbers] wearing the pogies out. I don't think I've ever seen the conditions better for a beach bite. In fact, I think there is real danger of big King Mackerel jumping into fishermens boats as they run along the beach. Be on alert when approaching pogy schools[yes, it happened to me once before]. Guaranteed the word gets out to the King population of whats going on up and down the beach and they will be here to eat. Should be a beach bite Jolly Mon. Standby for more reports.
- Rube McMullan
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"kings r biting" | Real-Time Update | 06/07/11
 

Continued king action from 50 ft of water. Pogys all over shallotte inlet. Hope all this holds til the jolly mon? Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"The 90's & Twin Cities" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/07/11
 

Steve Martin, and Billy Schartiger of W. Va. fished with Captains Chris Dew and Chris Eckert today.  The guys hooked up on 2 nice cobia who went straight to the wreck at the Twin Cities and cut themselves free.  But they didn't come home empty handed.  They brought home some snapper, spanish and AJ.

Also the pogies were thick between the Shallotte Inlet and the Holden Beach pier and some were "2 hand" big.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stream" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/07/11
 

Captain Chris Dew and Captain Zach Faulkner went to the Gulf Stream with Tom Russell and his sons Craig and Ed.  They spent part of their day fishing 350 ft deep, 85 degree water using ballyhoo.  Tom was the winner for the day with his 32.3 lb bull mahi which he fought for about an hour.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon early entry deadline June 10" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/07/11
 

The early entry fee deadline for the Jolly Mon is coming up this week- June 10th.  You can register on-line or print an entry form and drop it by the OIFC or put in the mail- or you can visit the OIFC in person- CLICK HERE

Also don't forget about the Jr. Jolly Mon tournament -- fishing for it takes place on Friday, June 17th -- CLICK HERE to enter on-line or mail entry of come to OIFC

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"30th Birthday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/07/11
 

Captain Chris Dew took John Pham, Kelly Pham and Joey Aycock out for a little fishing Sunday which happened to be John's 30th birthday.  A 35 lb cobia decided to join John, Kelly and Joey as the guest of honor at John's birthday dinner.

However, the 6 ft shark Kelly hooked up with wasn't going to have any part of the celebration.  Not knowing for sure what they'd hooked the crew decided to let her battle it for a while.  After about an hour the shark was along side the Cat boat for a photo op and released to eat someone else's bait.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Capt. Brant's Live Bait School" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/07/11
 

I have 1 spot open for my live bait class this coming weekend- the land class will take place on Saturday and fishing will be all day Sunday.  Cost is $450 -- the class will include instruction on tieing rigs, throwing a cast net, fish location ..... and then the following day will be spent practicing and implementing new schools as well as setting spreads, angling fish, gaffing fish and even cleaning fish ** we will also be doing kite fishing as well.  Call me at 910 367-2945 if you have interest in this last space.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Smokey" | Get Busy | 06/06/11
 

Capt. Jeff Williamson of Get Busy/OIFC Charters fished with Matt Matthers and TJ and Mark Wade this morning.  The day started off real smokey due to a large fire in Dare Co. and some farmers burning off a field in Pender Co...If it ain't so.complain to John Evans of WECT-TV News.

Anyway, I digress.  They started the morning in Tubbs Inlet which is still the hot spot for flounder.  Jeff said a Gulp New Penny Shrimp tossed under docks or in the rock piles was the ticket  Once the tide got into the grass they moved to the Shallotte River to a top secret hole Jeff has.  The wind has shifted and the smoke is gone.  Looks like a nice fishing day.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Flat Fish Actiom" | Get Busy | 06/06/11
 

The inshore action continues to be great.  The flounder are still plentiful and now are reaching good size.  Tommy Helms reported catching flounder just offshore on a wreck. 

Dr. Jeff Wallen and and Drew Pavy Jef caught their fish, including this 5.4 lb flounder using pogies from the ICW.  Dr. Jeff had 20+ fish and released several over slot red drum. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore and Offshore Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 06/05/11
 

I headed out Friday to do my usual beat the banks and see what I could find. The fish were not very cooperative at first, but I found three nice redfish. I am sure many more were with them, but I was in scout mode. I headed on down the bank to see if I could figure anything else out. I picked up a few small flounder and a couple of trout. The tide was bottoming out so I headed for the house. Everything was caught on artificials and all but one redfish was released. One of my next door neighbors was fishing close by and saw me catch one of the slot reds. I asked him if he would like one for dinner. Of course!

After a little rest from the days fishing, I headed to the OIFC to check things out. Brant said Barrett needed some help with his trip on Saturday. I jumped all over this opportunity! I am still much into the learning phase with the offshore fishing and this was a great opportunity to learn. Brant and Barrett have a wealth of knowledge and know how when it comes to offshore fishing. Barrett put us on the fish right away. We pulled up to our first spot and anchored up. I didn't have everyone baited up with squid before one of our crew was hollering shark! No! That is a cobia! Barrett quickly pitched a live bait out and we were hooked up with a nice cobia. The cobia did not seem to be brothered by the hook and just hung around the boat. We poked him a few times to try and make him fight so he would tire out. Another cobia was with him. Barrett told me to hang on with the gaff shot. Barrett proceeded to pick off the second one and I gaffed the first. After a little organized chaos, Barrett brings out the kite! He teased the amberjacks to pure explosion before letting them eat the bait. We landed three amberjacks and two cobia at our first spot. The black sea bass were small, so we moved on out. We hit several spots that just didn't seem to be alive. The last spot we hit though, was teaming with fish. Jacks, Cobia, Sea Bass, Grouper, and Vermillon Snapper. We stayed busy at them. Barrett worked on the Cobia and Jacks. It was a full time job trying to keep the jacks from eating the live bait while trying to force feed a cobia. Barrett got it done! Two of our largest Cobia of the day! I worked hard on trying to keep up with all the sea bass, snapper, and grouper that was coming to the boat. All said and done, what an Awesome day on the water!

Congratulations to our crew of guys from Florence, SC. I do believe everyone got plenty to eat! Thanks for coming! See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Mahi At The 90's" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/05/11
 

Chris Campbell and some friends who had never been fishing before headed out at @ 10:30 aboard Chris' Sea Hunt "Big Whiskey".  They searched for signs of bait, but the birds weren't diving anyplace.  Finally they found a black ball of pogies about 500 yrds. off of Holden Beach Pier.  They caught some small bait.

After getting bait the Big Whiskey headed to the 90's.  Chris started putting lines out about a mile off the #'s where he had spotted some good bottom and flying fish a couple of days before.

Their 1st strike came about 5 minutes after getting the lines out.  It was on the downrigger  This was the 1st of 8 kings they got in the boat that day.  As he was taking the hooks out of the 2nd king a mahi struck a double pogey rig in the prop wash.  The dolphin took off, clearing the water a few times and drawing the attention of other anglers.  After about a 10 minute fight, Sarah Kelly got the fish along side the boat and Chris sunk the gaff in him. 

In addition to the mahi which Chris estimated to be @ 15#'s and the 8 teenage kings, they had about a half dozen short strikes or the fish just getting off.  This marked a fun day for Bryan and Sarah Kelly of Greenville, S.C., especially for being on their 1st trip.

Many thanks to Chris for his report and picture.  Chris is owner of Chris Campbell Photography and partner in Giving Weddings Photography.  He takes great fishing pictures, such as the one below in addition to his many other projects.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishn' and Racn'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/05/11
 

How much more southern American can people get if they enjoy fishn' and Saturday night racin'.

On the fishing end I've been told the bite was pretty hot as far as kings, cobia, mahi and spanish were concerned.  The pogies were plentiful between the Shallotte Inlet and the Holden Beach Pier.  But frozen cigar minnows were getting chewed on also.  I was slack yesterday in regards to the boats arriving at the docks.  This reporter has a summer cold that kicking my....well a bad cold.  Plus the family and I joined Captain Brant, his family, Jamie Milliken, and his son Justin while they raced the Jolly Mon #02 Chevy and the OIFC/Beach Hardware Chevy at Myrtle Beach Speedway Saturday night.

Congratulations to Justin for winning 1st place and to Capt Brant for his run.

Below is a pic Ben and Bobby Speir of two of the better fish they caught Friday at the 90's.  They reported catching pogies between the Shallotte Inlet and the Holden Beach Pier.  Altogether they caught and lost 10 kings and several cobia.  The wind kicked up unexpectedly Friday afternoon so the headed to the house after only a few hours fishing.  Thanks for the report and the picture guys.  More reports later.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Morning Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/04/11
 

We have 1 boat headed to the Gulf Stream, and the other bottom fishing.  Captain Chris Eckert reports pogies between the Shallotte Inlet and the Holden Beach Peir.  If Neptune coorperates I'll have some good pictures and a report tomorrow.
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"Virginia's Mahi" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/04/11
 

This reporter would like to take credit for Virginia, her dad Henry and Nathan Page's mahi.  But I doubt I was much help.  Virginia text me and ask where the mahi bite was.  I told her the best info I had, which was a few days old.  At any rate, it doesn't look like they needed my help after all.  When I can get in touch with Virginia or Henry, I'll post more.

Just as a thought.  My reports may not be as full of detail as some other fishing reports.  But I bet more people look at my pictures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"having fun" | Real-Time Update | 06/03/11
 

3 generations of Scribners enjoying a half day of kite fishing. Action star ted with a pair of cobia, then some sharks then several big Spanish and now the kings are starting up. Chumming hard and flying the kite. A monster tiger shark also circling. Wind blowing ne at 20 knots. Pictured is Blake Scribner with one of several kings taken this pm. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"More Of This Week's Action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/03/11
 

Along with Captain Brant catching kings at the Lighthouse Rocks, I THOUGHT I heard Captain Chris Dawson getting a cobia at the 390's.  Haven't confirmed that yet.

But, Monday, Chris Campbell and his wife Robin were fishing the 390's aboard their Sea Hunt the "Big Whiskey".  They hooked a king on the downrigger set at 45 ft. and baited with a frozen cigar minnow.  It turned out to be a teenager.  They then missed a king on the long line..a short strike, but right after that the mid line started screaming and peeling off like like a king had hit it.  After Robin had fought the fish for @ 30 minutes they found out it was a cobia.  In fact 2 cobia came along side.  Chris put the gaff to the one Robin had been doing battle and boated a 30 (+-) cobia.

The mahi Robin is holding was caught in Tubbs Inlet on a mud minnow..NOT!!!  They caught that @50# dolphin fish while visiting an exotic remote island.

In shore, Will King was on the dock cleaning several flounder he caught late Thursday evening while fishing behind Sunset Beach Island.  Will said he was using OIFC Custom Mud Minnows, provided exclusively by Sterling Aqua Farms

That wraps up this week in fishing at the OIFC.  We've got a couple of trips Saturday and the weather is looking great.  Several of us will be at Myrtle Beach Speedway Saturday night watching the Jolly Mon Racing Team in action.  I hope to have some pictures of that and some fishing pictures to post Sunday.  Se ya on the asphalt.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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