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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"Got Busy" | Get Busy | 08/02/11
 

Craig, wife Kim and the boys Will and Hayden from Greenville S.C..The conversation started at the dock. Do you want to go flounder fishing or flounder catching? We started out on the nearshore ledge and right off the bat hooked up flounder catching. The bite was on until  Mom and little Hayden started feeling under the weather.We ran down to Little River jetties and came back on the inside for some flounder fishing. The first stop Dad hooked up on a nice 17 inch keeper. ended up the double digit day with 4 nice keepers, a handful of throwback shorts and a fun family day.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Prince Edward Island Tuna Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/02/11
 

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Had an email from Capt. Greg Norton today from Prince Edward Island Canada.  Simply put, "Fish R Thick Already,".  Check out the video below.  This is where the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman group is headed in just over a month.  If there are any last minute travelers out there, we have 2 spots open.  Email captbarrett@oifc.com for details.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Bonecrusher Again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/02/11
 

The Bonecrusher took old college buddy Brad for an afternoon of fishing.  They landed some reds and 7 flounder.  There was some mention of learning how to catch cobia.  Crusher...you will have to pay for missing your other obligation to go fishing!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Barracuda Eats Flounder" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/02/11
 

I took Olivia, OIFC Team member out fishing around the newly rename AR460 "Jolly Mon Reef". We were scouting the area out for flounder. We picked up several small fish, but only had one possible keeper that was eaten at boatside. We were both a little upset as a barracuda stole our best flounder of the day. Just a few drops later Olivia catches a lizard fish. Perfect! I put him on a king rig and set him sailing. It was not long before Olivia was hooked up and getting revenge on a 50" Barracuda(a.k.a flounder theif). We landed him and took a few pictures. I believe this was the largest fish Olivia has had the opportunity of landing in saltwater so far. She did a great job at angling! We continued to bottom fish and caught another lizard fish. Bait! Olivia had so much fun fighting that first barracuda, she was ready for round two. It didn't take long and she was battling yet another barracuda over 45 inches. We landed the beast for a photo and a quick release. There is also a video of the fight. We had to start heading back as I had store duty. We decided to troll for a few spanish on the way back. We landed four spanish and cooked them up for lunch. Any day is a great day on the water and catching fish made this one even better! I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sailfish Bite Heats Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/01/11
 

I have started to here quite a few reports of Sailfish being seen, hooked and/or caught over the past week.  It seems like most reports I'm getting are of people catching multiple fish.  Apparently most of the Sails are travelling in small groups of 2-4 fish.  The bite was very good last week at the Eddie Hanaman Sailfish tournament out of Wrightsville Beach and that actions seems to be transferring to waters off our coast as well.  Recent reports have Sails being caught at Horseshoe, Christinas ledge and Shark Hole. 

Remember the annual Cape Fear Sailfish Classic tournament hosted from the OIFC will be held next week- Aug 12-14.  To get information visit the tournament site at www.capefearsailfishclassic.com  --  

Take this opportunity to take part in this new fishery that is developing off our coast.  The Sailfish numbers seem to be increasing every year, and thus targeting Sailfish is becoming a viable opportunity.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Mac Daddy's Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/01/11
 

Captain David Kiser and Jim Kiser of the Mac Daddy Fishing Team along with Kevin Smith made a run to the Horseshoe Saturday morning.aboard their 23 ft Sea Fox.  They were pulling ballyhoo on Islanders at about 6 knots when they hooked up with 2 sailfish back to back within 30 yds. of the boat.  The 1st fish was brought aboard for a photo op while the 2nd shook the hook after a good run. Things went dead after the action. They were slow trolling when they hooked up to and landed yet another sailfish.  The guys have brought home mahi every trip to the Horseshoe except this one.  But they aren't complaining.

Capt. Jeff Beck and I have hooked up with a sailfish.  Nesbitt Nobel went 2 for 3 on sailfish.  It would be a pretty sure bet that if you went to the Horseshoe area you'd hook one up yourself!.

Thanks for the info. guys.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Light winds and Tight lines" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/01/11
 

Bill Serafini called and said his two boys were ready for some spanish action again. Rocco and Gino. two of the cutest, yet the roughest toughest kids on the block. I love those names! We worked hard to catch the 4 Spanish we got to the boat. We also caught several sharks, toadfish, bluefish, and croakers. I hit one more spot on the way home and the flounder were pounding it. They were all just a bit shy of the new 15" mark. The kids were pooped and ready to head to the house, so we cut the flounder bite short.

Bart and John joined me today. We picked up right where we left the flounder biting the day before. The flounder were biting pretty good and we ended the day with 10 keepers. Hopefully the 40 fillets will feed the 22 folks back at the beach house! I enjoyed it folks. Thanks for fishing with us and hope to see ya next year.

Mullet minnows are getting the flounder bite. Shrimp are catching a few, but aggrevating to deal with all the trash fish. Pogies for some reason are not producing like you would think. Artificials in charturese, white, and smoke are still producing a few keepers in the canals. Spanish mackerel are scattered throughout the beach front with clarkspoons producing the action. Red drum have been scarce the last few times out, but we have seen a few nice black drum caught. Live shrimp is the ticket in catching the drum, but have a lot and be ready to deal with the trash fish. As you will see in one of my pictures, I refused to feed all of my shrimp to the fish. I ate them! That is a wrap for now. See ya on the water!   


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Josh Hughes" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/01/11
 

Below is a picture of a catch and release red snapper Brian Fimbel hooked up today while fishing with Josh Hughes and William "Frollie" Hughes" aboard Frollie's Yellowfin, the "Bay Pirate" at the Gary Ennis.  Josh said the water was still 80 degrees at 40 miles out.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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