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""Rescued"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/21/11
 

Three kittens rescued last night just before high tide would have drowned them in my canal. I have been nursing them back to health, so if anyone is interested in helping out with this rescue. Call me @ 910 579 8212. Thanks!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""What Happened?"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/20/11
 

My trips on Monday and Tuesday this week caught redfish. We were looking for the same results today with no luck. We caught the usual bluefish, trout, and a last year keeper flounder. Our flounder was 14 & 7/8 inches long...my mouth was watering, but we had to let'em go. For those who may have missed the regulation change...FLOUNDER must be 15" to keep now. I always hate it when the fish don't cooperate as planned. Although, it makes me feel a little bit better as most people I spoke with today on the water had the same result. That still bites or in this case not! Our offshore guys had quite an adventure today. That is why we call it Capt. Brant's Fishing Adventures. Fishing is not catching, so we can only guarantee an adventure you are sure to never forget. Some days you win and some days the fish win.

As the saying goes,"If you are going to be dumb, you better be tough"! Good news! We are all tough and survived to fight another day. As for the dumb part, I would say the fish agree on that one today. We will get"em next time! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"OIFC News and Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/20/11
 

OIFC Weekly News and Fishing Report

What a great week we've been having at the OIFC.  The weather has been good, the fish have started biting and many families have chosen to visit Ocean Isle Beach for their Spring Break vacation.  The excitement and energy has successfully snapped the OIFC staff out of the Winter doldrums; it's time to get to work!  There are lots of "happenings" going on.  Read below for details.


the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out - May 13-21

Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo Rodeo- May 13-21.  The annual Far Out Shoot Out is coming in only a few weeks.  Entries are being accepted now via mail, by visiting the OIFC or on-line.  To recieve tournament details and print an entry form, CLICK HERE
The Far Out Shoot Out is a Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo tournament whose winner is determined by amassing the most pounds from weighing one Tuna, one Wahoo and one Dolphin.  This combined weight must be achieved in one day of fishing; your declared tournament fishing day.  The Far Out Shoot Out extends from May 13-21, which offers eight possible fishing days.  As such, participants can choose to compete on the day that best fits their schedule and has the most favorable weather.  Participants can wait as late as 8am of the same day they are competing to declare their fishing day:  This is done by calling a designated hotline.  The entry fee is low, the fishing is great and there are multiple ways to win cash prizes. 
The event's title sponsor is the GPS Store, one of the countries largest GPS dealers, located right here in Ocean Isle Beach.  It is extremely nice to be able to walk into their store and get consultation on whatever electronics you are considering; knowing their prices are nationally competitive.  You can visit their on-line store at www.thegpsstore.com .  Also thanks to Sea Tow, the NEW Ocean Isle Marina and Marine Service Center: Little River for their support.

Shallotte Inlet Update

Last Saturday we had terrible wind ahead of the very strong front that brought all the severe weather to the southeast.  It blew an easy 30 knots with gusts over 50 knots.  As a result, all of the ocean side buoys in Shallotte inlet were washed away.  On Monday morning I emailed Gordon Myers, head of NC Wildlife to notify him of the situation.  I requested his immediate attention to the inlet as the Easter Weekend was coming up, and no doubt, many boaters would be trying to use the inlet.  I recieved a reply email Tuesday morning that his crews were scrambling all over the state repairing storm damage, but he'd try to help.  Tuesday evening a guy walks into the OIFC shop and introduces himself as NC Wildlife staff; he is here to replace the buoys in the inlet.  I was shocked.  All day Wednesday a crew worked out of the OIB boat ramp and successfully remarked the inlet, better than ever.  I have personally thanked Gordon Myers and his crew at NC Wildlife, and I hope you will do the same.  Let's go fishing!

House Bill 421 - LOWER YOUR BOAT GAS COST

Fishing friends/boaters. We need your help.We have been working with Representative Frank Iler from Brunswick County regarding a bill that would allow marinas to pass on to customers, at the point of sale, the gas tax refund due boaters for off road usage[which is not taxable]. The effect of this would be that marinas could reduce your gas cost by approximately 15-30cents/gallon[based upon recreation use or commercial use]. True, at the end of the year you can apply to the State of NC for the refund, but if you could receive the refund when you purchase the fuel by virtue of the marina discounting the price to you and the marina then receives the refund, the impact to you would be to immediately save you some money. Obviously with the increasing cost of fuel, this bill is intended to help lower your cost of fuel, and maybe encourage you to get on the water.  House Bill 421[HB421] has been introduced by Representative Iler and he needs your support. The bill has been assigned to the Consumer and Job Development Committee, and if the committee members don't hear from us fishermen/boaters as to the benefit of this bill, then it will likely die in committee. SO.....we need everyone who thinks this is a good bill to contact the Reps who are on this committee, as well as you own local Rep.

 The Reps on the Consumer and Job Development Committee are:

Danny.McComas@ncleg.net
Bill.Brawley@ncleg.net
Craig.Horn@ncleg.net
Carolyn.Justice@ncleg.net
Tim.Moffitt@ncleg.net
Phil.Shepard@ncleg.net
Fred.Steen@ncleg.net
Michael.Stone@ncleg.net
Also let Rep Iler[Frank.Iler@ncleg.net] know his willingness to introduce this bill is appreciated by fishermen/boaters.
Thanks for your help --  Rube McMullan, Ocean Isle Fishing Center[www.OIFC.com]

OIFC Summer Kickoff- Saturday, May 14, 2011

The OIFC is expanding its "Kickoff" series to include an all new, Summer Kickoff.  The event will be hosted from the OIFC on Saturday, May 14th, and much like the Spring Kickoff held in March, the event will offer free seminars, a forum for fishermen to sell their used tackle, line spooling promotions and discounts on tackle and clothing from the OIFC.  The event is completely FREE to attend.  Seminar schedule as follows:
10am:  Grouper Fishing- Capt. Barrett McMullan
11am:  Beginner King Mackerel fishing- Capt. Chris Dew
12pm:  Flounder Fishing- Capts. Jeff Williamson and Jacob Frick
1pm:    Dolphin Fishing- Capt. Steele Parks
2pm:    Cobia Fishing- Capt. Brant McMullan
3pm:    Cast net throwing lessons- 10'-12' nets  

Mark your calendar for May 14th.  More details to follow. 


Fish Report

Inshore:  The Redfish are still biting.  They are all through the marshes and creeks, moving into the grass on the rising, high tides and then pushing out along the edges of the grass during the low, falling tide.  Some guys are starting to get aggressive and move into the grass flats at high tide to catch the Reds.  Preferred baits have been Berkley Gulp Shrimp, Berkley Gulp Crabs or live mud minnows.  The Flounder are just now beginning to show up.  Tubbs inlet is starting to hold a few fish, but its still a couple of weeks before that fishery really kicks off.
Nearshore:  We caught the first Spanish Mackerel of the year yesterday.  The OIFC charter boats have been trolling along the beach front and around Shallotte inlet, catching lots of Bluefish over the past week.  As the beach water temperatures have now risen into the mid to upper 60's, the Spanish are beginning to show.  There have been scattered reports of Atlantic Bonito being caught, mostly down towards the General Sherman wreck off Little River.  Best of all, a couple of early season King Mackerel have been caught near the 390/390's and General Sherman wreck.  The weather is forecast warm all week, and the Mackerel fishing will greatly improve over the coming week.  
Offshore:  The Gulf Stream has really gotten going.  A variety of Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi are providing good action for trolling and jigging boats.  Yesterday Capt. Chris Dew and Steele Parks guided the Kinner party from Annedale, VA on a Stream trip.  They started out West of the Steeples where they found little action.  As they neared the Steeples, they found a good temperature edge and rip where the Blackfin Tuna were schooled up; happily taking rigged Ballyhoo and tuna feathers.  Capt. Steele predicted a late bite due to the full moon, and at 1pm the fish promptly went to chewing.  The crew stayed overbusy doing battle with Blackfin, Wahoo and Mahi.  At day end, they had landed two Carolina slams consisting of four NC Citation size fish; 38 pound Blackfin (2 pounds off state record), 30 pound Blackfin, 56 pound Wahoo, 54 pound Wahoo -- along with quite a few other smaller Blackfin and a couple 10 pound Mahi.  
Although previous day's Stream trips were not quite this successful, all trips have yielded Blackfin, Wahoo and Mahi.  In addition, vertical jigging has been a great way to break up the day; yielding plenty of Amberjack but also giving up the occasional monster Grouper that makes the effort worth while (Grouper season is closed until May 1).
Overall, the fishing is really starting to pop.  Spring fishing will soon turn to Summer, so don't waste time in getting on the water to take advantage of this small window.  



- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Gulfstream? and Action!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/11
 

I will let those that were there write the report. You be the judge on how much fun this trip was just by looking at the pictures. Wahoooooo....What a BLACKFIN!!! and yes there was a yellowfin caught today. Capt. Steele and Capt. Chris Dew were on fire today! Punter Kees, Megan Tereshko, and Steve Kinner did the angling! Mighty fine job folks! Looking forward to seeing you again in July! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Red-Wood"" | Get Busy | 04/19/11
 

Mark and Jason joined me on a half day inshore trip today. We landed several bluefish, trout, flounder, and redfish today. Not much size to the trout and flounder. Some of the redfish had shoulders on them though. I know Jason enjoyed catching several redfish and Mark got a couple to the boat. Mark let the big one get away, but Jason was there to back'em up. Great job guys! I enjoyed! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"ICW Flounder" | Get Busy | 04/19/11
 

Below is a picture of Daniel Simmons with a flounder he and his wife Amber landed today.  Daniel, mostly known for his off shore skills said they caught this flatty in the ICW on a rising tide using a mud minnow on a Carolina Rig.  Just keepn' it simple!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/11
 

The pictures below are of Captain Steele Park and Captain Chris Dew's Gulf Stream trip today with Steve Kinner, Kees Punter and Megan Tereshkl all from Annedale, Va.  No doubt about it our Gulf Stream charters for the past three days have been on fire!

Captain Steele will fill in the blanks, yes this sounds corny, but when he and Capt. Dew finish cleaning all the fish they caught, and get the boat ready for tomorrow's charter.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gulf Stream Tuesday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/11
 


- Capt. Steele Park
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"Gulf Stream Tuesday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/11
 


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"Gulf Stream Tuesday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/19/11
 


- Capt. Steele Park
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"House Bill" | Get Busy | 04/19/11
 

For those who are concerned about the massive kill of striped bass that happened not long ago and  the number of red drum taken by nets in shore,  this link ought to be of interest and worth a read.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Very Near Shore" | Get Busy | 04/19/11
 

For those who like to fish for and eat spanish mackerel, our Captains fishing very short trips have been getting into the spanish and blues as recent as today.

On another note...if you need your cleaning knives sharpened call Jimmy Watson at 910-754-6773.  He'll suprise you with how quickly he can have them done, the low cost and the quality of his work.  I have seen split a hair with a knife he sharpened...for real!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"first Spanish Mack of season" | Real-Time Update | 04/19/11
 

Jackson from Jamestown, nc has caught the first OIFC Spanish Mack of the sea son. Beach temps at 66 degrees. Lots o blues mixed in as well. I heard so me of little river charter boats talking about catching bonito yesterday am. They normally fish over towards Sherman. Things starting to come to life. Steele and OC in stream, will report back . Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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""A Drag Screaming Smile"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/18/11
 

Greg Dawson and his 5 year-old daughter Shannon joined me on a half day inshore trip this morning. We headed for several deep holes looking for some spot, croaker, whiting, and anything that would eat action. A few pinfish and a spot were willing to bite a hook. We headed for the flooded grass flats looking for some movement, but did not see much action there either. Tide finally turned around and started to pull out. Gregg and I started drifting out of the creeks working the banks carefully. I got the bite and the drag started screaming! I called for Shannon, but she saw the bend in the rod and heard the drag screaming. She was very hesitate in taking over, so I told Dad to get on the rod! Gregg landed a nice 25" redfish for us. Of course, Shannon was very eager to pull in the next one. We worked the area over pretty hard looking for one more for Shannon. Thump! There he is! Shannon jumped on the rod and did a fine job at angling a nice 17" redfish to the boat. We made a few more cast, but Mom was back at the dock waiting for us. Not a bad way to end a fishing trip though. I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Jigging School Graduates" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/18/11
 

Myself and Capt. Chris Dew(aka OC) had the privilage of taking a great group of guys offshore fishing yesterday as a culmination of our first Vertical Jigging School.  Accompany me were Jim Almond, Ben Rucker, Kendal Hendrick and Kevin Walter.  We spent Saturday evening going over some of the details of vertical jigging including knots, leaders, tackle and technique.  We met at the "liars lounge" here at the OIFC so we were exposed to the tremendous wind accompaning the storms that came through Saturday afternoon.  The number one thing on everyones mind was, are we going to be able to go, including myself... We ajurned the class at around 8 with a plan to tentatively leave around 8am the next morning.  When I went to bed around 11pm, it was still blowing 35kts and the seas were 11 ft every 6 seconds at the tower.  I assumed there was no way it was going to lay down in time, boy was I wrong.  When I arrived at the OIFC in the morning, the seas were falling almost exponentially.  We made the decision to go.  Seas offshore still had some roll to them but were VERY comfortable all day.  We fished Gene's ledge first and didn't have much action so it was on to the Steeples.  When we got to the steeples, we found great bottom fishing but the tuna were attempting to elude us.  Finally, while Ben was working the Roscoe jig up from the depths using perfect High Speed Jigging technique, his line came tight with a nice Blackfin.  There were cheers all around with thoughts of Sushi on the dinner table.  We caught a variety of fish, including, Amberjacks, Grouper, Tuna, Bonita and even Lizard fish... Go Figure. On the ride home at 30kts, the whole group was sound asleep.  Everyone agreed that it was a very fun trip and they learned a lot of valuable information.  Capt. Rickey is going to post pics from the trip asap.  We have another school scheduled for the first of may.  2 spots left.  Call 910.575.3474 to book your spot.


- Capt. Steele Park
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"today's stream report" | Real-Time Update | 04/18/11
 

Fished the stream today with Jim Steed of Raleigh, Rob Carmichael and son T ucker Carmichael of Tyngsboro, Mass. I ran back down to the scarp to try t o focus on the blackfin we had found there a few days earlier. The ocean wa s the flattest it's been this season, but as normal I couldn't locate the bl ackfin; I had good bait marks bit they either weren't there or the full moon had it messed up? Anyway, we started off jigging and got warmed up with a barrage of aj's. We then got to trolling and soon boated a mahi. More acti on came from aj's taking our trolled baits, cudas, another Maui and a small wahoo. After 12:30pm it died. The water was slick and the fish were just not biting. We decided to go back to jigging and in between aj's, Rob caught a monster gag grouper, 30lbs+. Man that stunk to send that fish back! Anyway, the action was not terrible but the trolling bite was lacking without Blackfin. The weather was the best part of the day. Steele will be heading to the stream tomorrow. He'll probably run to the east so we'll have another report. Stay tuned
- Brant McMullan
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"Take A Child Fishn'" | Get Busy | 04/17/11
 

If you are looking for something fun and fulfilling to do, take a child fishing.  My son, Capt. Jeff Beck, his wife Courtney and I took their daughter Camdyn fishing today.  Thanks to Capt. Brandon Sauls we went to the super secret "Sydney and Sloan Spot" flounder fishing.  In fact we were soon joined by Brandon, Whitney and the twins.  There were a couple of guys just inside the creek mouth where we wanted to be, catching red drum.  No problem though, as Camdyn cast an OIFC Super Premium Mud Minnow with her pink Zebco on a pink and black Shakespear 6 1/2' pole and caught our 1st fish of 2011!!!  It was an undersized flounder, but she got the skunk out of the "OIFC Talechaser" Polar, and it showed that the flounder are around..

We only had a couple of hours to play because Camdyn had a horseback riding lesson.  But what a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday in Paradise.  Ya'll come join us, and bring a child.  We might even tell you where Sydney and Sloan's Secrete Spot is.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"sea bassin" | Real-Time Update | 04/17/11
 

Young Troy Bolgic shows off his bass catch. He and mom joined me on a nice 2 hour fishing trip this pm. Weather was great and looks good next few days Steele is still in the stream with jig school and I'm heading to stream tomorrow. Lots of fishing his week so stay tuned. Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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""Shallotte Inlet"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/17/11
 

Capt. Steele and Capt. Chris Dew just broke the inlet. Capt. Chris Dew(a.k.a Old Law) called in on the radio to report all bouys have been removed by the storm yesterday. Capt. Brant has contacted wildlife and they are working on getting them placed back in the right place. We will continue to keep everyone posted on the situation.  

Jigging school is in!!!! I can smell the Ben Gay already!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Jigging School" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/16/11
 

Come rain or high wind the OIFC's Jigging School presented by Captain Steele went on!  The "classroom" portion was today and the plan for tomorrow is for Captain Steele to take the class to a break and test their knowledge.  There is a 2nd school in the offering April 30th and May 1st. Call the OIFC and reserve your spot!.

Pictured is the class consisting of Captain Steele Park, participants Jim Almond, Kevin Walter, Ben Rucker, and Kendall Hendrick.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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