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"The Bachelor" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/02/11
 

I have never watched "The Bachelor" on TV.  But after meeting these guys who were here on a "bachelor party weekend", I'd given a million dollars to watch their show.

The crew consisted of Henry Boyd (Belhaven, NC), Matt Fehling (D.C.), John Fowler (Charleston, SC), Tim McNeill (Southern Pines), and Ryan Paschal (Southern Pines).  The Captains were Captains Chris Dew and Chris Dawson.  As this was a 4 hr. trip they didn't go far out and spent the morning blue fishing and spanish fishing.  They seemed to have a ball!!  I get the last word...GO DUKE!!!!!!!!!.haha


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More Pics from recent trips" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/02/11
 


- Capt. Steele Park
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"Finally, Time to give a report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/02/11
 

Its been a long weekend of fishing with tales of victory and defeat.  Saturday Capt. Zach and I took a "make-up" Charter to the gulf stream.  We started at the Blackjack trolling and immediately caught a decent Blackfin.  My immediate thought was that it was gonna be a great day.  After making several passes in the area that we received that first bite, I realized that the blackfin that bit must have been the only hungry one down there.  After covering the blackjack pretty well,  we started trolling east.  Around Gene's ledge, we picked up a nice Dolphin.  Again, no other takers.  When we arrived at the Steeples we found the "fleet" fishing several area's of bottom.  We picked at another dolphin and blackfin and saw really no major activity.  We decided to do a little jigging late in the day and were rewarded with a Huge Grouper(released)  and a bunch of AJ's.  It was a beautiful day on the water with ideal conditions.  I heard later that the bite went nuts up at the Same Ole hole with lots of Wahoo, Dolphin and Blackfins.  Upon Arrival back at the docks, I was greeted by my jigging class.  Capt. Zach took care of all of the cleanup of tackle, fish, boat and gear for which I am very thankful.  The class consisted of John Volosin, Terry Clifton(a.k.a. Amberjack Boy), Sandi Dunn(a.k.a Mahi Mayhem) and Steve Cargal(a.k.a Scuba Steve).  Captain Chris Dew came along to help out as well.  He has proven himself to be an outstanding wheel man when jigging.  The class was very casual, covering the basics of jigging and discussion about technique, knots and a game plan for the next day.  Sunday morning (open season on Grouper) came and we headed offshore to the south, armed with a ton of jigging gear.  I also took along some trolling gear, knowing that my crew would need a break at some point during the day.  Within a few minutes of arriving at the Macmarlen ledge, we were rewarded with Sandi's huge 22lb gag grouper on a BWC Roscoe jig.  A couple of minutes later, Steve hoisted a 18+ lb Gag into the boat... It was ON.... A few minutes later, it was Scuba Steve with yet another 12+ lb Gag.  While this was going on, Terry was steadily pulling up Amberjacks.  A short while later, John got a Nice Gag within site of the boat but it came unbottoned  from the hook.  The action slowed a bit from there so we headed out to the Winyah Scarp and took to jigging again.  I had to get in on some of this action and actually struck first blood with a huge Scamp.  John followed me up with another VERY nice Scamp.  Terry hooked up with a nice fish and as it got near the surface, it was a beautiful American Red Snapper which we promptly released.  It swam away just fine as were were not in super deep water.  Its a funny thing about jigging.  Everything is quited, the motors are in idle, there is some idle chit chat going on and then you hear someone grunt like they are being pulled overboard.  I heard that familiar grunt and saw Steve doing everything he could to stay upright in the boat.  He was hooked up to a BIG fish.  After a 10 minute battle, we had the first signs of what was on the other end, a 7 foot long shark.  He did battle with the shark for another 10 minutes before we released it to fight another day.  By this time, my crew was wiped out so I offered up a little trolling to give them a break.  Oops... Apparently the fish gods were not handing out breaks because a short while after starting to troll, we had a nice Dolphin on the line.  This was followed by another, and another, and another and then 2 at a time and finally a nice 25+ Wahoo came tight on the line.  As I said before Sandi is now known to me as Mahi Mayhem because of a situation that occured during a photo op.  She was holding up a small dolphin for a picture which was no big deal.  Well, this dolphin decided it was going to try to bite her like a vampire, then try to shake free,  everyone on board was covered with Mahi blood, the boat was covered.  I have never seen such craziness from one little fish.  After trollingfor a while, we went back to jigging. The bite had slowed a bit with the East wind picking up but there was a bit of a ray of light.  Terry was still working on the Amberjacks with authority.  He managed a great big Amberjack to finish out the day.  Everyone agreed that it was an outstanding day on the water.  Thanks to the folks that participated in this class.  We may be doing another one.  Let us know if you have some interest in getting in on this school and we will set one up. 


- Capt. Steele Park
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"Wahoo!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/01/11
 

This humble reporter must apologize for the tardiness in the fishing reports.  I have been out of town, but thankfully my sore and abused body is back in the healing climes of Paradise!

Whilst away, great friend and excellent angler, Edwin Newell sent these pictures of his son Nolan with a magnificent wahoo he'd caught.  Also check out the  flag!  Many will remember Nolan as a summer employee of the OIFC.  He has moved on to the institute of higher leaning known as NCSU.  Good fish "my bortha by anotha motha"!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New Boat!" | Get Busy | 05/01/11
 

Saturday, Captain Jeff Williamson went with friends Charles and Debbie Davis on a shake down cruise in their new boat.  While out, they decided to try their hand at flounder fishing.  As you can see, they got the skunk out of the new boat are have taught it to catch fish!  Enjoy your boat!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Get'n Jiggy with it!!!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/01/11
 

Capt. Steele just dismissed his second jigging school class. Sandi Dunn passed with flying colors. She is pictured below with her dipolma a 22 pound grouper!!!  As you can see all other classmates passed as well. The group jigged up grouper and a.j.'s until complete exhaustion. They did some trolling to take a break. The mahi mahi were biting and a nice wahoo was boated. The group also jigged up a nice blackfin tuna. I would say Capt. Steele gets to keep his teaching certification for now! Hopefully, Capt. Steele will take time to write a more detailed report tomorrow. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Radio Call!!!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/01/11
 

Just got Capt. Steele on the radio....1 hour out (ETA 7:00pm)...said they needed a camera...no details yet...Stay tuned....
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""In Store Report"" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/01/11
 

Here I am...stuck in the store. Capt. Steele is near or in the stream with his jigging school. First day of grouper season, so hopefully the fish are cooperating. I have recieved several phone calls today inquiring about the bite. The fishing has been really good at times and really slack at others. Before this East wind started blowing....the spanish and blues just off the beach were chomping! On what you say? Double 00 silver, gold, and silver charturese clarkspoons trolled at 6 mph behind a #1 planer. It seems like the closer to the boat the better... 10 and 15 seconds behind the boat were getting the bites. The 2oz. trolling weights got hit just a few times. The bite should return and get even better once this East wind subsides. Pogies have been spotted all up and down the beach. I have even heard of a few starting to show in the backwater. Captain Chris times two, caught a net full of pogies and put them to good use on Friday. They landed our first kings of the season just 8 miles off the beach. The stream has been hot, then cold...our trip yesterday landed a pair of blackfin and a pair of mahi...had a wahoo slam a bait but cut the line during the fight. Probably another wahoo hitting at the lure that slid up the wire. The East wind is the problem right now. Monday (tomorrow) looks great! I believe Capt. Brant is planning an assault on the grouper in some fashion. We have a trip booked as well, going after the grouper. As always we will try and keep you posted. I hope Capt. Steele's jigging school brings back some good news. That is a wrap on the nearshore and offshore report.

Inshore...drifting for flounder has been the ticket. Tubbs inlet has been producing a good bite. Some good ones have been caught around Shallote inlet as well. Redfish are still being caught in the creeks and along the waterway under the docks. Live mud minnows fished on a carolina rig is getting the job done. I have still been throwing artificials around and picking up a few trout and bluefish. I will be out there somewhere tomorrow looking for spanish to flounder. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Shallotte Inlet report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/01/11
 

I surveyed Shallotte Inlet the other day at low tide and here is what I found. Plenty of water to enter the inlet from Ocean Isle by hugging the beach just like we have done for years[stay off of beach approx 50 feet]. When you make the turn watch out for the bar protruding from the beach, but plenty of water at tip of beach[drops to 20+ feet]. Follow the cans on out, plently of water until you get to can #3[green]. Stay to right hand side of #3 and there is plenty of water. Between the cans[#3 and #4 is a sand bar]. When Brant gets back in town, he will contact NC Wildlife and get their permission to move #3 and #4 as they need to be shifted west from their current location. From there on out there is plenty of water.

I was surprised, there seems to be plenty of water in the inlet[I marked approx 4-5 feet at low tide at shallowest spot]. Come on down, conditions this week will allow for water to continue to clear up which should translate into an excellent early spring king bite in the Ocean Crest/Yapon beachfront, as well as 90/90.  Some pogies have already been found along the beach.


- Rube McMullan
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""King Rube was Right!!!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/30/11
 

Just as Rube predicted...Capt. Chris and Chris took a group of fishermen about 8 miles offshore today looking for the kings. Capt. Chris and Chris had located some pogies in front of the high rise yesterday and put them in a pen. All pogies made it through the night, which made finding bait easy this morning. Steve, Alf, Criag, and Mike enjoyed watching kings sky beside the boat and crush live pogies in their spread. It took a few hook ups before honing in on their skills, but finally a nice 15 pound king was boated. The crew ended up with 4 nice kings in the boat. The weather looks great for the next two days, so get out there. They are here!!! Just look at the picture. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"King kick off today" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/30/11
 

Weather is perfect, light winds, lite seas, water is clearing. Look for first Kings of year to be caught at Ocean Crest/Yaupon or 90/90's. Grouper season opens tomorrow!
- Rube McMullan
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""Just One More Inch"" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/29/11
 

Derwin, Bob, and Ray joined me for a half day inshore trip this morning. Despite a cold front passing through late last night our hopes remained high. The water clarity was surprisingly clear considering the windy conditions the last few days. We headed to our first spot looking for a flounder bite. No dice...just a redfish...we gave it a few minutes before heading to a spot where the redfish have chewed in the past. The redfish have not shown up there yet. We moved to the waterway to fish some docks. No bites there either...we moved back into the creeks and finally found several reds just under the slot. We needed one more inch! We thought about calling Rickey and asking for that fish stretcher he sells at the store...LOL! Live mullet, mud minnnows, and pinfish were getting it done. We had two really good hits that may have been our keepers for the day, but the hooks pulled. We also caught a trout on a live pinfish. He drilled it! Check out Ray in the picture below. I would say he is relaxed and enjoying himself. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"J. Dogg's Hot Hand" | Get Busy | 04/28/11
 

The fishing report has been full of news the past couple of days so I "sat on" Capt. Jeff's report.  Capt. Jeff took the Culpepper boys who are from Hickory, N.C. on a guide trip in shore fishing.  Jeff used mud minnows, which right now are the hot bait for inshore action.  Though he didn't say where he was fishing I would guess you can tell by looking at the pictures.

It's supposed to be beautiful here in Paradise this weekend.  We hope you drop by the OIFC.  If you get the chance take a child fishing!

If you want to take a kid fishing, stop by the now famous Goat Island and pick one up.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Goat "fishy" story authenticated" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/27/11
 

I've received more than a few raised eyebrows regarding the "fishy" story of the origination of the goats here at Ocean Isle. As I stated in an earlier report, there was a ship wreck off Ocean Isle in the late 1880's. Ships back then didn't have refrigeration so they carried live stock with them for a food source. In this case, it was goats, and when the ship ran aground, the goats made it to land, but the sailors didn't, thus the goats survived. Since they can't swim they stayed on the islands. 

I can report I have new info that validates[well sorta] my story. In a conversation with the executive director of the American Livestock Breeders Association, apparently they have determined our goats are "Spanish goats", a breed that is considered to be almost extinct. So, there you have it; the ship that sunk was a Spanish ship, carrying Spanish goats. Thus we now know the origination of the Ocean Isle goats. It is further rumored that the Spanish ship that sunk was carrying great treasures, and when the sailors knew they had to abandon ship, they tied packets of the treasure around the necks of the goats. It is unknown if the packets have been passed from goat to goat, or is buried somewhere on the islands where they live.


- Rube McMullan
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"Saturday is a Bluebird Day" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/27/11
 

We have an incredible opportunity at some beautiful weather and conditions for this weekend.  We are putting together a make up charter for Saturday to go to the gulf stream to target Wahoo, Dolphin and Tuna.  We have 3 spots available so call us ASAP to go.  The cost will be $375 per person.  Call 910.575.3474 to book your spot. Also, I currently have 2 spots available for the Jigging school taking place on Sunday.  The weather is also going to be beautiful Sunday and Grouper will be back in season.  Cost for that trip is $450 which includes a class Saturday night and fishing in the Gulf Stream Sunday.  Better yet, come down and fish 2 great days on the water, back to back...
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Tuna's" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/27/11
 

Well folks, Capt. Chris Dew and I ventured into the abyss with Rick Smith and crew yesterday.  We were greeted with less than ideal conditions created by a series of Squal lines that plagued us all day.  Lots of wind, rain and the occasional lightning bolt all around us... We put lines in near the Blackjack with an assortment of Wahoo and Tuna lures including my new absolute favorite lure, the Blue Water Candy Tweener Jag in red/black and purple/black. Tuna feathers and small cedar plugs were on the menu as well. We worked 77 degree water that was as blue and clear as it can be for quite a while before finally finding fish just west of the Blackjack.  We were very excited to have several multiple knockdowns with tuna including a game changing shot at 4 fish, all were boated. When the day came to an end, we had 11 Tuna's on the boat, including a couple of small Yellowfins as well as a large Amberjack.  Suprisingly enough, the Dolphins were not around which we could not believe.  I suspect the main body of them will be here any day now with the gulf stream pushed in so close.  Its firing off down here.  Come down and take a shot at some great fish.
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"Goat lovers rejoice" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/26/11
 

It's a great day for goat lovers as I received a call this afternoon from Carla Farmer, legislative assistant to Representative Frank Iler of Brunswick County. She had just got off the phone with Gordon Myers, Director of NC Wildlife. He advised her that the goat removal program was "put on hold". The Goats are saved! To be sure, nobody knew how many goat lovers that there are out there, but apparently our elected and state officials got the message, as they all have been bombarded with calls from the public. This proves again, if the public will rally behind a good cause, the folks making these kind of decisions will listen, and respond to the wishes of the public. Time and again, it seems like it's Gordon Myers coming to the rescue on various issues, whether it's putting the buoys back in Shallotte Inlet, or saving goats. Gordon's the Man! Good job to everyone and thanks for your help in this effort. As I understand it, the "official" word is that more study is going to be preformed on this issue, possibly involving public comment/ect. We'll keep you informed if this occurs. Thanks.
- Rube McMullan
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""Spanish Attack"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/26/11
 

Capt. Charlie Wilson and myself headed out first thing this morning on a half day nearshore charter. We had Mom and five kids on board. How Dad pulled that one off? I don't know...I should have taken notes. It wasn't long before Capt. Wilson had us on the fish. We caught several blues and the spanish started in on the action as well. The little fellows wanted to head for deeper water to maybe catch a big sea monster. We headed on out towards the 460. We marked some great bottom and what looked like a big school of black sea bass. We were getting a lot of nibbles, but the action was a bit slower than expected. We did land some nice black bass, but the little guys got tried of holding on to the rods. Capt. Charlie and I elected to troll in from the 460 letting the crew sit back and relax as we headed home. We caught two of our nicest spanish right around the Shallotte ledge area. We had 10 keeper spanish making a great meal for our crew tonight.

Then the phone call from the boss. Back out on a 2 hour trip! I love it! Scott and his wife brought there two kids out to catch their first fish with us. Benton caught his first bluefish and he wasn't done there. We landed several more blues and some more spanish. All in all a great day to be on the water. Looks like we got the fishing done just in time. As the rain has just started coming down here at the OIFC. I hope our boys are get'em in the stream and have a safe trip back home this afternoon. Stay tuned for Capt. Steele's stream report. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Save Our Goats - UPDATE" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/26/11
 

We just got the news that Representative Ilers, Legislative Office, received word from Gordon Myers with NC Wildlife that the goat removal project has been cancelled.

Stand by for more complete details!


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"Beautiful Day" | Get Busy | 04/25/11
 

Wow...another beautiful day to fish in Paradise.  As we can see in the pictures, Jeff (Get Busy/OIFC) had good luck in the concrete canals and Tubbs.  He has stuck with the tried and proven Carolina Rig tipped with an OIFC Select Mud Minnows.
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