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"Rodeo Trophies" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/09/11
 

The following anglers can pick up their Fishing Rodeo Trophy(s) at the OIFC.  Take this opportunity to sign up for the 2011 Rodeo, or call, drop by or sign up at the Spring Sale in March. Congrtulations to the winners!  I hope everyone enjoyed the Rodeo and likes the trophies!

Neil Loman

Chris Dawson

Clay Morphes

Jeff Wallen

Tommy Helms

Kyle Hughes

Benjy Faulkner

Kennon Hill

Brad Stevens

The prize money should be mailed out this week.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"EPIRB" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/08/11
 

An EPIRB payed off last night.  Remember the SKA will be requiring them soon.  Jeff and I bought ours at the GPS Store.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Net Job-Earth Sports" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/08/11
 

I ran across this article on Earth Sports about landing a fish with a net.  You may not agree with everything, but it's interesting anyway.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo Trophies" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/07/11
 

The OIFC Year Round Rodeo trophies have arrived.  The prize money checks will be ready next week.  This will wind up the 2010 edition of the Rodeo.  The competition was intense and fun..just the way it ought to be.  Congratulations to the winners and everyone who made the Rodeo a success.  We're looking forward to the kick off for the 2011 Rodeo season.  I wonder who picked that trophy for the Fishing Report picture? 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIB Boat Ramp Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/06/11
 

The boat ramp itself is still open.  The parking lot is closed while it is expanded.  The good news is the private parking area as you turn in the service road to the boat ramp is open.  The manager said users of the boat ramp may park there for a "small donation".  There is a donation box at the front of the parking lot.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"$526 per lb.!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/06/11
 

Does this article make you want to catch a blue fin or what?
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIB Boat Ramp" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/05/11
 

Don't let the signs completely through you off.  The parking lot is closed..which is obvious if you'd see the construction.  But, the ramp is open and operational!  I'm not sure about the parking, but last year there was parking in the lot next to Sheffield's.  You had to put $5 in the honor system box.  I'm not sure that's still in operation, but will follow up.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC Getting Prepped for 2011- NOW HIRIING" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/05/11
 

We've started our work resetting the store, buying new product and getting things in order.  In between occasionally breaking away for a Sea Bass, Bluefin, King Mackerel trip.

As part of 2011 preparations we are now taking job applications for the Spring and Summer season.  If you have interest in joing the OIFC team for the 2011 season, please email info@oifc.com requesting a job application.  The OIFC is looking for a few good men/women.  Come join us!

The Sea Bass are thick as fleas once you get past 90 feet of water.  Inside of that are alot of Sharks.  The King bite was good southwest of the Tower in 100 feet a couple of days ago.  Look for 66+ degree water and bait.  The Bluefin are always a wild card.  They have not been caught, but you never know what you will see if you are out.  Take a couple of Bluefin worthy outfits on any offshore trip just in case you see the "Bluefin buring bush".  Stay tuned


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"OIFC Year Round Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/04/11
 

The 2010 edition of the Rodeo is in the record books.  The final tallies have been sent to the accountant for verification and the checks will be forthcoming.  I'm happy to announce that a little over $1,200 will be shared among the 26 finalists.  Also the trophies should be ready Friday afternoon.

Get ready...the 2011 edition of the OIFC Year Round is getting ready to kick off!  We hope you will take part in all the tournaments the OIFC has to offer! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Finally in on the Action"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/04/11
 

My boat has been out of the water for maintenance, but not anymore. The redfish bite has been hot despite extremely cold water. I have been surpised by all the reports of people catching redfish in such cold water. Our last two winters here have been brutal! To say the least, I have been chopping at the bit to get my boat back in the water. We finally got her in the water this past Friday and fished high tide. High tide is not the best time to catch fish this time of year. I looked ahead and picked Tuesday for my next day of fishing. The tides looked right. The weather could not have been more pleasant today as well. Pelicans have been diving on bait in front of the OIFC, and looks like some menhaden are hanging in there. I could not net any despite pelicans catching plenty. I fished several places as the tide pulled out of the creeks with little success. As the water went slack I moved into the canals and started to pick away at the docks. I landed three rat reds right in front of the OIFC. The water started to rise, so I gave another spot a quick try. Bingo! A 26 inch brute slammed a gulp pogy! Winter fishing at its best. Live mud minnows on a jighead work great this time of year as well. I have heard a few reports of trout and redfish around the Lockwood Folly area being caught with them. Little river area is also producing lots of fish. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Kite Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/03/11
 

I ran across this article on kite fishing and thought ya'll might be interested.  We sell a varity of kite fishing tackle at the OIFC if you get interested in giving a try.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stick Slinger's Sea Bass" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/02/11
 

Jim Bowen and John Currin went Sea Bass fishing aboard Jim's 26 ft. Sea Hunt the Stick Slinger.  They fished some numbers provided by Capt. Chris Dawson in about 90 ft. deep water.  They started out using squid and were hooking up, sometimes 3 at a time.  After a bit, they switched to Roscoe Jigs and butterfly jigs.  Jim said the Roscoe out fished the butterfly 3 to 1 and increased the size of the fish as well.  Jim reported they started fishing at 8 am and had limited by 10 am.  He raved about the success he had with the Roscoe Jig.

Thanks for the report and the pictures Jim.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""New Year Drum"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/01/11
 

Inshore fishing continues to be strong despite extreme cold weather for us this time of year. Lots of reports from Little River to the Cape Fear River have been saying the same thing. Redfish are biting and biting hard! Everyday someone is catching a good one. I wish it were me! John Taylor from Fayetteville, NC was bound and determine that he was going to catch one today. Pictured below is his best fish of the day, a 23" fat Red!  Mr. Taylor said he also landed two more that were 21 inches. You can bet I will be after them hardcore this week. See ya on the water!

Oh, What are they biting on? Gulp baits on the bottom or under a popping cork has been pretty productive. Live mud minnows on a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce jighead will work really good this time of year. Where? Dead water, shallow, really shallow...Good Luck! 

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Happy New Year!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/01/11
 

Captain Jeff Williamson finished 2010 with a charter aboard the "Get Busy".  Captain Jeff was chartered by the Casey family from Maryland.  Jill Casey caught her first red drum as shown in the pictures.  Jeff mostly fished the concrete canals on Ocean Isle Beach in the afternoon.  The water was extremely clear and the temps were @ 48 degrees.  The Casey's said being on the water in 60 degrees sure beat shoveling snow in Maryland!

There is a rare picture of the camera shy Captain Jeff in one of the pictures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Beautiful Day" | Speckulator - 22' | 12/31/10
 

Captains Jeff Beck, Zach Faulkner and I took advantage of today's 60+ degrees and sunny weather to do a little inshore fishing.  We'd been told by Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) the bite had been on in the morning.

We put in at slack tide and didn't expect much action.  Our afternoon started out slow and went downhill from there.  (One of Brian Aycock's famous sayings.)  Jeff fished mostly with a cork, Zach worked an artificial and I opted for mud minnows.  We managed a few trout like the one in the picture.  Mayhaps we three have spent too much time off shore and need to sharpen up our inshore skills.  No matter though.  All we wanted to do was take advantage of a beautiful day,  get on the water and wet a hook.


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"Addition To Capt. Barrett's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/31/10
 

Captain David Hooks (Black Pearl) was one of the boats fishing east of the Tower Thursday.  In addition to a couple of fish boxes full he brought in these 2 nice kings.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Ocean Isle Boat Ramp" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/31/10
 

The State has posted a notice saying the OIB boat ramp will be closed January 3rd, indefinitely.  As of now I have no further info.  We will keep you updated.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"There ARE fish out there" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/30/10
 

In fulfilling our commitment to provide up to date and often real time fishing reports, I am coming to you just off the water with a fish report from today's action. In fact, I'd have been online sooner but my fingers just thawed out enough that I can type! No not really, it was a beautiful day but traveling home through that 45 degree water certainly gets a little chilly. Today, Capt. Rube, and good buddy Capt. Jon Miller joined me aboard the 31' Yellowfin for a mission to go wet a line. I'm on a record streak having not fished for almost a month. Bad weather, holidays, and every other excuse in the book has kept me off the water but today I was gone! I recently put together a new gulf stream trolling rod and reel combo as well as new wahoo trolling rig set ups so I was jonesn' to pull a ballyhoo in the stream. But then again I did hear a good king mackerel report from yesterday just east of the tower. But wait, the jumbo bass were also supposedly on fire. Let's not forget tis' the season for deep jigging. Oh yeah, and don't forget about the ever alluring possibility of a bluefin tuna blitz. So, as you can imagine my little 31' Yellowfin looked like a porcupine this morning when I left the dock with rods sticking up from every single rod holder on the boat, ready for anything. We cleared the inlet in the dark around 5:45am and pointed her east to first go explore the king mackerel bite I had heard about the day before east of Frying Pan Tower. We arrived and found about 10 commercial spoon boats circling but the word was no king mackerel just boneheads. The bait was marking up thick so we took that opportunity to collect a well full of jumbo cigar minnows thinking we may use them somewhere along the line. We stuck around for about 30 minutes and managed 1 small king and some boneheads and opted to continue on our trek towards the break around the Same Ol hole. While I rigged up the trolling arsenal Rube and Jon went to work on the vertical jigging where they quickly found a bent rod with school of amberjack. After we were all worn out from pulling on the jacks we deployed the new wahoo trolling rigs on my new gulf stream setups for a trial run. It was trial by fire as 5 minutes later the short left fires off screaming down the middle with white water splashing all over the place. 20 seconds of a screaming drag then he was gone. Fortunately 5 seconds of despair was quickly flattened when the long line burst into a high pitch squeal and we were on again. The new gulf stream trolling combo was awesome as we angled the fish to the boat in short order but with a great sporting fight. 35lb wahoo in the boat! We plowed around for another 1 hour or so with nothing and then the same thing again. Short left gets nailed and he drops it only to come right back to the long bait again. And again, Capt. Rube puts wahoo number two in the box. After catching a few boneheads we decided to give jigging another shot. The jacks were waiting for us again for some exercise and I broke off what I believe was large grouper. It was getting towards afternoon so we made the call to start heading back towards home hoping to run into a bluefin tuna sign but it was not to be. We never saw any birds or bait of any consequence. All in all it was a fun day and great to be back on the water. I was very pleased with the new gulf stream trolling combo that I manufactured. It takes gulf stream trolling tackle to the limit with the purpose of catching big fish on small equipment making the angling experience much more enjoyable. I'm putting in my request to OIFC management to carry these in the store so be sure to come check out the latest development in trolling tackle. The weather looks good for the next couple days- go get em'!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/30/10
 

Several boats fished yesterday.  They found the kings and a couple of mahi east of the Frying Pan Tower.  It seems the warm water has pushed out.  Captain Brant and some others are out again today.

Inshore, the water was in the 30's.  The trout were very lethargic.  (Didn't know I knew words like that did you?)  Flounder were seen in very shallow water laying on the black mud.  Some of this info was courtesy of Captain Mark Dickson...thanks. Mark.  Captain Jeff Beck and Capt. Brandon Sauls may give the in shore fishing a shot today.

I hope to give you an update this evening.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/29/10
 

Multimedia Message Had a good day with the Wu party from Buffalo. Started out trying to catch a bluefin.  Found tons of birds and bat 3 miles inshore of shark hole..  Water a bit cool at 47 but worth a shot.  Struck out.  Ran offshore to 90 feet at 11am and smoked the big sea bass, most big ones I've seem in a while.  Caught all we could by 3pm and are on the way home now.  Tomorrow think I'll head off and try for wahoo and do some vertical jogging.  Maybe web can sneak an end of season grouper.  Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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