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""Bluefin Confirmed!!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/02/10
 

The bluefin bite was confirmed on 11/29/10...a 77" 199lb. core weight hit the dock in Moorehead this past Monday...Lots of folks have been reporting whales, birds, and oil slicks. Capt. Brant is planning on doing his bluefin seminars again this year with the action already heating up out there. I have been tying topshots and Steele has an end cap built with all the tackle you need on it. We have several options in combo rods and reels to fight these monsters as well. This Saturday's weather looks to be fishable as of right now. NW 10kts. or less switching to the West seas 2 to 3....Go look for the bluefin early and then go get a wahoo! The wahoo were thick a couple of weeks ago out on the break. I would imagine not much has changed since this is usually where they stay for the winter months. It is going to be cold, but a giant bluefin will warm you up quick! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"OIFC Year Round Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/30/10
 

I just finished updating the Rodeo standings.  I THINK I've got it right.  If I've made a mistake, let me know.  I'll be updating it prior to it's end...
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""No Joke! BLUEFIN!!!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/29/10
 

Just got off the phone with Capt. Brant...77" 199lbs. core weight Bluefin hit the dock in Moorehead today...another Bluefin was called in and on the way to the dock as well. The signs have been every where the last few days and finally someone confirmed it! Who will be next? Look on our website and join Capt. Brant's Bluefin seminars. I am sure it will not be long before our fleet will be in hot pursuit. If you are thinking about following us and need equipment, we've got it. Either way, stay tuned...it is about to get really exciting around the OIFC! Lock and load, lets go!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Tragic Loss to OIFC Family" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/29/10
 

It is with great regret that I report that 17 year old Cy Garber, son to Ned and Caroline Garber of Ocean Isle has tragically passed away in a car accident.  The Garber family is also kin to the Newell's, another Ocean Isle family; both fishing families.  We are so sorry for the loss.  Please keep the Garber and Newell family and all those close to Cy in your thoughts and prayers. 

Below is the obituary taken from the Fayetteville Observer:

FAYETTEVILLE - Edgar Clyde "Cy" Garber IV passed away Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, evidencing that God's will surpasses our spiritual understanding and trumps our earthly wishes, as Cy received the call to return to the realm of our Lord.

In the wake of his departure, untold grief befalls the family and friends of this zestful and amicable young fellow, who wrenched the very marrow from the bones of his short life here on earth.

Cy was a lifelong member of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church. Yet it was beside the quiet, and not so quiet, waters and woods that Cy most intimately communed with our Lord. Cy was a senior at Terry Sanford High School. He attended dutifully, though sometimes wistfully. For while his body sat in its pew or at its desk, his spirit directed his eyes most frequently toward the windows of the room. It was out there that he longed always to be.

As a result of his passing, many a straight Harrells pine will never be climbed; many a still Carolina water will remain undisturbed by bow of boat or fin of ski; many a swampy bulrush will go untrodden by his boots; many a stainless hook will fail to taste the salt of the ocean; many a swollen wave will break un-surfed; many a dirt path will remain untracked; many a hand will go ungrasped; many a neck will remain unhugged; many a lady's lip will fail to part in the smile he would have brought to it; and many a man's head will remain unshook to the otherwise gently chuckled whispery phrase of "that daggum Cy Garber ..."

Cy was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Billy Niles and Lela Harrell of Harrells.

Cy leaves behind an emotionally broken but spiritually confident family. The greatest loss is felt by his father, mother, and sister, they being Edgar "Ned" C. Garber III and Caroline Harrell Garber, both of the home, and Molly Caroline Garber of Fayetteville. Also surviving Cy are his paternal grandfather and grandmother, Dr. and Mrs. Edgar Clyde Garber Jr. of Fayetteville; his aunts and uncles, Bob and Liz Newell of Winston-Salem, Niles and Linda Harrell of Cary, Amy Byrd of Fayetteville and Lee and Sharon Garber of Raeford; his cousins, Will and Lela Newell of Winston-Salem, Lizzie Harrell of Cary, and Ross and Anna Byrd of Fayetteville.

In that we, by faith, are sure of Cy's place with God today, we pray as one for your comfort, Lord, and that our days of grief may one day be replaced by a sense of celebration for our time spent with Cy and in acknowledgement of the assuredness of our one day being reunited with him and with You.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Cook and the Rev. Tim Register officiating. Interment will follow at Harrells Town Cemetery in Harrells.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in the church gathering hall, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Siloam Baptist Church, 833 Tomahawk Highway, Harrells, NC 28444.

Arrangements made by Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fish Pic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/29/10
 

Rickey reported an all OIFC staff Wahoo trip that took place last Monday.  I finally got around to downloading one of the pictures.  After morning storms and wind, the skies opened up and a nice afternoon of fishing was had by all.  Thanks to friend Dan Ratley who invited us all aboard his boat Quick Draw for the day of fishing.

For the record, Anita's Wahoo weighed 62 pounds and Jacob's 61, so Anita is officially holding the crown for big fish of the year right now.  I'm sure more to follow.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"A Raw Weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/29/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) was chartered by Bruce Christison and his son Matt this weekend.  Mat is a junior at Charleston College majoring in marine biology.  As you can tell in the pictures they weathered the wind and cold and caught some nice fish at the old (thank goodness) Sunset Bridge.

Meanwhile, Brandon Sauls, aboard his new Triton took the lead in the OIFC Rodeo with an unbelievable 9 lb. trout. Brandon and his trout are in the next to the last picture.  The last picture is Brandon's partner, witness and accomplished fisherman in his own right, Clay Morphis, Sr.  Clay caught a 7.2 lb trout himself.  On any other day, that fish would have won Capt. Kyle's Tournament.

  It will take  some getting used to not seeing Brandon in the Bone boat with his sunvisor on upside down and backwards.  That boat would make someone a nice ride, and it knows how to catch fish!

Meanwhile, the off shore guys were hanging around the OIFC or coffee shops talking about the upcoming blue fin season.  Also, as a side note, Capt. Rube and Capt. Chris Eckert were cleaning some big ol' Mahi on the OIFC dock.  The word is they came from an undisclosed location far out in the Gulf Stream.  Add that to the recent wahoo bite and the prospect of landing a big money blue fin and a lot of people are "chomping at the bit" to wet a hook.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/28/10
 

Sorry to say that there really isn't much to report from the offshore scene this past weekend.  The weather didn't let up enough for anyone to get offshore to get back after the Wahoo, Kings and Grouper.  No doubt they are still out there, but we just need Mother Nature to help us out.  Right now the weather looks to blow most of the week, but maybe we'll get a window by next weekend.  Stay tuned.  On the inshore side, you can see from Capt. Kyle's tournament that the trout fishing is not lacking. 

For those who were at OIB this weekend, hope you enjoyed the flotilla-- a dozen or more boats were dressed to the T with lights and decorations and made for a great parade on Saturday evening.  The flotilla has become very popular over the past few years as hundreds if not thousands come out to watch.  The OIFC is a great place to watch and we certainly welcome our customers to watch the flotilla in coming years from the OIFC.  Better yet, next year, join in and decorate your boat. 

The cold weather has got me thinking more toward Bluefin now.  I'm getting rigs ready and making sure that the boats are ready with correct permitting and such.  A good trip to plan is Bluefin Tuna fishing in the AM until 11am or so and then run off another 30 or so miles to fish for Wahoo until 3pm or so and then head home.    I'm going to start planning my coming trips along these lines.  Stay tuned to our reports and the weather and then come join us, either on your boat or ours. 

Happy Holidays-


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Trout Tournament Results" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/28/10
 

Another Thanksgiving Inshore Classic is now in the books, and it will certainly be one that will be remebered for many years to come.  Conditions were forcasted to be tough, so only 9 teams mustered up the courage to brave the cold, wind, and dirty water.  While it is safe to say that most of us had a tough day of it yesterday, Capts. Brandon Sauls and Clay Morphis had one of those days that doesn't come around very often, and that few trout fishermen will ever have.  They slid into the scales aboard Brandon's brand new 24' Triton, the "El Diablo/Bonecrusher II" with a 3 - trout aggregate totaling 23.7lbs.  Thats right 23.7lbs people.  There fish weighed in a 9.0, 8.5, and 6.2, and the had another one over 6 as well.  Throughout my trials and travels fishing trout tournament over the years, I only know of 1 other time in a 3 - fish tournament where the winning weight was over 20lbs.  The only way I could describe the magnitude of this feat to those who don't trout fish would to that it is the equivalent to Team OIFC's 74lb king in the National Champioship last year.  In 2nd place was Robert Hughes and Brian Richard with an aggregate of 8.5lbs.  3rd place was claimed by Mike Fields and Jason Mc Dowell with an aggreate of 8.4lbs.  So there you have it...I can't explain what happened or why no one else managed to find a good one, but I will go on record that I saw Brandon and Clay catch their fish, just for anyone sittling at home who might have doubts.  Good job boys, I'm not sure how you're gonna top that one.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Get Busy" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/27/10
 

Steve Gassaway and his sons Patrick and Kevin of Charlotte, N.C. fished in shore yesterday with Captain Jeff Williamson aboard the Get Busy and went 2 for 3 on an in shore slam.  The charter group took advantage of the morning weather before the rain set in using live shrimp and Gulp Swimming Minnows.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Trout Time" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/27/10
 

Scott Allen and his son Austin joined Captain Kyle aboard the Speckulator on a blustery Friday to do some trout fishing.  The group worked the docks and shallows using live shrimp and caught a live well full of nice specks.  Scott said they released more than they caught.  The cool weather trout bite is on at the OIFC.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Wendell the Wahoo Slayer Barnett Strikes again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/26/10
 

Wendell Barnett sent me this picture of an 80 lb Wahoo that he caught last weekend during the Wahoo Blitz of '10. This fish was caught near the Blackjack. Great fish Wendell.
- Capt. Steele
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"Gator Caught this morning" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/26/10
 

Darren Cranfield just stopped by to weigh this nice 4.8lb Trout that he caught on Artificials first thing this morning.  Great Job Darren. 


- Capt. Steele
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"East of The Shoals" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/26/10
 

"Team McKee Craft"  made up of Jeff Reid,Matt Watson and Joey Crisp headed east of the shoals on some numbers provided by John McWhite of ProFinder Charts.We are a dealer for the charts and chips..check our web store. They were on a great bottom about 37 miles out a few miles east of the Tower and in about 100-120 ft. of 74 degree water.They kept their limit of grouper, caught many kings, released several red group just below minimum size, caught trigger fish and various other bottom dwellers.

Of great interest to many of us is they saw a blue fin tuna and some whales.  The sky was also thick with "tuna birds".  The picture below of the ocean was one they tried to take of the tuna, the whales,  and the grease slick they made.  But it didn't show up.  Hopefully they will be off Brunswick County soon!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Thanksgiving Inshore Classic Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/25/10
 

Just a reminder for all you trout fishermen who will hopefully be fishing the tournament.  Registration will be tommorrow afternoon, Nov. 26th, at the OIFC from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Fishing hours will be from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sat.  You must be in the weigh in line by 4:00 p.m. The scales will open at 3:30 p.m.  If anyone has any questions feel free to give me a call.  Look forward to seeing some of you tommorrow evening.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"NC KFC PICS" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

A few more weigh in pics from the NC KFC. Great weather, great fishing, great competition- It was a great tournament!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"NC KFC PICS Cont'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

More Pictures of teams weighing in at the NC Kingfish Championship
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"NC Kingfish Championship PICS" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

Below are pictures taken of the teams fishing the 2010 North Carolina Kingfish Championship at weigh in last week in Beaufort, NC. Team Release is the 2010 State Champion with an aggregate weight of 78.65lbs!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Visit With A Soldier" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

OIFC charter Captain Jeff Williamson had a great day fishing inshore with a family who were in the area visiting their son before he deployed to Iraq.

The primo bait is live shrimp.  There are some stores in the area selling the for $6.50 a dozen.  They are tough to find in the waterway.  Second to them would be to float an artificial such as a Berkly Gulp under a cork.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Marine Fisheries Menhaden meeting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

Results for the NC Marine Fisheries Commission meeting Tuesday is that they decided not to open up waters south of Cape Lookout for commercial menhaden  netting. I have requested a copy of the discussion on this subject as I'm curious to learn more of the what/why this subject was brought up. Also whether they discussed the issue of not allowing Omega to net north of Cape Lookout until close of commercial Bluefin season. Thanks to everyone for contacting them, as apparently they got a strong message from the public. Standby for more info. Rube McMullan
- Rube McMullan
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"Perspective" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/25/10
 

This picture should give a little perspective to the size of the 76.2lb wahoo Jeff Martini's crew landed on the 22nd.  The bite is still on and right now the wind isn't blowing like was originally predicted.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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