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"Galapagos Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/04/11
 

Finally a couple of pictures!  Donnie Clark posted these pictures of his daughter Stacy and her husband, Brian Allen with with a striped marlin a  wahoo.  They were caught on a spinning reel.....Thanks Donnie!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fighting The Ban" | Get Busy | 02/04/11
 

Area fishermen in S.C. are meeting with their representatives about the fishing bans.  Click here to read the article in the Myrtle Beach Sun.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Ditch Bag" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/03/11
 

The SKA is requiring all participating boats in their tournaments have a ditch bag this year.  I just took delivery on one for the "Do Work".  We have some in stock at the OIFC and can order any style made.  I shopped around and Brant has the best prices of anyplace I compared.   Even if you're not fishing an SKA Tournament, having an EPIRB and a ditch bag on board is a good idea. Check with us when you are ready to buy one.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Galapagos Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/03/11
 

I just received an update on the trip from Stephanie McMullan.  It seems that for the moment Captain Barrett is unable to email a report.  However she said the crew is having a great time.(I guess so, when compared to our weather).  On average the boats are catching between 1 and 4 marlin per day.  Everyone has either caught or witnessed the catch of a marlin.  The fishermen are seeing 10 or more marlin per day, so the excitement is in the effort to hook them!  Barrett reported the marlin weigh between 180-200 lbs.!  It's nice to see a trip be so successful

As soon as Captain Barrett can get good Internet service he'll post a more detailed report.

I've taken the liberty to attach a couple of maps and images of local scenery I found that I thought ya'll might find interesting.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Dixie Chicken Cancelled" | Get Busy | 02/02/11
 

Sad sign of the times.  Click on this link for the story in the Sun News.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Catching a hog in the fog"" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/02/11
 

After seeing 100+ redfish in the shallows yesterday I couldn't stand not to go again today. The weather was a little less favorable for spotting the fish today, but I had a new idea! Reading an article last night about fishing in gin clear water and using a gold spoon was the ticket for success in such conditions. It worked! I landed 2 fish in my first 3 casts. Maybe a little luck involved, but the fish inhaled it! I fished hard for another hour or so before my next bite. But again it was a hard bite! They seemed to love a gold spoon. The 6 to 8 inch mullet were also swimming with the spoon at times. You can bet I will be hitting the flats hard with this technique many times this coming year. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Paradise?" " | Tiberias - 22' | 02/01/11
 

For those of us stuck here in Ocean Isle Beach the weather has been nice the last few days. Those brave enough to get out on the water have been greeted by a few redfish willing to bite. Myself and Capt. Jeff Williamson went looking for these redfish today. We fished a few places before seeing our first school of upper slot fish. They were balled up like menhaden, going around in a big circle. We spooked them the first time with out a bite. We eased down the bank making long cast, then there it was, the tell tell thump! REDFISH! I landed a nice 26&3/4 inch beauty! We continued to ease down the bank making long cast and looking hard. Again we ran up on the same school of 20 to 30 fish balled up. No doubt there were some over 30 inches in this school. We pitched our baits to the edge of the school, had one fish follow my bait to the boat. Once he saw the boat he spooked and so did the rest of them. We worked the area pretty hard and picked up two more smaller fish. We were about to call it a day when I spotted another large school, probably 40 or more fish in it. Sizes ranging from18inches to over 30inches easy. Again the water is so clear they spooked! We eased down the bank spotting several more little schools of rat reds and large schools of mullet. We pitched to several fish, but no bites. Again we were getting ready to head for the house when we spotted several more fish coming around a bar. Just absolutely an awesome sight to see! We will be after those fish again once this nasty weather passes. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Paradise Found" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/31/11
 

Wow....words can't do it justice. We got up around 8am this morning in Guayaquil at our very nice hotel, ate breakfast and headed to the airport. Our guide, Julio Rosas helped to get us to and thru the airport using his skills proving once again it's not what you know but who you know. The flight left at 11am on a jet and 90 minutes later we touched down at San Cristobal in the Galapagos. Stepping off the plane we were greeted with 80+ degree temps and a nice sea breeze. The mission is a success at this point as far as I'm concerned. Warm weather was the goal the rest is gravy. We were met at the airport by Capt. Braden and his crew where we loaded up in several pick up trucks and headed down the road to our hotel. Hotel Miconia is located right on the waterfront and is absolutely perfect. The only thing you to have to be careful of is not tripping over the lounging sea lions that hang out in front of the hotel on the edge of the harbor. After getting settled in the hotel, all 16 in our group loaded up into 2 boats for our afternoon snorkel adventure. We ran about 20 minutes to "kicker rock" which is basically a gigantic rock that sticks up about 400ft above the surface in the middle of the ocean. Brant and Amy chose to scuba dive and the rest of us snorkeled. If you ever wanted the thrill to swim with sharks this place will accomodate. We snorkeled around the massive rock and saw 100's of sharks that were thankfully very docile, a bunch of turtles, fish and even blue footed boobies! After that experience we headed back towards to the harbor but made a stop off in a lagoon where we all jumped out and snorkeled again. This time we were greeted by curious sea lions. These guys are awesome. They are very playful and have the sweetest faces you've ever seen. We are literally swimming with them inches from each other's face. I know we got a bunch of good pics and videos. Everybody is back at the hotel now and having evening cocktails before dinner in about an hour. Fishing begins tomorrow and the word is there is a lot of stripe marlin around so we're all pretty anxious. It's truly amazing you can get on an airplane from NC and in less than 24 hours be in a place like this. The island is a national park and kept extremely clean and regulated. The wildlife we've seen so far is amazing. So far I'm very impressed with everything we've encountered on this trip. Now if the fishing is good too I may just put in my resignation papers at OIFC- NC and set up shop down here! ps. Stephanie, can't get my email to work. I will call.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Phase 2 and 3 good" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/31/11
 

Atlanta to Miami- no problem. Miami to Guayaquil Ecuador- slight delay. After an hour wait on the runway we finally took off this evening around 8pm from Miami. Barrett, Rube, Brian and Stacy Allen, Benji Faulkner, Brant and Amy and Andy Erbacher all were on board for the flight. It is 2:24am and we are all set in our hotel. It took a while to get thru customs but everything went pretty smooth. The hotel we are at is super nice. First impressions of Guayaquil Ecuador are good. The people seem very nice (of course those out and about this time of night might be leaving the party), the city is clean and it appears to be a wealthy city. We'll get a better picture of what we're dealing with tomorrow but so far so good. We have a short night of sleep and then tomorrow at 11am we take off for the Galapagos. It's about an hour flight. Hopefully internet access is still good over there so we can give regular updates.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Gorgeous Day" | Get Busy | 01/30/11
 

Henry Beckham took advantage of today's gorgeous weather to do some back water fishing.  He landed and released this small red using cut mullet.

I expect the pelicans wanted some of the cut mullet as well.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Congratulations" | Get Busy | 01/30/11
 

Jim Bowen of the "Stick Slinger" passed his captain's course this weekend.  Congratulations Captain Bowen!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More Sea Bass Info." | Get Busy | 01/30/11
 

I've received a few more questions on the sea bass restrictions.  Click here if you'd like to read some more about it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Park on a Redfish"" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/30/11
 

Mr. Park, Adam, and his friend Chad joined me on a redfish hunt today. We found a couple early right in front of the OIFC. They wised up pretty quick putting us back on the hunt. We moved around until we caught a few more just around the corner. They also wised up so we again moved on. We headed for a place that has been producing several bites, but we made several casts without a bite. I was getting disappointed with the area until Chad screamed out "I got one"! Indeed he did...As we danced around the boat making lots of noise our goal was to land this fish.  Chad had his hands full with a 24" redfish on 6lb. test line. The fish came to the boat pretty easy until he saw the net. Game on! Stripping line! Second pass by the boat and strip, strip, strip...Third pass was a charm! Blacken redfish for supper! With all the commotion I decided to move to a new area. Chad on his first cast nailed another redfish and Mr. Park hooked up at the same time. Double!! I netted Mr. Park's and it was hooked well. I handed the net to Adam to land Chad's fish. We all vowed that it was Adam's turned to land a fish. We gave Adam five minutes to catch a fish, then we all pitched in to help. Chad of all people hooked up and passed the rod. Adam landed the fish and we called it a day. Lots of excitment on the water for January! I love it!! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Park on a Redfish"" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/30/11
 

Mr. Park, Adam, and his friend Chad joined me on a redfish hunt today. We found a couple early right in front of the OIFC. They wised up pretty quick putting us back on the hunt. We moved around until we caught a few more just around the corner. They also wised up so we again moved on. We headed for a place that has been producing several bites, but we made several casts without a bite. I was getting disappointed with the area until Chad screamed out "I got one"! Indeed he did...As we danced around the boat making lots of noise our goal was to land this fish.  Chad had his hands full with a 24" redfish on 6lb. test line. The fish came to the boat pretty easy until he saw the net. Game on! Stripping line! Second pass by the boat and strip, strip, strip...Third pass was a charm! Blacken redfish for supper! With all the commotion I decided to move to a new area. Chad on his first cast nailed another redfish and Mr. Park hooked up at the same time. Double!! I netted Mr. Park's and it was hooked well. I handed the net to Adam to land Chad's fish. We all vowed that it was Adam's turned to land a fish. We gave Adam five minutes to catch a fish, then we all pitched in to help. Chad of all people hooked up and passed the rod. Adam landed the fish and we called it a day. Lots of excitment on the water for January! I love it!! See ya on the water!


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"The Journey Begins" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/30/11
 

I'm sitting in the Atlanta airport with Rube waiting to board a plane for the first leg of our journey to the Galapagos islands. We're headed to Miami first where we'll meet up with about half our crew there and then take off for Guayaquil, Ecuador this evening. A few of the gang is already in Guayaquil and the reports are everything is great so far. Stand by for updates.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"News Article" | Get Busy | 01/29/11
 

Click here to read the latest article about the black sea bass in the Myrtle Beach Sun News.
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""Steele catch'n reds"" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/29/11
 

Finally, Steele and I get our day on the water. We landed our first fish right in front of the OIFC. We saw a few fish everywhere we went, with the exception of the Shallote river. They are dredging in the inlet, so it is stirring the water up quite a bit. Steele caught three fish to my two fish. We both had several bumps, but it is hard to feel the bite this time of year. We cruised around looking in the clear shallow water scouting for more fish. We saw three fish in the upper slot, but they would not bite. I will be looking for those fish to bite tomorrow as I will be back on the water. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Clay's New Boat" | Get Busy | 01/29/11
 

Below are pictures of Clay Morphis' new Sea Hunt BX 24.  She's rigged and ready to go!  Inshore fishermen watch out, Clay and Brandon Sauls both have new bay boats!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Still catch'n reds"" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/28/11
 

Fished for a little while today looking for surviving fish. The water is very clear and the fish are easy to see. Which also means they can see you as well. I saw several fish in the shallows, but they were not willing to eat. I moved around and finally got a bite right in front of the OIFC. That was the only fish willing to eat in there. I fished the Shallote river with no luck. Moved back into the canals and found a group of fish willing to eat the bottom out of the boat. I landed 5 fish really quick, then they wised up. See ya on the water!


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