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"Stay Tuned" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/17/11
 

I was pleasantly surprised with the response I recieved from folks interested in going fishing tomorrow.  It provides some hope that fishing will survive, despite our government and despite Mother Nature's dismal Winter.  We have a full crew going tomorrw.  The Stream has been pushed offshore of the break, so I'm really not looking for much in the way of trolling.  We will give it a little time, but I think the majority of our day will be spent jigging.  I hope to see lots of bent rods from a variety of species, and although the Grouper season is closed, I hope we'll see some variety from legal species that will allow us to make a meal or two for everyone.  Stay tuned to tomorrow PM's report. 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend Weather Looking Good" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/17/11
 

This weekend is shaping up good for anyone looking to break out of the cabin fever.  Our Friday Gulf Stream trip is still scheduled.  I have 1 spot open if anyone wants to jump on board- cost is $375.  I know we'll be doing a good bit of vertical jigging, and if the Gulf Stream moves in more, the trolling may be good as well.  The truth is, regardless of the fishing, I just want to get on the water and out of the office!  If you want to join me on this trip, call me today 910 367 2945. 

Today is nice weather as well.  I think a couple of boats may be heading out.  If I get a report, I'll post here this PM.  Come on down and see us this weekend.  The store is looking good with all the new goodies to choose from. 

See you here- Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""What's biting? What lures to use?"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/16/11
 

I noticed on our Ask a Captain forum the question was asked, "What lures are working best for trout and redfish right now?" My favorite baits are soft plastics rigged on an 1/8oz. jighead bouncing them off the bottom in varying speeds. Gulp baits are hard to beat for redfish. Redfish tend to feed more on taste and smell than anything else. Deep Creek Lures will be at the OIFC offering a new product line March 26th at 10:00a.m. I have had the priviledge of experimenting with these baits and found out they work extremely well. Henry Smith has combined smell and action into a soft plastic like no other bait I have seen.(Made in the USA) The redfish and trout have been crushing it lately. Stop by and check it out. I will also be giving a more in depth seminar on fishing with artificials. Below is a couple of pictures and a rare glimpse into my tackle box. Good Luck! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Friday is going to happen" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/16/11
 

Well folks,  looks like our Friday Gulf Stream trip is going to happen... We have a couple of spots left for anyone wanting to get in on the action.  Call Brant at 910.367.2945 to get in on the action.  Cost will be $375 per person.  Lets go fishing.
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Let's Go Fishing- Split Charter this Saturday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/15/11
 

OK- let's try this again.  Weather looks VERY good for Friday.  I'd love to have company to go offshore and do some trolling and jigging along the break.  Something between a Wahoo, Blackfin, Grouper, Amberjack, Cobia.......  All are possible.  Cost is $375 per person, need 4 people -- call Capt. Brant at 910 367-2945 to set it up.  Let's go stretch our legs, cabin fever is setting in serious!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Take Daddy Fishn'" | Get Busy | 03/14/11
 

Sydney and Sloan Sauls got tired of hearing about how great a fisherman their dad Brandon is.  So they took him along on their fishing trip this weekend and showed him how it's done girl style!!  The girls said not to pay attention to the background.  It may not be where the fish were actually caught.  Brandon had no comment.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Steady Bite"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/14/11
 

Fished all day yesterday looking for that new honey hole. I can't say that I found anything that produced that magical bite yesterday. I picked up one here and one there. I also was on a scouting mission trying to find out just where I could take my boat before getting stuck. I found a place that looked promising, but did not see any fish other than large mullet. I am sure the redfish will be there at some point. All the canals have switched over to mostly trout, just a few puppy drum still hanging out. A few flounder have crawled out of the mud and getting hungry. It won't be long before an all out bite will bust loose in our backwaters. With that said get prepared! I ended up catching 8 trout and 3 redfish yesterday. See ya on the water.

I will be giving a seminar on March 26th on how to use artificial baits to catch trout, redfish, and flounder. The owner of Deep Creek Lures will be here at the OIFC showing off some of the artificials I love to use. Henry Smith has designed some of the best looking baits and colors I have seen in a while. Stop by and check it out! Proof is in the last several reports that these baits work great! This is the only place you can get'em, so you better get'em while the gett'n is good! March 26th 10:00am!!!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Spring Kickoff" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/14/11
 

A reminder that our annual Spring Kickoff event will be Saturday, March 26- 10am-3pm+.  There will be free seminars including topics on Speckled Trout, Monster Redfish, Kite fishing and targeting Blackfin Tuna.  We will again off the line spooling promo, with line at $.02/yd (please bring your reels with NO line on them).  The always popular used tackle forum will be in high gear as I know of quite a few folks planning to bring their gear to sell.  Bring yours too and find it a new home.  Finally, the OIFC has done alot of house cleaning this Winter and we've got some great deals on some very nice stuff.  Name brand lures and clothing up to 60% off.  Mark your calendar, see you at the OIFC on March 26th.  And, IT IS ALL FREE
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Concerned" | Get Busy | 03/13/11
 

The OIFC received the new fish size and quota regulations from the N.C.M.F. yesterday.  On it the flounder size was shown to be 15 " which is in conflict with the information provided by the N.C.M.F. on their web site.  I'll try to get clarification.  If anyone has further info. let us know.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Lets Go Get'em..... " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/13/11
 

Well folks,  I know its short notice but this week is looking VERY good for fishing. Unfortunately, this time of year, all we have is short notice. Looks like some GREAT weather and GREAT 72+ degree water in the gulf stream.  Monday and Thursday look like the best days to go with winds less than 10kts and long period swell on tap... We have availability on the boats if anyone wants to go.  We are looking for 4-6 folks to go.  Give us a call at 910.575.fish to book your spot.  Cost will be $375.00 each, less if we get 5 or 6.  Targeted fish will be Wahoo, Blackfin/Yellowfin Tuna.  If that is slow, we will do some Bottom Jigging for Cobia and BIG AJ's, but with a temp shot like this, it wont be slow.... Come on out and lets break in these new 300hp Yamaha's the right way...
- Capt. Steele Park
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""Carolina Slam'n in March"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/12/11
 

Started of this morning working in the store. Aww....what a beautiful morning! I was itching something terrible to get on the water. Finally, I got out of there around 2:00...just in time for the last bit of outgoing tide. Usually some of the best fishing is had during this tide, especially this time of year as the water gets warmer as the shallows drain. I did find some 60 degree water, but no fish were willing to bite in that area. I picked Tubbs Inlet apart today along with two kayakers. Lots of mullet and pelicans diving everywhere. I never got a bite in there and the two kayakers said the same. I headed toward the bridge and got my first bite of the day. First flounder of the season for me. Not much else happening at the bridge so I moved on. I worked a few more areas and was about to give it up. Then a red drum hit the bait, but kind of hesitate as I barely had him hooked. I worked that area over pretty hard and again was on my last cast before calling it the day. BAM! Speckled Trout absolutely hammered the bait! Amazingly, with lots of presistence I was rewarded with my first Carolina Slam of the year. I hope to have plenty more of those to come this year! See ya on the water!

I will be giving a seminar on March 26th on how to use artificial baits to catch trout, redfish, and flounder. The owner of Deep Creek Lures will be here at the OIFC showing off some of the artificials I love to use. Henry Smith has designed some of the best looking baits and colors I have seen in a while. Stop by and check it out! Proof is in the last several reports that these baits work great! This is the only place you can get'em, so you better get'em while the gett'n is good! March 26th 10:00am!!! 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Seriously, Weatherman!"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/12/11
 

I do believe the weatherman has scared us all from making our first run to the gulf stream this year! Current conditions at the tower....NNW 5 knots...Wave height 3ft....Wave period...12 sec...The wind is already starting to turn out of the SSW here. That means I can see slick spots in the ocean from the porch here. I can almost hear the drags screaming off the reels. NO WAIT! That is just my ear ringing from the pure silence of disappointment in the weatherman!

On a different note...Trout are starting to bite in the creeks and a few flounder have come out of the mud lately. The redfish are still hanging around, but seem to be under lots of pressure or just in transistion. It is getting time for the reds to start feeding on soft shell crabs and they will be difficult to catch without that bait. Just a reminder...TROUT CLOUSURE in North Carolina...you can catch them, but you must release them. It looks like we are going to have a beautiful weekend, so get out and enjoy it! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Ever Fished in a Wind Tunnel"?" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/11/11
 

Well, that is what it felt like today. The wind was blowing a good 15 to 20 WNW and gusting up to 30 at times. They say the fish bite the best in a West wind. Maybe they meant a light breeze from the West? LOL! We beat it to death! Finally, a few fish bit out of pure exhaustion from seeing our baits go by them. We had a total of five bites today. We landed two redfish and a trout. Chartruese was the color again today. We threw everything else from gulp pogies to fresh cut mullet, but no takers. I really think the passing front slowed the fish down a little and the wind made things difficult for the anglers. Regardless, this crew was all smiles, as this day was much better than being in snowy Ohio. See ya on the water!   
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Inshore Rookies"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/10/11
 

I made an attempt to put a couple of OIFC's finest on some fish today. The weather would have made anyone look like a rookie today. The first couple of cast were blown way off their mark. Once making a few adjustments to the wind the casting got a little better.  Will and I both had a few bumps, but nothing willing to totally commit yet. Will finally got a hook up, but it was only for a few seconds. We moved around checking out a few different spots. We were experimenting with several different colors, but no serious takers. I finally switched over to a color that has been producing and landed a nice trout. We tried a couple more places, but the wind was really making things unbearable. We called it a day as the rain showers were also starting to show up. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Good Day To Read" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/10/11
 

It's windy, cloudy and just sort of a rotten in Paradise.  I doubt any one's fishing, maybe with the exception of Captain Jacob who is just stoned cold hard core. For me today is a good day to read current fishing events such as Jeffrey Week's article on Trout.  Click on this link to read it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Mark Your Calender" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/08/11
 

Mark your calender for April 22 thru May 1st for Martini's Hook A Hoo Rodeo!  Click on the highlites for all the info.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Words of Wisdom" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/08/11
 

Here's some more words of wisdom from Earth Sports.  I don't know if they are always correct, but it does give some good info.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Reel Quick"" | Tiberias - 22' | 03/07/11
 

Folded t-shirts until I couldn't stand it anymore today. I headed home for a quick break before CPR class tonight. I caught a second wind and realized I had about 2 hours to kill before class. What better way to pass the time? I decided to take a quick fishing trip. I hit the first creek and landed one little trout. I could have sworn a North wind was blowing when I entered that creek and landed that trout. Amazingly the wind switched straight out of the South that quick and not another bite in that creek. Wife called, so I needed to head back to the house. I couldn't stand it though, I hit one more spot on the way home. I got 4 bites and landed three of them reel quick! That is the way fishing can be sometimes. I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Let's Go Fishing- Split Charter this Saturday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/07/11
 

The weather forecast for Saturday is looking very good.  We are dying to get on the water.  The boats are fueled, have brand new power and are ready to go!

Gulf Stream trip aboard the OIFC World Cat scheduled for Saturday, March 12th.  Leaves the OIFC docks at 6am and returns 6-7pm.  Trip will include trolling for Tuna and Wahoo and vertical jigging for Blackfin Tuna, Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack and whatever bends a rod. 

Per person cost = $375 (assuming 4 on board- cost will decrease if more people sign up)

To reserve your spot on this trip, call 910 575 3474 and ask for charter reservations- you'll get me and I'll get you on paper. 

Let's go fishing !!!!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"What Fishn' Is All About" | Get Busy | 03/07/11
 

Brandon Sauls, ace in shore fisherman, the OIFC's webmaster, and fellow Crossfitter took his twins fishing this weekend aboard Brandon's new boat.  I looks like the ladies struck it rich with the red drum.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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