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"Law Review" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/10
 

Michelle Drake reports that Saturday The Law fishing team partnered with Kenny Clark to fish 100 ft. of water.They took a bait buffet of frozen cigar minnows, squid, & assorted bottom rigs. The crew started trolling at 9:30 and had 3 kings in the box by 10, with numerous short strikes and break offs.  By noon they had their 3 person limit of kings.

They then switched to bottom fishing using squid and various bottom jigs.  Immediately they began catching keeper sea bass and the usual assortment of bottom dwellers.  Michelle fished a blue and white Shimano Lucanus Jig, which is now in need of a skirt and hooks.  At times she was catching 2 at a time.  She reports a beautiful sea and a great time!

Thanks for the report! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team OIFC's Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/10
 

The newly formed Team OIFC, made up of Brant, Amy, Anita, Steele, Jacob & Chris Dew joined Dan Ratley aboard the "Quick Draw" to get in on some of the hot wahoo action off the Brunswick Co. shores yesterday.  The group pulled balleyhoo and landed these 2 citation wahoo and several blackfin tuna  Anita's 62 # wahoo bested Jacob's 60 #'r for the top fish of the day, but neither  fish were anything to sneeze at.

Captain Brant has some more pictures and surely will fill us in on the details in his report.  I'm glad everyone had fun and wish I could have joined you. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Braid vs. Mono" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/10
 

I ran across this article and thought ya'll might be interested.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"76.2 lb Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/22/10
 

Jeff, his son Chance Martini and crew from the MidTown Bistro couldn't stand Bryan Freeman's success with the wahoo Saturday and struck out on their own today.  They ended up surpassing Bryan's 60+ lb wahoo with their own 76.2 lb wahoo.  This was Chance's 2nd gaff shot ever.

Jeff says he always plays Kid Rock when he's wahoo fishing.  This wahoo must also have been a fan!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Captain Zach's Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/22/10
 

Captain Zach Faulkner, Captain Steele Park, Benjy Faulkner and Richie Hayward brought several big wahoo in Saturday night.  They were also flying the sailfish flag upside down indicating a release.

Here are some pictures of the sail as Zach fought it that Benjy sent.  I say it time and time again, thanks to all the anglers who send in reports, especially those supported by pictures so we can share them with our readers.  When sending pictures they must be in the jpg format in order for us to upload them to the fishing report.  Thanks again!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Caught Ya Lookin Action Shots" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/22/10
 

The OIFC reported on the monster yahoo Bryan Freeman, Brian Robbin, Steve Austin and Tripp Cobb brought to the dock on 11-20-10.  Bryan has just sent us some action shots of not only the wahoo but of a beautiful catch and release sail that should make folks trapped inland long for the sea.

Thanks to the crew of the "Caught Ya Lookin" for bring your fish to the OIFC and for sharing the pictures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"NC KFC Final Results" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/22/10
 

2010 RESULTS

Overall (2 Fish Agg)

  1. Release.............................51.50 + 27.15 = 78.65lbs
  2. Dig It..................................52.55 + 25.75 = 78.30lbs
  3. OIFC..................................32.75 + 38.10 = 70.85lbs
  4. Mac Hunter.......................11.00 + 41.90 = 52.90lbs
  5. Tide One on......................DNW + 48.85 = 48.85lbs
  6. Reel Action.......................21.65 + 22.40 = 44.05lbs
  7. Money Grows On Trees..11.85 + 30.05 = 41.90lbs
  8. Sharon Leigh....................36.45 + DNW = 36.45lbs
  9. Bobcat...............................30.90 + DNW = 30.90lbs
  10. Second Catch...................28.00 + DNW = 28.00lbs
  11. Black Gold.........................25.95 + DNW = 25.95lbs
  12. Mr. Needmore...................21.35 + DNW = 21.35lbs
  13. Open Wide........................19.05 + DNW = 19.05lbs
  14. White Lightning.................18.40 + DNW = 18.40lbs

Big Fish TWT
  1.  Dig It......................................52.55lbs
  2.  Release................................51.50lbs
  3.  Tide One On.........................48.85lbs

Aggregate TWT
  1.  Release................................78.65lbs
  2.  Dig It.....................................78.30lbs
  3.  OIFC.....................................70.85lbs

High Rollers TWT
OIFC.............................................70.85lbs
Mr. Needmore.............................21.35lbs
White Lightning...........................18.4lbs

Report to Follow


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Hottest Fishing in a LONG Time" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/22/10
 

I hope you were here this past weekend.  Conditions and circumstances had built up to a point of near explosion; the weather and fishermen had been kept at bay for weeks and it just so happened that everything settled out perfect to land on a weekend.  How often do you actually get good fishing and good weather?  Well, I’m here to say that this past weekend was definitely the best all around fishing days we’ve had all year and I’d say near the top all time that I’ve seen.  Its not unusual for one species or another to be hot and good catches to occur, but this weekend it all went down.  The big news is without a doubt the Wahoo fishing.  Quite frankly, I’ve never seen it so good.  I don’t know a boat that went Wahoo fishing and didn’t catch 5+ Wahoo and many had double digit numbers.  And these are not your run of the mill 20 and 30 pound schoolies.  These were nice size Wahoo, averaging 35-40 pounds with a bunch of 50’s and quite a few 60’s scattered in.  It was surreal at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center docks on Saturday and Sunday PM as boats came in to offload and show off their catches.  Boat after boat with boxes full of monster Wahoo.  The reports were of multiple hookups, Wahoo skyrocketing through the air packs attacking spreads and lures with incredible speed and aggressiveness.  Our area typically has very good Wahoo fishing all through the Winter, and I can only dream that this type of action will continue.  If it does, you can go ahead and mark Brunswick County as Wahoo destination #1 in the world, because this past weekend’s action was world-class.  But wait, there’s more.  You want King Mackerel?  They were chewing the props off the boats in the 25-35 mile range.  The Atlantic Ledge and BP 25 areas both were holding school Kings in the 8-20 pound range.  If you could find the bait and thus the Kings, you could not get a live or dead Cigar Minnow 20 feet out of the boat before it was consumed.  If you got bored with that, simply drop a bait to the bottom and hang on, the Grouper bite was on.  The Gag Grouper are still around in good numbers and they, like the Kings, are focusing on structure in 70-100 feet of water where there is bait.  And last but not least, the Speckled Trout bite is off the hook as well.  I’m no inshore guy, but when the Trout guys come to the dock and see all the Wahoo, Kings and Grouper and they are not impressed, then I know they must have something going.  Capt. Kyle with the Ocean Isle Fishing Center is hosting his annual Thanksgiving Trout Classic this coming weekend.  He and other inshore guys report the Trout fishing is incredibly good.  Clay Morphis of Ocean Isle weighed in a 7.4 pound Trout to take the OIFC year-round Rodeo lead.  If you have interest in Capt. Kyle’s Trout Tournament, give him a call at 910-840-7186 or visit the OIFC website at www.OIFC.com . 

I don’t know what more I can say.  I sure hope you were here, and if not, I sure hope you had a good excuse.  At this moment as I’m pecking away on the keyboard, its 5am, my crew is loading the boat, and we are about to go fishing.  Wahoo are on the menu. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"NC KFC Day Nine" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/21/10
 

A quick abbreviated report:  Just got off the road returning from Morehead City and the final day of the North Carolina Kingfish Championship.  The bite slowed down today in numbers but the fish that were caught by boats in the tournament and out of the tournament were enormous.  The biggest fish caught by a tournament boat was 48lbs today.  I saw 3 over 50lbs caught and sat right next to a guy not fishing the tournament catch a 62lber!  I'll have a more detailed report tomorrow but the final standings for the 2010 NC Kingfish Championship are:

1st- Release with a 51.50 and a 27.15 = 78.65lbs
2nd- Dig It with a 52.55 and a 25.75 = 78.3lbs
3rd- OIFC with a 32.75 and a 38.10 = 70.85lbs

Wow! What a race to for the crown!  A big congratulations to team Release for capturuing the first ever North Carolina Kingfish State Championship Title.  There will be a full tournament recap posted asap.  Thanks to all 21 teams for making this a great and memorable event.  Hope everyone had a good time!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Tautog" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/21/10
 

Dr. Jeff Wallen and Dr. John Pavy of Murrells Inlet stopped by today to let me take some pictures of their trout, sheephead and tautog they caught at the Little River Jetties today.  The Dr.'s were using live shrimp.  Dr. Jeff gave me a tutorial on the tautog, to include showing me it's  razor sharp teeth..leave it to a dentist!
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"Kings at the Atlantic Ledge" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/21/10
 

Below is a picture  of Jason Britt and some kings he caught this morning at the Atlantic Ledge while fishing with Will Talton.  Actually I couldn't read my own writing so I'm not sure I got Will's name correct.

Thanks for the info guys.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"N.C. State Kingfish Championship" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/21/10
 

Alex Moss posted these pictures of Larry Barns, Drew Stephenson, Alan Moss and himself with kings they landed while fishing the Chicken Rock aboard the "Mac Hunter" during the N.C. State Kingfish Championship.  Alex said they were using blue fish for bait, the water depth was 115 give or take a few feet and the temp was 65-68 degrees.

UPDATE  11-22-10!!!:  The Mac Hunter finished the Championship in 4th place.  They weighed in an 11 lb + a 41.90 lb king =52.90 lbs.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Blue Fin Sighting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/21/10
 

At 9:45 am a fisherman called the OIFC and advised he had seen several blue fin tuna right at a bouy inside the Raritan.  The info he provided sounded like the Knuckle.

His radio transmission was very scratchy and I couldn't make out the boat's name.  However many fishermen I know say they've seen conditions that would make them believe the blue fin are here.

UPDATE!!!!!  After dinner I checked my computer and had a confirmed sighting of a bluefin and whales east of the Shoals today.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More Wahoo News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/21/10
 

Captain Zach Faulkner, Captain Steele Park, Zach's dad Benjy and Richie Heycock all went to the Blackjack Hole yesterday (Saturday) aboard Zach's 36 ft. Contender, the "Get Floor'd".  They absolutely spanked the wahoo, along with most everybody else out there.  They also released a sail fish making the 2nd sail released there yesterday.  Most all of their hook ups were multiple hook ups on the top.

There are a few boats out king fishing and wahoo fishing today.  It will be interesting to see how they do since the warm water has pushed in and there is a slight breeze from the east.  All that on a full moon should make the bite interesting.


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"Fun On The Dock" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
 

There were 3 commercial center consoles and 2 other center consoles who had been pleasure fishing and had hammered wahoo, all  at the dock the same time.  Everyone knows each other and all get along well.  There was a festive atmosphere on this cool Saturday night at the OIFC.

Captain David Hooks owner of the Black Pearl Contender arrived at the dock with Forrest Taylor, his son Adam, Tripp Hooks and friend Alton Lloyd. David had 3 boxes of perfect king.  David will be taking a group out tomorrow for some of the same and I hope to have further reports.

Nesbitt Noble of the "Wide Spread" Privateer had 3-4 boxes of kings, a bonita and a mahi.

 Joining the commercial fishermen on the dock was Nesbitt Noble aboard his Privateer the"Wide Spread"  Nesbitt too had about 3 boxes of king.


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"GPS Store/Commercial King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
 

Captain Phillip Hooks and crew of thet GPS Store Contender slid up to the docks with 52 kings and some bonita.  The guys had been commercial fishing, and I found it very impolite to ask them where they caught their kings.  Suffice it to say the kings are out there and I'd give 65-70 feet of water a good look.  Nothing fancy, just plain king fishing.  We've got some of Captain Brant's pre made king rigs at the OIFC, which is what our charter boats use.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Monster Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
 

Bryan Freeman was in the OIFC Friday along with his crew stocking up on bait, lures and other tackle in preparation for what was reported to be a perfect fishing day.  The next time I saw Brian, he and Brian Robbin, Steve Austin and Tripp Cobb they had their Wellcraft, "Caught  Ya Lookin" docked at the Fishing Center saying they might have a couple of citation wahoo.  They were just messing with me because I'm old and don't know much about fishing.  The boys proceeded to pull out a 65.2 lb, a 56.5 lb and a 50.9 lb wahoo..and there were more on the boat.  Not to mention the 3 sailfish they hooked up with..2 broke off and one was released.

The guys, along with the rest of what seemed to be a fleet of center consoles were fishing the Blackjack Hole.  Brian said the wahoo were hitting almost any color, that all hit on the top and many were in the prop wash.  At one point they had 8 on at one time. 

As a side bar, they said they accomplished all this without any help from Kennon Hill or Daniel Simmons.  I don't know what they meant by that.  However when the lovely Mrs. Pam and I went to the MidTown Bistro for dinner, Jeff Martini said he told them where to fish.  There's a lot of smack talking going on with this bunch., and faw be it from me to stir anything. Jeff Martini will be headed out Monday to refresh the Bistro's menu.  I might add that the center cut prime rib and steamed veggies were fantastic

The "Caught ya' Lookn" experienced some mechanical issues .  Captain David Hooks of the Black Pearl, a noted boat motor technician checked it out, but said it would be out of commission until the 1st of the week.  Not to be deterred, the "Caught Ya' Lookn" crew have joined up with David to go out for another day of wahoo action Sunday...they've got it in their blood!  I'll be at the OIFC to check out their catch Sunday...ya'll come down too.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Undertaker" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
 

The National Weather Service had predicted this weekend to be beautiful.  They were right!  The morning was crisp, but no wind and the ocean was glass slick.  Talk around the OIFC was a lot of boats were going out today and take advantage of the fall bite.

With all this in mind, Captain Brant and I decided it would be a good idea for this reporter to hang around the Fishing Center and see who showed up with what.

The first boat to the dock was the Undertaker, owned and Captained by accomplished fisherman and diver Capt. Jeff McDonald.  Jeff's crew consisted of Jimmy Ward and Thomas Quick.

The crew elected to bottom fish today in 103 foot deep water.  The water temp was 70 degrees.  They were rewarded with a cooler full of sea bass, the largest was a citation 4.2 lbs., some trigger fish and a 12.8 lb black grouper with a taste for Bud Light.  If you drink like a fish you just might wind up with a hook in your mouth. 

Many thanks to Captain Jeff and the crew of the Undertaker for letting us weigh their fish and get some pictures.


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"NC KFC Day Eight" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
 

WOW!

Man, if you weren't on the water in some shape or form today then I'm sorry, this report is going to hurt a little.  I'm going to focus on the happenings out of Morehead City in the NC Kingfish Championship but I know the fish went crazy today back off Ocean Isle and I'm sure there will be a report to follow.

So here I've been singing the blues all week about our NC Kingfish Championship tournament as the fishing has been lackluster to say the least.  We've had nothing but cold water and just a few small fish.  As I said yesterday there was a glimmer of hope developing as a finger of warmer water was beginning to move over the fishing grounds.  This morning most of the boats in the tournament headed out to the east side of Cape Lookout shoals aiming towards the pocket of warm water.  We joined the fleet and the weather was absolutely perfect with flat calm seas and cool temps.  I wasn't real happy with my bait but we had a well full of small blues and small pogies.  We passed through 62 degree water most of the way out and finally when we reached the area around the chicken rock the temp climbed to 67 degrees.  Bingo!  This is what we needed.  Our baits hit the water and in 10 minutes big kingfish were flying through the air like bowling pins.  It was on.  About 30 boats showed up to the bite and everybody was catching fish.  Now I won't call this an epic bite but it was solid.  Lots of fish and some really big ones were mixed in.  We ended up 5 fish between 30 and 35lbs and a half dozen other 20lbers.  The big news makers were teams Dig It and Release who both scaled 50+lbers to take the lead in the tournament.  As soon as I get the results in this evening I will post the exacts and pictures.  In short, it was exactly as advertised.  Great weather, great fishing and a whole lot of fun.  Tomorrow is the last day of the tournament and the weather is supposed to remain good.  Hopefully the bite will continue.  Stay tuned for what's sure to be an exciting race for the title of NC State Champion.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/20/10
 

Well folks, we currently have 1 week until our Thanksgiving Inshore Classic trout tournament, and things are certainly shaping up nicely so that we should have some good fishing, as we usually do.  Without a doubt, the trout bite is good right now, so make plans to come and fish with us.  I won't dwell to much on the status of the trout fishing, because if you have seen any of the reports on this website recently, you already know that the fish are around.

On other fronts, we have continue to catch plenty of redfish recently, many in the same spots that we are trout fishing.  There have also been quite a few black drum around as well.  Black drum seem to always take back burner to their red cousins, but they are strong fighters as well.  So there you have, the fall fishing is cranking, so now is the time to go...


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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