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""Beautiful Dead Ocean"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/23/10
 

I watched the full moon set on the opposite horizon this morning as a beautiful sunrise was in the making on the other. The ocean was as beautiful as anyone could expect. We started out in search of the spanish schools that I have been hearing about. Apparently the spanish didn't have school today:) We caught one short spanish and one large bluefish. We called it quits and headed inshore to find a flounder. Inshore the flounder were biting, but slowly. We landed nine flounder or so, most on the short side. We also landed 4 red drum in the 14" to 17" range. Bluefish were being themselves as usual and chopping our baits up. We managed to give a few of them a sore lip as well. We did catch a few fish, but the action wasn't as good as expected on such a beautiful day. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Bull Rider" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/22/10
 

Pictured is Mr. Lamont.  He was an excellent rodeo bull rider in his day.  Captain Tommy Helms met him when Tommy's daughter was rodeoing.

Tommy took Lamont in shore and near shore fishing and landed these nice flounder as well as several other species.  Tommy said they were fishing with mullet and white perch.  He and Tommy Lytton both say the perch make excellent bait and have been pretty thick just off shore.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"They're At It Again" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/20/10
 

Team Helms and Lytton were at it again in our waters.  One thing we know is..the flounder bite is on!  Another thing is, they know how to hold a fish to make it look bigger in the picture.  These slabs are big enough that they don't need to hold them out!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Lead Change" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/19/10
 

There is a new leader in the flounder division of the Year 'Round Rodeo.  Captain Tommy Helms just weighed in an 8.7 lb flounder.  He provided no specifics on where it was caught or what bait he was using


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"So Thick You Could Walk On 'Em" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/19/10
 

Captain William Parker called yesterday about 1 PM to tell us that the spanish out around the OIB high rise were so thick you could walk on them.  He and his wife Pat had decided to do a little flounder fishing on one of the AR's, but because of the crowd they changed positions.  While headed to another location William saw a slick and birds diving.  He quickly changed his flounder rigs into spanish mode, pulled some 00 Clark Spoons and soon had a boatload of spanish and albacore.

Also pictured below is their boat's namesake.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Live Update-Spanish Bite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/18/10
 

It 1 PM. Captain  William Parker just called to advise that he's in 32 ft. of water just off the high rise at OIB and "the spanis are so thick you can walk on them".
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kings and Mahi" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/18/10
 

A group of guys from Charlotte, N.C. chartered with the OIFC for a full day trip Friday.  They were Matthew Wilson, Chip Crumpler, Bruce Cole and Marc Striker.  The Captains on the cat boat were Captain Brant and 1st mate, Captain Jacob Frick.  Jacob specializes in in shore fishing with some off shore angling and is sharpening those skills 

The day started with a futile attempt at finding bait.  They went all the way to the Cape Fear without finding a single lone pogey.  Giving up on that, Brant turned the boat to 100 feet deep water some 40+ miles out and began trolling frozen cigar minnows.  At  the end of the day they returned to the OIFC with some nice kings and smaller mahi.

Looks like until some cooler water shows up we're going to have to go long and deep to find kings.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jeff's Vaction" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/17/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) took a well deserved vacation after a busy summer charter fishing for the OIFC, to relax and....well...go fishing.  The weather wasn't that great, but catching this blue marlin more than made up for it.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Susan Taylor's Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/17/10
 

This week the Whites (Charlotte) the Houghs (Charlotte) and the Taylors (Jackson, NC) met up for their annual vacation at Ocean Isle Beach.  The 1st day they loaded up Butch and Julie Hough's 31 ft Cape Horn for a days fishing.  The seas were rough and no bait was too be found.  They ended the day with 2 blue fish..  The 2nd day they went at it again, determined to at least catch a few Spanish.   A few small pogies were located. They pulled Clark Spoons along the beach but the only bite they could drum up was false albacore.  Day 3 was spent at the 90's but there was no action to be found.  Day 4, small pogies were found.  They fished the 90's with still no luck so they went to the 65 ft. Hole..Nothing! 

The decision was made to venture to the Atlantic Ledge.  They trolled with some cigar minnows and small pogies.  After about an hour they decided to pack it up and head for the hill.  That's when a sailfish exploded on a small pogie!    Susan Taylor took the rod and fought the sail for an hour with a rod spooled with 20 lb test.  The sail put on quite a show, skying and tail walking.  When they got it to the boat, they removed the hook, taking pictures all the while.  They were concerned about reviving the fish after it had put up such a long fight, so they quickly got him back in the water where he swam away to freedom.  Susan hung with the fish the entire time and said by the time he got to the boat her legs were so week they were shaking.

Thanks to Sylvia White for the story and pictures.  I couldn't upload the pictures in the format I received them so I had to mess around in order to use them.  Because of that the enlarged picture suffers greatly in quality.  As soon as we can reformat them I'll repost these 3 as well as some others.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""And Action!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/16/10
 

In the store today...heard that the spanish are all over the beach, THICK! Now is the time to go early in the morning and locate a school in frenzy. Get out your gotcha plugs, topwater poppers, and casting spoons on light tackle to experience the incrediable speed these fish have to offer. I was planning on doing this myself in the morning, but have been invited for a full day offshore.

Offshore things have picked up a bit on the bottom. Capt. Steele and Capt. Jeff took a crew out bottomfishing in about 100 feet of water today. The crew brought back 18 Vermillon Snapper and 2 Grouper. The crew said they caught several more fish that were short and lived to see another day.

That is about all the action I have heard about offshore. Inshore the blues and mullet have taken over the water. A few flounder, red drum, and maybe a trout hanging tight somewhere. Cooler water is coming soon and should get everything biting again. Full moon is also right around the corner and should help get the fish active again. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"4th Annual Bay Creek Classic" | Speckulator - 22' | 09/16/10
 

The Bay Creek Classic was a huge success, with almost 50 boats entering and 25 weighing fish.  The Classic gave away close to $10,000.00 in cash and prizes.  The number of entries may sound a little small, but en light of the South Brunswick Islands King Tournament and many other local events going on over the weekend everyone was pleased with the number of participants.

Brandon and Kerry extend their profound thanks to everyone involved in the Classic and look forward to the 5th Annual Bay Creek Classic.

The results are as follows:

1st place:  Stephen Lancaster and Amy Carraway 7.7 lbs

2nd place:Rickey Evans 5.4 lbs.

3rd place:  Fred Davis  5.2 lbs

Lady Angler:  Amy Carraway 7.7 lbs.

Jr. Angler:  Nelson Cobble Jr. 2.2 lbs.

Speckled Trout:  Jackie Durham 3.0 lbs.

Toad Fish:  Patty Starnes  2.5 lbs

$100TWT

1st:  Ricky Evans 5.4 lbs

2nd: Fred Davis 5.2 lbs

3rd: Todd Jenkins 5.1

4th:  Bob Simmons 4.3

5th:  Bo Warren  3.9

$50 TWT

1st:  Fred Davis  18.9

2nd: Ray Starnes  16.9

3rd:  Eric McMahan  14.9

The OIFC also thanks everyone who participated in making this worthy event a success we're pleased to have had a small hand in it and look forward to next year.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Steeples" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/15/10
 

Chris Cratz reported that he fished the Steeples yesterday using Black Barts.  He started out trolling 15 mph and finally hooked up at 10 mph.  They caught 2 wahoo in 3 1/2 hours, one weighing 27 lbs. and the other weighing a whopping 49 lbs.

They then went to the south west of the Tower and caught beliners, black bass, rock hinds and pinkies in 100 ft of water.  Unfortunately most were undersized and were released.

Chris reported beautiful seas and a beautiful day.

Thanks for the report Chris.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/15/10
 

Finally got a couple of pictures of our tournament winning King from this past weekend. 

Ocean was beautiful yesterday.  Went offshore and did some diving.  Fish are starting to move in now, much more life on bottom than through most of Summer.  Also could hear guys in Stream catching Wahoo and Dolphin.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"November Kingfish Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/15/10
 

Start making plans now! For any of you king mackerel fishing enthusiasts out there who are disappointed SKA Nationals are not being held out of Biloxi this year FRET NOT! The kingfish bite in Biloxi over the past couple years has been epic to say the least, fortunately we have the next best thing right here in our own backyard off the Carolina Coast. November off the North Carolina coast in particular between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras shoals the king mackerel fishing is as good as anywhere in the world. Our objective with hosting this tournament was to give fishermen a reward for a tough summer of battling it out in the tournaments. This will be the third year for this event and if it's anything like last year the fishing will not disappoint. From my own personal experience last year in this event, we caught countless fish over 30lbs, half a dozen over 40lbs and 2 over 50lbs. That is one day of fishing on one boat! We are really hoping to grow this tournament as nothing in tournament fishing is more fun than being in a great bite amongst a big group of boats where everyone is catching monster kingfish and everyone has a shot at victory. In addition, this event has now changed names to the NC Kingfish Championship. The purpose of the name change is to create a new title in the kingfish world. This tournament will serve as a state championship at the end of each tournament season. The winner will be crowned, "NC State Champion". There is a "National Champion" title out there so we felt it necessary we crown a state champion. This is a very prestigous title that will certainly earn the title holder tremendous bragging rights within the state. The winner of this event in addition to the prize money will receive a trophy declaring their team as this years North Carolina State Champion. Please check out the tournaments page on our website for details about this event. I will continue to post updates about the event over the next couple months.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Galapagos- 2 Openings" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/15/10
 

As announced last month, in February of 2011 the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman is headed south to the world famous Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. The Galapagos are known mostly for the incredible protected wildlife that inhabit the islands. However, in recent years offshore fishing has been opened up to a select few operators who found the sportfishing to be equally as impressive and prehistoric as anything seen on land. Striped marlin by the thousands gather in the fertile currents that surround the islands which offers a unique angling opportunity for fishermen and fisherwomen who are willing to travel around the world looking for the next great bite. The OIFC trip will depart the US on January 30th and return home on February 6th. During the 8 days abroad we will spend a couple days in Ecuador, 4 days fishing off the coast of the Galapagos, and a couple days taking in the sights on the islands. We have a great group already signed up for the expedition. Currently there are 14 fishermen and fisherwomen on board and we have room for 2 more. This is a great opportunity to travel to an incredible fishing destination with a group of fellow anglers with a common background as "OIFC Friends". With only 2 spaces available please contact me soon if you have interest in joining the team on this great adventure. Capt. Barrett McMullan- captbarrett@oifc.com
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Georgia Boys" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/14/10
 

A few days ago Captain Jeff Williamson took a group from Georgia on a charter.  Of course Captain J. Dogg lost their names, but does remember that they were from Georgia.  As you can tell by the background they were fishing mostly at the jetties.  The Little River Jetties have been producing a great deal of reds lately.  If your down anytime soon  I'd give them a shot.

Captain Jeff is fishing in Paradise Cove this week and we'll have some pictures of his trip shortly.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jeremy Myer's King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/10
 

While a bunch of us were struggling trying to hook up with THE king at the 90's Saturday, Butch Myers of Black Mountain, N.C. and his son 14 year old Jeremy were catching this teen age king within sight of the 90's.  Jeremy has become quite the king fisherman as this isn't the 1st nice fish he's weighed in at the OIFC.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Dirty Blue"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/10
 

Just when the bite should turn on we finally get some rain...lots of rain all at once. This has really stirred the water! First bite of the day was an 18lb. stingray that Gavin landed after several battling minutes. Bluefish continued to chop are baits in half as we tried to get the flounder and redfish to cooperate. A few flounder just under the mark and one for the frying pan. Then a redfish showed up to put up a nice little fight. Action was a bit slow and spread out. Tide was getting low enough to catch some shrimp, so we did. Gavin and Taylor stayed busy reeling in one bluefish after another! I even decided to throw a topwater plug and watched them explode all over it. Bob, Jen, Gavin, and Taylor enjoyed watching the bait get crushed! Gavin and Taylor would quickly take over on the angling once hooked up. Fast and furious...time flys when the action gets hot. Back to the dock we had to go. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Congrats and Advice" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/10
 

Congrats again to Team OIFC and Capt. Brant for his tournament win this weekend.  Now for the advice portion of the report.  Since Hurricane Earl passed by offshore, I have noticed that the Pogey's have been holding much deeper off the beach than just a few weeks ago.  The past 5-6 times I have been charter/fun fishing, I have found plenty of bait in the 20-25ft range off the beach.  Great big, beautiful pogey's and all I want.  I referenced Capt. Brant's win because I happened to be out there Saturday morning on a charter and when I went to catch bait, I noticed most of the Tournament boats throwing and throwing their normal 10 ft cast nets and bring up nothing.  I was using one of Capt. Brant's custom nets with 22lbs of weight, which he undoubtably used that morning as well,  and had more than I needed in just 1 throw.  I say this not to brag but to point out that it took me just over 5 minutes to locate, catch and put baits in the livewell while others spent an hour or more throwing and catching 1 or 2 baits at a time, if any at all.  When it comes to Tournament fishing, time is super critical.  Having a heavy net that will catch baits in deep water WILL save you time and effort, thus giving you a lot more time to fish.  Time and time again, I see guys out there getting super frustrated because they can see the pogey's flipping on top are marking them on the bottom and still cant catch them. Pogey's dive when a net lands on top of them and if it cant sink quickly, when the water gets deep, the fish have tons of time to get away. Stop by and check out Capt. Brant's custom nets and see why they make such a difference.
- Capt. Steele
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"Zach's Sailfish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/13/10
 

Check out Captain Zach's sail he caught aboard the get Get Floor'd. ' Shame he caught it during an SKA Tournament and not the Cape Fear Sailfish Tournament.  Beautiful fish though.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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