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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.
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"Make Good Use of Your Time" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/24/10
 

It has been fun reporting on the fishing this past week.  Being able to share reports and especially pictures makes doing the Fishing Report very fulfilling.  But I'm afraid if the weather prediction is correct my computer will fall silent for the next few days.  But that doesn't mean ya'll should take a break also.

Reading this week's reports there is a common thread...bluefin tuna!  Barrett's latest report ties it all together.  Now we need to make use of our down time and test our equipment, make up rigs and buy bait before it all gets gone.  Our shipment of jumbo ballyhoo has just arrived, it looks great and I've already sold a case myself.  Steele is stocking our shelves with high quality supplies.  I just talked with Captain Brant and he is going to teach his bluefin seminars again this year.  We had a great turnout for them last year and Brant provided a lot of important, valuable information.  He'll post his schedule soon.

Everyone have a happy and safe holiday...don't forget the Captain's Points Sale.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bluefin ARE in the area" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/10
 

For the past week or so we've been hearing reports of bluefin sightings and positive signs for the tuna to be here.  The weather has made for slick seas which lends itself to being able to see the massive fish easier when they push their 400+lb bodies out of the water after bait fish.  The reports of bluefin sightings continued this weekend out of Ocean Isle and Southport by the king mackerel fishermen fishing in the 100' depth range.  While I was in Morhead over the weekend it was the same thing.  Numerous reports of fish being seen jumping combined with bait marks, gannets and whales had every body up that way to start thinking tuna.  The ultimate confirmation came on Sunday when apparently a boat fishing for wahoo offshore of the Atlas Tanker out of Morehead hooked a giant bluefin and fought the 250+ lb monster to boatside before the fish broke off.  Although it's a little early as compared to the last couple years, if you're a tuna fishermen it's time to bust out the 50 wides and start those early morning trolls.  It's an exciting time to be offshore fishing right now out of Ocean Isle with the kings, wahoo, and now the ultimate challenge BLUEFIN TUNA.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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""Jimmy's Girls Carolina Slamm'n"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/10
 

The fishing has been awesome! An approaching full moon, perfect water temps, and great weather conditions have set the fish in full feeding mode. I had the privilege of taking a couple of young ladies fishing this past Sunday. On the second cast Marley landed her first redfish. A few cast later Alyssa landed another. We ended up catching three reds, before looking for the trout bite. It did not take long before picking up a few trout with a couple of them being nice. While beating the banks for trout we picked up a few flounder completing inshore slams for Marley and Alyssa. Congratulations ladies! See ya on the water!

     


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"More Weekend Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/23/10
 

Corey Bellamy went bottom fishing this weekend on some numbers he had in 69 degree water and couldn't get the bottom dwellers to cooperate.  That being the case they jigged some cigar minnows at the Little River Off Shore and took to trolling.  The king bite was so hot for them that they even caught a nice one on a butterfish about the size of a silver dollar.

Thanks Corey. 


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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! 


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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.


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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.


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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!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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.


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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.


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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.


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