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"Fall Brawl report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/22/10
 

wow- 243 boats have entered to fish.  Approx 50/50 fishing Saturday and Sunday.  Thanks to everyone for participating.  See you at the weigh-in- good luck!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"In Sight of Land" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/22/10
 

Here is a picture of a 30 lb. king caught on live mullet within sight of land Sunday by by Laurie Chestnut of Conway, S.C.  A great day fishing!  This ought to get you fired up for the Fall Brawl if your not already!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Chad and Kimberly's King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/22/10
 

This is a picture of a king Chad Millard and Kimberly Britt landed near shore while pulling cigar minnows aboard the "Gotta Hit It".  Thanks for the picture.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"In Shore Detonation" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/21/10
 

Tuesday, Captain Jeff Williamson did a guide trip aboard the OIFC rental Penn Craft with Dave from Juno, Alaska.  They spent the majority of the day drum and trout fishing the backwaters without any spectacular results.  For a change of pace, Captain J. Dogg decided to reach back into his old bag of tricks and try some top water fishing using a Zara Spook top water plugs.  There was a trout detonation almost immediately.  Before it was over the top water appeared as if they were in a trout war zone.   With most everyone's focus on king fishing, be sure not to overlook the fall in shore bite.  And the next time you stop by Juno, just ask for a knife shop and you'll be immediately directed to Dave's.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fall Brawl fishing report update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/21/10
 

Just came in from a recon mission. Heres what I see. The water from 30 feet on out is as king green as king green gets. Pogies pods are up and down the beach; saw kings skyrocketing on pogy school just outside Shallotte Inlet. A mile offshore, glass minnows are thick, and blues and spanish are busting them. Rode up to river channel, and big schools of blues feeding on glass minnows. Lighthouse Rocks had pretty good King bite this mornining. We put one bait out and caught a mid twenty. A mid 40 caught there and several in 30's.

Weather looks perfect; weak front coming tonight, shifting to north tomorrw, and then laying out tomorrow night. Saturday going from north to souoth, lite, so will probably go flat. Sunday, lite south winds; very stable barometer.

Bottom line.....suggest gets lots of hooks, rigs, baits as all out bite should develop after front passes tomorrow. The bad news is the fish are everywhere. Deciding where to fish is a challenge. Heard of fish also being caught at the 90's today.

Come join us tomorrow evening for Fall Brawl registration. We'll be able to update where things stand at the capt meeting. 


- Rube McMullan
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"Oyster Shucking Champ" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/21/10
 

Congratulations to Rube, the 2010 Ocean Isle Beach Oyster Festival Oyster Shucking Champion.  After a disappointing 3rd place last year, Rube vowed to train hard in the off season.  He was determined to become the best oyster shucker in all of Ocean Isle Beach  His hard work and dedication paid off when he shucked a dozen oysters faster than any of his worthy opponents.  This title ranks right up there with his SKA National Championship title.  Perhaps we can get him to demonstrate his skills the weekend at the Fall Brawl.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"One More On the Schedule" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/20/10
 

We all have our eyes on the Fall Brawl this upcoming weekend, making preparations, trying to figure out what the fish are doing ect. Typically by this point it's cold enough that the fish are either right on the beach or they have already left the beach in search of warmer water. This year however the extended summer weather has the typical fall fishing pattern in disarray. The good news is the fish are everywhere; the bad news is they are not concentrated anywhere- if that makes any sense. Don't worry, we'll get our fall fishing yet. Which brings me to my next reminder. Despite Rube's proclamation of the Fall Brawl being the last Carolina Kingfish tourney this year, don't forget about the new North Carolina Kingfish Championship taking place November 13th-21st. The purpose of this tournament is two-fold. First, for some reason this sport is one of the very few that does not crown a State Champion. Well, this is it. This year the winner of the NC Kingfish Championship will be crowned with the prestigous title of being the first NC Kingfish State Champion. The second motivation behind this event is by creating a very fishermen friendly format (pick 2 out 9 days) and by having the event in middle November on the Carolina coast tournament fishermen will finally have an arena to compete in when king mackerel fishing is at its peak along our coast. This tournament is not based out of Ocean Isle but instead from Morehead City and Hatteras. The reason being during November the waters between Morehead City and Hatteras offer some of the most amazing king mackerel fishing anywhere. 40lb, 50lb, 60lb and even bigger fish are possible and frankly are common. It's the only king mackerel fishery I'm aware of that can compete with Biloxi on both numbers and size of fish. This tournament is a reward to hard working fishing teams who spend all summer chasing a very few king mackerel bites in a tournament day. If you'd like to get in on what is sure to be once again an epic kingfish bite and at the same time want to compete for the NC State Championship come join us in November. There is no captains meeting as everything including registration is handled online at www.oifc.com. In late fall weather can be a concern and that's why there is a period of 9 days to choose just 2 days to fish. This will give teams ample opportunity to find good weather for fishing. If any kingfish teams from the Brunswick County area are interested but hesitant to travel to unfamiliar waters use this as an opportunity to learn new fishing grounds. Contact me, captbarrett@oifc.com, and I will share all the info I can about how to successfully fish the Morehead and Hatteras area. If you're a Carolina tournament angler you owe it to yourself to experience the incredible fishery we have in November. I will announce here on the fishing report when registration is open. Currently you can view tournament details on the tournaments page. For now though, it's FALL BRAWL TIME!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Fall Brawl fish forecast" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/20/10
 

Our late summer fall continues and the conditions continue to confuse the fish[and anglers]. The water temperature is approx 6 degrees higher than normal, thus the typical late fall migration of massive numbers of kings to the beach continues to be delayed. The fish don't seem to know what to do; move to the beach to feed on massive schools of greenies/glass minows/pogies/spots/mullets; or stay in deeper water and feed on cigars/sardines. What we are seeing is the fish are scattered everywhere. There are Kings being caught along the beach in the Yaupon area, kings in the river channel, kings at the Jungle, and kings even further offshore. All this leads to a very interesting Fall Brawl King Classic, as without a doubt, they can be anywhere. In past years, timing has worked out that the beach bite would go off at Shallotte Inlet for the Fall Brawl. Unless something magical happens, doesn't appear to be coming together. This week a weak cold front comes thru, but basically the weather pattern is pretty stable, thus unless the Kings are looking at the calendar, not much happening with the weather to cause them to make the move to the beach. The good news is the sea conditions look perfect, so any of the offshore spots will be easily reachable[Jungle/Shark Hole/ect]. However don't discount the beach as this is late October. Truthfully, I don't have a clue. They can be anywhere and everywhere!  If anything more definitive changes we'll let you know. Come join us at OIFC for the last Carolina King tourney of the year.
- Rube McMullan
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"Carl Chmielewski's king" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/20/10
 

Carl's son, Adam, both from Durham,N.C. stopped by the OIFC and showed me pictures these kings.  Carl and Adam caught them at the Jungle pulling pogies. One of the kings was 22 lbs and the other was 18.  In between they were getting nailed by sharks.

On the way back in they stopped at the 460 to sea bass fish.  They caught several keepers, but put back many more that were just under size.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Another Passing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/19/10
 

I just received a call advising that Mark Poff has passed of a massive heart attack.  Mark was the owner of Mark Poff Yacht Sales in Calabash, N.C. and an avid fisherman who frequented the OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"48" King..Near Shore" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/19/10
 

Saturday, Keith Williams, his son Garrett and friend Dr. Bovenizer braved the  north wind to king fish near shore.  They managed to find some turbo pogies even though the seas made it tough to throw the net.  A while later, they had this "smoker king" peel off about 300 yds. of line.  After a battle they managed to get him aboard Keith's Cape Horn.  Keith estimated the mackerel to weigh in the low to mid 30's.

He now has Dr. Bovenizer hooked on king fishing and has a bet the Dr.will put free braces on Garrett if they catch the brother of this king in the Fall Brawl  Keith said his only regret was he hadn't entered the Open.

The near shore bite so far hasn't been red hot, but it's here and should only improve.  Let's hope the weatherman doesn't miss the mark again and the predicted beautiful weather for this weekend holds.  Can't wait until the Fall Brawl!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tommy Lytton Service" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/19/10
 

Spoke with John Shepherd yesterday and he said there will be a memorial service for Tommy Lytton at the Ocean Isle Beach Chapel, this Saturday at 1:30pm. All of Tommy's fishing friends are invited to attend.


- Rube McMullan
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"Swansboro KMT Pic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/18/10
 

A bit late now, but here is a picture of the 41.96lber Rube and I put on the board at the Swansboro tourney weekend before last. Ended up in third place behind a couple of mid forties. Need to duplicate this one for the Fall Brawl this weekend!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Starnes' Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/18/10
 

Jonn Starnes was kind enough to stop by the OIFC Sunday and let Rube and I weigh in the 3 kings he caught near shore while fishing with his son John and grandson Jacob.  The largest king weighed 26.9 lbs., the 2nd 15.5 lbs and Jacob's 14.2lbs.

Remember the OIFC is an official N.C. weigh station.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Marine's 1st King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/18/10
 

Sgt. Neil Therrell, USMC landed his first king Sunday while fishing near shore with his uncle Captain William Parker aboard the Hound Dog.  Reports are the pogies are thick almost everywhere near shore and that the king bite near shore has picked up.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tommy Lytton" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/17/10
 

Rube has already notified ya'll about the passing of our good friend Tommy Lytton.  He will always be remembered by me as Tommy Helm's fishing partner...a couple of characters who's fishing reports I couldn't improve upon!!!  RIP Tommy

I found a few pictures of Tommy from the summer.  You might remember the Youtube link I did of them patting the shark.  If I can find it again I'll post it.

I have some king pictures and reports, but out of respect for Tommy I'll not do any further posts today.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tommy Lytton" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/17/10
 

Just received sad news that Ocean Isle flounder fishing legend Tommy Lytton has died today. His picture and amazing flounder catches, with his #1 fishing buddy Tommy Helms, are frequently seen on our OIFC report. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tommy's family and family of friends.
- Rube McMullan
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""Puppies"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/16/10
 

I had a good friend call me late Thursday night and asked me to put his dad on a redfish Friday morning. We made our plans to start the day at 7:30...I needed to get gas and catch some bait real quick before pulling the trigger. We eased in the first creek and mullet were everywhere. I threw the cast net twice and loaded the live well. I had seen some commotion further back in the creek when we first entered. I told Mr. Norris to get ready, we were going to make it happen right here. I baited his hook and told him where to toss. I loaded a mullet up for myself and made a toss. I hooked up immediately and traded rods with Mr. Norris. As Mr. Norris fought his fish, I hooked up another and then Brett his son in the back of the boat nailed another. O.K. everyone got their redfish for today. Time to fish for ourselves. We all landed several more redfish on live mullet. I would say we ended up with 12+ fish first thing in the morning. We moved around looking for bigger reds around the docks, but something had changed. A beautiful bluebird day! All the bait in the water just seemed so relaxed. We brought out the artificials and started covering some ground. We picked up 5 trout, 5 flounder, and 2 more red drum on artificials. Brett and I completed our slams, but Mr. Norris never got a flounder to hit. Then the wind started howling and made things very difficult. We called it a day. Mr. Norris kept a speckled trout for the frying pan! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Carolina Slam" | Speckulator - 22' | 10/16/10
 

Bob Newell and Stewert McDonald took an inshore trip with Captain Kyle today. You may recognize Bob as the Director of "The Cape Fear Sailfish Classic", seasoned off shore angler, and Captain of the "Black Dog".  This time Bob decided to take a friend in shore fishing and relied on the knowledge and experience of Captain Kyle Hughes. They had a nice Carolina slam....puppy drum, flounder and speckled trout.  All the the fish were released, but Bob is great for providing  pictures.  As for exact location, Capt. Kyle is pretty tight lipped.   Bait wise, Kyle always throws his net and uses what is running.  He keeps it simple, and it's worked well for as long as I've known him The weather inshore was great. 

 The weather off shore was fantastic until the wind picked up for a short time.  The weatherman missed his mark big time and I'm sure it killed the participation in the King Tournament.  A weather forcaster is one of a few jobs where you can be wrong many times over, in a major way and still keep your job.  A little editorial comment from me.  As they say on talk radio, my comments do not necessarily represent the OIFC or it's owner.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Hooked Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/14/10
 

Captain Chris Burrows, Captain Joe Seegers, Marian Epps, Bobby, Kyle, Jamie and another angler that Capt Chris (absent minded) Burrows forgot, fished near The Blackjack Hole this weekend aboard Joe's "Hooked Up".  The guys (a term I use generically), landed 3 wahoos, 40 + lbs., 22 bailers and 3 blackfins.  Thusly proving that Chris' hiatus to Tennessee didn't dull his blue water skills one bit.  Welcome home Captain Chris, we missed you!!!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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