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"Easy Times" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/29/10
 

Captain Charles Wilson fished today with his grandson, Roy Simmons, friend Steve Lanier and Steve's son Chase today aboard Charles' "Easy Times".  The crew had great success boating several AJ's and Kings.  The OIFC loves to report about grandfathers and dads taking kids fishing.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Artificial Trout"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/29/10
 

The trout have been pretty cooperative the last couple of days on artificials. We caught a few small flounder on artificials as well today. The flounder have been hard to get with the blues and pinfish being very active. Live bait is not lasting very long out there! See ya on the water!  

  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Kings and Spanish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/28/10
 

Captains Zach and Steele headed about 8 miles out with the Kitts, Jimmy, Theresa, Ben and Brian, who are from all over the map...Va., Fla., and Calif.

Using frozen cigar minnows, the group had a great day of spanish and king fishing.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Channel 19" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/27/10
 

Just a note.  Because of bleed over from other radio traffic, the OIFC and OIFC Charter Boats will now be monitoring Channel 19.  The charter boats will be scanning all channels.  Thanks
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shore Fishing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/27/10
 

Joe Bunch of Wheeling W. Va caught and released this flounder and some reds today while fishing from the shore of the ICW below the Ocean Isle Bridge.  Joe was using ultra light tackle with 4 lb test and the blue and silver spoon shown in the pictures below.

The reds were caught at high tide and the flounder was caught about 2 hrs later using the same spoon cast into the grass.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Tyler Woods Black Drum" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/27/10
 

Check out Tyler Woods' black drum he weighed at the OIFC Sunday.  Tyler, of Maxton, N.C. was on his 1st fishing trip.  We hope Tyler catches the saltwater fishing bug and continues to enjoy our great sport.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Marie Irby's Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/27/10
 

On July 23rd we reported on Marie Irby,  Ann Smithey, as well as Jack and Hayden Smithey fishing aboard our Cat boat with Captains Chris Dawson and Jeff Williamson.  In this report, Marie hooked up with a sail at Christina's ledge.  Ann promised a picture, and here it is.

Remember, we are only days away from the Cape Fear Sailfish Classic.  Be prepared, shop the OIFC for all your sail fishing needs.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"In Shore King?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/26/10
 

A king caught in shore?  Nope, a 30 lb king caught in 90 ft. of water on an in shore spinning combo.  Bill Creveling (Winchester, Va. & OIB) was fishing on one boat, while his friends Jeff Young and Hanley Ervin were fishing Jeff's 23 ft. Grady White using jigged up bait.  Jeff and Hanley were messing around, casting bait with an in shore combo.  That's when the unexpected happened.  A 30 lb king bit on the combo.  2+ hours and 2 men with sore shoulders later, they had landed the big king.

This may sound a little fishy, but I know Bill fairly well and though it's a good fish story, it's a true story.  Thanks for letting us in on the action.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""The Jerry Slam"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/26/10
 

I hope you were fishing today...The full moon brought on a nice bite...The water has cleared up and the wind was calm this morning. We put it to the trout this morning on artificials and then moved on to catch some flounder. The flounder cooperated pretty well today. A few redfish also came in the mix. I failed to land any trout myself today, but my buddy Jerry caught five or six. Jerry also landed several flounder and a few redfish completing the inshore slam. See ya on the water!

  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Really!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/26/10
 

I mean REALLY.  What do you believe?  Yesterday the near shore forecast looked like we were going to be blown away.  Check it now...doesn't even look like the same forecast.   What do you do?  Where is weatherman Rube when you need him?

Call in sick...let go fishing!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Mechanical Bull" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/25/10
 

The N.C. Sheriff's Association is having their annual meeting at Sea Trail this week.  Captain Jeff Beck and Captain David Hooks took some of the members for a little fishing today.  Jeff is an Investigator with the Brunswick Co. Sheriff's Office, and David is a friend of Jeff's who runs the 31 ft Contender, The Black Pearl.  Jeff said David asked if anyone had ever ridden a mechanical bull..then proceeded to ask if anyone had ever ridden a mechanical bull with a fire hose in their face?  Because that's what it is what it was going to feel like as they clear the Shallotte Inlet.  The winds were a brisk 17+ out of the SSW. The "posse" trolled about 8 miles out and actually caught some spanish and sharks before they had fished enough and returned to the smoother waters of the ICW.  Still, a bumpy day on the ocean is better than a landlocked day anywhere.  I hope we can get some boats out this week and I'll have some more great catches to report on like last week.

That was a funny line Captain Hooks used, I don't care who you are.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Seafood Market Stocked!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/24/10
 

Capt. Rickey has been hard at it on the fishing report scene so today I will give him a slight reprieve and give you my story/report from a trip offshore yesterday. I left the dock yesterday morning around 7am with a green yet eager crew with a mission of stocking the Fishmongers seafood market here at the fishing center with a fresh catch. The weather has kept us on the dock for the past week so it was time to toughen up and go get em'. The plan was to jig up bait and start heading offshore to the deep water where hopefully we would find cleaner water and hungry fish. The swell was aggravating but we took our time (at 30knots), jigged up a few baits, and made it to our first stop in 95 feet. Grouper and Black Sea Bass are highly desirable table fare and best sellers at Fishmongers so that was the objective. Whatever else got in our way would be ok too. As soon as I pulled the throttles back we were greeted by herd of hungry amberjack. While in my opinion AJ's are great eat (if you know the areas to avoid) they are not typically a species we offer at Fishmongers so I was content to watch them circle the boat. However, what I thought was my inexperienced crew surprised me and quickly sprang into action and before I knew it both Alex and Jack were doubled over hanging onto 40lb freight trains. While I rigged up for the target species over the next 20 minutes my crew had already busted into full sweats and did some population control on the AJ's. For the rest of the day it was much of the same. That is somebody always had a bent rod. Jack and Alex pounded on the large knothead sea bass, and pink snappers and I tangled with those pesky grouper. I was very encouraged with the grouper fishing as at almost every stop I made the grouper were present. To me this means the large population has moved in off the break in 200' to the bottom structure in 90 to 110'. In addition to hitting the grouper fairly hard, I had a surprise visit from a monster Genuine Red Snapper. These are great eating fish but fishery regulations has it that they are not to be harvested at this time. I did battle with the snapper, took a few pics, and then as tears rolled down my cheek I released her overboard. Overall we had a fun day of bottom fishing and accomplished the objective of bringing in the fresh catch to Fishmongers. If anyone is down our way and is after truly fresh and local seafood come see us at Fishmongers located downstairs at OIFC. We have fresh shrimp straight off the boat, bay scallops, hand picked lump crab meat, and of course whatever is biting a hook and line that day.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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""Night Lights?"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/23/10
 

Went exploring tonight while the moon was overhead...looking for docks with lights on them...did not catch any fish under the lights...did manage to catch one in a dark creek...Air temperature was much more pleasant, but the water temperature was a hot 88 degrees! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Young Guns"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/23/10
 

In an earlier report I focused on 1st mate Austin Aycock's 1st charter.  Now I would like to address 1st mate Aaron Dew.  Aaron is the son of the OIFC's Captain Chris Dew.  He has served very successfully as his dad's 1st mate for the past 2 seasons.  We, at the OIFC have watched as Aaron has honed his skills and become a valuable asset to Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures.

1st mates, just as the charter captains arrive well before the charter, usually before sunrise to help prepare for the day's fishing.  They work closely with the captain and customers during the long days, in all environments.  What may be the end of the day for the angler is just the beginning for the captain and 1st mate.  They have to clean fish, the boat, the tackle, and get ready to do it all over again.

This is one heck of a tough job with a lot of expectations.  These 2 fine young men should be admired and commended for their work.  They will someday be running boats of their own!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Yesterday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/23/10
 

Captain Chris Dew and Captain Chris Eckert fished yesterday with the Hunters, Gerald, Linda, Alex, and Kaylin of Woodleaf, N.C.  The charter used frozen cigar minnows with blue and green skirts in 90 ft of water.  They brought 4 kings and 2 NICE mahi to the docks.  Our resident photographer was slacking, thus no pictures.  The Hunters have promised Kaylin will send us some action shots next week when they get home.
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"Fishing With Grandad" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/23/10
 

Captain Kyle Hughes was joined today by Grandad Jim Pridgen (Jamestown, N.C.) and his Grandsons, 14 yr old Lieph Grubbs and 5 yr old Eli Grubb (Lake Mary, Fla.)  They fished the backwaters of OIB and Sunset Beach using mullet minnows.  In addition to the flounder and drum in the photo they caught around 8 more, of which, a couple of over slot reds.

The group decided not to keep the drum.  A crowd gathered as Captain Kyle carefully revived him for everyone to watch quickly escape to his freedom.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"African Pompano II" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/23/10
 

This reporter has been with the OIFC for @3yrs and can count the number of African Pompano I've seen on one hand, minus the thumb.  Two of those have been this week!

Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate/son Aaron fished with Keith Ocker and his sons, Nathan and Caleb of Middleton, Pa.  The group had a great day, Nathan caught the Pampano and Caleb caught at least 3 of the Kings, but who's counting?  They said the ocean was great today as they fished about 30 miles off shore in 90 ft of water.  The Pompano hit a medium ballyhoo on the top. They had a tailing sea on their trip back in which made for a smooth ride.

I talked with Rube, who's been around the sea most of his life and knows how to prepare excellent cuisine from fish parts that most people would throw away.  In my book, this qualifies him as somewhat of a layman chef.  Rube says African Pompano is a delicacy that deserves to be sauteed in fine cooking wines, lemon and "other such stuff", my words. 


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"Sailfish!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/23/10
 

Captains Chris Dawson and Jeff Williamson were joined on a charter today by Marie Irby (Monroe, N.C.), her sister, Ann Smithey, along with Jack and Hayden Smithey (Ruston, La.).

They started fishing at the Shark Hole and caught some small kings, then were invaded by sharks.  From there they went to the 90's, with the same story so they headed to Christinas Ledge.  They put out a frozen cigar minnow with a crystal  Blue Water Candy skirt, and a short time later Marie was on the way to a 2 hr battle with a 6 ft. sailfish.  Everyone said the sail put on a heck of a show, tail walking several times. Thankfully they took some great pictures and will be emailing them to me shortly.  On Ann's last charter this past season she had a big king.  This should be the kind of action that brings her back for more.

We're all looking forward to the pictures, especially with the upcoming Cape Fear Sailfish Classic only three weeks away.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"In on the Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/21/10
 

Captain Kyle, the OIFC's primary in shore charter captain was not about to be left out of the action today.  He fished the back waters with Jim and John Califf of Burlington, N.C. and Chandler Batts of Graham, N.C.  The group used finger mullett to land these nice reds and flounder.  They also had several throw backs.
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"Kings and Spanish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/21/10
 

Captain Chris Dew and Captain Zach Faulkner took Jeff, Mitchell and Jim Biship of Raleigh, N.C. as well as Eric Jackson and Lindsey Jackson of Raleigh and Foy Owen of Lexington, N.C. on a half day charter.  They used frozen cigar minnows and fished the 90's and Christina's Ledge areas.  The group was rewarded with several kings and spanish mackerel.  Miss Lindsey managed to boat a citation 6.2 lb spanish..Congratulations!

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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