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"Galapagos Opening" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/09/10
 

We've had an opening come available for the Galapagos trip scheduled for January 30th - February 6th. This trip has been full for a couple months with 16 fishermen and fisherwomen but one spot has now opened up. If anyone out there is interested in joining our group for what is sure to be a trip one of the most incredible fishing destinations on earth contact me immediately. We'll need to get travel arrangements handled quickly. This is a great once in a lifetime fishing trip that you don't want to miss. Contact me at captbarrett@oifc.com. Thanks.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Conditions report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/09/10
 

Rode down beach today to Southport. Water still full of pogies along beach, however they are doing their flip and run deal. Didn't try to catch any, but difficult this time of year. Water temp on beach is 62 degrees. Going out tomorrow to check out how close kings are still in; will report back.
- Rube McMullan
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"Catch and Release" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/08/10
 

Most of us practice catch and release.  I ran across this article  on Earth Sports and found it interesting.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"SKA Nationals Cont. " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/08/10
 

I know that it seems that is all you are reading about on the reports this week but the reality is, that's where we all were so we have to report on where we fished.  I also had the opportunity to fish down in Ft. Pierce last week aboard the Toes Up with Richard Boles and Doug Robson. I had not had the opportunity to fish with these two guys before the trip down but have gotten to know them very well over the past year as customer's here at the OIFC and as friends.  Anyway, we headed down bright and early Monday morning and arrived in Ft. Pierce just in time to get the boat in the water just prior to sunset Monday.  Tuesday was an exciting day and a truly great learning experience as Capt. Brant, Capt. Barrett and Capt. Rube allowed me to tag along with them for the first day of the Pro Tournament. It was truly incredible to have the opportunity to fish with these guys.  Their tactics and techniques are a bit humbling to say the least.  We managed to catch a few fish but the big one eluded us.  Wednesday, I had an opportunity to do a little pre-fishing for the tournament aboard the "Toes Up", a 23t Contender owned by Richard. While we called it pre fishing, the real agenda for the day was to venture 8-12 miles offshore to the gulf stream to do a little sportfishing.  Yes, I said 8-12 miles to the gulf stream.... It was incredible to catch 24+ lb dolphin's within sight of land.  Ended up with a handful of Dolphins and steady action all day.  Then the Wind really started blowing.... The story of the week was ROUGH conditions and it was.  Thursday was a no fish day as it galed all day and rained cats and dogs.  What is a fisherman to do when he cant fish?  Hit the local tackle shops for info. We developed a plan for Friday based on the info we had and what we were looking at with the weather forecast, and what a plan it was.  The tournament was in a Bimini Start format which means that all boats take off from the inlet at the same time when the tournament commitee says go.  They said go and the whole fleet took off as fast as they could go in 4-6 ft seas with occassional 8 footers mixed in.  Instead of taking off, we put lines out right at the inlet.  Within 30 minutes we had 3 fish in the boat, including what would have been a stud fish had it not had a rig from another fisherman in its throat and been on the verge of starving to death.  We ended up catching 6 or 7 fish and never left the area around Ft. Pierce inlet.  Alas, the big fish eluded us and we ended up with a combined total of 31lbs+ which was good enough for 19th place in the 23 and under class.  All in all, it was a great week but would have loved to have had better conditions.  Looking forward to this week, looks like the wind is going to force us to fish on the beach but I hear there are fish to be caught.  I am going to go out there tomorrow and see if I can find the fish to let you know where they are hiding.  See you out there.
- Capt. Steele
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"Cassie Dawson's "Rumble In The Jungle" Video" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/10
 

If you're checking this Fishing Report, then I know you enjoy salt water fishing.  That being the case, take time to link to Casie'svideo of Brant, Amy, Caroline, Chris Eckert and Cassie's Rumble In The Jungle trip.  She did a great job abd I think you'll like it.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Photo Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/10
 

Just got this picture of a red caught on Jeff Williamson's (Get Busy/OIFC)  recent charter for the "Ellen Fights Like A Girl" Charity.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Checkers or Wreckers" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/10
 

Well, it was wreckers for Team OIFC in this year's SKA National Championship held in Ft. Pierce, FL. It was a tough event for all teams competing for the National Title this year due to the perfectly timed arrival of the first big cold front of the year on the morning of tournament day one (Friday). While the forecast was for strong winds, it was expected the direction would have some west in it making the beach calm and very fishable. Unfortunately the part the weather man got right was the strong winds, he missed the direction as it was mostly from the north which meant a steep and tight 4 to 6 ft sea with nowhere to hide. We had planned to return to the same area to the south of Ft. Pierce in 25 feet of water just off the beach where we had fished a couple days prior during the pro tournament. There was a good bite of big fish there and we were hoping to find the same condition. It seemed most other boats in the tournament had the same plan as the 200+ boats fishing scattered out along the beach with more than 100 in the one small area. The beach water had changed color due to the heavy winds and seas but surprisingly some fish still hung around in the silty water. However, the main bite of fish was not to be in our chosen area and instead about 10 miles down the beach from us around schools of spanish mackerel. Note to self: find the bait, find the fish- kingfish 101. Oh well, we fished very hard all day but if you aren't around the fish you aren't going to catch them. It was a disappointing event for Team OIFC but truthfully we were accepting of the outcome as we simply weren't where the fish were. We learned a lot about south Florida style kite fishing from some local gurus and are excited to bring that technique back to Ocean Isle. In the past we have dabbled in the kite fishing for kingfish but we found there is a whole new level out there that can be a deadly technique when around the fish. This would be considered kingfish 202. Despite the horrific weather there is always going to be a winner and some really nice fish ended up being caught. It just goes to show that kingfish can be anywhere at anytime and just when you think you've got them figured out, they change. Ft. Pierce can be a tough place to figure out but I guess if you caught a good fish you might not think so. Next year the championship is headed back to Biloxi, MS and I know I can speak for Team OIFC when I say BRING IT ON! We will be extremely excited to travel back to the Gulf next year to experience a truly amazing king mackerel fishery and once again compete for the honor of being the kingfish National Champion. We're all back here at home now and patiently waiting for the weather to give us a break so we can take revenge on the kingfish after they embarrassed us so badly last weekend!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Fall Brawl Reds" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/05/10
 

Shannon Conrad reported that he, his dad Vic, sons Adam and Thomas as well as their friend Scott Fleming fished the Friday of the Fall Brawl.  They had not entered the Brawl, but trolled around for some kings at the Light House Rocks, the Youpon and ended up at the Sherman.  Just as they were getting ready to grab a snack, their reel screamed with what they declare was the big one that got away.

Having had enough of that excitement for the day they elected to go to the jetties and drift fish for a while.  That's when they caught this 42" hoss and some 28 inchers....To be continued..........


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Reds and Thomas Conrad's Flounder" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/05/10
 

The story continued into Sunday when the guys and Shannon's sons Adam and Thomas decided to go back to the Jetties for some more action.  That's when they heard Thomas say "Dad I've got a BIG ONE"!  He fed his family with this nice flounder he had caught.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Number Not Pulled!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/05/10
 

The 2010 SKA Nationals' is in the books and preparation for the next tournament is underway.  I think I'll whine and get it out of my system.  The fishing conditions were a little rough...there was a slight mullet blow of 29-35 NNW all day.  The tournament was changed to a 1 day 2 fish event due to the weather.  That's not what I'm whining about.  The top 7 boats fished right beside us all day!  We were at the Kingfish Holes 1&2.  Most teams fished goggle eyes, blue runners or mullet.  Many of the blue runners were jigged on sabiki rigs tipped with shrimp.  Some bought their blue runners and goggle eyes, which were very expensive.  Mullet could be caught in the back waters.  Captain Brant's Stealth net worked great for us.  We upsized our nose hooks to #2 off sets.  Otherwise, king fishing is king fishing..all the same techniques.  The winning team fished beside us and is staying at the same place we are, why was their number pulled and not ours?...whine, whine, whine!

Ya'll do know Team "Do Work/OIFC" isn't whining.  Just kidding.  As Rube would say, "Welcome to the world of king fishing".  Team "All In" on a 30 ft. Wellcraft took top honors with a total of 69.75 lbs., and a nicer bunch of guys couldn't be found.  CONGRATULATIONS!  Locally the top team was "Black Gold",  Captained by Mike McDuffie and owned by Don Williams, the winner of this years OIFC Master's Division.  "Black Gold" finished 4th with a total of 62.86 lbs.

If the wind lays down tomorrow, we're going to try our hand at some of the monster tarpon we saw yesterday while catching bait.  Rube, Brant and Barrett are heading back to Ocean Isle for Granny Mac's 90th birthday celebration.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANNY MCMULLAN!!!!!!!!  We'll head back early Sunday morning.  If you ever get the opportunity to fish a SKA National event, jump on it.  No matter the weather it's something all king fishermen need to experience.

Check out this link for the leaderboard, and you can go to my FaceBook page for a lot of pictures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Gary's 41.9 lb. king" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/04/10
 

Ya'll will please have to excuse my lack of reporting the past couple of days.  I am with Team "Do Work" at the SKA Nationals representing Division 9 and the OIFC and my computer signal has been a little weak....Tuff being me isn't it? At any rate I'll try to keep the report somewhat updated on events here as best I can.

But this report has to do with Gary and Matt Reagan's 41.9 lb king.  The guys caught him on October 30th at the Light House Rocks.  Everyone had reported the bite went off around 2 pm and that's when they caught this king.  They also had a 2nd king in the 30 lb class and several cut offs.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"SKA Nationals Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/03/10
 

Team OIFC down here in Ft. Pierce, FL.  We are fishing the SKA Nationals this weekend.  As normal, big front passing tomorrow to bring strong winds and rough seas; what's new.  We actually fished a seperate tournament Tuesday and Wednesday, the last leg of the Yamaha Pro Tour.  We did not over achieve, weighed a 20 on day 1 and 30 on day 2.  There were a few 40's caught and quite a few 30's.  I think we finished the year maybe 12th or so overall on pro tour.  Not terrible, but not great either.  The guys that fish the pro tour year after year, whom we compete against, are very good.  Very humbling.  We may be the big fish in our own pond, but with the pro tour crowd, you struggle not to become bait.  The challenge is what I think keeps us interested; and always seeking that adrenaline rush of landing a big one or doing well in an event.  Anyway, this weekend is why we are reallly here as we always looks forward to Nationals.  Stay tuned as I'll try to keep you posted on whos doing what.  For a live webcast and info, watch www.fishska.com 

Looking at the mainre forecast back home at the OIFC, doesn't look like we are missing much, at least as far as offshore fishing goes.  Wind and more wind seems to be the trend through the weekend.  Good news is the inshore fishing is red hot with Trout, Flounder and Redfish. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Don't B Scared!"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/01/10
 

Thats right! Don't let the weatherman scare you away from doing a little fishing. Capt. Chris Dawson stayed close to the beach today and landed a nice king. He said he was just outside of Dawson's Creek drifting pogys when a 30lb plus king skyrocketed on a bait. The king dumped a little over half the spool, as they started to gain some line back it went slack. Under further inspection the swivel had slipped apart! Bummer! Then another king skyrocketed and game on again. This fish made it to the OIFC official scales placing Capt. Chris in 3rd place (24.10) on the year round rodeo.

Inshore action remains consistent despite passing and approaching fronts. The wind has been challenging to deal with, but the North wind should help clean the water up a bit. Large flounder, trout, and redfish are still being caught. Lockwood Folly river is producing trout. The Shalloute River is also producing a few trout and I saw a 8 pound flounder get netted up the river as well. Capt. Jeff Williamson reported seeing a couple nice trout get boated at the Jetties a few days ago. The water temperature is right and the fish are biting at the right times. Go get'em! See ya on the water.

  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"More Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/01/10
 

The king bite must be sizzling for the entire Brunswick County coast line.  There was a 38+lb. king weighed in this afternoon in Holden Beach and several teenage kings reported.  Below is a picture of a mid twenties king Captain Jeff Williamson's charter caught this weekend on a guide trip.  Look at how beautiful the ocean was that day.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"King Bite" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/31/10
 

Saturday started on a good note, with bait being plentiful.  The pogies were found just off the beaches and the cigar minnows were thick further out.  But in the morning there was no bite.  That is until the tide began to turn around 2 p.m.  Then the bite fired off at the Light House Rocks, the River Channel, the Atlantic Ledge and several other places.

While I was at the docks late in the afternoon I saw over a dezen teenage kings brought in.  Captain Chris Dew had a mixed bag of kings and jacks, as his charter wanted to do some bottom fishing.  Captain Chris said he went to several locations and around 2 he saw kings skying all around the Cat boat.  Today we have a fairly stiff west wind and all our boats are at the dock, so I'm not sure how many people went out  I'll pass along what ever info I can.. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Ellen Fights Like A Girl" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/31/10
 

Tony Hurst of Myrtle Beach and Butch Bowman of Ohio won an in shore fishing trip from the "Ellen Fights Like A Girl Cancer Benefit".  They took the trip today with Captain Jeff Williamson of the "Get Busy/OIFC".  The group started the breezy day fishing the Craven St. docks using mullet minnows and finished it up with a trip to the OIFC dock with two nice reds for this photo.  I hope it was a good trip for a great cause!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team OIFC Strikes Again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/30/10
 

Congrats to Team OIFC with today's victory in the first annual Marshes Light Marina Kingfish Tournament with a 41.90 lb kingfish.  This tournament was held up in Hatteras which verifies that the big Kings are up there just in time for the NC Kingfish Championship.  Congrats again to Capt. Brant, Capt. Amy and Capt. Rube on a job well done.  Team OIFC is now headed down to Ft. Pierce for the SKA Nationals in an attempt to defend their national title... With the "hot hooks" these guys have had this year, I would gladly put my money on them.


- Capt. Steele
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"More on Bluefin " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/29/10
 

From everything I know, Dr. Daniel, Director of NC Marine Fisheries, is a good man who is trying very hard to do a difficult job. I believe he wants to be responsive to the public, and I believe he will if the public weighns in loud enough. Thus the key to this effort is for fishing folks to make contact with him and express your views. We think this is a no brainer as it makes zero sense for MF to over look "localized depletion" of the Bluefin's food source as they migrate to our waters, and it makes zero sense for NC's management authority not to take action that will benefit NC industry[hotels/motels/restaurants/tackle shops/ect]. People travel to NC from all over the world to have a chance to fight these amazing fish. If the fish don't stay in our waters because their food source has been taken, then they leave, and no fish means no economic benefit to NC. Dr. Daniel's email is louis.daniel@ncdenr.gov. Thanks for you help in this effort. Rube McMullan
- Rube McMullan
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"Reds on a Sabiki?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/29/10
 

Whle Team-Toes Up aboard Richard Boles' Contender was jigging for bait near the Little River Jetties in preparation for the Fall Brawl they jigged up this red drum on a sabiki rig.  In the picture is Doug Robson.

Sound like a fish story?  I Don't think so.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Confused" | Speckulator - 22' | 10/28/10
 

When you reach the age that qualifies you for senior angler you find that it's easy to get confused.  That is exactly what I did with Jeff Furr's Carolina Slam write up.

That excuse being offered here is the correct report.  This past Friday Jeff Furr and his friend Tommy caught 8 reds, 4 flounder and a 20" trout, all within a few hours. This was Jeff's 1st "trifecta"!

My humble apologies for screwing up the report on your great accomplishment.  Now I'm off to the store to by some Centrum Silver...Wonder if I need some more Depends?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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