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"1st Indication" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/01/10
 

The first clue we had that the king bite was on was when Capt. Zach Faulkner of the 36' Contender "Get Floor'd" called to say he was on his way in with some nice kings.

Zach was fishing with pogies he and Capt. Steele Park netted just off the Shallotte Inlet.  They were trolling about 8-9 miles out in 65 feet of water.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Slam" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/30/10
 

Great couple from Tennesse enjoyed a little inshore action today. The fish were not cooperating quite like I expected. We did manage to find a couple redfish, trout, and flounder. Chad completed an inshore slam today by landing one of each major species...red fish, trout, and flounder...I must add that the trout and flounder were caught on artificials. See ya on the water!

  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Mahi Close In" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/30/10
 

Are the mahi in close?  According to Chris Campbell they are.  Chris and friends caught a grand total of 6 mahi within sight of the high rises at Myrtle Beach.  He said they worked the Jungle and Christinas, pulling cigar minnows.

Thanks for the pictures and sharing the info Chris.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Saturday-" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/28/10
 

Grant Williams of Moore County caught his first spanish mackerel Saturday while fishing with his friend Richie Boles aboard Richard Boles Contender the "Toes Up".  Grant and Richie were fishing with the old folks, all of whom grew up together.

Richard is a great friend and customer of the OIFC who fishes most of our tournaments.  Richard provided us with the picture.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Saturday Grouper" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/27/10
 

The crew of the Fishmeister Yellowfin,  Dean Spatholt, Mike Kress, Dennis Watson and family headed east Saturday.  They began fishing in 85 ft of water and worked their way to 125 ft, handling 7 ft. seas.  They caught Gags, Reds, Pinkies, Sea Bass and released a monster American Red Snapper.

Many thanks to Laurie Hall for the picture and information.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Bite" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/27/10
 

Like Kyle said in his report yesterday, the inshore bite is still on.  This is a pleasant surprise because, especially with flounder, as the summer heat takes over a lot of flounder move to the near shore reefs.  But Kyle has had several successful charters as has Capt. "J Dogg" Jeff Williamson.

Not to be left of the mix is local inshore legend, Brandon "Bone Crusher" Sauls.  He and Clay Morphis, another inshore expert, hit the waters in our area yesterday and slammed the flounder and red drum.   Brandon said he had shrimp and pogies, which have been plentiful at the mouth of the Shallotte River and the Sunset Beach Bridge.  However the fish turned their nose up to the shrimp and hit on the pogies. 

 Perhaps if Brandon keeps trying, he can make the top of the Rodeo Leader board.  Also, don't pay any attention to the background in the picture, I'm sure that isn't where he caught his fish!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/26/10
 

Summer is officially here, and the inshore criitters have certainly settled into there typical summertime patterns.  I'll start with the flounder, which continue to bite very consistently, and while wading through throwbacks is often a chore when flounder fishing, there have been quite a few nice fish from 16 - 22' mixed in, and I've even recieved a few reports of some doormats over 5lbs in the past couple days.  All the typical spots have been producing, but the lingering soutwest winds the past few days have stirred the water in a few areas, so it has been important to fish in the areas with the cleanest water possible.  As for the trout, they too are on a summertime pattern, which unfortunately means they are somewaht unpredicatable.  They may bite in one spot one day and not the next, only to be right back the following day.  There have also been quite a few nice trout caught by fisherman targeting flounder recently, with is common this time of year, so you never know when a gator trout might deicide to bite.  One encouraging thing about the trout fishing though, is that there have been some really nice fish around.  I have caught a couple in the 4-5 pound range this past week, and have heared of a few more that size.  Finally, the summertime redfishing is also in full swing, which means just about any spot that you know of that has ever held reds is worth stopping a checking.  They to have been some unpredicatable, doing the ol' bite one day and not the next thing as well, but there seem to be fish in a lot of areas right now, so if you don't find them on one spot, keep looking, they might be snapping at the next spiot you try!


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Offshore/Inshore" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/25/10
 

Captain Steele and Captain Chris Eckert were chartered by Joe, Erin and Morgan Tuggle.  After catching pogies near the Shallotte Inlet they proceeded to the Shark Hole area.  The group caught a citation 'cuda and brought a very nice mahi which Morgan caught, back to the dock.

Meanwhile Captain Jeff Williamson and his fishing pard' Jeremy hit the flounder jackpot in the Shallotte River.  They were able to "hold their flounder together" long enough for a picture


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon Sailfish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/25/10
 

While fishing their first king tournament, The Jolly Mon, Joe Vasil, father in law William Bussie and brother in law Bill Bussie were pleasantly surprised by hooking up with a sailfish.  The group was fishing aboard their boat, the "Shin Dig" about 3 miles off of Southport.

The sail was released after the photo op.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Myrtle Beach Sun Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/25/10
 

I have had many folks congratulate team "Do Work" on our winning  the Jolly Mon.  On behalf of the "Do Work" crew, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Also thanks to Captain Brant and the OIFC for putting on these tournaments, for their fine products and sharing their knowledge, not only with the "Do Work" crew but everyone.

Several have asked for the details of our catch.  The Myrtle Beach Sun News has a great article that describes everything better than I can.  This weeks Fisherman's Post also has a very good write up, but for some reason my link to it has been unsuccessful. Again, thank you very much and see you at the OIFC.

Be sure to check out the Jolly Mon Racing Team in action at Myrtle Beach Speedway July 4th weekend!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sailfish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/24/10
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sailfish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/24/10
 

Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron Dew fished with Joe Salmon, Paul Allmon and Harold Mantooth of Rome, Ga. today.  They were drilled by a sailfish while pulling a dead cigar minnow with a blue and white skirt 50 feet behind the boat at the AR445.  Harold Mantooth fought the sail for 1hr and 10 minutes before getting him to the boat.  The sailfish was promptly released, healthy, and swam away to fight another day.

Check out these pictures..... 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Today's Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/23/10
 

I was fortunate enough to go with Jamie Miliken, owner of Jolly Mon Racing to some race shops in the High Point area today.  As such I wasn't around when I boats came in but was told they caught kings and mahi.

But the story of the day came from Corey Bellamy.  Corey sent me this picture of a 58 lb king caught today VERY close to shore by some folks who were shark fishing.  Corey said they using Boston Mackerel as bait.

I am sooooo glad they weren't in the Jolly Mon.

The picture quality is not top notch, but it's clear enough to show this magnanimous king!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"1st Mate Material" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/10
 

Monday Captain Zach Faulkner and the OIFC's Sydney Hooks headed to the high seas for a few hours fishing aboard Zach's 36 ft Contender the "Get Floor'd".  They brought home a nice king and a tiny mahi...:-(.  Not bad for a couple of hours and Sydney's first off shore fishin' mission.

 Zach said Sydney has great potential as a 1st mate.  Wonder why Zach would say a thing like that?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Teacher's Pet" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/10
 

Captain Jeff Wiliamson reported that he had a blast fishing with Mat and Ashley Abernathy , school teachers from High Point out on summer break and vacationing at OIB.  They caught some over sized South Carolina red fish and 2 hand fulls of Tubbs Inlet flounder.  If you want to catch fish in shore or off shore, Captain Jeff is the one to hook up with.  Even if you don't catch much you will definitely have fun!!!
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"Gray Goose" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/10
 

Miss Virginia Beckham sent me this picture of a couple of mahi  caught a couple of days ago while fishing with her dad Henry, and friends Tommy and Jennifer Gray, as well as Jennifer's boyfriend Josh aboard the Gray Goose out of OIB.

Henry and Virginia are mostly known for their inshore fishing, but as can be seen they have skills offshore as well.  Folks may remember Virgina from when she worked at the OIFC last summer.

Also pictured is a sail fish the crew of the Gray Goose landed.  Virginia said the sail swam happily away after Henry put it back in the water....you've got to know Virginia to love her like we do.


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"Jolly Mon Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/21/10
 

Congratulations to all of you who made the leaderboard. An impressive field of 306 boats competed for this year's right to stand on the stage and hold the first place trophy and check. That is a lot of boats and making the leader board in any position is an accomplishment. First place honors this year go to Jeff Beck, father Rickey Beck, John Hayes and Timmy Clemmons aboard the Ocean Isle Beach based Do Work fishing team. The team weighed a 33.65 pound King they caught Sunday just after noon while fishing near the Cape Fear sea buoy. The King reportedly hit a double Pogy in the propwash. There will be more to come with a report on the entire weekend's events. For now to get all results in all divisions- CLICK HERE

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon " | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/21/10
 

Another Jolly Mon is in the books.  307 boats competed in the event and we were blessed withe great weather for the Tournament.  The staff of the OIFC put on quite an event.  The food served by Guy C. Lee and Captain Amy was excellent.

Team "Do Work", fishing out of Ocean Isle was the winner.  The team consisting of Captain Jeff Beck, Timmy Clemmons, Jon Hayes and myself were the victors.  They also won a TWT, I was was awarded 1st place in the Senior Division.

The winning fish was caught in the river channel, using live pogies on a double pogey rig.  Jon Haves was the angler and fought the king fow about 45 minutes.  Jeff was the coach,  gaffer and planner..

The Do Work team won in the neighborhood of $22,000.  Winning the money is great of course.  The prestige of winning the Jolly Mon as as important.  Winning the Jolly Mon while fishing with my son on Father's Day was most important.

Thanks to Captain Brant, the OIFC, all the sponsors, fishermen and all the people who followed the tournament.

I would like to announce that I have been granted exclusive rights to interview myself later this week.  This will not be a softball interview, I am preparing some hard hitting questions to ask myself and I expect some truthful answers from me. 


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"Spanish vs. King" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/20/10
 

If the Kings were only the same quality as the Spanish have been this year...we would have seen some monster Kings weighed in at the Jolly Mon...Oh wait! We did! Capt. Jeff Beck and crew represented the OIFC in fashion with a 33.65 lb. taking first place and top bragging rights until next year. Congratulations! Below are some Spanish that have been holding on the tide lines outside the Shalloute inlet. I suspect some nice Kings are near this area as well. Just haven't pulled the right bait in front of them yet. Work'n on it though...See ya on the water!

      

- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Jolly Mon Pictures" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/19/10
 


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