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"Jolly Mon recon report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/17/10
 

I made a Jolly Mon recon run yesterday morning and here is what I saw.

On the beach:

-Big school of small bluefish in Shallotte Inlet, being fed on by Spanish

-Big schools of greenies in approx 25 feet[being fed on by Spanish]

-Big schools of butterfish in approx 25 feet[being fed on by Spanish

-water color on beach perfect "king green"

HMMM.......SO, WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?

Offshore:

-big schools of cigar minnows betweeen Jungle and Christina

-water color clear to king green

-water full of spanish and very small kings

HMMM...WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?

Answer: They can be anywhere. Only thing missing is the pogies which I understand are holding in Cape Fear River. This could be a dead bait tourney if they don't mysterioulsy show up which seems to happen just when you give up on them showing[pogy bobbin may be with pinfish this year]. Or this may be year of non tradional baits[whiting/spots/dogfish/grunts/ect, whatever you can jig up].  Somebody will get lucky and catch the big one and win a whole bunch of money. Come join us at the Jolly Mon!


- Rube McMullan
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"Today's Findings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/16/10
 

Went on recon mission today.  Ran from Shallotte to Murrells Inlet- NO POGYS.  There were scattered schools of Threadfin and Spanish Macks.  We ran offshore to reef in 60 feet and jigged Cigar Minnows and then caught Kings and big Spanish pretty quick at several spots in 60-65 feet of water - biggest 12 pounds.  There is quite a bit of topwater bait between the Jungle and 10/10, that area looks good.  Our charters caught fish at Christinas and 90's today, nothing of much size.  There were Kings biting at Yaupon today as well, not sure if any of size came from there.  Only Pogys I heard of were in Cape Fear River and Carolina Beach area. 

Short of it all -- bait is tough, Kings are plentiful in 50-65 feet, but small so far as I've seen.  Water on beach is clear and there are lots of Spanish and Greenies around.  The biggest fish will come from these areas I think.  I'm sure some 20+ fish will mix in with small fish in 60 foot depth range.  Also some Kings offshore around Tower and over Grouper bottoms in 100 feet -- might be an option?  Lots of choices, nothing clear cut.  Tournament field will scatter out and someone will find a big one -- it could be you!

Just finished processing early entries-- 107 thus far, ahead of last year at this time.  Hopefully we'll meet our annual target of 300 boats.  Hope you and family will participate.

Tomorrow is final registration for Jr. Jolly Mon -- you can drop by the OIFC to sign up until 9pm or ENTER ON-LINE  ---  Fishing is Friday from 7am to 3pm -- Prizes are awarded for top 3 largest King, Cobia and Dolphin.

Jolly Mon King Classic registration is on-going thru Friday PM.  You can stop by the OIFC or ENTER ON-LINE as well.  If you cannot make it to the Capt. Meeting, I will post any rule changes on this page as well as tournament page.  You are responsible for the rules regardless of attendance to meeting or not.

Here at the OIFC we are stocked with everything you need.  Cigar Minnows, Ribbonfish, Chum and all the tackle.....  see you for the Jolly Mon - stay tuned for a report tomorrow.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon THIS WEEKEND" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/16/10
 

OK, it is just around the corner.  I'm processing early entries now and will send out confirmations with boat numbers.  If you can't make it to the Capt. meeting, you are responsible for all rules and any rule changes.  If there are any, they will be posted on this page as well as tournament page.  Hoping to have a great turnout again this year.  Possibly Mother Nature will spare us and provide good conditions?  I'm going out this AM to do some looking around for bait and conditions.  I'll report back to findings. 

Yesterday the Kingfish bite was very good for our charter boats at the Christina's Ledge, 90's and Barges.  Most of the fish were in the 8-12 pound range.  I also talked to someone who said there was a ton of bait at the Jungle.  Pogys have been hard to find on the beach the last week.  They may not be available, thus be sure to carry dead Cigars, Ribbonfish and Sabiki rigs.

Stay tuned.-  Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Mahi on a Downrigger" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/14/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson and Captain Chris Eckert were chartered by the Kreb's, Emily, Christian, Josh and Conner.  They went a few miles out and caught several kings, spanish and even a gaffer mahi on the downrigger using cigar minnows.  Jeff said they had no idea what hit the downrigger until they saw the mahi sky.

On the 13th Captain Steele and Captain Chris Eckert went about 8 miles out and caught a fistfull of kings and mahi on cigar minnows.

Also below are a couple of pictures of fish Captain Jeff caught on an in shore charter.  He is just so amphibius!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"T&T Spade Fish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/14/10
 

Tommy Helms sent me this fishing report.  I copied and pasted exactly what he sent because there was NO way I could improve it.  You have got to know these guys to really appreciate them.  I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did.  Thanks Tommy and Tommy!

These guys came down from Charlotte and Mr Litton and myself told them we were going to catch some Brunswick County Bluegill Bream . I think we finally convinced them after a few beverages that they were larger bream. They said that was the biggest bream bed they had ever seen and the biggest cat fish ( Tiger Shark And cobia ) they had ever seen. The cat fish were eating their Bream .They hooked a cat fish but it broke the line ( imagine that ) It weighed Oh ! about seven or eight hundred pounds . More or less....


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/14/10
 

Things are hot on the inshore grounds! Both the air and the fishing.  Despite the blistering hot weather we have had the past couple few days, we still have some exceptional fishing going on. The redfish bite has been strong the past few days, from the backwater creeks to the inlets/jetties, which has provided some exciting action to say the least.  The trout are also making a showing in many of the same spots that the reds are biting in, providing a little variety in the catch as well.  In many spots, it has seemed that every bite could be a red, a trout, a black drum, or a flounder,  which is certainly a indication that all of the inshore critters are hungry.  The flounder fishing has continued to be strong, with quite a few doormats beginning to show.  It took a fish pushing 10lbs. to win the flounder tournament that was held this past weekend, and many other nice fish we caught as well.  The only negative I have to report is that it has been miserably hot, as I'm sure everyone already knows, but at least you don't think about the heat as much when you're puling on fish.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Friday at the 100/400" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/14/10
 

Darrell Starnes fished the 100/400  Friday.  He reported a "slow day", but with these mahi, I wouldn't call it too slow.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"BIG FISH" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/13/10
 

Check out this picture that was taken by one of my charters last Friday.  We were at the 90's catching a mix of Kings, Spanish and Cobia.  We were hooked up to the Cobia in one of the pictures when this big fella began circling the boat; the biggest I've seen in some time.  I'd say 12 feet easy, awesome fish!

ALSO DON'T FORGET, EARLY ENTRY FOR JOLLY MON ENDS ON TUESDAY 6/15 - CLICK HERE TO ENTER OR GET MORE DETAILS

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Red Drum Blitz Continued" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/13/10
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Red Drum Blitz" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/13/10
 

While many people were off shore taking advantage of the hot king bite, Captain Jeff Williamson (OIFC/Get Busy) and Will King took a couple of hours to do some in shore fishing.  Armed with live shrimp Jeff had cast netted earlier they went to hunt the red drum.

They found them too...probably the hottest red fish bite either had experienced!  All total this dynamic duo caught and released over 30 drum.  What a trip!  The shrimp are showing up in pretty good numbers and can be caught with a little skill using a cast net.  As far as the fish are concerned, you are the most popular person on the block if you have shrimp.  Next and a VERY close 2nd is pogies and in 3rd place are mud minnows.

Jeff fishes the backwaters for the OIFC and provided the pictures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Don't Forget Grouper" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/13/10
 

While the fishing report has been filled with catches of mahi, cobia, flounder, ect. Capt Chris Eckert and I embarked on a grouper mission yesterday morning. The plan was to run out about 40-50 miles, load up on grouper and be back at the dock in time to watch the US in the World Cup in the ac. You got to love it when a plan comes together, well almost. We fished 100-110ft and did as planned loading up on grouper from 8 to 20lbs. The seas were flat and temperatures scorching so we put the 31' Yellowfin in the wind at 50mph and headed back to the dock around 1:30pm. So far the plan is right on schedule. Everything was good to go until we got back to the OIFC and there was a traffic jam at the fish cleaning table. Too many fish on the dock! Capt. Steel and crew hammered the mahi. Then Capts Phil Hooks and Scott Heffernan showed up with a boat load of kings and mahi. I actually had to wait my turn to use the fish cleaning table which typically can accommodate a crowd. Oh well, luckily I recorded the game. A great day on the water and the week looks great for Jolly Mon prefishing.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"90's" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/12/10
 

Today was a banner day for kings and cobia in the Long Bay area of Ocean Isle Beach.  In the earlier part of the morning the pogies were off of Holden Beach.  The king and cobia action was at the 90's where Capt Chris Dew and 1st mate Aaron Dew saw success on both their morning and afternoon charters.  Captain Zach was also there and had several kings and cobia.  Zach was using frozen cigar minnows as was Captain Chris.

Captain William Parker was also in on the action at the 90's while fishing with his brother Fred of Charlotte.  They caught several kings, spanish and a cobia.  Captain William reported all but one king was caught on frozen cigar minnows, the other was on a pogey.  Captain Steele had a charter to the stream where they caught several mahi.  Steele will do a report on his trip later.

Pictured below is Fred Parker with one of his kings.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 06/12/10
 

Cant really see the 13 other bailers but it was a right good day.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"More "Jack Attack" Pictures" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/12/10
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jack Attack" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/12/10
 

Sometimes when doing a Fishing Report something stands out that epitomizes, for many, what salt water fishing is all about.  This is one of those times.

Yesterday Brian Aycock, aboard his boat the "Hail Yeah", took his oldest son Austin, their friend Eddie Julian and Eddie's sons, Edward and Davis to the Gulf Steam.  They caught 3 mahi, 15 AJ's and a scamp.  But more importantly they spent time together on the sea fishing as family and friends.  Memories that will outlast any fish they may have caught.  Well maybe.... unless they think about when they fished with Capt. Brant, Capt. Barrette and Rube and they caught the 74 lb king.  Or when they won the Dixie Chicken....  Anyway, enjoy these pictures of yesterday's beautiful ocean.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon conditions update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/12/10
 

Looking out to long range thru next week, it appears wind/sea conditions will be lite, which looking into my crystal ball suggest the beach water should clear up throughout the period, setting the stage for a continuation of the beach bite that has been going on all spring. Few years ago the Jolly Mon was won by a jon boat within a nine iron of the beach[$40,000+]; could this year be a repeat? We'll have some good intel after this weekends fishing so standby. Come fish the Jolly Mon next weekend.
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Various" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/12/10
 

Rodeo update...James Heine weighed in a 5.4lb flounder on 6-8.

Today we received reports of pogies 2 miles up from the Shallotte Inlet off of Holden Beach.

Reports of Kings being caught off the Ocean Crest Pier.

Real time report at 9 am...kings being caught at the 90's......bait scarce.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/11/10
 

Jeff Wallen weighed a 4.75 lb flounder today improving his 3rd place standing by .75 lbs.  He missed 2nd place by .05 lbs.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Mahi Bite" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/11/10
 

Captain Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron Dew were chartered by Preston Cave (East End, NC), Marshall Stillman (Mocksville, NC), Brad & LeAnn Rogers (Advance, NC), Mike Weir (Advance, NC), and September White (Mocksville, NC).  Together they fished the 100/400 and Blackjack areas.  Pulling a Black Bart they caught the large mahi in the picture, which was angled by Preston.  They also said they had a big one get away, and are going to provide this sceptical reporter with some pictures.  Thrown in the mix was the AJ Mike landed, a small mahi and some black bass..Pretty good day!

Although I didn't make it to the docks, I'm told that Captains Brant and Zach had a respectable showing of kings and spanish on 2-one half day trips.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Wrong One" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/11/10
 

Captain Chris Dawson (OIFC/Miss Janelle) and Brad High went king fishing a few miles out earlier in the week, before the winds..  They caught and released several kings, keeping the 26 lb'r in the picture.  Chris said the one in the picture looked citation size and since they'd killed this one, they let a bigger one go.  Seems the keeper didn't make citation size.  The good news is by all accounts, the kings as well as the spanish have moved into our area.  Just be careful what you throw back!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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