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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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"First Spanish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/11/10
 

Sydney Hooks from the OIFC landed her first Spanish today. Come by and ask her how to catch these fine eating little fish. She should be able to share some good information with you now. See ya on the water!

  

- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sunset Beach Bridge" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/10/10
 

Follow this link for the latest on the progress of the Sunset Beach Bridge.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Injured on duty" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/10/10
 

The OIFC's very own Captain Jeff Williamson took some guys fishing today.  They were out of the wind and catching some flounder near the Shallotte Inlet.  Someone cast towards a dock and got hung up.  The all helpful Captain Jeff was working to free the line, when WHAM!, a 1 oz sinker hit him between the eyes!.  He said he bled  "like a stuck hog".  Fortunately he escaped with a couple of cuts, and a bruised nose.  But thankfully he didn't get any blood on his new metro fishing shirt, and I am sure no one will pick on him  Perhaps a Purple Sinker Award is in line.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Artical of interest" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/10/10
 

This is a news release regarding red snapper fishing.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Gettin Jiggy"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/10/10
 

David Braswell, aboard the "Gettin Jiggy" fished in 150ft of water Tuesday using Roscoe Jigs and caught this nice grouper pictured below.  On the trolling scene we've received reports of a hot mahi bite in the Stream, approximately 70 miles out.  One person I talked with reported 26 mahi caught on one boat.

Our World Cats had half day trips.  Captain Zach brought home some kings, as seen in yesterday's picture by Zach, while Captain Chris Dew reported hot spanish action right at the Shallotte Inlet Buoy in 30 ft of water.

The wind started picking up out of the west yesterday, making for snotty conditions.  Our boats are "on the hill" this morning due to wind, but the prediction is for things to settle down and I expect action to pick up.  This weekend looks great for heading out and trying to get some fishing action.   Isn't that a change!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Carolina Cat" | Real-Time Update | 06/09/10
 

Evan and Mahlon with their kings from this mornings charter. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
- captzach@gmail.com
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"T of Spades" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/09/10
 

Tommy Helms sent these pictures of him and Tommy Lytton.  He asked if I'd heard of the ace of spades.  They are the T's of spades, and for good reason.  Tommy didn't say where these fine fish came from, but my educated guess would be a particular near shore AR.  The bait of choice is jelly balls which are plentiful.  Tubbs Inlet was full of them Sunday. Location and bait are one thing, (actually two, but whatever) however, technique is quite another and I would expect the T's to have that down pat.  They also included a couple of flounder their friend Cooter from Charlotte caught for lunch.

What a crew!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"5.4 lb flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/08/10
 

Check out Michael Palmer's 5.4 lb flounder.  Michael landed it this weekend using pogies.  At the time I saw Michael fishing we were all struggling getting the pogies.  They were there but went deep when we threw the net.  The flounder and red drum bite in our area had been exceptional this year.  The spanish have moved in close enough where those with smaller inshore boats can venture out on good days and spanish fish.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Toes Up" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/08/10
 

Richard Boles of the Toes Up Fishing Team was kind enough to send the photo of a cobia caught by Glenn Boles on a recent trip aboard their 23 ft. Contender, the Toes Up.  This was Glenn's first cobia.

Now for a fish story.  Robbie Dial, a great friend, fishing buddy and truth teller, as far as fishing goes...sent this picture of a 48 inch  drum caught Memorial Day at the Sunset Beach swing bridge by Ernie Blue.  Robbie said the drum was caught on an 1 1/2 inch mud minnow....I report, you decide. (Just kidding Robbie), great story!  He also sent a picture of a 9 lb sheepshead  caught by Earnest Chavis while fishing with Robbie.  Earnest has caught several sheepshead in this class recently.

Many thanks to Richard and Robbie for the pictures and stories.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon conditions update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/07/10
 

Checked out conditions after all the rain and found beach water browned up from all the rain. Tried a couple beach spots and only got sharks. Pogies definitely showing up as rain pushed them out of Cape Fear river along beaches from Shallotte Inlet to Lochwood. My guess is rain pushed the fish off the beach to more normal 55-70 foot water. Our charters caught some 20's at the 90/90 so that confirms. Question now is if it stays dry and water clears back up, and bait moves on to beach, and does the beach bite kick off again. My long range crystal ball doesn't go out that far, so stand by. Come join us at the Jolly Mon! 


- Rube McMullan
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 06/07/10
 

Team oifc at bald head rodeo weigh in. 48 lb mahi.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Team OIFC wins Bald Head Island Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/07/10
 

Capt. Barrett, brother- Mike and Mark Kennedy and myself joined forces aboard the OIFC Yellowfin to compete in the Bald Head Island Rodoe.  The tournament format is unique in that it is based on most total pounds weighed of Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo.  Tuna and Wahoo have to be at least 20 pounds and Dolphin have to be at least 15 pounds.  Other than that, stay within your legal limits and catch as many as you can for the most pounds.  I had gotten some information from a friend that fishes north of Morehead City about scattered Yellowfin and lots of big Dolphin.  I prefer fish near home, but the facts are that our Gulf Stream season has not been up to par this year and thus we felt we could use our mobility to make a run north and try to find better fish.  We put in the water at Morehead and ran way offshore to 600+ feet.  We found a fishy area with birds and no sooner had we set the spread than we were absolutely blasted by a school of Yellowfin.  They came up into our teasers and looked like bombs going off behind the boat as they ate the teasers and every line we had in the water.  We had 7 lines out and after it was over, we ended up with 5 Yellowfin in the box.  Man it has been a long time since I've done that.  It is still fun!  We reset and looked all over the place but we could not find the Tuna anymore.  They were gone.  We trolled until 10:30am then decided to run further offshore to look for a temperature edge and weed line to find the Dolphin.  We ran another 20 miles to 3000+ feet of water when we found the signs.  We set out and it was on.  Mahi all over;  A monster came into the spread and bombed the teaser.  Capt .Barrett grabbed the flat line and put it in front of the big fish and hooked up; BIG MAHI.  Meanwhile we had 3 others on as well going all over the place.  We boated Barrett's, which ended up being a 48 pounder!  Been a while since I've seen one of those- they are still fun too!  We fished on and caught a ton of Mahi.  The trick was that they had to be over 15 pounds to weigh, and you'd be surprised how many 10-14 pound Mahi are out there.  At mid day we were wore out and felt we had done what we came to do; we headed for the scales.  At weigh in we posted 247 pounds, very respectable.  The unfortunate thing was that the fishing locally was again subpar; the second place boat had 69 pounds.  We decided we had enough fun and were beat, so we opted not to fish the second day and let our day 1 effort stand for both days.  It was a risk as boats combine both days to get a total.  Fortunately, 120 pounds was the most that could be mustered by the competition and we held on for the win.  Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures.  We were moving so fast while we were fishing trying to keep lines in the water, we didn't have time to get any pictures.   Think I have one at the weigh in of the Mahi, I'll post. 

Locally, the weather is up and down this week as a couple of cool fronts are moving through the area.  Its nice to get some of the humidity out of the air, but the wind will typically blow from the south fairly hard before the passing of the front.  The King action was good the last few days.  The 90/90 has been good.  We have weighed in a few fish over 20 pounds this week from this depth range, which shows the bigger fish are starting to move in from offshore.  Our charter boats also had  Mahi, Sailfish and Cobia from this 55-70 foot depth range.  Pogys have been around from Shallotte to Lockwood this past few days. 

The Jolly Mon King Classic is only a week and half away.  Tournament programs went in the mail today, so you should see yours in a couple.  Early entry deadline is 6/15.  You can enter on-line - CLICK HERE or come by the OIFC to get an entry form or wait til yours comes in the mail.  Everything is lining up.  Bait is showing, fish are showing.... hopefully the weather will cooperate. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/07/10
 

Despite all of the rain and wind we had this past week, things reamined consistent on the inshore grounds.  The flounder fishing continues to be solid, with good numbers of fish still being caught.  The wind and rain has stirred the water some, so it is has been important to target the areas with the cleanest water possible in order to find success with the flounder.  The trout fishing is also fairly consistnet, with a few areas around holding decent numbers of trout, with the same being said for the redfish.  The shrimp have finally made there way into the tidal creeks where they can be caught with a cast net, which will certainly make the trout and drum fishing easier in the coming weeks.  As soon as we get a few days of calm, stable weather (whenever that might be), we should have some really good fishing, so get ready!
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"In Shore Weekend Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/06/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (OIFC/Get Busy) had a productive day of fishing Saturday.  The fish must have been attracted to Capt. Jeff's new metropolitan look fishing shirt as he along with Carl Jackson, Dan Jackson and Dave Panavas of Greenville, S.C. racked up pretty good on the flounder and drum.

Captain Kyle was on the docks today with a cleaning table full of flounder and drum.

Dr. Jeff Wallen also reported catching 10 really nice flounder, some 4+lbs and all but one over 16 inches.  All of his fish were caught on pogies and were boated between the swing bridge and the Shallotte River.  We really narrowed that down didn't we. 

Today Capt Jeff Beck and our family went out for a while and we caught a fair amount of live shrimp in a cast net.  We really didn't fish, we played in Tubbs Inlet.

The wind was blowing today so the off shore boats stayed in port.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Baldhead ISland Bluewater Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/06/10
 

Team OIFC wins Baldhead Island Bluewater Rodeo with record breaking one day total for the two day event. Details to follow. Congrats to Capt Brant/Capt Barrett and team.
- Rube McMullan
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"Bald Head Island Bluewater Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/05/10
 

Yesterdays results from Baldhead Island Bluewater Rodeo has Capt Brant/Capt Barrett ; Team OIFC in the lead with 247 points. Day 2 fishing today with weighin at 4:00. Pull for the home team!
- Rube McMullan
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"Drum'n" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/05/10
 

Quick trip this afternoon...looking for a drum bite...Michael and I had a blast! Flounder are still hitting strong in the creeks...mullet and small shrimp are showing up in the creeks now...reds and flounder will start keying in on the mullet, so keep an eye out for an opportunity to cast net a few. We caught flounder, trout, reds, and black drum today. See ya on the water!

   

- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Blackdog" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/04/10
 

Captain Bob Newell sent these great pictures taken of a fishing trip Monday aboard the Blackdog.  They were fishing somewhere between the 100/400 and the Blackjack.  The crew consisted of Bob, Edwin Newell, Nolan Newell, Casey Johnson and Ned Garber.
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