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"Happy Annniversary" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/03/10
 

Mrs.Jenifer Cole surprised her husband Benji of Graham, N.C. with a fishing charter for their 5th anniversary.  Along with the Coles aboard the OIFC Cat boat were Jody and Christy Staley,and their daughter Logan from Mebane, N.C.  As we can tell by the pictures they had a great time.

Thank all of ya'll for choosing the OIFC to help make this a memorable anniversary.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon fish forecast" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/03/10
 

Since I'm not fishing the tourney, I'm happy to spill my guts with what I'm seeing/hearing concerning where the winning Jolly Mon king will be. Here's what I know:

The water along the beach has been as pretty as I've ever seen and is pure "king green". This has led to one of the best beach bites I can remember this early in the year, mostly concentrated in the Yaupon/Ocean Crest area. That concentration is probably because that is where most are fishing and I expect other beach spots would also be good. This spring, we have weighed more 35-40lb fish than I can remember and they all came from beach locations from Shallotte Inlet to Yaupon. What has been missing are the pogy bait pods but I expect with all the rain we have had last couple of days, the bait will now push out of the Cape Fear river and come our way. Also, there is alot of bait off Carolina Beach which also will be moving this way.

If you had to make a decision today as to where to fish, it would probably be on the beach, but the wild card is all the rain we have had, and whether that impacts the color/salinity, and thus the fish move to the more typical 65-70 water depths by tourney time. Stay tuned, as we will see what happens next week leading up to tourney time. Come join us and help make this the biggest Jolly Mon ever!


- Rube McMullan
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"Bait and Sea Conditions" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/03/10
 

Thursday morning 07:42.

World Cat reports nice sized pogies 1/2 mile east of the Shalotte Inlet.  Seas are 2 ft.  with swells and a little chop.  "Not bad".


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Memorial Day Grouper" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/02/10
 

Mrs. Amber Simmons reported that she and 1st mate Courtney joined Daniel Simmons and Tim Gallimore, all fishing out of Ocean Isle Beach  for a day of bottom fishing.  Amber and Courtney landed these very nice grouper while fishing "about 50 miles out and in over 100 ft of water".  Give Amber credit for not giving up prime fishing holes.  Amber also submitted this picture of a king she caught the other day, while Daniel is almost falling off the bow of the boat.

Thanks for the report and great catch ladies!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Near Shore Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/02/10
 

Hello Folks.  We are getting down to the last couple of weeks before the Jolly Mon and with that comes the inevitible secrecy on the location of bait and King Mackerel.  Just to give you guys an update on the current conditions, there is lots of bait to the east in the Cape Fear River and the Marina's around Southport.  Pogey's can be found along the beach at times but they have been very small for the most part.  There is a much better class of Bait in the river.  As far as the King bite, up until this week, there has been steady amount of action at all of the near shore reefs, including Yaupon and Ocean Crest Pier.  Captains Chris Dew, Zach Faulkner, Chris Eckert and myself had half day charters yesterday and the bite did not seem to be as hot as over the weekend.  We are all speculating that the fish have started to move offshore a bit and are all anxious to get out there and hunt for larger fish as most of them have been in the 8-15lb range near shore. Area's to check out might be the Shark Hole, Cabbage Patch, Cucumber, Jungle and area's in that range.  Hopefully we will be able to update you later in the week with talk of larger fish.  We are looking forward to the kick off of the tourney season and cannot wait to see you in the shop.  We have the equipment you need to catch the next "Kingzilla".  Speaking of that monster,  he is currently on display here in the shop.  Actually, I think he is staring at me......
- Capt. Steele
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/02/10
 

Hi there folks...thought is was time to give everyone an update on the inshore action. The fishing continues to be very consistent for all the target inshore species, despite the unstable weather and tons of rain we have had over the past few days.  The flounder bite remains very good in all the local flounder holes, with many of the fish good quality keepers.  The trout and redfish also continue to bite well, although it seems that bouncing around and covering a lot of spots has been the key to doing well with them.  So there you have it, short and sweet, the fishing continues to be good, so there is no reason not to go.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Spanish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/01/10
 

The Spanish bite is great just outside the shalloute inlet. I have caught the Spanish from 18ft to 31ft of water using #1 planers and 2oz. trolling weights. Bigger Spanish are hanging around the sea bouy and the #1 planer is needed to get down to the fish. Some good Spanish are also hanging around between the OIB pier and water tower in 23 ft of water, the 2oz. trolling weights are effective in this area. I have not been able to locate a feeding frenzy on top yet. This is when stopping the boat near a school and throwing gotcha plugs can be very exciting. Hopefully, we will see some good weather soon and with the new moon see some Spanish on top feeding. See ya on the water.

  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/01/10
 

The excellent fishing during the Memorial Day holiday week end brought about some changes in the OIFC Rodeo.  Captain Brant is in 1st place in the mahi division with a 31.4 lb mahi.  In the king division, Austin Aycock is in 1st place with a 20.4 lb king.  In the spanish division, Tiffany Aycock is in 1st place with a 5.1 mackerel , Austin Aycock is in 2nd at 4.7lb'r, and his brother Brandon is in 3rd with 1.9 lbs. Dr. Jeff Wellan knocked Brandon Sauls off the trout leader board with a 3.68 lb trout putting Wallen in 3rd place

Rodeo action is picking up!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Deep Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/01/10
 

Headed out yesterday with wife Stephanie on a Mahi mission. I thought I had pin pointed a good temperature break on the computer before I left about 8 miles offshore of the Wynyah Scarp. So off we went in search of what Brant found a few days before. We were looking for the classic current rip and weed line in hopes of loading the boat with Mahi. The ride was a little tough on the way out thanks to a 3ft southerly swell. We made the trip at about 30 knots with one brief stop on the way where we made a rare catch of a 27lb Warsaw grouper. My pics are blurry. We put lines in on the break and pointed it towards the bubble rock thinking we would cross paths with the temp change/weed line. Unfortunately it was never found. The water was blended and weed scattered. We found areas loaded with flying fish but never really got on a good bite. Like Ricky said in a recent report, sometimes we have to report the fish don't bite or we'd lose credibility. Although the fish didn't fully cooperate we did end up with a handful of mahi up to 15lbs, a nice grouper and a mixed bag of bottom dwellers. In addition we did witness an incredible action sequence that will stick with us for a while. We were trolling in 600ft of water with big plastic trolling lures and cedar plugs. One of the cedar plugs went off (barely) as a small 4lb mahi got ambitious. I kept the boat moving forward and proceeded to skip the mahi to the boat. Once next to the boat I casually used the rod to sling the mahi out of the water and into the boat. All went according to plan except when I went to sling the mahi in the boat I mis calculated and overshot as the fish went flying over the opposite side of the boat, came un-hooked and went onto live another a day or so he thought. I stepped to the back of the boat and began deploying the cedar plug as the boat moved forward. About that time I looked back and between my flat line and outside bait I see a 250lb blue marlin greyhounding across the spread and then make a full vertical jump right in the middle of the spread. I'm scrambling to figure out which line he is on but upon further look I see the marlin is vertical out of the water with that little mahi we caught a few minutes ago knocked up into the air spinning cartwheels. Apparently the marlin had his sights set on that mahi as we reeled him in and took advantage of my slinging miscalculation and capitalized on a tired mahi. What a show!
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Memorial Day Gulf Stream" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/31/10
 

Captain David Hooks took the Black Pearl to the Gulf Stream today.   Along with David were his son Tripp, Captain Jeff Beck,  Dr. Jeremy Phillips, Keith Berciunas, his son Hunter.  The Pearl encountered some "bumpy" conditions but rewarded her crew with mahi, a yellow fin tuna, and a trigger fish.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Flounder Bite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/31/10
 

In shore, the flounder bite has been hot for at least the last month.  The pogies are in the ICW and this seems to be their 1st choice as far as bait, matched only with live shrimp which is difficult to come by.  But if your time is limited or your cast net skill aren't good, mud minnows work excellent.  If you need some instruction throwing a cast net, stop by the OIFC and one of the staff will be happy to help you out.  We have a great selection of cast nets, from the novice net to Captain Brant's custom pogy net.

Pictured below with Captain Jeff Williamson is John Porter, his son Ross and Erin  Ritterof Charlotte, N.C.  They caught these flounder behind Sunset Beach on a half day charter today.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Memorial Day Near Shore" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/31/10
 

The spanish mackeral are off the shores of Ocean Isle Beach. Pictured below are Lynn Zuraulef (Richmond, Va.), and Marta Momeyer (Apex, N.C.)  who , along with their husbands Jeff and Doug were fishing aboard one of our World Cats with Captain Chris Dawson and Captain Chris Eckert.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Memorial Day Round Up" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/31/10
 

Tom Dixon and crew stopped by the OIFC to refuel and to have a wahoo weighed.  We weighed a 42 lb citation  wahoo caught by Mike Walden.  Also weighed was one of many mahi the guys caught while fishing in 170 ft of water using ballyhoo and Islanders.  Fishing aboard Tom's boat along with Tom were Mike, Jeff and Josh Walden. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Dixie Chicken" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/30/10
 

Congratulations to Kyle and Nathanial Hughes for finishing 1st in the Dixie Chicken Classic, inshore division.  Also to Brian and Austin Aycock for their 2nd place and Dr. Jeff Wallen for his 3rd place.  Kyle charters inshore for the OIFC, Brian and Austin are members of "the OIFC family", and Dr. Wallen fishes out of OIB, is a regular at the OIFC and winner of the 2009 OIFC Rodeo flounder division.

A further "shout out" to our own Brandon Sauls who finished 1 tenth lb. behind Dr. Jeff for 4th place.

Everyone represented Ocean Isle very well!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/29/10
 

Ran offshore to the wild blue yonder yesterday on a research mission.  Weather was very good early AM- cleared inlet at 6:30am and had lines in the water at 8:15am- 95 miles offshore!  I didn't have any coordinates or special place I was going, I pretty much ran 180 degrees until I saw a "sign".  The plan was big Mahi and Blue Marlin.  Thus I knew deep water and I was looking for something substantial to concentrate fish- I hate blind fishing.  At 95 miles / 1000 feet, we ran into the perfect current rip with weed and birds all through it.  Mahi were free jumping up and down; it was full of life.  We set out a spread of 4 Black Bart big Marlin lures and 3 teasers and set trollling speed at 9 knots.  The lures were regularly messed with by hordes of 5-10 pound Mahi, but it took a 15 pounder to even think about getting hooked up.  We worked on Mahi in the 15-35 pound class throughout the AM, all the while waiting for the big Blue to show.  Conditions were perfect.  The east wind began picking up at 10am and by noon it was getting sloppy.  The current was running hard into the wind which made it even worse.  At 12:30pm we picked up lines and bounced our way inshore, doing a little bottom fishing on the way.  All in all we had a nice catch of Mahi.  My idea of a good fishing trip is one in which my catch is good and I put myself in the position to achieve greatness, successful or not.  We caught nice Mahi and were in the right place to get a Blue.  Next time out we may achieve greatness, but you certainly cannot if you don't put yourself in the position.  Many of you own boats that cruise at 40mph or better.  On a nice day it only takes a couple hours to find yourself in 600+ feet of water.  That is where you will find the biggest Mahi and Blue Marlin- let's go explore!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Spanish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/29/10
 

The spanish are on the beach...the full moon and weather are affecting the bite...trick is to be out there at daybreak...spanish are jumping everywhere out there, but only seem to be feeding close to the beach in 18 to 23 feet of water. Just outside of the inlet to the west and close to the OIB pier have been very productive. Want to know what I use and how to make the rigs? Come see me here at the store, I will be here Sat. and Sun. 2 to 9pm. Otherwise, I will see ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"CALL TO ACTION- IMPORTANT" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/29/10
 

This is the issue regarding trying to install terminal groins along Ocean Isle Beach.  A terminal groin is very similar to a jetty, just a little smaller.  It slows beach erosion, BUT it also makes for great fishing and will help keep Shallotte inlet from filling in.  Please read and help with the following -- TUESDAY IS DEADLINE- DO NOW !!!!!!!!

*CALL TO ACTION*CALL TO ACTION*CALL TO ACTION*CALL TO ACTION*CALL TO ACTION*CALL TO ACTION*CALL TO ACTION*

 

Time to carpet bomb NC House Speaker Joe Hackney’s office…

Forward this call to action to anyone in your address book that is willing to make a call and/or send a fax and/or send a letter! Be polite…don’t let up!

Subject: CALL TO ACTION

 

Hello everyone,

It is time for ACTION on our terminal groin bill, SB 832. This will be our last shot! We need as many people as possible to CALL, FAX, and MAIL Speaker Hackney’s office requesting that he let this bill be heard. Attached are talking points for you to use. Please use your own words if possible but request that he let the bill be heard and debated freely and openly. Please take action BEFORE NOON NEXT TUESDAY, JUNE 1.  Do not send emails, they are less effective. Please call and fax or call and mail to double our numbers. Keep me posted is you get any feedback from his office. A group of elected coastal officials are meeting with him on June 1 to attempt to find out if he will allow this bill to be heard and debated. I will keep you posted.

 

Mayor Debbie S. Smith

Town of Ocean Isle Beach

(Ofc) 910-579-6217

 

 

 

This is the content of the attachments above:

 

Please make contact by individual phone, fax and mail with

NC House Speaker Joe Hackney before June 1

regarding Senate Bill 832, CRC May Permit Terminal Groin:

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Erosion at coastal inlets is unlike erosion along other parts of the NC Coast, so much so that we already have a different set of State rules under CAMA for what is and is not allowed to take place there.  The terminal groin would be one more proven-effective inlet-specific tool to help manage our coast.

 

Erosion at coastal inlets is not only negatively impacting property owners, local governments and State DOT, who have had to deal with road and street protection costs and losses, it also negatively impacts public access for folks from all over NC and elsewhere, as well as negatively impacting environmental habitat for birds, turtles and other animals or plants important to our state and nation.  We can improve these negatives by allowing terminal groins to be designed and built for specific sites.

 

As directed by the General Assembly, the Coastal Resources Commission has studied terminal groins, stated that they are effective and made recommendations on their use.

 

On the day you became Speaker in 2007, you said, “There is no place in the State where the issues of Government and politics are better or more fully debated than in this chamber (the House).”

 

You also said on that day, “Democracy demands the opportunity for competition among ideas, and thrives only when what we produce has been tested and digested by survival in free and open debate.”

 

Mr. Speaker, please follow your own advice:

Let Senate Bill 832 be heard and

debated freely and openly during the 2010 short session

 

 

Call the Speaker’s office at 919-733-3451

AND

Fax the Speaker’s Office at 919-715-7586

AND

Mail the Speaker at:  The Honorable Joe Hackney, Speaker
                               NC House of Representatives
                               16 W. Jones Street, Room 2304
                               Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

                                      

Do not bother with sending emails.  They will have less impact than the methods above.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Shallotte Inlet" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/28/10
 

Been getting lots of emails and calls about status of Shallotte inlet.  I am happy to say that through the concerted effort of the Town of Ocean Isle, Army Corps, NC Wildlife and the OIFC we now have a VERY nice channel THAT IS MARKED correctly and wide open for business.  The channel is currently 12 feet at low tide.  I will continue work with NC Wildlife to insure the buoys stay accurate as they mark a safe path to the deep water.  Good luck to all, Shallotte inlet should be very navigable for the coming year.

On the fishing scene, I'm taking the new Yellowfin offshore tomorrow in search of glory- weather permitting.  Planning on running 80-100 miles offshore in search of BIG Dolphin and Blue Marlin.  I'm attempting an experiment to see if I actually solely target BIG fish in parts unknown if success is likely.  We will see- stay tuned for a report.  Our other charter boats will be trolling the edge of the Stream and be Kingfishing, so give us a call on VHF 11 all weekend.  Kings currently in 50-65 feet of water- the 65-100 foot depth range will not see near as much action-- get over 100 feet and you'll find them again -- Cobia in the 40-65 foot range as well and Mahi are scattered all over with main concentration in 150+ feet -- good luck to all, stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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""Fishmongers"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/28/10
 

Fishmongers Seafood Market is open and in full swing at the OIFC.  The Market offers the fresh catch of the day, caught by our own fleet.  Also be sure to drop by with the kids and try one of the Sunset Slush's.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Mahi Bite Is On" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/28/10
 

The World Cat with Capt. Chris Dew and Capt. Zach Faulkner headed to the Stream today and found the mahi bite in full swing.  They pulled Islanders and Ceder Plugs and caught a dock cart full of dolphin fish.

Aboard the charter were Rick McCorkle, Jonathan McCorkle, Jake Rigsbee and Nick Appenzeller, all from Charlotte.  Nick had the honors of landing the biggest mahi. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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