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"Captain Zach's Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/22/10
Captain Zach Faulkner, Captain Steele Park, Benjy Faulkner and Richie Hayward brought several big wahoo in Saturday night. They were also flying the sailfish flag upside down indicating a release.
Here are some pictures of the sail as Zach fought it that Benjy sent. I say it time and time again, thanks to all the anglers who send in reports, especially those supported by pictures so we can share them with our readers. When sending pictures they must be in the jpg format in order for us to upload them to the fishing report. Thanks again!
Capt. Rickey Beck
"76.2 lb Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/22/10
Jeff, his son Chance Martini and crew from the MidTown Bistro couldn't stand Bryan Freeman's success with the wahoo Saturday and struck out on their own today. They ended up surpassing Bryan's 60+ lb wahoo with their own 76.2 lb wahoo. This was Chance's 2nd gaff shot ever.
Jeff says he always plays Kid Rock when he's wahoo fishing. This wahoo must also have been a fan!
Capt. Rickey Beck
"More Wahoo News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/21/10
Captain Zach Faulkner, Captain Steele Park, Zach's dad Benjy and Richie Heycock all went to the Blackjack Hole yesterday (Saturday) aboard Zach's 36 ft. Contender, the "Get Floor'd". They absolutely spanked the wahoo, along with most everybody else out there. They also released a sail fish making the 2nd sail released there yesterday. Most all of their hook ups were multiple hook ups on the top.
There are a few boats out king fishing and wahoo fishing today. It will be interesting to see how they do since the warm water has pushed in and there is a slight breeze from the east. All that on a full moon should make the bite interesting.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Blue Fin Sighting" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/21/10
At 9:45 am a fisherman called the OIFC and advised he had seen several blue fin tuna right at a bouy inside the Raritan. The info he provided sounded like the Knuckle.
His radio transmission was very scratchy and I couldn't make out the boat's name. However many fishermen I know say they've seen conditions that would make them believe the blue fin are here.
UPDATE!!!!! After dinner I checked my computer and had a confirmed sighting of a bluefin and whales east of the Shoals today.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Kings at the Atlantic Ledge" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/21/10
Below is a picture of Jason Britt and some kings he caught this morning at the Atlantic Ledge while fishing with Will Talton. Actually I couldn't read my own writing so I'm not sure I got Will's name correct.
Thanks for the info guys.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"NC KFC Day Nine" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/21/10
A quick abbreviated report: Just got off the road returning from Morehead City and the final day of the North Carolina Kingfish Championship. The bite slowed down today in numbers but the fish that were caught by boats in the tournament and out of the tournament were enormous. The biggest fish caught by a tournament boat was 48lbs today. I saw 3 over 50lbs caught and sat right next to a guy not fishing the tournament catch a 62lber! I'll have a more detailed report tomorrow but the final standings for the 2010 NC Kingfish Championship are:
1st- Release with a 51.50 and a 27.15 = 78.65lbs
2nd- Dig It with a 52.55 and a 25.75 = 78.3lbs
3rd- OIFC with a 32.75 and a 38.10 = 70.85lbs
Wow! What a race to for the crown! A big congratulations to team Release for capturuing the first ever North Carolina Kingfish State Championship Title. There will be a full tournament recap posted asap. Thanks to all 21 teams for making this a great and memorable event. Hope everyone had a good time!
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 11/20/10
Well folks, we currently have 1 week until our Thanksgiving Inshore Classic trout tournament, and things are certainly shaping up nicely so that we should have some good fishing, as we usually do. Without a doubt, the trout bite is good right now, so make plans to come and fish with us. I won't dwell to much on the status of the trout fishing, because if you have seen any of the reports on this website recently, you already know that the fish are around.
On other fronts, we have continue to catch plenty of redfish recently, many in the same spots that we are trout fishing. There have also been quite a few black drum around as well. Black drum seem to always take back burner to their red cousins, but they are strong fighters as well. So there you have, the fall fishing is cranking, so now is the time to go...
Capt. Kyle Hughes
"NC KFC Day Eight" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
Man, if you weren't on the water in some shape or form today then I'm sorry, this report is going to hurt a little. I'm going to focus on the happenings out of Morehead City in the NC Kingfish Championship but I know the fish went crazy today back off Ocean Isle and I'm sure there will be a report to follow.
So here I've been singing the blues all week about our NC Kingfish Championship tournament as the fishing has been lackluster to say the least. We've had nothing but cold water and just a few small fish. As I said yesterday there was a glimmer of hope developing as a finger of warmer water was beginning to move over the fishing grounds. This morning most of the boats in the tournament headed out to the east side of Cape Lookout shoals aiming towards the pocket of warm water. We joined the fleet and the weather was absolutely perfect with flat calm seas and cool temps. I wasn't real happy with my bait but we had a well full of small blues and small pogies. We passed through 62 degree water most of the way out and finally when we reached the area around the chicken rock the temp climbed to 67 degrees. Bingo! This is what we needed. Our baits hit the water and in 10 minutes big kingfish were flying through the air like bowling pins. It was on. About 30 boats showed up to the bite and everybody was catching fish. Now I won't call this an epic bite but it was solid. Lots of fish and some really big ones were mixed in. We ended up 5 fish between 30 and 35lbs and a half dozen other 20lbers. The big news makers were teams Dig It and Release who both scaled 50+lbers to take the lead in the tournament. As soon as I get the results in this evening I will post the exacts and pictures. In short, it was exactly as advertised. Great weather, great fishing and a whole lot of fun. Tomorrow is the last day of the tournament and the weather is supposed to remain good. Hopefully the bite will continue. Stay tuned for what's sure to be an exciting race for the title of NC State Champion.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"The Undertaker" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
The National Weather Service had predicted this weekend to be beautiful. They were right! The morning was crisp, but no wind and the ocean was glass slick. Talk around the OIFC was a lot of boats were going out today and take advantage of the fall bite.
With all this in mind, Captain Brant and I decided it would be a good idea for this reporter to hang around the Fishing Center and see who showed up with what.
The first boat to the dock was the Undertaker, owned and Captained by accomplished fisherman and diver Capt. Jeff McDonald. Jeff's crew consisted of Jimmy Ward and Thomas Quick.
The crew elected to bottom fish today in 103 foot deep water. The water temp was 70 degrees. They were rewarded with a cooler full of sea bass, the largest was a citation 4.2 lbs., some trigger fish and a 12.8 lb black grouper with a taste for Bud Light. If you drink like a fish you just might wind up with a hook in your mouth.
Many thanks to Captain Jeff and the crew of the Undertaker for letting us weigh their fish and get some pictures.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Monster Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
Bryan Freeman was in the OIFC Friday along with his crew stocking up on bait, lures and other tackle in preparation for what was reported to be a perfect fishing day. The next time I saw Brian, he and Brian Robbin, Steve Austin and Tripp Cobb they had their Wellcraft, "Caught Ya Lookin" docked at the Fishing Center saying they might have a couple of citation wahoo. They were just messing with me because I'm old and don't know much about fishing. The boys proceeded to pull out a 65.2 lb, a 56.5 lb and a 50.9 lb wahoo..and there were more on the boat. Not to mention the 3 sailfish they hooked up with..2 broke off and one was released.
The guys, along with the rest of what seemed to be a fleet of center consoles were fishing the Blackjack Hole. Brian said the wahoo were hitting almost any color, that all hit on the top and many were in the prop wash. At one point they had 8 on at one time.
As a side bar, they said they accomplished all this without any help from Kennon Hill or Daniel Simmons. I don't know what they meant by that. However when the lovely Mrs. Pam and I went to the MidTown Bistro for dinner, Jeff Martini said he told them where to fish. There's a lot of smack talking going on with this bunch., and faw be it from me to stir anything. Jeff Martini will be headed out Monday to refresh the Bistro's menu. I might add that the center cut prime rib and steamed veggies were fantastic
The "Caught ya' Lookn" experienced some mechanical issues . Captain David Hooks of the Black Pearl, a noted boat motor technician checked it out, but said it would be out of commission until the 1st of the week. Not to be deterred, the "Caught Ya' Lookn" crew have joined up with David to go out for another day of wahoo action Sunday...they've got it in their blood! I'll be at the OIFC to check out their catch Sunday...ya'll come down too.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"GPS Store/Commercial King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
Captain Phillip Hooks and crew of thet GPS Store Contender slid up to the docks with 52 kings and some bonita. The guys had been commercial fishing, and I found it very impolite to ask them where they caught their kings. Suffice it to say the kings are out there and I'd give 65-70 feet of water a good look. Nothing fancy, just plain king fishing. We've got some of Captain Brant's pre made king rigs at the OIFC, which is what our charter boats use.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Fun On The Dock" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/20/10
There were 3 commercial center consoles and 2 other center consoles who had been pleasure fishing and had hammered wahoo, all at the dock the same time. Everyone knows each other and all get along well. There was a festive atmosphere on this cool Saturday night at the OIFC.
Captain David Hooks owner of the Black Pearl Contender arrived at the dock with Forrest Taylor, his son Adam, Tripp Hooks and friend Alton Lloyd. David had 3 boxes of perfect king. David will be taking a group out tomorrow for some of the same and I hope to have further reports.
Nesbitt Noble of the "Wide Spread" Privateer had 3-4 boxes of kings, a bonita and a mahi.
Joining the commercial fishermen on the dock was Nesbitt Noble aboard his Privateer the"Wide Spread" Nesbitt too had about 3 boxes of king.
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Menhaden issue " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/19/10
The following is email I sent to NCDNR regarding hearing scheduled to discuss reopening of Menhaden fishery to SC state line. Feel free to copy and paste the below email to Nancy Fish and express your concerns over this issue.
From: Rube McMullan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Nancy Fish <email@example.com>
Sent: Thu, November 18, 2010 10:21:14 AM
Subject: November 22 commission meeting
Nancy. I won't be able to attend the Nov 22 Commission meeting, so need to take you up on your offer to pass on my comments to the Commission regarding the menhaden netting subject. Thanks. Rube McMullan
NC Marine Fisheries Commission:
It is my understanding you have placed on your November 22 meeting agenda, a discussion of opening up menhaden purse seine netting from Cape Lookout south to the South Carolina state line. Reading "between the lines", it is likely this action on your part is a result of efforts initiated by me and others to encourage the issuance of a proclamation to delay the opening of commercial menhaden netting north of Cape Lookout until the end of the Giant Bluefin commercial season[approx Jan 31]. The purpose of this action would be to prevent the netting of the food source of Bluefin Tuna as they begin their migration into NC waters this coming month. If the food source of these fish are removed, then localized depletion occurs, and the Giant Bluefin likely leave NC waters in search of a food source to satisfy their large appetites. This is an issue of significant importance to many NC businesses that depend on the commercial fishery for Giant Bluefin Tuna during the winter months. No food source, no Bluefin Tuna.
Apparently 4 members of the Commission[Mann,Daniels,Styron,Smith] decided if the public is going to throw spears at the Commission on this subject, [despite the good job the Commission has done in reaching agreements with Omega Proteins to not net south of Cape Lookout], then perhaps the Commission should give up on trying to make the citizens happy, and should just open up all the waters to Omega. This is a very aggressive action on the part of the Commission, and puts the Commission in the role of serving as a lobbyist for Omega. Certainly it is understood Omega has lobbyist in the State Legislature, but if now members of the Commission are going to take on that role, I fear the public will scream foul, the end result leaving the public with little confidence that the Commission is managing the fishery resource in the best interest of the citizens of NC. This presents the opportunity to open up a large can of worms which I can't see serving any benefit to MFC, the fishery resources, the citizens, and I also expect the Governor[who appointed each of you to your position] would not wish to be distracted by what could become an explosive issue.
So, my request is repeated again, don't open waters north of Cape Lookout to commercial netting until the close of the Bluefin season, and certainly withdraw the agenda item of discussion of opening up the waters south of Cape Lookout.
"NC KFC Day Seven" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/19/10
Registration closes tonight at 12pm!
Hot off the press.... a king mackerel hit the scale today in the NC Kingfish Championship. The boat Mr. Needmore came to the scales in Beaufort with a 21.35lber and took over the lead from Team Open Wide. Good job guys. We had expected to be catching much larger fish during this tournament but the cold water conditions have made for tough fishing this week. Team OIFC consisting of Rube, Chris Eckert and myself are in Morehead City tonight ready to give it a shot over the weekend. Most boats fishing the tournament will hit the water over the next couple days so hopefully the fish will be found. There's a little glimmer of hope out there as there appears to be some warmer water near the Atlas Tanker which is a known spot for big kingfish this time of year. We'll likely start in this area but have our eyes open for fishy signs. On another topic, a lot of the local guys up here are setting out on a bluefin tuna hunt tomorrow. Apparently all the right signs are present (bait, whales, water temp ect). We've got our big gear with us so if one gets in the way we'll be ready for it. Stand by for hopefully a good fishing report tomorrow.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
""Trout Bite"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/19/10
The water has cooled into the upper 50's to lower 60's making the trout come out of hiding. The trout seem to be in every little nook and cranny from the Little river jetties to Lockwood Folly river. If you have moving water and structure you can bet a trout is hanging close. I have been catching double digit numbers of trout for the last two weeks and a couple of days of 30+ catches. We got on the redfish a few days ago as well, but the story has been an exceptional trout bite. All fish were healthy and released to be caught another day. See ya on the water!
Be quiet! Be courteous to others on the water! Common mistakes I have seen on the water lately. Anchors being thrown in the water...trout are sensitive to sound and will shut down or move on! Be quiet! Don't walk, slam, hit, get too excited when you hook a fish. Be quiet! When approaching another boat fishing, watch what side they are fishing on before passing, quietly if possible. If you don't know where you are going it is best to turn around and go back. Don't hit an oyster bar or sand bar near where someone is fishing. You have just ruined the fishing in that area for a while, if not for the entire day. You know when someone has been in your house and you see that dent in your car door after returning to the parking lot. Trout get the same feeling when some loud obnoxious creature plows into his living room or puts a dent in his oyster bar. Just food for thought...fish on brothers!
Slow it down! I fish a lot of artificials and it seems to be working well. Slow, Slow, Slow, little twitches or stationary twitch presentation will get the bite. I fished close to some guys using shrimp today and they could only watch as I pulled in several nice fish. huh!? Then they threw the anchor...the bite shut down...again you can have the best bait in the world, but if you set a bomb off in my living room I am probably going to leave.
Capt. Jacob Frick
"NC KFC Day Five and Six" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/18/10
Yesterday (Wednesday) the 17th was day five of the North Carolina Kingfish Championship and no boats opted to fish. Today, the 18th, was day six and a couple boats declared today as a fish day. The weather was forecast to be very good but it turned it to be a little sloppy yet. Once again the boats left out of Morehead City and once again the story was cold water everywhere. Team Makhunter did manage to capture an elusive king mackerel which is quite an accomplishment these days. Unfortunately the fish was just over 11lbs. Not exactly what we've had in mind but I guess sometimes the biggest small fish will win a tournament. On the bright side, the tournament is still wide open. It's anybody's game at this point as only two fish have been put on the scales with team Open Wide's 19.05lber still holding the lead. There are 3 days left in the tournament to choose 2 from so there's still time to get in. Registration will close for good tomorrow night (Friday) at midnight. We've had several more boats enter the tournament over the last couple days bringing the total up to 19 boats. There's a nice chunk of change and some fairly important bragging rights on the table so if you're thinking about it, come on and give it a shot. My latest fishing forecast has some new found optimism. I've been watching the water temperatures and currents over the last few days between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras. While the water over the typical areas remains cold, there are a couple warm water eddies beginning to spin off the gulf stream and head towards the area where we would typically find the monster kingfish. I feel if this water makes it to the kingfish grounds we will have exceptional kingfishing this weekend. The wind direction is favorable for bringing the water into where we need it so we're still holding out hope that we're going to see some monster kingfish in the NC Kingfish Championship.
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"Could it Be? Bluefin's getting close?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/17/10
Just received some credible intel from one of the boats fishing the NC Kingfish Championship offshore of Bogue Inlet. The crew was fishing in 100 ft. along a very destinct temperature break when they saw a MASSIVE school of GIANT sized Mullet swim past their boat. Before they knew what was happening, they were smack dab in the middle of a Bluefin feeding frenzy that went on for over an hour all around their boat. They mentioned that the Tuna were absolutely pillaging the mullet and truthfully, they could not believe their eyes. While this does not prove that there are tuna in our waters, it is a VERY promising sign. Other signs to think about. There have been schools of Pogey's holding offshore of Bald Head Island on the shoals for the past couple of weeks. Anglers that have caught kings near the Horseshoe report the kings bellies are full of Pogey's, not Cigar Minnows which is usually the case. When returning from a fishing trip Monday, I personally saw tons of Gannetts and Porpoises working bait to the west of the shoals. In addition to the reports from up the road several fishermen from Southport to Ocean Isle fishing this week reported seeing bluefin jumping and also whales which is the ultimate tuna sign. This is already more activity than we saw last year during the whole Bluefin Season. Last year, the Pogey's did not hang around. Perhaps this will be the year that the Bluefin's return in good numbers. Several guys from around here are reportedly going to give the tuna a shot starting tomorrow considering the recent activity and great weather predicted. The OIFC will keep you posted on any additional activity that we either experience or hear about from credible sources. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
"Capt. Jeff's Inshore Slam" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/17/10
Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC), fresh back from deer huntn' took his brother Lynn Williamson and Captain Bill West on some good ol' Brunswick County flounder, red and trout huntn' on our flats. Armed with Berkley Gulp Shrimp and Swimming Minnows, instead of rifles, the boys scored an inshore slam.
The off shore king and wahoo bite is hot and so is the fall inshore bite..The weather is beautiful so ya'll come on down and go fish huntn' with us!
Capt. Rickey Beck