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"Golden Isles Kingfish Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/13/10
 

Update, Captain Amy weighed in a 27.55 lb King today at the Golden Isles Kingfish Clasic....Caroline is fishing with them and "has been a trooper".


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Action Packed" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/13/10
 

This weekend is a busy one for the OIFC crew.  We've got the Cape Fear Sailfish Classic underway with 21 plus boats including Captain Zach on the "Get Floor'd" and Capt. Steele fishing with a crew out of Southport, the McMullans have split forces and gone different ways fishing SKA Tournaments and the "OIFC Posse", minus Kyle have gone to Cedar Island for a weekend of red drum fishing and Lord knows what else. Not to mention Team Jolly Mon racing at the Myrtle Beach Speedway Saturday night 

The seas here should be ideal for a fun weekend fishing. We hope to see you here.  If now the road crews ought to be reporting in periodically and I'll try to keep you informed..


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Chumming for Reds?"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/12/10
 

Planned a 3/4 quarter trip offshore this morning that was shortened to a half day. Myself and another guy chummed up two large spanish, two sharks, and a hound fish for the rest of the crew. Mother ocean was a little rough on us today...too say the least. Back to the hill and I feel in love with dirt again! However, back on the water I go again this afternoon. I stayed inshore this time...I had a great family from Charlotte, NC on board. We were looking for flounder, but the water had gotten a bit dirty with the wind and choppy conditions. We did manage to land one short fish and then the redfish showed up...we welcomed the redfish aboard. Melanie handle the rod and did a great job at angling. I believe this was Melanie's first redfish. We caught a few more rat reds. Moved around a bit looking for clear water and hide from the wind. The fish just stopped cooperating with the tide bottoming out. We did manage a black drum, croaker, and few pinfish to finish the day. See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sailfish tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/12/10
 

For all the folks fishing the sailfish tourney this weekend, just a old school thought to go with all the new age techniques out there in the world of sailfishing. Couple years ago when I was testing the "Yee Haw Fish Call", over a period of 5 different fishing trips, I caught a bunch of kings AND 3 sailfish. I ran a spread of 1 Yee Haw and 3 other baits with standard skirts. Of the 3 sailfish I caught, 100% of them were on the Yee Haw. In this instance I was using live bait, so not saying that the Yee Haw is the answer to winning the tourney this weekend, but just passing this on for what it's worth. Good luck to all the teams fishing this weekend. Catching a sailfilsh in our world of fishing is hero material, so go out there and be a hero!
- Rube McMullan
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"Caught And Released" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/12/10
 

Below are pictures of a big 5.8 lbs trout Dr. Jeff Wallen of Myrtle Beach and OIB caught and released alive and well.  He also released the other trout which weighed 4.15 and 4.45 lbs.

Dr. Jeff, who sits on the South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources Saltwater Fisheries Advisories Recreational Committee said that in a conversation with a biologist, Dr. Charlie Wenner he learned that the big fish was over 10 yrs old and represented less than 1% of the trout population.  They spawn from late April to early September, and the bigger fish produce the most eggs.  It is important we release these fish to sustain the population according to Dr. Wenner.  I urge you that unless you intend to eat the fish you caught for the Rodeo weigh in, keep them alive until after you weigh them and release them.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Good Advice" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/11/10
 

C. D. Rhodes stopped by the OIFC and asked advice on king fishing the other day.  Apparently the information he got was good!  He went to the 90's with David and Tara Felder of Columbia, S.C. aboard the "First Born" on August 9th where Tara landed   this  37 inch king.  Tara is shown in the picture "seriously freakin' excited" just after the king was boated.  They caught the 37 incher about a 1/2 mile SE of the 90's.

C.D. said he would like to thank the OIFC staff for their assistance.

Pictured are Tara and David Felder.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Horseshoe?"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/11/10
 

Fished the Carolina Cat with a great family from right here in North Carolina today. The wind chopped the seas up a bit making the run a little tough, but the fishing conditions were fine. We started the day trolling near the Horseshoe area picking up a couple of kings and a mahi. Then a large amberjack hit one of the king rigs which made for a long and exciting fight. The kings and mahi bite slowed on the troll, so we anchored up over some structure looking for grouper. The amberjack started hammering the baits! Broke off a few in the structure, but we toughened up a bit and landed a few finely. At the last minute a nice mahi crushed a live bait on top and the dinner table was set! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Spanish NEAR the Youpon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/11/10
 

Captain Chris Dew and Captain Chris Eckert were joined by Brad Lemon (Oklahoma City, OK) and Adam Houcrmale (Albany, W. Va.) for a half day fishing trip aboard the 33' World Cat.  They saw birds working near the Youpon reef so they put out Clark Spoons on #1 planers and played with the spanish mackerel all morning until they reached their limit.  They wanted to throw plugs but every time they neared where the birds were diving the planers would trip.

  So, for those who love spanish fishing, especially the fishermen with smaller boats who don't want to go way out to find kings, I'd suggest giving the near shore AR's a shot.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Bite Still On" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/10/10
 

Below is a picture taken of a charter Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) had with a group from Greenville, S.C. Saturday.  There were several undersized fish released.  Captain Jeff assured me the fish were caught in shore, not on a reef, I didn't ask and he didn't share the exact location.  What is important is that folks who are not comfortable with going outside can still have great success fishing inside.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/10/10
 

I dont know about you guys but I am chomping at the bit for this weekend to get here.  The 1st Annual Cape Fear Sailfish Classic is right around the corner and based on the weather report I am looking at right now, its gonna be a perfect weekend for the Brunswick/New Hanover small boat fleet to go out and work the Sails.  I am hearing a lot of interest from folks and speaking with Bob Newell, it sounds like he is putting together quite the spread for the Captain's meeting Thursday night.  He said something about BBQ and Ballyhoo... Guess we will have to be here to find out what that means. 

I have had a lot of questions from folks wanting to enter and trying to find out how.  The only way to do it right now is on the official website www.capefearsailfishclassic.com.  There is a PDF file that can be printed off and fill it out.  Bob mentioned that it is VERY important that there be at least 1 crew member from the boat here Thursday evening because there are some specifics that will need to be covered and items that are tournament required items  that will need to be picked up.  Look forward to seeing everyone here and a great weekend of fishing. See everyone out there this weekend.


- Capt. Steele
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"Traveling Fishermen- Galapagos" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/09/10
 

Greetings Traveling Fishermen and interested parties!

I have posted details regarding the 2011 trip to the Galapagos we have recently announced.  Click the link provided below to see details.  While there is much more information to provide, my typing fingers need a break and hopefully this gives everyone a general idea of the expedition planned.  Email captbarrett@oifc.com with questions and I will responds asap.  Check out a few pics below.

Click the link for the 2011 trip to the Galapagos.  More info to follow.  http://www.oifc.com/travelfisherman_detail.cfm?id=1113


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Happy Birthday" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/10
 

Today we celebrated Future Captain Brayden McMullan's 1 st birthday.  There was also a surprise birthday cake for Rube.  Happy birthday Brayden and Rube!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"AR's" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/07/10
 

While Brandon Sauls was weighing in a 7.6 lb flounder at the OIFC, Rusty, Toby and Andy Russ were joined by Capt. Jeff Beck and me for some flounder fishing of our own on some of the artifical reefs.  We weren't alone, as there were several other boats who had the idea.

We found some good sized pogies in the ICW just the other side of the Shallotte River.  Many of the pogies were king fishing quality.  But they did us little good, as it seemed the fishing had turned off.  Rusty managed a good sized flounder to at least get the skunk out of the boat.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bone Crusher Strikes!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/07/10
 

Brandon "Bone Crusher" Sauls struck a major blow  today when he weighed a 7.6 lb flounder in at the OIFC to take 2nd place in the OIFC Rodeo just 2 tenths of a point behind the other half of the OIB Inshore Mafia... Kyle Hughes.  As usual he has quietened the crowd, and is probability not done!

The "Crusher" said "I walked down the hill, just like the old bull and showed the young bulls how its done"!  Let's not forget that the "Bone Crusher" has been around for a while and holds many championship belts.  The OIB Mafia will not be easy to beat!

Now the gauntlet has been thrown  the challengers have to step up to the plate and show what they are made of.  This may be the beginning of an epic inshore battle.

However as many athelets have said.."2nd place is 1st loser". Kyle better watch out!  Stay tuned!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The "Reel McCoy"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/06/10
 

1st Mate Amber Simmons of the "Reel McCoy" sent some pictures of their last fishing trip.  The group made up of Amber and Daniel Simmons, Courtney Waddell and Tim Gallimore fished in 100 ft of 82 degree water.  The "Reel McCoy" limited out on grouper and Tim caught the cobia after several attempts on a king rod and live bait.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Summer Sail" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/06/10
 

The Cape Fear Sailfish Classic is almost here!  In fact it's Aug 12-15th.  The OIFC just received this picture a the Classic's Tshirt..which looks real good. 

Up until this tournament, to my knowledge no one in this area has gone out and specifically targeted sails, yet we've had a bunch caught.  We're all very anxious to see what happens during the Sailfish Classic...I'll definitely see you there.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Brunswick Co. Bluegills" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/05/10
 

Captain Tommy Helms sent us there pictures today.  He said they were a mess of Brunswick County Bluegills (spade fish) with a side of flounder....that's Tommy!

I haven't seen or got reports on any jelly balls, but there have been a lot of people stung by jelly fish in the past couple of weeks.  Be careful.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rod Bending" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/05/10
 

On this beautiful Wednesday, Todd Helf, Robert Hughes and Brian Richard fished in 90-120 feet of water.  As you can see they caught several 30-40 lb AJ's and Todd landed this American Snapper.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Hound Dog" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/05/10
 

Captain William Parker and Sam Steele of Waxhaw, N.C. fished the 90's the day and boated a 24.5 inch king and some spanish.  Thet caught all the fish on a downrigger using frozen cigar minnows.  They were Sam's 1st king and spanish.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shark Hole" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/05/10
 

Captain Zach and Captain Steele took a half day charter made up the Corpening's, David and, Daniel, of Charlotte, and son/brother-in-law Adam Haselkeen of Boston to the Shark Hole today.  They fished with pogies they caught in the OIFC's canal.Along with having a good time they guys landed a couple of mahi and spanish.

Today was Captain Zach's last charter of the summer as he's heading off to school.  He'll be in Wilmington so he won't be too far away.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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