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"Speed Kills" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/04/10
 

Congratulations to Capt. Zach Faulkner, his dad Benji and the entire crew of the "Get Floor'd"/OIFC 36 ft Contender. Zach was high speed (14 mph) when these 2 missiles hit his baits.  Each fish weighted 54.1 and 36.6 respectively. 

Just  prior to catching the 1st wahoo, Zach smelled sunscreen.  He found his dad spreading "Banana Boat" sunscreen lotion.  Zach destroyed the lotion and explained to everyone that bananas on the boat bring bad luck  About that time the 1st wahoo struck.  Benji's wahoo puts him in 1st place in the OIFC Rodeo and moves me to 2nd.

Captain Zach has followed up with the following information.  Some of it may be helpful for those going wahoo fishing:  Aboard the "Get Floor'd" were Tod Isenhour, Garrett Isenhour from Winston Salem and David Faulkner from Charlotte, N.C.  The crew fished the John's Rock area southwest of the Scarp.  The water temp. was69 to 71 degrees.

The lures used by Captain Zach were custom blue and white and pink and white, 3 oz., an Alien and a few other Islanders. High speed lures were Black Bart San Sal Candy as well as Ace Wahoo King Lures.  The trolling  speed for them was 14.5 knots.

Thanks to Captain Zach Faulkner for sharing what is usually kept secret by most Captains.  Sharing this information is in keeping with the philosophy of the OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Just In" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/03/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (OIFC/Get Busy) just reported that Robert Hester has boated a 17 inch flounder.  He caught it on a mud minnow in the Shallotte Inlet.  Also onboard was Greg and Eddie Sheets.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"1st Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/03/10
 

Ryan Neuwirth is shown in the photo with a fthe first flounder he has caught this year.  Ryan is a local and one heck of a fisherman and surfer.

  Captain Jacob Frick sent several pictures of trout and reds he caught 4-2-10 behind Ocean Isle Beach.  Jacob said he caught all the fish on a RattleTrap.  All the fish were released live, ready to fight another day. The pictures are a sure sigh that spring inshore fishing is getting ready to bust wide open!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Further on The Fleet" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/02/10
 

Captain Jeff Beck and I, aboard the "Do Work" Sea Hunt 24 ft,  left the OIFC with the rest of the OIFC Fleet.  However, based on some information Jeff got, we headed to the Blackjack.  Upon arriving there we found 67 degree water.

We put in lines, dead bait, skirts and tuna feathers and trolled towards the 100/400.  BINGO, just as Jeff said we found a break and the water climbed to 70-73 degrees.  Just after passing into the warmer water I saw 2 wahoo sky!  One of them drilled our pink/white feather.  A short while later he was toast.  The seas were beautiful as is the weather.  Two of our boats were still out  and hopefully they'll have good reports and pictures. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/02/10
 

OIFC boats were out in full force today.  Boats did a combination of trolling and vertical jigging.  We fished the MacMarle'n ledge area and south.  The jigging was very good for a variety:  jacks, cobia, grouper, shark....  Trolling was decent, seemed best further south of the MacMarle'n where water jumped to 72 degrees and was blue.  The trolling bite seemed best early AM as well, but bites were coming throughout the day- definintely more activity than we've been seeing.  I believe the action was similar up toward the 100/400 and BlackJack.  Ocean is absolutely flat as a pancake, great days ahead to go fishing.  Good luck.

Just weighed an 80# Wahoo from MacMarle'n ledge and talked to another boat that had a 50# and 60# from just south of there.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"End of the day" | OIFC 2- 27' | 04/01/10
 

The "It Works", Captained by Rube McMullan, who was joined by Capt. Chris Eckert and Captain Steele Park headed off shore towards the Black Jack.  They couldn't find warm water so they elected to bottom fish.  Rube said the Roscoe Jig was the hot lure.  The crew brought home AJ's, Sea Bass, Black Fin and Snapper.  Several Grouper were caught and released.  Steele will have a more in depth report later.

Captain Jeff B and I will be joining the rest of the OIFC fleet tomorrow. The temp. shot will determine our plan of attack.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Afternoon Sea Bass" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/01/10
 

This afternoon I was privileged to have Jake and Charlie Barnhart, along with their parents, for an afternoon trip to "just catch fish" as Jake stated as we departed. We were met with calm seas and after a 20 minute ride we put our first baits in the water. Jake and Charlie both were excited about the possibility of catching a shark. Almost immediately, both were hooked up on a spiny dog fish. We caught sharks for about 30 minutes before moving out a little further. We fished around the AR 455 and caught several sea bass and some more sharks. Jake and Charlie both wanting a break, we decided to move out a little further and try our luck. We marked some good bottom in 50-52 feet and dropped our lines. At times everyone was hooked up and we caught several nice keeper size sea bass. We finished the day with a lot of fish caught and two very tired but happy fishermen. Just a note, both Jake and Charlie wanted to release all of their catch so that others may enjoy catching them. These two young men are certainly on their way to becoming great fishermen.
- Capt. Chris Dew
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"Conditions" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/01/10
 

As of 8:08 am it appears the water temps are low 70's at or near the Steeples.   The Blackjack is uuper 60's. Live report is flat seas at the Atlantic Ledge.  Further later.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Good water moving in" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/31/10
 

Right on cue with winds laying out, much better water is moving in over the Black Jack/Steeples/100-400. Appears to be a 4 degree break just offshore of the Black Jack up to 73 degrees. Game on starting tomorrow so stand by for the kickoff of the spring gulf stream season. Our game plan is to deep jig, but we'll have a full aresenal of weapons with us in case the yellowfin show up.

Anyone planning to go this weekend and if you haven't had chance to get your gear in order, we have good selection of trolling rigs already put together. All you need is a rod reel and ballyhoo.

Opps; update on satalite. Warm water we were watching moved off instead of in. 68degrees at Black Jack. Works out perfect because we wanted to concentrate on deep jigging and not be worried about trolling. We're rigged and ready. "It Works"[also now known as "Whipper Snapper Whooper"] heading out in morning. 


- Rube McMullan
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"Check out the forecast" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/30/10
 

Hope everyone inland is looking at the forecast we have going this weekend. Basically starting Thursday it's slight and lite[1-3' seas]; looks perfect. April is the kickoff for our gulf stream fishing and amazingly the weather man is co-operating. Come on down and join with us. We will be on the water everyday starting Thursday. We'll look at the satalite and see how the water looks tomorrow, but hopefully with the strong southeasterly winds of last few days, warm water may have moved in, and with the warm water should be the TUNA TUNA TUNA. If the warm water doesn't move in, next option will be deep water jigging which is guaranteed to produce some sort of rod bends. Come on down!
- Rube McMullan
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"Capt. Jacob Frick" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/29/10
 

You've seen Captain Jacob on the Fishing Report several times following following his trout and red drum trips.   Captain Jacob is now the newest employee of the OIFC.  He brings with him a vast background in fishing and tackle and a wealth of knowledge especially in the in shore game.  Combined with Captain Steele's off shore prowess the OIFC should continue to be THE PREMIRE fishing center in this area.

 If you get the opportunity, stop by and meet Capt. Jacob.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fishing innovation" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/29/10
 

For those who attended the seminars at OIFC this past Saturday, it was obvious where the primary interest subject was....deep water jigging. For the many years I have fished the gulf stream pulling baits, hopes were to catch tuna/dolphin/wahoo/billfish and go home a hero. Unfortunately, on occasion it wouldn't happen and the result of a long ride home was to be a zero. Roll forward to 2010 and now there is a BIG game changer; deep water vertical jigging. This is a big innovation to our fishing world, right up there with the advent of live bait slow trolling for King Mackeral back in the 1970's. Vertical jigging will prove to be that dramatic in terms of fishing innovation. 

I recall on many occasions doing laps around the Black Jack/Steeples/ect, looking at the fish marks on my bottom recorder in the water column and on the bottom. The water was so deep either we didn't really think about dropping to them, or it was not hardly possible to do so with the depth and current. Thats all changed with the introduction of braid line which has a very thin diameter and sinks like a rock compared to mono. Heavy jigs have been developed[taking lessons from the Japanese fishermen who apparently have been doing this for years]. Super stout rods and reels are now avaialbe that can handle monster fish fighting with 30lbs of drag. The end result is you can get a lure down to the fish throughout the water column on to the bottom, and the results have been amazing. Everything from grouper/snapper/cobia/aj's/tuna/wahoo/dolphin are being caught. The fish are there, it's just a matter of getting a bait in front of them. That is what we've been missing with our top water trolling.

The weather starting Thursday looks great, and we will be heading out to experiment with this deep water jigging. Hopefully we can perfect techniques that we can bring back and share with you fishermen. Standby for updates.


- Rube McMullan
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"Grouper Season" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/28/10
 

As late as today people are confused about when we can legally fish for grouper.  Check this link.  I THINK it is up-to-date.  If you have any doubts contact the N.C. Div. of Marine Fisheries, don't go to the bank on my word..
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/28/10
 

Well folks, I can safely say that things are beginning to come around on the inshore scene.  The warmer temperatures recently have warmed the water and has certainly made the inshore critters more active.  I fished Friday and we found a decent refsih bite before the west wind and falloin tide dried everything up.  There have also been a few trout hanging around as well, and it will soon be the time when the true gator trout make an appearance.  It looks windy the next couple of days, but the weather is suppposed to turn beautiful by the end of the week, so I sure the fishing will continue to improve as well.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Spring Kick Off A Success" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/28/10
 

The OIFC was abuzz with old and new friends alike making it out of hibernation to enjoy the fellowship, seminars, great buys and beautiful weather.  All of us learned about the new techniques and the latest tackle for vertical jigging as presented by Capt. Ric Croson, the most advanced real time water temperature shots by Tom Hilton of Hilton's Realtime- Navigator.com, bait rigging and other topics by the OIFC Staff.  A LOT of fishermen took advantage of the line spooling specials we had going on and saved a ton of money. Captain Brant had 5% off  all fishing tackle throughout the day.

We all enjoyed seeing folks we haven't seen this winter and look forward to having you around the OIFC this fishing season.  We hope you enjoyed yourselves, picked up a little knowledge and got what you needed to get started this year.  See you at the OIFC and on the water.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/26/10
 


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Weekly Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/26/10
 

Captain Jacob Frick reports that he's toughed out the windy conditions in order to catch 8 trout and 4 reds the last few days.  He's in hopes the weather will be better as this low pressure makes its way out of here. Jacob had his best luck in the mud flats and up the Shallotte River. Late morning and around noon seem to be the best times to fish.

The wind off shore will not be letting up this weekend.  Saturday looks like it is shaping up to be the best day to be outside.  Try your hand at some inshore fishing.  We've got plenty of artificial bait and Sterling just delivered some fresh and active mud minnows.  Whether you'r wettin' a hook or not, stop by and check out the Spring Kick Off.  Sign up for the Rodeo also, the pot is over $200.  The G'Mack will be open, grab some lunch while you're here.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"PANAMA- For the Record" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/25/10
 

If you've been following Barrett's reports, you've read of a dispute that was filed on day 2 concerning catch and point totals.  It most revolved around Rube's report of multiple 100# Yellowfin- see his picture in the report.  Here is the picture of the fish that I caught- I believe we need a recount!

Did something I haven't done before.  After fighting the fish to within sight of the boat, I dawned dive gear and camera and jumped overboard.  It was cool to watch the fish.  They hardly kick their tail to take line.  Check out a few of the shots I got.


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/25/10
 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"More Pics from Panama" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/25/10
 

A few more pics
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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