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"Fishing With Grandad" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/23/10
 

Captain Kyle Hughes was joined today by Grandad Jim Pridgen (Jamestown, N.C.) and his Grandsons, 14 yr old Lieph Grubbs and 5 yr old Eli Grubb (Lake Mary, Fla.)  They fished the backwaters of OIB and Sunset Beach using mullet minnows.  In addition to the flounder and drum in the photo they caught around 8 more, of which, a couple of over slot reds.

The group decided not to keep the drum.  A crowd gathered as Captain Kyle carefully revived him for everyone to watch quickly escape to his freedom.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Yesterday" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/23/10
 

Captain Chris Dew and Captain Chris Eckert fished yesterday with the Hunters, Gerald, Linda, Alex, and Kaylin of Woodleaf, N.C.  The charter used frozen cigar minnows with blue and green skirts in 90 ft of water.  They brought 4 kings and 2 NICE mahi to the docks.  Our resident photographer was slacking, thus no pictures.  The Hunters have promised Kaylin will send us some action shots next week when they get home.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Young Guns"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/23/10
 

In an earlier report I focused on 1st mate Austin Aycock's 1st charter.  Now I would like to address 1st mate Aaron Dew.  Aaron is the son of the OIFC's Captain Chris Dew.  He has served very successfully as his dad's 1st mate for the past 2 seasons.  We, at the OIFC have watched as Aaron has honed his skills and become a valuable asset to Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures.

1st mates, just as the charter captains arrive well before the charter, usually before sunrise to help prepare for the day's fishing.  They work closely with the captain and customers during the long days, in all environments.  What may be the end of the day for the angler is just the beginning for the captain and 1st mate.  They have to clean fish, the boat, the tackle, and get ready to do it all over again.

This is one heck of a tough job with a lot of expectations.  These 2 fine young men should be admired and commended for their work.  They will someday be running boats of their own!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Night Lights?"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/23/10
 

Went exploring tonight while the moon was overhead...looking for docks with lights on them...did not catch any fish under the lights...did manage to catch one in a dark creek...Air temperature was much more pleasant, but the water temperature was a hot 88 degrees! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Banner Day" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/21/10
 

Wow!   This humble correspondent has been sweating the winds lately because they were forcing me to struggle for reports.  But all that came to an end today.  Not the wind, but the struggle for reports.

The coupe de grace came late this afternoon when Captain Brant and 1st Mate Austin Aycock arrived at the OIFC docks.  It did not seem that they would ever stop unloading fish and the variety looked more like an educational fish chart than a single charter.  They pulled a couple of kings out, a few spanish..great catch, but that's kinda expected this time of year.  Then a mahi, then a cobia, then what I at first thought was an aluminum trash can lid, but turned out to be an African pompano!  How excited was everyone?!!

Captain Brant had taken Austin Aycock on his 1st charter as a 1st mate.  Austin is no rookie when it comes to salt water fishing.  He has been a crew member onboard many tournament winning boats.  Most recently he weighed in the biggest fish in the Jr. Angler Division of the Got-Em-On King Classic.  But I expect nothing made him as nervous as being tested as a 1st mate by an accomplished captain such as Captain Brant.  Based on the comments of the charter members and the smile on Brant's face I'd say Austin passed with flying colors.

The Cat boat, chartered by Todd Comalander (Chapin, S.C.), Art Waldron (Bradenton, Fla) and Baylen Moore (Chapin, S.C.) fished in 85-90 ft of water depth using both frozen cigar minnows and pogeys.  Todd brought in the cobia and kings, Art landed the African pompano and the mahi, while Baylen cleaned up with kings and spanish.  This was one happy group and one relieved reporter.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kings and Spanish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/21/10
 

Captain Chris Dew and Captain Zach Faulkner took Jeff, Mitchell and Jim Biship of Raleigh, N.C. as well as Eric Jackson and Lindsey Jackson of Raleigh and Foy Owen of Lexington, N.C. on a half day charter.  They used frozen cigar minnows and fished the 90's and Christina's Ledge areas.  The group was rewarded with several kings and spanish mackerel.  Miss Lindsey managed to boat a citation 6.2 lb spanish..Congratulations!

 


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"In on the Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/21/10
 

Captain Kyle, the OIFC's primary in shore charter captain was not about to be left out of the action today.  He fished the back waters with Jim and John Califf of Burlington, N.C. and Chandler Batts of Graham, N.C.  The group used finger mullett to land these nice reds and flounder.  They also had several throw backs.
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/20/10
 

Just in... this is a picture of the trophy for the Cape Fear Sailfish Classic which will be held at the OIFC August 12-15th.  There has already been a great deal of interest generated for what will prove to be a fun and exciting event. This trophy will only generate more!
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/19/10
 

I mentioned in my last report that we were in the "dog days" of summer. Well, since then, the dog has bitten us.  Hot water, thunderstorms, and a stiff, unrelenting southwest blow have made the past week on the inshore grounds challenging to say the least.  The wind has really stirred the water in many locations, which has resulted in my chasing around the cleanest water i can find in hopes of finding so cooperative fish living there.  However, all has not been lost, as we have managed to catch fish on every trip, and have had couple of good catches thrown in to keep things on the positive side.  The flounder fishing has remained consistent, and I had a couple trips this week where we caught some really good numbers of fish.  There have been quite a few throwback size fish around,  but at the same time there have been a few nice ones in the same spots, so you never know.  One cast might yield a 13 incher and the next cast produce a 3lber.  Also, on another positive note, the redfishing has been solid the past couple of days, and we have managed to catch some nice ones ranging from 16-18 inchers to a couple of 30inch brutes as well.  If we can get a break from the wind for a few days, we should have some awesome fishing, so keep your fingers crossed.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"WIND" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/18/10
 

That one word summarizes the fishing activity, or lack thereof in the OIB area.  We may try to sneak out the 1st of the week and attempt some spanish fishing and maybe stretch it a few miles out and try some kings.

The Barta Tournament is over, and thanks to the Coast Guard, Navy and Marines a near disaster was averted when the "Reel Time", owned by Rick Sykes of Durham, N.C. began taking on water and sank.

Inshore, captain Jeff B. and Toby Russ fished the Shallotte River yesterday, but between the wind and the current they gave it up.  Dr. Jeff Wallen fished the jetties yesterday also, but the wind was such that he hung it up.  Captain Kyle had a charter today and had some success.  I am sure he'll do a report on his trip later.

Below are pictures sent to me by Paul McIntyre of a mahi they caught last week while fishing near Christina's Ledge aboard their boat "Tiger Rag".  Pictured are  Mike and Jake Matulia.  Also in the picture is Paul's dad, 79 yr. old "Grandpa Jack" McIntyre who still loves to fish.  Thanks for the pictures Paul.

Check out the Tournament Section of the web site for updates on the OIFC Rodeo prize money.  It continues to grow.

That about wraps up the news from the OIFC. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jeremy's 1st King" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/16/10
 

I had the privilege of photographing 14 yr. old Jeremy Myer's 1st King yesterday.  Jeremy was fishing with his dad, Butch  near the 90's in 50 ft of water when this King hit a pogey on a downrigger set at 15 ft.  The fish put up one heck of a fight as he was foul hooked near the gill by 2 of the #4 trebbles Jeremy was using.

Butch and Jeremy, both of Black Mountain, N.C. had yet to officially name their boat, but had been calling it the "Last Dollar".  Now that they've caught this 1st King it would be bad luck to change what they've been calling it, so "Last Dollar" it is.

Thank ya'll for thinking enough of the OIFC to let us take this picture.  We love to see young people get involved in the family sport of sal water fishing.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Finally some RED!" " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/16/10
 

A nice flounder on the first cast today, followed by some small ones. A very rude boater ran aground on the very oyster bar we were fishing. People still amaze me with their lack of skill to be considerate of others on the water! Anyway, we moved on to find better ground...after several locations only producing a pinfish bite, we found them...Finally, a redfish unloaded on a live shrimp, then another redfish pounded another shrimp...Pinfish started again on the shrimp, so I switched to mullet and yet another nice redfish pounded the bait. We ended the trip on that note, since we were about 30 minutes over our trip time. Early start again tomorrow! See ya on the water!

  

- Capt. Jacob Frick
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""Heatstroke"" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/15/10
 

Inshore the water has gotten hot. I believe some of the fish are suffering from a little heatstroke. I suspect many of our fish are moving to the surf zone and nearshore wrecks. The problem with this is the wind is blowing keeping small boats from making the run. Furthermore, the wind and rain has stirred the water a bit. O.K. enough excuses...Despite the conditions if you work hard enough a few fish are still cooperating inshore. We did manage to land 4 trout and 2 flounder today. Artificials landed 3 trout and 1 flounder. Live bait landed 1 trout and 1 flounder...go figure that artificials are out fishing live bait. The fish are sluggish, so slow it down. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Jr. Jolly Mon Sailfish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/14/10
 

Sometimes I wait to do fishing reports folks send me until a "rainy day", which is what today is.

Here is a report of a sail fish caught  during the Jr. Jolly Mon that Amber Simmons sent.  The pictures are just too beautiful!  Courtney Waddell was the angler.  She was fishing with Danial Simmons (OIB Concrete),  Bryan and 9 yr old Derick Freeman aboard Amber and Daniel's Contender.  The sail was caught in 65 ft of water right off of OIB.  Amber said she decided to take the "glory picture while they successfully removed a deep treble hook.  The beautiful fish swam off hookless and healthy. 


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"Jungle Sail Fish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/14/10
 

Darby Lykins, (left) and Frank Harrington (right), show a 6 ft 6 in. sail  caught while fishing the Jungle  for kings, using pogies on #6 treble hooks on July 6th.  Fishing with them were  Mike Cochran, Seth Joyce and Allison Strong.  They fought the fish for about 45 minutes.  Once safely onboard  Frank's "Laid Back", the trebles were quickly removed, the fish measured, and a photo was taken.  They the revived the sail and it was released in healthy condition.

Great job and thanks for sharing the story with the readers.  As I said, sometimes I save reports for rainy days like today.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cape FearSailfish Classic" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/14/10
 

I'm sure by now you've noticed a common thread with today's fishing reports.  They lead up to mentioning the upcoming Cape Fear Fishing Classic scheduled for August 12-15th out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  This is a new event and promises to be exciting.

There have been a LOT of sails caught off of OIB this summer and you don't have to travel far or do much of anything special to catch them.  We'll be posting reminders as the event draws closer.  You can follow the link, or check the scroll box on the OIFC's main web page.

In addition to the previous pictures here a few more which I hope gets you fired up enough to participate in the tournament.  We'd like for it to be a successl so we can enjoy it in years to come.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Frying Pan Tower Article" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/14/10
 

I just found this story on Starnewsonline and thought I'd share it with you.
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"Right Fish Wrong Time" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/13/10
 

Check out this picture of a king Richard Boles caught while pre fishing for the Got-Em=On.
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"Big Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/13/10
 

Our charters continue to land kings, with the Shark Hole being a hot spot.  Speaking of big kings, here's a picture of the 56.6 lb king who won the Got-Em-On King Classic.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cristina's Cobia" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/13/10
 

Paul McIntyre sent these pictures of  cobia caught at Cristina's Ledge Sunday morning.  The fish weighed 34 and 28 lbs each.  Pictured are Paul's brother in law Mike Matulia, Paul's son Christopher, who used to be an OIFC Mate, and Paul's brother Rob.  The guys were  fishing aboard their family boat the Tiger Rag.

Thanks for the post Mike.


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