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"And now, the rest of the story" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/22/10
 

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As a follow-up to Capt. Rickey’s Report on Saturday, I wanted to take a minute to discuss the trip in a little more detail and share some on the water shots of the fish that were released. To say that Speed Jigging works is a bit of an understatement. Our group showed up Saturday morning bright and early armed with an arsenal of jigging rods and metal that they had been collecting all winter, eager to put it to the test. The plan was to go out, drop down and do a little jigging then switch over to trolling for Wahoo and Blackfin around noon. We arrived at the Blackjack mid morning and Capt. Chris Dew expertly proceeded to put the boat over some great bottom structure where we marked a few fish. Even though our charter lives up in Maryland, they had heard of a very close friend of mine, Roscoe and that was the first thing that a couple of them tied on, along with some Shimano Butterflies and assorted other jigs. Within 2-3 drops, everyone was hooked up, reels screaming from all four corners of the boat, doing battle with creatures from the deep. This went on constantly for about 3 hours, with Capt. Chris keeping the boat on a perfect drift and both of us running all over to assist in boating monster fish, many of them being released with tears in our eyes due to current closures on certain species. Around noon, we got a report from the Quick Draw boat that the trolling had been very slow with only a single knockdown so we had a quick team huddle and our crew said “lets keep jigging, this is too much fun”. We did decide to make a move out to the Steeples to jig 300-400 feet deep. That’s when things got really interesting. Huge fish caught, many lost. We had large pelagic species literally bite through a 300# Kevlar assist hook and had another fish so large that it pulled a 200# split ring apart, taking the jig in the process. The 60+ mile ride home was a quiet one with all 5 anglers feeling the strain of catching over 75 fish in deep water on extremely light jigging tackle. As Capt. Chris and I talked about on the way to the hill, in years past, that Gulf Stream trip could have been an entire day of fruitless trolling but instead turned into shear chaos for 8 straight hours… I can talk and show you pictures of the success of jigging but until you see it first hand, you cannot appreciate how incredible it really is. I urge you to try it out. We are fully outfitted for jigging on our charter boats and here at the shop, I have everything you need to get set up on this fishery. I, for one will not leave the dock, headed to the stream without jigging gear ever again.
- Capt. Steele
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"Martini and Bass" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/22/10
 

Why yes, I think I'll have one.  Ahhh..sea bass, one of the most under rated bottom fish in the ocean.  But one of the best eating fish.  This 4.05 lb beauty was caught aboard the Dirty Martini Saturday by Johnny Schuchman and weighed in at Eugene Platt's in Cherry Grove, SC.

A couple of notes. 1) Had Johnny been in the OIFC Rodeo, he would be in 1st place and would have been tough to beat.  2) he could have brought the sea bass to the OIFC by plane, train, boat or car the same day for our weigh in and been with in the rules.

The Dirty Martini is owned by Jeff Martini who also owns Martini's Continental Dinning on Hwy 17 just inside N. Myrtle Beach.  Excellent catch Johnny and thanks Jeff for the pic.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"End of Day Report" | OIFC 2- 27' | 03/20/10
 

This beautiful morning began with the OIFC/Get Busy fishing inshore and the World Cat headed to the Gulf Stream.

Captain Jeff Williamson of the OIFC/Get Busy Kenner Boat had a half day charter with Dimitri Trlantafyllides, has 12 yr old son Nick and John Ross Porter, of Charlotte on a red fish hunt.  The group had their best fortune at the Little River Jetties where Nick boated this nice red shown in the picture.  Captain Jeff was using DOA C.A.L. Shad. 

Meanwhile, off shore, Captains Chris Dew and Steele Park  headed to the Black Jack and the Steeples with a charter consisting of Raymond Cartright, Kyle Cartright, Bill Kratz, Billy Kratz and Mike Lane.  This group spent the day bottom fishing.  The Cartrights told me they caught at least 75 fish.  In the bonanza were 3 gag grouper, a 15 lb American red snapper, trigger fish, bonita and aj's. As you can tell by the photo they were only allowed to keep the aj's and trigger fish.  They told me they caught fish until everyone was worn out so they took turns reeling and taking pictures.

Captain Steele said they fished with Rosco Jigs, Shimano Butterfly Jigs and a plethora of other atrificals in 68 degree water.  The charter members took several photos and are going to forward them to the OIFC.  They'll be posted as soon as they arrive.  Captain Steele may do an update with further details.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rub It In" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/20/10
 

Rub it in..that's exactly right.  For all who are trapped inland, or who decided to stay glued to the NCAA on TV...you're missing a beautiful weekend and the start of fantastic fishing.

Judging by the reports the OIFC has been receiving, the inshore bite is happening from the Little River Jetties to the Shallotte River and all the mud flats in between.

Check out the pictures below for photographic evidence.  Camdyn Beck joined a multitude of locals and spring breakers for a wonderful afternoon on the beach, while Captain Jacob Frick and some folks caught red drum and trout around Ocean Isle Beach.  As far as bait goes, you had better take a variety in your tackle box because no one bait is THE answer. 

OK, the wake board pic Captain Zach posted may be pushing things a little.. 

Get out and enjoy the weather, we deserve it after this winter and while your at it stop by.  The staff has packed the store with a lot of new merchandise.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 03/19/10
 

Almost home from panama adventure. Lots of good stories and pics to be posted soon. C. Dew and steele to the break tomorrow for jig -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/18/10
 

There have been no recent offshore reports.  To my knowledge no one has been out because of the wind.  The weather looks most favorable for a Saturday trip if you are so inclined.

Inshore has been a different story.  The trout bite is on.  Based on reports the best bite has been WAY up the Shallotte River.  If you know the river I'd give that a try, although you may have to go as far up as the golf course.  If you don't know the river, I don't think now would be the time to try and learn it.

The trout and red bite has also been on around the docks the other side of the Sunset Bridge.  Bigger drum have been caught at the Jetties.  As far as baits, it's a toss up.  Gulp Shrimp, DOA Shrimp, Billy Bay Shrimp and shrimp on Hookup' Lures buck tails would be good ammo.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Greetings from Panama" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/16/10
 

Sorry for the delayed report but finally learned how to use computer keyboard in espanol.  will make this a short report.  we have found paradise! paradise fishing lodge that is.  all went as planned on our travels here except for kennan hill's luggage mishap.  no problem though, you'd be surprised how many days you can get out of a pair of underwear wearing them wrong side out.  this place is at the end of the earth in the middle of nowhere.  yesterday's fishing was tough.  we took a left when we should have taken a right.  however we all caught fish and some pretty remarakable fish at that.  we mostly fished inshore after we figured out the offshore game wasn't happening.  all 4 boats caught snapper, small yellowfin and roosterfish.  mike kennedy, blair bordeaux and tom bordeaux were boat of the day with a highlight of a 60lb cubera snapper.  today the fleet headed in a different direction with high hopes.  unfortunately it didn't work out.  we fished all day in the hot sun.  the sun is a different animal down here.  you feel like a boston butt on a slow cooker all day.  so anyway, fishing was super slow all day though the conditions looked great.  we tucked our tails and started the run back to the lodge.  that's when the world changed.  to try and describe in words what happened over the next hour is impossible.  we will share pics and vids when we return but for now the short description is pandemonium.  we found the entire gamefish population in the southern hemisphere located just a few miles from where we spent the entire day.  for the next hour all 4 boats caught huge mahi, sailfish and monster yellowfin tuna.  the tuna were balling bait like on discovery channel.  they were crashing the baits into the side of our boats.  unreal.  the tunas were 50 to 200lbs.  brant got some good underwater photos so we'll post those also.  we are getting ready to have dinner at which point i am expecting a serious discussion on determining boat of the day.  each team is coming to dinner with a pen, pad, calculator and attorney. will report in with results.  as for the lodge, it is perfect.  the accomodations are top knotch, the margaritas cold, the food plentiful and service unmatched.  back at em tomorrow.  stand by. 
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Raw Day" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/16/10
 

I received a report from Captain Jacob Frick who fished today despite the chilli temperatures and winds. Here it is:

Caught two trout and three red fish despite biter cold north wind....all five fish were caught on different artificial lures.  Sea Assassins, DOA Shrimp and Old Bayside Shadlyn..the fish would not hit live bait or Gulp, go figure that?  We were throwing everything to try and figure out a sweet spot...the bite was just not going to take off today.

Sounds like a fairly descent day on the water, especially for the raw conditions.  Thanks for the report!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Panama 1st day" | Real-Time Update | 03/15/10
 

More bottom fish. Brian C. Allen, LEED AP Precision Walls, Inc. 919.832.0380 office 919.839.1402 Fax 919.422.5865 cell ballen@precisionwalls.com
- "Allen, Brian"
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"Panama 1st day" | Real-Time Update | 03/15/10
 

More bottom fish. Brian C. Allen, LEED AP Precision Walls, Inc. 919.832.0380 office 919.839.1402 Fax 919.422.5865 cell ballen@precisionwalls.com
- "Allen, Brian"
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"Panama 1st day" | Real-Time Update | 03/15/10
 

The bottom fish were biting. Brian C. Allen, LEED AP Precision Walls, Inc. 919.832.0380 office 919.839.1402 Fax 919.422.5865 cell ballen@precisionwalls.com
- "Allen, Brian"
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 03/15/10
 

Well guys, hopefully winter is on its way out and spring is on its way in.  The beautiful weather this past week or so certainly has improved things on the inshore scene, and will hopefully get the spring fishing started.  As for now, there are some reds to be caught in the backs of the creeks, although you need a boat that will float in some skinny water in order to get back there to catch them.  But, it shouldn't be long before we start to see more fish on the more normal redfish spots.  Also, the spring trout bite is right around the corner, and everyone knows early spring often produces some of the biggest trout of the year.  So its is getting to be the time of year to dust of your rods and get back on the water, because we certainly have some good fishing waiting in the near future.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Pay Back" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/14/10
 

The OIFC crew is in Panama having a large time while the rest of us are minding the fort with the wind keeping us landlocked.  The assistant OIFC mascot, Mack, took it upon himself to express our feelings.  Notice the wink!!  Stay as long as you like...everything is going just fine!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Next Stop Panama!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/12/10
 

The bags are packed with shorts, tshirts, sun block, and cameras. Finally, it's time to head south! Our OIFC Traveling Fishermen team is assembled and ready for an adventure of a lifetime to the Paradise Fishing Lodge in Panama. My wife, Stephanie, Rube and I are driving to Miami from Atlanta and will meet up with Brant tomorrow evening. We have a side mission going of hand delivering "kingzilla" to a taxidermist in south Florida on the way to Miami. On Sunday morning we meet up with the rest of the gang and we're off to Panama. We will arrive to the fishing lodge Sunday evening and begin our assault on gamefish and margaritas immediately (not necessarily in that order). We are scheduled to fish the next four days (Monday-Thursday) and have a variety of targeted species on the list. Blue Marlin, black marlin, sails, cubera snapper, yellowfin tuna are just a few on the list to conquer. We will be fishing with a variety of methods from live baiting with 5-8lb bonitas to throwing top water plugs to crashing yellowfin. Hopefully all works out as planned and we'll have a whole new chapter to add to the fishing reports. We will have cameras and video cameras so we are going to be posting as many updates on the fishing report as we can. Not sure yet if we'll be able to post from Panama but for sure when we return. Wish us luck and wish you were coming! Panama Team: Barrett McMullan Stephanie McMullan Brant McMullan Rube McMullan Mike Kennedy Mark Kennedy Ken Hill Kennan Hill Tom Bordeaux Blair Bordeaux Brian Allen Stacy Allen
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/11/10
 

The pot thus far is $ 130.  We'll be at the Spring Kick off and you can sign up there or anytime for that matter.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Additional Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/11/10
 

Kennen Hill sent a few more pictures from his bluefin trip......
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Traveling Fisherman" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/10/10
 

Kennan Hill is headed to Panama next week with the OIFC team but decided to get his travels started early with a trip up to Oregon Inlet to hunt for the Bluefin that have been gracing the area up there... He sent this photo along with some stats.  2 Bluefin biggest being 150 pounds, 10 Blackfin Tuna's and a nice Wahoo.  Great job Kennan, have a great trip to Panama.
- Capt. Steele
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"Today's Stream Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/09/10
 

How'd our Gulf Stream trip go?  NOT TOO GOOD!  We checked the temperature shot this morning and saw that the warm water had moved.  But since we were already dressed up and had our crew together we elected to go anyway.

We worked the Black Jack and the Steeples pulling ballyhoo with Aliens and other skirts.  The warmest water we found was 68 degrees at a depth of 300 feet.  The only fish to strike was a false albacore.  Apparently we didn't go far enough.  Another crew fished between the Nipple and the Steeples and struck gold! Check out their information on this link.

We elected to shift to bottom fishing using Roscoe Jigs (check Zach's groujper) and squid.  We caught several sea bass and the all protected grouper.  Which we released.  That's right Mr. President we let them go free.  See this link.

The seas were beautiful as was the overall weather.  No doubt as spring approaches and based on the good fortune of the Blu by U fishing team the game is on!  As you can tell by the pictures, we had a blast

Another note, I took 1st place in the sea bass division of the OIFC Rodeo,  Benji Faulkner is in 2nd, and Captain Roger Gales is in 3rd.  I'll have a full update on the Rodeo in the next couple of days.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fisherman's Voice" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/09/10
 

Please follow this link to find information on the status of the Federal Fish Strategy.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Blackfin Today" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/08/10
 

Captains Chris Dew and Steele Park took Chuck Bucsek, his son Mark, (Pittsburg), and Chuck's brother Dennis (Wilksboro, NC) on a charter to the Steeples.  They found 72 degree water and fished 300 feet deep.  Mostly, they jigged using Roscoe,  Shamano butterfly jigs and Williamson Benthos. 

The Williamson caught a good sized blackfin tuna, while the others were hit by amberjacks and bonita.  They marked a lot of bait while there.  The sharks became an issue as they nailed several fish as they were being brought to the boat.  The Bucsek's will be sea bass fishing with us tomorrow.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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