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""Just Floundering Around"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/20/10
 

Did a little fishing with a wonderful couple from Tennessee today. We caught some quality flounder, some brothersome blues, and a redfish. The blues are thick ranging from 1 to 3 lbs. and making it difficult to fish for desired species. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs Bull for landing their first flounder and Mrs. Bull also landed her first redfish. We also keep a few blue crabs that made the mark. The Bull family will be enjoying one fine meal real soon. The easiest bait to find is mud minnows at the OIFC! If you can throw a cast net, the menhaden are everywhere and the bigger fish seem to be keying in on this bait. Need a cast net demostration? Come buy one from the OIFC and I will show you how to use it in my spare time:) See ya on the water!

 

      

- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 05/20/10
 

Rube hooked up on tarpon right now
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"OIFC Rodeo Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/20/10
 

The OIFC Rodeo is in full swing and with the fishing heating up now would be a great time to enter.  We've weighed some nice fish for people who wish they were in the Rodeo.  Don't be one of those...sign up!

Here's the breakdown of the prize money:

Flounder:$200

Trout:  $140

Spanish $40

King: $70

Cobia $ 40

Dolphin: $120

Tuna: $90

Wahoo: $90

Grouper: $80

Sea Bass: $110

Total: $980

*I compiled the figures and reserve the right to be off a few dollars.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cobia" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/20/10
 

Andrew Nelson and Patrick Hamilton just weighed a 31.2 lb cobia at the OIFC (@11am).  They were fishing with pin fish around some structure about 10 miles out.  They said they saw this fish's brother and sister hanging with him but couldn't get them to bite...There's one in every crowd.

Early congratulations to Patrick who is getting married this wekend.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 05/20/10
 

If youve never seen the boca grande tarpon fishery, youve missed. The darndest show. We are right in the middle of it trying to hold our own
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 05/19/10
 

First fish on new 32 yellowfin, sarasota, fl. Tomorrow boca grande tarpon, stay tuned
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"1st Place Far Out Shoot Out"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/19/10
 

Congratulations to the Crew of the Long Shot Yellowfin for their 1st place in the FOSO.  The team consisted of Wade Long, Chris Gore, Brandon Knight and Kevin Koteles.  They weighed  a 14.3 lb mahi, 32.1 lb black fin tuna, and a 23.75 lb wahoo for a winning total of 70.15 lbs. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cobia and King Bite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/18/10
 

It's 2 pm and Captain Zach called to report a good king and cobia bite on his charter.  He fished with a group from Charlotte and they were trolling with dead baits/green skirts about 9 miles out in 72 degree 50 ft deep water.  Sounds like the near shore action is picking up.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Thunderstorms & Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/17/10
 

This morning Capt. Zach and I met Bruce Naylor and his friends, Dave, Mike, Lee, and Bruce, on the dock prepared to seek out King Mackerel. Also greeting us on the dock was an early morning thunderstorm complete with lightening and heavy downpours. After watching the radar, we decided to wait a couple of hours and let the storms pass. At about 9:30 the radar began to show favorable conditions offshore. It looked as though we would have to get through the last bit of rain on the way out but Bruce and his friends were real troopers. They wanted to fish. Their patience and determination paid off as we were met with only partly cloudy skies and light winds once we reached the fishing grounds. After a few cutoffs and one king being bitten in half at the Christina we moved over toward the AR 455. In a matter of minutes we were hooked up. We returned to the dock with several kings and a nice spanish. I would like to add that on our trip we were joined by Tim Haas from VISITNC.COM. He was with us to gather information that is to be used by our local Chamber of Commerce as well as VISITNC.COM.
- Capt. Chris Dew
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"An OIFC Saturday Charter" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/17/10
 

Captain Chris Dew and Captain Chris Eckert fished with Mark Swisher, Dana Walker and Phil Walker in the Gulf Stream.  Phil sent us these action shots he took on that beautiful Saturday.The 1st is of a hook up with a king, the 2nd is a mahi, the 3rd is a shark and the 4th is a jack.."if you don't know Jack, then you don't know Jack".
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"Seaclusion" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/17/10
 

On May 15th Jack Brautigan (Wilmington), Bobby Hancock (Concord), and Tony Taylor (High Point), fished aboard the Seaclusion with Capt. Steve Ritenour of Whiteville, N.C.  Their day started very slow, but the action picked up later when they fished a weed line near the Blackjack.  They also bottom fished and hooked up with what they think was a grouper, which was eaten by an 8 ft. shark.  They fought the shark for about 20 minutes before he broke off.  Overall they had a very successful day, catching 21 mahi.

Pictured is Jack Brautigan with the bull dolphin and Bobby Hancock with the day's catch.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/17/10
 

Well folks, there is no doubt about it, things are happenning on the inshore grounds.  Even though it may have taken the fishing a while to fire off this year, it is in full swing now.  The flounder bite continues to be red hot, with many double digit catches of fish being caught, and even some double digit catches of keeper flounder too.  Using the now plentiful pogies for bait seems to be making the diifference in helping to weed though the throwbacks and catch more keepers.  Finally there are some big ones starting to show up as well.  We had a fish pushing 8lbs. this weekend, I saw another 5lber or so get caught, and have heard about/seen picutres of several other 5-6 pounders.  On the trout side of things, I can also say they they are finally officially biting.  We have had some double digit catches of trout recently as well, and although they are running a littlle small for spring fish (around a 2 pound average), there have been some 4-5 pounders around as well.  I dont know where the big gators have gotten off too, but I feel like one or two will show themselves soon.  Also, I would like to point out that the trout are in a pre-spawn pattern right now, with most of the females I have seen recently having big bellies do to being full of roe.  So this is the time of year to release a few trout and protect our resource...let them spawn and then you can load the freezer in the fall and winter.  Finally, things remain consistent on the redfish front, with quite a few still prowling around in their normal haunts.  So there you have, the fishing is great, so now is the time to get to the beach a take part befoe it gets too hot.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Weekend Charter" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/17/10
 

Captains Dew and Faulkner headed to 200 ft of water with James President (Fayetteville), Bobby Fryar (Fayetteville), Donnell Lawson (Fayetteville), Vern Webb (Sumoter, SC) and Curlee Wingate  (Hartsville, SC).  They spent the day fighting jacks, and mahi..what a combination.  They returned to an OIFC teaming with people watching the Far Out Shoot Out weigh ins and attend.ing the Awards dinner 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"May Flounder" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/16/10
 

The May flounder bite continues to get stronger. Many folks have reported that the bite is really hot in Tubbs inlet. Truth is many anglers are finding flounder all up and down the waterway now. Bait of choice are OIFC mud minnows...if you are proficient with a cast net menhaden can be caught in the canals or near Ocean Isle Marina in the waterway. Don't own a cast net because you are not sure how to throw one? Come buy one from the OIFC and I will show you how to use it in my spare time:) See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"90's" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/16/10
 

Captain Chris Dawson took these pictures of the Arnolds on a May 14th 3/4 day charter to the 90's.  The 90's and the Lighthouse Rocks were pretty productive Thursday and Friday....not red hot mind you, but a good sign the kings are moving in closer.  The water was 70.5 degrees Friday and had good color to it.

Who is that guy in the blue OIFC shirt?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""Alomost There"" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/16/10
 

These are pictures of the crew of the "Almost There", hailing from OIB and fishing the break on the 14th.  The group limited out on grouper with several more released.  In the picture are Brian Richard, Kevin Richard, Robert Hughes and Captain Todd Helf.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Don Leonard Billfish Award" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/16/10
 

The Don Leonard Bill Fish Award commemorates a man who was not only a great friend of the OIFC, but was a accomplished fisherman.  The award is presented to the angler who catches and releases a bill fish during the Far Out Shoot Out.  Until this year's tournament no one had won the award.

This year, Margarett Pennstrom caught and released a sailfish.  She was fishing aboard the "Clearly Hooked" Yellowfin hailing from Carolina Beach, N.C.  Also aboard were Austin Eubanks, Field Hucks, and Clark Truluch.  Pictured below is the crew with the bill fish and the Leonard family.

Margarett's name along with the boat name will be placed on the trophy.  The award is displayed in the trophy case at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Congratulations Margarett and the crew of the "Clearly Hooked".


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Capt Woody Wooten" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/16/10
 

Local fishing legend and #1 story teller Woody Wooten is recovering from a trip to the emergency room as a result of some astute observations of his fishin buddies. Seems he was having dinner with them, and they noted he wasn't telling fish stories; concluded he must be sick, so they took him to emergency room. He emerged with a pacemaker, 2 stints in his arteries, and according to Woody..."give me 3 weeks to regroup and the fish better watch out cause I'm gonna put a hurt'in on them! Go get em Woody!
- Rube McMullan
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"Jr. Weigh Master" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/15/10
 

First mate Brayden McMullan served as the Jr. Weigh Master for the Far Out Shoot Out. Brayden was attending his 1st of many Far Out Shoot Outs.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"In Shore Action" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/15/10
 

Today was a busy day at the OIFC.  Not only was the Far Out Shoot Out in full swing, but we weighed in a 5.1 lb Speckled Trout caught by Brent Clodfelter (his wife Brittney is on the cove of the Fisherman's Post with a 6 lb. flounder).   Captain Kyle weighed a 7.8 lb flounder to take the lead on the Rodeo's flounder division, Courtney Beck caught her 1st ever flounder, and her 4yr old daughter Camdyn caught one on the same trip.  Most of the in shore action was around OIB and Sunset Beach.
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