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"Capt Jeff Williamson's Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/24/10
 

We were all missing Captain Jeff Williamson until he sent this picture of a big red fish he caught will fishing in Charlotte Punta Gorda Fla..  Capt. Jeff said the water temperature dropped so low it killed the young tarpon and most of the snook.  He did find some red fish,  trout and a whole lot of sun while fishing with Captain Rhett Morris.

There was a big trout kill in Morehead City, N.C. due to the cold. there was even one of the biggest snow falls recorded in the recent past in Moscow and a fish kill due to the cold now in southern Fla.  Perhaps Captain Brant should invite Al Gore and some other global warms to speak at the Spring Kick off in March..

Also, it is with great regret that I am unable to make the trip to D.C.  I feel strongly about this issue, will miss the bus ride which ought to be a blast, and I love a good protest!  Someone get locked up for me.  Good luck, and I hope this will have the desired impact.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"DC Rally- couple of spots opened up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/23/10
 

Have had a couple of calls this AM with folks who can't go.  If you want to go or know someone who does, have them to call me at 910 367-2945 -- Brant
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"DC Trip- Tomorrow AM" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/23/10
 

Let the games begin.  The bus will leave the OIFC at 4:15am SHARP on Wednesday, February 24th.  If you have been in contact with me and I've saved a spot for you, you are committed to show.  The bus is full and many have been turned away who wanted to attend. 

The bus will leave the OIFC at 4:15am and make 2 stops on the way for food and leg stretching.  There is a bathroom on the bus, but for the sake of everyone's health and comfort, let's save those morning "duties" for the stops.  We should arrive in DC around 11am and the rally is scheduled from 12pm-3pm.  We will leave shortly after 3pm, make a couple of stops on the way home again and hopefully arrive back to the OIFC around 11pm.  I have a bunch of picket signs that were provided by Charter Lakes Insurance, so don't worry about signage.

Bus entertainment is up in the air.  We will have a wide range of characters on board and I'm looking forward to the trip.  If anyone has any DVD's, games, stories... bring them.

Again, tomorrow 4am at the OIFC the bus will be leaving.  Be there. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Swansboro" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/22/10
 

Capt. Zach reported that while we were fishing the Georgetown Hole a friend went the opposite direction and fished off Swansboro on Sunday.  They caught a 45 lb wahoo and several black fin tuna.

We are 2 days and counting until the trip to D.C.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Escaped !!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/20/10
 

OK..all rational thinking was that if we went out we wouldn't catch anything.  The temperature shot showed the warm water had moved out.  It was decision time..do we stay home and think about fishing, or do we take advantage of the excellent conditions and go fishing and not care what others think?

You know the answer!  Captain Zach Faulkner and his dad, Benji, Captain Jeff Beck with me and my camera in tow left the OIFC at 6:15 am. We went as far as the Georgetown Hole.Not suprisingly, the warmest water we found was 65 degrees.  But no problem..we had a couple of knockdowns by kings,  a strike that acted like a wahoo, and  one false albacore.  But we did get out on a beautiful sea with good friends aboard a marvelous boat the "Get Floored".  Any fish would have just been an added bonus.  You can't do that in the big city!

Also, a sigh of relief..Captain David Hooks and his wife were involved in an accident .Their vehicle flipped and landed upside down in a roadside ditch.Thank God.no one was hurt!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shallotte Inlet report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/19/10
 

With beautiful weather for this weekend, hopefully fishermen will be on the water. I rode out the Shallotte Inlet this afternoon at low tide and noted shallow water conditions everyone needs to be careful with. As you are running the intercoastal from Ocean Isle heading to inlet, line up with the red can in front of the campground and the red buoy toward Holden Beach. Any course to the mainland side will find ground as the bar that is at the crossroads has really grown this winter. Hug the beach along Ocean Isle from the red buoy in front of the campground until you make the turn out the inlet.  Traversing out the inlet, once you clear the last set of buoys seaward is where a bad bar has developed. The buoys appear to be in the correct places, however there is not much water at low tide. You may need to raise your props and go slow...careful. Water temp was 49 degrees at inlet. Good luck fishing to everyone this weekend.
- Rube McMullan
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"Robbie Dial and Friends" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/18/10
 

Robbie has been attempting to send me fishing pictures, but we've had a problem with the format.  Finally Robbie got through with a pic. of him and friends on a very recent trip..When he sends me more info I'll add it to the report.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Could It Be?" | OIFC 2- 27' | 02/17/10
 

A check of Reef Cast, The National Weather Service and The Weather Channel ALL indicate that Saturday may be THE day !!!!!  10-15 winds, 1-2 ft seas and sunny..could it be true?  Find out!

Now is a good time to impart some of Captain Brant's weather knowledge on some who may not have been around the seas in our area long enough to understand reading the various weather reports.  For most this is a refresher.  The following is part of Brants's 5-20-09 report:

"We've had strong winds and the seas have been building over a long distance and are very large. The wind is forecast to drop to 5-10 knots by Saturday, and although the forecast isn't out I guarantee you it will say 6+ feet....DO NOT LET THIS KEEP YOU FROM FISHING.  A 5-10 kt wind makes 2 ft seas, 10-15 makes 3-4ft, 15-20 makes 3-5 ft, and after that it's too rough to worry about.  A swell is a residual sea created from rough conditions a  long way away, i.e. a hurricane, or from bad weather prior to the current conditions.  A swell is a long rolling sea that is spaced far apart and  besides sometimes making the run off shore a bit slower, it is hardly noticeable when fishing."

I've been around Captain Brant and other knowledgeable Captains long enough to find this a good rule to go by.  I hope it is helpful to you.  See you this weekend! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC Stuff" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/16/10
 

** NOW HIRING **  OIFC is currently looking for a full or part-time person to work as a clerk in the OIFC.  Skills required are retail, customer service and a background in saltwater fishing is helpful.  Please email captbrant@oifc.com if you are interested.  Further, I am now accepting applications for Summer jobs as well.  Email to the above address as well, and I will send and application.

DC Rally

Rickey Beck, Ron McManus, John Bearden, Zack Faulkner, Chris Eckert, Brandon Sauls, Rick and Matthew Ryan, Butch and Barbara Foster, William Parker, Englis Glover and camera man, Grant Pait, Jeff Drake, Cain Faircloth, Richard Croom, Forrest Taylor, Brian Richarde, Dan Barber and family, Mike and Amy Baird, Ronnie Atkinson, Ed and Randy Elliot, Brant and Amy McMullan, Jerry Dilsaver, Rob Barton, Paul Pancake, Dan McManus, Braxton Lewis, Buddy Dennis, Jim Moore, Chris Carbone, Mark Bender, Richard Flick, Jim and Keith Page, Billy Little, Robert Mazur, Bob Taylor, John McGarva, Keith Logan, David Bowman, Danny Juel and Fred, Ace Parker

*** SCHEDULE ***

Trip is on Wednesday, February 24th- Bus leaves the OIFC at 4:15am SHARP- plan to be here at 4am.  The drive will take roughly 7 hours with 2 stops on the way to get food and stretch your legs.  The rally begins at noon and is scheduled to end at 3pm.  We should get out by at least 4pm and be back to the OIFC by 11pm, making 2 stops on the way home for food and exercise.  The bus has a bathroom and a DVD player.  Bring your favorite DVD and we'll vote on what to watch.  See you at the OIFC for the trip.

 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fishing Log" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/15/10
 

Fishing log...sounds like a good name for a grouper set up.  But it's not, yet.  Most good fishermen I know keep a log book of what was biting, when, on what and where.  Yesterday I had a call asking for a report on the spring bite.  At the same time a gentleman and his wife came in and thanked us for our honest fishing reports.  I began reviewing the archives and realized 2 things...one I have a terrible memory and two, the Report serves a a great fishing log.

Sure, you're getting tired of the cliches, sharpen your hooks and so on.  But during these cold windy days take time to study the reports.  You'll find stuff, like, we were complaining about the same weather, it snowed February 4th of '09, and the wind was howling.  You'll also be reminded of the hot lures for last year...such as the wahoo bite was on Islanders, Yo Zure Bonita, Cape Lookout C-Jets, and the product that we had just began carrying thanks to Captain Chris Burrows, theBlack Bart San Sal Candy...we miss Chris, but Captain Steele has stepped up to the plate in fine fashion.

A further look and you'll be reminded that a 800 lb blue marlin was caught on a black and purple Black Bart RPP.  That Captain Roger's weapon of choice for mahi was a blue and white Alien.  We miss Rog also, the only constant in life is change You'll further remember where the bites were and when.  They make for pretty good fishing logs, and fair to below average reading.  Rest assured that the OIFC will live up to it's Mission Statement and keep our reports honest and as accurate as possible.  We'll also attempt to support our reports with pictures whenever possible.  So, sharpen your hooks and all that other good stuff.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 02/14/10
 


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"We're Still Here!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/13/10
 

We're still here.  There is no fishing action to report, but we are making good use of this slow time to freshen up the store and do winter maintenance on the boats.  The snow finally found us, but was pretty much gone by noon.  The ocean was flat as a table top today.  That's pretty much the story at the OIFC.  I've attached a couple of pictures of snow on the beach....Tight lines!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 02/12/10
 

Snow! Its snowing at the beach. Stand by for full report from goorube can'tore and photo coverage of sledfest 10'. Brant w griswal -- ================================================================== This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Panama Reports Coming Soon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 02/12/10
 

As if I even need to say it, the winter weather this year has been the real deal. Next August when it's 90+ every day I'll remember back to this February and keep my complaining to myself. While it's hard to imagine at this point as the snow falls, in just a couple months we'll be back on the water in short sleeves doing what we love to do. Even sooner than that a group of us will be getting a jump start on the warm weather and fishing by heading south to Panama. One month from now a group of OIFC fishing friends will venture to the Paradise Fishing Lodge in Panama and will be hunting marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, roosterfish and much more. We'll be fishing four days on the trip which is scheduled for March 14th-19th. Just like our last trip to Panama, I will be posting a detailed daily fishing report from Panama that will hopefully get everyone pumped up for the upcoming season at home. For anyone out there who has seen enough snow and cold weather and is looking for a last minute get away, I've had 3 spots come open for this trip. If you have interest you need to contact me immediately so we can get your travel arrangements made. Email captbarrett@oifc.com. For now, we'll huddle by the fire, sharpen hooks and rest. If Brant is right about weather being a balance, we're going to be very busy at some point in the near future.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Life is a Balance" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/11/10
 

I was reminded this morning about  a philosophy I prescribe to and firmly believe in.  Good friend and local fisherman Jim Bowen emailed a picture of White Marlin he released this very week last year- "will it ever stop blowing?" he wrote.  My answer is that the weather, like many things in our life, swings like a pendelum.  If it swings too far in one direction, it will swing too far in the other (politics is the immediate comparison that comes to mind).  Obviously we are way out there now on the bad side, so I firmly believe we will be blessed with overly nice weather in the future.  The trick is for the good to come at the right time; hopefully in about 2 months.  So, stay warm, sharpen your hooks, spool reels, upgrade your gear......  our time will come!

****  Speaking of upgrading your gear, we started our reel consignment program last Fall and its all but sold out.  We had a good stock of used equipment to start, but its nearly all gone.  If you want to upgrade your equipment, but you all ready have alot of money sunk in your current stuff, the OIFC may be able to help.  We will take in your used, grade it and price it.  When it sells, you will recieve an OIFC gift card for the sale amount; which you can then use to upgrade and buy new stuff ***

*** Also, put on your calendar- Spring Kickoff sales, line spooling and seminars is Saturday, March 27.  Have some great seminar speakers coming this year.  Have Tom Hilton from Hilton's sea surface analysis service (the one I now use to get all my temperature shots - www.realtime-navigator.com ) to discuss offshore currents, temperatures and how his service can help you catch more fish-- AND - Capt. Rick Croson from Living Waters guide service who specializes in vertical jigging for monster Grouper and Amberjack along the break. ***


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weather/Health Care" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/11/10
 

The 2 hottest topics in the news are the weather and health care.  Well, we here at the OIFC aren't suffering the effects of global warming's massive snowfalls like some of our friends elsewhere are.  But we are going to have a stroke and need health care if the weather here doesn't improve. 

 Wind, cold and rain, or all 3 combined have kept everyone landlocked and going nuts!  Looking at the picture below one would never know it was taken during 30 mph gusting to 40 and 50 winds.  You can't really see the horizon which looked about as flat as the Rocky Mountains.  It was blowing 30 to 35 out of the WNW at the Tower.

This picture was taken on the beach in Garden City, S.C. yesterday around 1:30 pm.  The wind was out of the north. It shows what most of us know, that winds out of the north in the Long Bay region (our fishing grounds) generally mean flat seas for a  few miles out as we are protected by land.  However go further out and it gets a little sporty, and the same is true if the direction changes.

Enough of my Weather Channel audition.  Let's hope things improve and quickly.  In the meantime we can all sharpen our hooks and check our equipment.  Some of us will be boarding a bus to D.C. to let our concerns he heard on the fishing scene.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"DC Rally Update- BUS IS FULL !" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/10/10
 

We did it!   We have filled the bus with ease- thanks to everyone.  The RFA was impressed with our response and the OIFC bus is the first bus they have listed as FULL - way to go !!!  Below is the schedule and plan.  Everyone here is confirmed.  If you do not see your name or your name is there and you cannot come EMAIL ME immediately.

BUS IS FULL- below is the list of everyone I have seats saved for- We will be calling to confirm you seat or you can EMAIL HERE to confirm you are coming:

Rickey Beck, Ron McManus, John Bearden, Zack Faulkner, Chris Eckert, Brandon Sauls, Rick and Matthew Ryan, Butch and Barbara Foster, William Parker, Englis Glover and camera man, Grant Pait, Jeff Drake, Cain Faircloth, Richard Croom, Forrest Taylor, Brian Richarde, Dan Barber and family, Mike and Amy Baird, Ronnie Atkinson, Ed and Randy Elliot, Brant and Amy McMullan, Jerry Dilsaver, Rob Barton, Paul Pancake, Dan McManus, Braxton Lewis, Buddy Dennis, Jim Moore, Chris Carbone, Mark Bender, Richard Flick, Jim and Keith Page, Billy Little, Robert Mazur, Bob Taylor, John McGarva, Keith Logan, David Bowman

*** SCHEDULE ***

Trip is on Wednesday, February 24th- Bus leaves the OIFC at 4:15am SHARP- plan to be here at 4am.  The drive will take roughly 7 hours with 2 stops on the way to get food and stretch your legs.  The rally begins at noon and is scheduled to end at 3pm.  We should get out by at least 4pm and be back to the OIFC by 11pm, making 2 stops on the way home for food and exercise.  The bus has a bathroom and a DVD player.  Bring your favorite DVD and we'll vote on what to watch.  See you at the OIFC for the trip.

**** I am sure that there will be people who want to go that we will not have seats for.  If you reserve a seat and do not show, it would be a shameful.  **** If you are on the list above and can't go or have made other arrangements, EMAIL ME immediately to let me know.

Thanks to all and continue following the OIFC site for updates on the trip and additional information as I recieve it.  I encourage you to check out the RFA website at www.joinrfa.org for more detailed insight on the rally and process.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 02/09/10
 

Hard at work here at oifc. Brayden
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 02/08/10
 

Turns out you can't cross bay bridge and tunnel with snow on car or boat. Two hours later three less fingers we finally get across!
- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 02/08/10
 


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