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"Spring Kick Off" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/25/10
 

The OIFC Spring Kick Off begins Saturday at 10 am.  The on shore weather is going to be beautiful with sunshine and an 8 on the uv scale.   The off shore weather forcast is WIND...what's new. Come visit us, get new line on your reels, check out some of the great buys and enter the OIFC Rodeo.  The Rodeo is up to $290 !

See you here!

 

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Panama Cont'" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/24/10
 

On the third day of fishing we awoke to cooler temperatures and a slight breeze.  On the way to breakfast Ken Hill made an observation that the cows which grazed about 100 yards from the lodge were all laying down this morning.  This meant the fish weren't going to feed today. 

Everyone loaded up the gear after breakfast and headed for the boats.  Today the Sea Fox which had been having some mechanical issues was replaced with a 31' Fountain.  Aboard the Fountain was Rube, Brian and Stacy; the crew on Chi Chi's 27 Contender was Brant, Tom and Blair; the Sea Moose had Stephanie, Kennan and I; and on the other 27 Contender with Chu Chi was Mike, Mark and Ken. 

Ken was dead on with his prediction.  The fish were not feeding today.  After yesterdays onslaught we all had high hopes but it was not to be.  The porpoise that signaled the tuna were still in the area but spread out.  Captain Bartolo on the Sea Moose believed the tuna were still around but were spread out and down deep trying to get the bait together.  After I threw the poppers until I couldn't pick up my arms we switched tactics aboard the Sea Moose.  We trolled bonita belly on circle hooks behind teasers at 5 knots trying to raise a sailfish.  This technique worked almost immediately as the first sail came into investigate.  Over the 1st hour of this style of fishing we raised 4 sails but were unable to connect on any of them.  The rest of the day was quiet as we trolled and followed the porpoise schools.  The fish just weren't feeding.  It was the same story on the other boats, a few near misses but overall nothing.  The exception was Capt Chu Chi's crew of Mike, Mark and Ken who salvaged the day with some bottom fish and a surprise sailfish while bottom fishing. 

Back at the lodge despite the poor fishing, we still had fresh fish dinner and the fountain of youth continued to work miracles so everyone was in good spirits.  Tomorrow will be the last day of fishing on this adventure and because we have a long bus ride back to Panama City tomorrow as well the fishing day will be cut short.  We will focus on bottom fishing the nearby islands. 

As for the results of the competition of today, Capt Chu Chi and the crew of Mike, Mark and Ken took the title on the double or nothing day by accumulating 5 points with 2 Cubera Snapper, a Mullet Snapper and a Sailfish around 100lbs.  The other 3 boats had the goose egg. 

Day 4

The last day of fishing started like the one's before it with a great breakfast overlooking the Pacific.  For this shortened day the boat assignments were Ken, Kennan and Blair on the Fountain; Brian, Stacy and Tom on Chi Chi's Contender; Mike, Mark and Brant on the Sea Moose; and Stephanie, Rube and I on Chu Chi's Contender.  All Captains headed off to their secret bottom fishing holes and on the way tried to collect fresh bait.  The bottom fishing bait of choice is either a live blue runner or chunks of bonita meat.  We fish over underwater rock structures in close proximity to any of the mountainous islands.  Rube, Stephanie and I did battle with a few monster Cubera snapper before switiching tactics to top water poppers looking for a rooster.  We caught a variety of species and Stephanie landed a monster cubera by the day's end.  I didn't get an exact tally but the crew of Brian, Stacy, and Tom with Capt Chi Chi who were fishing near Coiba island dominated the day with numerous cubera and a variety of other bottom dwellers.  Everyone caught fish on this day but with a long bus ride ahead we called it a day around noon and headed back to the hill.

At the lodge we had one more group meal together in the open air dining before we said our goodbye's to Eddi, and the staff.  The bus was ready and this time Earnhardt wasn't driving so the trip took close to 7 hours across the Panamanian countryside.  On the way to Panama City, Blair Bordeaux who was also our interpreter decided he needed one last adventure.  So about halfway to Panama City he had the driver drop him off and he was going on walkabout for a couple days until his flight was scheduled.  Blair is a brave soul taking off on an adventure like that.  Fortunately we did hear from Blair a couple days later that everything worked out great and he made it back to Panama City for his flight. 

Everyone else was exhausted but excited to see Panama City.  Once checked into our hotel we all ventured out to the Veneto casino in downtown Panama City and took in the sights and sounds of a booming third world metropolis. Believe me there are plenty of sights at this place.  We had a late night private room dinner together where we reflected on the trip and told lies about who caught what. 

The next morning some of the crew stumbled out of the casino and into a taxi for the airport while others had later flights.  The trip had now concluded. 

Looking back this was one of the more enjoyable fishing adventures I have experienced.  I can't say enough about the quality and attention to detail of the Paradise Fishing Lodge. The fishing was not exactly what we hoped for, but the accomodations, the staff, and boat crews were all top notch.  I did hear from the lodge operator yesterday who told me the tuna showed up big time after we left with each boat catching at least 6 fish over 150lbs and a few over 200lbs.  Shoulda been here yesterday.  In addition to the great location, our group of Traveling Fishermen were a great bunch of people to share such an experience with.  We started the trip all knowing eachother through the Fishing Center but ended the trip as fishing buddies. 

If anyone out there has interest in fishing Panama I highly recommend the Paradise Fishing Lodge.  Feel free to contact me and I can get you in direct contact with the operator.  Next up for the Traveling Fisherman....Any Suggestions?- captbarrett@oifc.com


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Charleston Redfish Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/23/10
 

As it turned out, the first Atlantic Division IFA Redfish Tournament was scheduled the day after I returned from Panama.  This tournament was based in Charleston and is the first of three in the Atlantic division.  I had gone to Charleston to prefish a couple weeks ago, and with the help of world famous Capt. Willy Southard I felt pretty good about where we needed to fish the tournament.  Capt. Kyle Hughes and I are making up Team OIFC this year on the redfish tour.  Capt. Kyle met me in Charleston with the boat after spending a couple days scouting around on his own.  One day in the tropics, the next in a redfish tournament- not bad.  Kyle and I had a great day on the water.  These tournaments are artificial baits only and the winner is determined by the heaviest two slot size redfish.  All fish are weighed and released alive.  On the low to rising tide in the morning we caught 7 redfish a 3lb flounder and a 3lb trout.  the hot baits for us were gulp shrimp and gulp jerk baits. The fishing was great the only problem was all of our redfish were out of the slot.  The slot is 16 to 23" in SC.  Several of our fish were around 17" but we released them knowing they wouldn't do us any good in the tournament.  A couple of the fish were monsters close to 10lbs.  Now that is some fun catching redfish of that size on light tackle and on artificials.  Once the tide had entered the grass the bite shut down so we did some exploring to no avail.  With just a little time left in the fishing day we returned to where we started that morning and found the tide had fallen back out of the grass.  In the last 30 minutes of fishing we landed 4 more redfish and all of these were perfect- or at least we thought.  They were each between 21 1/2" and 22 3/4".  These are great lengths for the slot.  We made a mad dash to the scales in the Ranger Banshee Extreme (which happens to be for sale) and made it with less than 10 minutes to spare.  We had a great day and felt good about our catch, but unfortunately most other boats had similar results.  Our two fish weight was 8.04lbs which in any other year would have won this tournament.  This year however it earned Team OIFC 14th place.  The winning team weighed 9.1lbs. Just 1lb separated 1st from 14th.  Not a bad showing out of a 70 boat field.  It was a great day on the water and another learning experience as I try to figure out the redfish tournament game.  The next event is in Surf City, NC in mid May.  If anyone has interest in participating check out www.redfishtour.com.  The tournaments are a blast.  It's just like king mackerel tournament fishing but in the backwater.   
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Panama Recap Cont'" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/23/10
 

Pictures have been added to both reports.  See below.

Day two starts early again.  There is not a cloud in the sky and the temps are already near 90 degrees and the sun hadn't even come overhead yet.  We had our breakfast and headed for the boats.  Today the teams were:  Brant, Ken and Kennan on the Sea Fox; Barrett, Mark and Mike on the 27' Contender with Capt. Chi Chi; Rube, Tom and Blair on the Sea Moose; and Brian and Stacy on the other 27' Contender with Capt Chu Chi. 

On this day 3 of the boats left the dock and headed for Isla Montousa which is where we fished every day on our last trip to Panama.  This area is known for billfish and tuna.  Brian and Stacy elected to target roosterfish so they returned to the area where they had fished the day before. 

To say it was hot is an understatement.  The air was still as a pig........well you know.  It was still.  Fishing off Montousa was unbareably slow.  On board Chi Chi's we did break the ice when Mark Kennedy caught his first sailfish about a 100lber around 10am.  We caught the sail while trolling live bonitas.  We missed two other billfish during the day but between the heat and slow fishing we were waiving the white flag by late afternoon with our thoughts already on the fountain of youth. 

On board the other two boats in our area it was the same story- very slow fishing.  This is where the day got interesting and controversy entered the competition.  The crew of Brant, Ken and Kennan had decided to ride out and ride home on board the 27 Contender Captained by Chi Chi because the ride was much smoother than on the Sea Fox.  In the morning when we arrived to the fishing grounds Brant, Ken and Kennan switched over to the Sea Fox.  The same thing occured at the end of the day as the three boarded Capt. Chi Chi's Contender with Mike, Mark and I for the ride home.  You see, we thought we were being courteous offering them a ride in a larger more comfortable boat.  Well, no sooner than everybody got settled in for the ride back to the lodge did Capt. Chi Chi take a 90 degree turn which made us all look for the horizon.  Sure enough, we finally found the fish.  As we were approaching you would see a splash here and there.  After a half mile we found the epicenter of the most incredible display of tuna carnage you could imagine.  Yellowfin upwards of 200lbs and porpoise had worked together to force schools of sardines to the surface.  The feeding that ensued was scary.  The tuna were so aggressive when the crashed on a ball of bait the water would splash the crew in the boat.  6 or 7 boats had found the action and for the next hour it was on.  The crews on each boat began throwing anything they could find and no sooner did it hit the water than it got nailed.  Triple hookups on every boat.  Most fish pulled hooks, broke lines or got crossed with other fish being angled. 

Back to the competition for a minute.  Remember that Brant, Ken and Kennan were now on board with Mike, Mark and I.  Everyone has a different opinion of what happened and a different interpretation of the rules but needless to say there were some protest flags flying at dinner that night due to the combined crew.  During the middle of the chaos Brant jumped back on the Sea Fox and proceeded to catch several large yellowfin up to 130lbs and managed to get some good underewater photography as well.  Tom, Blair, and Rube were hammering the large tuna and also caught a sailfish on a popper in the blitz.  My boat battled numerous tuna, caught a few up to 100lbs, caught a 40lb mahi and Kennan landed a sailfish hooked on a cedar plug from a casting rod.  It was intense. 

That evening the stories were of the day of heat and boredom followed by an hour of chaos and the most amazing feeding ever witnessed.  The fountain of youth, tuna sashimi and cool drinks did the trick and we were ready to go again tomorrow. 

The tally for the day was:  Sea Fox had 5 points with 1 dolphin at 30lbs, 1 cubera, and 2 tuna one over 100lbs; Capt. Chi Chi's 27 Contender had 9 points with 2 sailfish, 2 yellowfin less than 100lbs and 1 mahi at 40lbs; The Sea Moose had 8 points with 2 mahi to 30lbs, 1 sailfish at 100lbs, and 2 yellowfin one over 100lbs; Brian and Stacy aboard the other 27' Contender with Capt Chu Chi had a great day of bottom fishing.  The accumulated 6 points but stayed busy all day.  The caught 12 mullet snapper, 6 jack crevalle, 2 bluejacks, 10 yellowfin tuna to 25lbs, 2 sharks, 4 cubera to 30lbs, 1 rock snapper and a trigger fish.  Despite the clear winner of the day (Mark, Mike and I), there was too much controversy on the table to distribute the winnings so the decision was made to roll the pot over to the following day, double or nothing. 

More to follow.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Panama Recap" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/22/10
 

Ok, I've caught my breath and now can sit down and reflect on a busy week of traveling, fishing, and good times abroad.  I am still without my computer so I won't be able to post pictures for a couple more days but I'll go ahead with the adventure details.  UPDATE- PICS ARE NOW POSTED

After sending "kingzilla" on his way in Miami to the taxidermist, Brant, Rube, Stephanie and I met up with the rest of the Traveling Fishermen crew to begin our adventure to Panama.  The team consisted of Ken Hill, Kennan Hill, Mike Kennedy, Mark Kennedy, Tom Bordeaux, Blair Bordeaux, Brian Allen, Stacy Allen, Brant, Rube, Barrett and Stephanie McMullan.  Everyone arrived to the Panama City airport on schedule and we were greeted by our cheaufer who loaded us up on our private chartered bus.   The only hickup to this point was Kennan Hill's luggage didn't make it to Panama.  The luggage did eventually show up just in time to make the trip back home.  It ended up working out as everyone pitched in outfitted Kennan with a hodge podge of attire. 

We took a 7 hour bus ride in just over 5 hours thanks to Jose Earnhardt our driver.  We traveled across the entire country including the Panama Canal until we finally reached our secluded destination around 9pm tucked away in the coastal mountains overlooking the Pacific.  We arrived at night so we coudn't see exactly where we were but the fact we didn't see another vehicle for the last 45 minutes of the trip told us we were out there.  We were greeted by Eddi and the staff when we arrived and treated to a fresh tuna dinner and drinks before heading to bed with instructions of an early morning wake up call the next day.  The accomodations were absolutely incredible especially considering the remoteness of where we were located.  The stone and concrete architecture made this place seem like a 5 star hotel. 

At 6am the resort staff made the rounds waking everybody for a full breakfast of eggs, bacon and fresh fruit before heading out for our first day of fishing.  By just after 7am we were all split up into our teams of three and were driven down the mountain to the river where we met the Captains and boarded our vessels.  On this day the teams were as follows:  Barrett, Mark and Stephanie were aboard the Sea Fox with Capt. Carlos; Rube, Ken and Kennan were aboard a 27' Contender with Capt. Chi Chi, Brant, Brian and Stacy were aboard the Sea Moose with Capt. Bartolo, and Tom, Blair and Mike were on another 27' Contender with Capt. Chu Chi. 

We departed the docks and ran the 50 miles out to the world famous Hannibal Bank in calm seas with a slight 2-3' swell.  Unfortunately it was so world famous there was a dive boat operation sitting right on top of the bank so our fleet began to light up the vhf in espanol for what seemed to be a quick meeting of the minds.  Soon after we were told "tuna" and the throttles were hammered and we were off another 15 miles to another island.  Just before we reached the island the water began to move nervously and we were directed by the crew "popper, popper" which is something we would hear all too often during the trip.  The ocean was full of schools or porpoise which in Panama porpoise equals tuna.  All the boats jockeyed around and casted large surface popping plugs and vertical jigs for the next several hours.  Unfortunately this school of porpoise weren't traveling with the mass schools of large yellowfin like we had hoped but most boats caught a handful of yellowfin tuna up to 35lbs.  It became clear with the lack of big tunas and lack of bait in the area that this spot wasn't going to produce the top water billfish/tuna action we had hoped for.  Around mid day plan b went into affect and the fleet scattered as bottom fishing became priority. 

The bottom fishing technique in Panama is interesting.  The target species are large snapper and roosterfish.  First the Captain positions the boat up current of a stretch of bottom structure.  Next the hooks are baited with massive chunks of bonita, tuna or any other kind of fish.  There is no lead weight put on the rig, just a huge chunk of meat on a circle hook with a heavy leader.  Once positioned the bait is dropped over the side and free lined for the entire drift.  The bait is sinking down naturally with it's own weight.  Almost every drift each bait would get a bite.  You'd feel a quick peck-peck and then wham!  A fish would take the bait and head straight for the rocks.  You had to feed them for a second and then engage and crank.  On board the Sea Fox we caught a variety of fish including the largest roosterfish I had ever seen estimated over 60lbs.  To be honest while a roosterfish is portrayed as a glamour species I'd compare it more to a reef donkey with head dress as Kennan so eloquently quoted. 

By mid afternoon everyone was beat down from the long ride, the traveling from the day before and the unrelenting sun and heat.  We made the trip back to the lodge where we were treated to the best feature of the lodge.  The lodge operator had built a stone infinity swimming pool with a waterfall and swim up bar.  This was later determined to be the fountain of youth for it's ability to rejuvenate everyone after a long day on the water.  It was either the pool or the special margaritas prepared by Eddi.  We soaked in the pool overlooking the Pacific while watching the sunset, eating sushi, sashimi, ceviche, drinking margaritas and telling fishing stories from the day.  After showering up we all met back at the main outdoor dining area where the cooks had prepared fresh tuna and snapper for dinner from the day's catch.  On the bus ride out the previous day we had a group meeting and agreed to have a daily competition with a points system and proceeds for the winners to be split amongst the fishermen and Captain of their vessel.  The points system was as follows:  Marlin 4 points, Sailfish 3 points, Yellowfin up to 100 lbs 1 point, Yellowfin over 100lbs 2 points, Dolphin 1 point, Cubera Snapper 1 point, Roosterfish 1 point, and wahoo 1 point.  One point species were capped at 3 points maximum. Day one tallies were the crew of the Sea Fox accumulating 5 points with 7 yellowfin tuna under 100lbs, 1 roosterfish at 60lbs, 1 cubera snapper at 30lbs, and 2 mullet snapper.  The 27' Contender with Capt Chi Chi had 2 points with 1 cubera at 30lbs, 1 rooster fish at 55lbs, and 3 mullet snapper.  The Sea Moose had 3 points with catch consisting of jack crevalle, a white tip shark, an AJ and 3 cubera snapper up to 35lbs.  Day one winner was the 27' Contender with Capt Chu Chi and crew of Mike Kennedy, Tom and Blair Bordeaux who had 6 points with 4 yellowfin, 6 cubera up to 60lbs, a mullet snapper and a shark.  Prizes were distributed that night and everyone retired to their rooms after a long day and 3 more to follow. 

I will pick up the story tomorrow at the beginning of day two.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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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
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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
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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
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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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