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"Come Aboard...Panama 2010" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/12/09
 

I have been periodically posting over the last few months about the Traveling Fisherman program and the next trip to Panama in March of this coming year.  The trip is scheduled for March 14th-19th, 2010 and will consist of 4 full days fishing and 5 nights at the Paradise Fishing Lodge.  For details on the trip check back through earlier fishing reports or email captbarrett@oifc.com.  We are hoping to fill this trip with a group of fishermen and fisherwomen with the common background of being friends of the OIFC.  The trip can accomodate up to 15.  The deadline to keep this an all OIFC trip is December 1st which is just a few weeks away.  So, if you have interest in coming aboard for this incredible fishing excursion I need to hear from you immediately.  Deposits are not due until January 1 but I need to get a list going for those interested.  After December 1st if we don't fill the spaces, the trip will be opened to the public by the lodge operator.  Once again, if heading south to Panama in March to chase billfish, tuna, and other glamour species is on your agenda contact me directly to join the team.  Email captbarrett@oifc.com or call 910-575-3474. 
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Rainy Day Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/11/09
 

Needless to say nobody is fishing the OIFC.com KMT today.  I don't believe there will be any fishing until the weekend according to the weather forecast.  Right now it's raining sideways and when the rain quits the wind is not, at least until Saturday.  This is good though.  We need a break after last weekends adventure.  My arms and back are still sore from doing battle with all the monster kingfish. 

Today is a good day to think about the upcoming winter months as this weather is somewhat typical during that time. First up will be the Bluefin Tuna madness again in December and January.  We have placed the welcome signs and encouraged the pogies to stick around so hopefully the bluefin will once again make an appearance right here outside our back door at Ocean Isle.  After the bluefin have moved on, the arrival of February and March means its time to either clean out the basement or search for warmer latitudes and the next great bite.  That is where the Traveling Fisherman program comes into play.  The OIFC is putting together a trip to head down to Panama, Central America and fish for giant black marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, huge yellowfin tuna, roosterfish and snapper.  The trip is slated for March 14th-19th at the Paradise Fishing Lodge.  We'll be fishing 4 full days aboard the center console fleet while accomodations, food, and cocktails will be provided at the fishing lodge for 5 nights.  For an adventure of this caliber we were able to secure an excellent rate of $2600 per person for 3 per/boat.  This includes everything but airfare to Panama, transportation to the lodge and gratuity.  We will be fishing the world famous Hannibal Banks and Montosa Island using a variety of techniques including live bait, casting top water plugs and trolling lures.  From my own experience down there I can promise there is no where on Earth with the variety, quality and quantity of gamefish.  We have several fishermen and fisherwomen interested in the trip but there is space remaining.  It's a great opportunity to travel to an exotic fishing location with a group of familiar fellow fishermen and fisherwomen.  Deposits are due by January 1, 2010.  Email captbarrett@oifc.com if you're interested in joining the team. 

For now we'll watch it rain, recover from recent battles, and dream about the next fish.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Weather" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/11/09
 

Former tropical storm Ida is blessing us in southeastern N.C. with a few showers.  But that does not deter the Fishing Report, especially when we have such good reporters!

Dr. Jeff  Wallen of Myrtle Beach and OIB reports that he fished with live shrimp Sunday and caught 2 18"+ trout and several slot redfish.  he bought his shrimp in Murrells Inlet.

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) decided to return from deer hunting and sent this picture of some flounder caught in the Lockwoods Folly River by Jeremy Ridenhour.   Jeremy was using B&M PK 5's. 

Also, Jamie Blue of Clemson Univ. updated his earlier report with a picture of a blackfin tuna caught on Martin, Joe and Chris McLoed's fishing trip


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"Brayden update" | Real-Time Update | 11/10/09
 


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"Local Fishing Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/10/09
 

Finally got a chance to take my dad king fishing. He had heart valve replacement surgery 6 weeks ago and felt like going, so we went. He did good and Joshua did Great. We went 24 miles off shore and had a ball!!!!!!! Thankfully I had Dylan with me as we had a Chinese Fire Drill of sorts.. I was on the bow with Dad trying to gaff has king, ( he gave out half way through his first one he hooked up with but I talked him into staying with this one till we got him in) and had two reels peeling almost into a meltdown off the back. I finally gaffed Dad’s king and looked back to see Dylan on one rod and my 6 yr old Joshua holding and fighting the other.. It was nuts.. We only kept 4… 1 for supper and 3 I owed to a neighbor at the condo for letting me borrow his cordless drill last weekend. We had a ball!



Forgot to tell you that my Dad is 83.. what a great day..



Stick Slinger

Jim Bowen


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"OIFC.com report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/10/09
 

This weekend my father, brother and myself competed in the annual OIFC.com King Mackerel tournament.  The tournament has weigh-ins stationed in Hatteras and Beaufort, NC and allows participants to choose to fish 2 out of 9 possible days.  The first day of competition began on November 7th and the last day will be on November 15th.  The tournament is on-going right now and entry remains open until Friday PM, but the competition is all ready heated.  Saturday Team OIFC posted the largest fish of the day with a 46.95 pound King followed by Release who weighed a 43.05 pound King; several other boats weighed fish up to 35 pounds as well.  On Sunday, the tournament got very interesting as the Hooyah weighed a 51.6, Team OIFC weighed a 50.05, Release weighed a 53.9, and Dig It weighed a 40.55.  If you do the math, Team OIFC has an aggregate 2 fish weight of 97 pounds followed by the Release with 96.95 pounds.  Now that is absolutely as close as it gets.  Hooyah had posted a 22.3 on Saturday and their 51.6 had them beat out the Dig It for 3rd place by .5 pounds.  The concept behind the tournament is to give tournament fishermen an opportunity to compete during the best fishing of the season.  Who doesn’t love to catch monster King Mackerel?  The tournament is still on through next weekend, and right now, the weather looks like it will break by the weekend.  If you want to enter, go to www.OIFC.com and click on the OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.  Entry is handled exclusively on-line and all rules are posted there.

On the fishing story side about the Team OIFC day-- we got into one of the classic late Fall bites.  We caught 20+ Kings over 25 pounds, 6 were over 30 pounds, 1 was over 40 and 2 were over 50.  We weighed the 50.05 that we caught first and the BIG fish pictured below that Barrett and Rube are holding is possibly bigger, but we didn't want to kill another huge fish, so we took her picture and released her.  Luck would have it we hold the lead by .05 pounds-- maybe its karma?  Wish more of you guys out there would get in this tournament-- 2 out of 9 fishing days gives plenty of time to fish on good weather days and you can't beat the fishing--- Entry is still open until Friday at midnight- might get pretty again this weekend- ENTER and catch the big ones-- good luck


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"www.OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/10/09
 

Yesterday was a great day for fishing in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament. There were several great fish weighed in. Team Release brought in a 53.9 lb king, Team OIFC had a 50.05 lb king, Team Hooyah came in with a 51.6 lb king, & Team Dig It weighed in a 40.55 lb king.

There is still time to ENTER, take advantage of this great fishing & get yourself on the winner's board!

Current Standings

  1. OIFC - Two fish - 46.95/50.05 - 97.0 
  2. Release - Two fish - 43.05/53.90 - 96.95   
  3. Hooyah - Two fish - 22.30/51.6 - 73.9
  4. Dig It - Two fish - 32.85/40.55 - 73.4
  5. Blue Chips - Two fish - 13.5/17.6 - 31.10
  6. Reel Lineman - One fish - 19.75
  7. Wild Ride - One fish - 15.75

Check out the photos of yesterday's great fish below.


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"Wahoo/Sailfish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/10/09
 

The OIFC has been asked fairly frequently lately for wahoo reports.  Well  Steven Smith has come along to save the day!!!   Sunday he was fishing in the Stream, near the Blackjack, at a depth of  250 feet of 80 degree water. 

Steven said that they had several wahoo hits and a nice sailfish using an  OIFC Custom Wahoo Rig.  They landed one wahoo and released the sail.

As we all know Saturday and Sunday were just tourism bureau excellent days.  By all predictions we are in for some nasty weather the next couple of days.  It should be oughta here before the weekend,  but we'll have to see what it does to the water conditions as far as fishing is concerned.

Thanks for the report Steven.


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"Tournament Update Day Three" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/09/09
 

Holy *&%#!!!  What a day of fishing.  Today's fishing embodied precisely why this tournament was started.  The waters from Morehead to Hatteras in the late fall is a special place.  We've experienced the bite here in the past and thought it would be great if more kingfish  teams had a reason to explore the incredible fishery right here in our own state.  Thus, the OIFC.com KMT was born.  I'll admit it, Team OIFC is made up of kingfish junkies. We are always searching for the next great bite of kingfish.  Today we got a fix that none who were there will soon forget. 

I haven't received a report from everyone who fished today but I do have some information.  The teams of Dig It and Release fished from Morehead City today and absolutely put the smack down on the fish.  I know this because Team OIFC eventually joined in on the smack down on the east side.  Dig It put a 40lb slob together with their 32 from yesterday for a highly respectable two fish agg.  Release, who weighed a 43 yesterday, weighed the king of kings today with a 53 and change!  Wow!  That is the big fish of the tournament so far. 

Team OIFC and Team Hooyah left out of Hatteras inlet this morning in opposite directions.  Hooyah went north and OIFC south both looking for bait which proved to be difficult in both directions.  Hooyah gave up on the pogies that were so plentiful the day before and all but disappeared today and headed offshore.  The fished the same area from yesterday that was so productive but today it was dead.  However, they were able to jig up bluefish and croakers which made for great live bait.  With their hopes and dreams of catching monster NC kingfish all but dried up after a long day of fishing, Capt. Lee Frick reported they made one last move inshore to a cooler water temperature break.  At 3:00 just 15 minutes after dropping the lines in she hit.  By 4:00 she was on the scales at 51lbs and change.  That makes 2 50's so far.  Hooyah puts their 51 together with their 22 from yesterday. 

Team OIFC had the same bait struggles as Hooyah.  After running about 40 miles down the beach we finally found the pogies.  They were the same turbos from the day before.  If you haven't seen these pogies before you wouldn't believe it.  They are enormous.  Being that we were so far south from Hatteras we decided to fish some of the east side spots around Cape Lookout.  It was mid morning before we finally found the fleet of boats and the fish.  There was no question if we were in the right spot when we pulled up as there were 8 boats at the spot and 8 bow riders with bent rods.  For the rest of the day we went to battle with a class of kingfish that is hard to believe.  I don't know how many fish over 30lbs we released but we let 3-4 40lbers go and one fish that was between 50 and 55lbs.  During that stretch we kept one that would be our weigh fish.  We couldn't bring ourselves to kill two fish of that size.  At the scales our slob weighed 50.05lbs.  That makes 3 over 50 on the scales.  What a day!

I'll be the first to admit that this tournament hasn't caught on like we hoped.  The participation has not met expectations.  What has met expectations is the fish.  They have not disappointed and have been as advertised - big and hungry!  To have this many big fish with just a few boats fishing says a lot about the fishery.  I'm hoping there are some teams out there that are planning to register for the tournament this week, but if not, it sure has been fun for those of us who were out there over the last few days.  There is nothing like being in a bite of big fish. 

As far as tournament standings, I can't post anything official yet because my best calculation has it so close I don't want to say without know for sure.  There is a dead heat for top honors in the agg between Release and OIFC.  Dig IT and Hooyah are also neck and neck for 3rd and 4th.  Release does have the big fish so far. 

More tournament updates will be posted as they come in.  For Team OIFC it's time to rest for a few days. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Team oifc update" | Real-Time Update | 11/09/09
 

Red hot bite at east rock today. Left gautesbs to find bait this morning and did not find until drum inlet so we decided to keep going south. Good thing as big fish were chewing. Released another at least this big too. You should have been here. Classic
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"www.OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/09/09
 

Here are more photos of fish weighed this past weekend in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.
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"www.OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/09/09
 

We have four boats fishing in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament today. Team OIFC, Hooyah, Release & Dig It. Can't wait to see what they bring to the scales this afternoon!

There were some good fish weighed over the weekend. Here are the current standings:

  1. OIFC - One fish - 46.95
  2. Release - One fish - 43.05
  3. Dig It - One fish - 32.85
  4. Blue Chips - Two fish - 31.10
  5. HooYah - One fish - 22.30
  6. Reel Lineman - One fish - 19.75
  7. Wild Ride - One fish - 15.75

You've still got time to ENTER, looks like the big fish are biting.  Check out the photos of all the fish weighed this past weekend.


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"Day Two Tourney Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/08/09
 

Wow, what a difference a day makes!  The weather up here in Hatteras is absolutely magnificent.  Calm seas, blue skies, cool temps and hungry kingfish.  Teams fishing the OIFC.com KMT hit the water today in search of monster kingfish from Morehead City to Hatteras. 

I have limited communications here in Hatteras but it is my understanding Mike Williams on the Release scaled a stud 43+lb kingfish today that was weighed in Morehead.  Team Dig It also posted a 32 and change.  The bite was apparently very strong as all the boats fishing had a load of kingfish. 

Team Reel Linemen, Team Hooyah, and Team OIFC fished from Hatteras today.  The day started for us by departing the inlet and locating a school of pogies just down the beach.  Now these are not your average pogies.  These are super turbos.  The pogies weigh between 1 and 3 pounds each.  Trying to pull a net load over the side is quite the chore.  Armed with the best live baits possible we each of the three teams headed out and set up on different areas of a temperature change.  The bite was awesome early with double and triple hook ups the norm.  The majority of the fish were in the 15-20lb range but bigger fish were around.  Note the picture in an earlier report.  At the end of the day, Team Reel Lineman scaled a 19 and change and told a sad story of a monster that was eaten by a shark.  Team Hooyah posted a 22 and change and Team OIFC lucked into a 46.95lb hog.  This is why we come to Hatteras!  If you ever wanted a chance at catching giant kingfish now is the time. 

Tournament registration remains OPEN.  The weather is still perfect and the fish are only just getting started.  Team OIFC and Hooyah are back at it again for the second day of the tournament tomorrow.  I'm sure others will also be fishing.  More news tomorrow. 


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"Local Scene" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/08/09
 

What a king Rube and Barrett have in their report.  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, inshore Bo Tucker and Glenn Hess had a great morning on the ICW behind OIB.  They were fishing with live shrimp on a rising tide.  Bo caught the shrimp in a creek yesterday.  If you've got live shrimp then "you da man!"

Offshore...The pogies were around the mouth of the Shallotte Inlet though most everyone skipped looking for them and used frozen cigar minnows.  Seemed the Horse Shoe and the Shark Hole were the best places to be for king action.

Jamie Blue has just reported that he fished aboard a friends Grady yesterday.  He said they caught blackfins, 3 of which they kept, they kept a 25 # king and several false albacore which were released at the Steeples.  He also lost what he thinks was a big wahoo when a line broke.  The bite didn't start until about 1:30.  The fish were hitting dark colors..blue/black, red/black and a blue bling head.  Jamie's day was completed when his Clemson Tigers beat FSU at Clemson in what was a great game to watch.

Matt Holt of Sunset Beach, aboard his black Contender "GutSea" bottom fished.most of the day today at the Atlantic Ledge.  Using dead cigar minnows he caught several keeper sea bass, bee liners and a gag grouper.  He reported that they were catching sea bass two at a time on squid.   They had two grouper get off.

This weekend has probably been the prettiest here this year and a lot of boats took advantage.  Hope everyone had a great weekend! 

Thank's to everyone who provide reports to the OIFC so we can share them!


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"Team oifc update" | Real-Time Update | 11/08/09
 

Think this one is worth weighing
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"www.OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/08/09
 

We have 6 teams fishing today in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.

Wild Ride, Dig It, Team OIFC, The Release, Bluechips, & Hooyah

Stay tuned for updates! Hopefully I will have some photos of a few nice kings waiting on me in my email Monday morning.


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"Radio Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/07/09
 

The OIFC radio (channel 11) was rockin' today.  There were a lot of boats out king fishing.  According to what I heard the pogies WERE on the beach,  it sounded like they were being caught off Holden, but having cigar minnows onboard was still a good idea.  Several teens to twenties kings were being caught.  The seas were in great shape, but grass was a problem.  Some of the captains were reporting that close in the grass was so thick you could hardly pull a line.  More Sunday as I get it.
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"Day one tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/07/09
 

Day one of nine is in the books for the OIFC.com KMT.  Apparently the bite of big fish wasn't great for the boats fishing the tournament today.  Team Blue Chips was the only boat to weigh with a fish just over 13lbs.  The good news is there is 8 more days to fish.  The tournament is still wide open for the taking and registration is open until next Friday. 

Team OIFC consisting of myself, Rube, and Brant headed north this morning.  We left out of Ocean Isle around 5am and fished our way to Hatteras from Morehead City.  We found plenty of bait, both pogies and blues, and lots of hungry small kingfish.  Now if we can just turn those hungry kingfish into 40lbers we'll be in good shape.  Tonight we're camped out here in a luxury condo at Hatteras Landing Marina along with fellow Ocean Isle based team, Team Hooyah.  The weather is supposed to be perfect for the next couple days so we're headed out tomorrow and will declare tomorrow as one of our fishing days for the tournament.  Stand by for the report tomorrow. 

On the local OIB scene, the kingfish bite was good today and improving.  They should hit 5th gear tomorrow as the water continues to clear with the stable weather.  65 to 85 feet of water is the best bets for kingfish action.  The Jungle, Shark Hole and Atlantic Ledge are all producing.  Go get em!


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"www.OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/07/09
 

We have two teams fishing in the www.OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament today.

Bluechips - Radford Brown

Reel Lineman - Darryl Taylor

Stay tuned to see what they caught & tournament results!


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"Latest News" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/06/09
 

The OIFC has received reports of fantastic sea bass action.  They are biting as close in as the Youpon Reef, and the Shallotte Ledges.  Many are keepers. With the cooler weather the sea bass are moving closer in.  Still the chances of catching the biggest are in deeper water.....65 ft or so.

The gray trout are also showing up around the Youpon and the 460.  They are hitting Betts Spec Rigs tipped with 1" to 2" squid strips or shrimp.  Fishermen have been having a blast with them on spinning tackle.

Reports are the kings are hanging in 80-90 ft of water with the Horseshoe and the Atlantic Ledge showing promise.  The Shark Hole has also been productive.  Right now the pogys are not around...dead cigar minnows or live cigar minnows jigged up are the ticket. 

Have fun!!!!


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