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"Martini Hook A Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/08/10
 

Martinis Hook A Hoo Wahoo Rodeo starts next week - fishing is 1 out of 8 days, April 17-24.  The Capt. Meeting will be Monday, April 12th at Martinis Fine Dining restaurant in North Myrtle Beach.  Dinner is free.  For information visit www.martinisfinedining.com
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out 2010" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/08/10
 

Getting ready to put the tournament details together.  I am looking for fisherman input.  Current format is fish 1 out of 8 days.  Some of expressed interest in fishing a possible 2 out of 8 days.  Please EMAIL me as to whether you'd prefer fish the Far Out Shoot Out as 1 out of 8 or 2 out of 8 ???
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/07/10
 

I had the pleasure of spending yesterday mornng on the water with the Kirby family from the Hickory, NC area.  We started the day off at the jetties, where a consistent redfish bite happened over the weekend, but after an hour or so of fishing without a bite, we headed back inshore to look for some redfish in the shallows.  Fortunately, we were able to find a couple of schools of reds and we were able to pick away at them throughout the morning.  The fish were fairly mixed in size, as we caught fish form the lowerend of the slot (18 - 19"), to fish that were at the upper end in the 25-27" range, and even even found a couple brutes over 30".  The water continues to warm, as it averaged 67-69 degress inside yesterday, and 63 at the jetties.  It does look like our streak of good weather is going to end for a couple of days at the end of this week, with some rain and wind coming,  but hopefully it wont be substantial enough to sidetrack our fishing,  as it certainly seems like things are on the road to recovery form the winter. 
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Brandon's Red Drum" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/06/10
 

This report is nothing earth shattering...Barndon Sauls caught monster reds at the Jetties this weekend.  I didn't even give up some secret location.  This time of year, if you see Brandon's Bone Boat headed towards South Carolina on the ICW, you can bet he's going to the Little River Jetties and he is going to hook up on some goliath red drums. 

 Soon it will be time for Brandon to jump on the OIFC Rodeo Leader Board with some quality trout and flounder.  His biggest competition in shore, will be Dr. Jeff Wallen, last year's winner in the flounder division, Clay Morphes, Brian Aycock (if we can get him home), Brians boys and Tripp Hooks. 

Speaking of the Jetties, don't forget to have you South Carolina fishing license if you're fishing the Jetties or returning from off shore via the Little River Inlet.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIT has Arrived at the OIFC" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/05/10
 

So,  all great things must come to an end.  Looks like tomorrow is going to be the end of our SPECTACULAR fishing weather for a couple of days. 5 days of fishable weather in the past week... Really???   As of right now,  it looks like Saturday will be the next fishable time offshore.  By then,  I expect the water will be in the temp range to possibly hold a variety of Pelagic Species. Meaning, a few more degrees and maybe, just maybe, there will be some Tuna and Dorado showing up... Please dont quote me on this but I would not be suprised. While you are waiting for the blow to stop,  come by the shop.  We just got a shipment of new jigs from OTI and Nasout.  These are the highly regarded "Japanese" style jigs without the extreme import pricing... These jigs look great and have the weight to get down in the water column.  Speaking of new,  we now have Daiwa Saltist 30T reels available to go on your new Jigging rod.  These are an extremely affordable reel with the backbone to handle some very large fish,  I have personally caught sharks up to 200 lbs using this reel on a Trevala rod.  As always,  we have my best friend Roscoe, who caught a very nice Cobia this past Friday on our first drop of the charter trip.  We have been able to get quite a few folks set up for jigging recently and most have come back and said, it is about as intense an experience as you can have while fishing. These jigs, simply put, catch fish EVERY time... As we have all said, this is just another method in your arsenal,  spring is absolutely the best time to troll in the gulf stream.  We have a huge selection of Black Bart Lures as well as Fishizzle lures.  I will get off my soapbox now, just wanted to let everyone know that we are super excited about spring fishing starting up after a brutally cold winter and want to be your resource to help you be more successful on your upcoming trips.  Stop by for the latest tips and tactics and get loaded up for your next outing.
- Capt. Steele
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"Fishing at Sundown" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/05/10
 

The pictures below were submitted by the OIFC's own Captain Jacob Frick.  There is little that can be more relaxing than fishing with your son at sundown.  On this trip Jacob caught several trout and red drum.

Jacob is a valued employee of the OIFC and offers a unique method of inshore fishing.  Stop by when he's working and talk inshore fishing with him.  You'll leave with a different take.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Speed Kills" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/04/10
 

Congratulations to Capt. Zach Faulkner, his dad Benji and the entire crew of the "Get Floor'd"/OIFC 36 ft Contender. Zach was high speed (14 mph) when these 2 missiles hit his baits.  Each fish weighted 54.1 and 36.6 respectively. 

Just  prior to catching the 1st wahoo, Zach smelled sunscreen.  He found his dad spreading "Banana Boat" sunscreen lotion.  Zach destroyed the lotion and explained to everyone that bananas on the boat bring bad luck  About that time the 1st wahoo struck.  Benji's wahoo puts him in 1st place in the OIFC Rodeo and moves me to 2nd.

Captain Zach has followed up with the following information.  Some of it may be helpful for those going wahoo fishing:  Aboard the "Get Floor'd" were Tod Isenhour, Garrett Isenhour from Winston Salem and David Faulkner from Charlotte, N.C.  The crew fished the John's Rock area southwest of the Scarp.  The water temp. was69 to 71 degrees.

The lures used by Captain Zach were custom blue and white and pink and white, 3 oz., an Alien and a few other Islanders. High speed lures were Black Bart San Sal Candy as well as Ace Wahoo King Lures.  The trolling  speed for them was 14.5 knots.

Thanks to Captain Zach Faulkner for sharing what is usually kept secret by most Captains.  Sharing this information is in keeping with the philosophy of the OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Triple Header" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/04/10
 

Trask Cunningham sent these pictures of three wahoo which were caught today by bu Buddy Smith of Myrtle Beach. They weighed 25, 40 and 81 lbs.  You can keep up with buddy and Trask Cunningham on FaceBook.

Buddy was fishing with his dad Jay Smith on the "Pretty Work" in the Same Ole' area..


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Just Goofin'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/04/10
 

Here are some pictures of Captain Chris Dawson's charter having fun while fishing aboard one of our Cat Boats.  Also shown is Tripp Hooks and friends at the docks after a successful day Saturday.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Weekend Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/04/10
 

Well folks, it has been a busy weekend in the inshore waters.  At times it looked more like the 4th of July than Easter.  While the excessive pressure and boat traffic certainly made things tougher, we were still able to find a few fish to pull on.  The redfish was certainly the fish of the weekend, and I was fortunate to find a school of nice reds on Friday that provided us with a few fish throughout the weekend.  While there weren't big numbers of them the certainly made up for it in size, as all were 26 - 30", with made them a ton of fun to catch in the shallows.  We also found a red or two around the Jetties, in our pursuit of a big trout, which did not materialize by the way.  We did manage to catch a few trout in the creeks though, and although most were the average 12-14" fish that are normally in the backwaters this time of year, we did find a couple of better fish up to 18 - 20".  Perhaps the most positive thing the weekend though was the warm weather ceratinly did wonders for our water temperature.  Temps varied from the high 50s around the inlets to the upper 60s in the creeks during the afternoon low tide, which means should really start to shape up as all the inshore critters become more active.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"1st Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/03/10
 

Ryan Neuwirth is shown in the photo with a fthe first flounder he has caught this year.  Ryan is a local and one heck of a fisherman and surfer.

  Captain Jacob Frick sent several pictures of trout and reds he caught 4-2-10 behind Ocean Isle Beach.  Jacob said he caught all the fish on a RattleTrap.  All the fish were released live, ready to fight another day. The pictures are a sure sigh that spring inshore fishing is getting ready to bust wide open!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Just In" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/03/10
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (OIFC/Get Busy) just reported that Robert Hester has boated a 17 inch flounder.  He caught it on a mud minnow in the Shallotte Inlet.  Also onboard was Greg and Eddie Sheets.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/02/10
 

OIFC boats were out in full force today.  Boats did a combination of trolling and vertical jigging.  We fished the MacMarle'n ledge area and south.  The jigging was very good for a variety:  jacks, cobia, grouper, shark....  Trolling was decent, seemed best further south of the MacMarle'n where water jumped to 72 degrees and was blue.  The trolling bite seemed best early AM as well, but bites were coming throughout the day- definintely more activity than we've been seeing.  I believe the action was similar up toward the 100/400 and BlackJack.  Ocean is absolutely flat as a pancake, great days ahead to go fishing.  Good luck.

Just weighed an 80# Wahoo from MacMarle'n ledge and talked to another boat that had a 50# and 60# from just south of there.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Further on The Fleet" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/02/10
 

Captain Jeff Beck and I, aboard the "Do Work" Sea Hunt 24 ft,  left the OIFC with the rest of the OIFC Fleet.  However, based on some information Jeff got, we headed to the Blackjack.  Upon arriving there we found 67 degree water.

We put in lines, dead bait, skirts and tuna feathers and trolled towards the 100/400.  BINGO, just as Jeff said we found a break and the water climbed to 70-73 degrees.  Just after passing into the warmer water I saw 2 wahoo sky!  One of them drilled our pink/white feather.  A short while later he was toast.  The seas were beautiful as is the weather.  Two of our boats were still out  and hopefully they'll have good reports and pictures. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Conditions" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/01/10
 

As of 8:08 am it appears the water temps are low 70's at or near the Steeples.   The Blackjack is uuper 60's. Live report is flat seas at the Atlantic Ledge.  Further later.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Afternoon Sea Bass" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/01/10
 

This afternoon I was privileged to have Jake and Charlie Barnhart, along with their parents, for an afternoon trip to "just catch fish" as Jake stated as we departed. We were met with calm seas and after a 20 minute ride we put our first baits in the water. Jake and Charlie both were excited about the possibility of catching a shark. Almost immediately, both were hooked up on a spiny dog fish. We caught sharks for about 30 minutes before moving out a little further. We fished around the AR 455 and caught several sea bass and some more sharks. Jake and Charlie both wanting a break, we decided to move out a little further and try our luck. We marked some good bottom in 50-52 feet and dropped our lines. At times everyone was hooked up and we caught several nice keeper size sea bass. We finished the day with a lot of fish caught and two very tired but happy fishermen. Just a note, both Jake and Charlie wanted to release all of their catch so that others may enjoy catching them. These two young men are certainly on their way to becoming great fishermen.
- Capt. Chris Dew
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"End of the day" | OIFC 2- 27' | 04/01/10
 

The "It Works", Captained by Rube McMullan, who was joined by Capt. Chris Eckert and Captain Steele Park headed off shore towards the Black Jack.  They couldn't find warm water so they elected to bottom fish.  Rube said the Roscoe Jig was the hot lure.  The crew brought home AJ's, Sea Bass, Black Fin and Snapper.  Several Grouper were caught and released.  Steele will have a more in depth report later.

Captain Jeff B and I will be joining the rest of the OIFC fleet tomorrow. The temp. shot will determine our plan of attack.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Good water moving in" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/31/10
 

Right on cue with winds laying out, much better water is moving in over the Black Jack/Steeples/100-400. Appears to be a 4 degree break just offshore of the Black Jack up to 73 degrees. Game on starting tomorrow so stand by for the kickoff of the spring gulf stream season. Our game plan is to deep jig, but we'll have a full aresenal of weapons with us in case the yellowfin show up.

Anyone planning to go this weekend and if you haven't had chance to get your gear in order, we have good selection of trolling rigs already put together. All you need is a rod reel and ballyhoo.

Opps; update on satalite. Warm water we were watching moved off instead of in. 68degrees at Black Jack. Works out perfect because we wanted to concentrate on deep jigging and not be worried about trolling. We're rigged and ready. "It Works"[also now known as "Whipper Snapper Whooper"] heading out in morning. 


- Rube McMullan
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"Check out the forecast" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/30/10
 

Hope everyone inland is looking at the forecast we have going this weekend. Basically starting Thursday it's slight and lite[1-3' seas]; looks perfect. April is the kickoff for our gulf stream fishing and amazingly the weather man is co-operating. Come on down and join with us. We will be on the water everyday starting Thursday. We'll look at the satalite and see how the water looks tomorrow, but hopefully with the strong southeasterly winds of last few days, warm water may have moved in, and with the warm water should be the TUNA TUNA TUNA. If the warm water doesn't move in, next option will be deep water jigging which is guaranteed to produce some sort of rod bends. Come on down!
- Rube McMullan
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"Fishing innovation" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/29/10
 

For those who attended the seminars at OIFC this past Saturday, it was obvious where the primary interest subject was....deep water jigging. For the many years I have fished the gulf stream pulling baits, hopes were to catch tuna/dolphin/wahoo/billfish and go home a hero. Unfortunately, on occasion it wouldn't happen and the result of a long ride home was to be a zero. Roll forward to 2010 and now there is a BIG game changer; deep water vertical jigging. This is a big innovation to our fishing world, right up there with the advent of live bait slow trolling for King Mackeral back in the 1970's. Vertical jigging will prove to be that dramatic in terms of fishing innovation. 

I recall on many occasions doing laps around the Black Jack/Steeples/ect, looking at the fish marks on my bottom recorder in the water column and on the bottom. The water was so deep either we didn't really think about dropping to them, or it was not hardly possible to do so with the depth and current. Thats all changed with the introduction of braid line which has a very thin diameter and sinks like a rock compared to mono. Heavy jigs have been developed[taking lessons from the Japanese fishermen who apparently have been doing this for years]. Super stout rods and reels are now avaialbe that can handle monster fish fighting with 30lbs of drag. The end result is you can get a lure down to the fish throughout the water column on to the bottom, and the results have been amazing. Everything from grouper/snapper/cobia/aj's/tuna/wahoo/dolphin are being caught. The fish are there, it's just a matter of getting a bait in front of them. That is what we've been missing with our top water trolling.

The weather starting Thursday looks great, and we will be heading out to experiment with this deep water jigging. Hopefully we can perfect techniques that we can bring back and share with you fishermen. Standby for updates.


- Rube McMullan
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