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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
- "Allen, Brian"
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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
 

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
- "Allen, Brian"
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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
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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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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"Additional Pictures" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/11/10
 

Kennen Hill sent a few more pictures from his bluefin trip......
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Traveling Fisherman" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/10/10
 

Kennan Hill is headed to Panama next week with the OIFC team but decided to get his travels started early with a trip up to Oregon Inlet to hunt for the Bluefin that have been gracing the area up there... He sent this photo along with some stats.  2 Bluefin biggest being 150 pounds, 10 Blackfin Tuna's and a nice Wahoo.  Great job Kennan, have a great trip to Panama.
- Capt. Steele
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"Today's Stream Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/09/10
 

How'd our Gulf Stream trip go?  NOT TOO GOOD!  We checked the temperature shot this morning and saw that the warm water had moved.  But since we were already dressed up and had our crew together we elected to go anyway.

We worked the Black Jack and the Steeples pulling ballyhoo with Aliens and other skirts.  The warmest water we found was 68 degrees at a depth of 300 feet.  The only fish to strike was a false albacore.  Apparently we didn't go far enough.  Another crew fished between the Nipple and the Steeples and struck gold! Check out their information on this link.

We elected to shift to bottom fishing using Roscoe Jigs (check Zach's groujper) and squid.  We caught several sea bass and the all protected grouper.  Which we released.  That's right Mr. President we let them go free.  See this link.

The seas were beautiful as was the overall weather.  No doubt as spring approaches and based on the good fortune of the Blu by U fishing team the game is on!  As you can tell by the pictures, we had a blast

Another note, I took 1st place in the sea bass division of the OIFC Rodeo,  Benji Faulkner is in 2nd, and Captain Roger Gales is in 3rd.  I'll have a full update on the Rodeo in the next couple of days.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fisherman's Voice" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/09/10
 

Please follow this link to find information on the status of the Federal Fish Strategy.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Blackfin Today" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/08/10
 

Captains Chris Dew and Steele Park took Chuck Bucsek, his son Mark, (Pittsburg), and Chuck's brother Dennis (Wilksboro, NC) on a charter to the Steeples.  They found 72 degree water and fished 300 feet deep.  Mostly, they jigged using Roscoe,  Shamano butterfly jigs and Williamson Benthos. 

The Williamson caught a good sized blackfin tuna, while the others were hit by amberjacks and bonita.  They marked a lot of bait while there.  The sharks became an issue as they nailed several fish as they were being brought to the boat.  The Bucsek's will be sea bass fishing with us tomorrow.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Excused Absence" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/07/10
 

I bought every type Rosco Jig, Lucanus  Jig, Butterfly Jig and Gulp in the OIFC planning to go sea bass fishing today.  I even made sure I was in the OIFC Rodeo's sea bass division.  Then wake up with the "Brunswick County Crud" and didn't go.  I would like to extend my gratitude to the little bug that got in my system!

I am told I missed beautiful conditions and a respectable bite at the Gary Ennis.  My plan had been to go to the Bill Perry Reef due to reports I'd received and the temperature shot.  Inshore, one report was of some massive red fish in the Sunset Beach-Little River area, where as friend reported finding the reds in the creeks but being unable to get them to bite.

None the less, bite or no bite the weather was beautiful and is predicted to stay that way for the next few days.  Hopefully I'll feel well enough to make a trip to the Steeples I've been invited on the first part of the week....Would it be bad luck to sign up in the wahoo division of the Rodeo now?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Actually, that's 34... " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/07/10
 

Boy, its amazing how 1 day of fishing can age a fella. Capt. Rickey, you were close enough on the age… As a follow-up to yesterday’s report, we headed out yesterday morning with high hopes of finding the Black Sea Bass in a little closer than they have been but alas, it was not to be. While the water temps were about the same as they were offshore, the Spiny Dog Sharks had taken up residence. The last couple of trips Capt. Chris Dew has taken, his mates have managed to get speared by the vicious spines that these sharks posses. This was not to be the case with me, breaking his streak ;-), despite the hundreds of attempts the sharks made… If you catch these fish/pests, please be careful. These sharks swing that tail aggressively trying to stick you. Now, on to the Sea Bass. Squid were the primary bait but I just recently purchased some Jigging equipment from the OIFC and was dying to break it in. Several of our charter members were more than willing to try out this exciting style of fishing. Armed with Shimano Butterfly/Lucanus jigs and the Blue Water Candy Roscoe jigs, the sea bass didn’t stand a chance. Quite a few of the quality keeper fish we brought in fell to these jigs, not to mention a very large fish that acted a lot like the Gag variety of Grouper but that one could not be confirmed. If you have not tried this style of fishing, you are missing out. All the guys kept saying how exciting and interactive this style of fishing was for them. Stop by the shop and I or the staff here will be more than willing to share our knowledge of jigging. We are going to break in the equipment with bigger, stronger species tomorrow in the Gulf Stream. Stand tuned for a report on that. 
- Capt. Steele
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"Happy 47th Birthday Steele!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/06/10
 

The birthday boy, Captain Steele Parke celebrated his 47th birthday with a sea bass charter aboard the World Cat.  Joining Steele was Captain Chris Dew and a group of guys from all over America..Chicago, N.Y., Baltimore and Raleigh.

Mario Russon, Sanjay Ginde, Adam Parrish, Kevin Mitchell, Randy Loo and Marcel Walden fished the 7 Seas in search of the perfect sea bass habitat which wasn't also infested with Spiny Dog Sharks.  Their best attempts were in 80 ft of water with temps of around 49 degrees.

The good thing was they found plenty of sea bass, enjoyed doing battle with the sharks and helped Steele celebrate his birthday doing what Steele loves to do...FISH!!  I did get your age correct didn't I?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New Sailfish Tournament at OIFC" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/06/10
 

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Cape Fear Sailfish Classic. This event, hosted by OIFC, has been created by local fisherman Bob and Will Newell. The event will take place August 12-15th. The format is 2 fishing days of 3, with payouts each day and overall. This format, unique to this area, features an all-release, circle hook tournament for catch and release, taking advantage of this time of year when this trophy fish swim nearer to shore and are often the by-catch of our local king fisherman. The tournament also features boundaries, designed to keep all boat sizes and anglers involved. The anglers will have the opportunity to fish either side of the shoals, roughly from the "Parking Lot' about 10 miles off of Masonboro Inlet out to the Tower, and west to the Jungle and north to the inlets. The east side of the tower will feature committee boats and camera drop offs at another sponsor, Atlantic Marine of Wrightsville Beach. The west side drop off is the OIFC. We will pay out based on 35 boats, with anglers earning the opportunity for trophies, cash payouts for sailfish releases and largest dolphin, and overall bragging rights for this challenging and unique fishery. Thursday night will be the captains meeting, featuring a pig picking with pitmaster Bob Newell, and a "circle hook rigging demo" for those anglers not as familiar with this method of trolling dead baits. We seek a fun and challenging format, well have an excellent "captains bag' for the teams and their participants, and of course tee-shirts and all the requisite items. We expect this tournament to build every ear, and the website is expected to be up in mid March. the website will be www.capefearsailfishclassic.com. Entry fee is $350 per team, with a TWT also available for $100. Put this one on your fishing calendar!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Employee of the month in peril" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/04/10
 

Capt Brant is out of town and my job performance has slipped!!  I failed to remind everyone that The OIFC Year Around Rodeo is in full swing!!  It started March 1st!!  In shore, the red drum bite has been hot in the creeks south of the Sunset Beach Bridge.  I've also confirmed that a 19 inch flounder was gigged behind OIB near the Causeway. 

Off shore, we all have read about the wahoo bite.  I had 2 kings on when fishing with Captain Zach last weekend.  The sea bass bite is on about 22 miles out.  I've bought some Shimano Lucanus Jigs and today stocked up on 2-7oz and 2-4oz Rosco Jig set ups.  I'm in the Rodeo and plan on making the board this weekend. 

You can sign up for the Rodeo online, via phone or in person.  Capt. Brant's kicking around some trophy and other incentives for this Rodeo.

Please get me out of the dog house and sign up early.  If not, I may need to enlist your help in another "save Rickey" campaign. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Truth" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/02/10
 

You know a fisherman is telling the truth in a report when he not only sends pictures of his catch, but also provides a picture of his electronics.  Chris Campbell reports that he went to the Greenville Reef aboard the "Big Whiskey" and caught about 120 black sea bass between 9 am and 2 pm.  He had around 95 keepers.  He also had a grouper which was in the 10 lb range, and released it.  I don't think it's necessary to give the depth and the temperature.  Chris said all were caught on butterfly jigs.  Thanks for the report and especially the pictures.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Today's Fishing Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/01/10
 

Well, hate to do this, but somebody's got to- released 21 Sails today, had somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 bites and saw 100's of Sails.  The bite has really heated up some come on down....................  OK, OK --- so I'm not at Ocean Isle.  Amy and I have travelled down to Isla Mujeres, Mexico where we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary (can't believe I'm that old).  We have a couple of days fishing planned aboard the 59' Richie Howell, "Goombay" with Capt. Brian Peele- a Morehead City boat.  I've heard tale of the Sailfishing down here, it is no joke.  I've been to Costa Rica, Guatamala, Panama -- this is the best by far for strictly Sailfish.  Pod after pod of Frigate bird hovering tight the water snatching Sardines out of bait balls as Sailfish in groups of 6-50+ slash and cut through them.  You literally hold your rod as you pull through the pods and work the bait to entice a strike, drop back then gently wind the circle hook into the corner of the fish's mouth.  Hookup ratio is around 50%.  We'd hit a pod and work it until it either dispersed or until too many boats got onto it and made fishing it too hard and then move on.  Actually, we had to leave a couple of pods for divers; they are doing a deal where people are diving amidst the bait balls to watch the Sails feed.  That is what we are hoping to try tomorrow if weather permits.  As we moved between pods, we would get the frequent single or double to come up on teasers.  Wind this AM was around 10-15kts but picked up to 20-25kts by late PM- no bother in the 59'.  We were fishing 6 miles from the dock.

One interesting thing, there are about 6 charter boats on our dock and all are from NC; Morehead to Oregon Inlet.  Every one of them I recognize as boats from the leader boards at Big Rock, Pirate's Cove... billfish tournaments.  It is known that the only way to master billfishing is experience, and this is where you get it.  So many shots at feeding and understanding Sails that you can't help but get a feel for it.  Brings to my point:  Bob and Will Newell are hosting the first annual Cape Fear Sailfish Tournament from the OIFC in August (many details to follow)- the style they fish here is exactly how you do it back home.  Dead bait circle hooks with dredges and teasers.  So, for all you guys looking to hone your billfish skills, this place is it!

Heck, I might even have to enter the Sailfish tournament in August.  One more day of this and I'll be a Sailfish genious.  Wish I had video of bait balls.  You just can't believe all the Sailfish in them.  I'd say it might be closest compared to Amberjack circling under your boat at the Atlantic Ledge.

I'll try to report on tomorrow.  Think wind might be bad, so we'll see.  Planning to spend another couple of days maybe diving or sitting by the tiki bar with umbrella drink.  I'll try not to think too much about Carolina 30 degree temps and focus more on the 75 degrees on my back porch.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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