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"Morning Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/15/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (It Works) just called the OIFC to report pogies "thick as thieves" at the Shallotte Inlet and a lot of spanish between the Holden Beach Pier and Lockwood Folly.  More at 11:00..not really but it sounds like a newscast. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kings and More Kings" | OIFC 2- 27' | 09/15/09
 

Today was an exceptional day for the OIFC Charter Fleet!  The radio at the Fishing was full of excitement and you could tell the Captains on the It Works and the Miss Janelle were having a blast!  They were both fishing in sight of each other in 70 ft. of water with live pogies and the kings were giving them all they wanted.  The radio was filled with "double hook up"..."one just skied behind you", at one time you could hear a reel screaming over the radio.  I f that doesn't get your juices flowing nothing will.

Captain Chris Dawson, along with Captain Brad Stevens (Sea Tow OIB) had limited out on kings before half the day was over and "headed for the hill".  Captain Jeff Williamson was right behind. Chartering with Capt. Jeff were Rev. Tony Compton, Davie Compton, along with Vaughn and Quentyn Rouse  It seems Captain Brant was wrong in his comment that the kings would be in by the 20th.  They're already here!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Picture Perfect Conditions" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/14/09
 

This report was submitted by Amber Simmons of the Reel McCoy and OIB Concrete:

The Reel McCoy and the GPS Store teamed up for a weekend of off shore fishing fun.

The crew caught several groupers and bottom fish on live bait at the Tower.  A few kings were also caught.  The crew may have also caught the world's largest lizard fish.  Saturday was a picture perfect day.  Cannot say the same about Sunday.  Fall fishin' is off to a good start!

Thanks for a great report Amber...


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Got Em OnLive Bait Club Ladies Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/14/09
 

An earlier report covered Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) and  Donna Gurganus' victory in the Got Em On Live Bait Lady's Tournament which was held at Carolina Beach the weekend of September 12th.  Below are some pictures of the fish Capt. Jeff and Donna caught.  Again, congratulations Donna and Capt. Jeff!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Today" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/14/09
 

Just weighed a 25 caught by the David Lambeth and crew of the Wave Walker- at the Shark Hole.  Got word the King bite was red hot from Yaupon Reef to the River Channel.  Time to go fishing!!!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Sailfish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson and Captain Chris Dew rolled into the OIFC docks around 4 pm.  Both boats unloaded several teenage kings, but the better story line was that between the two of them they hooked up on six sailfish!

They started at the jungle where they got into their first sailfish.  The action was slow there so they moved six miles further out which put them in deeper water, 70 ft. to be exact and it was there they had the rest of their sailfish action and got into the kings.

They wind turned north east at about 15 mph, so they called it a day and took the bumpy ride towards the beach where it settled down.  Then they made their run to the house. 

In shore, Larry Spainhour and his wife stopped by and weighed in a 6+lb flounder and judging by his facebook, Brandon Sauls had yet another action filled in shore day of flounder and trout.

Meanwhile, while they were fishing, Captain Brant and Amy put on an employee cookout.  It was food and games on at the OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Another grouper method" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/13/09
 

What does one do when the grouper are thick, but won't always bite your baits.  Easy, according to Howard Ducreyi, Scott Ward, and Shane Wallace.  Just swim down and shoot a couple.  And that's exactly what this trio did yesterday at the Atlantic Ledge.  In addition, they had some black bass and a sheepshead.  Thanks to our new grouper regulations, you limit out very quickly, but there are definitely other species to pursue down there.  Every diver I have talked to lately has said that the gags are thick as fleas in depths of 80-90 feet, so holes like the Atlantic Ledge and the Gary Ennis are definitely in play if you want to put grouper on the menu, whether you are angling or spearing.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Just In!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/12/09
 

Mr. Robbie Dial fished today with David Braswell aboard David's new Yellowfin to celebrate Robbie's graduation from the 6th grade.  Robbie said it took him several attempts, but he finally made it out.  Congratulations!!

The guys fished a live bottom in 70 ft. of water, in the same area as the World Cat.  Robbie said there was bait almost everywhere in the water column. 

 Robbie threw in a picture of the ocean to show how rough the seas were and why only experienced captains should have gone out today.  Also, I was just kidding about Robbie and the 6th grade thing...he didn't have to repeat the grade, he graduated after his first try.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Miss Janelle" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/12/09
 

Veteran charter captain Chris Dawson and his family fun fished today.  They fished in 70 feet of water using pogies.  Pictured aboard the "Miss Janelle" are  wife/mom Janelle Dawson and daughter Cassie with a couple of the nice kings they boated.

Captain Chris is the newest member of the OIFC fishing fleet and brings years of fishing experience to the program.

This report caps off a great day of king fishing in the S. Brunswick Islands area.  Captain Brant was correct in his prediction that the kings show up around the 20th of September.  It was a fun afternoon at the OIFC!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bottom Fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/12/09
 

Captains Chris Burrows and Chris Dew ran a trip chartered by Josh Woodruff, Mark Yoeman, and Craig Ulrich, all of Fayetteville.  They fished 80 ft of water using live cigar minnows.  As shown in the pictures they had a buffet of grouper, amber jacks, and the all important giant sea bass (being held in the photo).

Also fishing the same area was the Grady White of team Reel Em In, with the king  pictured below.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Carolina Beach's Ladies Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/12/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC) reported to the OIFC that he and Donna Gurganus had just won the Carolina Beach Lady's Tournament.  They caught 9 spanish and 2 kings.  Captain Jeff is to forward pictures and they will be posted as soon as they arrive.  Congratulations!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shark Hole Again" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/12/09
 

Check out the pictures of OIFC's first mate Mitch Stephens with some kings caught today at the Shark Hole!
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"Youpon Reef" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/12/09
 

Bryan Hagler of Laurinburg and Sunset Beach shared these pictures of spanish he and his family caught aboard the "Sod Buster".  Bryan fished with mullet minnows he caught in the ICW near the Shallotte Inlet.  Pictured are Heather, Aaron and children Evan Fisher and Ellie Stack.
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"William Parker" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/12/09
 

William reported to the OIFC docks with a limit of kings he caught at the Shark Hole.  William said he was pulling pogies and all strikes were on his down rigger at about 30 feet deep.  William was fishing alone, and on several occasions had his hands full which resulted in some lost fish.  William said he found his pogies just outside the Shallotte Inlet and that there were plenty of them.  Good to see the Kings showing up and thanks to William for stopping by the OIFC..
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Caudle Reef" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/11/09
 

Capt. Jeff B. and I had half a day to fish today, so we decided to take the "Do Work" to the Caudle Reef.  Bait was easy to find in the ICW, in fact the mullet were as thick just of shore.

Once at the reef we found the area to be teeming with life.  On the bottom were sea bass and flounder and on the top were spanish.  We had anchored and the spanish were breaking just outside the range of my Gotcha Plug.  We could only stay an hour or so, but during that time I caught several sea bass and Jeff boated the 2 nice flounder as seen in the picture.  A nice tool to have is the chart we sell at the OIFC which details the structure at our artificial reefs.

The ocean was glassy flat as the wind was out of the north.  The weekend should be the same.  Come on down!! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"History Lesson" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/10/09
 

A well respected fisherman once said always fish where you know the fish are..don't go looking' em.  It also pays to be a student of history and be willing to try new methods.  Sooo, a walk down memory lane via the OIFC Fishing Reports Archives is in order.

During this time in past years,Wahoo were being caught between the Steeples and the Same 'ole. The OIFC has already received reports of catches going on now.  Cobia were caught, but that was somewhat unusual.  Bottom fishing was producing Grouper and Sea Bass.  The store has Rosco Jigs, Shimano Butterfly Jigs and  Lucanus Jigs that are perfect for jigging for Grouper and Sea Bass.  We also have the Shimano, economy, conventional and ultimate jigging combos set up and ready to fish.

The Kings were moving in on the beach and some have already been caught at the Youpon Reef.  The store has kites, King Combos and Rigs in stock.

In shore the Flounder, Red Fish and Trout bite is on.  The mullet are running, so I'm not going to try to sell any Gulp,yet.

That kinda wraps up the history lesson and my attempt at selling everything in the store.  But on a serious note, it would pay you to stock up before the bite takes off, and it will soon!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jeff Williamson's Week" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/09/09
 

This past week again proved Captain Jeff Williamson's diverse capabilities as a charter Captain.  Jeff chartered trips both inshore and off and was extremely productive as shown in the pictures below.  Captain Jeff Charters for the OIFC running the Carolina Cat off shore and the Get  Busy inshore.

The spanish mackerel fishing has proven to be very productive near shore over the past week.  The OIFC boats have been trolling for kings  and have picked up some spanish in the 5+ lb. range on  king rigs as well as kings.

In talking with Captain Brant he suggested that fishermen downsize some of their kings and target spanish while trolling for kings.  He suggests using #6 treble hooks with smaller baits, such as mullet in the 4-5" size range.  Another productive way to fish is by anchoring, chumming and kite fishing.

Right now the spanish and some kings are being caught at the Youpon Reef and the Lockwood Folly Inlet.  History shows that the kings usually show up near shore around the 20th of September.  So mark your calenders, get your rigs ready and catch 'em up!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Robert Carroll" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/09/09
 

Robert Carroll caught these nice drum at Shallotte Inlet last Friday, September 4.  He said he caught all five in forty-five minutes.  Mud minnows were the bait of choice that day.  All fish were from 28" - 31".  Ha!  I guess the channel bass know the slot limit too. 
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Continued Success" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/08/09
 

 Dr. Jeff Wallen sent an email to the OIFC regarding his, and his son's success while in shore fishing this weekend.  Saturday they caught several flounder, with one being 21 inches and weighing 4 pounds.  They also had a slam Sunday. Two of the trout were 18-19 inches and a red that was 31 inches and weighed 10 pounds.

Dr. Jeff used mullet which were 4-5" and his catches were all on a rising tide.  Unlike some of the guys he didn't get any action on a falling tide.  He further reported the mullet being so thick that his son was loading up a 3 ft. cast net.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/08/09
 

We've been getting many inquiries regarding the plan for the 2009 OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.  So, here it is....

The 2nd Annual OIFC.com KMT is scheduled to take place November 7th, 2009 - November 15th, 2009.  This is a pick 2 out of a possible 9 days to fish.  Once again, there will be two weigh-in locations, one at Town Creek Marina in Beaufort,NC and one at Hatteras Landing Marina in Hatteras,NC.  This is an aggregate tournament, one fish per day.  The winner of the event is determined by the heaviest combined weight of two kingfish, one fish per day.  There will be an aggregate and heaviest fish TWT.  Virtually all rules will remain in place from last years event EXCEPT, teams will be allowed to enter the event during the week of the tournament up until midnight on Friday the 13th.  This tournament is being held in an "On-Line Format" meaning all tournament information including Capt's meeting and awards will occur online at www.oifc.com

We are hoping that by having the tournament earlier this year and over a 9 day period the weather will be less of an obstacle.  Although there is no official Capt's meeting or awards we are encouraging teams to make a trip out of this event and spend a few days in either Beaufort or Hatteras.  Pending weather, Team OIFC will be in Hatteras for the entire week and we hope to have a few cookouts and dockside get togethers/competitions.  This event has many attractions for kingfish teams, one of which we hope to develop is the dockside camraderie amongst fishermen that we feel has diminished from what it once was among tournament competitors.  This update for the OIFC.com KMT is just a brief announcement of the general format and dates.  We are working with Hatteras Landing Marina, and Town Creek to put together special rates for dockage and accomodations.  Over the next couple weeks we will more clearly define the specifics of the event at www.oifc.com.  For anyone who is interested in fishing the event but has questions or is unfamiliar with the area please contact me (captbarrett@oifc.com).  Again, more details to follow at www.oifc.com.  Barrett McMullan


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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