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"R&R" | OIFC 2- 27' | 08/25/09
 

Captain Chris Dew aboard the OIFC 2 caught a bunch of AJ's and False Albacore (Little Tunny, Bonito) depending on where you're from in 80 to 100 ft of water.  He said he couldn't escape the Jacks.  Captain Chris was using pogies which are more than abundant.

Now the Charter Captains and 1st Mates have escaped to parts unknown for much needed R & R.  Could they be at Martha's Vineyard with the Prez?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Yaupon is hot, too" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/24/09
 

Here are some nearshore pics taken by Kennan Hill, Bryan Freeman, and the gang earlier this month.  These fish were caught at Yaupon Reef.  This is a great time of year to target several species at the nearshore ARs, particularly Yaupon, McGlammery, the 460, and the Caudle.  Catch 'em up!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Sails Galore!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/24/09
 

It looks like OIB fisherman Bob Newell is doing a number on the sailing fish out of Hatteras.  Bob has been fishing with Brick Brown and staying up on the Outer Banks.  They have fished either side of Hurricane Bill and have caught fish just about every day.  Congrats to them--hope those fish come and pay us a visit in the next few months!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Home Front" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/23/09
 

On the home front,Captain Jeff Wialliamson (Get Busy) fished this morning with one of Garth Mc Gillewie's sons.  They landed several flounder behind Ocean Isle Beach.

Dr Jeff Wallen reported he caught several flounder this morning in the 17"-18" range.  He was using live pogies which are VERY PLENTIFUL in the Waterway. 

Jeff Beck, Dr. Jeremy Phillips and I fished this morning and we could not only see pogies flicking on the surface, but you could look down and see them thick as thieves as well.  I was able to load up a 5 ft cast net one each throw.  With all this bait in and near shore, no telling what the fall bite will be.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cedar Island Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/23/09
 

Brian Aycock , his sons, Austin and Brandon, along with other local fishermen took a trip to Cedar Island, N.C. for an end of summer trip.  Here are a couple of fish they caught............
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rainy Day Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/23/09
 

Wyatt Pegram sent a picture of some flounder he and Kenny Jacobs caught last Sunday while fishing one of their favorite holes.  The spot didn't produce last year but they decided to try it anyway.  Within 2 hours they had caught these flounder pictured here and still had as many throw backs.  Wyatt said the bait was easy to find and the fish were hitting pogies and mullet alike.

I had held this report for a time when things on the fishing scene were slow, but it doesn't appear that's going to happen anytime soon.  Thanks guys.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"In Between Storms" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/22/09
 

Hurricane Bill passed us during the night, leaving huge waves crashing in the Shallotte Inlet.  There were swells in the ocean, fishable, but no way to get out.  Sooo....that put a lot of folks fishing in shore.  Captain Jeff Williamson of the "Get Busy" had a morning charter and landed several flounder using mullet minnows.  His charter hooked up on a monster red drum, which blazed a path to the middle of the ICW, only to break off.

Meanwhile, back at the OIFC, after I got off from the store, Captain Jeff Williamson, Capt. Jeff Beck, Jeremy Phillips, Courtney Beck, Camdyn Beck and I planned our own inshore trip.  Capt. J. Dog and I took the "Get Busy" and the rest of the crew took the "Tale Chaser" for our own inshore competition.  We all started behind OIB, but J Dog knew of a double secret location we should try.  There was a serious storm brewing, so we knew we'd have to act fast.  I cast a mullett minnow with my   OIFC Custom In Shore Combo, and felt a couple of bumps.  About that time a boat threw a wake that rocked our world.  The good thing was it gave the flounder time enough to swallow the bait.  Moments later we landed a 24" flounder.  He gave real meaning to flatty as he only weighed 4.8 lbs.

After the storm passed the crew on the "Tale Chaser" attempted to avenge their loss and returned fishing.  They managed to hook up on some nice red's, and Camdyn brought smoke with her own 15"  flounder.  Not bad action for between storms.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Warning; don't get run over by mullet run" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/22/09
 

I'm sitting here in Marietta Georgia this morning, watching an amazing event. The wind has shifted to the north as the first cold front of the year arrives. What I'm seeing is the bluegills in my pond are schooling and are swimming laps around the edge of the pond. Surely this is a sign of whats coming to the Carolina coast in a few hours. Just as the bluegills are "running the bank" of my pond, as soon as the cold front makes it to the coast, the wind shifts to the north, and the first mullet run of the year will begin and the mullets will "run the beach". This is our sign the hot humid summer is coming to an end and the glorious Carolina fall is not far behind. Along with this comes our incredible fall fishing. Only problem is I can't find any Carolina Treat BBQ sauce here in Georgia. BBQ bluegill on the grill!
- Rube McMullan
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"Get Busy Red Drum" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/21/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson sent me this photo of a red drum he caught while fishing his "Get Busy" charter.  He didn't divulge his location.  The only thing I can think is to attempt to identify the buildings in the background...IF that's where the fish actually came from.  J Dog keeps saying he got a secret spot.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Top of the Board" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/21/09
 

Jeff Wallen and Joshua Wallen of Ocean Isle Beach landed these nice flounder in the Shallotte Inlet today using some of the large pogies found in the ICW.  Jeff is the leader in the flounder division of the OIFC Year Round Rodeo, and is an extremely accomplished flounder angler.  He also caught and released a good sized red drum.  Jeff gave me permission to put the location of his catch an his bait of choice in the fishing report.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Surfs Up" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/20/09
 

If you've checked the National Hurricane Service you know what the surf has in store.  Now would be a great time to change gears and do some inshore action.  Jeff and I went inshore fishing today.  We found that the easiest way to take advantage of the massive amounts of pogies is with a Captain Brant's Pogy Net.  I drew first blood today by landing a 15 inch flounder using my new OIFC Custom rod and reel combo.

Also check out the pictures of  the 27" red drum Richie Boles caught recently at the Little River Jetties while fishing aboard the boat owned by Doug Robinson.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Afternoon Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/19/09
 

The Carolina Cat had a longer charter than the other boats, and used their time wisely.  Along with Joe Johnson (Cleveland, NC), Trey Sanford (Cleveland, NC), Brian Todd (Hobart, Indiana),Wayne Matney (dad) and Wayne Matney  (son) (Beckley, W. Va), Captains J. Dog Williamson and Turtle Patterson headed to 70 ft. of water to try their hand.  Pulling pogies and green, pink and pink and white skirts they brought home AJ's, false albacore, kings and mahi.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bottomfish bonanza" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/19/09
 

Check out Kevin Richard of Hamilton, Ontario, w/ a nice Hog Fish caught in 165' of water on a cigar minnow. Also, Todd Helf w/ 6lb-9oz Vermillion. This fish is 1 oz off SC state record. The crew was fishing on Todd's 32' Outrage "Almost There", out of Ocean Isle Marina.  Looks like the bottomfishing is heating up.  The good thing is that the other fishing is remaining strong.  Capt. Jeff Williamson and Turtle Patterson just got back with a nice catch of dolphinfish, mackerel, and amberjacks.  Capt. Chris Dawson fished near them and caught a sailfish as well.  Details to follow...
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Morning Spanish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/19/09
 

Jeff and I on the "Do Work" joined the OIFC Charter Boats just off shore for some spanish fun this morning. The Carolina Cat headed on out and it sounded as if they had landed a gaffer dolphin and maybe a king before we left.

Back on the spanish scene we pulled #1 planers, a bird, and a 1 oz trolling weight with Clarkspoons.  Most of the strikes came on the surface on the bird and trolling weight.  They were so thick I was catching them with a top water plug, which to me is the most fun.

When I got back I was met by a very excited young man, Alex Parr.  Alex had been fishing inshore with his dad, Matt aboard Kyle Hughes' Speckulator.  Alex had caught a Carolina Slam, with two fine red's in the group.  Alex said he caught all the fish except the flounder by himself.  I see a future angler here!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Frying Pan Tower" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/18/09
 

Captain Chris Eckert, Captain Zach Faulkner, dad Benji Faulkner and Henry Moore took the Southern Hook to the Frying Pan Tower Sunday and among other fish brought home this 16.8 lb. grouper Chris landed.  The guys were drifting with live pogies.

Beyond that, the Tower is producing grouper, african pompano, kings and AJ's.  We'll have to see what hurricane Bill is going to do, but it appears the Tower might be a good place to try.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"welcome Brayden" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/18/09
 

finally got some pictures of Brayden Atlie McMullan- now 9 days old and he and mom are doing great-- Caroline too -- thanks to all whom have emailed congrats --

Spanish Mack bite is RED HOT in 25-40 feet of water- most I've ever seen- that is mostly what we did today.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"The Spanish Are Here!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/18/09
 

Captain"J. Dog" Williamson of the Carolina Cat just called to report the Spanish Mackerel are"thick as thieves" just off the Lockwood Inlet.  All 3 of the OIFC boats are there and all are just before limiting out.  All are using various colors of 00 Clarkspooons  He also said the pogies are thick east of the Shalllotte Inlet.  The ocean is "oil Slick" smooth.  They are due back in at 11:30 so a report may follow around then.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pro Chip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/17/09
 

Was talking with some guys who told me that Captain Jeff Keaton of the Reel Office, winner of the Sneeds Ferry Rotary King Mackerel Tournament with a 41.74 lb King was using a Pro Chip in his Raymarine unit.  Though skill was surely the biggest factor in the Reel Office's victory, surely the Pro Chip helped him locate the right spot.  Congratulations to the crew of the Reel Office.  We sell thePro Chip and it can be found on the OIFC Web Store page. 
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Dog Days of Summer" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/17/09
 

Some people say you just can't catch fish during the hot, dog days of summer.  Don't tell that to the charter captains at the OIFC.  Early this morning Captains Chris Dew (OIFC 2), Jeff Williamson and Turtle Patterson (Carolina Cat)  were laying out a plan of action for today's charters.  They elected  to go about 15-20 miles out, try some spots and see what kind of success they'd have.

Aboard the Cat were the Juday's, Doug, Joel, Reid and Jeff, also fishing was Jason and Darrell McCutcheon.  The guys have the U.S. covered as far as residences go....Sacramento, Columbus, Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta.

After finding  bait just off Holden Beach the guys headed out.  They got in the area of the Horseshoe where they found a weed line and it was game on!  The result was a big ole' bull dolphin, kings and AJ's.  Their catch looked like walking down an aisle at a seafood market.  Check out the pictures.  Thanks guys for fishing with us and letting us do this report.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 08/17/09
 

On the inshore grounds, we have continued to hold the same pattern as we have had the past couple of weeks, with the redfish and flounder being the dominant species on the inshore scene.  All of the local redfish hangouts seem to be holding a few fish, from pups to 30+ inchers.  The flounder bite continues to be consistnet as well, with the the offshore spots producing well right now.  There are also some fish inside as well, and many are nice fish, with a true doormat mixed in every once in a while. 


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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