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"Good to be Back!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/03/09
 

Its been almost a week since we've been on the water.  The winds finally let up and the OIFC fleet was back at it today, myself included.  I found Pogys at the mouth of Shallotte Inlet and received word later in teh day from the parasail boat that there were dozens of pods all along Ocean Isle-- good to go there ---- I ran offshore to 18 mile rock and threw out and trolled around for a few minutes with no action, no bait marks and was about to leave when the medium top line made a funny twitch and came tight.  The fish made a short burst to tell its flavor, but then things got more interesting at another gear was found and it was off to the races.  She smoked it down big time and my charter was amazed- me too to tell the truth- heck of a run.  We stayed tight and started making ground and my 14 year old, first time angler from Denver, CO worked her to the boat and within 30 minutes I slid the 34.6 over the side.  In the midst of this, we boated another 12 pounder that hit a bait on top while chasing the big girl down.  We had a Mahi and then fished a few more minutes before deciding to check some new turf.  That is one thing I sort of enjoy about coming back to fish after being off the water for a while; everything is new and its sort of a game/puzzle to try to put the pieces together to figure out where things stand.  We ran to 80 feet of water and there may have been some Kings there, but darned if the Jacks were going to let them in on the fun.  It was perfect for my crew as they marvelled and ached under the pressure of 30-50 pound AJ's.  It was 1pm and time to come in- a nice first day back.  I do feel like our catch was lucky.  I didn't mark any bait at any spot and thus there is still more puzzle yet to be solved.  We'll be back at them tomorrow, so stay tuned for the rest of the story.

Pictured is Ethan Volinsky holdin his King.  Along on the charter were John and Jack Volinsky, and the Biermann"s, Will, Henry and dad David


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Horrific Day" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/02/09
 

Most everyone has heard that a boat capsized a couple of weeks ago in the rough seas.  The boat was Steve Kjellberg's Robalo the Reel Wet.  Steve is known to his friends as Kj.   Aboard the Reel Wet were Kj's family and friends.  There were several children in the group.

Without going into the details of what he said,  Kj told a terrifying story of how the boat flipped, and how bravery, cool heads, luck, the Good Lord, and the Captain and crew of the sportfisher Hard Knox delivered them to safety.  Kj told  of lessons learned and provided tips on what to do if this ever happens to you.

Kj wanted us to use the OIFC Fishing Report to thank everyone for expressing their concern.  If you see Kj have him tell you about his experience, or if you're by the OIFC ask Chris, Barrett, Rube or me to tell you what Kj told us.

Below is a picture of Kj in case you can't put a name to the face.  And yes, he's in the market for another Robalo. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Ocean /Spanish Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/01/09
 

At 7:30 am a visual report of the conditions showed the flag atop the OIFC standing straight out and blowing from the west.  The sky is mostly cloudy over land however there are thunderheads over the ocean.  From the  OIB bridge the seas looked calm and I didn't see any "camel backs" on the horizon.

Inshore, the ICW looks fine and I saw pods of bait.

It 's 9:20 and William Parker called and said they were tearing the Spanish up in front of the water tower at OIB.

At 11:50 am York Pharr notified the OIFC that he was at the 90's, the wind was 5 to 10, seas are around 2 ft. and the water color is good.  He's just put bait in the water.  The wind at the OIFC has changed to out of the south.

 Maybe things are looking up!

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Mission Statement" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/31/09
 

The OIFC Mission Statement says in part, and not to quote it, but that the Fishing Center will be a source of fishing info. and assistance.

We received an email from Ronnie Gleason, captain of the We're Not Worthy which exemplifies our commitment to the mission statement.  Capt. Ronnie told of getting fishing info from some of our Captains on the dock one day.  The next day, one of our Captains caught a bunch of pogies and shared them with the We're Not Worthy.  Then they tagged along with our boats fishing and landed a cobia, some kings, one weighing 24lbs and some sharks.  Check out their picture!

This report is not to brag, but is to emphasize that the OIFC is committed to helping anglers have more enjoyable and productive fishing experiences.  Also, thanks Ronnie for your email and continued good luck with your fishing.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Secret Mission" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/30/09
 

Bryan Aycock and Jeff Beck took me on a secret flounder mission this morning.  I had to surrender my camera, cell phone camera and sign an agreement promising not to give our location.  We headed out from the OIFC around 7 am.  The water was loaded with mullet minnows and were easy to get.  Once at the location we landed 5 keeper flounder and several other "targeted species"  all before 10 am.  Jeff had to head to work, Brian had to clean house before his wife returned from out of town, and I was heading for "Disney World".

What the trip did show is that the flounder are still here, or have come back from off shore.  With the wind still blowing off shore, it may be a good time to break out the ole flats boats.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 07/29/09
 

Hi folks, sorry its been a little while since I updated you on the inshore action.  Between charter fishing, taking of some time off to chase some billfish, and then being sick the past few days, I haven't spent a lot of time on my computer.  The good thing though is that the fish had continued to bite well, even though we are certainly in the midst of the "dog days" of summer.  The pattern lately has been a "mixed bag" type of deal, as we have managed to catch an inshore slam on probably 75% of my recent trips.  No huge numbers of any one species, but a few of each adds up just the same.  In addition, the fish have been mostly nice ones, as is the norm this time of the year.  Less in numbers but but bigger fish...not to bad of a trade-off at all.  The only downside lately has been our unstable weather pattern,  the persitent SW winds have things a little stirred up right now, which could make things tough, but the water actually looked much better than expected this morning...and the fish were still biting.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"HELP WANTED" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/29/09
 

We are about to lose our Summer help as they head back to school- thanks to Maggie, Cameron, Viriginia, Will, Adam and Morgan- good luck in school this year.  As such, we are looking for someone(s) to fill a full/part-time positionI(s) to work in the shop as clerk/greeter/phone answerer/t-shirt folder.......  The pay isn't good, but you can hang out with some terrific folks in a good working environment and learn alot about fishing- perks include:  your own parking space, fishing trips and fishing tips-

contact Capt. Brant at captbrant@oifc.com if you have interest- apply immediately

FISHING NEWS:

I guess saying nothing says a lot.  I haven't had much to say lately as there really hasn't been much going on.  I was bragging too much about the good weather, good fishing and easy bait and all of it went away- figures!  The winds have been SW 15-20 for a while and we've slipped out a few times, but if you don't get to 80 feet of water, you can hang up catching a King Mackerel.  We caught some Kings and Mahi on Sunday and Tuesday when we made it out -- We seem to be stuck in this "Summer dog day" pattern and until we get a weather change, the winds aren't forecast to let up -- HOWEVER remember, fishing and weather are a balance.  The fish can't bite all the time or they'd all be dead and the wind has to blow some or the scientists will cry global melt down- so, it is our turn to wait it out ----- stay tuned


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Davie County Sailfish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/28/09
 

Zach and Doug Illing joined Mike and Carson Herndon aboard Mike's Sea Hunt, the Got A Clue for a successful trip today to the Raitan.  They caught 3 dolphin, a king and most importantly a sailfish! (naturally the sail was released)  Carson caught the sailfish and received the traditional "throw in the water" by his shipmates off the OIFC dock.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"At Last, Able To Fish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/28/09
 

Today was still windy, but around 11 am our Cat Boats stuck their nose out of the Shallotte Inlet and decided to make a run.  Captain Chris Burrows and 1st Mate Mitch took a group of friends from Cincinnati, Ohio, Tim Braddick, Andy Sevachko, Drew Hayslip, Garth Lieb and Jordan Mansour to the Raritan.  They used  dead Cigar Minnows and landed Kings, Dolphins and Sneakerheads.  I KNOW nobody targets Sneakerheads but the name is funny.

Andy was the fortunate one to catch the sneakerhead, which they stuck to the boat, then released.  Drew caught the Mahi.  I give them props for giving us something to report other than the wind. 

After the boat returned Mitch gave a demonstration on how to break 80 lb. mono with his hands.  The young bull teaching the old bulls.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Still At The Dock" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/28/09
 

Our boats didn't go out this morning.  They are waiting for the ocean to settle for a while and I think they'll try about 11:00 am.  Check out the pictures from yesterday at about 6:00 pm and you'll see how rough and dirty the ocean was.   There were two shrimp trawlers about a mile offshore and they were "rockn' and rolln".  Hope we have some action to report later.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"First Fish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/27/09
 

Dear Capt. Brant,

My name is Brice Byrum and I recently got back from our first fishing trip to OIB with our new/used boat. We had a great week thanks to your fishing reports. My Dad and I have been reading them for the last few weeks and they have proved a great help. We are just beginning to learn about saltwater fishing and we are hooked. We are thinking of trying the Fall Brawl to get the experience of fishing a tournament.

Below is a picture of my mom's first king. She caught it at the 90's on Monday 7/20/09. We arrived there around 9:00 and were there only ten minutes when the fish hit on the downrigger.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"First rate first mate" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/27/09
 

Happy birthday to Aaron Dew, who turned 12 years old this week.  In case you didn't know, "Double A Ron," (young OC) is the most popular first mate on the OIFC charter docks.  Here he shows off a nice grouper he caught while jigging near the Shark Hole with Brian Allen, who sent me these pictures.  We have noticed that the It Works charters are usually more successful when Aaron is the first mate for his dad.  I'm not saying anything, OC, but you guys can figure it out.  This kid can fish!!!


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Thar She Blows" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/27/09
 

It's 6:35 am, and the wind  is blowing about 20 mph out of the south west.  Our Captains canceled their trips and if a man who gets paid to fish cancels a trip then you know it's bad.  This is probably the report for the day.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Reporting Burden" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/26/09
 

Brandon Sauls and Clay Morpheis came to the OIFC for supplies to go inshore fishing.  As both of them comprise some of the areas primo flounder fishermen I informed them that the burden of me having something to report laid squarely on their shoulders.

Today I received information from Brandon via Facebook that Clay landed a 4 lb'er and they lost a BIG one!  So, we know there is a BIG flounder hiding out in our waters just waiting to be snagged. 

Today Capt Jeff Beck and Brian Aycock, two more very accomplished inshore anglers hit the flats.  Bait was found in fair numbers in the concrete canals at low tide.  They then headed to the Shallotte Inlet and had less than moderate flounder action.  What they did score was several ribbon fish.....one of the king mackerel's favorite foods, and an expensive treat if bought in bait stores.  We have them in frozen form at the OIFC, at competitive prices I might add.  Anyway they have to be specially prepared to be frozen and they are going to do just that as both fishermen are good offshore anglers.  This is the action up to this point.  Our boats went out, but they are again battling the winds, so I'm not sure how productive they will be.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Live Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/25/09
 

Real time report at 7 am Saturday.  Boats haven't located pogies, some are electing to use dead bait.  Captain Zach reports seas "a little sporty" , 2-4 feet near shore with some chop.  Fishable, but not the most comfortable.  He's headed to the 90's.

8:30 am update.There were no pogies located this morning.  The OIFC 2 returned to the docks due to rough conditions and a charter group who had never been out.  Our Cat boats were making around 17 mph heading out.  But I did hear them talking about a couple of hook ups, so maybe things will be looking up.

Afternoon...the wind kicked up causing the seas to get  rough.  One Captain canceled his trip, the other went out as his charter wanted to even enlight of the less than comfortable conditions.  At 11 pm tonight we have a strong on shore wind.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bummed..Sort Of" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/24/09
 

The past couple of weeks have made writing the Fishing Report fun and easy if not repetitive, you know.  pogies off OIB and Kings at the 90's.  Well things have slowed the past couple of days.  Inshore there are still reds and good size flounder being caught.

Jeff and I made a short inshore trip today and to be honest, we got skunked.  I don't feel too bad though because everyone I talked to were having the same misfortune.  Bait was easy enough to find, with the best place being the beach at the campground at Shallotte Inlet.  Not to make excuses but the water was very murky probably due to the wind and extremely high tides.

I've written a lot, to say there is really nothing to report....sort of like a politician.  But I'm not giving up, with your help we'll find the fish and the reports will be easy to write.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Traveling Fisherman Next Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/24/09
 

For those not familiar with OIFC's Traveling Fisherman program, essentially it is meant to be an opportunity for fishing friends of the OIFC to travel together to unique and extraordinary fishing destinations around the world.  Captain Brant and I are fortunate to have made many contacts in the fishing industry over our careers through the Ocean Isle Fishing Center platform and thus we have access to information that allows us to distinguish quality fishing adventures from potential disappointments and unmet expectations. 

It's hard to imagine right now in the middle of summer, but come January many of us will be ready for a trip to the lower latitudes in search of sun and fish.  I'm happy to report we have found the next destination for the Traveling Fisherman in 2010.  After significant research, we have decided to put a trip together to head back to Panama and fish the world renown Hannibal Banks and Montosa Island.  Different from our trip in 2008, this time we will be stationed landside at the Paradise Fishing Lodge.  Check out www.paradise-fishing-lodge.com to see more details about the location and fishing options.  The resort sits on the side of a mountain over looking Coiba National Park and the river that feeds out to the Pacific.  The name of the town is Quebrada de Piedra GPS N 08.06.410 W 081.41.778.  This trip can accomodate up to 15 fishermen and fisherwormen.  Fishing is done from 25'-30' center consoles with between 2 to 4 people per boat.  The dates are not set in stone, but currently it looks like the trip will take place March 4th, 2010 thru March 9th, 2010, 5 nights and 4 days fishing.  March 4th is a travel day.  March 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th are all fish days and the 9th is a travel day home.  Rates for this trip will vary depending whether you would like to fish 2, 3, or 4 to a boat.  I am recommending 3 per boat at the request of the camp operator and thru personal experience. The fishing is typically phenomenal during this time in Panama.  You will have the option to throw popping plugs to yellowfin tuna up to 200lbs, troll live tunas for giant black marlin, throw jigs and topwater plugs to rooster fish and snapper, or sit at the pool and drink margaritas!

This trip will accomodate 15 fishermen and yes this a fisherwomen friendly adventure.  For those that have interest please email me captbarrett@oifc.com and I will answer all the questions I can and get answers to the rest.  I will drop reminders over the next few months in the OIFC fishing report.  Thanks and let's go fishing!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Name That Baby" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/23/09
 

Most of you know that my wife Amy is due with our 2nd child- a boy.  She has 3 weeks left and we STILL do not have a name.  Names such as Jackson, Benjamin, Griffin have come from her side and names such as Mackerel (call him Mac), Penn, Knot..  have come from my side- but nothing has really popped.  I'd like a name that is original, says I'm a man's man, but not too stuffy -- and be nice if it has some sort of nautical conotation was involved.  So, I am reaching out for help.  EMAIL ME your idea and if we pick your name, I'll send you some OIFC stuff -FREE --

On the fishing scene- the bite has slowed down the past few days.  This is due either to the East wind or the fact that the Kings typically slow down this time of year- we'll see.  Still been catching a Mahi or two on every trip while fishing in 65 feet and a few Sails to boot.  Pogys still plentiful, but I think they may be thinning as well -- we'll see, not quite as optomistic today as early in the week.  I"ll keep you posted on the fishing and prospective baby names.

Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Wed.'s King Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/22/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson and Captain Turtle Patterson took a charter made up of Andy Hart, Jordan Hart, Tim Tyo, Jake Tyo of Massena, NY and Marty Ziarko of Rochester, NY to the 90's on a half day charter.  While there they caught several Kings and had some break offs. Andy landed the biggest King, weighing 22.9 lbs.

Meanwhile Captain Chris Dew also went to the 90's with Todd Tharpe, Eddie Tharpe, Nathen Bell, and Ryan Hayes  all from western N.C.'s Wilkes County.  They are pictured below with their catch.

Meanwhile, William and Pat Parker headed to the Atlantic Ledge.  William said the cigar minnows were thick enough to walk on.  While there they caught dolphin and lost a sail fish.  Sounds like the Ledge may be a good place to try.  Unfortunately, William's camera failed him.  Perhaps we should take up a collection and get William a new camera.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kenzie Hill's Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 07/22/09
 

WOW!!!  Check out Kenzie's flounder!  She was fishing in Tubbs Inlet Saturday with her Mom Daniele, Dad, Kennon, and friend Thomas Willis when she landed this 4.2 lb. Flounder.  The doormat hit a mullett on Kenzie's kiddie Zebco rod and reel.  Great job and keep it up!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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