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"Offshore with the Dukes" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/06/09
 

Capt. Jeff Williamson and I had an extended trip on Saturday, July 4 with Bill, Lynn, Ethan, Erica, and Ben Duke, along with Erica's friend Abby Havari.  The Dukes live in Goldsboro, while Ben (Bill's dad) lives right here in Ocean Isle Beach.  We caught bait early and headed for the Shark Hole, where we immediately counted 47 boats.  Looking for less pressure on the fish we headed offshore to the Raritan/Horseshoe area, where we got into some steady action with a variety of species.  The bait was thick, and we got bites from kingfish, dolphin, barracudas and sharks.  Ethan caught the largest kingfish of the day, while Erica connected on a great summer gaffer dolphin, right in the neighborhood of 20 pounds.  The action slowed a little bit as the wind fell out, so we headed offshore a bit more to try some vertical jigging.  We found hot and heavy action on the amberjacks, as the pictures will attest to.  It's safe to say that the Dukes are all offshore fisherman now and will be back! 
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Images from the weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/05/09
 

What's better than fishing on July 4th weekend?  Easy answer, it's catching a trophy fish on July 4th weekend.  Bob Newell and the crew of the Black Dog demonstrated once again that there is a viable fishery for sails off our coast as they caught one sailing-type fish at the Horseshoe on a naked, circle hook rigged ballyhoo.  Larry Spainhour caught this doormat flounder/halibut hybrid (halider?  floundabut?) in Tubbs Inlet on Friday, which begs the question, why was he not entered in the OIFC Rodeo?  The former Charlotte Observer "Angler of the Week" should know much better than that.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"1st Hand" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/04/09
 

I fished today with Capt. Jeff Beck on the "Do Work".  We  found pogies about 1/2 mile west of the Shallotte Inlet, just off of OIB, but heard other boats finding them all the way to the Lockwood Folly Inlet.  Most of the OIFC boats headed to the 90's where the King bite fired off early.  The first bite we had was on a downrigger set about 40 ft. deep.  The rest were caught on green skirts, with, believe it or not, the Yew Haw Fish Call.  The bite dried up around 11 am, so a lot of us headed to the Shark Hole.  A few Kings were caught there but it wasn't enough to keep out interest.  We then headed to the 65 Foot Hole which produced absolutely nothing. On the way back in we saw pogies as far as the eye could see just outside the 90's. It was a sight to behold.

Just confirmed that Stuart Hamilton caught and released a sail fish.  I'll pass on the particulars with his approval, when I see Stuart.

I will say that the water was in very good shape and holding around 80 degrees.  By mid afternoon it was as flat as any lake I've ever seen.

If you are planning on going out, I would suggest the Atlantic Ledge.  We heard a lot of talk about hook ups, to include one report of a King between 35-40 lbs.  I don't know that for a fact, but I did hear several boats reporting hookups.  Below is a picture Capt. Zach (Carolina Cat) took for me of their morning charter.  Check out the picture of a party barge someone had on the ICW at Shallotte Inlett.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Update 8:00 pm" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/02/09
 

Just talked with Captain Brant who reported the following.  The pogies are off Holden Beach. The Kings are still bitting at the 65 Foot Hole, but the bite was not as good today, probably due to the SW wind. Also he didn't see any dolphin.  The live cigar minnows are there for jigging.  Brant says the fish are still there and since the wind is shifting possibly the bite will pick up.

I Was also told of a tarpon being caught by  theLittle River Jetties and dolphin being caught at the Sherman last week.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Short Report" | OIFC 2- 27' | 07/01/09
 

Capt Chris Dew and 1st Mate Aaron had a short charter to the 65 Foot Hole today.  I only spoke to the group shortly and learned they were from Ashville, N.C.

Captain Chris said though we've had great fortune at the 65 Ft. Hole, it's been an all or none situation.  I would expect that a lot of you visiting this weekend are like me and plan on going to the 65 Ft Hole to fish.  Stay tuned and in touch with us at the OIFC for the latest updates on where the hot spot is and whether the Hole is still the place to go.

When I visited the Fishing Center it was a hub of activity.  There is so much to do at the OIFC....not only the charters,  but jet skis, kayak rentals, boat rentals, dolphin tours, parasailing, banana boat rides, the store and the Giggling Mackerel.  There are loads of activities for everyone.  We hope to see you over the 4th.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Free Food!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/01/09
 

There, that should get your attention.  There will be a FREE fish fry next Tuesday, July 7, to benefit the Jim Caudle Reef and the army reseves, who have donated much of the reef material.  The event will be at Harborgate Marina beginning at 11:00 a.m., so come one, come all!  Mama Jeans will be cooking, so you know it will be good food!


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"1st King" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/30/09
 

Just received an email from Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy Charters).  Jeff is a charter captain and guide for the OIFC.  He had taken Carter Watkins on a guide trip and Carter caught his first King.  Congratulations Carter!

The OIFC offers a Guide Service where one of our charter captains accompanies you on your boat and works with you on all aspects of fishing and boating.  This is a great deal and is well worth looking into.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Where It's At" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/30/09
 

Holden Beach is where the Pogies are! Yesterday they were between the pier and the water tower and today they were around the Lockwood Folly Inlet.  Ain't it great to have them back and in such numbers?!!!!  The 65 Foot Hole is where the Kings, Dolphin and Spanish have been since Sunday.  So right now, that's where the fish are (at).

Today, all the OIFC Charters scored big at the 65 Ft. Hole.  I was at the OIFC when Captain Roger and Captain Zach came in with Chris, Lauren and Megan Roper from Hillsville, Va. and took these pictures.  Megan (in the cowboy hat) caught the biggest fish, a Mahi.   She also wanted me to point out that her hat stayed on her head all day.

This week has seen beautiful Carolina blue skies, hot temperatures, but enough breeze to keep it comfortable and great seas.  The fish and the bait are definitely here, what a great time to be in and to fish South Brunswick County, N.C.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/30/09
 

Hi folks, its been busy on the inshore grounds the past week or so, but the fishing continues to be good.  The flounder and trout bite(s) continue to be very consistent, with quite a few big ones of both species having been caught recently.  The redfish bite has also gotten good, as we have caught plenty of reds of all sizes recently, from the little rat reds to a couple of border-line bulls in the upper thirty inch range.  All in all, fishing in good and should remain that way.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Bottom School on Saturday" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/30/09
 

I have 2 openings for the bottom fishing school on Saturday- call (910) 575-3474 and ask to be transferred to charter fishing reservations-- I'll be able to help from there.  Weather looks good.  Learn techniques to anchor, make rigs, hook and catch Grouper and where to find them. 

Capt. Brant


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"The Rest Of The Story" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/29/09
 

After locating Pogies off Holden Beach, the Carolina Cat and her charter of the Budds family of Cary, N.C., Daddy,  Bernie, sons, Josh, Cameron and Jordan continued getting bait, by jigging Greenies.  They then went to the Raritan and the Horseshoe, where they caught Kings and Dolphin.  The charter finished the day out bottom fishing, boating Sea Bass and a buffet of other bottom fish.

Mr. Budds is a contractor who is home on a break from Iraq and decided to spend some quality time with his sons by taking them fishing. 

 The rest of the week looks beautiful.  Our charter book is filling quickly, so you may consider booking a charter soon, or if you've got your own boat come and partake in the fun!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pogy politics" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/29/09
 

Hope everyone is enjoying and taking part in the best King/Dolphin fishing I can remember in many years. Pogy schools are up and down the beach, and it's a simple equation; if you have the bait you'll have the predator fish. Which brings up a thought: As you probably know, we've lost our Brunswick County State Representative Bonner Stiller who has resigned. He was a strong advocate of fishery conservation matters and was critical in the success of getting a pogy netting ban in our Brunswick County waters. We've got lots of pogies, while in the northern part of the State, wars are erupting between the commercial netters and fishing folks, where the pogys are being completely wiped out by the netters.

It is imperative we be diligent with our elected folks so they understand the importance of the great work they did passing the pogy netting ban in Brunswick County. The person we need to communicate with is RC Soles, who is on the Senate side, is a Democrat in a Democrate controlled Legislature, and honestly, if he hadn't joined in support of the pogy bill, it would not have passed. Mr.Soles stepped forward at a critical time, and as you know the bill passed almost unamiously.

So...we need to let Mr. Soles know how much his support of the pogy bill is appreciated, and how important it has proven to be to our fisheries, with all the positive economic benefits that follow the food chain. He can be contacted via email at RC.Soles@ncleg.net. Thanks.


- Rube McMullan
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"Morning Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/29/09
 

At 7:15 am Captain Roger reported bait between the Holden Beach Pier and the water tower.  He advised the seas were excellent.  The temp has dropped, but no rain is on the radar.

The bite this week has been at Christina's and the 65 Foot Hole.  Roger is headed to the Shark Hole.  He has a full day charter so hopefully I'll have an update later in the day.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Spade Fish/Get Busy" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/27/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy Charters out of OIFC), just sent me these pictures of some nice Spade Fish he landed yesterday.  Jeff had taken Bryan Strickland's (Guy C. Lee Co.), son, Seth and nephew Jake, Spanish fishing when they scooped up some Jelly Balls and decided to try Spade fishing at a local AR.

Bryan cooks for many of the OIFC's Tournaments, the most recent being the Jolly Mon.  Guy C. Lee is always a supporter of the OIFC's various tournaments.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bait report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/27/09
 

Capt. Roger just radioed in that the pogies were thick as fleas about 1.5 miles east of Shallotte Inlet.  He is on a 1/2 day charter and just about to head offshore.  We'll keep you posted on what goes on out there today.  Sea condtions are nice--a big change from the winds of yesterday.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Shark Hole/Christina's" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/25/09
 

Those are the two spots reported to be producing for the past 2 days.  Charter Captains as well as sport fishermen are reporting a hot King and Dolphin bite especially in the mornings.  Pogies are being found in the ICW behind Holden Beach and off Youpon Beach.  Let's hope the winds don't interfere with our playing off shore this weekend.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Happenings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/24/09
 

It is nice to be back on the water.  Over the past few weeks I've been pretty much land locked preparing for the Jolly Mon or sitting on my hands waiting for fishing charters.  The Jolly Mon is over and people are finally showing up to go fishing.  I've fished the last couple of days under near perfect conditions.  The ocean was calm, it wasn't too hot and the fish were biting.  The bite has been good at the 70' hole for Kings in the 6-15 pound class and we've caught at least one dolphin and/or cobia every trip mixed in with the kings.  Action has been good on dead Cigar Minnows but when you get live bait, it is guaranteed red hot.  The Pogys were off Holden Beach's west end and in front of Shallotte inlet today.  They are good size and trust me, the Kings love them!  Still waiting on the larger Kings to show, but not seeing many at all right now.

In other news, this weekend is a new King tournament.  The Jodi E. Tynch Memorial King Mackerel Tournament.  It is hosted out of Wrightsville and is a benefit tournament for Lower Cape Fear Hospice.  For information contact Mike Tynch at 910 284 3140 or miketynch@yahoo.com .

That's what is up.  I think I'll be heading off to the Stream on Friday to do some trolling and bottom fishing.  I plan on live baiting out there, so we'll see how it goes.  See you on the water!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Yee Haw Fish Call Jolly Mon Winner!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/09
 

This info may have already leaked out to the underground internet boards, but it is my understanding the winning fish in the Jolly Mon King Mackeral Tourney was lured in by non other than a YEE HAW FISH CALL! With all the spears I've taken both inside and outside the family, my thanks to the Reel Time Jolly Mon winners for vindicating me. YEE HAW!
- Rube McMullan
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"Snapshot Jolly Mon Awards" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/09
 

I thought I'd post a couple pictures of the top 3 teams in the Jolly Mon.  I'll defer to Captain Brant for the whole report.   I've included pictures of the top three winning teams, left to right, 1st place--Reel Time, (crew-Samuel "Tommy" Ress, his daughters, son-in-law Preston Nowell, and crew member Chad Malpass), 2nd place-Ketch This, 3rd place-Got-Cha.  Congratulations and thanks to all who in some way participated in the Jolly Mon and made it such a great success.

I should also mention the 2 lovely Awards Girls, Miss Caroline McMullan and Miss Camdyn Beck.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Reel Time WINS 2009 Jolly Mon with 38.15" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/21/09
 

2009 Yellowfin / OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic FINAL RESULTS- CLICK HERE

Another one is in the books.  305 boats went out, but one came back with the biggest fish.  Samuel Rees of Southport, NC and crew aboard their 22 foot Sea Hunt boated a 38.15 pound King on Sunday morning at 10am while fishing near McGlammery Reef to take home 1st place and $26,000 in prize money.

Thanks to all the participants and sponsors for their support.  I'll see you on the tournament trail this Summer and hope to see you back at the OIFC for the Fall Brawl in October.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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