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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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"Life Saver" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/07/09
 

Rainy, travel days often make for slow days for the Fishing Report. However it never fails that good friends and excellent fishermen save the day.

That's exactly what happened when Tommy Helms contacted me with a story and photographic evidence of a trip he and another good friend Tommy Lytton had Friday.  The bait was thick and they had all intentions to go drum fishing.  But for some reason they decided to give flounder fishing at an AR a shot.  Good decision!!! 

 Tommy said they were drift fishing and discovered a spot where the flounder were stacked on each other like roofing shingles.  He said that in total they caught about 50 fish, and threw back more flounder than he'd ever thrown back in his life.  They had a friend with them who'd never flounder fished.  I hope he doesn't think this is the norm.  Check out the picture...it looks like someone tiled a floor with flounder.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Kings Again!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/06/09
 

First I'd like to welcome Captain Chris Dawson as the latest member of the OIFC  Fleet's roster.  Chris has been around the area for quite awhile and is a very accomplished charter fisherman.  Another Chris is what we really need.

As you can tell by the pictures the OIFC docks were bustling with activity as our boats came in with catches of spanish, blue fish, and the prized kings!  The king fish are beginning to migrate near shore as the water has begun to cool and the bait fish are continuing to be thick.  The last couple of days have found them haning out around the Youpon Reef.  They are chewing on pogies, which are pretty thick off Holden Beach in 20-30 ft. of water

Check out Captain Jeff Williamson's catch aboard the Carolina Cat with Raymond Shi, James Ma, Jon Zhaah and Wei Ye from Raleigh, N.C. and Dallas, Tx.  The charter boats all use the OIFC Kingfish Combo.  This set up has withstood the test of charter fishing and is the same combo I use as well as the other captains on their own boats.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Thanks" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/05/09
 

Thank you, USMC Pvt. Levi Moore for the sacrifices you and the rest of the members of our Armed Forces make for us.

Now, the seas were glass slick today, with a NNE wind and water temp. of @75 degrees.  The bait was found east of the Holden Beach Pier in 20-30 ft. of water.  Finally...the kings were found  near shore around the Youpon Reef.  Several were caught by our charter boats and I heard other boats reporting hookups on the radio.  The catches of the day were spanish, blue fish and kings.  Perhaps we've turned the corner towards our famous fall bite


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Family Day" | OIFC 2- 27' | 09/05/09
 

Capt. Brant took my boys & I out for a day of fishing today. It couldn't have been a more beautiful day. Flat seas, mid 80's temps, nice breeze, & a few bites.

We've done our fair share of king fishing in the past, but today was the first time we used a kite. We meaning Kevin, Levi & I. We really enjoyed it. You can get your own kite fishing gear HERE. (Hey, I've got to plug my online store if I'm doing the fishing report right?)

Kevin caught a net full of pogies with the first throw this morning off of Holden Beach. We were fishing at Lockwood Folly. I caught one small king that we kept for dinner tomorrow, & one small shark. We had a few bites that got away. And our newly graduated USMC Pvt Moore caught a nice sized teenager that he realeased after a short photo shoot.

Thanks again Capt. Brant, it was a great day & will make for a nice memory after our Marine leaves next week for more training.          Anita


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"An Event" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/04/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy/OIFC Charters) experienced something that most anglers only dream of.  At low tide, using mullet minnows "near" the Shallotte Inlet, he and his charter caught 40, again 40 red drum.  Jeff also had a massive flounder they caught at an off shore AR.  This is no fish story, and hopefully I'll have pictures to prove it.  Captain Jeff is one heck of an angler!  He can put you on the fish both inshore and off.

Today was "take your no fishing dad fishing day".  I had my trusty  OIFC Custom Inshore Combo and Jeff along with Justin Brown took me up and down the ICW.  Personally speaking, I caught 1 undersized flounder.  On the other hand Jeff managed to get into the reds.  Justin had his own game on using a buck tail.  I guess if you can't do it you write about it.

The bait was thicker than I'd ever seen it, especially around the Shallotte Inlet.  At  times the mullet were in schools over 30-40 ft. wide.

Our tackle was not an issue.  I'm extremely pleased with my In shore combo and Justin says he most always has success using buck tails.  There is an art to artificial fishing.

Near shore, Captain Chris Dew reported the spanish are still hot around the Youpon Reef.  He also watched as a fisherman fought a tarpon for about 30 minutes just off the mouth of the Lockwood Folly Inlet.  The wind was north north east which made the ICW and the near shore ocean flat.  With the cool nights and plenty of bait I suggest you give it a shot.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Happy Birthday!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/03/09
 

Happy 30th birthday to our own Captain Chris Burrows!!!  How much you want to bet this report get edited?

The red drum are still at it.  Captain Jeff (Get Busy) Williamson and Captain Jeff Beck again slayed the drum today.  The flounder also decided to get in on the action.  They were not the only ones getting in on the bite and their not so secrete secrete hole was not the only location of the bite.  Locals attribute this hot action to the recent mullet run.  Also, shrimp are again plentiful in the creeks and natural canals.

Off shore, I received a reliable report of a strong mahi bite near the Steeples.  However the predicted north east wind may shut this bite down.  The weekend prediction indicated the off shore seas to be bumpy.  But the very near shore will probably be protected from the north wind by the islands.  Often you can get a clear shot of the sea conditions by taking a look when crossing the Ocean Isle Bridge.

None the less, if you can't get off shore, the in shore action promises to be hot.  Note: Captain J. Dogg Williamson should be sending me pictures of today's action and I'll post them when they arrive.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"New Boaters Laws" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/02/09
 

Effective May 2010 a new law goes into effect in N.C. requiring boat operators under the age of 26,to have completed a boater's safety course, under certain circumstances.  Check out thislink.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Reel Heat" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/02/09
 

Check out this nice sail released by junior angler Griffin Canady on Sunday in the Brunswick Islands KMT.  Griffin was fishing with his dad Sam on Jimmy Hall's Yellowfin, the "Reel Heat."  Jimmy and son Jerry started king mackerel fishing last year and are already on to it--the team finished 5th in this past weekends event.   They were fishing in about 100' of water on a tip from a friend.  Look for them standing on top of the podium again real soon.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Spanish Near Shore" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/02/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson spent the midday working the Youpon Reef with the Day family catching their limit of spanish mackerel.  I  outlined where he caught bait, etc. in this morning's report.

Meanwhile, back at the ICW, Captain Jeff Beck and angler extraordinaire Brian Aycock found a new red drum hole and successfully caught and released a boatload of drum.  They used mullet minnows, which weren't easy to come by because of the wind and high tide.  It's a good thing Capt. Jeff W. is a builder and charter captain and not a policeman because he passed by these two rather large men twice and still doesn't know where they caught the drum.  Maybe a trip to Pearle Vision is in order.

Captain Kyle on the OIFC Speckulator, also had a good day with the flounder and drum as shown in the picture.

The forecast for the weekend is for winds out of the north and low temps. in the 60's, which should make for good fishing conditions both in shore and off.  


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Morning Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/02/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson aboard the Carolina Cat just reported the following:  The wind is out of the north causing a 1ft. chop.  Pogies are thick enough to walk on between the Holden Beach Bridge and the Holden Beach Pier.  He said there are acres of them.  The bait mullet are thick around the Shallotte Inlet.  Jeff further reports birds working the Lockwood Inlet and he just saw spansh mackerel  jumping in that area.

We have 2 boats working the in shore area and I hope to have an update around noon.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team OIFC wins Brunswick KMT" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/01/09
 

I had Barrett, Brian and Austin Aycock on board the Ocean Isle Fishing Center boat to fish the Brunswick Islands King Mackerel Tournament on Sunday, and darn if we did not win. Knowing that the local water conditions were bad, we ran 60 miles south off of Georgetown where we caught several nice Kings in the 20+ pound range including a 29.11 pounder that was good enough for the win. Traditionally it takes a much larger King to win a tournament, but the King Mackerel fishing has been so poor, this was enough. And as is the case in any tournament, it’s not about how big your fish is, it’s about how big everyone else’s fish are, and ours was big enough.

Wind went hard north today and Mullet were running.  Charters caught spanish and blues off Ocean Crest and had 1 King at Yaupon Reef.  The wind is going to blow this week and its supposed to be cool- the weekend is looking good, so keep your fingers crossed.  It could be great- stay tuned.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Cool Front" | OIFC 1- 36' | 09/01/09
 

The weather has turned cool overnight.  It was 68 degrees this morning.  If this trend continues the fishing should pick up even more.  Two of our boats went out today.  Again pogies were located just off Holden Beach.  However, now they are holding in  balls and you have to look for the concentrated dark colored water.  The pogies were numerous in the waterway and were a great size for flounder fishing.

The captains directed their efforts on spanish mackerel, but got into blues as well.  Though many don't like to eat blue fish, they make great king mackerel bait.  I assume where there are blues, there are kings.  Captain Chris Dew hooked up with a king at the Youpon but got cut off.  Captain Chris Burrows reported seeing kings sky at some of the near shore reefs.  So, with the cooler weather in the offer, the near shore king bite should be heating up.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 08/31/09
 

Well folks, August is finally over, and hopefully a cool-down is on the way.  We have a front coming through as we speak, which will should begin to cool things down a bit.  The redfish and flounder fishing continues to be good, as we have manage to catch some of each on every trip recently.  The trout have also made somewhat of a showing the last few days, with a few being caught.  They will begin the school up and become more prevalent as the water cools though.  So everyone get ready, fall is right around the corner, big drum, big flounder, and lots of trout...I can't wait.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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