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"Maiden Voyage" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/02/09
 

Today Capt Jeff Beck and  I were joined by Capt. Roger for our new Sea Hunt's ( Do Work) first trip to the Gulf Steam.  We thought we'd check her out to see if she knew how to fish and how she handles the seas.

We caught several Dolphin in the Black Jack and 100/400 areas.  We hooked up on a big Bull only to have it spit the hook just before getting the gaff and high tail it away  Then we went to the Navy Wreck to try out bottom fishing.  We managed to hoist some huge AJ's which we released.  Later in the day we headed back to the OIFC with our test complete.  Do yourself and your family a favor.....take your son and/or your daughter fishing,  it's something you nor they will ever forget.

Check out the ocean in the pictures.  It doesn't get much prettier.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC anglers to the east" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/02/09
 

I just got off the phone with Michael Ward, a good friend of the OIFC who lives in Wilmington and fishes his Parker, the "Black Flag" out of Wrightsville Beach.  He went up to Topsail Island this weekend with a few friends and scored on some nice wahoos on Saturday and Sunday's fishing.  Check out a few of these pigs, caught with Clifton Owen, Doug Dan, Jeff Newman, Paul, and Wayne the Puker.  Not a bad haul.  Nice rods, Michael!!!  I think I've seen that design before!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"They Exist!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/02/09
 

Richard Smith just sent me these pictures of some yellowfins they found during the Bald Head Island Rodeo, just north of the Steeples.  It's about time to see multiple tunas on the same boat!!!  So let's see.  We have an amazing gaffer bite, scattered wahoos, a couple of tunafish, and a strong showing by billfish.  Could it be any better?!?  Capt. Rickey and Capt. Jeff Beck are fishing on their boat ("Do Work") today with Capt. Roger.  I bet they see something cool out there.  Can't wait for a report.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/02/09
 

Hello to all inshore fishermen! I got back on the water yesterday after taking the weekend off to spend some time in the bluewater.  The consistent flounder bite continued yesterday, as I think we ended up catching a handful, and probably could have caught more had we not left to go trout fishing.  The trout bite was good over the weekend, but seemed to have slowed a little yesterday, but we still managed to catch a fish or two.  On an even more positive note, there was more bait around yesterday than I have seen all year.  Pogies, Mullet, and we were even able to cast net some live shrimp.  With all of the bait finally showing up in full force, the fishing for all the inshore species should really take off.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Rube's King Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/01/09
 

Adding to Rube's report, I was fortunate enough to be with Captain Roger on this charter.   Local family Michael Power, his wife Ronda, whose birthday it is today and their daughter Kristin made up the charter.  Rhonda didn't bring any birthday cake to share!

  We began the morning pulling  silver Clarkspoons on #1 and #2 planers in 30 ft of water just off O I B at the Shallotte Inlet.  We could see the birds and the Spanish flicking the water.  After just a few passes we had all the Spanish the Power's were interested in.  So we decided to head to the 90's to try our hand at King fishing.  Roger began pulling naked Cigar minnows and we commenced to absolutely slay the Kings.  This was an exciting time to say the least.  We arrived at about 9:15 am and caught Kings until 11:00 am, when the tide went slack and the action stopped.  But only for a short time, because as quickly as it stopped, it took off again. and stayed hot until we had to leave.  

As most people know, the 90's are within sight of land and accessible to even small boats.  The Jolly Mon is right around the corner and the Kings are here an waiting!   


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Action Packed" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/01/09
 

Reports kept coming in Sunday about the Mahi and Wahoo being caught at the 100/400  as well as the Scarp.

Mr. Charles McClure (Holden On)  friends Griffen Bailey, John Bailey, and brothers Bill and John Burkett fished the 100/400.  Among other fish they  caught they boated a 36 lb. Wahoo, and 2 bull dolphin weighing 22& 25 lbs respectively.  All this by 1pm so they could bottom fish.

Captain Chris Dew (It Works) and 1st mate Aaron Dew  did damage of their own at the 23 mile ledge with a charter consisting of Jason Eggret, David Morgan,  Tommy Gordon and son Tom Gordon Jr.  Captain Chis forgot to let me know he as at the dock, so the only picture I got was of this lonely AJ.  Believe me, he had a cleaning table full of fish!  UPDATE. I SAID THAT CAPTAIN CHRIS AHD MORE FISH THAN THE LONELY AJ.  CHECK OUT THE PICS THEY SENT ME!

Captain Roger and 1st mate Zach took a charter of six to the 100/400 and caught multiple Mahi, and Wahoo.  Roger said they pulled ceder plugs and blue and white Mini Jags.

Daniel Simmons and Amber Simmons (OIB Ready Mix) took a productive trip themselves, landing several dolphinfish and the citation Wahoo pictured below which Amber landed.  This couple are great friends of the OIFC, and are an accomplished fishing team.  Thanks for the pictures!

I received several other reports of  hot Wahoo and Dolphin action at both the 100/400 and the Winyah Scarp.  I should have more reports to post as folks send them in.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stick Slinger rides again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/01/09
 

From all reports I've heard, yesterday was one of those days that everyone dreams about offshore.  And I was at my parents house in Charlotte, arguing with my father over some trees he has let grow into the power lines and the concept of emminent domain.  Oh well, it was good to see the folks.  The "Stick Slinger," captained by Jim Bowen and crewed by David Carter, Wil Calihan, and Wiil Scott was in the gulf stream, and they scored well on over a dozen dolphin fish and this nice wahoo.  Jim said the hot bite was on the Blue Water Candy pink/white spreader bar.  Not only was it catching fish (including their wahoo) but it was bringing other fish into the spread as well.  Pink and white has been the color so far this year, and the fishing remains hot.  Come on down here and catch some!!!

Also, check out these nice gaffers from Kennan Hill's trip to the Winyah yesterday.  The dolphin seem to be chewin' up and down the break.  Jeff Drake and Michelle Evans caught a blue one to the south as well, fishing on "The Law."  Finally, spoke to Chris "L'il B Mack" Eckert, who took his 28' Scout, the "Southern Hook" to the Big Rock with Zack Faulkner and Will King.  They reported about 20 gaffers, a nice wahoo, two sails and a BIG blue marlin.  Now folks, that's how you do it.  I guess lure fishing for marlins really does work...


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"King bite on at 90/90" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/01/09
 

Cap Roger just pulled in with an impressive catch of Kings[up to 20lbs] caught this morning at 90's. Capt Rog said lots of bait, Kings biting like bulldogs...just in time for the Jolly Mon, coming in a couple weeks. Roger also loaded up on spanish at the inlet.
- Rube McMullan
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"Report from the stream" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/01/09
 

Had pleasure yesterday of spending day in the gulf stream aboard the Black Dog, with Capt Bob at the helm, mate extroadinare Ned running the pit, me and York as designated winders. We fished the 100/400 and picked away at em till we scored a Carolina Slam with a half doz dolphin, several blackfins, and wahoo. Think most of the other 20+ boats fishing the area had same results. Did see one boat hooked up fighting a very mad marlin as it tore the water up. Not sure who it was but looked like they had their hands full. Appears action has cooled down from the slaughter thats been going on last several weeks, but still plenty of fish for a good days work. Water full of flying fish, so fish should stay in our areas as long as good bait supply is available.  Also, guaranty that anyone willing to put dedicated effort into marlin fishing will score. With amount of blackfin and dolphin around, he's bound to be there too.

Weather looks great for the week. Come on down!


- Rube McMullan
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"Bait and Flounder Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/31/09
 

The pogies were plentiful in the ICW and seemed to be the hot Flounder bait.  Also, tiger minnows were easy to find, especially in the tidal pools and  proved themselves as good bait.  Capt. Jeff B. and I scored several Flounder behind Sunset Beach this morning.  Capt. Jeff had the hot  hand landing several keepers and releasing  several undersized.

On the Rodeo front, Jeff Wallen of Myrtle Beach took over the second spot in the Flounder Division with a 6 lb Flounder he weighed in at the OIFC yesterday.  The entries keep increasing!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Light and Variable" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/30/09
 

The favorite words known to the gulf stream fishermen...light and variable. Those are the words being spoken by National Weather Service for next several days so whatever you're doing back in land needs to be dropped immediately and you need to get down here and take advantage of perfect weather and the incredible dolphin bite thats been going on this spring. We'll be out there tomorrow so we can give everyone a direction pointer tomorrow evening. Come on down. We need to even the score with the fish; they're winning.
- Rube McMullan
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"Morning Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/30/09
 

Anglers report Spanish being caught near the Lockwood on silver/green Clarkspoons Friday.  There are several boats going King fishing today with most talking about going to the Jungle.  Right now (8:20 am) I'm hearing reports of 4 ft swells out of the SW with a north wind close to shore,  However they are saying the further you go out the better conditions are.

RODEO UPDATE:  The total purse is $1,500. But remember I was the one doing the figuring!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bottom Time" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/29/09
 

Captain Roger and 1st Mate Turtle took Peter Janich, John Neff, Bob Grimsley, Ron Andrews, Willie Maclean all of Greenville, S.C. and Kevin Kinzie, of Spartenburg, S.C. bottom fishing today aboard the World Cat.  The charter spent the day landing huge Amberjacks as well as Sea Bass.

Meanwhile, Captain Brant and Captain Zach were on the Carolina Cat having a big time of their own catching Scamp Grouper, B Liners, Sea Bass, Trigger Fish and AJ's in the area of the Houston.  Aboard the Carolina Cat were James Brown, Kenny Abel, Terry Sifford, Harold Broadway, Reggie Walker and Theodore Gladden all of the Salisbury and Charlotte, N.C. area. 

It seemed everyone had a good time.  Thanks guys for fishing with Capt. Brant's Fishing Adventures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Milton's Big Gaffer" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/28/09
 

How about this stud dolphinfish, caught by Milton Beaty on the "Hook N Up.!"  The boys said it maxed oot a 35# spring scale with ease.  Milton (the guy wearing green) has a house on Raeford St., but was fishing out of McClellanville when they hooked this fish.  He didn't say what he got the bite on, but the lures lying on the dock may provide a clue or two.  Or it could be a Brian Aycock/Jeff Beck style diversion.  Hmmmm...  Regardless, dolphin fishing is hot right now.  I'm anticipating some big point totals from the Bald Head tournament this weekend.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Spanish" | OIFC 2- 27' | 05/28/09
 

     Today I was fortunate to fish with Chris Kipper and his friends from New York. Our objective was to find "food fish" as they were responsible for dinner tonight. We entered the ocean from Shallotte Inlet and deployed our clarkspoons and trolled to the east along Holden Beach. With very little action, we picked up and traveled on toward Lockwood Folly Inlet. Capt. Roger on board the Carolina Cat called and said he had seen a few spanish jumping east of the Holden Beach water tank while he was looking for bait for an offshore trip. We arrived near the water tank and put our lines in and were immediately rewarded with a nice spanish. We worked the area in 25-35' of water and got steady bites. We were using 00 spoons on No. 1 planers. The water is warming again and beginning to clear up which means the Kings will be biting in our nearshore waters very soon. Stay tuned. Take a kid fishing.


- Capt. Chris Dew
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"Ain't it tuff.........." | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/28/09
 

Ain't it tuff being Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy).  He just sent these pictures of himself on Jack and Rob Hughes'  61 ft Viking "The Jolly Mon".  They were fishing 100' of 72 degree water for a mixed bag.  Jeff said bait fish and flying fish were everywhere.  Have a great time Jeff, and think about the rest of us.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"WAHOO!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/27/09
 

Captain Roger along with 1st mate Captain Zach took George and Tyler Yaken from Florance, S.C. to the Winyah Scarp today.  As can  be seen in the pictures they landed their share of Mah, and finally the Wahoo who had  done as excellent job of eluding  us this season.

Joining the Carolina Cat at the Scarp was the World Cat Captained by Chris Burrows with 1st Mate "Turtle", and their charter  consisting of Eric Iovacchini (can I buy a vowel ) (Ashville, N.C.), Chuck Lynch (Charlotte, N.C.), Jim Day (Athens, Ga.), and Dan Stonburney (Athens, Ga.).  To say the least these guys were a hoot!  They fished using pink and white Islander Outriders but caught their biggest Mahi, you guessed it on a Black Bart Mahi Candy.  Captain Chris said they found a grass patch and wore the Mahi out and threw in a couple of Wahoo for good measure.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Flounder Bite Continues" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/27/09
 

Noah Delucia and family of the Research Triangle area rented the OIFC Penn Craft for a days fishing and exploring.  They were rewarded with several Flounder caught in Tubbs Inlet on Mud Minnows to include the one in the picture which Noah landed.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo UpDate" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/27/09
 

Total purse is $1,470..Sign up!!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Winyah Scarp" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/27/09
 

The Scarp area has been the hot spot the last couple of days, giving up 20+ Mahi per boat.  The Dolphinfish range from peanut to over 20lbs.  Islanders of most any color are working, with blue and white seeming to be the most productive.

Near shore the Spanish are very active and are best fished with pink Clark Spoon's on #3 planers.

The Cat Boats are headed for the Scarp and hopefully I'll have a report and pictures later today.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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