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"Eggs In 1 Basket" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/10/09
 

Capt. Jeff B and I were joined by Brian and Austin Aycock aboard our Sea Hunt the "Do Work" Sunday for a day of near shore flounder fishing.  The 1st target being the Melon Hole.  Yes, they were going to let us in on the new secret spot! 

While Austin and I were getting ice, and the fisherman's essential food stuff at the OIFC, Jeff and Brian went to get bait.  The pogies were so thick in the ICW, that it only took 2 throws of the Bett's 5 ft. radius cast net to get all the quality size pogies we needed. 

We cleared the Shallotte Inlet and headed for the Melon Hole.  We noticed a lot of small jelly balls near the Shallote Buoy.  But as we were headed to a new honey hole to catch flounder we passed them up.  Wrong!!!

Once  we arrived at what Brian alleged to be the Melon Hole we found that someone had picked all the melons and left only toad fish, lizard fish and enough barracuda to make sure we didn't  get most of them to the boat.  We could hear boats at the 90's getting single, double and even triple king hook ups.  But since all we brought was flounder gear we couldn't join in the action.  Wrong!!

We pulled up stakes and headed to the 455.  The AR was crawling with spade fish and barracuda.  The jelly balls were sparse and only about the size of a silver dollar.  After feeding the 'cudas,the  lizard fish and listening to the king fishermen still slaying the kings at the 90's we elected to give up on flounder and give spade fishing a try.  The only spade fishing gear we had was net to scoop them up.  And how did that go you might ask?  Not to good!!  Needless to say we were "ill prepared".  Jeff hates it when I say that!!

Having suffered defeat we elected to boat ride and get me some action shots of our new boat.  All the while listening to the 90's sizzle with action.

And what lesson did we learn?  Don't go off shore fishing with only the gear to target one species.  It hurts to hear that another bite is on.  We also learned that Brian may had led us astray by a couple tenths of a mile because he and Brandon Sauls had a good laugh at our experience.

No matter, the ocean was beautiful in color, clarity and conditions.  We got some sun and had a blast playing around with the boat.  All was not lost. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Melon Ball" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/09
 

Three of the most notorious fishermen in S. Brunswick County, Brian Aycock, his son Austin and Brandon Sauls went on a flounder mission today.  Brian caught a 9.2 lb. flounder, and Brandon landed a 5 lb'r. Austin brought in what was left of a flounder after it was nailed by a barracuda as he was catching it, and what was left still weighed 4.5 lbs!

Now, this bunch said they were fishing their new hot spot named the Melon Ball,  this reporter isn't too sure about that!

Brandon wanted it known that Brian's flounder was caught via Brandon aboard the Bone Crusher......see what we have to deal with at the OIFC.  Brian's Flounder lands him in 2nd place in the flounder division of the OIFC Rodeo.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Four Sons" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/09
 

The David family, Douglas, Patricia,and Alex, along with the Tabbert's, Wayne, Colton and Landon all of Raleigh and OIB were joined by Yorke Pharr today aboard the David's Four Sons center console Boston Whaler as they fished the Shark Hole.

Alex and Colton landed the biggest 28.3 king any of us have ever seen.  Everyone on the OIFC docks guessed it would be a citation fish, but we were fooled!  Yorke said the mackerel was caught with an OIFC pink skirt.  Congratulations on a fine fish! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Good News" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/08/09
 

It's still August, and the fish are still biting.  Today saw a lot of action.  Brandon Sauls, Brian Aycock, and Austin Aycock caught some monster flounder, with the largest weighing 9.2 pounds.  An equally large flounder was hooked, but a barracuda ate half of it.  Capt. Chris Dawson on the "Miss Janelle" struck gold when he caught 2 kingfish over 30 pounds (along with 10 other, smaller fish) only 9 miles off of the beach.  Spanish are thick at the nearshore ARs, and here's the kicker: the Gulf Stream fish are biting again!  Brett Yauger caught this nice wahoo (his first) at the Steeples) with Capt. Jeff McDonald on Jeff's boat, the "Undertaker."  You might remember the "Undertaker" as the crowd who got the bluefin bite going in December of 2006.  They had some other wahoo and some blackfins to boot today while they were offshore.  Congrats to them and everyone else who got it done out there today.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Dates Set for 2010 Panama Trip" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/09
 

For those who may have interest in our Traveling Fisherman program, we now have our dates set for the 2010 trip to Panama.  As posted earlier on the OIFC fishing report the trip is slated to visit the Paradise Fishing Lodge in Panama where we will be fishing the surrounding waters of Coiba Island, the legendary Hannibal Banks, and Montosa Island.  The trip consists of 5 nights in the Paradise Lodge resort and 4 full days fishing.  We will depart the US on Sunday, March 14th and arrive at the resort that evening.  Fish days are Monday, March 15th thru Thursday, March 18th and the return trip to the US is Friday, March 19th.  If anyone would like to stay longer that option is available.  We have put this extraordinary trip together with the purpose of giving OIFC friends an opportunity to travel to one of the most incredible fishing destinations on Earth with a group of familiar faces with a common background of being Carolina fishing enthusiasts.  In addition to researching and finding a great operation with top shelf fishing action, we have been fortunate enough to secure the trip at a bargain.  The cost of the trip will vary depending upon how many you choose to fish on each boat.  The recommended number of fishermen per boat is 3.  The price per person for 3 fishermen per boat is $2600.  This price includes everything including; three meals per day, boat food, boat drinks, evening drinks (includes alcohol), 5 nights in Paradise Fishing Lodge, and 4 days fishing.  It does not include air fare from the US to Panama City, gratuity for the boat crews and gratuity for the resort staff.  Also, we will be provided a charter bus from Panama City to the resort, which all travelers will share the cost.  Once again we have 15 spaces to fill.  In order to hold a space contact Barrett via email.  For more details email me. 


Trip Dates:  March 14th, 2010 - March 19th, 2010
Cost:  3 Anglers Per Boat $2600 per person
Contact:  Barrett McMullan

A few pics from the last excursion to Panama with OIFC friends.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Shark Hole/Youpon" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/08/09
 

Good sized Mahi were caught at the Shark hole.  Captain Jeff "J Dog" Williamson and Captain Turtle landed kings at the Youpon yesterday.  William Parker called them and said the Spanish were thick at the 455 so they went after some of that action using a #2 Plainer and a pink  Clarkspoon. The ICW is wall to wall with pogies, some as big as your hand.  Sizes to suit every fishing need. 

Just received a report that the pogies are off the Shallotte Inlet in about 15 ft. of water.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Local boys strike it rich at the WMO" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/07/09
 

This email was just recieved at the OIFC:
Brant,
 
My friends on the "No Problem" (58' Viking from Dock Holidays) broke the Maryland state record today with a 1062 lb. blue marlin at the "White Marlin Open in Ocean City". Check out www.whitemarlinopen.com. Fought the fish for 3 hours and 5 minutes. The boat owner is Mark Becker, captain is Skip Opalka both of N.M.B. and the angler was Bob Farris from Charlotte. The fish is worth estimated $550,000.
 
Regards,
Kenny Clark
Liquidate (Cricket Cove)
One additional note, the fish was caught on a Black Bart Lure (big suprise, huh?).
Here is a link to the Charlotte Observer's writeup on this incredible catch:
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/232/story/873083.html?mi_pluck_action=comment_submitted&qwxq=990500#Comments_Container

Congrats to all involved in the capture of the new MD state record.

- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Shark Hole alive and well again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/07/09
 

Gary Sheaff just drove his Grady White "Island Time" to the OIFC docks to show off the nice gaffer he and his crew of James Donati and Mike McDonell caught at the Shark Hole this morning.  They also reported king and spanish mackerel, along with some barracuda bites.  In the past summers I have fished here, I cannot remember having fishing this good in the month of August.  Good for that.  Let's go catch 'em while they're still here!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Been Slack" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/06/09
 

I just checked the OIFC Rodeo standings page and realized I hadn't updated it lately.  I'll make that a priority.  As you have been reading, since the wind has settled the fishing has picked up.  With September only 20 some days away it is destined to only improve, so don't forget about the Rodeo.  It's not too late to enter and the opportunity to land some big fish is getting better.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pompano" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/05/09
 

William Parker arrived at the OIFC dock on his 22' Sea Pro with a 28.1 African pompano and a 30+ lb. Amber Jack caught at the Tower using an OIFC Ultimate Jig Combo tipped with a Rosco Jig.

Shown in the picture are the anglers who landed the fish.  I'm sorry but didn't write down the angler's names.  I'll contact William and update the report.  The fish were caught while they were jigging at the Tower. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Busy Afternoon" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/05/09
 

Thank goodness the fish are biting and making the Fishing Report easier to write.  Captains Jeff Williamson and Turtle Patterson returned to the docks with several kings they caught on a return trip to the Shark Hole.  On the charter were a group from Greensboro, N.C., Chris, Ted, Ben Wallace and Keith Hanna and John Kimrey.

Capt. Chris Borrows had a hot day also, landing several kings.  Our radio was being serviced so I missed them at the dock, thusly no pictures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shark Hole" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/05/09
 

Capt. Jeff and Capt  Turtle, on the World Cat, along with Capt O.C. on the OIFC 2 (It Works) Contender,  fished the Shark Hole this morning.  They both used pogies and dead cigar minnows.  Capt. Turtle said they used green beads, pink beads,  and green Cape Lookout Screamers, as well as Blue Water Candy Skirts.  The Cat Boat landed some nice dolphin the biggest of which was caught by 14 yr old Darcy the other gaffer was caught by Joyce McDougle, a citation barracuda, caught by Jeff McDougle was released, and they hooked up on some kings, which broke off.  Also along with the McDougle family from Vienna, W. Va. was daughter Becca.

Capt. OC's crew was made up of Neil and Cameron Annas of Granit Falls, N.C. and Ryan "RT" Tilton of Cary. They caught some nice kings, spanish and sharks.  Capt OC also use Blue Water Candy, his were pink.

Capt Jeff and Turtle are headed back out and Capt Chris Burrows is still out on a full day, reports are that he is having success with some kings.

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Security Guard" | OIFC 1- 36' | 08/05/09
 

Doppler, working undercover checks out the bag of suspicious looking characters at the OIFC....hope I didn't blow his cover....
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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" AJ's& King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/04/09
 

Captains Turtle and Zach fished the Raritan today with Chris, Karen, Austin, Blake, Lauren Butler and Paw Paw Ed Britt.  They used pogies which were caught off the Shallotte Inlet.  The pogies are getting harder to find and deeper so I highly recommend investing in a Captain Brant's Custom Cast Net.  Pogies are fast and get spooked easily, thusly you need a large and heavy net that will sink fast!  If you're on the bait, you will catch all you need and more. The net comes with free lessons on how to throw it!

Check out the guys' catch in the pictures.  Also pictured are Turtle and Zach preparing for their off season jobs as cooks at a Japanese steak house.

On the in shore front, Captain Jeff Beck and Toby Russ landed several flounder late this afternoon.  This cames in a "don't ask, don't tell" format...I didn't ask and they didn't tell.  However it illustrates that the flounder are around in shore.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"HELP WANTED" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/04/09
 

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


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"World Cat" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/03/09
 

Bob Newell sent me this picture of our own OIFC World Cat in action.  Oh how I wish the seas looked like that everyday!  Thanks Bob.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"July 4 Sailfish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/03/09
 

As promised, here are the pictures from Denny Headington and Stuart Hamilton's Independence Day sailfish.  They were fishing on Dave Foster's boat out of Little River Inlet when the fish bit.  Folks, these fish are still around.  Be sure to keep a spinning or 20# conventional outfit ready with a circle hook to throw at these guys when they show up in the spread.  A live pogy or cigar minnow should work just fine.  Congrats to Dave, Denny, and Stuart on an outstanding catch.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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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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