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"Shoot Out Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/10/09
 

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Blue By U! weighs 26.7- Dolphin and 19.4- Wahoo= 46.1 total points

Bloodline weighs 16.85- Dolphin and 5.35- Tuna= 22.2 total points 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Blue Bayou strikes first" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/10/09
 

Team "Blue Bayou" was the first to venture offshore in the 2009 Far Out Shoot Out and post score.  They had a 20# class wahoo and a high 20# class dolphin (Capt. Brant will post official results later).  The fish box was literally full of gaffer dolphin, as they caught 47 in all.  They are currently on the dock right now, trying to jam all the tails back in so they can make the run back to the Wilmington area.  We are still waiting for Tim Garrett and family on the "Bloodline" to make it to the scales.  Our first party noted that while it was a little sporty heading offshore this morning, the seas allowed them to run almost 60 knots on the way home.  Whoops, should have gone fishing this morning instead of sleeping in....
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"The GPS Store- Far Out Shoot Out" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/09/09
 

It is on!  Competition days are now open, but remember, registration remains open thru Friday, May 15.  Stay tuned for reports on who's declaring which days and their results.  To date registrants:

The GPS Store Fishing Team: undeclared

7th Heaven:  undeclared

Free Style:  undeclared

That's My Dog:  undeclared

Lazee Daze:  undeclared

Southern Hook: undeclared

Malyn Jean II: undeclared

Dirty Martini: undeclared

Quick Draw: undeclared

Dirty Dog:  undeclared

Bounty Hunter: undeclared

Blue By U!:  undeclared

Liquid Assets: undeclared

Gracie May:  undeclared

Bloodline:  undeclared

Ocean Isle Fishing Center: undeclared

** Registration remains open.  You can enter on-line CLICK HERE at any time of day or drop your entry at the OIFC thru Friday and then fish in the tournament the next day **

I know for a fact there are dozens of guys sitting on the side line waiting for the weather before they send their entry.  Turnout will be good if the weather man can give us a good forecast this week.  Stay tuned for results and standings.

For those that did not make the Capt. meeting last night, we had a nice get together complete with fresh grilled Yellowfin Tuna, green beans, mash potatos and corn- can't beat that!  The GPS Store staff was on hand to demo some of their products and again, I thank The GPS Store and Sea Tow for their support. 

If you missed the 5/8 report, Capt. Roger smoked the Dolphin at the Black Jack hole.  Scroll down a bit and you'll see it.  He caught 25 Dolphin from 10-25 pounds but reported he only caught 25 because he and crew got tired- they were thick!!!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"7.2 Spanish" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/09/09
 

William Parker has taken the leader board in the OIFC Rodeo in the Spanish Mackerel Division with a 7.2 lb. Spanish.  William and Dwayne Wood were fishing just off Youpon Beach using Pogies.  They also caught several Blue Fish in the 7-8 lb range.  William said the Pogies, which he described as about hand size, were hanging on the Holden Beach end of Youpon Beach. 
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Tieing The Knot" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/08/09
 

John Hayes of Taylorsville, N. C. is  at Ocean Isle Beach for a bachelors party weekend with several college and lifelong friends.  Today they fished with Captain Jeff Beck and managed some nice Red Drum, Black Drum and Flounder in the 15 to 16 inch range.  I apologize to the local fishermen, but the pictures sort of give up where they were when Douglas Bowman and Branden Stafford caught their fish.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Florida Trip Wrap Up" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/08/09
 

Back in OIB and hittin the ground running!   It's time to go fishing.  The Florida adventure was nice reprieve before settling in for the busy summer season.  Brant, Amy, Caroline, Stephanie and I met on the west coast of Florida after Brant, Rube and I finished the kingfish tournament on the east coast of Florida last weekend.  On the west coast we stayed at the South Seas Resort on Captiva island and man is that place beautiful.  It's the prototypical island paradise atmosphere.  Palm trees, clear water, swimming pools, island music, you name it and it is there.  I highly recommend visiting the South Seas Resort if you are looking for a tropical vacation within the US.  As usual, our vacation included a fishing trip.  We met up with good friend and legendary southwest Florida guide Ozzie Fischer who runs out of South Seas on Captiva.  He is a second generation charter Capt on Captiva and NOBODY knows the water down there like Ozzie.  The fishing is simply amazing in that area.  Brant, Caroline and I went for a short few hours in Ozzie's bay boat and within 50 yards of leaving the dock we were catching fish.  We caught Tarpon up to 150lbs, ladyfish, snook, sight fished redfish, and saw giant sharks hunting tarpon.  We only fished the bay water because there was no need to go any further.  Once again, I highly recommend fishing with Capt. Ozzie if you're ever in the area.  As a matter of fact we may try to put together a Traveling Fisherman trip next year to Captiva and take a group Tarpon fishing.  Catching 100+lb tarpon in 3 feet of water is incredible.  They are powerful, acrobatic, beautiful fish.  All in all, a great vacation spot but we're glad to be home and ready to go to work on all the fish beginning to arrive off our coast.  I'm sure we'll have a detailed report tomorrow judging by the mahi massacre that occurred today on Capt. Rogers vessel.  Here are some pics from Florida.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Prelude To F.O.S.O." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/08/09
 

For two trips in a row Captain Roger has proven the Mahi bite is on fire.  As the Far Out Shoot Out Captains dinner was underway, Captain Roger along with his charter pulled to the dock on the Carolina Cat with over 2 dozen nice Mahi they had taken at the Black Jack.  The charter said that they had triple and quadruple hook ups going on and that the bite was steady all day.  Roger was using Aliens rigged with Ballyhoo, no secretes, nothing fancy, just basic tried and proven Mahi fishing with an excellent Captain.  The group consisted of Jeff Carey, Jose Gonzalez, Mike Ingber, Kenneth Peters, Laris Galejs, and Scott Burgess.

Tomorrow begins the first fishing day of the Far Out Shoot Out.  Remember you can sign up during the week to fish.  Judging by what Roger brought to the dock the fishing should be great this week.  Captain Brant will keep us posted through out the week.  Good luck to all!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Gulf Stream report today" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/08/09
 

Cap Roger just called in from the Black Jack and said he is smoking the dolphin; fast as you can put a bait in the water, up to 25+lbs. Timing is perfect for the Far Out Shoot Out. Join us for the tourney, registraion starts today, Capt meeting/dinner tonight at 6-8.
- Rube McMullan
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"The GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/08/09
 

Today is the capt. meeting and dinner at the OIFC for any fishermen participating in the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out tuna, dolphin, wahoo Rodeo.  We will be serving dinner around 6:30pm and have the Capt. meeting around 7pm.  You may register in person at the OIFC or enter on-line HERE - but remember, this year, I am extending registration to stay open all the way until next Friday, May 15th.  This way if you can't go the next couple of days and aren't sure of the weather, you can watch the weather later in the week and if you decide to go fishing, simply stop in the OIFC or enter on-line and you are in the tournament.  If you've got Gulf Stream fishing on your mind and think you may go between this Saturday and next Saturday, why not pick the best weather day and then enter the Shoot Out and go fish.  Participation looks like it will be good this year based on this new open entry format as well as the addition of the Masters series- if you are a Kingfish guy and you are planning on fishing the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl anyway, why not broaden your angling horizons and fish the Shoot Out so you can have a shot winning the Masters this year?  If you can't make it this PM to the Capt. meeting and dinner, I will keep tournament news updated here at www.OIFC.com as well as if there are any rule changes or adjustments.  At this point, the rules as explained in the brochure and HERE are correct with the one exception of a TWT misprint in the brochure.  There is a 25' and under TWT available for boats 25' and less to enter.  It is printed 23' and under in the brochure but should be 25' and under. 

I look forward to seeing some of you here this PM and if not, hopefully recieving your entries during the week as you choose to fish the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out.

*** Weather update***  Looks like Sunday and Monday will be good days to fish.  I think Sunday will be the best day to fish, but the ride out may be a bit tough as a residual southerly swell will likely make the run offshore a bit aggravating.  Monday AM run out may be good, but when the wind shifts to the North offshore it can often blow more than predicted, so beware.  Beyond Tuesday, high pressure is forecast to settle in on Wednesday and Thursday and that should mean calm seas.  Hard to see much past then- stay tuned for updates.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Far Out Shoot Out Bait Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/07/09
 

For anyone looking for Spanish Mackerel we just received a report they are biting in the area of the sea buoy, about 28 ft deep and are hitting almost anything you throw at them.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Update" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/06/09
 

Hello from the inshore grounds!  I've been on the water for the last 4-5 days straight and I'm pleased to report that the fishing is still just as consistent as it has been for the last few weeks.  We have manged to catch an inshore slam for at least the last four trips (I can't remember past that), which is proof enough that the fish are biting.   We had a particulary good day yesterday however, as we ended up with a catch that included 4 trout, 6 reds, and 8 flounder, plus a couple of black drum thrown in for good measure.  The flounder bite is really starting to pick up, but as is normal this time of year, many of the fish are undersized.  But the encouraging part is that there seem to be quite a few around, so you should be able to weed through the throwbacks to find a few keepers for dinner.  The fishing should only get better from here on, so come on and lets get'em.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Sunset Beach" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/06/09
 

Captain Jeff Willaimson of the Get Busy sent the pictures for this report.  The wind was blowing so badly Wednesday that his charter decided to fish inshore.  They managed some of the first flounder of the season  along with some trout at the new Sunset Beach Bridge construction site.  They were using mud minnows.  Captain Jeff also said they fished the usual docks for Red Drum but to no avail.  They either were not there or just wern't interested in minnows.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Countdown To GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/06/09
 

It's just a very few short days until "The Shoot Out" starts.  The sun and the rain forecast makes for a beautiful week.  Now, if we can get Forecaster Roland of the National Weather Service to work on the winds we'll have it licked.  Below are some pictures of fish that have been caught in our waters in the past month.  Hopefully they willl get you fired up and ready to win some money!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Get Busy" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/05/09
 

Below is a nice Red fish Capt. Jeff Williamson landed this past weekend using live shrimp behind Ocean Isle Beach.  Captain Jeff runs the "Get Busy" and can be chartered through the OIFC.  Thankfully the shrimp are starting to show up in areas where they can be caught with a cast net.  


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/03/09
 

The wind is allowing the fish a needed break, but starting next Saturday, their vacation is over.  Registration for the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out offshore rodeo is open on-line right now CLICK HERE and will continue open on-line through Friday, May 15th.  The captain's meeting will take place at the OIFC this Friday from 6-7pm along with good eating and I"m sure a few fish stories.  Of course, you may register in person at the captain's meeting or for that matter, any time thru Friday, May 15th by visiting the OIFC.  Competition days are Saturday, May 9th thru Saturday, May 16th.  In the past, I have cut off registration for the tournament after the Capt. meeting on Friday night, but this year I am keeping it open through competition days.  My hope is that all you guys out there that can't fish the first weekend of the event and are worried about putting up your money without knowing the marine forecast for the following weekend will watch the weather and decide to enter mid week or even for the last weekend.  Looking at the weather right now, it looks to blow Friday and then is switching to the West, which should mean a frontal passage.  IF this happens and the front does not stall, the wind should go North and based on the temperatures forecast not to change much, the front will be weak and that will mean light winds.  We'll see- I'm not putting out a "Rube" forecast, but that's what I see now.  I hope you've been reading and taken notice that the Shoot Out is part of the new Masters series I've begun to crown the overall top angler of the year fishing the Shoot Out, Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl.  All you Kingfish tournament guys out there that are going to fish the Jolly Mon and Fall Brawl anyway- come fish the Shoot Out and compete for the coveted blue jacket and Masters championship- CLICK HERE for details.

My brother, fiance- Stephanie and my wife Amy and daughter Caroline and I are all in Captiva, FL (SW FL) for a bit of vacation before the season begins in full swing at OIB.  Tarpon are on the agenda- stand by.

I'll hope to hear from you or see you at the Shoot Out capt. meeting this Friday- the warm water is on the break and the Dolphin fishing will be hot.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Team OIFC and Brunswick County Teams Show" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/02/09
 

A quick update from the road:

Team OIFC competed in the 2nd leg of the SKA Pro circuit this weekend held in Jensen Beach, FL on the east coast of Florida.  The fishing was phenomenal with numerous 40 and 50lb kingfish hitting the scales.  In addition to the great king mackerel fishing, many teams encountered big dolphin, sailfish, cobia and a variety of other glamour species.  KIngfish teams were fishing just a couple miles offshore, but in this area the Gulf Stream and deep water is within a nine iron of the beach.  Team OIFC had a successful event with a 40.5lb fish on day one and a 40.7lber on day two.  These tournaments are aggregate events, 1 fish per day, which put our team into 4th place for the weekend.  Besides our Team OIFC, several other local teams had good events including Dell Williamson and crew aboard the Koolau who finished 3rd place with a 38 and 45lb fish, Forest Taylor's That's My Dog, Dean Spatholt's Rascal Meister, and Mike Kennedy's Simply Storage team.  The season long goal is to compete for "Angler of the Year" which is accomplished by posting the heaviest aggregate weight of 7 kingfish over 5 two-day tournaments throughout the southeast.  It is an extremely competitive, and fun series that allows teams who enjoy king mackerel tournament fishing to compete in tournaments in some of the best king mackerel fishing locations in the country.  We are two tournaments into the five tournament series and all the "home boys" are holding their own and still in the hunt for Angler of the Year.  You can keep up with the exact scoring and happenings on the kingfish trail at www.fishska.com.  Next stop on the trail is in Fourchon, La  in early June where we'll be fishing around oil rigs for big, aggressive kingfish. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"The Life" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/02/09
 

How great would it be to fish the Gulf Steam with Captain Roger one day and then fish inshore with your son, Captain Jeff B. the next day.  Well, that's what I was fortunate enough to do the past two days.  But most importantly you can do it too!

With the economic down turn you can now get some great deals on vacation rentals.  Then if you're lucky enough to have your own boat you can take advantage of the hot spring bite both in shore and off.  Or, if you are not sure of where to fish or how to fish our area you can hire our guide for a day, rent one of our boats or kayaks, or for a great and productive fishing experience you can book a charter.

Today, we got into the Red and Black drum on rising tide.  We fished Tubbs with limited success, but I've been told the Flounder bite is picking up there.  Customers and local fishermen have told me the Flounder and Black Drum are to be had the Sunset Bridge.  Hope to see you soon.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"100/400" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/02/09
 

Friday Captain Roger went to the Gulf Stream with Benson Sheally (Charlotte),  Bennie Shealy (Wilmington), John Denol, (Orlando, Fla), Kevin Wagner, (Raleigh) and Calvin Hunter (Charleston, SC).  If any of the names are spelled wrong it's Calvin's fault!!

The ride out facing a south wind was a "little bumpy" to say the least, but the trip was worth it.  The gang boated about a dozen nice Mahi along with some Kings.  The hot lures for them were blue and white Aliens and Islanders, both rigged with balleyhoo.

While the Carolina Cat was busy with the Mahi, Jeff Martini (Dirty Martini and Martini's Fine Dining of N, Myrtle Beach) was blasting the Wahoo, getting several double and triple hook ups.  At the same time Stuart Hamilton aboard the Moma-Mia was having a productive day slamming Mahi.

Around 3pm the wind picked up to about 20 mph.  Having had enough action everyone pulled in lines and headed for "the hill" riding the southwest trough.  Though a little wetter and tireder than when they left it was obvious everyone had a blast, possibly with the exception of John, who was glade to see land.  Semper Fi John!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"More glory shots" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/01/09
 

All it takes to make Brunswick County come to life is some sustained good weather and hungry fish.  Here's Chris Critz, who fishes out of Holden Beach, showing off a nice gaffer and a wahoo that he caught at the Blackjack two days ago.  Can't wait for the weather to get right again....

ADDENDUM:  THE WAHOO WAS CAUGHT BY JEFF CUNNINGHAM.  CHRIS JUST STOPPED BY TO LET ME KNOW TO PREVENT A FUTURE MUTINY ON HIS BOAT.  GOOD FISHIN' GUYS...


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Roscoe Jig Catches World Record Class Grouper!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/01/09
 

Just got these pics from Capt. Jodie Gay, whose friend and fishing partner David Mason's junior angler caught a 42 pound, 10 oz. yellowfin grouper yesterday while jigging between the Steeples and Same Ole' Hole.  It is now the NC state record for the species. This fish would be an IGFA All-Tackle Record had the rod not been passed to the junior angler.  Who cares what the IGFA thinks!  That's one fisherman who has his head on straight and know what he's doing!  I echo Capt. Brant's sentiment, you cannot catch these big, deepwater tackle on light tackle, it's necessary to go heavy to get the job done.  Congrats to David and crew on the fish, and to Jodie, for making the jig that is starting to break all the records.  My apologies to everyone for not having everyone's name or all the details.  For a more complete story, check out www.bluewatercandylures.com.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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