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"2 WORDS" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/18/09
 

FALLLLLLLLLLLLLL  BRAWLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also sign up for the Rodeo and have a chance at even more winnings!!  When you weigh in notify the Weigh Master if your in the Rodeo so we can record that weight. See you here........ 


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"Now for the Fun Tournaments!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/18/09
 

We tournament fishermen and fisherwomen work so hard during the dog days of summer. Sometimes we're lucky and the conditions are nice on any given Saturday but most of the time we are faced with a southwest wind 15-20mph, 3-5ft seas and fish that aren't really in our area in great numbers.  We struggle to locate bait, we slave away all day in the hot sun, and we hope to squeak out a couple bites during a full day of fishing.  Well...it probably isn't quite that bleak, but the point is, times they are a changin'.  It's fall, the weather is here, the bait is here, the fish are here and I wish you were beautiful said Buffett.  Typical fall weather is moderate temperatures and wind from the north.  The great thing about a north wind is that no matter how hard it blows, the ocean will always remain smooth within a few miles of shore due to the land blockage. The other great thing about the fall and the north wind is the massive amounts of bait that is triggered to migrate right along our beaches during this transition season.  And, oh yeah, one more great thing about all this is the opportunistic kingfish isn't missing out on the party.  He'll be patrolling the beaches intercepting the migrating baitfish fattening up for his winter migration.  Not only is he attracted to the beach because of the baitfish, but also because the water is calmer and clearer than it is offshore if a hard north wind is blowing.  Fall is natures way of rewarding the hard working fishermen who battle the many obstacles during summer.  Bait is plentiful, the fish are plentiful, the fish are close, and you can almost always fish in calm water if you choose.  So if you are a tournament fisherman or fisherwoman now is the time to cash in those chips you earned by fishing all summer and come enjoy fishing the way it should always be. 

With the tournament season winding down I encourage everyone to join in on the last two events of the year here in the Carolinas.  The first of which is the annual Fall Brawl King Class held at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center next weekend October 23-25th.  Registration is on friday and teams may choose to fish either Saturday or Sunday.  This tournament annually hosts between 150 and 275 boats.  Fishing should continue to be outstanding and the winner almost always comes within a driver of land. 

The very last event of the season here in North Carolina is the 2nd Annual OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.  This event is planned at a time and place where the biggest kingfish of the year and in the southeast congregate on the East Side of Cape Lookout between Beaufort, NC and Hatteras, NC.  The average fish is around 30lbs with fish over 40lbs common and up to 60lbs possible.  Fishing teams will have a choice with their fishing days.  Between November 7th and November 15th (9 days) teams will choose and declare 2 fishing days.  Registration will be online at www.oifc.com/tournaments and will remain open furing the competition until Friday November 13th at 11:59pm.  Check out the OIFC.com tournaments page for more information on this event including accomodations, prize structure, rules, and additional tournament details. 

The air is cooling and the fishing is getting hot.  Come join the fun and camraderie for the last two kingfish events of the season and reward yourself with a great catching experience after a long summer of fishing. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"IMG00002.jpg" | Real-Time Update | 10/17/09
 

Mark Erwin and Mark Pelstering on the lady nicole. With a 31.4 lbs king Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
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"Jungle today decent" | Real-Time Update | 10/17/09
 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Going diving" | Real-Time Update | 10/16/09
 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Booyah" | Real-Time Update | 10/16/09
 


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"Shallotte Inlet" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/15/09
 

Ever wonder what an aerial view of Shallotte Inlet or Tubbs Inlet would  look like?  I have almost every time I try to navigate them.  Fortunately a friend of mine allowed me to provide ya'll with these pictures.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Yesterday At The Lighthouse Rock" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/14/09
 

The king bite was on yesterday at the Lighthouse Rock.  Our charter boats were in them  hot and  heavy as was Miss Caroline who took her dad, Brant and uncle Barrett fishing  on Barrett's Yellowfin.  Caroline said her little brother Brayden couldn't go because he didn't have a life jacket that would fit.  Carolyn also reported that she caught two kings on her own! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Multimedia message" | Real-Time Update | 10/14/09
 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Test" | Real-Time Update | 10/14/09
 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fairwell to capt chris" | Real-Time Update | 10/14/09
 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 10/13/09
 

It seems that fall has finally begun to set in this week after quite a bit of SW wind recently that was keeping everything warm.  However, this steady north wind should get begin to get the water cooled downed, which will should make the fishing heat up.  Not that the fishing isn't good right now, but it should only continue to get better.  The flounder and trout continue to bite consistently, and the trout fishing should really start to pick up as things cool off. The drum bite is also very good now, with plenty of reds of all sizes out there to be caught, from 16" pups to some 40+" citation class fish.  Without a doubt the best inshore fishing of the year is upon us, so find an excuse to get to the beach and go fishing.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Guide Service" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/13/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson had a full day's guide service aboard the Prokat" Clarat" with Cary Campbell, Bo Tucker, Jim Pressly and Elmer Gaw.  The morning part of the charter had Captain Jeff sweating bullets.  All he could hook up with was sharks.  But come afternoon, Jeff's skills kicked in and he got into the kings so frantically that he thought they were going to eat the bottom of the boat out.  At some times he had triple hook ups.  Jeff and the other OIFC boats were fishing the same areas and stayed in communication...teamwork pays!  Just one of the many reasons to fish with us.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"It Continues" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/13/09
 

The King Fest continued with the Carolina Cat.  Captain Chris Burrows and 1st Mate Steele Park served up a buffet for their charter from Raleigh, N.C.  The group consisting of Jim Bos, Kirk Dittmar and Nick Versmissen fished with pin fish and pogies which they caught just off Holden Beach.  The pin fish were the bait of choice for the grouper and AJ's and the pogies for the kings. Most of the kings were caught on the downrigger with a pink Blue Water Candy skirt.

Captain Brant was fishing near the Carolina Cat and landed several kings himself.  He also reported a 40 lb'r caught in their vicinity.  All our boats were fishing in 50 ft of water with pogies caught just off Holden Beach near the water tower.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"The Rest Of The Story" | OIFC 2- 27' | 10/13/09
 

Wrapping up the day's action was Captain Chris "OC" Dew aboard the OIFC-2, AKA " It Works", with Adam, Mandy (mom and dad) ,Eliot and Lucy Burhans of Cary, N.C.  Instead of sounding like a broken record, Chris was fishing right along with the rest of the OIFC Fleet.

What a day on the ocean!  The fall bite is definately on just in time for The Fall Brawl.  Also, remember the OIFC Year Around Rodeo.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sunday report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/12/09
 

The Rickenbaugh family joined me aboard the OIFC World Cat for a 1/2 day trip.  We fished Shallotte inlet for Kings for an hour so with no luck.  I spotted birds working offshore of the inlet some 2 miles and we change to Spanish gear and caught several 2-3 pound Spanish.  The winds settled so I made the call to spend the last hour fishing for Kings at the 390's.  We found action quick and stayed hooked up the entire hour, boating 4 Kings and releasing several others- the biggest around 23-25 pounds.  Pogys were plentiful at Shallotte inlet and I think there are Kings there too, the tide was just wrong for us. 

DON'T FORGET- Fall Brawl weekend after next- October 23-25 - REGISTER ON LINE or PRINT AND ENTRY FORM or enter at the OIFC on Friday, October 23rd--


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Join The Crowd" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/12/09
 

Sunday my family and I joined the gang from the OIFC fishing at the 90's.  Since my 3 yr old granddaughter was going with us and the wind was blowing I decided to call the OIFC to get an up to date sea report.  The OIFC charter captains  generally radio the staff to give us a sea condition and bait report as soon as they can.  Ya'll should feel free to call us for that information if you are going out.  That's what we are there for.

We found our bait just east of the Shallotte inlet in 6 1/2 ft. of water.  One throw of Capt. Brants big net  resulted in a boat load of pogies and a monster red fish which we released healthy.  Check out the picture.  If you are considering going after some drum this is a good the place to check out.  Again, if you want to spend more time fishing and less time getting bait, Brant's pogy nets are a must.  Christmas is just 2 months away and a good cast net would be a great present.  I've included a picture of what 1 throw got us.

We made steam to the 90's, we set our baits and immediately got a strike.  Our first hits were on the downrigger set at 25 ft and....you guess...the Yea Haw fish call !  The rest of the time out there was spent hooking up and watching the other boats gaffing kings.  Which reminds me, a good gaff, the right length is a must.  Courtney hooked up on a the Monster of The 90's.  She fought what ever it was for a good 45 minutes.  Every time she thought she had the upper hand her Speedmaster would again start screaming.  Before we could see what we had been chasing it broke off.  With that, we headed back in.

The Fall Brawl is just 2 weeks away.  You don't want to lose the winning king because you don't have the right equipment or your equipment isn't up to the task.  Check with us so you'll be ready.  Also, the Fall Brawl T-shirt is beautiful.  You can pre order on line via the web store.  If you wait 'til Tournament weekend you may be disappointed.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fathers and Sons Charter" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/11/09
 

This afternoon dad, David, son Chad Gray, dad Chris, son Mason Muhlsteff, and Rocky and his son Josh Culbertson all from Charlotte, N.C. joined Captain Chris Dew aboard the Carolina Cat for a fishing adventure to the 90's.  The ocean was fairly rough, but no so to make fishing uncomfortable, especially since they caught  a fish box full of kings and tuna.  Chris was using pogies with Blue Water Candy skirts.  The pogies were thick just off the Shallotte inlet.

The Carolina Cat wasn't the only boat catching kings.  Captain Brant, Brian Aycock along with his family, Captain David Hooks as well as my family and me were also raking in the fish.  We caught our pogies with our Captain Brant's Custom Pogy Net in 6 1/2 ft of water just outside the Shallotte Inlet.  Earlier, Brian had caught several kings at the Shallotte Inlet Buoy.  Some other fishermen tried the Old Cape Fear River Buoy and came up empty.  It shows the kings move around, and where  a hot spot was today it may not be tomorrow.

Thanks to the guys for fishing with us, and check out their pictures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sea Conditions" | OIFC 1- 36' | 10/10/09
 

The OIFC has received three reports so far and they all say the ocean is "Nasty".  The wind is out of the south southwest, which in our area makes for less than stellar conditions.  Report of two aground in the Shallote Inlet.  One report of a boat headed to the old river channel buoy and gave it up.  They are fishing the 460 instead.  It not dangerous, just very uncomfortable.  If you do go out, bait is just off the Holden Beach Pier.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Thursday Fun" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 10/09/09
 

Thursday I had the pleasure to work as Captain Chris Burrows' 1st mate as he chartered for Donna, David, Dena Skinner and future Mr. Dena Skinner, Todd Binkley of upstate S.C..

We began the trip looking for bait, which was scarce.   Stephen Hunter (Bounty Hunter-Cape Horn) found it 1st and and hooked us up.  We were working the 460 for spanish, pulling clark spoons on #1 and #2 planers.  While out there we landed spanish and false albacore.

We got word of kings at the Shallotte ocean buoy and proceeded there.  We pulled pogies, but couldn't get a bite.  We saw a couple of kings skying, just not on our rigs.

At least we did get the skunk out of the boat, and had a great time with our charter.  The only thing I can attribute our less than stellar day to was the bananas someone left on the fence post at the top of the dock ramp.  I didn't even touch them, so it wasn't my fault!! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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