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"Redemption" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/25/09
 

A couple of weeks ago Robbie Dial sent a picture which I posted of a puny red fish.  In an effort to redeem himself he went to the Jetties and someone caught this beautiful red that Robbie's holding in the photo.  He claims he caught it...we'll take his word as he is an honest man.  Check out the before and after pictures below.  You'll also be glad to know he caught it using pogies, which is a great sign that the pogies are here.  I've heard reports of them ranging from the Cape Fear, from Brant, near the Oak Island Coast Guard Station from Jeff and now from Robbie.  A word of caution..be careful where you poke your nose around the Coast Guard Station they're serious about their security.

On the same fishing trip Robbie caught a 15 inch Flounder in the ICW.  They had several blues and some short strikes.  He said they were only out for 3-4 hrs.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Friday stream report " | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/25/09
 

Made trip yesterday south to MacMarlin ledges. Found water cool and green. Didn't bother to put out lines so shifted game tp bottom fishing. Tried deep jigging in 150-180 ft deep. Caught grouper/triggers on Roscoe jigs and big white feather jigs. Got our butts kicked by BIG groupers, too much for our gear. Plan to retool and have a rematch after we lost $100 worth of jigs.

Sounded like best water at Steeples as boats found good gulf stream blue water and good catches of blackfin tuna and dolphin. Our boats and others out today so stand by for report this evening. Weather continues to be perfect and many folks going tomorrow.


- Rube McMullan
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"Warm Water" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/25/09
 

To the point, the warm water is around the Nipple (72-73 degrees), Same Ole (72-73), and to some degree the Black Jack (@70 degrees)  The Steeples seem to be giving up the warmest water with the water in about the 75 degree range.The temperature shot I was using was taken at 5pm yesterday.

Several boats are headed to the Steeples and the Tower.

Reference Tripp and Austins Backwater Battle, I've heard of a 4.5 lb Trout.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"New Wreck" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/25/09
 

Anglers who frequent Morehead City, or anyone else interested in a wreck  in the shipping channel  there might want to check out this link from the Army Corps of Engineers.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Here we go...." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/23/09
 

Finally, we have a good weather forecast for the next few days.  Folks, the fish are here!  Inshore is blowing up with good red drum and speckled trout reports, just in time for Trip and Austin's Backwater Battle.  The bottomfish are out there, as the pictures below from Brian Richard, Todd Helf, and Tommy Lytton will attest to.  And the southerly wind that started today is pushing the Gulf Stream back to 30 fathoms of water.  I talked with a few folks out of Southport today that caught wahoo and gaffer dolphin right around the 100/400.  It's shaping up to be a great weekend in coastal NC.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Wildfire/ICW" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/23/09
 

I just received an email from  the Corps of Engineers advising the ICW is closed from mile 347.3 to 365.4 due to the wildfires around Myrtle Beach.  The smoke is heavy enough that ashes are falling at Sunset Beach. Further as I get it.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"TRIPP & AUSTIN'S BACKYARD BATTLE" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/22/09
 

Right to the point....one of the premier inshore tournaments is on tap this weekend.  Tripp and Austin's Backyard Battle, in it's 2nd year is the brain child of two fine young men who in their own right are the two top young anglers in Brunswick Co.  These guys do all the work for these tournaments themselves and deserve a standing ovation.

Now to the particulars.  The Captains meeting is Friday night at Holden Beach Marina.  There will be food, games and raffles for door prizes.  Registration is from 4 pm to 8 pm with dinner at 6pm.  If for some reason you have a problem making the meeting, call the OIFC and we'll put you in touch with Austin's dad.  Lines are in the water at 6am Saturday.  Scales will be open  at Holden Beach Marina at 2pm.  The angler can keep their fish so enter the OIFC RODEO, weigh your catch at Holden Beach Marina, then weigh it in at the Fishing Center and stand a chance to increase your winnings.

The OIFC is proud to award $500 to the winning Junior Angler.  Other sponsors are awarding Junior Angler awards of $300 for 2nd place and $200 for 3rd place.

Check out our marine forecast and The Weather Channel forecast and you'll see this is predicted to be the first and best fishing weekend of the season.  Buy some sunscreen, coat the family and come to paradise.  The OIFC will open at 6am and we look forward to seeing you!!!! 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"NEW- Masters tournament series" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/21/09
 

the Masters tournament series- A tradition like no other.......  or at least soon to be a tradition.  I've come up with the bright idea to take the Far Out Shoot Out- Tuna, Dolphin & Wahoo rodeo, Jolly Mon King Classic and Fall Brawl King Classic and make them the part of the new Masters tournament series.  The winner of the series will be determined by achieving the best/lowest average finish in all three of the events.  The ranking is based on the Captain, so the same Captain must to be registered in each event.  The concept is to hopefully get more of the Kingfish tournament guys interested in fishing the Far Out Shoot Out and to work toward crowning a fisherman that can truly lay claim to being the best.  You can be great at offshore fishing or great at King fishing, but can you be a great all around fisherman?  My plan is to add a bottom fishing tournament and inshore tournament to the series for next season to create a well rounded series.  CLICK HERE for complete details.

The winning Captain will recieve:

$1000 OIFC gift card, $5000 credit toward the purchase of a new Yellowfin boat, Free entry into 2010 Masters series events, assorted prizes and products from event sponsors AND the Captain will be awarded the prestigious BLUE JACKET to wear throughout the 2010 fishing season and the Captain and his/her crew will be immortalized in the OIFC Masters Memorial on display at the OIFC for all to see.

I know the prizes aren't much, but you have to start somewhere.  Maybe we can get this thing going and next year I'll be able to come up with something really special for the winner. 

Remember, the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out- Tuna, Dolphin & Wahoo tournament is the first event and you must enter this in order to be eligible to win the Masters tournament series.  CLICK HERE for Shoot Out details and entry information.

Stay tuned for an exciting fishing year at the OIFC!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend Ahead" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/20/09
 

I hate to risk jinxing it, but there were some familiar faces I didn't see around the OIFC this weekend.  As of now, the weather is unfolding to be very good for Friday and Saturday.  The fishing is looking up.  Come on down and let's go fishing!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/20/09
 

Sorry its been a few days since I reported on the inshore scene, but the good news is that the fishing coninues to be consistent.  Starting last thursday, myself and my crew for the morning managed another inshore slam with a catch that included 2 or 3 of each species, redfish/trout/flounder, plus several black drum.  That afternoon, we manged to find another hot black drum bite.  They were a really nice class of fish, averaginf 3-5 pounds, with one pushing 10.  We also added a nice 3 pound trout and refish or two to the catch as well.  On saturday, my dad and I went on a trout mission, and managed to find a few, including a nice 6.1lber.  We also caught reds and black drum, and a half dozen nice grey trout.   So as you can tell, the fish are there to be caught, and there is plenty of variety to be had as well, because we are catching a little bit of everything, so come on and lets catch'em!
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"++RODEO CHANGES++" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/20/09
 

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY THE YELLOW FIN TUNA DIVISION OF THE  OIFC YEAR ROUND RODEO WILL NOW INCLUDE BLACK FIN TUNA AND WILL  BECOME THE YELLOW FIN/BLACKFIN TUNA DIVISION. 

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Hot Off Shore Bite" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/20/09
 

Amber and Daniel Simmons of OIB Ready Mix came to the OIFC dock today with the results of a very productive day of fishing near the Black Jack.  Aboard their center console Contender they had several Black Fin Tuna,a handful of sizable Mahi,and some excellent sized Wahoo, one which weighed 36.2 lbs and was just a little bigger than the next smallest.

The crew authorized me to share the particulars of the trip.  They started south of the Black Jack but didn't get any real action until just north of the Black Jack.  The seas were a little over 5 feet and the water was 73 degrees.  They were using a purple braid high speed plug.  They said they used a "Florida style lure" for the Black Fin.  This lure has been very effective for them in the past.  I'll post some pictures ASAP.

Captain Brant reported catching Pogies in the Cape Fear near the American fish Co. and Provisions.

Captain Chris Dawson reported he caught a cooler full of Sea Bass, with several weighing 5lbs+.  He fishing in 80 ft of water.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Another Hot Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/19/09
 

 Dean, Spatholt, Dennis Watson and the rest of the crew of the Fishmeister Yellow Fin had an impressive catch of of Wahoo and Grouper Saturday. The Wahoo were caught while high speed trolling.  Though this wasn't passed on, it sounded like the trolling technique for Black Barts.

They crew also moped up on Grouper while vertical jigging in 130 feet of water.  This is a new method that not only puts more action in bottom fishing but is extremely effective.  We have all the equipment needed for this new exciting type of fishing, including light weight super strong rods, reels, braid and jigs.  Check out our Custom Off Shore  Conventional  Jigging Combo, the OIFC Custom Spin Jigging Combo and the Shimano Lucanus Jigs  If you haven't tried this yet, you ought to give it a shot.

Also on the bottom fishing subject, Captain Chris Dawson reported catching  big Sea Bass, some of which were in the 5 lb+ range Saturday in 80 feet of water.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Sea Bass & Beeliners" | OIFC 2- 27' | 04/19/09
 

Yesterday I had the privelege of taking John Sr. of Shallotte, his sons, John Jr. and Steve on a 3/4 day venture in search of Black Sea Bass. The sea was beautiful and we headed out to the Governor to start the day. On the ride out we kept our eyes open for Bonita but did not see any action. The water temperature was 59 until we were about 12 miles out and began seeing 60 degree water. Upon arrival at the Governor we marked good bottom and dropped our lines. We were immediately rewarded with some sea bass. We dropped anchor and deployed a chum bad to entice the fish away from the structure. Several fish were caught but most were undersized. When we started catching sharks I decided to make a move to deeper water so we packed up and headed to the Clay hole. We were marking fish all over the bottom. After anchoring John Sr. dropped his rig to the bottom and immediately pulled up two keeper Sea Bass. For the next couple of hours we caught several nice Sea Bass (Green Backs) and beautiful Vermillion Snapper in the 14-15" range. As it was nearing the end of our day we made a couple of stops on the way in without much luck. Most of the bass caught in less than 70' of water were undersized. All in all a great day of fishing. Stay tuned as things pick up.
- Capt. Chris Dew
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"End of Day" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/18/09
 

The morning report wished everyone good huntin'.  Maybe that should be done everyday.  Captain Roger and Captain Zach on in Carolina Cat found 76 degree water, along with Mahi, Black Fin and Grouper.  Zach said the seas were only 2-3 feet.   Never being satisfied, Captain Roger said the biggest problem they faced was  a lack of bait in the area, even the flying fish were scarce today.   Continued warm weather will correct this problem quickly.  You just can't satisfy some people.

The in shore bite also heated up, not just  the bite, but more so the competition among friends in the Rodeo.  Brian Aycock avenged his son Austin, by knocking Brandon Sauls down a notch in the trout division of the OIFC Rodeo.  Brian weighed in a 6.1 lb trout early in the morning.  The cell phones started  buzzing and before the smoke settled Brandon showed up at the scales with a big trout of his own.  But it wasn't quite big enough.  When it  went on the scales, the weight jumped back and forth between 6lbs and 6.1 lbs., but settled on 6 lbs even.   Brandon released the trout alive. Later in the day Captain Kyle weighed in his own 6.1 lb trout, but since Brian was first to draw blood he is still in first place.  This battle isn't over.

Speaking of battles, next weekend is Tripp and Austin's Back Water Battle Tournament.  This is the 2nd year of this tournament and it is growing in popularity.  The 3 amigos will surely continue their war in this event, so the trout should be ware!  Anyone wanting more information can contact  at the OIFC or  the several other area business who support this growing event.

Meanwhile, back at the Craven St. docks, Captain Jeff Beck was joined by Steve Lanier and his sons Chase and 3 year old Braden on Steve's Sea Pro bay boat.  These guys did battle with black drum all day long.  Jeff said the drum were hitting one right after another with one dressing out at 10 lbs.  Young Braden hung with them the whole day.  A couple of future anglers in the making?

If you don't have access to live shrimp, the next best bait  in shore is DOA  Shrimp, Billy Bay Halo's, Berkley Gulp Shrimp, or live mud minnows.

Captain Zach just  sent a text and said their bite was on cedar plugs, with the 2 hottest being the ones 3 year old  Camdyn Beck painted with glitter paint  for Captain Roger to use.  Also some live mullet and blues didn't hurt, and if you can't get  someone  to paint your cedar plugs, the OIFC has an assortment, or you can try your hand with one of the hottest lures on the market, the Black Bart.  Hope to have more hot action to report soon.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Morning Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/18/09
 

Looks like the warmest water is around the Black Jack, some folks are headed to the Steeples, with the Tower as a back up plan. We've got a swell at the Tower and the wind is 0.0 mph......it looks fantastic for fishing today.  I've got the radio on at the OIFC and it sounds like a lot of boats are out. including Team GPS Store...'bout time the wind layed down and let us fish!!!

Near shore, we hace reports of Spanish off the Youpon Pier.  The Inshore bite has been hot for the last week.  All bases are covered.

 Capt. Roger and Capt. Zach are headed to the Black Jack on the Carolina Cat.  I hope to have a great report tonight and some action pictures.  GOOD HUNTIN' EVERYBODY.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"RODEO UPDATE" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/16/09
 

Brandon Sauls knocked Austin Aycock out of first place in the Speckled Trout Division with a 5.4 lb Trout.  Brandon caught his leader board Trout on 4-12-09.  This puts Austin in 2nd place.  Also on the leader board are Amy Mcmullian-39.9 lb Wahoo, Rube McMullan-2.8 lb Sea Bass, John Bird-19.8 lb Dolphin, Austin Aycock-2.6 Trout, and Brandon Sauls with his 5.4 ib. Trout.  The total pay out is $760.  Not to jinks things, but Saturday is looking better and better for fishing, come down, join up and go fishing!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo + Other Things" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/15/09
 

 

First thing , the OIFC Rodeo total jackpot has well surpassed the $700 mark, and it's only April.  Be sure to sign up soon, and don't forget to sign up at our fishing tournaments.  Speaking of which, the Far Out Shoot is coming in May,the Jolly Mon is in June, Tripp and Austin's Backwater Brawl is April 24-25,  Though it's not an OIFC Tournament, you can call us for information.  These two awesome anglers put a lot of effort in to putting this tournament together and they do it BY THEMSELVES!

Keep a close check on our Weather Page for this weekend. It looks like Saturday is going to be the day to get our "fish on".  I'll be open and ready for business by 6 am.

Finally, check out Starnewsonline.  In one of their stories thy report that the winning bidder has withdrawn his offer for the Frying Pan Tower.  The second highest bidder now has the option to buy it.  if he declines the bid is reopened.  It might be an interesting story to follow.  Captain Chris ought to be back Friday evening.  I hope we'll see you Saturday!!!


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Great weather weekend ahead- recommended fisheries" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/15/09
 

It has been a long time coming, BUT, the weather is really looking good for both Saturday and Sunday!  Warm, light winds and I predict the start of some good fishing.  I GUARANTEE the Atlantic Bonito will start biting this weekend somewhere between the General Sherman wreck off Little River and the 390/390 off Ocean Isle.  Saturday they should bite, but Sunday AM should be the best as the water will have settled and warmed.  The OIFC has put together an Atlantic Bonito "Starter Kit" that includes all the rigs you'll need to catch these hard fighting and great eating fish- CLICK HERE.

Unfortunately for you Stream trolling guys, the Stream continues to run well offshore of the break, which will likely make trolling slow.  I'll keep an eye on it though, as the wind shifts to the north and east, it may well push inshore for the weekend.  HOWEVER, even if it doesn't, this makes for the perfect opportunity to get into the vertical jigging craze that is becoming so popular.  Go to the Steeples, Black Jack or Winyah Scarp area armed with jigging outfits in the 60-80# class spooled with braid and Shimano Butterfly jigs or the BWC Roscoe jigs and you'll be set.  The Gag Grouper bite has been good using this technique in addition to catches of Cobia, African Pompano, Snapper and of course Amberjack.  Vertical jigging is a ton of fun as it keeps the fisherman very involved and leads to constant action.  You never know what you'll pull up next.  CLICK HERE for the OIFC's complete list of jigging equipment.

Lastly, you may want to try some fishing for Genuine Red Snapper.  Genuine Reds have become fairly rare in our area, but the best time to catch them seems to be in the Spring.  Without a doubt, the hot bait is a live Cigar Minnow and it just so happens they are plentiful and easy to jig right now over wrecks and structure in 75-80 feet of water.  You will want to then fish thes live Cigar Minnows similar to Grouper fishing, using the three way swivel rig, but with a few tweaks.  Scale your leader down to 50 or 60# fluorcarbon and make the leader a bit longer- 6-10 feet.  Also, use a smaller circle hook, a 6/0 Eagle Claw 2022 works well.  Fish this setup with a live Cigar Minnow over your typical Grouper hotspots in 75-110 feet of water and you should catch Genuine Reds.  Beware, you may encounter Grouper as well and they will be tough on the lighter leader.  Be prepared to scale up to 80-100# fluoro if needed.

Finally, inshore fishing is really heating up.  The Speckled Trout bite is really starting to go off and the Little River jetties should be hot this weekend.  The Sunset and OIB bridges have been good as well.  CLICK here for a variety of equipment the OIFC offers for Speckled Trout fishing.

I'm excited about the prospects for great fishing this weekend.  The OIFC will be open from 6am-9pm, Friday thru Sunday.  Stop in and visit our professional staff for last minute advice before you stock up to go fishing.  See you this weekend!

** I've got openings for my 1st fishing class of the season- Gulf Steam fishing- land class Sunday PM- 4/26 with fishing all day Monday- 4/27- call (910) 575-3474 to sign up

Capt. Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Info Passed On" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/14/09
 

Captain Chris Burrows is out of town for a few days due to the illness of a close friend.  However he forwarded these pictures from Michael Goodwin of a recent in shore fishing trip.   Michael thanked Chris for his info on the drum bite,  including a 5lb. a 3.5lb. and a barely legal red drum.

Michael also was hitting Chris up for his secrete recipe for his Wahoo Salad.  I had some and it's great.  Chris should  post it on our web site. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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