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"Bottom School on Saturday" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/30/09
 

I have 2 openings for the bottom fishing school on Saturday- call (910) 575-3474 and ask to be transferred to charter fishing reservations-- I'll be able to help from there.  Weather looks good.  Learn techniques to anchor, make rigs, hook and catch Grouper and where to find them. 

Capt. Brant


- Capt. Amy McMullan
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"The Rest Of The Story" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/29/09
 

After locating Pogies off Holden Beach, the Carolina Cat and her charter of the Budds family of Cary, N.C., Daddy,  Bernie, sons, Josh, Cameron and Jordan continued getting bait, by jigging Greenies.  They then went to the Raritan and the Horseshoe, where they caught Kings and Dolphin.  The charter finished the day out bottom fishing, boating Sea Bass and a buffet of other bottom fish.

Mr. Budds is a contractor who is home on a break from Iraq and decided to spend some quality time with his sons by taking them fishing. 

 The rest of the week looks beautiful.  Our charter book is filling quickly, so you may consider booking a charter soon, or if you've got your own boat come and partake in the fun!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pogy politics" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/29/09
 

Hope everyone is enjoying and taking part in the best King/Dolphin fishing I can remember in many years. Pogy schools are up and down the beach, and it's a simple equation; if you have the bait you'll have the predator fish. Which brings up a thought: As you probably know, we've lost our Brunswick County State Representative Bonner Stiller who has resigned. He was a strong advocate of fishery conservation matters and was critical in the success of getting a pogy netting ban in our Brunswick County waters. We've got lots of pogies, while in the northern part of the State, wars are erupting between the commercial netters and fishing folks, where the pogys are being completely wiped out by the netters.

It is imperative we be diligent with our elected folks so they understand the importance of the great work they did passing the pogy netting ban in Brunswick County. The person we need to communicate with is RC Soles, who is on the Senate side, is a Democrat in a Democrate controlled Legislature, and honestly, if he hadn't joined in support of the pogy bill, it would not have passed. Mr.Soles stepped forward at a critical time, and as you know the bill passed almost unamiously.

So...we need to let Mr. Soles know how much his support of the pogy bill is appreciated, and how important it has proven to be to our fisheries, with all the positive economic benefits that follow the food chain. He can be contacted via email at RC.Soles@ncleg.net. Thanks.


- Rube McMullan
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"Morning Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/29/09
 

At 7:15 am Captain Roger reported bait between the Holden Beach Pier and the water tower.  He advised the seas were excellent.  The temp has dropped, but no rain is on the radar.

The bite this week has been at Christina's and the 65 Foot Hole.  Roger is headed to the Shark Hole.  He has a full day charter so hopefully I'll have an update later in the day.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Spade Fish/Get Busy" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/27/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy Charters out of OIFC), just sent me these pictures of some nice Spade Fish he landed yesterday.  Jeff had taken Bryan Strickland's (Guy C. Lee Co.), son, Seth and nephew Jake, Spanish fishing when they scooped up some Jelly Balls and decided to try Spade fishing at a local AR.

Bryan cooks for many of the OIFC's Tournaments, the most recent being the Jolly Mon.  Guy C. Lee is always a supporter of the OIFC's various tournaments.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Bait report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/27/09
 

Capt. Roger just radioed in that the pogies were thick as fleas about 1.5 miles east of Shallotte Inlet.  He is on a 1/2 day charter and just about to head offshore.  We'll keep you posted on what goes on out there today.  Sea condtions are nice--a big change from the winds of yesterday.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Shark Hole/Christina's" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/25/09
 

Those are the two spots reported to be producing for the past 2 days.  Charter Captains as well as sport fishermen are reporting a hot King and Dolphin bite especially in the mornings.  Pogies are being found in the ICW behind Holden Beach and off Youpon Beach.  Let's hope the winds don't interfere with our playing off shore this weekend.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Happenings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/24/09
 

It is nice to be back on the water.  Over the past few weeks I've been pretty much land locked preparing for the Jolly Mon or sitting on my hands waiting for fishing charters.  The Jolly Mon is over and people are finally showing up to go fishing.  I've fished the last couple of days under near perfect conditions.  The ocean was calm, it wasn't too hot and the fish were biting.  The bite has been good at the 70' hole for Kings in the 6-15 pound class and we've caught at least one dolphin and/or cobia every trip mixed in with the kings.  Action has been good on dead Cigar Minnows but when you get live bait, it is guaranteed red hot.  The Pogys were off Holden Beach's west end and in front of Shallotte inlet today.  They are good size and trust me, the Kings love them!  Still waiting on the larger Kings to show, but not seeing many at all right now.

In other news, this weekend is a new King tournament.  The Jodi E. Tynch Memorial King Mackerel Tournament.  It is hosted out of Wrightsville and is a benefit tournament for Lower Cape Fear Hospice.  For information contact Mike Tynch at 910 284 3140 or miketynch@yahoo.com .

That's what is up.  I think I'll be heading off to the Stream on Friday to do some trolling and bottom fishing.  I plan on live baiting out there, so we'll see how it goes.  See you on the water!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Yee Haw Fish Call Jolly Mon Winner!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/09
 

This info may have already leaked out to the underground internet boards, but it is my understanding the winning fish in the Jolly Mon King Mackeral Tourney was lured in by non other than a YEE HAW FISH CALL! With all the spears I've taken both inside and outside the family, my thanks to the Reel Time Jolly Mon winners for vindicating me. YEE HAW!
- Rube McMullan
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"Snapshot Jolly Mon Awards" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/22/09
 

I thought I'd post a couple pictures of the top 3 teams in the Jolly Mon.  I'll defer to Captain Brant for the whole report.   I've included pictures of the top three winning teams, left to right, 1st place--Reel Time, (crew-Samuel "Tommy" Ress, his daughters, son-in-law Preston Nowell, and crew member Chad Malpass), 2nd place-Ketch This, 3rd place-Got-Cha.  Congratulations and thanks to all who in some way participated in the Jolly Mon and made it such a great success.

I should also mention the 2 lovely Awards Girls, Miss Caroline McMullan and Miss Camdyn Beck.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Reel Time WINS 2009 Jolly Mon with 38.15" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/21/09
 

2009 Yellowfin / OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic FINAL RESULTS- CLICK HERE

Another one is in the books.  305 boats went out, but one came back with the biggest fish.  Samuel Rees of Southport, NC and crew aboard their 22 foot Sea Hunt boated a 38.15 pound King on Sunday morning at 10am while fishing near McGlammery Reef to take home 1st place and $26,000 in prize money.

Thanks to all the participants and sponsors for their support.  I'll see you on the tournament trail this Summer and hope to see you back at the OIFC for the Fall Brawl in October.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weekend Pics" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/21/09
 

The pictures from this weekend's fishing are rolling in, here are just a few to start.  Check out Jordan Sullivan, of Ocean Isle Beach, who caught this nice gaffer while fishing with his uncle, Forrest Taylor on Forrest's Yellowfin, the "That's My Dog."  Also, Wayne Hyde of Charlotte caught these dolphin, along with some king mackerel while fishing with his grandson, Zachary Kopka, at the 390s.  Good job to these fisherman and to all those who participated in this weekend's Jolly Mon King Classic.  Win or not, it's a great event to be a part of.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Jolly Mon Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/20/09
 

237 boats fished today.  Travis Ketch on the Ketch This leads with a 37.  For a list of all current standings- overall, jr., lady, sr..... CLICK HERE
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon King Classic- 305 boats competing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/20/09
 

305 boat entries this year.  I am very thankful for all the fishermen and their families that have decided to join us this year for the Jolly Mon.  220 or so are fishing Saturday and the rest on Sunday.  The capt. dinner, meeting and Pogy bobbing last night were quite the show.  It was a crowd and despite the lines, everyone remained courteous and I thank you all for that.  I wasn't anticipating such a turnout and I apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.  On the bright side, more boats means more $.  The prize payout wil be adjusted up as we have exceeded our payout base of 275 boat entries.  The weather is very nice this AM, although HOT.  Bait has been a problem, but Kings have not.  We'll see what turns up today.  Good luck to all and thanks.  Stay tuned to the Jolly Mon tournament page for weigh-in results.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon Captains' Dinner" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/19/09
 

How many people make up a"bunch", or a "lot", or even a "whole lot"?  If you have the answer then you know how many people were at the Jolly Mon Captains' meeting.  There is no way I would have expected this turnout.  It was great to see, especially in these tough economic times...fact is, you'd never know the USA is struggling financially.  Guy C. Lee provided excellent food, there were numerous vendors and the Fishing Center was booming!  I don't know how many boats were entered, but ours was #232.  I'll defer to Captain Brant for the particulars.  Below are a couple of snap shots of the meeting.  Good luck and tight lines to all!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"1/2 day update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/19/09
 

Captain Roger and Turtle went out today and had success fishing with dead cigar minnows.  However the Pogies were not to be found.  It has been reported smaller pogies are in the ICW near the the new OIB Boat Condos.  On the charter were the Nelsons, Mark, who caught the Mahi, 12 year old Susie, 15 year old Colin, 12 year old Jessie, all of whom caught Sharks and Kings, and all from Tucson, Az..,  and the last Nelson, David from D.C., as  well as Sarah Bock.

Captain Chris Burrows had a 3/4 day charter to the 10 mile Rock.  He fished with naked dead cigar minnows and landed over a dozen Kings, some Mahi and some Spanish.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jolly Mon 09- Here We Go" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/19/09
 

It is imminent-- The 2009 Yellowfin/ OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic is going to happen.  Preregistration has been very strong, nearly double what we've ever had before.  The weather forecast has been flip flopping worse than a presidential candidate but is currently settled on 10-15kts, 2-3 foot seas.  The Kings are biting very strong in 50-70 feet of water, but we haven't seen many fish over 25 pounds.   The Pogys heard there was a tournament coming so they've scattered to all corners.  Bait on the beach has been sporadic the last couple of days, but its been consistent in the waterway near Lockwood inlet, Shallotte Point and in the Cape Fear.  The OIFC has plenty of hand caught Ribbonfish and of course Cigar Minnows, so don't forget those.  The Capt. dinner is at 6pm tonight and will be grilled chicken, beans, potatoes and all the trimmings....  The meeting will be roughly 7pm with Pogy Bobbing to follow.  Remember if you are coming tonight to ride the free shuttle from off the island over to the OIFC- raffle prizes are awarded to those who ride.  See you tonight.

*** Also, please don't call the OIFC to ask questions concerning the event.  The SCHEDULE IS HERE.  Entry will be open at the OIFC until 9pm and ON-LINE ENTRY will be available until midnight tonight.  If you enter on-line, I will process your entry and send a confirmation via email with your boat #.  If you do not recieve this confirmation by midnight, then EMAIL with your contact info and I'll get up with you to get it worked out.  There have been no problems with on-line entry to date, as it is running smooth.  If you have another question or concern, please EMAIL ME and I'll either call you or email back tonight after 9pm.  Thanks- Capt. Brant **

OTHER LINKS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS:

SCHEDULE

RULES

ON-LINE ENTRY


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Sam's Flounder" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/18/09
 

Below are some pictures sent in by Ed Ganus of Old Berlin, Wisconsin of his nephew Sam Kratzer and Sam's father Joe of Old Bennington, Vermont with the 4 ib flounder Sam caught in Tubbs Inlet.  They were fishing aboard Captain Jeff Williamson's "Get Busy".  The family was here to attend a funeral, and decided to take advantage of some quality family time as well as some of  Brunswick Co, fishing.  The last picture shows that Captain Jeff does know how to clean fish!

Thanks for the pictures and for fishing with OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Pogey Report" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/18/09
 

Bait is holding of of Sea Scape at Holden Beach this morning.  Captain Roger (Carolina Cat") reports sea is  beautiful.  There is about 2 ft. swell, wind out of the south east.  Roger is able to make 26 mpg, said the ocean is very fishable.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"half day@the 90's" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/17/09
 

Captain Roger, 1st Mate Turtle on the Carolina Cat and Captain Chris Dew along with his son and 1st Mate  Aaron on the World Cat  joined forces today at the 90's.  They said the water looked   "pretty".  They both pulled dead Cigar Minnows with skirts, fishing for Kings.  They said that Pogies weren't quickly found at the usual locations and since they were on half day charters they didn't spend much time looking, they wanted to fish.  They brought home King, Spanish and Mahi.  One of the guys told his wife we called them Mahi because we didn't want people to think we were eating Flipper.  Good point!

Aboard the Carolina Cat were Tom Antolini and his 11 year old son Romeo of Huntersville.  Romeo caught 2 big Kings. Lee Rosencrance and son Cory, age 12, of Huntington, W.Va.  Cory is the one in the picture with the biggest King.  Also fishing were Jarrod Miller, age 11, and Chad Bourgeois from Texas.

Aboard the World Cat were Steve Giunto, Robert "Pops" Giunto, Dean Wagoner, Steve Keba,and son Zak, all from Ohio, and Jim Heidish from Fla.  The family meets at Ocean Isle every year for a family reunion, and this year decided to join us for a charter.  Thanks everyone for fishing with Captain Brant's Fishing Adventures.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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