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"Yellowfin- OIFC.com Jolly Mon update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/15/09
 

Today is the last day to enter at the early entry rate of $215.  Entry will remain open at the OIFC until 9pm on Friday, June 19th and until midnight on Friday, June 19th on-line at www.OIFC.com --

The fishing this past week has been nothing short of excellent.  The fish are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing as they move into the 50-65 foot depth range.  Capt. Roger posted an impressive 40.7 pound King last Wednesday from 60 feet of water and we have weighed several of Kings in the 25-30 pound range from 50-55 feet of water.  The Pogys are very plentiful all along the beaches.  The wild card this year may be a possible beach bite.  Last week the Kings lit up in 20-30 feet of water from Lockwood inlet to the mouth of the Cape Fear.  The Pogys and Glass Minnows were thick along this stretch and just offshore off all this bait, hungry Kings were biting.  The bite was very strong as many boats had double digit catches of Kings up to 43 pounds and I know of several in the 30+ pound range.  This bite slowed as we began to get evening storms and the beach water dirtied.  If those storms subside this week and the water clears up, keep it in mind.

I have instructed Rube NOT to post a weather forecast as he is notorious for jinxing the event.  I am simply copying and pasting the Marine Forecast for you to make your own decisions. 

THU
SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT... SUBSIDING TO 2 TO
3 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS IN THE MORNING.

THU NIGHT
SE WINDS AROUND 10 KT...BECOMING SW AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

FRI
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SAT
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT... BUILDING TO 2 TO
4 FT.  

The food for the Capt. Meeting is being prepared, the Pogy Bobbies are doing laps and the Kings are out there waiting.  We hope to see you at the festivities Friday evening, however, if you can't make it, you can ENTER ON-LINE and stay tuned to the web site for any rule changes or format adjustments.  At this time, there are none anticipated.

*** Also*** Don't forget the Jr. Jolly Mon- you can enter this special Jr. tournament until the OIFC closes at 9pm on Thursday, then go fishing on Friday.  Rules and details are in your program.  BIG NEWS- Iron Horse Auction Company is auctioning off some prime lots on Ocean Isle and Monk Island this Saturday- they will be at the event on Friday to provide info AND as thanks for being invited to the Jolly Mon- They are donating an additional $500 to the Jr. Jolly Mon prizes!  Sign up and take some kids fishing with you on Friday- all the info is in your Jolly Mon program.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Action Packed Day" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/14/09
 

Today was a beautiful day to be on the water and several anglers took advantage of it.  Captain Roger and 1st Mate Turtle took Bob Logan and friends from the Charlotte area to the Atlantic Ledge. They caught a Cobia on the downrigger with a pinfish.  They also boated a 17ib Grouper, several Sea Bass and Amberjacks.  Speaking of Cobia, I received reports of several being caught in areas such as the 90's, Christina's Ledge, and the Blackjack.

Captain Chris Burrows was on a Guide Trip and was the first to locate Pogies .  They were between Shallotte inlet and the Holden Beach Pier. There  were also reports of very good sized Pogies in the ICW near the Shallotte River.

Captain Zach was a Guide on a trip with Buck Jenkins and others.  He began at the 90's where he, and everyone else, caught some Kings.  The water at the 90's was a balmy 78.8 degrees  He then headed off shore and among other fish  they hooked up with a Sailfish.  William Parker hooked up with a Dolphin and some Kings at the 90's.  The OIFC Guide Program is worth looking  into if you want a professional show you the ropes while on your own boat.

Captain Jeff Beck (Do Work) took his Mom, Pam, wife Courtney, daughter Camdyn and me  to the 90's.  The ladies caught several Kings, but released them as we weren't going to eat the anytime soon.  Jeff pulled dead Cigar Minnows, with           BlueWater Candy Skirts.  The first strike was on a green B.W. Candy.  The hottest was a Blue Water Candy Private Stock.

Dr. Ernie Ward (Seaside Animal Hospital) advised he took his girls out and caught some Kings.  Bottom line, is evidence indicates that the Kings are here, and are moving close to shore just in time for the Jolly Mon.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/14/09
 

Once again this past weekend delivered some excellent inshore fishing to the Ocean Isle area.  First of all, the flounder fishing was consistent again, with quite a few certified doormats being caught.  There were quite a few over 5lbs caught, including several 7+ lbers and one that I know of that was over 10.   Being the trout junkie that I am, I have been focusing more on them thatn any other species, and we have produced some excellent catches of trout lately.  It seems like the trout are really mixed as far as size goes, one cast might produce a 12 incher and the next a 4lber, but the bottom line is that they are biting.  Finally, I also found myself in the midst of a couple of good redfish bites recently, producing fish that ranged for 16 - 30 in., so they to around around and are biting.  So there you have it, there is no reason not come and go fishing.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Repeat Offenders" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/13/09
 

Captain Roger and 1st Mate Turtle had a full day charter with a group from Charlotte, N.C., many of whom have fished with us for the past several years in a row.  These Carolina Panthers fans consisted of Tyson Hartnett, Wes Lathe, Brian Smith and Johnathan Causey.

Captain Roger elected to fish the 90's where they landed several Kings and two 5+ pound Spanish.  They then changed to Christina's Ledge where they were rewarded with Dolphin.  Roger and Turtle fished with Pogies they caught in front of the high rise at Ocean Isle Beach.

 

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Youth Movement" | OIFC 2- 27' | 06/13/09
 

This week has been one full of young people either catching their first fish or their biggest fish.  Non the less the youth have taken the lead.  Not to be left out was 12 year old Will Zierden who was fishing with his Dad Dennis aboard the OIFC 2 with Captain Chris Dew and 1st mate Aaron Dew.

The guys fished from the AR 440 to the 455 using cigar minnows.  Will fought and landed the King by himself.  Along with the King they landed Spanish and additional Kings.  Thusly Will adds his name to the growing  list of the youth movement !


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sat. Morning Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/13/09
 

The boats reported a 2-3 ft swell every 7 seconds this morning.  Captain Roger just reported that the bait is just off the high rise at OIB.  Stuart Hamilton reported catching Dolphin and King off shore of the Gary Ennis yesterday.  Captain Brant reported several Kings were caught at the  Ocean Crest Pier yesterday.

  In Shore, I know there is an 8 lb flounder in Tubbs Inlet as it broke off beside the Get Busy yesterday,  Sorry Captain Jeff, I couldn't help myself.  Between Capt Jeff (Get Busy) and Capt. Kyle (Speculator) they put together an in shore slam for the O'Conner's.  It is also reported that the pogies were near the mouth of the Shallotte River and the Lockwood Folly River yesterday.  More as I get it.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Full Day" | OIFC 2- 27' | 06/12/09
 

The OIFC just received these pictures from Kevin and Wendy Yost of the the catch they had with Captain Chris Dew on the OIFC 2 yesterday.  I'll have to get with Chris for the particulars, but I'm sure most of you can fill in the blanks.  Great catch guys!!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"King & Cobia" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/11/09
 

Jackson and Chris Combis, Dave Savage and Chris, Chip and Justin Abernethy of Charlotte joined Captain Roger and 1st mate Captain Zach on the Carolina Cat for a half day's fishing at the 90's.  On their way out they stopped at the Shallotte Inlet and loaded up on pogies.

At he 90's Jackson set the bar pretty high by catching a 19+lb King.  The other guys loaded up on Cobia and more Kings.  Along with those fish pictured were 4 Cobia which were released.

For those who are relatively new to catching pogies, you need a very good heavy net.  This isn't a cheat plug, really!, but I highly recommend one of Captain Brant's custom pogy nets.  Jeff and I bought one long before I started at the OIFC and it is well worth the money.  If you buy one, Brant, Roger, Barrett or someone will teach you how to throw it. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fourchon, LA recap" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/11/09
 

It's taken me a few days to put myself back together enough to write a report from our recent adventure to Fourchon, LA.  Team OIFC consisting of Rube, Brant and I traveled halfway across the country last week for the 3rd leg of the SKA Pro tour being held in one of the most remote and relatively undisturbed fishing destinations remaining in the US.  You hear environmentalists speak out against drilling for oil and gasses on the east coast due to the harmful effects it would have on the sea life.  Apparently they have never traveled to the upper Gulf as there are thousands of oil rigs as far as the eye can see and the abundance of marine life is unimaginable.  Not to mention I don't believe I've ever seen a drop of oil in the water while fishing around the rigs.  

Our adventure consisted of trailering our 32' Yellowfin to Biloxi from Ocean Isle and then running her 120 miles to Fourchon.  Trailering all the way to Fourchon is an option but we opted to fish our way across.  In our 4 days of searching for tournament winning king mackerel we encountered a plethora of action.  There is so much life around every single oil rig that you end up catching something all the time.  The only time we weren't pulling on something is when we were running.  The red snapper are so thick they would eat our surface live blue runners.  If you actually targeted the snapper it got ugly in a hurry.  The cobia are a nuisance when trying to catch kingfish and again if you targeted them I believe it would be a massacre.  Several 80+lb wahoo got our hearts beating a couple times thinking we had the tournament winner.  I don't think our Shimano Speedmasters will ever be the same after the runs those wahoo made.  All in all we had a ball and had incredible fishing.  Unfortunately we couldn't put it together in the tournament as we posted a meager 28lber on day one and 35 on day two.  The average size kingfish in the tournament was around 35lbs and the big fish of the event was 54lbs.  It'll be tough to make a comeback in the Angler of the Year race, but it's fishing, you never know.  Next up on the pro trail is Golden Isles, GA in August.  I'll need the time to recover physically from catching so many fish in LA and mentally from not catching the big one. 

Congratulations to a Brunswick County team Fishmeister, consisting of  Dean Spatholt, Dennis Watson and Weezer on a great 4th place finish in LA with a 42 on day one and 46 on day two.  They are the dark horse in the Angler of the Year race.  Also congratulations to Dell Williamson fishing with Conrad Lao on the El Patron/Koolau who are sitting in second place in the Angler of the Year race after another solid showing in LA.  It should be a great battle to the end with only a couple tournaments remaining in the series. 

For us, next up is the Jolly Mon.  Let's have some fun!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Been Busy" | OIFC 1- 36' | 06/10/09
 

Captain Jeff Williamson of the Get Busy had definitely been busy today.  I thought he was giving me pant sizes when he called and told me his charter had caught 34", 40" and 46" Red Drum.  In addition they had several Flounder, and "a bucket full" of Spanish.......  Captain Jeff is such a wordsmith.  Now if he'll get me the pictures and the names I'll gladly share them with you.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"More Cobia" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/10/09
 

While all the celebrating was taking place on the OIFC Dock over the Ballentine's King, a group of men were quietly cleaning away at some Cobia they had caught.  It seems that Chip Herring of Columbia, SC had landed a 34 lb Cobia while fishing with John Taylor of Sunset Beach and and Bobby and Timmy Taylor.  Along with the Cobia the guys said they had a nice 15 lb. Dolphin.
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"Kids Rule!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/10/09
 

Donnie Ballentine of Lexington, SC took his sons Jonah and Wells on a fishing trip this afternoon with Captain Roger.  They went to Christina's Ledge where they got into the Kings.  I'm not sure the order of the catches, but the story I got was Jonah hooked up with a 10.6 pound King on a naked pogies.  He fought the fish for around 15 minutes by himself before boating it.

Brother Wells also hooked up with a King.  But this was no ordinary King.  This was a King someone in the Jolly Mon would love to catch.  This was a 40.4 lb King Mackerel!!  Wells battled this monster ALL BY HIMSELF for what was timed to be 23 minutes!!!!  He wouldn't let anyone help.  He said all he could hear was Capt. Roger and his Dad yelling "reel...reel"!!!!

I talked with Donnie, who was so proud and happy he was almost speechless.  They all went upstairs and filled out Wells' Citation Form and continued telling fish stories, including ones about the monster Tiger Sharks they saw.

I'll say it again, it is a thrill and a feeling like no other for a parent to experience their child hook up on a good fish.  It doesn't matter if it's the first or the biggest, it's the experience that counts.  Congratulations guys, and we really enjoyed you allowing the OIFC to be a part of this moment.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cobia Galore!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/10/09
 

Captain Roger took the Offuit family, Mom Sandy, Dad, Denton, sons, Dylan and Justin, as well as daughter Julia  for a half day charter to Christina's Ledge.  Check out the beautiful Cobia they caught on naked ballyhoo!  Good job guys, I love it when Captain Roger is happy!!!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Team HooYa goes deep" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/10/09
 

The 2009 Martini Hook-A-Hoo Champions went back to work yesterday, taking some live bait and the jig rods offshore to 95-115 feet.  Evidently, the uncatchable (by rod and reel) hogfish will bite a Roscoe jig, as the pictures will attest.  I talked with Capt. Bryan "Squid" Williams this morning, who said that this was a mission to discover new bottom to fish, and that is exactly what they did.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Spanish at Lockwood" | OIFC 2- 27' | 06/09/09
 

     This morning I took brothers, Scott and Josh Stern from Pennsylvania, on a hunt for supper tonight. Their mission was to catch enough fish to feed their family of eight. It was decided we would start with spanish mackerel fishing. After a short run up Holden Beach we deployed our lines in 30 feet of water near the pier. Immediately we started catching spanish. We fished the area for about 1 hour and had about 20 keepers. We then ran to Yaupon Reef to see if we could find a King. Bait was plentiful but no luck with the Kings. We did get a couple of sharks and then decided to return to finish out the day with the spanish. A great day on the water and the brothers completed their mission. Spanish for dinner tonight. Stay tuned.
- Capt. Chris Dew
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"Bone Crusher" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/08/09
 

Local accomplished angler Bandon Sauls posted these pictures on Facebook. One is of him and his family enjoying a day at the beach in Tubbs Inlet as well as two great catches he made in Tubbs.  I got Brandon's permission before posting the pictures.  Their quality isn't that good, probably from how I copied them on the computer.  Thanks Barndon.
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"First Flounder!" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/08/09
 

What can make two fishermen tear up the fastest?  When their granddaughter and daughter catches her first flounder all by herself!  Monday evening Capt Jeff B, Courtney, Camdyn and I took the Tale Chaser to Tubbs Inlet for a short fishing trip.  We struggled catching bait.  The pogies were so thick you could walk on them, but we didn't take Capt. Brant's Custom Pogie net,.

After getting a few minnows, we headed to Larry Spainhour's hot  flounder hole.  Camdyn was sitting in my lap holding her pink spinning rod and reel as we slow drifted.  All of a sudden it felt like we hooked up on a loaf of bread.  The the rod tip started quivering  we fed a little line, then set the hook.  Camdyn held the rod and reeled the fish in, with my assistance, and boated a 2.2 lb, 17 inch flattie.  In doing so she won my gold flounder necklace I'd promised to her when she caught her first flounder.  If you want to experience the most special feeling in the world, take a child fishing and feel the excitement of their first catch !!!!

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cape Fear Kings" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/08/09
 

While they didn't quite make it to the Gulf Stream, Chris Carroll (Cape Fear Sportswear) still managed to put a nice catch together this Saturday with his daughter, Madi C, and her friend, Madi O.  They caught these kings fishing out of Wrightsville Beach.  Next time you are in the store at the OIFC, come by and check out some of the shirts Chris' company makes.  Good looking stuff.  Congrats to him and the Madis on taking care of business this weekend.  The kings are nearshore both down here and up there, so it looks like it's shaping up to be another great Jolly Mon.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Late Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 06/07/09
 

A lot's been going on at the OIFC with the start of the season so the Fishing Report is a little late.

Saturday, Captain Chris Dew had a half day charter.  He went to the Box Cars,  the 90's and Christinas and had a successful trip catching Spanish and Kings.  The folks he chartered are supposed to email some action pictures and they'll be posted as soon as they come in.  Several people have reported landing Kings as of late, so there's no doubt they're here.

Captain Chris Burrows had a good Gulf trip as did Roger, with both bringing home some Dolphin.

Today, Roger took Al Scott and Dave Jones of Cleveland, Ohio to the Scarp and the Georgetown Hole where they landed some Dolphin some Grouper and AJ's..  Honestly, Roger said they struggled getting Dolphin today.

For those interested in Sharks, Mrs. Amber sent these pictures of a catch and release  Shark off of OIB.  Obviously he was a little unhappy.  If you are interested in Sharks we have had several "close encounters of the Shark kind" on a regular basis.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 06/07/09
 

The fishing continues to be good on the inshore grounds.  The flounder bite continues to be good in all the local flounder spots.  We also had a couple of good catches of trout this week, with most of them being nice fish, with an average one being around 3 lbs. or so.  The redfish also made a showing this week to let us know that they are still around, even though we haven't taken as much time to target them lately as we have the other species.  So there you have it, things are good in the backwater and will hopefully stay that way.  Stay tuned, as I have a busy week ahead and will keep everyone posted on the action.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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