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"Saturday's Action" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/11/09
 

Some people I love ( you know, man love,,,got to be clear on that ), had a problem while "way" off shore.  They were able to reach Sea Tow  by radio and get the situation resolved.  Apparently Sea Tow must have a Flame thrower of a radio system.  I have Sea Tow and have since I bought my boat.  I've used them, once on another person's boat a good distance off of Morehead city.  I HIGHLY recommend that if you aren't already a member you should join today!!!  We have their membership packages here, or you can join on line.  Also, though there was no need to use them, I was told that there was more than one EPIRB on board.  Again,  you don't have one, get one.  Maybe the Easter bunny can make arrangements to bring you one.  I bought mine at theGPS Store.  The good news is thet they got into some mahi and kings.

On a lighter note, Captain Kyle had a charter yesterday and he blasted the fish in shore.  No, he wasn't fishing with dynamite, but I have a strong feeling that live shrimp were involved.  He had two of the prettiest Red Drum I think I've ever seen.  He estimated one at about 6 lbs.  The shrimp are in the ICW, but you'll have to work to get them.  "Shrimp'n ain't easy".  The way the wind has been, some in shore action may be the ticket.  I've got a picture of Kyle's fish and I'll post it later.

We've got a "slight breeze" so to speak from the west right now, so it may be a little hairy getting out today.  Keep a check at our Weather Report site.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/09/09
 

I was back on the water today with good friend Greg York and his son and daughter.  Once, again we found some action, only lacking a trout to complete our inshore slam.  We did find some nice black drum, some puppy sized reds and a flounder to pull on though.  The water cooled off a few degrees from what it was this past weekend, put it should come right back up with some warm weather this weekend.   I'll be on the water for the next three days, so I'll try to keep everyone up to date on the action. 
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Happy Easter" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/09/09
 

It's nice to see a lot of activity around the OIFC.  When I got here today there were people pulling away from the docks on the rental jet skis,some folks were out on the kayaks,  Captain Barrett was getting the Parasail boat ready for the long weekend, Captain Brant and Captain Roger were headed out on the Cat Boats for charters.  Ahhh springtime at last. 

 As for the off shore anglers, keep a check on our weather reports as they seem to be changing hourly.  However it may be worth trying to stick your nose out of the inlet as the bite is definitely picking up.  This week, Team Frick-Foster weighed in a 88# Wahoo going 5-for-9 at the Black Jack.  Dr. Kendal Suh brought a 70# Wahoo to the OIFC dock while other boats reported several nice catches of Wahoo, Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna and Amberjack, one of which reportedly weighed @ 60#'s.  The Kings are biting as well as Sea Bass are being jigged.

A common thread of the fishing reports indicates the Black Jack being the hot spot. The fish are hitting on our favorite,  the Black Bart,as well as ballyhoo being pulled behind a black and purple skirt.

In shore there have been reports, as late as today of Flounder being caught.  A family came in the OIFC today saying that their child had caught a 15 inch  flounder off a dock in the concrete canals of OIB.  Captain Kyle reported a Carolina Slam on a charter earlier this week.  I've seen Red Drum which were caught behind Sunset Beach and near the Jetties.  We've seen Black Drum being landed around the Sunset  Beach Bridge.  Last, but not least, some Pompano have been landed near shore around Oak Island.

Captains Brant and Barrett fished the Ft. Pierce, Fla. area this past week and brought us home some nice, ready for the grill Yellowfin Tuna.  Brant said Florida has been experiencing the same problem with their Yellowfin fishery as we are having.  He received advice to fish the east side of the Gulf Stream, which resulted in them loading up with 70# class Yellowfin.  Brant said he's going to check out the eastern side of our Gulf Stream as soon as possible.

Capt. Robbie Dial sent me a short update on some inshore fishing he'd done the other day.  They caught some Black Drum, the Red in the picture and over all what Robbie called a "local slam".  I've also instructed Robbie to either catch bigger fish or hold them closer to the camera!

All said, it's getting ready to go down at Ocean Isle Beach, NC.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Hoo-Ya!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/07/09
 

Pictures of "Hoo-Ya," Team Foster/Frick's big wahoo in the Martini Tournament.  Talk about a stud....
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"More of the weekend roundup" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/06/09
 

The current standings for Martini's Hook-A-Hoo Tournament are as follows:

Wahoo:  1) Hooyah, 87.88#  2) Russle Hat, 38.92#  3) Start Me Up, 38.52#

Dolphin: 1) Dirty Martini, 28.16#

Tuna: 1) Randy Phyl, 10.68#

Also, check out this trout, caught by Mary Elizabeth Scott, out of Fayetteville.  She was fishing at the AR 455 with Zack Hayes on Zack's Sea Pro.  On Saturday, Zack armed his new boat with the Long Bay Mega Chip, which shows every bit of structure on the ARs on the gps.  The next day, Mary Beth caught this beast on her brand new Shimano Trevala TVC 66MH while sea bass fishing.  Talk about a nice surprise.  I bet she wishes she was in the rodeo now!!!  Look for this pair of anglers to make some noise in the SKA circuit real soon.  I think they're on to it...

 


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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/06/09
 

I had the opportunity to hit the water yesterday in some absolutely beautiful conditions, all except for the sand flies, which were so thick that it was hard to breathe at times, a sure sign there was no wind.  My crew for the day manged to pull of the first inshore slam of the year aboard the Speckulator,  as we found all the legs of it, the trout/flounder/redfish all willing to bite.  They also got to pull on some nice black drum throughout the day as well, which were also very willing to bite.  All in all, it was a sucessful and very encouraging day on the water, as the fishing in obviously picking up as the water continues to warm.  I saw water temps in the low to mid 60s all day yesterday, so we are getting back to where we should be with the water temps this time of year after having been stuck in the 50 degree range for so long.  The fishing is getting better by the day, so come on down and lets go get'em!
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Gulf Stream Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/05/09
 

The offshore waters seemed to come to life today as just about everyone with a boat headed to the blue water.  Team Foster/Frick is now leading the Martini Hook-A-Hoo Tournament with a high 80s fish, and at the moment I am waiting on a full rundown of the leaderboard from Jeff.  Team Crews Missile reported four wahoos and a box full of dolphin from just east of the Black Jack.   The Coastal Saltwater Anglers club from Coastal Carolina had a mixed bag of dolphin and some jumbo sea bass.  They also reported a monster wahoo lost.  I spoke briefly with Bob Newell on the "Black Dog," and he reported 75 degree water and a good gaffer bite near the Black Jack.  Meet me at the break--it's goin' down!!!

By the way, the Coastal Saltwater Angler's sea bass in the picture each weighed over 3.5 pounds, but once again, NOT IN THE RODEO!   If you ain't in, you can't win!!!

Furthermore, John Bird is now the leader in the OIFC Rodeo in the dolphin rodeo with a 19 pounder.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Looks Good" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/05/09
 

At 6am there is no wind on shore. The Tower has winds of 11.7 to 13.6 with a water temp of 66.7 degrees.  This has been the pattern for most of the night.

The Rutgers shot was early the morning and indicates a break of 67 degrees to 70 degrees loosely forming a line from the Nipple to the Steeples to the Black Jack, which indicates south might be the direction to take.  Warmer water is further out. The last Terrafin shot was yesterday afternoon and it showed the same.

Several fishermen yesterday said they were headed out early today to fish for anything from Martini's Hook A Whoo to bottom fishing.  Good luck to all and let us know how you did so we can get a report together.  Also, if you haven't done so already, check out the Shallotte Inlet Way Points on our web page.   The buoys are NOT correct.   Better safe than sorry.

 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"For shame Kendall, for shame..." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/04/09
 

Shame on Dr. Kendall Suh for two reasons:

1)  He caught a 70+ pound wahoo today at the Winyah Scarp and was NOT entered in the OIFC Fishing Rodeo.  His father-in-law, who was also NOT entered in the Rodeo, caught a 41 pounder.  Had they anted up, they would be places 1 and 2 on the board.  Instead, Amy (and her unborn son, who Camdyn Beck suggested should be called "Grunden") continues to lead that division with 39.1 pounds.

2)  He caught a 70+ pound wahoo at the Winyah Scarp today and was NOT entered in Jeff Martini's "Hook-A-Hoo" tournament.  And while the wahoos will certainly taste good on the grill in a few hours, they probably would be tasting a bit nicer with a bottle of Dom and a giant check for $18,000 or so.

But seriously, it's good to have Dr. Suh and his family back in town.  Thanks for letting us know where the 70 pounders live, he he he...  Looks like the world will be after them tomorrow.  Catch 'em up.


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"Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/04/09
 

On shore wind as of 7am is 4 mph.  NOAA had posted a small craft advisory, but that has been lifted.  Also, we just received an order of mud minnnows for the inshore guys  and say they are ready to catch some red fish and trout. Still looks like the weather this weekend is going to be excellent.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Great new website" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/03/09
 

I spoke with Capt. Jodie Gay today, the creator and owner of Blue Water Candy.  He clued me in to his new website, which not only shows some of the outstanding tackle he makes, but chronicles his experiences with the new Roscoe Jig he has been making.  For those of you who haven't tried vertical jigging, it is one of the most fun and effective techniques out there.  The pending state record amberjack (131 pounds) was caught the other day by an angler deep jigging.  It is a great way to score on both bottomfish and pelagics, and the Roscoes are one of the deadliest jigs we have tried.  Check out this link http://www.bluewatercandylures.com/ and don't forget, you can get these great lures and jigs at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center or order online through our webstore.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Window of Opportunity" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/03/09
 

Judging by the forecast this weekend might be the window  of  opportunity we've been waiting  for to get some fishing in.  Usually the wind lays out sometime during the week when most of us can't fish.  But it looks like Saturday and Sunday may be the best days for a while.   This may be the best time to fish Jeff Martini's Wahoo Tournament.  Also don't forger our Rodeo.  The entries are increasing. Keep a check on our weather reports.  We'll be open at 6 am on Saturday and Sunday, if you need gas, supplies, or want to check in on the weather.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Boston Butts For Sale!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/02/09
 

The Brunswick County Youth Crusade is having a fundraiser and they are selling the most delicious boston butts you will ever eat!  Capt. Dan Ratley just dropped off some tickets at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, so be sure to come by and pick yours up today.  If you have any questions, give us a call at 910 575 FISH.  The butts can be picked up on Saturday at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte or JP Russ & Sons in Ocean Isle Beach.  Come and get it!!!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Quater Day" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/31/09
 

Captain Roger had a short trip today with13 yr. old Garrett Wilson, 11 yr. old Chandler Modesitt, and adults Keith Wilson, Mike Modesitt and John Kellam of New Castle, Indiana.

The crew fished the  S.E. Rock and the Milliken Rock areas using cut bait and squid.  They were rewarded with several good sized sea bass, which is what they had targeted.   For a change, anglers were able to bottom fish without being over run by black tip sharks.  Roger said the water temp was 59 degrees.

On an inshore note, shrimp are starting to show up.  Captain Jeff Beck, Brian, Austin and Brandon Aycock managed several late Sunday afternoon with some shrimp bigger than my hand.  If the weather will cooperate I'm sure the fish are ready.  It looks like this weekend might be a good shot.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Jimmy Lee Williams" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/30/09
 

Just wanted to let everyone know that good friend Jimmy Lee Williams underwent surgery yesterday at Grand Strand Hospital to correct an intestinal problem.  To the best of my knowledge, he is in good spirits now and recovering in peace.   Lets keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers and he makes a swift and full recovery.  No doubt he'll be back in the blue water before you know it.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Congrats to Jeff Beck!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/29/09
 

Jeff has just passed his USCG Captain's Test, so we can officially call him Capt. Jeff now.  Also, Capt. Zach Faulkner and Capt. Chris Eckert are hard at work on their master's upgrades.  Good to see everyone getting ready for the season.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Dredging" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/27/09
 

I just got off the phone with my government contact who was returning my call about dredging  the Shallotte Inlet.  I will make an attempt to report the correct information.  If you have any questions I've got some contact people and I'll try to get answers.  So...here goes.

Lockwood Folly Inlet from the Intracoastal to the Atlantic is considered a navigable inlet, so it is being kept dredged.  What is referred to by the Corps of Engineers as the Crossroads, which is the intersection of the Shallotte River, the ICW and the Shallotte Inlet  is also a navigable  area.  Little River Inlet is considered a navigable inlet.  Thusly they will be kept open.

The Shallotte Inlet itself  (the stretch from the ICW to the Atlantic Ocean) is NOT defined as a navigable inlet by the Corps of Engineers  What dredging that is done there is for beach re nourishment for Ocean Isle Beach.  We, as boaters using the Shalotte Inlet benefit from that dredging simply as a by product.  The main purpose of the dredging is beach re nourishment, the sand to meet that goal just happens to come from the Shallotte Inlet.

The next beach re nourishment for OIB is scheduled to begin sometime after November 16th.  That is if the bidding process, etc. goes as planned.  Dredging cannot begin prior to November 16th due to CAMA regulations regarding marine life.

I hope I did a decent job of explaining the Shallotte Inlet situation and correcting misinformation I put out in an earlier report for which humbly I apologize.  It sure would be nice to see some of the newly authorized government money designited to create jobs go towards dredging the Shallotte Inlet.  Why doesn't somebody jump on that project?


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"March Stinks" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/27/09
 

Brant summed it up the other day when he said "March stinks",  or something like that.  When the sun shines it 's cold and windy, when it's cloudy, you can bet its going to be rainy and windy.  And then there's the weather pattern,  you can almost bet that the weekends are going to be rotten and Monday is going to be fishable.  So for anglers, March stinks!!!!  The only bright spot is that fishing gets better and better as the pages on the calender get torn off., and we  are seeing  more and more  good reports from the stream and hearing  stories that get us fired up such as the recent one I heard of the Kings firing off near the Tower.  We all know that April, May and June are hot fishing months and they are just a few days away.

So, I guess it's time to get the final tune up done to our fishing gear, or you can drop by Coastal Carolina University and knock some cob webs out of your head by listening to some local anglers bestow  some of their knowledge on us all. Or you can drop by the OIFC, and check out the new inventory of Black Barts Chris got in yesterday.  Friday is also a big stock shipment day, so no telling what new stuff he and Brant have in store for us.   Finally, the Rodeo money is beginning to pick up.  With the spring fishing season kicking off, now would be a good time to get in.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Catch More Offshore (or Inshore)" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/26/09
 

Don't forget, the Coastal Saltwater Anglers club at Coastal Carolina will be hosting their seminars on Saturday.  They will be inside, so don't worry about the terrible weather forecast.  The captains who will be speaking will be Capt. Joe Winslow of FLW/SKA/Ocracoke/Hooligan/other fishing fame, Capt. Patrick Smiley (inshore) out of Little River, Capt. Jay Biasch (inshore), and Capt. Fred Rourk (inshore) out of Georgetown.  I will be representing the OIFC and discussing a wide range of offshore subjects.  Please call me at 910 575 FISH if you are interested in picking up some fishing know-how from a wide range of fishing personalities, meeting some new faces in the local fishing scene, and supporting a great cause.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Red Snapper Off Limits?" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/25/09
 

The Star News of Wilmington, N. C.  (www.starnewsonline) has an article that should be of interest to us all.  Check out this link on Over Fished Red Snapper Could Be Off Limits.
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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