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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.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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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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"It's a boy!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/25/09
 

Two days after my wife, Amy caught a 40 pound Wahoo, I accompanied her to the baby doctor-- she's 4 1/2 months along and it was time to see what flavor we were going to have.  The doc put the camera on her belly and at first showed a look of concern as she thought the baby had grown a rare abnormality, a third leg.  Upon closer inspection, the baby was identified as a boy!  Our 4 year old daughter, Caroline was there and she's syked to be a big sister.  We counted fingers and toes and everything looked like it was in the right place.  Amy is due in mid August, so if you see a Grumpy, pregnant woman this Summer at the OIFC, it's her.  Yeehaw- its a boy!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Shallotte Inlet buoys" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/24/09
 

I have been in contact with Wildlife and have been informed that they plan to relocate the inlet buoys to their correct coordinates by the end of the month.  Until then, you can use these coordinates to safely navigate the inlet- CLICK HERE FOR COORDINATES
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Report from the stream" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/24/09
 

Report from our trip to the stream yesterday....everything went perfectly except the fish didn't co-operate. Weather was as good as it gets, seas flat, temps warm; however ocean seemed lifeless. No current, no bait, no fish. We did get our day saved by Capt Chris's new Black Bart high speed lure when a 40lb wahoo blasted it, threw the hook, and then fell back on a cedar plug which Amy took control of and captured her and new baby to be's first fish. Caught a few more unintended species and then resorted to loading up on a good catch of snapper and jumbo sea bass. Weird day, guess lack of current maybe is the excuse "du joir". Anyway, freezer  in good shape, and Amy is leading Capt Rickey's Ocean Isle Fishing Center Rodeo with her 39.1 lb wahoo. And I've taken early lead on sea bass with my 2.8lber. Come join the rodeo, only $20/species. Lets see who can knock me/Amy off the board. 


- Rube McMullan
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"Coastal Fishing Seminars This Weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 03/23/09
 

Mark your calendars for this Saturday.  The Coastal Saltwater Anglers Seminar will be taking place at Coastal Carolina in Conway, from 12-4.  The OIFC will be there, along with local angling legends such as Capt. Joe Winslow of "Hooligan" fame.  Tickets are available through the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.  Please contact me at 910 575 FISH for any details.  Hope to see you down there!!!


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Gulf Stream bound" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/22/09
 

Gentlemen....start your catfish. Drop the flag, we're outahere. Leaving tomorrow morning 6:00. Weather looks perfect, water temp toward Black Jack looks good. Capt Roger leading expedition aboard Carolina Contender with Rube/Amy/Forrest/Tim/Barrett. Plan is to load up on tuna/wahoo/dolphin and then deep drop jigs for whatever is down there, and then finish off with a Blue Marlin with Capt Chris's Black Bart plastic lures. Oh yeah, not to forget the super size sea bass on the way home. Come join us. 
- Rube McMullan
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"For The Land Locked" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/21/09
 

I often have folks ask me to just put a picture of the ocean on the Fishing Report so they'll remember what it looks like.  As Brant said it's windy here, but it's still paradise, so take a look!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"What's Up" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/21/09
 

It's blowing and cold this Sat AM.  However, it looks like the weather is going to be fishable Sun and very good Mon.  Several guys are planning trips to the Stream on Monday, so stay tuned for a report.  I have heard the Kings are starting to move in toward the Tower area, so that will offer another offshore option as well.  Capt. Roger and Capt. Chris Dew both fished 1/2 day trips this week and they caught lots of 11 inch Sea Bass, a hand full of keepers and TON of Spiny Dog Sharks.  I don't know the exacts, but I think the Spiny Dogs are federally protected.  The good news is that protection seems to work incredibly well, the bad news is they are a total nuisance and in my opinion out of control- must be millions of them.  And thus that is why I recommend you use the Lucanus jigs for you Sea Bass fishing right now as the Sea Bass will bite the jigs but since they have no smell, the Sharks won't.  Plus, we are catching a few Flounder in the 50-70 foot depth range while using the jigs as well.  Stay tuned for more as we start to get the season cranked up.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream calling" | OIFC 1- 36' | 03/20/09
 

Just saw the sweetest words in the world of gulf stream fishing for Monday.....light and variable. All aboard? We'll be looking at water temps next several days and make a decision to go north or south Sunday. It's time to get fishing! Come on down.
- Rube McMullan
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