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"Spanish" | OIFC 2- 27' | 05/28/09
 

     Today I was fortunate to fish with Chris Kipper and his friends from New York. Our objective was to find "food fish" as they were responsible for dinner tonight. We entered the ocean from Shallotte Inlet and deployed our clarkspoons and trolled to the east along Holden Beach. With very little action, we picked up and traveled on toward Lockwood Folly Inlet. Capt. Roger on board the Carolina Cat called and said he had seen a few spanish jumping east of the Holden Beach water tank while he was looking for bait for an offshore trip. We arrived near the water tank and put our lines in and were immediately rewarded with a nice spanish. We worked the area in 25-35' of water and got steady bites. We were using 00 spoons on No. 1 planers. The water is warming again and beginning to clear up which means the Kings will be biting in our nearshore waters very soon. Stay tuned. Take a kid fishing.


- Capt. Chris Dew
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"Ain't it tuff.........." | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/28/09
 

Ain't it tuff being Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy).  He just sent these pictures of himself on Jack and Rob Hughes'  61 ft Viking "The Jolly Mon".  They were fishing 100' of 72 degree water for a mixed bag.  Jeff said bait fish and flying fish were everywhere.  Have a great time Jeff, and think about the rest of us.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"WAHOO!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/27/09
 

Captain Roger along with 1st mate Captain Zach took George and Tyler Yaken from Florance, S.C. to the Winyah Scarp today.  As can  be seen in the pictures they landed their share of Mah, and finally the Wahoo who had  done as excellent job of eluding  us this season.

Joining the Carolina Cat at the Scarp was the World Cat Captained by Chris Burrows with 1st Mate "Turtle", and their charter  consisting of Eric Iovacchini (can I buy a vowel ) (Ashville, N.C.), Chuck Lynch (Charlotte, N.C.), Jim Day (Athens, Ga.), and Dan Stonburney (Athens, Ga.).  To say the least these guys were a hoot!  They fished using pink and white Islander Outriders but caught their biggest Mahi, you guessed it on a Black Bart Mahi Candy.  Captain Chris said they found a grass patch and wore the Mahi out and threw in a couple of Wahoo for good measure.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Flounder Bite Continues" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/27/09
 

Noah Delucia and family of the Research Triangle area rented the OIFC Penn Craft for a days fishing and exploring.  They were rewarded with several Flounder caught in Tubbs Inlet on Mud Minnows to include the one in the picture which Noah landed.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Rodeo UpDate" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/27/09
 

Total purse is $1,470..Sign up!!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Winyah Scarp" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/27/09
 

The Scarp area has been the hot spot the last couple of days, giving up 20+ Mahi per boat.  The Dolphinfish range from peanut to over 20lbs.  Islanders of most any color are working, with blue and white seeming to be the most productive.

Near shore the Spanish are very active and are best fished with pink Clark Spoon's on #3 planers.

The Cat Boats are headed for the Scarp and hopefully I'll have a report and pictures later today.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Senior Moment" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/27/09
 

Just in....the 2 fishermen in "the Tubbs Inlet Traffic Jam" report were Kennan Hill and Bryan Freeman.  They ended up with 3 Flounder ranging in the 18.5 to 20  inch range.  Thanks for helping an old guy out.  I really don't have a memory problem.  Thanks for helping an old guy out.  Did I mention that I don't have a memory problem?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Capt'n Dad" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/26/09
 

Check out Chris Denny, ("Capt'n Dad") getting in on the dolphinfish action Saturday at the Winyah Scarp.  He and his crew ventured out of Little River on their 23' Sea Fox and managed to put five nice gaffers in the box, even without bringing a gaff!!!  They must be livin' right.  Seas are looking ok for tomorrow so I think we'll head that way again.  We'll let you know what happens.


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Year Round Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/26/09
 

My apologies to Jay Bucklen for not posting the 8.8 lb. King he weighed in during the Far Out Shoot Out.

Congratulations to John Starnes who won the Rodeo Bonus Gift Card for his 6.2 lb Flounder which he caught over the Memorial Day weekend.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/26/09
 

Hello from the inshore grounds once again.  Memorial Day weekend proved to be very busy for me, as I have been on the water for the past five or six days.  Last week, and continuing into this week, we have been plagued by seemingly unrelenting NE/E/SE winds, with seemed to have made the trout and redfish bite a little tricky.  But, we still managed to catch a few over the weekend. Things in the trout and redfish department should heat back up  once our weather stabilizes.  However, the flounder bite continues to be consistent in all the local flounder spots.  There were a  lot of flounder caught over the course of the weekend by a lot of fishermen.  The overall average size of the fish that are being caught also seems to be improving as there were quite a few fish in the 18 - 20 " and even some fish up to 6 lbs. caught.  So, there you have it, the fish are, here, so all you have to do is come and catch them.
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Dixie Chicken Offshore Roundup" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/26/09
 

While Brian Aycock and sons were busy tying up the inshore division  this past Saturday, the offshore boys were at it as well, in some pretty nasty seas.  Here is Mark Poff, Rob Van Blaricum, Butch Gardner, and Carsen Fischer of Mark Poff Yacht Sales Fishing Team, showing off their 50.7# wahoo, caught near the Winyah Scarp on their 35' Jefferson Marlago center console.  In addition to largest fish, Mark and crew took the overall offshore win as well.  A nice reward for braving the seas we found at the break that day.   Congrats to Mark and the team.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Traveling Fisherman Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/26/09
 

A quick update on the OIFC's Traveling Fisherman program:

We are working on a new trip for early 2010.  The adventure will be to the secluded fertile waters off Panama in Central America.  We are currently researching the new operation, which is a land based fish camp located in close proximity to the ultimate big game fishing grounds.  The cost will be significantly less than past trips and the accomodations, equipment, and service appear to be second to none.  As the trip and dates are firmed up I will post the details.  Keep in mind a fishing get away in early 2010. 


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Tubbs Traffic Jam" | Speckulator - 22' | 05/25/09
 

Tubbs Inlet needed a traffic cop today there were so many boats fishing.  But EVERYBODY was pulling in Flounder.  There were several undersized flat fish hitting, but there were just as many keepers.  In the picture below the angler is holding up two 18 inchers. (I apologize, but I"m having a senior moment and their names escape me).  Also shown below is Captain Kyle in action on his Century bay boat Speckulator.  Now is the time of year to book a charter with Kyle or Capt. Jeff Williamson on his "Get Busy" Kenner and get a piece of the action.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Just In" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/24/09
 

Mentioned in yesterday's report Captain Jeff Williamson(Get Busy) landing a bunch of Spanish off Holden Beach.  He just sent me these pictures:
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Double Trouble" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/24/09
 

Once again, congratulations to Team Double Trouble for winning the in shore division of The Dixie Chicken Funament.  This was no easy victory  as several of the local big gun in shore anglers compete each year, and is one that is well respected in our area.

The Team consists of Brian Aycock and his two sons Brandon and Austin.  They fish their Mako and are a valuable part of the OIFC family.  Way to go!!!!!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Busy Dock" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/23/09
 

Today was the kind of day you can really enjoy if you like fishing.  Both Captain Chris and Captain Roger had returned from Gulf Stream trips and had the dock full of Mahi, Black Fin Tuna and smiling faces.  Also there was Captain Jeff Williamson (Get Busy) fresh off catching all the Spanish Mellisa Collins and Mellisa Kennedy could want right off Holden Beach Pier.  Jeff said he was using gold spoons ans was fishing about 35 ft. deep.  To add icing to the cake, Brian Aycock arrived to inform us that he and his sons Austin and Brandon (Double Trouble..that's the boat's name also) had just won the Dixie Chicken Tournament.  Brandon was given credit as having the good luck horse shoe this time.

When you looked around you could see the walkways and decks full of people snapping pictures.  It was an exciting, fun, family atmosphere of the kind the OIFC strives for.

Captain Roger was with Randy Kidd, Nathan Fields,and Darin Dehon of Morehead Ky.  They fished near the Scarp using using Blue Water Candy Mini Jags.  Captain Chris also fished the Winyah Scarp area with Landon Beaver, Yonnie Beaver, Kristi Rivenbark of Burgaw, N.C.,  Jason Lanier and Crystal Lang of Advance, N.C.  He didn't say, but I expect Chris was using Black Barts.  In addition to the Mahi, Capt. Chris's crew landed a nice Black Fin.  Both Captains said they were fishing 130 ft. of water with a temp of 77-78 degrees.

  After conducting extensive interviews it was learned that the ladies put a hurtin' on the guys when it came to landing fish.  This adds further support to Captain Roger's theory that women make better anglers partially because they LISTEN!  Disclaimer:  the aforementioned theory is the sole theory of Captain Roger Gales and may not necessarily reflect that of the OIFC.  Any comments may be directed to Roger.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Leader Board Change" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/22/09
 

The OIFC Rodeo has a new leader in the Flounder Division.  John Starnes broke to the top with a 6.2 lb Flounder.  He has bumped Clay Morphes to 2nd place.  Also we're awarding a $25 OIFC Gift Card to the heaviest flounder and the heaviest King weighed in by a Rodeo participant from this morning until Monday at 8 pm.  No one  has  weighed in a King for the Rodeo
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Follow Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/22/09
 

Just to follow up on Capt. Brant's report, Roger and I were out today.  I've been spoiled fishing with Roger as we've been bringing home up to 2 dozen Mahi each time we've fished together.  But as Brant said, the ocean was still a little murky this morning, however as the day wore on it started to get better.  The seas were much flatter than expected after reading the off shore report.  Based on how the ocean improved through the course of the day I feel that tomorrow ought to be a totally different story. 

Check out the picture of the Cobia below.  It was caught this the morning with a pitch bait (cigar minnow) in our prop wash.  If you look closely you can see the water was chalky.  That cleared as the day progressed.  You can also check out the sea conditions in the other pictures.  I'd give fishing a shot Saturday and Sunday.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Great weekend ahead" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/22/09
 

Man did it turn pretty today.  Aside from a SE swell, the ocean was flat.  There was a huge school of good size Pogys off Holden Beach with a whale feeding in them this PM- neat.  The Kings didn't do much today, likely the water will have to settle before they feed- my guess is Sat will start the bite again.  We have several boats going to the Stream tomorrow, so hopefully the Dolphin will be biting again- stand by.  There was a Cobia caught today in 55 feet of water, so look for them to be moving in. 

Stay tuned to great reports - weather forecast looks great!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"RODEO BONUS!!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 05/21/09
 

The OIFC Rodeo is very happy to announce a new bonus pay out periodically for the largest species of fish caught during a certain time frame.  Participants must be entered in the OIFC Rodeo and all Rodeo rules apply.

 The 1st Bonus will be for Memorial Day Weekend.  The OIFC will give a $25 OIFC Gift Card for the heaviest King Mackerel weighed in at the OIFC between Friday May 22nd at 8 am and Monday May 25th at 8PM.  We will also award a $25 OIFC Gift Card for the heaviest Flounder weighed in here during the same time period.  Good luck to all!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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