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"Info Passed On" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/14/09
 

Captain Chris Burrows is out of town for a few days due to the illness of a close friend.  However he forwarded these pictures from Michael Goodwin of a recent in shore fishing trip.   Michael thanked Chris for his info on the drum bite,  including a 5lb. a 3.5lb. and a barely legal red drum.

Michael also was hitting Chris up for his secrete recipe for his Wahoo Salad.  I had some and it's great.  Chris should  post it on our web site. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"App State" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/13/09
 

I received this picture from from John Thompson Jr who fished in shore with Captain Kyle today.  I don't know the details, but I do know that Kyle's struck gold on every trip he's had this spring.  Mr. Thompson wanted to be sure we gave a shout out for Appalachian State, which is a I-AA football powerhouse.   Thanks for the Picture John.  Go Mountaineers!!!!!
- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"state record AJ" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/13/09
 

Got this report in-- thanks for contributing and congrats on an awesome catch!

My name is Andy Duskie and I was on the boat and took the photos of the state record Amberjack that was caught on 3-31-09. I wanted to share this with you in hopes that you can share this info with the fisherman that look at your site on a daily basis. Feel free to post the photos as they have already been in the paper and on various websites. Anyhow here is how it went down.

Report From 3-31-09

We left out of Bogue Inlet at 6 on the Deuces Wild with Mike Krantz, his father Ron and myself. (Andy Duskie). We started off nicely as we boated a Wahoo and a few Blackfins in no time at all. Then it started to get a little slow so we decided to do a little jigging. On our first drop I ended up with a average Gag and Mike and Ron both fought AJ's. So we got back out the trolling gear and steady picked at the Blackfins then we saw a school of them busting the surface so we packed up the trolling gear and got the jigs out as we wanted to catch a tuna on a jig. So Mike drops first and is fighting a big fish, now his dad Ron is hooked up and fighting an AJ. I pulled my jig in so that I could assist in releasing Ron's fish. Now we are razzing Mike a little because he is taking a little longer than usual. We were soon to understand why he took so long. Thirty minutes later it emerges from the deep, a big ole AJ. We knew it was at least a citation so we boated it. We continued fishing and catching Blackfins and then we called it a day. As we made the ride into Dudley's we were guessing at what the fish would weigh and if it would even be close to the State Record. We arrive at Dudley's and weight the fish, the AJ weighed in at 126.5, what do you know, a New State Record has been set. The fish might have gone 135 if we would of had ice to put on. (as we did not due to the fish box being full of meat fish). We are high fiving at this point and Mike is filling out paperwork. While we were there I saw quite a few Wahoo coming in and getting weighed for citations. All in all it was a great day and still would of been a great day even if Mike had not set a NEW NC STATE AJ RECORD!!!

Thanks for all you do for the fishing community and I look forward to fishing your Far Out Shoot Out, Jolly Man, and the Fall Brawl again this year.

Andy Duskie


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/13/09
 

The good fishing continued today on the inshore grounds, as John Thompson, of Albemarle, NC and myself set out on a speckled trout mission.  We succeeded, ending up with a solid catch of specks up to 3.5lbs or so.  We also add a couple of redfish and a flounder to the tally to complete an inshore slam for the day.  Most of our bites were on live shrimp, because fortunately I had a few left, but we also managed a couple of fish on artificials as well.  So even if you don't have access to live shrimp, there in still no reason to not go trout fishing right now, as they are responding well to shrimp imitations such as the Halo shrimp and the D.O.A.  The fishing is getting better by the day, so come on down and lets got get'em!


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"The State of the Union" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/13/09
 

I know its cliché to complain about the weather, but man do we ever get a break?  Offshore fishermen such as myself are chomping at the opportunity to head out in search of Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo, Mackerel, Grouper…. but the wind and thus resulting high seas has been relentless.  Low pressure systems have marched across the southeast for the past two plus weeks, bringing heavy rains and strong westerly winds.  The other problem with this scenario is the west wind is not conducive to kick starting the Spring fishing.  A west wind will blow off the land and thus pushes the warmer, offshore waters further offshore.  The Gulf Stream is over 80 miles away and thus, even when the winds do settle for a small opportunity to head off, the fishing has been less than average as a result of the unseasonable cool water; a result of all the west wind.  In a nut shell, we’re in a bad weather rut that is putting a damper on offshore fishing.  However, as I’ve said in the past, weather is a balance.  As bad as it is at one point in time, it will be just as good at another.  And thus I am saving up hope that once this current pattern changes, we will be left with a prolonged period of stable weather at a time of year when the fishing should be at peak.

The hottest fishing going has been the inshore fishery.  Capt. Kyle Hughes of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center charter fleet has reported very good fishing for Speckled Trout and Redfish over the past week.  He noted that last week the inshore waters warmed up to the low 60’s and the shrimp started filling the Intracoatal waterway.  Shortly after, he began catching good numbers of 2-3 pound Speckled Trout and Red Drum up to 6 pounds around docks and creek mouths off the Intracoastal.  Kyle admits there’s no replacement for a live shrimp under a popping cork, but he along with many island visitors that were fishing this past weekend had good luck using DOA and Halo shrimp under popping corks or bouncing GULP shrimp rigged on a jig head along the bottom.  The other good news is the Flounder are starting to show around the inlet mouths as well.  Mud minnows and GULP minnow jigs have been the ticket.  The inshore fishery will continue to get better of the coming weeks with May being considered one of the best months.

Despite the weather, there have been a couple of windows for fishermen to head offshore.  Jeff Martini of Martini’s Fine Dining in Little River has been hosting his annual Hook-A-Hoo Wahoo Rodeo over the past week.  42 boats registered to compete and the first place prize pot exceeded $10,000.  Last Sunday week, Ocean Isle Beach fishermen Lee Frick, Nathan Frick, Jason Foster and Jeremy Foster fished their boat Hooya in the vicinity of the Black Jack hole in an effort to win the tournament.  Lee reported they went 5 for 9 on Wahoo and weighed in an awesome, tournament record, 88 pound Wahoo to blow the tournament away.  Lee said they got most of their bites on a temperature edge just West of the Black Jack that went from 66 to 69 degrees.  Kendal Suh, also of Ocean Isle, was not in the tournament, but he weighed in a pair of Wahoo at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center last Saturday, a 45 and a 70 pounder.  Those are some nice fish!  Closer inshore, I had a few charters over the past week and did some Black Bass and a little Grouper fishing.  Many of the larger Sea Bass that move inshore for the Winter have all ready moved offshore in to the 85-100 foot depth ranges.  There are still plenty of Sea Bass in close, but you’ll have to work hard to find a 12 inch keeper.  I was able to venture out to 75 feet of water yesterday and found that the Cigar Minnow schools have moved in thick over structure in this depth range.  That peaked my interest, for if there is bait, there will also be predators.  My party jigged some of the Cigar Minnows and spent a little time focusing on Grouper and Genuine Red Snapper.  They landed a couple of nice Gag Grouper in the 10 pound class, caught a throwback Scamp Grouper and also landed a 24 inch Genuine Red Snapper.  They had several other good bites that did not connect, but certainly proved that there are fish down there. 

That’s all for this week.  I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter holiday and if you are like me, you can’t wait for sunshine and warmth.  Here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center we are putting the final preparations on events for the 2009 fishing season.  The Far Out Shoot Out Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo tournament is first, held May 9-16 with the Jolly Mon King Classic to follow in late June and the Fall Brawl King Classic in October.  Visit our web site at www.OIFC.com for event details and daily fishing reports.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Good Times" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/12/09
 

Today is the kind of day we live for at the OIFC.  Captain Roger had an extremely productive day on the Carolina Cat.  He had a 3/4 day charter,  bottom fishing with Al Thompson, Manny Thompson, Jerry Prater Sr., Jerry Prater Jr., and Tommy Hunt.

The crew fished several locations in 65 feet of water with a water temperature of 63.6 degrees.  They used cut bait, squid  as well as cigar minnows and pin fish they jigged.   Jerry Jr. had the hot hand and was rewarded with 2 fine flounder and a great snapper.  In addition they boated several keeper sea bass and had fun fighting sand tiger, dog and black tip sharks.

The first boat to leave the docks this morning was the "Get Busy", captained by one of the best in shore captains in our area,  Captain Jeff Williamson. Jeff's operation is "Get Busy Charters" and can be chartered through the OIFC.  Jeff was accompanied by Captain Jeff Beck of the OIFC.  They fished exclusively with live shrimp, which Jeff Beck and Brian Aycock had netted earlier on their "Shrimpn' Ain't Easy" Atlantic.  Jeff and Jeff struck gold catching flounder, red drum and black drum.  The trout eluded them so they couldn't knock Austin Aycock off the Rodeo Leader Board which was one of their goals.  The flounder were in the 13 inch size range so they were released.  The drum were all legal, but they too were released.  People knowledgeable of our area can take one look at the pictures and tell where they were fishing. 

Today is the kind of day we live for in our world...beautiful weather, fish that cooperate and fishing with good friends.  That's the OIFC Stimulus Package.  Come and be a part of it.

Camdyn Lynne Beck was a contributing reporter.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Captains Wanted" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/12/09
 

NC Watersports is hiring Captains.  Available positions include shuttle boat Captain and banana boat Captain.  Must have USCG Capt. license, be physically fit and able to work long hours on the water.  Contact captbarrett@oifc.com if interested. 
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Double Trouble" | OIFC 1- 36' | 04/11/09
 

Local in shore fishing legend Austin Aycock and his dad, Brian fished the OIB /Sunset Beach areas today, I expect using live shrimp, and were rewarded with several nice Trout, one of which put Austin on top of the Leader Board for the Rodeo in the Trout division.  Austin's Trout was weighed, released alive and weighed in at a very beatable 2.6 lbs.  I'm sure I'll see Austin with bigger Trout as well as Flounder before all is said and done.  If my figures are correct there is already over $ 700 for the pick'n in the Rodeo and the season is still early.  I'll pull the exact figures together and post them as well as update the leader board.

Trout were not the only fish being caught today.  Reports are that respectable Flounder are to be had behind Sunset Beach and in the canals at Ocean Isle.  The Trout are hitting DOA's under a cork, as well as Berkley Gulp Electric Chicken and white grubs.  The Flounder were hitting mostly  Mud Minnows.  If the wind won't let you off shore, try some local in shore fishing. 


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Report" | Speckulator - 22' | 04/11/09
 

Well folks, the consistent fishing continues on the inshore grounds, with myself and crew(s) having a couple of days of sucessful fishing since my last report.  Yesterday was a great day on the water, as the trout and drum were really in the feeding mood.  After catching 7 or so trout in the morning, we got into the drum (both reds and blacks) in the afternoon and ended up catching about 15 or so.  All in all, in was a great day on the water.  Today, the winds really kicked up with the passing of the front that blew through last night, which made the fishing a little tougher.  We still managed to find a couple of flounder and trout to pull on though.  I feel like the fishing is really going to take off as soon as we get some stable weather and light(er) winds.  I'll be back at it monday morning, so I'll keep everyone posted.  I hope everyone has a happy Easter!
- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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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....
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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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...

 


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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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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