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"Bottomfish galore" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/08/08
 

William Parker called me early Saturday morning and asked where he and Duane should go bottomfishing that day.  I wasn't sure where I was, as the phone woke me up, and I think I gave him numbers for somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.  I must have been dreaming about warmer weather.  Good thing he didn't listen!  They left in Duane's Key West and showed up later that afternoon with this mess of bottomfish.  William said the fish came from near the Gary Ennis.  Not bad for a short winter's day of bottomfishing!  I guess that proves it--get deeper than 80 feet and the bottomfish are there for the taking.  Of course, you don't have to even go that far.  I have heard reports that the Sherman is covered in big knot-head bass.  The OIFC sea bass slot in the rodeo is up for grabs!  Go get 'em!!!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/08/08
 

Team OIFC & the crew on Bob Cat went fishing for their 2nd fish this past Saturday. Both teams got lucky & brought home a couple kings. Team OIFC weighed a 21.6 lb king & took the lead in the tournament with a total of 53.35 lbs. The Bob Cat crew weighed a 22.5 lb king, which pulled them up to 3rd place. The 3 biggest fish weighed in for the tournament were, Big Bad Wolf - 35 lbs, Team OIFC - 31.75 lbs, & Dig It with 30.5 lbs.

The final aggregate standings:

  1. Team OIFC - 53.35 lbs
  2. Big Bad Wolf - 52.25 lbs
  3. Bob Cat - 44.9 lbs
  4. Mac Hunter - 44.7 lbs
  5. Dig It - 30.5 lbs
  6. Thumpin - 29 lbs
  7. Mean C - 19.95 lbs
  8. Bikini Bottom - 18.4 lbs
  9. Knot Kiddin - 10.75 lbs

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"OIFC.com Tournament Results" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/07/08
 

Just got off the phone with Capt. Barrett, who relayed the (unofficial) results of the OIFC.com king mackerel tournament, hosted out of Beaufort and Hatteras. Official and full results will be posted tomorrow, but in the meantime:

1)  Team OIFC  53+ pound aggregate weight

2)  Big Bad Wolf  52+ pound aggregate weight

3)  Bobcat 44+ pound aggregate weight


- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Ramblin'" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/06/08
 

The McMullan family loaded up yesterday and headed to Morehead to fish.  We've got some blue fin reports from that area and they may try to get a jump before the blue fin arriver here.  Even though the cat's away the mice won't play at the OIFC.  Chris and Juanita are still here to crack the whip.

In shore I'm still getting reports of trout around the Shallotte Inlet/River area, along with the Jetties.  Off shore the wahoo are in the Stream and grouper are around the Tower.  Gas prices are dropping like a rock around here so fishing and trips to the Gulf Stream are more affordable than ever.   News reports say they might hit a dollar a gallon! I talked to a few anglers who are getting worn out between long work hours and the shopping mall and said they need a salt water fix!

Don't forget to use your Captains' Club points.  A lot of folks have taken advantage, but some still have a gang of points.  You can let your fingers do the walking and order from our Web Store.  Juanita has been busy filling orders already.

In the Rodeo news, the Rodeo has been extended 'til the end of the year.  I really think that was done so Rube and Captain Roger can knock my 1.5 lb'r off the board.  They are threatening to have a family fishing day Christmas.  I'm in no way allowed on an OIFC boat to improve my standing.  Good friend Larry Spainhour has weighed in the only Wahoo, and with the Stream being affordable, someone needs to give him a run.  Captain Amy landed a winning 'hoo the other day, but guess what, she wasn't in the Rodeo.

Today's weather looks good and the ocean is slick as glass.  Take advantage.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/05/08
 

We had a few kings weighed in yesterday. The Mac Hunter weighed their 2nd fish, a 22.25 lb king. The Big Bad Wolf weighed their 2nd fish, a 17.25 lb king, which keeps them in the lead at the moment. And Bob Cat weighed their 1st fish, a 22.40 lb king. Congratulations guys! Here are the standings as of Friday 12/5/08:

  1. Big Bad Wolf - Day 1: 35.0 lbs / Day 2: 17.25 lbs - TOTAL: 52.25 lbs
  2. Mac Hunter - Day 1: 22.45 lbs / Day 2: 22.25 lbs - TOTAL: 44.70 lbs
  3. Team OIFC - Day 1: 31.75 lbs
  4. Dig It - Day 1: 30.50 lbs
  5. Thumpin - Day 1: 29.0 lbs / Day 2: 0 - TOTAL: 29.0 lbs
  6. Bob Cat - Day 1: 22.4 lbs
  7. Mean C - Day 1: 19.95 lbs / Day 2: 0 - TOTAL: 19.95 lbs
  8. Bikini Bottom - Day 1: 18.40 lbs / Day 2: 0 - TOTAL: 18.40 lbs
  9. Knot Kiddin - Day 1: 10.75 lbs / Day 2: 0 - TOTAL: 10.75 lbs

We still have several boats with a day left to fish, one more chance to move up the leader board. We will post more updates as we get them.


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"The Biloxi Pickle" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/04/08
 

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We said it had been done, now here's the proof!  You saw it here first.


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"Year 'Round Rodeo" | OIFC 1- 36' | 12/04/08
 

The Rodeo executive committee has made a command decision to extend the Rodeo until the end of the year.  For those of you from the Green Swamp, that's December 31st.  This is because we won't be having the Blue Fin Bash.  The results will be double checked and the money sent out to the participants on the leader board.  This gives everyone a chance to get on the board, get more money in the pot and to knock my puny black bass off the board.

On the inshore note,  the trout are still being hammered as well as the red drum.  Live bait is the preferred weapon, but in lue of that I'd use DOA shrimp or Berkley Gulp.  I've also been told the sheep head are thick around structure.  Scrape some barnacles or again use Gulp and help yourself.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"A Heck of a Box of Fish" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/04/08
 

Amy, Barrett, Cameron Sebastion of Coastal Scuba and myself left on the Carolina Cat yesterday AM.  We ran to the MacMarle'n hole where we trolled from Wahoo from 9:30am-11:00am.  We caught a double header of Wahoo 30 and 38 pounds at 10:30am and accomplished that end of the equation.  We then headed inshore some 15 miles where I dropped the anchor and the crew suited up in dive gear to check it out.  Cameron led the mission as Amy and Barrett are still learning the ropes.  They dove in 120 feet and reported awesome life- Cameron shot 3 or 4 Grouper up to 18 pounds and brought up 3 HUGE lobster- YUMMMM!  We then moved inshore some 10 more miles to 105 feet where they dove again and Cameron shot a few more nice Grouper.  I tried some fishing for the Grouper, but had no luck.  A very interesting learning experience.  They did see quite a few sharks at each spot, but luckily everyone returned with all their parts.  A new horizon is being breached and it looks pretty promising!  Thanks again to Cameron Sebastion with Coastal Scuba.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/04/08
 

More photos from yesterdays weigh-in.


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"OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/04/08
 

We had quite a few boats at the weigh-in yesterday. Congrats to all who weighed fish! Here are how things stand as of Thursday evening.

  1. Big Bad Wolf - 1st fish - 35.00 lbs
  2. Team OIFC - 1st fish - 31.75 lbs
  3. Dig It - Carroll Construction - 1st fish - 30.50 lbs
  4. Thumpin - 1st fish - 29.00 lbs
  5. Mac Hunter - 1st fish - 22.45 lbs
  6. Mean C - 1st fish - 19.95 lbs
  7. Bikini Bottom - 1st fish - 18.40 lbs
  8. Knot Kiddin - 1st fish - 10.75

There are several boats fishing today. I will have another update tomorrow morning with those results. Good luck fishermen!


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"OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/01/08
 

This past Saturday Team OIFC went fishing for a King to weigh in the OIFC.com King Mackerel Tournament.  They did catch a king even though it wasn't the monster they were looking for. The first fish weighed in at Town Creek Marina on Saturday, Nov. 29 for the tournament was a 31.75 lb. king. As of right now Team OIFC has the lead! Lets see what they can come up with later in the week as they try for their 2nd fish.

I will post more updates as the rest of the boats go fishing this week.


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"Thanksgiving Inshore Classic Results" | Speckulator - 22' | 12/01/08
 

We put another Thanksgiving Inshore Classic trout tournament in the books this past weekend, in some slightly less than desirable conditions.  Only 10 teams elected to brave the cold and unrelenting rain on Saturday, and while we were all cold and wet, the fishing was good and the trout actually bit very well.  When the scales finally closed the resulted were as follows(keep in mind that the tournament was based on a 3 - fish aggregate weight format):

1st- Mike Fields/Adam Sellars - 14.90 (1st Big Fish = 5.20)

2nd- Brandon Sauls/Clay Morphis - 12.00 (2nd Big Fish = 4.60)

3rd- Kyle Hughes/Nathaniel Hughes - 11.00 (3rd Big Fish = 4.20)

4th- Robert Hughes - 9.40

5th- Larry Spainhour - 8.20

Once again, thanks to all that fished this year, and everyone who was scared by the weather, well, fishing isn't for wimps.


- Capt. Kyle Hughes
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"Who needs turkey anyway?" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/30/08
 

Certainly not the crew of the "Double D," who went offshore with Capt. Dickie to the Steeples on Thursday. The crew caught several species, including this wahoo and this king, which marked 10 year old Sterlin's first offshore trip.  I'm sure they celebrated with some pumpkin pie when they got back.  Congrats to them, while the rest of us were on the couch watching football, they were out there getting it done!
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"OIFC.com Hatteras Tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/30/08
 

Quicl update from OIFC. com Hatteras tourney. Team OIFC Yellowfin pulled out of Morehead early Saturday morning; good seas, lite rain, rolled up to Ocracoke and out inlet on to Hatteras. Water from Ocracoke all the way to Hatteras absolutely full of pogies and ganets diving. We threw the net couple times, mostly peanuts. Made it on to Hatteras out to area along shoal and found massive kingfish bite. Fast as you could put bait in water. Kings skyrocketing, classic Hatteras bite, only problem class of fish not what we were looking for. Most in mid to upper 20's. Biggest fish was 31.75. The good news is we're leading the tourney; the bad news is I think we were only boat to fish Saturday. As day progressed weather went to hell and we made it back to Morehead. Looks like Wednesday/Thursday is next best shot. 

Very warm water from east of shaols on to Hatteras. We caught 2 15+ dolphin and another boat caught a Blue Marlin on a king rig at the Smell wreck. That's Hatteras folks.


- Rube McMullan
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"OIFC.com Tournament Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/29/08
 

The OIFC.com Hatteras/Morehead King Mackerel Tournament starts today. So far we have no reports of fishing, but we do have a few entries. I will post any updates that I hear of right here, so stay tuned.

Entries as of Friday, Nov. 28th

Larry Barnes; Joe Buie; Carroll Construction, Inc.; Linwood Clark; Field Hucks; Damien James; David Mason - Knot Kiddin; Capt. Brant McMullan - Team OIFC; Henry Moore - Bobcat; Will Moore; Jeff Morris; Stacy Webster - Big Bad Wolf


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"OIFC Rodeo Leaderboard Shuffle-up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/28/08
 

The king mackerel division of the Rodeo got turned on its ear today as Randy Lingerfelt weighed in a 37.6 pound smoker at the OIFC docks (sorry, Jay).  Fishing with Randy when he caught this stud were Corey Swink, Scott Lomas, Jeff Lingerfelt, Joshua Lingerfelt, and Nathaniel Lingerfelt.  This moves Randy into first place with time ticking down in this year's event.  Folks, there's still time left to get out there and catch a bigger one, but it's at the point where it's time to get motivated.  Congrats to Randy and crew--that's one nice fish.
- Capt. Chris Burrows
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"Morning Update" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/28/08
 

Not a great deal to report as far as fish being caught as it's still early in the morning, however there are a lot of anglers up and stirring.  It's light enough to safely get on the water at about 6:30.  This morning the near shore wind was blowing about 5-7 mph from the north.  The wind at the Frying Pan Shoals is showing 15 gusting to 19 mph, so it might be a little bumpy today.

There have been several boats fueling up this morning with most heading out to grouper fish.  Captain Brant has a charter and maybe between him and the others we'll have something to report.

There were several in shore boats going out.  Clay Morphes and Scott Quaintance were among those.  Also Clay's Trout from Wednesday weighed 7.1 lbs., which put him in 2nd place on the Rodeo Leader Board.  Hopefully there will be more to report later today.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"OIFC.com Hatteras Tourney" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/27/08
 

OIFC.com Hatteras/Morehead King tourney  starts this weekend. Fish any 2 days from this Saturday thru next Saturday.

 Just got call from Brant. Looking at weather looks like we will drive up to Morehead tomorrow and run to Hatteras Saturday morning to fish the world famous Hatteras early winter King bite on Saturday. THe wind direction is perfect for Saturday and then goes down hill for next couple of days. Next opportunity appears to be probably Wednesday/Thurs/Friday. We'll get in day one on Saturday and see what we can put up on the board.

Anyone that wants to run up with us Saturday morning early, call us on cell 9103672944 or we will monitor channel 11 on VHF Saturday.  The Hatteras King bite is legendary for BIG fish. Same will be true for boats fishing out of Morehead at the Atlas Tanker. These are the locations of where Kings over 70 lbs have been caught this time of year. Maybe somebody will break the North Carolina world record that I think I recall is over 80lbs!!! Come join us in the OIFC.com King tourney at Hatteras/Morehead. Go to our web site and click on scroll for info and to register. Deadline is Friday night at midnight.


- Rube McMullan
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"Happy Thanksgiving!!" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/27/08
 

Wow, it doesn't seem like Thanksgiving should be here.  I seems like it was only a year ago it was here.  Rube says time flies when you get old.  I guess we'll find out when we get to be his age.

Miss Niki said Clay Morphus who runs a Majak boat weighed in an OIFC Rodeo Leader Board trout yesterday at the OIFC docks.  I was out of town and have yet to get the scoop.  Speaking of Rodeo Leader Board and trout, Capt. Kyle's Trout Tournament is Saturday.  Be sure to fish it, and to get into the Rodeo as time is winding down for this year's Tournament.  I fished with Captain Roger Sunday and took 1st place in the Rodeo in the sea bass class.  The sad thing is I'm the only one on the Leader Board in the sea bass class and I weighed in a  puny1.5 ib bass.  That's pitiful!!!!  Someone ought to knock me off the Board before the Rodeo ends.  For those of you who have Captains' Club points don't forget to shop at the OIFC and  spend them on my Christmas present.

The OIB Christmas Flotilla takes place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.  Anyone interested in watching the water parade can view it from behind the OIFC.  From all of us at the OIFC have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  We hope to see you this weekend.


- First Mate- Rickey Beck
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"OIFC.com tourney- let's go fishing" | OIFC 1- 36' | 11/26/08
 

Registration closes for this tournament on Friday PM at midnight-- We've got a decent number of entries to date, but need you to join us.  I've gotten reports today that the fish are chewing hard- and I just checked the water temps-- IT IS GOING TO BE ON !!!!  There's a 66 degree edge around the Bad Bottom off Hatteras and a huge edge to 70+ degrees off the Smell Wreck -- I think the fish will be on the cooler break, but if not, for sure on the warm one.  Also, if you plan to fish out of Morehead, the warm water has pushed in over the Atlas Tanker and that could mean HUGE fish.  Looking at the weather, it looks like Sat and Sun may both be decent days.  My experience at Hatteras says the best fishing is usually on a 10-15kt North wind, which is forecast both days.  My plans as of now are to run up on Saturday- I'll likely be running the backwater at least to Ocracoke, so if you want run with me- COME ON!  Call me at (910) 367-2945
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