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"Venice Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/10/16
 

Another Venice, Louisiana fishing trip is in the books. Captain Ben Morris and I ventured down to Cypress Cove Marina with orders to pick up a new addition of Captain Brant’s boat collection, a used 31’ Contender. Along with these orders, Brant generously gave me the go ahead to fish this boat before bringing it back to Ocean Isle. Of course I was all over this opportunity and couldn’t wait to try my luck in the Gulf. We were fortunate enough to fish offshore both Thursday (1/7) and Friday (1/8) however these two days of fishing could quite possibly be the most mentally challenging days of fishing I have ever had. Day one offshore began mid morning after we fixed a few things on the boat and headed out of Southwest Pass. Marine forecast’s showed winds in the 15-20 knot range, seas 4-6 feet with heavy rain most of the day. As many times he is wrong, the weather man was spot on this particular day. We trudged our way 12 miles out to a set of rigs in 72-degree water where I hoped a few wahoo or yellowfin tuna would be lurking. Once we got to the rigs, we set out a spread of swimming plugs similar to what the locals down there use to catch wahoo. Three to four rods, all rigged with hard body diving plugs in colors purple, green, and a gaudy bubblegum pink that supposedly catches the most fish – definitely different from our normal NC gulf stream spread. Not necessarily confident with my approach, I pointed the boat towards the nearest oil rig and before I could tell Ben how skeptical I was about this type of fishing, we had our first bite from a small yet encouraging 25-pound yellowfin. On our second pass of the rig we picked up a 30-pound wahoo. Both on the pink lure. It was actually working! Then like a light switch, the wind changed directions and the bite got real quiet, real quick. We trolled and chunk baited a few other rigs in the area yet our targeted species simply did not want to bite. With our heads held high we headed back to Cypress Cove with hopes of figuring out this off bite the following day. Marine forecasts for this day (1/8), showed light and variable winds most of the day with seas averaging around 2 feet. With calm conditions in mind, we woke up early and abruptly got hit with a fog bank just a few hundred yards from the dock. On charters in NC, I have encountered fog on many trips yet this fog was THICK. Couldn’t see the bow of the boat, much less anything around it. Two other local charter boats near the dock sat idle as we all contemplated on what to do. One boat, without radar, opted to stay at the dock and try their luck another day and the other boat, with radar decided to take it slow down the Mississippi until the fog lifted some. This other boat and I agreed to follow each other as best we could yet the fog had us separated in minutes. None the less, we turned our radar on and headed towards south pass. Two hours later we finally made it to the mouth. Our plan was to run about 30 miles to the east towards an area called the salt dome. This area is well known for its incredible king mackerel and yellowfin tuna action during certain times of the year. This area was also showing good 73 degree water when I checked the satellite shot prior to departure. Once we made out of south pass, we quickly realized that the weatherman was back to normal and wrong again. 3-5 foot seas kept the trim tabs down the whole ride out as we trudged out towards the legendary salt dome. With about 10 miles to go, I mentioned to Ben that the water clarity had failed to change and the sea temp was still residing in the low 60’s. With hopes of a miraculous temp break we continued on the last 10 miles. As we neared the numbers my hopes of giant yellowfin and skying king mackerel quickly diminished. After a 30 mile, back breaking wet ride, we had placed ourselves in 61 degree dirty green water. We deployed baits just in case the undesirable water was just a thin top layer but unfortunately we didn’t get any bites. “What now?” Ben asked as I pondered the GPS. My plan was to do what I and many other NC king mackerel fishermen would probably do, and that was to run offshore until I found good water. So off we went to the nearest rig offshore and thankfully we found a temp break in 1200 feet of water. We deployed our baits and fished hard for the next 2 hours culling through false albacore, small amberjacks and countless small sharks. We were in utter disbelief. This is Venice! Shouldn’t there be yellowfin tuna and wahoo waiting to engulf all our baits!? My thought was to run the break line until we found birds or some sort of activity as I had done in the past. However, after miles of searching with full confidence of finding something, I made the executive decision to wave my white flag and surrender to the Gulf. Once back at the dock I met up with the charter captain we had lost in the fog that morning. Unfortunately, he had experienced the same temperature, color and action we did. These two days of fishing were pretty eye opening to me. Many people think that once in famous fishing destination, it becomes more of a catching trip instead of a fishing trip. It shows you that no where you are, and what obstacles you have to face before you get there, there is always bad days of fishing. Regardless of the lack of evidence that we went fishing, the most enjoyable part of this trip was learning a new area. The people, the culture, the water and even that gaudy pink lure are the differences that make places like Venice, Louisiana unique. Till next time Venice -- 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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"Blast and Cast/Lay and Play" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/10/16
 

The Off Season:

Brandon Sauls, Brian Walker and Clay Morphis enjoyed a day at Honey Hill Hunting Preserve with a little hunting and topping the day off with a trout bite.  YuDu Shrimp my peeps....

Meanwhile Capt Jeff Beck of Team Do Work/OIFC laid some fiberglass with the Hail Yeah/OIFC Team on their latest project boat and I was joined my the lovely Miss Terri at the Myrtle Beach Boat Show.   We all have the fever!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Final 2015 Rodeo Update" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/07/16
 

This is it!! Only change was adding Dr Jeff Wallen's 5.03 trout.  Be ready for 2016!!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC's Capt Ben Morris" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/07/16
 

Capt. Ben Morris of the OIFC is fishing in Venice, La and caught this wahoo along with some yellow fin tuna. He said the seas were rough as a...... cob, but they will get back at it tomorrow Sent from my iPhone


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"OIFC closed Friday " | | 01/07/16
 

We will be closed on Friday in order for staff to attend the Big Rock tackle show in Raleigh AND we will also be set up with display and sales at the Saltwater Expo in the Raleigh Fairgrounds. If you are in Raleigh come by and say hello. If you are at the beach we will be back open Saturday at 9am and business as usual. Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Report from Scott Hamilton" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/05/16
 

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We fished near the 100/400 Sunday in 73.5 degree water,  Went 2 for 5 on the wahoo.  Had plenty of other short strikes as well.
Scott


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Jim Bowen's Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/05/16
 

~~We left LR at 0700 in the thick fog and headed out to @ 75’ and laid the smack down on the kings.. several boats there limited out. Will Scott and his son Andrew joined my son Dylan and myself for a great time spent doing what we love to do.

Our largest king was in the upped 20’s. We released a lot of them only keeping what we needed for a upcoming fish fry.We left um chewing…

Jim Bowen

Thanks for sharing Jim

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Get'n Bent Fishing Team's Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/05/16
 

~~Wahoo Wednesday.... These pics are from Sundays wahoo adventure... Chase, Jay and I stuck the Get'n Bent's nose at the Blackjack with wahoo and screaming drags on our minds... We made the 57 mile run and pulled back short of the #'s from a report received about salinity.. Water temp was steady 74. We started to set a spread of skirted ballyhoo. First line out was being placed in the long rigger slot and was crushed! After finishing setting the second line out, Jay got on the screaming 50W to angle the fish that bit us. A 7 minute battle ensued and Jay brought the Wahoo boatside. I sunk the hook in his lips and we brought it aboard, Chase abandoned the helm to grab the only reel we had a bait deployed on- As it started to scream. Not long after he brought a nice Mahi boatside and he hit the ice with the Hoo. Not a bad start, so we all went to work to deploy lines and get a full spread of baits and teasers out. It was a heart breaking day after that...... We had 4 more solid hook ups-- A straightened hook- NO FISH. A broken hook where the fish broke it at the barb leaving us the J and- NO FISH. A straightened clip swivel- NO FISH. AND.... A cut leader- #9 Piano wire leader- NO FISH... But I am offering a reward to anyone who can return the Pink and White JAG HEAD it took with him.... That was my most productive and favorite rig.. frown emoticon We had a few more short strikes and missed fish for the day... Which makes the best of us want to return and retaliate. I am weather watching and planning to return to the wahoo grounds soon to find "the one(s) that got away".... My freezer still has room and I'd like to fill it with HOO... Big congrats to Jay Owens on his first wahoo. (56.7# citation) Glad he could get out and hang with the Get'n Bent crew. Until the next adventure........ Cpt. Keith


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"A New Year" | | 01/05/16
 

If you read my post from New Years Eve, you will recall that I asked to let's start 2016 the way we finished 2015. Well that's exactly what Lee Frick did. Lee's boat was unavailable so he called and set up a trip with us. Lee, Levi, Adam and Holden boarded the World Cat with me and we headed to the Horseshoe in search of Kings and hopefully some good Sea Bass. When we arrived there were already several boats fishing the area. Almost immediately we hooked up and brought our first king to the boat. We caught several more but released most to fight another day as they were in the 8-12lb range. We decided to try some bottom fishing and even though we caught some nice Beeliners, we decided to move back inshore to the Shark Hole area to find some bass. While snatching bass off the bottom, we freelined a dead cigar minnow just to see what might show up. The water temp was 72 and a commercial boat was catching a few small kings near us so why not give it a try. In a matter of minutes the speed master began screaming and Lee fought the fish like a champ. In short order he yelled at me that we would need the gaff for this one. As I leaned over the rail to stick the fish I was immediately shocked to see a nice 25+ pounder. We began drifting more cigar minnows while bottom fishing, but had to soon put away the bottom gear because the kings were on fire. And all of them were nice fish. Doubles and triple hookups were occurring while 25-30lb fish were skying on our baits. It was truly awesome, especially for January. Thanks to the Frick family for kicking off 2016 with a bang.
- Chris Dew
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"Scale Bound Wahoo Report" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/04/16
 

Trask Cunningham, Elizabeth Kahn and the crew of the Contendender, The Scale Bound fished Sundau at the Black Jack Hole.  Trask reported they were hooked up all day with multiple quad plus hooks,  He said it was the bes bite he'd seen.

Thanks for the infor Trask!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Commercial flare kit" | | 01/04/16
 

One in stock for anyone needing for Bluefin fishing. Capt. Brant McMullan
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"YETI CUPS!" | N/A | 01/04/16
 

Yeti 30oz Cups are back in stock!! Come and get yours before it's to late!!!


- Shannon Reel
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"Blackfin or Bluefin?" | | 01/03/16
 

Bluefin or Blackfin? Ronnie Joyce of OIB sent me this picture of a tuna he caught just a few miles offshore of Ocean Isle. He was attempting to find a Giant Bluefin, but this was a consolation award. He released the fish as he was unsure if it was a Blackfin or Bluefin. It measured 37". What do you think and why? Capt. Brant McMullan
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Nick 01/12/2016

Hmmmmm... Looks like a blueackfin to me.

Captain John Dosher 01/04/2016

You should put them back out!,. There is a Big Bluefin close By this year! No guess here as to what it is!,

joseph 01/04/2016

I figured bluefin based on short pectorals. How are others seeing long pectorals? (I realize it is coming directly at the camera)

Brant McMullan 01/04/2016

Personally I think its a Bluefin. I spoke to Ronnie Joyce regarding what he saw and experienced and it sounds like a Bluefin school. He said he left Shallotte Inlet running offshore and at about 4 miles off he saw a Gannet dive. He pulled the throttles back an set. He said he saw some bait flipping and then saw three different very large fish push V waves ahead of them as they chased bait. He said he had an OIFC bluefin rig by chance and put it on with a ballyhoo and threw it out. He said he trolled a minute and got hit to a screaming reel and then pulled hook. He said he did it again and again pulled hook. The third time he caught this tuna; he commented that the first two hook ups were of much bigger fish. He said he then noticed a large school of dolphins move into the area, but never again saw whatever kind of tuna it was. My analysis is that this was likely a school of Bluefin. I certainly could be wrong, but it just sounds too much like what I've seen from them before. Goes to show that too often we/me ingnores signs and continues to run to a destination when what we are looking for is right there in front of us; if we'd just stop and give it a try.

Keith Berciunas 01/04/2016

Blackfin.... Lack of vertical stripes along torso and yellow fin highlights along dorsal/anal to tail... My thought.. ??? What is it?

Matt Nelson 01/04/2016

Blackfin.....Reason being the second dorsal fin and anal fin are silver, and the finlets are black. On a Bluefin the finlets would be yellow, and the second dorsal and anal fins would be redish brown with some yellow. Also the pectoral fins are too long to be a Bluefin. In other words I belive that to be a stud of a blackfin!

Joe Seegers 01/03/2016

That is a Blackfin. Note the little triangular finlets leading down the tail. They would be bright yellow on a Bluefin, Bigeye, or Yellowfin. Also, a Bluefin has a proportionally shorter pectoral fin. Lastly, and less obvious, the tail is slightly stubbier and fatter than a Bluefin of that size.

Capt. Jon Tennant 01/03/2016

The ventral finlets (the series of fins from the anal fin to the tail) being silver to black is the biggest tell tell of it being a blackfin. Blue fin, yellow fin, & big eye tuna have yellow finlets although some juvenile bluefin will have darker lower finlets but the top will always have yellow in them. It is hard to tell from the photo but a blackfin pectoral fin will reach the the second dorsal fin where a bluefin's will not.

Joseph 01/03/2016

Bluefin due to short pectorals?


Brant McMullan 01/04/2016

Personally I think its a Bluefin. I spoke to Ronnie Joyce regarding what he saw and experienced and it sounds like a Bluefin school. He said he left Shallotte Inlet running offshore and at about 4 miles off he saw a Gannet dive. He pulled the throttles back an set. He said he saw some bait flipping and then saw three different very large fish push V waves ahead of them as they chased bait. He said he had an OIFC bluefin rig by chance and put it on with a ballyhoo and threw it out. He said he trolled a minute and got hit to a screaming reel and then pulled hook. He said he did it again and again pulled hook. The third time he caught this tuna; he commented that the first two hook ups were of much bigger fish. He said he then noticed a large school of dolphins move into the area, but never again saw whatever kind of tuna it was. My analysis is that this was likely a school of Bluefin. I certainly could be wrong, but it just sounds too much like what I've seen from them before. Goes to show that too often we/me ingnores signs and continues to run to a destination when what we are looking for is right there in front of us; if we'd just stop and give it a try.

Keith Berciunas 01/04/2016

Blackfin.... Lack of vertical stripes along torso and yellow fin highlights along dorsal/anal to tail... My thought.. ??? What is it?

Matt Nelson 01/04/2016

Blackfin.....Reason being the second dorsal fin and anal fin are silver, and the finlets are black. On a Bluefin the finlets would be yellow, and the second dorsal and anal fins would be redish brown with some yellow. Also the pectoral fins are too long to be a Bluefin. In other words I belive that to be a stud of a blackfin!

Joe Seegers 01/03/2016

That is a Blackfin. Note the little triangular finlets leading down the tail. They would be bright yellow on a Bluefin, Bigeye, or Yellowfin. Also, a Bluefin has a proportionally shorter pectoral fin. Lastly, and less obvious, the tail is slightly stubbier and fatter than a Bluefin of that size.

Capt. Jon Tennant 01/03/2016

The ventral finlets (the series of fins from the anal fin to the tail) being silver to black is the biggest tell tell of it being a blackfin. Blue fin, yellow fin, & big eye tuna have yellow finlets although some juvenile bluefin will have darker lower finlets but the top will always have yellow in them. It is hard to tell from the photo but a blackfin pectoral fin will reach the the second dorsal fin where a bluefin's will not.

Joseph 01/03/2016

Bluefin due to short pectorals?




"Hot Hooks" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 01/03/16
 

Mark Coley and crew of Hot Hooks had a good day wahoo fishing. 58, 54, 46, 25 pounds. I didn't get info on where they were fishing. Maybe Mark will comment to this report and share some details. Great job! Capt. Brant McMullan


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Mark 01/04/2016

To the south 180'





"Sunday Funday! " | N/A | 01/03/16
 

Rise & Shine Everyone! Come by OIFC today a present this fishing report post at check out and recieve 20% off your entire purchase! Excludes Yeti  and Shimano products! We will see you soon!! 


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"Final OIFC Rodeo Results" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/02/16
 

Please check the leaderboard results and make sure I haven't made a mistake...Congratulations to all and let's do it again next year.  This year ended with a bang!!!


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"Sunday make-up trip" | | 01/01/16
 

I have two signed up so far for a stream wahoo trip. There are 2-4 open spots left. Trip cost is $1500, so however many sign up, will determine cost per person. Call 910-575-3474 and ask for charter reservations to get to me and set up a trip. The Wx looks awesome this Sunday! Capt. Brant McMullan
- Brant McMullan
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"New Flounder Regs in Effect" | Do Work / OIFC | 01/01/16
 

http://www.wect.com/story/30853228/contentious-flounder-regulations-to-take-effect-january-1

Click on the link for the story


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"Hard to Believe" | Do Work / OIFC | 12/31/15
 

It's December 31st and Captain Chris Dew said the water at the Shark Hole was 74 degrees.  He had a charter and caught 7 kings on dead cigar minnows.  Capt Chris will post pictures but  in the meantime here are some pictures Patrick Prince posted from his trip today.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Libby Taylor 12/31/2015

Happy New Year Rickey and all of the staff at OIFC! Capt. Stan and Capt. OC did a great job of putting us on the fish our two trips this year!! Looking forward to more opportunities in 2016 to take Tim and Noah out fishing! Still enjoying the King from our trip earlier this month!





"New Years Eve" | | 12/31/15
 

What a way to end 2015. First Mate Aaron Dew and I took Mark Erlandson and family on a 8 hr charter aboard the World Cat to complete our 2015 Charter season. Aaron was dressed like it was May or June with shorts and flip flops. The temperature was in the low 60's and a little overcast. We pointed the bow south and ran about 20 miles and watched the water temp steadily increase. At 18 miles it was 70 degrees. We ran a couple more miles and it jumped to 74. Remember this is New Years Eve! Aaron deployed only a couple lines before we had our first run. After about 5 mins the hooks pulled. Before we could even pout over the loss of our first fish, our long line began screaming. It was only a few minutes later that Aaron stuck the King and the loss of the first fish was soon forgotten. From that moment on our crew stayed busy with school sized kings. We lost a couple to sharks and a few more to missed strikes and pulled hooks, but did manage 7 for the box. We decided to bottom fish the same area and was soon rewarded with some nice Beeliners and sea bass. It was hard to imagine that we were fishing on the last day of the year in summer clothing in 74 degree water only 20 miles off the beach. A great end to an awesome year. Let's kick off 2016 right where we left off today. Give OIFC a call and let's get started. *I would like to thank all of our customers this year and wish you all a very Happy New Year! Capt. OC
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