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"Scout day one" | OIFC | 04/20/15
 

This morning in Venice, LA I woke up to subsiding storms and fog.  I stalled for a couple hours and then took to the water around 8:30.  The goal today was to either rule in or rule out the Venice area for a possible tournament spot.  It would be a long run to Venice from the tournament site so if I was to make that run I would need to be on both quality and quantity fish.  It didn't take long for me to realize Venice was not going to be the spot.  This time of year all the snow melting from up north makes the level of the Mississippi River rise and Venice is right at the end of the Mississippi.  The result is extremely high and dirty water.  I thought this might be the case but still needed to see for myself.  Truthfully the SW west that was pounding the area had as much to do with the ugly water as anything.  I ran more than 100 miles looking for fish and only ever saw a couple small pockets of clear water.  When I did see clear water I would see redfish.  I stopped for a couple minutes to catch this 32" redfish pictured below.  While I was doing that I noticed a massive black colored fish in 12" of water.  I threw my gulp shrimp in front of the fish and he ate.  A short battle ensued before this 40+ catfish was at boatside!  That's a new one.  Anyone know what kind of catfish this is?  Edible?  I finished up the day around 6:30pm and put the boat on the trailer and hit the road.  At 10:30 I arrived in Houma, LA.  I felt a total change in zip codes was necessary.  This area is also a long way from the tournament site but it's within reach.  It will take me the next two days to cover this area.  The goal again will be to find clean water.  Find clean water and I find the fish.  Keep hammering away.


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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alex sutton 04/21/2015

looks to be a big ole blue cat and very good to eat but tend to get little muddy tasting when they get that big. steak it out like you would a wahoo and grill him up





"Backwater School #1" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/20/15
 

We did manage to get on the water this past Saturday for our first backwater school of the year. I had two very eager and dedicated anglers. The morning was filled with heavy steady rain showers. To our surprise we did get two solid trout to bite on brightly colored Mirr-o-lures. That was it for the morning as croakers and bluefish took over the action all the other areas we hit. Later in the afternoon the winds switch and the rain stopped. We hit several places for redfish and finally got a few bites on fresh crab chunks. We did not connect with all of them, but it was great to find some action. Kyle did managed to stay connected with a solid 26 inch fish and we were all smiles! Thanks for fishing with me guys! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Last Week" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/19/15
 

Benjiman Speir landed two solid 16 inch flounder last week throwing white colored soft plastics on a light jighead. The water temperature was 71 degrees and conditions were looking great for the flounder action to break loose. The rain showers have cooled the water back down back into the mid 60's which has also cooled the bite. I am still seeing some reports of good flounder action in both Murrells Inlet and Cherry Grove's Hogg's Inlet is also seeing some flounder action. A little dry spell with plenty of sunshine will surely help get the fishing back on track. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Christopher Critz" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/19/15
 

~~Carlton Pittman 's first Wahoo. A 42 pounder! Congrats! Awesome day yesterday at the break. Went through 2 1/2 bags of ballyhoo; lots of short strikes and cut-offs. Finshed out with 2 Hoos, 1 Blackfin, and 1 Mahi. I can't say enough for the way the new to us "Critter II" rides or fishes!

Report by Christopher Critz
 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Trask Wahoo" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/19/15
 

Trask Cunningham, Briggs Badurske and Zach Ryba fished Saturday aboard Trask's 27 ft. Contender the "Scale Bound".  The guys fisher the Blackjack-100/400 area in 74 degree 400 ft. deep water.  Trask said black and purple were the hot colors.  They boated several wahoo and a mahi.

Thanks for the information Trask. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"1st Flounder" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/19/15
 

Camdyn Beck and her dad Capt. Jeff B took a short road trip with Dustin Melvin this morning to go flounder fishing.  I would have thought the water would be too dirty with too much fresh water runn off to be able to do much.  Camdyn proved me wrong by catching our 1st flounder of the year.  She said she was using a Capt. Rickey's Carolina Rig tipped with a fat OIFC mud minnow.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stream school yesterday" | OIFC | 04/19/15
 

The weather ended up being nice yesterday with light winds and believe it or not, barely a drop of rain. The fish were biting good til around 11 as we boated a couple Mahi, couple Blackfin and a nice Hoo. We started by high speed trolling lures at 10kts and the Blackfin (along with False Albacore) were all about the Mahi colored Cedar plugs on the riggers. We did not get a wahoo bite but believe it or not we caught an Amberjack on a high speed lure!! That was a surprise. After we covered that technique we switched to ballyhoo fishing and immediately hooked and boated a 55 pound wahoo. The Wahoo chose a black/purple Bluewater Candy JAG 3 head with ballyhoo.  However the bite slowed after that and was slow until 3pm when we got a couple more chances at wahoo which bit on Blue/white Ilander Sea Star and a Blue/White 1/2oz sea witch but didn't connect. We fished the Winyah Scarp area. I believe the class saw and learned good skills that will help them on their boats as they work to become more effective stream fishermen. I marked lots of bait during the day. The water temp was 75 and I did see a few Flying Fish. It looks to me like the Mahi are about to start showing good.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Gulf Stream School" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/19/15
 

~~Scott Leonard and I decided not to go offshore this morning because of the forecast but the OIFC team went out and look at this Hoo they came back with! 55lbs. We had to be there when your boat came in Capt Brant McMullan so we could kick ourselves for not going!!! Glad you guys had a good day!
---Sharon Leonard


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Next Redfish Adventure" | OIFC | 04/18/15
 

Back at it again.  I left out this morning and flew down to New Orleans from Wilmington to begin the next volume of my redfish adventures.  This week is the first official event of the 2015 season for the HT Elite Redfish Series. The last tournament was an open but this is the first of three of main events.  It's being hosted by the Boomtown Casino in Harvey just outside of New Orleans.  The actual tournament doesn't start until Thursday so for the next several days I'll be scouting.

I will be fishing on the west side of the Mississippi River this week.  Once I got to New Orleans today I picked up the boat and headed south to Venice, LA.  Venice is at the very tip of LA and is where we come to fish offshore a lot.  I wanted to scout down here for a day or so and then I'll likely go west towards Houma.  They've had a ton of rain down here over the last week so it's likely going to be pretty tough.  The water will be dirty and high.  Those fish are somewhere and I aim to find them.

I'm going to try and do a Facebook video update on the OIFC facebook page daily if I can get good enough service.  Other than that I'll do my best to keep posting update here.  In the meantime be sure to check out www.theredfishseries.com and see what this HT Elite Series is all about.  Also, follow Ht Elite Series on Facebook for daily updates, angler interviews and all sorts of other cool info on the tour.  


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Stream bound" | | 04/18/15
 

Hosting a stream fishing school. Light wind, little rain- SE swell a bit of a pest so running south toward the macMarlen ledges. Hoping for a good day
- Brant Mcmullan
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Capt. Brant 04/19/2015

Yes we made it back. I wasn't in until yesterday (Sat) PM and cleaned boat til 9pm -- Cut me a little slack. Let's go fishing!

Capt. Brant 04/19/2015

Yes we made it back. I wasn't in until yesterday (Sat) PM and cleaned boat til 9pm -- Cut me a little slack. Let's go fishing!

Chuck lidike 04/18/2015

Did you guys make it back safe yesterday and today no one has posted anything my wife was wondering did you guys get back and safe

Chuck lidike 04/18/2015

Did either of your charters make it back home safe no reports have been made been waiting on pics for two days!!!

Capt. Don Lewis 04/18/2015

Good luck guys! Look forward to hearing your report...Be safe!


Chuck lidike 04/18/2015

Did either of your charters make it back home safe no reports have been made been waiting on pics for two days!!!

Capt. Don Lewis 04/18/2015

Good luck guys! Look forward to hearing your report...Be safe!




"" | | 04/16/15
 

The Carolina Cat with Capts. OC and Derek is returning to the dock from a stream trip with the Doug Stancil party. We had wahoo, mahi, and à few king mackerel while trolling and snapper and bass from the bottom. Pics to follow.
- Chris Dew
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"OIFC News&Events" | OIFC | 04/15/15
 


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- Katelyn Kincer
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"Gulf Stream Fishing School- THIS WEEKEND" | OIFC | 04/14/15
 

I have 2 spots open for the Gulf Stream fishing class this weekend.  Class is at the OIFC on Friday from 5-7pm and fishing is hands-on in the Stream all day Saturday with me.  This class is designed to help you become more effective at Gulf Stream fishing on your boat in the Gulf Stream.  The weather is looking right and the Wahoo and Mahi have been biting !

Call 910-575-3474 to book

Visit http://www.oifc.com/GulfStreamFishing101 for class details

ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT1!!!

Besides the school, we do have boats open to fish this weekend, so don't miss the chance to get on the water. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Jolly Mon VIP" | OIFC | 04/14/15
 

This is your offical halftime notice.  For all of those invited but not paid to fish in the Jolly Mon VIP, you have 15 days left to pay your entry before your spot will be forfeited to the wait list.  See current list of paid and unpaid and wait list. 

CLICK HERE to join wait list (email name, boat name and interest in joining VIP wait list)

CLICK HERE to contact Capt. Derek regarding making payment for your entry.  This is not a "check's in the mail" deal.  If you entry is not recieved by May 1, your spot will be forfeited.  NO exceptions.


Jolly Mon VIP invite list 2014

JOLLY MON 2014 TOP 25 FALL BRAWL 2014 TOP 25 Robert Galletto -PAID Austin Eubank Tommy McAlister - PAID Corey Durako - PAID Chris Nealon Alan Holden Bruce Gallup Chad Morris Jeff Morris - PAID Corey Bellamy David Tedder Ben Rucker Ashley Widenhouse - PAID Josh Timbers Ken Strickland Tim Gray Eric Jones Jeff Cunningham Forrest Taylor Mark Phillips Deiter Cardwell Mike Miller Kevin Petty Billy Noble Scott Pelletier Tres Kirkland Austin Eubanks John Sims Randy Griffin Brett Barnes Zach Faulkner - PAID Mike Kennerly Chris Barnes Bruce Brown - PAID D Logan Joe Vasil Brad Knight Chip Nifong Pete Peterson Brian Aycock Milton Via Joe Winslow Todd Smith Jesse Fisher Corey Durako - PAID David Gore Phillip Brock - PAID Tim Moon Chris Bryan Milton Via

 

Jolly Mon VIP Waiting list

1 Jim Alexander
2 Brandon Sauls
3 Al Fulford
4 Larry Deacon
5 Inlet View
6 Brian Allen
7 Andrew Pepsny
8 Jody Staley/Salty Daze
9 Neil Newton/ High cotton
10 Ken Ritch
11 Eddie Julian
12 Patrick Bellamy
13 Jeremy Harrelson
14 Brent Gainey
15 Jimmy Turlington
16 Mike McDuffie
17 Jeff Beck
18 Will King
19 Troy mccary
20 Brent Stewart
21 Toby Russ
22 Matt Ward
23 Ty Cobb
24 Andrew Duskie
25 Al Orcutt
26 Austin Aycock
27 Rich Carcich
28 Ronnie McLean
29 Paul Benik
30 Mike Edwards
31 Michael Pruitt
32 Rich Dobkin


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/14/15
 

Had the oppurtunity to take a fun day of fishing out on the hammer time this past week. Fishing was good we ended up with 7 wahoo missed at least that many , 3 yellowfin , and 1 blackfin . The action was pretty good throughout the whole day and it seemed the wahoo didnt care what colors, they were just hungry..
,Corey Bellamy Team Choice of Two/OIFC 


- Capt. Corey Bellamy
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"Dialed In" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/14/15
 

Robbie Diale aboard the Dialed In hooked this nice Mahi in the stream Monday.  I've posted today's Temperture shot and it shows some 77 degree water out there  Getting to be about that time


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Wahoo at the Blackjack" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/12/15
 

Allen Hinson landed this wahoo Thursday on the Miss Reagan Thursday while fishing with George and Will Mullins at the Blackjack on a ballyhoo with a purple and black skirt.  He said they had a nice mahi but it jumped and pulled the hooks.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Back From A Ski Trip" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/12/15
 

~~Had some old buddies show up today to go fishing with me. Caught a few trout and flounder. Chris Brownlee and Brian Taylor - these guys are a traveling comedy show!! Had a great time catching up-Brandon Sauls


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Local Action" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/11/15
 

The pictures below are of the 1st snowy grouper  Crystal Babson has ever caught.

The 3rd picture is from Wendell Barnett of the "Empty Pockets".  Wendell reported the biggest was 60#.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Proof that they're out there" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 04/10/15
 

Just two days ago (4/8) the Dahlberg family, captain Ben and I traveled 60 miles in search of warm water and hungry fish. The plan was to target wahoo and blackfin tuna in an area known as the steeples. 5am came early and we were off to the blue water.
Upon arrival, we set out a mixed spread and began the waiting game. The water was right yet the baitfish were scarce. Until off in the distance we spotted a few birds circling a particular area just a few hundred yards off the numbers. Before we even made it to the birds, long rigger popped, short rigger, other long rigger and planer rods all went off. To my surprise, they were all hooked to mahi on the other end. Not huge gaffers yet nice 10lb fish. The fish were caught and high fives went around. Good start – now we need a wahoo. We reset our spread and once again began the waiting game. I decided to make a few passes on the northern side of the numbers when we had a short strike on one of the long rigger baits. Ben quickly dropped back and immediately hooked up. Line poured off the reel as we began our turn towards the fish. “Gotta be a hoo” Ben stated as the fish made the blistering run. After about a 40 minute fight, 12 year old Blake Dahlberg brings in a 60 pound wahoo in gaff range. Once again we gave high fives and reset our spread. This time we had hopes of completing our slam of dolphin, wahoo and tuna. Unfortunately we found out the tuna had other plans. We trolled almost everything in my bucket. Feathers, plugs, green machine and even a few of my home made creations – nothing. With our heads still high we eased inshore to do some bottom fishing.
 We began dropping in 85 feet of water on some bottom I had stumbled upon while traveling out to the steeples. To my surprise it was loaded with fish. Big beeliners, sea bass and silver snappers made up our first few drops. Then out of nowhere Mr. Dahlberg gets a tug on the line he would never forget. The fish quickly began to make its ascent towards the surface which signaled cobia to me. After another 30 minute fight Ben sticks the gaff in a 55lb cobia. The trip was made after that. The fish box was filled and the Dahlberg’s were happy – successful day on the water. However I would like to say a special thanks to the Dahlberg’s. It was their first time to the Gulf Stream yet they acted like it was their 50th trip out there. Class act group that truly made my job easy as a captain.
 In addition to our bounty of fish, other boats that traveled to the Gulf Stream had success as well. Wahoo, blackfin tuna and mahi made up most of the other boat’s fish boxes. Therefore, be sure to think about the Gulf Stream fishing before you book your next charter. This style of fishing is high impact, controlled chaos when the lines go off. Definitely a monumental experience. Call 910-575-3474 to reserve your charter today.
 


- Capt. Derek Treffinger
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