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"ON THEIR WAY..." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/24/14
 

What a difference a few days of cooler weather can make.  This weekend the mullet run was in full swing.  These baitfish are making their migration south in search of warmer water.  Following these baitfish will be big red drum, sharks, Spanish and king mackerel.  Thus, the near shore fishing along our coast should begin to improve dramatically over the next week.  The king mackerel SHOULD begin to make their run in towards the beach and the larger Spanish mackerel SHOULD begin to bite aggressively around these schools of mullet and pogy pods.  This weekend these big Spanish mackerel did show up feeding on pogys in about 30 feet of water right outside Lockwood Folly inlet.  On a 6 hour charter we managed to bring 14 nice size Spanish mackerel.  Clarkspoons trolled on planers and trolling sinkers seemed to do the trick.  However I did notice that these Spanish would only bite if you trolled very close to these pogy pods they were feeding on.  Once you get them dialed in, it was like clockwork.  Two and three fish on a single pass was not uncommon.  Shark fishing is still going strong up towards Ocean Crest Pier.  They are biting pogys, grey trout, and bluefish on balloon rigs floated back behind the boat.  I did get an opportunity to do some King fishing yet came up empty handed.  I have a feeling that once we get clearer/greener water along our beaches, the bite will fire off just like it does every year.  Unfortunately with all the rain we have had, it has made it tough for the water clarity to improve.  The gulf stream fishing is progressively getting better as well.  Good catches of wahoo are still coming from well known spots in 120'-250' feet.  Thankfully the strong north winds we have had the past few days will begin to cool our near shore waters down which will improve the gulf stream fishery in return.  I have talked to quite a few captains that fish out of Wrightsville beach, Topsail beach, and Morehead city that are having extremely good luck while wahoo fishing.  Double digit catches are not uncommon for anglers fishing out of those areas right now.  Fortunately, these fish are going to continue to migrate south and eventually reside in our section of the Gulf Stream (steeples to winyah).  Sharpen your hooks and gaffs - the fish are on their way.
Capt. Derek Treffinger


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"Over the Weekend" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/24/14
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CUTUEUCAr0&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA

I spent time with family and friends this past Saturday. Of course we still got out and fished some in the morning. The fishing wasn't that great as we only managed a couple of trout. The meal at Inlet View Bar and Grill was excellent though! We finished off Saturday with some great football games. Sunday my trip backed out on me with a family emergency. This gave me an opportunity to get in some fun fishing. Scott and I devised a plan to scout out an area that is really hard to get too. I decided to take my go pro and catch a little of the action. Scott and I both drilled a few nice redfish. Scott found him one to improve his rodeo standings as well. Click in the link above to see the action. See ya on the water!

 


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Happy Fall Y'all! " | N/A | 09/23/14
 

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INSHORE FISHING REPORT- Capt. Jacob Frick

The bait is thick in the waterway, creeks, and beachfront. It is the time of year a big one could be lurking anywhere in our area. Most of the time big baits equals big fish. This 42 incher hit a 5 inch mullet(pictured below). The big boys are moving around and more should show up anyday.
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           Photo Submitted by Capt. Jeff Williamson       Photo Submitted by Jacob Frick
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OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT- Capt Stan Gurganus
Yesterday (9/19), Captain Chris Dew and myself teamed up for a nearshore trip for Spanish. After clearing the inlet we headed east for a short time and started seeing the gulls in tight groups diving and dipping into the water. After deploying our spread of #0 and #00 Clark spoons, we soon started bailing them in as fast as we could get the lines reset. Color did not seem to matter to the fish but Captain Chris observed that the fish bit a lot better when he slowed the boat to between four and a half and five knots.
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More pictures from the White Marlin Adventure in VA Beach


  Left:KK hooked up with her first white marlin  Right:Capt. Brant & Capt. Jeff with Capt. Jeff's first white
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"fishing school results" | Get Busy | 09/23/14
 

Well it is'nt often that a plan comes together just like the plan is laid out, however the fish read the script for saturdays fishing school. We couldnt get out on the beach to chase the bull reds so pln "B" was to hit the creeks and find some fish. So we headed south and put out some 4 to 6 inch mullet minnows and got them to eat. We all know what a flounder ,speckle trout and a few nice red drum equals? That's right a beautiful Backwater Slam.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Father and Son Team" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/23/14
 

Don and Craig Cox joined me for a half day trip. Our main target was redfish, but the trout showed up first. We caught 4 nice trout pretty quickly and released a few others just out of reach of the dip net. The trout stopped biting about as quickly as they started. We slid on down to another oyster bar and set up shop. We hammered out 4 nice redfish and a flounder. The tide went slack and so did the fishing. The weather and tides have been wishy washy lately. It has made for some tough fishing, but we keep working at it pulling a few out. See ya on the water!  


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Carolina Slam" | Get Busy | 09/21/14
 

Capt. Jeff Williamson's fishing school landed a Carolina Slam today.  They were using mullet Jeff caught in the Shallotte Inlet and caught their fish south of the Sunset Beach Bridge.


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"Report " | | 09/20/14
 

Yesterday, captain Chris Dew and myself teamed up for a nearshore trip for Spanish. After clearing the inlet we headed east for a short time and started seeing the gulls in tight groups diving and dipping into the water. After deploying our spread of #0 and #00 Clark spoons, we soon started bailing them in as fast as we could get the lines reset. Color did not seem to matter to the fish but Captain Chris observed that the fish bit a lot better when he slowed the boat to between four and a half and five knots. We soon had our limit of Spanish and decided to move a little and soak some baits for some sharks. We had gotten a report from another charter boat that they were biting really well but as soon as we decided to make the move, the wind cranked up to 25 knots out of the east. This seemed to shut down the bite that we were looking for albeit we did manage to get a bite or two. On a side note, some of the Spanish that we were catching were undersized. So be sure to measure them before you throw them on ice. The legal size is twelve inches to the fork of the tail. Sent from my iPhone
- Stan Gurganus
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"Happy Birthday, Bonecrusher!" | N/A | 09/19/14
 

The one and only Brandon Sauls decided to celebrate his birthday by going fishing and is now sitting in second place in the OIFC Rodeo in the Red Drum category. His drum weighed in at 6.55 lbs and according to the Bonecrusher it bit a pogy at an "undisclosed" location.

There is still time to beat the Bonecrusher, stop by the OIFC and enter today! It is only $20 per species.


- Katelyn Kincer
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"Capt Jeff fish school" | | 09/19/14
 

One spot open for Capt Jeff's inshore school this evening land class and fishing all day tomorrow. I talked to Jeff a few minutes ago (as he was cleaning a nice catch of slot reds and flounder) and he said the class was originally set for a focus on Bull Redfish. However due to the strong East wind, that style fishing wasn't conducive. He just came off a trip with flounder, redfish and trout- so he would be shifting focus to cover all species. So he has one spot open. Land class is at 5pm this evening and fishing is all day tomorrow. Call 910-575-3474 to book the last spot Capt. Brant McMullan Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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"So close..." | N/A | 09/19/14
 

Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades...Tommy Helms was close to stealing the lead in the Rodeo with this 6.6 lb flounder! 1st is Clay Morphis with a 6.9lb and 3rd is Jeff Wallen with 5.9lb on the Rodeo board for the Flounder catergory. Hopefully, I can get out there this weekend and get on the leader board myself!


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"Bull Reds." | OIFC | 09/18/14
 

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The calm before the storm. Caught 4 to 5 nice reds 25 to 26 inches with some meat on their bones. Then changed gears and got my trout limit. Decided to call it a day after I was soaking wet and saw lighting

Report is by shane Britt.  Thanks Shane

Also, the pogeys are thick on the beach.  A couple of fishermen have been working the pods trying to catch some of the bull reds who are known to hang out in them.  They folks I've talked to had no luck.  Enter Kevin Sneed.  Seems like he's been tearing them up.  My guess would be to try off Oak Island and Holden.  Let us know how you do.

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"More Redfish Action..." | Tiberias - 22' | 09/18/14
 

Earlier this week Jason and his son Andrew joined me for a half day in the morning. We found the redfish! I mean we could see the fish. Tails up and wagging...we got several hits, but were only able to capitalize on a couple before loosing sight of the school. Angela, Jason and David joined me the next morning. We found the same school from the day before pushing water in the shallows. No tails up, but you could tell they were there. We had to fish over top of the grass, top of oyster bars, and sometimes directly in the grass. We were rewarded with several opportunities that created lots of excitment for us all. It is just cool to pick out a fish and watch them crush your bait. I wish we could find that kind of action everyday. Keep on hunting. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Weak tide and East winds" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/18/14
 

If you have been on the water the past few days you may have noticed that the tide has not gotten very low. This is known as a neap tide and happens on the last quarter of the moon phase. These conditions have thrown a wrench in my fishing. We have worked the waterway, creeks and beachfront finding a mixed bag. The creeks gave up several short flounder with one keeper. We hit the beach finding sharks and spanish around the bait pods in 21 feet of water. Headed back inside looking for redfish and could only muster up a few croaker. This was our first day  in a while the redfish did not cooperate with us. I expect the redfish bite will fire off as the new moon phase passes and starts to grow again. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Its a Start..." | Tiberias - 22' | 09/16/14
 

We picked off a couple of slot reds in the skinny water today. Made a move and found a monster. The bait is thick in the waterway, creeks, and beachfront. It is the time of year a big one could be lurking anywhere in our area. Most of the time big baits equals big fish. This 42 incher hit a 5 inch mullet. The big boys are moving around and more should show up anyday. We will be back at it tomorrow. See ya on the water!


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"Video Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/16/14
 

Click on the link below to see a little video from this past week's action. Things have not been on fire, but all the signs are there for things to bust loose anytime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkMHI1hksJ4&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Caudle Reef Produces" | OIFC | 09/16/14
 

This is Robert Speir of Charlotte with 4 nice flounder caught Saturday at Caudle Reef

 

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Robert Speir 09/16/2014

Capt. Ricky, Can you repost with the picture. Thanks.





"OIFC News & Events" | OIFC | 09/15/14
 

 

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Rob's Bait Pens have become widely known as the premier hard bait pen for keeping a variety of baits- Menhaden, Blues, Mullet, Cigar Minnows...

I've had several recent requests to get the pens.  I called Rob and he said he would deliver an order if we could get at least 6 pens in the order together.  If you have interest, he will be delivering to OIFC this coming Saturday the 20th.  The deadline to place an order is Friday at noon. 

TO ORDER- CALL BRANT AT 910-367-2945 OR EMAIL: captbrant@oifc.com

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INSHORE FISHING REPORT- Capt. Jeff Williamson
   Good numbers of midsize reds are being caught. Reports of big bull reds around the Frying Pan Shoals. They are on their way, stay tuned. Pogies and mullet minnows have been plentiful. 

 
Backwater Fishing School
September 19-20:  Bull Redfish- Capt. Jeff Williamson 
Land Class:September 19 at OIFC from 5-7pm+/-, 
Fishing Day: September 20 from 7am-4pm) 
3 SPOTS OPEN- CALL (910) 575- 3474 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

      
 
OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT- Capt.Derek & Capt. Stan


The gulf stream action is progressively getting better off our coast. We have had good reports of wahoo and a few stray mahi being caught in 150 to 250 feet range. This Sunday (9/15) I had the opportunity to venture out to the gulf stream and experience the fishing first hand. - Capt Derek 
 
Had a couple decent kings today (9/11/14) in 65 feet of water. The water was still green but the clarity was great. The bite wasn't fast and furious but it was steady - Capt. Stan 

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"BAIT PEN ORDER- DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY" | OIFC | 09/15/14
 

Rob's Bait Pens have become widely known as the premier hard bait pen for keeping a variety of baits- Menhaden, Blues, Mullet, Cigar Minnows......  Team OIFC has multiple pens from Rob and we use them at home in the Carolinas and they are an absolute MUST if you plan on attending SKA Nationals in Biloxi.  The problem in getting these pens is the shipping.  You can buy them from some sources in FL, but the shipping is near $150. 

I've had several recent requests to get the pens.  I called Rob and he said he would deliver an order if we could get at least 6 pens in the order together.  If you have interest, he will be delivering to OIFC this coming Saturday the 20th.  The deadline to place an order is Friday at noon. 

TO ORDER- CALL BRANT AT 910-367-2945 OR EMAIL

OPTIONS:

4' x 4' round with 1" mesh- $275

4' x 4' round with 1/2" mesh- $325

3' x 5' oval with 1" mesh- $275

3' x 5' oval with 1/2" mesh- $325


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"GULF STREAM HEATING UP" | | 09/15/14
 

The gulf stream action is progressively getting better off our coast. We have had good reports of wahoo and a few stray mahi being caught in 150 to 250 feet. This Sunday (9/15) I had the opportunity to venture out to the gulf stream and experience the fishing first hand. To begin the journey 60 miles offshore, we were presented with some of the weirdest weather conditions I have ever faced as a captain - 5 knot South East wind out to 5 miles, 15-20 knot North East wind from 5-30 miles out, then dropped to an extremely weak 5 knot South West wind once we got offshore. Not to mention we dodged heavy rain the whole ride out. Variable was an understatement when describing these conditions. Finally we arrived at our first spot and it wasn't long before the flat line got bit and we were on to first wahoo. As we were fighting that fish, the long line also starts screaming as we were on to our second wahoo - doubled up. Like a light switch, the chaos was silenced as both fish threw the hooks, 0-2. Determined for another bite, we got back on the troll and began deploying baits. Not a minute after the long line was set it started screaming drag again. Luckily this fish stayed on the hook long enough to get brought in the boat. Unfortunately after that bite everything seemed to shut down for us. We managed to get three mahi bites and landed one of those three fish. Having known we fished around rain storms and windy conditions all day, we kept our heads held high and headed back to the dock. That's why they call it fishing not catching right? This wahoo bite should continue to get better once we get a few more cold fronts to push in cooling our near shore waters. These fish will begin to gang up on the local offshore hangouts such as the black jack, steeples, MacMarlen, and Winyah Scarp. Stop by the OIFC and pick up some purple/black and blue/white illand lures for your spread. Wahoo and mahi can't resist these lures trolled with a medium to select ballyhoo. Not to mention they're 25% off till October 1st. Or if you don't feel like buying the tackle, let one of our OIFC captains take you on a charter. This time of the until mid November is our peak season for wahoo and king mackerel so take your pick. Capt. Derek Treffinger
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