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"Ya Never Know..." | Tiberias - 22' | 04/30/13
 

If you have a chance to go fishing? You should go! I expected to have a tough time finding fish with dirty rain water draining from the creeks. It appears that the freshwater run off may have gotten the fish more active. As always, I use artificials most of the time when I am scouting around. I caught 7 trout, a 17 inch flounder and a nice black drum in just a couple of hours this afternoon. All trout were released to spawn out, the flounder and black drum hit the frying pan. Most of the trout and black drum hit a 52MR "808" color mirr-0-lure. The flounder and other trout hit a 4" Sea Shad by Bass Assassin in limetruese color paired with a 1/8th ounce red jighead. The OIFC carries both of these lures. Stop by the shop, Dr. Terry or myself will get you hooked up with the right gear. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"NEW PRODUCTS IN- Fishizzle and Fish Finder" | OIFC | 04/30/13
 

I think I mentioned this in an earlier report, but we have gotten the Fishizzle Brass Ballyhead lures that Capt. Steele is so hot on- We have then in Black/Purple and Black/Red.  Also, we have just gotten new product from Fish Finder Lures -- Capt. Joe Shute of Morehead used to run a tackle store up there and was making lures in the back room.  All the charter boats started using them and catching fish.  He had so much demand for the lures, he couldn't run the tackle store.  Now he is a full time lure manufacturer- Fish Finder Tackle- and the OIFC is a retail location for his fish finding lures!  Come check them out and give them a shot.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Corey Bellamy 05/01/2013

Both are awesome products .. I can attest to the fishizzle brass heads and to the fish finder jackOlantern ... I've caught a lot of fish on those bad boys !!!! Stock up brant they are gonna be in high demand very soon !!

Capt. Brant 05/01/2013

Its only a short drive. Come on over and visit us.

Capt . Charles Osborne Dixie Minner Southport NC 04/30/2013

have you guys thought about opening up a tackle shop in the Southport area ? It is very hard to find cutting edge tackle in this area !





"Vacation Is Over" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/30/13
 

OK in shore fishies...your vacation is over...The Bonecrusher is back in town.  Capt. Barandon Sauls has been in Fla. mixing business with vacation...and vacation for Brandon most always involves fishing.

Brandon was kind enough to share his exploits with us.....

Good morning! Check out the 90 lb tarpon I caught Saturday at Long Key Channel down just South of Islamorada, FL.

 

We caught foot long sized mullet back in the mangroves and fished them on a floater rig back in the shadow lines of the Long Key Channel Bridge. Fish came up on short bait, swirled and missed, went to long bait and knocked him out the water - I left the bait there for a minute or so and then started slowly retrieving when he came back and ate it hard! Fought the fish for about 20 mins before we got him to the boat.

 

The tarpon bite is on down there - we had quite a few other shots but did not capitalize...BS

Thanks Brandon and welcome back to Paradise!!

Remember if you have a report/story you would like to share, send it to me at sunset69@atmc.net

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"rigging prep" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/29/13
 

 

Camdyn and I spent the weekend cleaning the boat and rigging some offshore lures.  I think we have all of our favortie lures ready for the Far Out Shoot Out that is right around the corner.  Camdyn was busy putting the lures on the line, bagging the finished product and naming the rigs.  Here is a picture of some of our favorites.

 


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"Fishing In New Jersey" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/28/13
 

I got a phone call from a friend from N.J. today, even better then the call was the awesome pictures below. Mark advised that the bass fishing has been great, He said that he has even caught them three at a time and sent proof with a picture. Mark advised that he had 5 bass on Wednesday, 7 on Thursday morning and 3 Thursday evening. All fish came on the troll in Raritan Bay N.J in 23 to 27 feet of water, the water temp was 54.1 degrees. The name of Marks boat is Team Outer Limits. I am very familiar with this boat and I know she can catch fish. This is the boat we won the 2010 Div 9 championship on. It just proves that she can catch fish in any waters. Awesome job Mark and keep the reports coming, give Team Outer Limits a pat on the gunnel and tell her Team Do Work said hello.


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"seeing red" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/28/13
 

So the men from Tenn. came down to OIB in search of some fresh fish, but the also wanted some local knowledge on the waterways and backwaters. We explored from the Little River Jetties/ Calabash River thru Tubbs Inlet and into the Shallotte River. Don't forget we are more than just a fishing charter,Oh yeah we took time to bust out some mid 20 inch redfish and the first keeper flounder of the season. Even the Capt. got in on the action


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Before & After" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/28/13
 

Captain Jeff Williamson of the Get Busy/OIFC caught this season's first keeper flounder...Game On!!!

I must apologize...J. Dogg was a little short on the particulars.

 

Have a report with pictures?  Send them to me at sunset69@atmc.net

 


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"Fat Albert" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/27/13
 

Capt, Jim Bowen sent us this report and picture.  Jim is layed up following a surgery and we all wish him a speedy recovery!

I am laid up at the house after surgery yesterday but my buddy John Sossamon on his 27 Sea Hunt, The Pole Dancer” out of Little River sent me this picture of a False he caught in 22’ of water around the Cherry Grove Pier. That is John’ buddy Bobby with the fish. He said bait is around and some birds are diving on the West side of the jetties.. spring time is coming!!

 Thanks Jim!!!!

Remember, If you have a report with pictures you'd like to share send them to me at sunset69@atmc.net.  This email is at my top secrete bunker located hundreds of feet below the OIFC.


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Dr. T 04/28/2013

Jim, we are wishing you a very speedy recovery from you recent surgery. Let us know how you are doing, and we all look forward to fishing with you this year. Terry

John 04/27/2013

Nice to see some near shore reports!





"Rattlesnake vs. Black Drum" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/27/13
 

Captain Tommy Helms reports

:Well ! Dan Rattle snake Ratley and myself went out for some bait ( Minnows )
and ran into a few Black Drum ! Caught them on Shrimp close to  Sunset Beach

. A great way to start the season . I am going to have the left over shrimp
and Filets for Diner ! Looking forward to a fantastic season . See you on
the pond .

I look as forward to Capt. Tommy's reports as I do fishing.  Thanks Tommy and keep em coming!!!!

If you have a report with pictures send them to me at sunset69@atmc.net.  I'll do my best to get them on the report for everyone to enjoy-Thx..Capt. Rickey
 


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Greg Robinson 04/28/2013

No fish this weekend ,, water dirty !!





"CASH IS KING " | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/27/13
 

Im really digging this 'CASH IS KING' project and really hoping everyone takes avantage of this opportunity. its a great chance to get your family or friends involved in the fishing tournaments without actually being on the boat.. ive got a few cheerleaders im hoping will pick up any twts that my team doesnt pick up... everyone spread the word and this could be a great payout for someone this year...   


- Capt. Corey Bellamy
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"Cast Net 101" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/26/13
 

Visit Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Facebook page and watch Captain Chris Dew give a lesson on throwing one of Captain Brant's Custom Nets.  I did the video on the "spur of the moment so the volume is low..."CRANK IT UP!!!


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"Cast Net T" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/26/13
 


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"Grouper Season Opens Wednesday- CHARTERS OPEN" | OIFC | 04/26/13
 

Grouper season opens Wednesday, May 1.  The offshore forecast is looking very good.  The charter boats are open.  Let's go fishing!  It will take at minimum a 10 hour and truly a 12 hour trip would serve you best to catch Grouper.  The forecast is for 2 foot seas on Wednesday- let's go troll and catch some Wahoo, Blackfin and Mahi and finish up by jigging a limit of Gag Grouper.  Call 910-575-3474.

See you on the water -- speaking of fishing.  This weekend isn't looking too bad.  Sunday in fact is looking pretty decent.  There are rumors of Yellowfin Tuna running around, but I need proof.  Go out there and find them.  The Wahoo are there for sure- good luck!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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John 04/26/2013

Would love to be on that trip with you but will try to get my boat out near shore in hopes the blues or Spanish have begun to show up. Just heard 2'-3' Wednesday forecast. NC black sea bass limited opening for comms on May 1 also, 100# per trip and 1500# max through the end of May when the federal season opens.





"Rising water temps and full moon" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 04/25/13
 

What an awesome afternoon on the water. Mike,Travis,Jim and Jimmy from Charlotte NC  joined me for a fun X 10 redfish trip.  The name of my boat is Get Busy Fishing and I needed to change it to Get Busy Catching. Armed with some fresh caught mud minnows and a bag  giant secret weapons. Not sure what the final count was but somewhere between 20 to 30 redfish. Size? 16 to 28 inches. Found a creek with 68 degree water on the tail end of the falling tide.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"New Sponsor" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/25/13
 

Team OIFC welcomes Drake's Mobile Detailing (843-385-3202) to our family of wonderful sponsors.  Join our Facebook page for a special discount.


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"Far Out Shoot Out/Rodeo" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/25/13
 

Mark your colander's..the Far Out Shoot Out begins May 10-18th.  Plus you can enter theRodeo and make even more money.  The Rodeo entry fees have been slashed & the Leader board position rules changed back to the old days....This makes the Rodeo more affordable and overall user friendly.  How many prices can you name have been cut these days!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Matt 04/26/2013

Anyone heading out Saturday the 27th??....looking for a buddy boat to around the tower area. Plan to clear inlet at 6:15- 6:30

Corey 04/26/2013

I'm ready ... I can hear the reels screaming now





"Trout action..." | Tiberias - 22' | 04/24/13
 

Paul and Jennette joined me for a half day backwater adventure today. The plan was to get that one two pause and slammin action going with the trout. The first trout to slam the mirrolure was maybe an inch bigger than the lure. Well, that was the right species, but not what we had in mind. We continued to work the rips along the oyster bars and picked away at a few trout. Paul foul hooked a couple that made them fight like monsters. We had our hopes up for one of those big females today, but could only manage to catch the 16 to 18 inchers. We took a break at dead low tide to grab a little lunch at Inlet View Bar and Grill. Great service, great view, and awesome eating! We hit a few docks along the waterway after lunch and only managed to educate a few redfish, breaking all three off in the pilings. We tried for black drum in a few holes, but the water has warmed up enough to bring in the small pinfish. Bait stealers! I felt a little defeated after my trip and went looking for some revenge. I fished the banks hard to get one more bite. It was the kind of bite we had been looking for all day. I shared the photo opportunity with my boys and released the big female to fight another day. There are plenty of fish to be caught out there right now. You have just got to get out there and find them. Capt. Jeff found the redfish today, so stay tuned for his report. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Shallotte Inlet Buoys" | Real-Time Update | 04/24/13
 

Today I had the privilege of assisting a crew from the Wildlife Resources Commission in replacing the buoys in the Shallotte Inlet. I can tell you these guys worked hard to get the best position for the buoys. They were all about making us, the fishermen, happy with their placement. They truly have the interest of the inlet users at heart. I ran the newly established path at near dead low and had 4 feet or better all the way. The buoys were moved approximately 50-75 yards eastward and the outermost buoys are now on the offshore side of the outer bar. As always use your best judgement when running any inlet, but I am sure you will feel better about the current placement of the buoys. If you see these guys around the water please thank them. They truly deserve it.
- Chris Dew
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John 04/25/2013

The house voted 100-1 on Rep Goldfinch's plan to keep BSB open year round in SC. Here is his post on charlestonfishing: Today, The South Carolina House of Representatives passed Black Sea Bass legislation opening a Black Sea Bass season year-around in South Carolina waters. This is a good start in addressing the overpopulation and under-thinking of common-sense fisheries management by SAFMC and the Marine Advisory Board. In a disappointing move, DNR's Marine Advisory Board voted yesterday to try to kill the bill. The will of the legislature is clear: South Carolina will not be bullied by the federal government or environmentalists with ill intentions for fishermen. The bill can be seen here: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3735.htm _________________

John 04/25/2013

Last year I spoke with a ranking Coastie. That is when he told me Shallotte Inlet was not their responsibility and the state had taken over. He stated their tender is 61' long and has a draft of 5' making it impossible for them to work Shallotte Inlet. Just his $0.02. I see today Dr Daniels issued a proclamation giving comms north of Hatteras restricted permission to take black sea bass beginning May 1. 100# per trip by trawl and total landings of 1500# no smaller than 11". Good for them and the fishery,,,,

Rube McMullan 04/25/2013

Just to add a little more to the story for those who don't know....Several years ago the Coast Guard made the decision they were pulling the buoys from the Shallotte Inlet as they determined it was not safe for their buoy tender to operate in the inlet. That left us with NO buoys in the inlet, a blind pass for those who didn't have a GPS tract to follow. This ignited a war with the Coast Guard folks which we knew we would never win. Fighting with the Fed agencies is hopeless. So we enlisted the help of then State Senator Bonner Stiller[a fisherman] and he made contact with Gordon Myers, head of NC Wildlife and asked for their help. Gordon responded immediately, came to the OIFC, and with a team of officials, Wildlife took over buoying the Shallotte Inlet with Brant as "inlet master" to help in defining the route and moving buoys as needed. So this goes back a few years, and if wasn't for the Wildlife folks, Shallotte Inlet would not have buoys. Thats why we need to let them know how much we appreciate their help! Thanks. Rube McMullan

Ernie Ward 04/25/2013

Rube, Done. Thanks for the contact info. Ernie

Rube McMullan 04/25/2013

Everyone please drop a email to erik.christofferson@ncwildlife.org to thank him for the work of the Wildlife crew. These guys get a lot of spears thrown at them so I know they appreciate hearing when their work is appreciated.

scott 04/25/2013

Great news. For sure a BIG THANK YOU to the Commission, and to the OIFC for being so involved in these issues for us!!!!!

Captain Rickey 04/25/2013

Great job Captain Chris, the N.C. Wildlife Commission and Capt Brat for making all this possible!!!

John 04/24/2013

Great to hear! I must have came past just before you arrived. Glad to know the channel is marked. 4' at low tide will work.


Ernie Ward 04/25/2013

Rube, Done. Thanks for the contact info. Ernie

Rube McMullan 04/25/2013

Everyone please drop a email to erik.christofferson@ncwildlife.org to thank him for the work of the Wildlife crew. These guys get a lot of spears thrown at them so I know they appreciate hearing when their work is appreciated.

scott 04/25/2013

Great news. For sure a BIG THANK YOU to the Commission, and to the OIFC for being so involved in these issues for us!!!!!

Captain Rickey 04/25/2013

Great job Captain Chris, the N.C. Wildlife Commission and Capt Brat for making all this possible!!!

John 04/24/2013

Great to hear! I must have came past just before you arrived. Glad to know the channel is marked. 4' at low tide will work.




"Trout Reflections by Mirrolure" | Tiberias - 22' | 04/23/13
 

I headed out this morning on a simple little scouting mission. The windy conditions have held me back at the dock long enough. I do the majority of my scouting with artificial lures and I have gotten that bug for throwing hardbaits again. Over the years I have thrown all sorts of hardbaits: rattle traps, rapala sub walks, yo-zuri cystal minnows, etc...These have all worked well from time to time. I have been really working areas over hard with the 52MR series III by Mirrolure. It seems that any color will do. Stop by the store, talk to Terry or myself to get hooked up! The trout are pre-spawn and are getting more aggressive with the approaching full moon. Please don't kill the big ones! Take a pretty picture and release to secure a good fishery for us all in the future. Wet your hands before touching trout that you plan on releasing and be gentle with hook removal. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Clay 04/23/2013

Dr. Terry

Chris Campana 04/23/2013

Fudge, i was gonna come down this weekend but my place is booked





"Near Shore Costa Rico" | Do Work / OIFC | 04/21/13
 

Dr. Jeremy Phillips completed his fishing adventure in Costa Rica by going on a near shore Rooster fishing trip.  Dr. Phillips fished on the boat "El Camarone" and fished an area called the "Cliffs".  They caught 8 Rooterfish, two mackeral and two needle fish.  Jeremy reported that the Roosterfish bit on the downrigger on live bait.  The mackeral bit gotcha plugs that were being casted whle troling, and the needlefish exploded on top water lures.  Jeremy said the Roosterfish gave a harder fight thens sailfish he caught on Tuesday.  The quote of the day from Jeremy was," I gave the crew some OIFC gear, heck, they did make sashim."  


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