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"Cobia on fire" | OIFC | 05/27/13
This is the first year I can remember in years[and maybe ever] that the cobia are so thick you can actually target them rather than incidental catch. Two best techinques:
 go to any of the wrecks/reefs/king mackeral rocks and anchor and chum. Put one chum bag on bottom and one on top. The cobia will come to you. From there pitch a live pogy or pinfish or anything you have alive[crabs/eels/ect] and they will eat. Or you can tie a balloon onto your rig and float it behind your boat. They will also eat a jig tipped with a squid or gulp. You may also catch kings/big spanish doing this.
 fish the pogy schools. We are seeing more pogy pods than I can ever remember seeing. Congrats to the NC Marine Fisheries guys for finally closing netting throughout the state and thanks to the NC Legislature for showing the MFC the way by passing legislation several years ago to stop netting in our Brunswick County waters. Net some pogies from the school and then take a spinning outfit with a standard king rig and pitch the bait into a pod. Freel spool the reel and the pogy will swim with the school. Since he is "injured", he will be the target of a predador fish; cobia/king/shark/spanish/bluefish. Somebody will eat your bait. We are seeing the cobia working the pogy pods so give this a shot for cobia.
"Inlet buoys" | OIFC | 05/27/13
Boaters using Shallotte Inlet, beware the green cans going out the inlet have moved and are in the wrong place. Best to use the reds as your guide as they appear to be ok. As soon as we can, we will try to move the greens back where they belong.
"Fresh Fish @ Carolina Wing Co." | OIFC | 05/26/13
Great day offshore with Team OIFC...10 dolphin, 11 snowy grouper, 3 scamps, & 1 tile fish. Eat it fresh tomorrow at Carolina Wing Company-Capt. Barrett
Capt. Rickey Beck
"90's cobia" | Hail Yeah / OIFC | 05/26/13
As Rube mentioned yesterday, there are a lot of cobia around right now, so Austin, Brandon and I decided to give them a try.
This is a really fun and fairly easy trip. We stopped by the OIFC and picked up 3 blocks of tournament masters chum, chum bag, a pack of ballons and some rubber bands. We caught a net full of pogies between the inlet and OIB pier and headed out to the 90's. When we arrived, we put the anchor out, started chumming and the fish soon followed. We fished the pogies on regular king rigs. Finished up the day with 3 cobia (lost a 4th at the gaff), 4 kings and an encounter with the two large tiger sharks that call the area home. We also jigged up a good number of greenies out of the chum slick. Sounds like tomorrow will be another perfect day for this type of trip.
"Cobia bite is on" | OIFC | 05/25/13
We weighed more Cobia at OIFC than I can ever remember in a day. They are being caught everywhere from the sea buoy on out to the king mack rocky areas. Best bets will be artificial reefs/wrecks/ect. Either use a cobia jig tipped with a squid or a gulp tail of some sort. If you have pinfish or pogies; either will work. 50lb Mono leader[floro best]; 5/0 live bait hook or circle hook.
Few kings at the 90's and big spanish. Tomorrow winds lay and it's a gulf stream kind of day. See you there. Boats will return to OIFC tomorrow evening 6:30-7. Come on by and hopefully see some big fish.
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Doug and Grace Straining with Grace's first cobia aboard their boat Ratical in 60' on a buck tail with squid. They also caught another one on a fly rod
Capt. Barrett McMullan
"King beach bite" | OIFC | 05/25/13
Pogies all over the beach; bluefish all over the pogy schools; spanish mixed in; wind out of the north; the Jolly Mon is coming; What does that tell you? Answer is the King beach bite should be on...Yaupon area, Apache Pier area, Myrtle Beach Rocks. Give it a shot, today is perfect day to try as winds will be laying out tomorrow and thru next week and it will be perfect conditions to go to the gulf stream for mahi and/or grouper in the 90-100 foot range[Atlantic ledge area should be good]. Get some live pogies and go get em!
"Fisherman's Post Flounder Tournament" | Tiberias - 22' | 05/24/13
The full moon has brought some more flounder into the backwater. It is looking like things are going to be just right for the flounder tournament. I sure hope I can find a few of these on the day it counts. Red drum, black drum, flounder and trout are all here somewhere in the backwater. Flounder should be the main target right now as more and more start to filter in from the ocean. Red drum are always hanging around somewhere, but have been stubbornly hard to find lately. Trout are scattered all through the backwater and tossing a 1/4 red jig head tipped with your favorite soft plastic just might catch a few.
Live bait report...the menhaden have shown up in front of Ocean Isle Marina...they have been a little bit larger that I would like, but great big flounder bait and perfect for cobia. If you like smaller ones you will have to catch several net fulls and pick out the smaller ones.
Be safe out there...its going to be a busy waterway this weekend! See ya on the water!
Capt. Jacob Frick
"Recent Local Action" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 05/23/13
Picture 1: Craig Russell of Abacos reported: Just got back from 3 days of fishing. Finally tally was 47 mahi from 12-41 lbs. 2 wahoo to 44 lbs and tons of yellow eyed snapper deep dropping in 700 ft. See y'all June 10.
Picture 2: The Undertaker Capt. Jeff McDonald caught these fish Friday at Steeples
Picture 3: Hey Rickey I thought this would make for an interesting post on the report. This is a shot from my office window in north myrtle. Think the bait is thick yet??????? I think I'll get Doug to be my spotter during the Jolly Mon!!!
Picture 4: Is Billy Noble with one of the many Mahi he caught. He gave the others away.
Keith Bercuinas sent this report. He also included pictures but they wouldn't open. I'll get them up later..A great report non-the-less: Mr Rickey,
A little more stream news ... Sunday May 19 Eddie Julian and his sons, Edward and Davis, Myself and my son Hunter decided to take a trip and see if we could fill the freezer with some good table fare. We ALL had MAHI on the mind and wanted to hear the scream of a drag. So we set the Furuno on the numbers on Nesbitt Nobles boat "WIDE SPREAD" and broke the inlet at 540am. With the boys all sacked on the bean bag Eddie and I managed to have a pretty good ride out and some good conversation. Its nice having the opportunity to talk about "stuff" with no worries of work on the mind.. We hit a nice area of scattered grass and tons of flying fish about 3 miles shy of the number so we set our spread and started the troll. Within 10 minutes we had our first fish on and it was consistent action all day long with Mahi in the 20-30 lb range. We managed a couple really nice fish probably 30+. We ended the day with 12 fish in the box and what we will call "friendly boat side visit releases" of 3 more... It was a BIG TIME FOR ALL OF US. The boys did all the angling of fish while Eddie and I handled leadering and gaffing duties. Cant wait to get back on the water. Thanks to Nes for the opportunity to run the boat.
Thanks to all who sent these reports..I'm sorry about the delay in posting but the FOSO took center stage. Please keep them coming. If anyone has a report with pictures please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org...Thanks
Capt. Rickey Beck
"Today's Action" | Real-Time Update | 05/22/13
Both cat boats headed out this morning. Capts. Chris Dawson and Derek were
on the Carolina Cat for a six hour adventure in search of kings. First Mate
Matt Ritch joined me for a four hour shark hunt. Capt Dawson fished the
90's and reported lots of cigar minnows and other life in the area. They
ended up with catches of kings and a cobia. Our four hour group went 4 for
6 on sharks near Shallotte Inlet. Both boats caught bait just west of the
inlet in 15 feet of water before venturing out. A great day and things will
only get better by all indications.
"42 lb Cobia" | Real-Time Update | 05/22/13
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Dr. Terry Johnson
"Citation COBIA" | Real-Time Update | 05/22/13
Captain Brad Stevens fishing with Richard Long caught these two Cobia in 18 ft of water just outside Jetties today! Citation weighed 42 lbs!
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"Headed in from the 90s we boated 3 kings and 1 cob..." | Real-Time Update | 05/22/13
Headed in from the 90s we boated 3 kings and 1 cobia that was to short the fish are here so come see us
Capt. Chris Dawson
"Makes a Man Smile" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/21/13
Our friend Tim Galimore sent us this report. I am a little late in posting it because of the Far Out Shoot Out. Seeing Matt's boys fighting a fish and smiling in the pictures makes a fisherman's day. Thanks for the report Tim!
Cody and Mason Owens joined their Dad, Matt Owens, and myself for a little early season exploratory cobia/spadefish mission to a nearshore reef on Saturday. The seas were beautiful, the bait plentiful, and the reward was pretty spectacular! 2 cobia (1 citation at 42lbs.), at least 40 spades, Spanish, Bonita, and a double hookup on 2 massive tiger sharks. The grin on the Owens boys faces will surely be slow to subside!!
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Capt. Rickey Beck
"Sunday's Gulf Stream Trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 05/21/13
Capt. Chris and 1st Mate Aaron took a charter to the Gulf Stream Sunday. They mostly worked the 100/400 pulling skirted ballyhoo in 74 degree water. The weather service once again missed the forecast, but this time we were on the winning side and it was beautiful. With the exception of the last few miles of the ride out the trip was smooth. The weather was supposed to get worse, but instead got better with the ocean being so good most of the boats ran in the mid 30 mph's on the return trip.
In the last picture, Captain Derrick shows that being a charter captain isn't all glitz and glamour. Monday he was in the hold changing masarator a pump....He was a sight to behold.
Capt. Rickey Beck
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"YETI" | Choice of Two / OIFC | 05/21/13
Got my yeti from OIFC and had cutting edge graphics design them for me .. They look awesome .. Go get one guys they are the best coolers by far ...
Capt. Corey Bellamy
"Far Out Shoot Out" | Sea P.A. / OIFC | 05/20/13
Team Sea P.A./OIFC pulled away from the dock at 4:50am headed for parts still undecided with Ken & Matthew Ritch, Steele Park, and Jack Donoghue aboard. Upon clearing the last can at Shallotte Inlet we set a course for the Black Jack with the intention of setting our spread approximately 6 miles shy of the hole. Arriving 40 minutes prior to 8 am at our destination we prepped more baits and were anxious for the day to unfold. We boated our first dolphin around 8:45 as we continued trolling towards the blackjack. We boated a couple more dolphin and made the decision to work towards an area east of the Blackjack where we found 75 degree water and a very impressive weed line which for us was unproductive. We continued working east of the Blackjack when all of a sudden the long rigger snapped, the reel began screaming and a big beautiful bull dolphin exploded out of the water. Capt Steele manned the rod and after approximately 35 minutes the fish was in the box. Feeling good about our dolphin we switched to an all out effort in search of tuna and wahoo. We decided to work back inshore for more shallow water but continued to catch more dolphin. We totaled 10 dolphin for the day and had an absolute ball. There are more stories I could share about the day i.e. (gaff bloopers and wicked tuna impressions while wearing a fighting belt) but I will save those for a later day and also to protect the identity of the guilty. I do want to thank Capt Steele Park for spending the day with us and seriously for all of us out there that think we know it all you need to spend a day with one of the pros from the OIFC and find out how much you don't know. Also thanks to Brant and Amy for putting this thing together.
"Grayson's First Mahi" | Do Work / OIFC | 05/20/13
On Sunday 5-19-13, Team Do Work / OIFC set out towards the 100/400. Today's mission was to put Grayson Russ junior angler for team Mr. Good Hands on his first Mahi. Once we arrived, all bean bags were put away and our spread was set. It wasn't long until we had our first fish on, how nice it was to hear that reel screem. The spread was reset and we had everything ready for Grayson to do battle. Then all of the sudden, two reels go wild. We grab the reels and begin to fight the fish. The hook pull on one fish, but the other stays tight. Then all of the sudden the flat line takes off. Just like an old salt, Grayson runs to the reel and begins to crank. In a matter of minutes, Grayson has the Mahi along side of the boat. The mahi was slung into the fishbox and high fives were given all around the boat. We contiuned to fish and pick away it them until around 3:30, then we loaded up and headed home. All fish where caught about 2 miles to the east of the 100/400 in 160 foot of water. The water temp stayed aroud 75 degrees, everywhere we looked. The hot bait for the day was the 1/2 oz. Green Lantern, by Fish Finder Tackle. We also had a fish burn down a 30 wide, but we never got a look at it. That fish also hit a Lantern, in the 5 3/4 oz. in red and black. I will post some pics of the Lanterns when they dry out from being washed, or stop by the OIFC and check them out in person.
Capt. Jeff Beck