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"Key West Tourney 2013" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/18/13
 

I finally got the picture of Team OIFC's 8th place overall, 2nd Junior and 1st Lady angler- 50.17 pound King.  I really like the picture, a fishing family.  We ALL worked hard for that fish; it was nice for the kids to see that their hard work and sacrifice was rewarded.  Team OIFC is fired up for 2013
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Phillip Snow 02/20/2013

Great Picture! Three generations represented.

Butch Myers 02/19/2013

That should be the Christmas card picture this year.

Larry 02/19/2013

Great pic. Great family! Good luck with your 2013 tournaments. As if you need luck:>)

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"OIFC to be a GoPro dealer" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/17/13
 

The OIFC is going to be a GoPro dealer.  The use of GoPro cameras in filming of fishing action has become a common part of the fisherman's arsenal.  The OIFC is looking forward to being able to offer the best product and accessories that apply to use of the GoPro product for fishing action.

I need help.  Please comment with suggested accessories that we should carry from GoPro.  Your advice is appreciated.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Brian Aycock 02/17/2013

The suction cup mount is a good one. The bicycle mount works good on gaffs, railings and rod butts.

Greg 02/17/2013

Obviously, the float back attachment. If the carry a mount large enough for a T-Top pole, that wopuld be nice. We've been looking for a rod mount that would work with their gimble mount (Melton's carries the attachment) that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, hard to find a moount for less than $150. The aatchment that allows you to stick the camera below the waterline to film the catch is nice. Glad you guys are getting this line. I've watched several of Jacob's vidoes. The trolling torpedo would be cool to show strikes for you offshore guys. Greg Edge





"" | Real-Time Update | 02/16/13
 

It's 36 with wind rain and snow. Anyone want to make a Gulf Stream run?
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capt. rickey 02/18/2013

We need to get us a group together and buy a load of 100% gas and make a stream run.

John 02/17/2013

Like Corey I've been out in colder weather so I'll be on the dock waiting with him.

Corey Bellamy 02/16/2013

I'm ready Rickey been out in worse ..

Corey Bellamy 02/16/2013


Corey Bellamy 02/16/2013




"Roving reporter" | Real-Time Update | 02/16/13
 

Snow in Raleigh..... Sent from my iPhone
- Steele Park
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"Spring Makeover" | Real-Time Update | 02/16/13
 

The CarolinaCat is nearing completion of her spring makeover in preparation of the 2013 season. She will hit the water soon with all new upholstery and a new Simrad GPS/Chart plotter.
- Chris Dew
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"SHARK!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/15/13
 

Great White Shark spotted off OIB. Capt Kevin Sneed just called me from 7 miles offshore and he has a 14' Great White circling his boat- NOW! I looked up the the OCEARCH shark tracking site and Mary Lee was off Bermuda yesterday, but Jenny was off Charleston on Jan 19 and has not pinged yet. So, what do you think. Is it Jenny? Or, are we going to finally admit that there ARE Great Whites off OIB? Kevin said he has video, so stand by.

AND NOW.... I just got this picture of a dead whale that was taken off of Frying Pan Shoals.  Now put this together with the increased Great White Shark activity.  It has been the belief of many that the Great Whites follow the Right Whale migration closely.  I believe we are seeing more whales now than in the past years.  Thus, has their been a migration shift or are there more whales?  Is that secret NAVY submarine sonar detection system pushing the Right Whales closer to shore?  These are all interesting questions.  OK -- let's here your theory?  COMMENT BELOW
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Tim Lowry 02/20/2013

Pretty sure my brother & I encountered a great white at the Jungle back in early spring of 2009. It came past the back of the boat as we were trolling. The tail was a couple of feet to one side and the head a couple of feet past the other (the boat was 8 ft wide). So I'm estimating about 12 ft or so. Never heard of them in these waters, so I have never said much about it. I didn't think anyone would believe me. I think they have been here quite a while. Tim Lowry

cane 02/17/2013

I just started teaching kevin how to surf this fall, im going to have to really do a lot of explaining now...

W. Parker 02/15/2013

I think they have been here just like the Bluefin, somehow they have managed to stay under the radar, and there's not a lot of fisherman out in ocean during the winter,so how would you know unless you stuck a radio transmitter on one .





"Great White" | Get Busy | 02/15/13
 

We finally got the video shot by Capt. Kevin Sneed hailing from Holden Beach of the great white shark arounf his boat.  Kevin said he was 7 miles off  Holden Beach.  Click here to view the video on our Ocean Isle Fishing Center Facebook page..Thanks for posting Kevin.   Next time jump in and get some underwater shots.
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"Marine Recreational Fishing Forum February 16th" | Get Busy | 02/13/13
 

The 2013 N.C. Marine Recreational Fishing Forum, organized by *North Carolina Sea Grant* , will be held on Feb. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at North Carolina State University's *McKimmon Center* in Raleigh. The event is designed for recreational anglers, fisheries scientists, resource managers, elected and appointed officials, and others with an interest in the latest happenings in North Carolina marine recreational fishing. *View the draft agenda* . [image: ncmrff.logo.web_small] "The recreational fishing forum is a unique opportunity to have a discussion outside of the regulatory arena on hot topics of interest to anglers," explains *Susan White*, Sea Grant executive director. "By working with anglers to identify topics and potential speakers, the forum provides a great opportunity to improve engagement and gather input from the marine recreational fishing community." Speakers include *Brad Gentner*, president of *Gentner Consulting Group*and a former economist for the *National Marine Fisheries Service* , who will discuss the economics of marine recreational fishing. *Louis Daniel*, director of the *N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries*, will hold an hour-long "Ask-a-Director" session. The agenda also includes topics on regulators' roles and the difference in fish survivability between recreational discards and catch-and-release, as well as updates from a legislative representative. VIEW THE FORUM live — and ask questions — online at tinyurl.com/a36qybz. Viewers will need to use Microsoft Silverlight, available from www.microsoft.com/silverlight, to watch the live stream. Dr. Terry Reporting for OIFC and Captain Brant
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"Reds Biting?" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/13/13
 

What is going on in the backwater? There are still some redfish hanging tough with us. I have located a large school of upper to over the slot reds. I can not get them to bite anything! I worked them over pretty hard this afternoon for about an hour before moving on to another school. My first two cast in the secondary school got drilled. The first slipped the hook, the second cut the line. I quickly tied on another jighead and tried to compose myself! I started picking them off one by one. Most of them were just below the slot with a couple just making the mark. Tips to catch a few fish this time of year. Shallow, Stealth, Slow, and presistence will get the bite.
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Capt. Jacob Frick 02/14/2013

The top secret 1/4oz. gold spoon tipped with a gulp curly tail grub(green pumpkin or smoke). First time I have tossed it this year. That was working at slack tide. Once the water got to moving the spoon would not reach the bottom. Pulled out the ole trusty Bass Assassin's...the 4" grey ghost made claim to quite a few more before I headed home in the dark.

Capt. Brant 02/14/2013

What lure/jig was producing the bites?

Capt. Brant 02/14/2013

What lure/jig was producing the bites?

Houndog 02/14/2013

You da Man Capt Frick !


Houndog 02/14/2013

You da Man Capt Frick !




"Un=Reel!!!!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/13/13
 

Joe Seegers posted the wildest video of a tuna feeding frenzy I've ever see.  Click here to see it on our Facebook page and leave a comment.  If nothing else but thanking Joe for posting it.
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Dr. Terry 02/13/2013

Amazing video! Most exciting thing I've ever seen regarding fishing!

Ken Ritch 02/13/2013

That video is incredible - never seen anything like it!





"Keith Bercuinas" | Get Busy | 02/12/13
 

Below are some pictures of Keith and Christa Lee on their trip to Isla Majeres.  It's tough, but I guess someone has to do it!
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Keith Berciunas 02/13/2013

That it is Brian. Eddie was along also, we had a great time in Isla.. Christa caught her first Sailfish(I will post that pic later) We fished aboard the Carnivore out of Morehead with Captn Ed. This boat and crew really know their stuff. Was an awesome time.. We rose about 20-25 fish in the spread, seen another 20 or so free jumping... We went 12-18 on hook ups with an additional wahoo for dinner. at one time had a triple up on sails, with a wahoo on the 4th line... talk about nonstop action. I am looking forward to the next trip down to Mexico for more of this action.

Brian Aycock 02/12/2013

Looks like a good time was had by all! Who is that on Keith's right? I think it is another OIFC regular, Eddie Julian.





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"" | Real-Time Update | 02/12/13
 

Y'all might recall that Beck's Seafood in Calabash was destroyed by fire. It's good to see it being rebuilt. Beck's is owned by Corey Bellamy the Capt of the "Choice of Two" fishing team
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Gary Reagan 02/16/2013

Glad to see the work is progressing. I will check it out soon.

Doug Robson 02/14/2013

Great, can't wait to get back down there and get some good seafood!!

Corey Bellamy 02/12/2013

Wendell I hear ya bring me some of that fresh wahoo to serve up !!!! Thanks for the kind words fellas .. Hope to be slinging seafood knee deep by Easter if all goes well

Ken Ritch 02/12/2013

Nice to see one of North Carolina's landmarks coming back together - Congratulations Corey

Brian Aycock 02/12/2013

Great to see the progress. Great restaurant operated by great people.

wb 02/12/2013

need sell fresh local fish there in summer time


Ken Ritch 02/12/2013

Nice to see one of North Carolina's landmarks coming back together - Congratulations Corey

Brian Aycock 02/12/2013

Great to see the progress. Great restaurant operated by great people.

wb 02/12/2013

need sell fresh local fish there in summer time




"Tournament Prep" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/11/13
 

What to do when it's cold and raining? Take full advantage of it! This is the time of year when Do Work/Team OIFC is prepping and getting ready for the 2013 King Mackerel Tournament Trail. There is no part too small to be overlooked. We like to start by looking at the schedule and putting in vacation requests for the tournament days and at least the day before. This gives us time to catch bait and get everything prepped for a fun day of fishing. I then like to start tying rigs, which consists of single and double pogie rigs, bluefish rigs and ribbon fish rigs. During the rig tying phase, I will also stress test my rigs to ensure quality control. Another off season item to inspect is your cast net. Check the entire net, top to bottom, look for holes in the net or worn lines. A great way to inspect the net is to get in the yard and practice throwing. This will help to ensure that you throw a perfect pancake on that first pod of pogies you see. We also strip all of the line off our reels. While all of the line is off the reels I like to clean the reels and inspect them for any cracks or items that need to be repaired. This is also an excellent time to inspect your live bait rods. Items that need to be inspected on the rods are the reel seats, guides and the eyes in the guides. When inspecting the reel seats, check for cracks and ensure that the reel seat is secure. Visually check the guides to ensure that they are not bent and are firmly secured to the rod. I personally feel the most important part of a rod to inspect is the eyes in the guides. A great way to do this is to take a cotton ball and rub the inside of the eye. If the cotton ball snags or there are any fibers of the cotton ball left on the eye, then you may have a burr or a rough spot on the eye. This can be a very bad problem when fighting that winning fish. That small burr or rough spot will cause line to wear and over time cause your line to break. I hope these few tips help prepare you and your team for a successful King Mackerel season. It's also a great way to pass the time on the cold rainy days when you are sitting inside wishing you were on the water.
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Capt. Rickey Beck 02/12/2013

Capt. Jeff covered tackle and gear prep. Another important thing is going through your boat and trailer from bow to stern. It is way too late if you're off shore, or even in the back waters to have a repair issue. Also too many people neglect their trailers and tires. When is the last time you've tried to break a lug nut loose? When the season cranks up is too late to try and get service work done, you'll be waiting a while. Check with the staff at the OIFC if you need a recommendation as to who to contact. You can bet Capt. Brant only uses the best people for his equipment.

Capt. Rickey Beck 02/12/2013

Capt. Jeff addressed tackle and gear. But do not forget this is when boat maintenance needs to be addressed. You should check your boat from bow to stern. And DO NOT neglect your trailer!! Don't wait until everyone puts their boats in to try to get an issue fixed...you'll be waiting awhile! Check with one of the Captains or Mrs. Anita at the OIFC if you need a recommendation on who to contact. You can bet Capt. Brant only uses the best.





"We Haven't Forgot" | Get Busy | 02/11/13
 

Fellow Rodeo participants......we haven't been forgotten.  The OIFC is having some really nice trophies made but it's just taking longer than anticipated.  Please bear with us.  We are planning on fine tuning the Rodeo in 2013 to make it more enjoyable, more affordable and hopefully more attractive for more participants.  Thanks for bearing with us!!

Flounder:

Jeff Wallen..6.8 lbs and 5.5 lbs total 12.3

Brandon Sauls.. 0

Clay Morphes 0

Trout:

Jeff Wallen..3.3 lbs, 3.2 lbs and 2.9 lbs total 9.4 lbs

Brandon Sauls..7.2lbs, 5.3 lbs, 5.5 lbs and 3.1 lbs total 20.6 lbs

Clay Morphes..3.9lbs total 3.9 lbs

Drum:

Jeff Wallen..7.63 lbs, 7.0 lbs, 6.2lbs total 21.83 lbs

Brandon Sauls..6.9 lbs total 6.90 lbs

Combined Weight:

Jeff Wallen 43.53 lbs

Brandon Sauls 27.50 lbs

Clay Morphes 3.90 lbs

Overall Average Finish Combined Participants:

Jeff Wallen 6

Brandon Sauls 7.33

Clay Morphes 10.33

Off Shore:

Team OIFC

 

 


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"Job Opportunity" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/10/13
 

OIFC is seeking a clothing & gift Inventory/Sales manager; job includes receiving, ordering, stocking, customer help, staffing....... the head, the tail, the whole fish!  EMAIL: info@oifc.com Capt. Brant with interest.
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"Last Week's Action" | Tiberias - 22' | 02/10/13
 

Got out with my next door neighbor Pete and his buddy Ron last Monday. We headed to some nearshore structure in hopes of finding the elusive black sea bass. It did not take long to locate a large school of bass. We started bringing doubles, triples, and even quad hook ups to the boat. Using the larger sabiki rigs with no natural bait was doing the trick. All bass were released unharmed with the exception of the ocassional shark attack. As the sharks got more aggressive we changed our gear and targeted them. Whole pieces of squid on wire rewarded us with some line stretching excitment. Not bad for February!

On Wednesday I got out with my buddy on his new boat, "Penny Pincher". Joe is normally a kayak fisherman. Paddling may be a thing of the past now. We headed to some of his top secret kayak honey holes. Joe's new Sundance Skiff proves to get as shallow as his kayak. He loves it! The fish were also cooperating...we landed 8 or 9 reds with a nice trout in the mix. All reds were released to be caught another day. Again, the action is still pretty steady for February. The challenge is dodging the cold fronts picking the right weather day and the green cabbage is starting to grow thick along the oyster bars. Throwing light jigheads or weedless flutter hooks will keep you out of the cabbage. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 02/09/13
 

Congratulations Capt Stan Gurganus for re-passing his Capt license test. Capt Stan was the OIFCs original inshore guide, but "a real job" pulled him away. He let his license lapse, but now he has gone through the class and passed again. I am hoping to have Capt Stan rejoin the OIFC this season, but this time he wants to focus on offshore. I'm sure you will be hearing more from Capt Stan- good job. I may have also forgotten to mention that recently our former first mate Derek Trefinger also passed his test, and he is now a licensed Capt. He will rejoin the OIFC charter crew this year as a Captain- great job guys!
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"Feds. Killing Red Snapper" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/09/13
 

Capt. Josh Hughes made us aware of this video showing the U.S. Government blowing up abandoned oil rigs in the Gulf and killing thousands of red snapper in the process.  You can click on this link or go to our Facebook page, Ocean Isle Fishing Center and watch it.

Please post your reaction in our comment section.


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Capt. Jacob Frick 02/10/2013

I will let Tom Cruise in a "Few Good Men" describe our Federal Government for you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jevG0vhGWU

wb 02/09/2013

hope this get attention

Capt. Rickey 02/09/2013

I found the video to be shocking. This has caused a lot of harm to a lot of people, not to mention the useless killing of the snapper, as well as the destruction of valuable reef and deaths to other sea life.





"Isla Mujeres" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 02/08/13
 

This report was sent in for all of us to enjoy by Douglas Montgomery...Thanks!!

Hey Fishing Report readers... just wanted to share our big day!
My wife Tammy and I fished about 20 miles of the coast of Isla Mujeres the last week of January. I read the sails had been really hot late in the Afternoon. So I did something I had never done before. I booked an afternoon charter. It was torture!!!!!...we laid at the pool all morning as I watched the frigate's diving on Spanish sardines!!!....well it paid off. We left at 1pm and were hooked up on our first sail by 2:30. We fished till dark (about 6pm) and never had one second that we weren't hooked up on a sail. It was truly the most amazing thing I have ever seen. They were as think on top of the water as the Bonita's are here in the late summer!!!!!...our final count was 12 sails on 16 hookups!!!!!...

Just figured it may bring some smiles to the faces of everybody out there with the February blues.

-Doug Montgomery


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