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"Inshore Video Report" | Tiberias - 22' | 12/03/12
 

Got out after work late yesterday afternoon. Scott and I worked a few areas over picking up all kinds of action. We started off using artificials which produced several strikes from all four inshore species: black drum, trout, flounder and red drum. As we continued to beat the banks we noticed live mullet working the shallows. They were perfect size! We got out the cast net and had about 30 finger mullet in the livewell. We headed for the ICW to fish some docks. The redfish were all over it! The majority of the reds were 15 to 19 inches. The tide went completely slack so we made a move to another area and managed to pick off 3 more reds with artificials. We decided to try a few more docks once the water got moving again. First mullet in the water got drilled. We went 4 out of 5 and the bite slowed. We moved down to the next dock and hooked up hard only to loose the fish to the dock. Weeded through a couple more small ones and finally got a nice 25 incher. It was dark by this time and our ladies were burning up the phone. Here is a rough dark video of yesterday's results. See ya on the water! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI-8OmPT-GI&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA&index=1&feature=plcp
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"A Fishin Daddy's Dream" | Get Busy | 12/02/12
 

Brandon Sauls and his twin daughters Sydney and Sloan fished the Little River Jetties today for about 5 hours.  The girls hung tough and had and caught between 25 to 30 trout and reds.  The future of salt water fishing is in good hands!!!!

Congratulations ladies!!!!!!

BTW don't forget the Christmas Trout Tournament Dec 26th


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Joe Seegers 12/03/2012

This is what fishing should be all about!

Brandon Sauls 12/03/2012

I will be sure to have one to stuff your Christmas Stocking with!! Sloane is going on to become the spokeswoman for the product - look at that shear excitement in those eyes!

Clay Morphis 12/03/2012

I love the "Bonecrusher Orange Fish Grippers" Are you and the girls by chance promoting these over the BOGA





"A Fishin Daddy's Dream" | Get Busy | 12/02/12
 

Brandon Sauls and his twin daughters Sydney and Sloan fished the Little River Jetties today for about 5 hours.  The girls hung tough and had and caught between 25 to 30 trout and reds.  The future of salt water fishing is in good hands!!!!

Congratulations ladies!!!!!!

BTW don't forget the Christmas Trout Tournament Dec 26th


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"A Tuff Gig" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/02/12
 

Working at the OIFC can be a tough gig.  Especially if we can find something to pick on each other about...all in good sport mind you.  Recently we've be riding Captain about his "bill fish cut offs".  Just the other day I was picking at him and told him seeing was believing.

DUH..In my face!!!!  Check out Steele's white marlin he caught today at the Knuckle today.

But not to be out done....Steele you spell Knuckle with a K..not Nuckle.  Haha

Like I say, all in fun.  It makes the Fishing Center a great place to work.  Congratulations Steele! 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Today's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/02/12
 

Wish I could report better, but I did not get too much good news today.  Again, a Bluefin was possibly hooked near the Knuckle buoy, but again it was lost before scene.  I am hoping the hookups are Bluefin, but I really want to see one of these fish to prove they are in fact here.  The reports from the guys who did try Bluefin were of incredibly good conditions, with whales, bait, birds....... conditions seemed perfect.  Yesterday there was a strong King bite NE of the Tower, but it slowed considerably today.  There were Kings to be caught at the Tower and near the Navy Wreck area.  Team OIFC also gave it a couple of hours at the Black Jack in hopes of a Wahoo, but no luck there.  Deep jigging resulted in a couple of Grouper and big B-liners.  For Team OIFC it was just one of those days when nothing seemed to cooperate.  But, that does not mean tomorrow won't be a great day, or for that matter, another team could have had a banner day just miles away.  It is a huge ocean and the oasis in the vast desert can often be hard to find.  Several boats are headed offshore tomorrow.  We will try to post a report. 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Barrett McMullan 12/03/2012

Tough day on the catching side for sure. If there is any glimmer of hope to take away from our day, the bluefin tuna deal sure looked promising. In 15 years of bluefin fishing every time I've seen a combination of whales, bait stacks, and clear 60 degree water the tuna have not been far away. Only one bite I heard of yesterday but maybe it's about to happen. In year's past it was usually mid December before they got going in our area.

Ray Del Pezzo 12/03/2012

Fishied sat. in stream lots of boneheads some skip jack 1 wahoo 45lbs and a large sailfish.

Tim Lowry 12/03/2012

Fished the area NE of Tower on Saturday. Caught one nice king and lots of bonito and a cobia off the bottom. Also saw the bait, birds and whales @ Knuckle Bouy but only had king rigs no heavy equip. Good day on the pond !!





"December Trout" | Tiberias - 22' | 12/02/12
 

Brent and son Matt joined me yesterday on the water to get December started off right. We started our day with a nice little boat ride. The weather was absolutely incrediable for this time of year. The trout bite still continues to have its strong points, but a little more searching is required. Our first couple of fish yesterday were short of the mark, but gave us confidence that we were doing something right. As we dailed in on the pattern we started moving and picking the banks apart. We finally got a keeper to the boat and started working the area over pretty hard. Another keeper, then another, then a redfish...I think we got something going here! We weeded through some small reds and short trout to end up with a nice 12 fish limit for the day. Everything was caught using Bass Assassin's 4" Sea Shads in the sand trout color. It was another great day to be on the water. Thank you guys for going fishing with us! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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Brandon Sauls 12/03/2012

Tommy - have you ever attempted to target flounder offshore in 60+ feet of water this late in the year? I have thought about it, but I don't know how you would keep the black bass off your line.

Steve Chase 12/02/2012

Hi Jacob, Tried the spot we discusses and fished it hard for 5 hours, on 11/30, with not one strike. To complete our fantastic day we manage to get stuck on a sand bar and had to get into the water to get the boat off of it. I think I should sell my boat and just fish with you!!!

Capt. Jacob Frick 12/02/2012

Tommy...we have suprisely caught a few flounder our last couple of times out. They have all been just short of the 15" mark. We had one today that was right on the 15" mark, but I won't keep them unless they are a good quarter of an inch over the mark. You are right...most of the bigger ones have headed offshore for the winter.

Tim Jones 12/02/2012

Very nice... Was the water clear or what????

Tommy Helms 12/02/2012

Great catch Jacob ! I think the Flounder have left the building


Tim Jones 12/02/2012

Very nice... Was the water clear or what????

Tommy Helms 12/02/2012

Great catch Jacob ! I think the Flounder have left the building




"OIHC" | Get Busy | 12/01/12
 

The Ocean Isle Hunting Center? It has a ring to it. Somebody better call me to go fishing or the deer population is going to be in trouble. I did take some time out to catch some beautiful speckle trout this week but when Will King asked me to run up to Orange co. and knock out a couple of deer off the family farmand put some burger and steaks in the freezer, I had to go. Will gave up his favorite tree to me the first day and it payed off with a nice 9 point droptine buck.That makes 2 at the taxidermist this fall. I gotta get back to work.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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Timbo 12/02/2012

Great buc!





"" | Real-Time Update | 12/01/12
 

OK- the possible Bluefin was broke off after a 20 min fight. That means someone still has the opportunity to lay claim to the "first" Bluefin of the season. Team OIFC will be on the water tomorrow. Stay tuned.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 12/01/12
 

OK- Southport boat Bluefin fishing near Knuckle buoy is currently hooked up! No confirmation if it's a Tuna for sure- might be that Great White "Mary Lee"? Stay tuned. May be time to get out the big reels! I'm Excited!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Cane 12/01/2012

This would be an epic early Christmas present for us fisherman, fingers crossed





"Giant Bluefin Tuna Red Alert!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 12/01/12
 

Rumors have it a boat is hooked up to a Giant Bluefin Tuna along the Frying Pan Shoals close to the Knuckle Buoy. Stand by for update as we try to confirm. We are loading up our elephant guns and heading out in the morning. Bluefin Tuna fever is back to our local waters!! Looks like Capt Steele's report on the great white shark hanging around the shoals looking for the bluefin's was not only a good story but true.
- Rube McMullan
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Bill 12/03/2012

they showed a great white on a tracking chart on the local news here in Charlotte , n.c. and showed it path swimming off the north Carolina coast, the story said it was a 16.5 footer that had been tagged in new England , I however did not react in time to get the web tracking site,, sorry.





"OIFC Rodeo Upate" | Get Busy | 12/01/12
 

The recent changes in the OIFC Rodeo are Brandon Sauls taking the lead in the trout division with a 5.0 lb fish while Jacob Frick moved up to 2nd in the red drum class with a 7.5 lb red fish.  Go to the Tournament page fot the skinny.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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""BIG Day at Navy Wreck"" | Real-Time Update | 11/30/12
 

Derreck Treffinger and Terry Johnson left out of OIFC early this morning (7:00AM) on Terry's 22' SeaFox WA. We knew the water was going to be calm and that we had to find some "warm" H2O. After consulting with Captain Brant, we loaded up with Cigar Minnows and Select Ballyhoo, and made a beeline to The Navy Wreck out of Shallotte Inlet (about 50 miles). Captain Brant had already checked the water temperatures, so we were confident we would have a good chance to catch some Kings and maybe some other desirable species. Upon arrival at the Wreck about 8:50, we found the water temperature to be 72.4 in 104-106 ft. of water, right at the wreck. The water was crystal clear, and the sun was baking us, so we took multiple layers of clothes off. Derreck quickly got our spread out, primarily because we could see King Mackerel and some sharks skying all around us, something neither of us had every witnessed in this magnitude, continuing half the day. In certain spots around the Navy Wreck, the bait was very thick, and we "marked" it, because we began catching Kings almost immediately, the first was a "double." I got mine in the boat, but Derreck's was bitten in half, presumbly by one of the many sharks we caught, or maybe another species with a "lazer-sharp bite." Simply pulling dead cigars minnows, in some unique OIFC ways, we managed to catch 8 Kings (kept four small ones), and then a pleasant surprise - a 25.6 lb Wahoo, The Wahoo slammed a cigar minnow on a white jig-head skirt rig we use every day and sell in the shop. The Wahoo raced back and forth on top across the remaining spread, and then chased right at the boat; it was all I could do to keep the line tight, and then he dove and took off again, and he stayed on with both hooks embedded. We weren't certain, but hoped it was a Wahoo; Derreck gaffed him, and we were thrilled. We switched to some Select Ballyhoo and began fast-trolling, only to catch three large Bonitas, one which we used as bait and "hooked" a hammer-head, which we let go, along with several other species of sharks, large ones. We really had a great time. It was a little risky going so far in a single-engine 22 WA, but the gamble was all worth it. We caught Kings until 4:00PM, then realized we were going to arrive in the pitch dark; that was different and fun; try to find those Inlet buoys sometime in the dark! The end result of a good float plan? We have a freezer full of good-eating fish! IF you are thinking about a good spot, try the Navy Wreck, besides "Mary Lee" is out that way too in the "target-rich environment." Cheers and Happy Fishing!
- "Dr. Terry H. Johnson"
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12/01/2012

Awesome!

12/01/2012

W. Parker 12/01/2012

Way to go T !

Corey Bellamy 12/01/2012

Awesome job guys ...


Corey Bellamy 12/01/2012

Awesome job guys ...




"Lookahoo it is..." | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/30/12
 

Our very own Dr. Terry and Derek braved the near mirror like conditions getting out to bluewater today. The pair said they boated several kings and a nice wahoo. They reported that the King mackerel were jumping out of the water like Spanish mackerel. They were everywhere! Well, they were somewhere on a nice temperature break just inside of the 100/400. I looked at the surface temps this afternoon and a nice break of 67.5 to 70.5 degree is just inshore of the 100/400. The Kings love that temperature! The weather conditions are awesome this weekend, so come on down and get your fish on! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 11/30/12
 

OK folks, the OIFC is about unleash a new era in fish reports. As I write, the back room genius is uploading the program that will add a "comments" section to each fish report. Now you, the viewer, can comment on any posted report. From "hey I know that guy", to "nice catch!". It will be all "G" rated comments and monitored closely by OIFC staff. We hope this addition will enhance the viewers experience. Stay tuned--- oh yeah, first mate Derek and Dr. Terry Johnson are offshore today. I will post their findings as soon as I know. AND- did you see where the Great White shark "Mary Lee" came right in to the OIB pier then headed down the beach and literally swam up the Cape Fear River, nearly to the Southport waterfront!!! It is wild to watch the movements of this monster shark. I believe the shark will spend time between the Frying Pan and Cape Lookout shoal as this is the time of year the Right Whales migrate off our coast. ANd what does a 3500lb shark eat? Stay tuned for a fish report and the new "comments" section.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Tracy Huggins 12/02/2012

a 3500 lb. shark eats........................wait for it.............................wait for it....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ANYTHING IT WANTS.

Captain Rickey Beck 12/01/2012

What does a 3,500 lb shark eat? Anything she wants..

Matt Sobota 12/01/2012

Great Job on your website love the new comments section. Will allow everybody to give a little feedback and improve fishing for all of us. The Mary Lee story is great I find myself looking at the OCEARCH.COM website a couple time a day to find out where she is. It sure looks like she follows the bait and other big gamefish areas out there working the east side of the shoals and now moving to some of the offshore wrecks and hardbottom areas. I like how Mary trolled the gulfstream from cape cod to jacksonville hitting the steeples and 100/400 on the way. We must be doing something right.

Capt. Brian V 11/30/2012

Love the comment section..I check the OIFC fishing report every day..Can't wait to see some offshore pics from today!!

David Bowman 11/30/2012

I love the new comments section! And yes, that is wild about Mary Lee, the Great White shark, coming so close to the pier at OIB and in the river at the Southprt waterfront. It is exciting to track it through ocearch's web page.


Capt. Brian V 11/30/2012

Love the comment section..I check the OIFC fishing report every day..Can't wait to see some offshore pics from today!!

David Bowman 11/30/2012

I love the new comments section! And yes, that is wild about Mary Lee, the Great White shark, coming so close to the pier at OIB and in the river at the Southprt waterfront. It is exciting to track it through ocearch's web page.




"Mary Lee and a Bluefin Tuna Connection???" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/30/12
 

Well folks, the big news around here the last few days has been a Massive Great White Shark that has been patrolling our coastline... Yesterday she actually went up into the Cape Fear river for a short time then swam out, crossed the shoals and took up residence on the east side of Bald Head Island... Today, she has reversed course and is patrolling along the shoals between the nuckle bouy and the Fairway Bouy... What is has her out there you might ask??? Well, last Sunday I left Southport to fish the gulf stream. When in the area of the nuckle/fairway, I witnessed literally thousands of gannetts raining on the largest pod of Pogeys I have ever seen.  There were porpoises and pilot whales all in the area as well... Now, I hate to cry wolf but I seriously doubt a 3500 lb shark is out there feeding on pogies... My theory, and its just a theory is that Mary Lee is out there feeding on delicious sashimi of the bluefin variety... Sharks have the ability to hone in on feeding activity from literally miles away... I think she sensed the activity out there and has moved out there to get in on the action... All the conditions are right for there to be some tuna's out there and I will be watching Mary Lee very closely over the next few days to see if she hangs out in the area.  If she stays around, it will validate my theory that there is something to fish for out there.  We have a beautiful weather window this weekend so it might be a good time to go out there and drag some horse ballyhoo on Bluewater Candy Jags to validate my theory... I may give it a go myself...
- Capt. Steele Park
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B MULLIS 11/30/2012

SOMEBODY GET SOME VIDEO PLEASE

Rube McMullan 11/30/2012

The first requirement to be a great fisherman is the ability to tell a great fish story. Capt Steele....you have arrived. I am fired up! And I bet lots of other folks are too. It's been almost 5 years since the Giant Bluefin wintered in our local waters. I think you have hit it on the head[or fin]. The Bluefin are coming...the Bluefin are coming...sound the alarm. You can bet Mary Lee has the best intel available so apparently she decided a trip from warm Florida to our local waters would solve her culinary requirements. She's hanging around waiting for the Bluefins to round the shoals at Hatteras and Cape Lookout, and then vavoom; she'll have found the dining table, set just perfect for her....and all us fishermen who now have a case of tuna fever thanks to you!

Wahooligan 11/30/2012

Youre right, great white tend NOT to feed on fish once they hit maturity. They switch to a steady diet of marine mammals!!!





"Wahoo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/29/12
 

Below is a picture of Joey Brinn with 4 45-50lb class wahoo he caught on the 26th at the 100-400.  The 2nd picture....What can I add?
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Catdaddy 12/01/2012

Wished I would have been invited! NICE

wb 11/30/2012

great job

Martini 11/30/2012

Nice catch Joey !! His fish were all in the 50's and 1 - 65 lbs





"Christmas Present" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/29/12
 

Wondering what to get that special fisherperson in your life.  How about a Capt. Brant Custom Pogey Net.

I ran across this picture of us filling a net on one throw during the Fall Brawl.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"GREAT WHITE HUNTING EXPEDITION- THIS WEEKEND!" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/28/12
 

ATTENTION:  A 17', 3500 lb Great White named Mary Lee is headed our way.  Currently this monster Great White shark is about 5 miles off North Myrtle Beach (roughly in the vicinity of the General Sherman wreck).  This is no lie.  The OCEARCH group you see on TV that tags the Great Whites, tagged this Shark off Cape Cod, and it is now right here in our back yard!  To see the shark's movements, go to www.shark-ocearch.verite.com
While there, take a look at the history of this shark's movements, it is really cool!
On another note, the weather is looking really good for the next several days, including the weekend.  The King bite is very good around the Navy Wreck area as well as the Twin City Wrecks area.  Wahoo and Tuna action has been reported at the normal haunts- Black Jack, Steeples........  Let's go get'm !!!!  Keep you eyes peeled for that BIG dorsal fin--  Duh Duh..... Duh Duh...... Duh Duh, Duh Duh, Duh Duh Dudddddddddddddddd !!!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"3,000 lb. GREAT WHITE off NC/SC Shores" | Real-Time Update | 11/28/12
 

Taking a chance here on this story ... Jo O'Keefe just called in to OIFC, and she suggested we review the www.ocearch.org website to see the current path of a "marked" Great White off our shorelines. To track this behemoth fish, just go to the website and click on Global Shark Tracker and follow the cues to the NC/SC shoreline on the map. You can see precisely where the Shark has been and is headed. Ms. O'Keefe, who says she has followed this "Mary Lee" Great White for a very long time, was just trying to get the word out on this unusual occurrence in our coastal waters, since it is of "Leviathan" proportion. Again, go to the following website, and check it out for yourself. www.ocearch.org
- "Dr. Terry H. Johnson"
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"OIFC Tournament Dates 2013" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 11/27/12
 

Many of you have to make vacation plans well in advance.  As such, I have updated the 2013 OIFC tournament schedules- Jolly Mon, Far Out Shoot Out, Fall Brawl -- see the "Tournaments" menu option off the home page for new dates and tournament information. There is still a long Winter to get through, but maybe we can think of the great things ahead to help us get through. 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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