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"Gagzilla" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/16/13
 

Thanks Tim Gallimore for sharing his story of the capture of the NC State Record Gag Grouper -- in his words:

Brant,

 

It was good to see you the other day at Castaways.  I'm sure I can speak for many and say that I'm glad to see you back on the water and recovering so well. 

 

As for the grouper, Todd Helf, Brian Richard, Robert & Tony Hughes, and myself struck out 60 miles S of OIB on May 1, 2011 (opening day for Grouper Season) on Todd's Boston Whaler, the "Almost There".  For once the weatherman was correct and we were greeted with calm seas and gorgeous weather.  With a boat load of live pinfish and heavy leads, we were in search of a bag limit of grouper and whatever other tablefare we could find on the bottom.  We stopped on some live bottom/ledges in 200 ft. and started hammering the seafloor with grouper candy. The morning started fairly slow, but we did manage a mixed bag of bottom feeders, including one nice hogfish caught by Tony.  Around lunchtime, my TLD 25 loaded with 80 lb. Power Pro got pounded by what I thought was a pretty large Amberjack.  Most of the grouper I have caught over the years have gotten hooked and headed straight for the bottom.  This fish decided to make a blistering run straight away from the boat, leading me to believe that I had laid into a huge Reef Donkey.  I'm not sure if he couldn't find a rock big enough to hide under, or had strayed too far away from his den, but fortunately he never piled me up in the rocks.  The first 100' from the bottom was a full on war, but the remaining 100 or so feet was a breeze.  We really didn't get a very good look at this fish until he was right beside the boat.  This fish came to the surface belly up, and just before Robert sunk the gaff in him, my circle hook fell right out of his mouth.  The only act of heroism that day was the quick reflexes of Robert Hughes and his gaffing skills.  I definately owed Robert a huge "Thank You" that day, but not quite enough to share the profit of a previously agreed upon fishing pool for the first and largest grouper.  Aside from the one Grouper and Hogfish, this was not a particularly stellar day.  

 

I weighed my fish that day and received my citation from Marine Fisheries a few months later.  At this time there was no Gag Grouper State Record and I was unaware that a category could be started.  As I was looking through the September 2012 issue of NC Sportsman Magazine for a write up about Jeff Williamson, I stumbled across an article about a gentlemen named David Abernathy in Morehead City that had caught a 43lb 6 oz. Gag Grouper and was awarded an official State Record.  I knew that I had Mr. Abernathy beaten by over 2 1/2 lbs, but debated whether I should try and pursue his record.  After talking to a buddy of mine, I was convinced that records are made to be broken and I would be foolish not to try and attain the State Record.  I filled out all of the paperwork and sent numerous photos to the DMF.  Five months later, the postman showed up at my front door with a padded envelope with a return address of Marine Fisheries.  I had no clue what was being delivered to the house, but once I realized that they wouldn't be sending an "Your Out of Luck" letter in a picture frame, I knew that Gagzilla had finally been recognized.  This fish makes the 2nd State Record caught on the "Almost There."  Todd holds the State Record for a 6 lb. 9 oz. Vermillion Snapper that he caught a few years ago.

 

Hopefully we can get out and chase those wahoos again really soon buddy.  I wish you a full and speedy recovery, my friend.

 

See you soon,

 

Tim Gallimore
Breakwater Building & Design, LLC
NCGCL # 70476
P O BOX 246
Shallotte, NC  28459
(910) 367-0345  (Mobile)
(910) 575-2495  (Fax)


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Brian Richard 01/19/2013

Great story Tim. Pleasure to be on board.

Tim Gallimore 01/18/2013

150 lbs. Let me know when we set sail.

Capt. Brant 01/17/2013

Tim- thanks so much for telling us the story. Next state record-- Wahoo?? 125+ pounds I think? Anyone know what the actual NC state record is?





"Redfish X by Capt. Jeff Williamson" | Get Busy | 01/16/13
 

Alright, here we go! Capt. Jeff has asked me to edit and post a video for him on our youtube channel. Keep your eyes on the video! The action is hot and heavy...fish coming to the boat at a very fast rate. Captain is trying to play several roles...talk about multi tasking. Cameraman, net man, bait man, casting, instructing, cheerleading...and they said fishing was easy! This video is just one example of the action we all enjoyed this summer with our redfisher! Thanks for sharing with us Capt. Jeff! See ya on the water!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxpWTlEEViA


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"New video from Sunday's trip" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/15/13
 

Here is a link to our video from sunday... Simply love those GoPro Cameras....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJDIUqhF9e4&list=UUkSpU7T2RycHDa2Idh1iSzA&index=1


- Capt. Steele Park
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jamie 01/18/2013

Can you make it available on mobile? Thanks!

Capt. Brant 01/17/2013

Nice job Steele. Either that camera has a serious stabilizer or it was one beautiful day! I like the overview from cam on hard top then switching to underwater- view of what's happening above and below. You see the smirk that Blackfin had when he noticed OC had the leader? classic.

Jamie Blue 01/17/2013

Doesn't work for me either Steele. Your music caught the copyright police I think.

steele 01/16/2013

Ok folks, think it is fixed.

Lamar 01/16/2013

Capt Steele, I'm having issues also. I'm seeing a note about music rights infringements.

steele 01/16/2013

Katelyn, It works just fine... Check your folder at OIFC. I will put a DVD in there.

Katelyn Kincer 01/15/2013

Hey Steele, Repost the video, because it got taken off due to copyright issues or email it to me! :)


steele 01/16/2013

Ok folks, think it is fixed.

Lamar 01/16/2013

Capt Steele, I'm having issues also. I'm seeing a note about music rights infringements.

steele 01/16/2013

Katelyn, It works just fine... Check your folder at OIFC. I will put a DVD in there.

Katelyn Kincer 01/15/2013

Hey Steele, Repost the video, because it got taken off due to copyright issues or email it to me! :)




"Ty Berry's Drum" | Get Busy | 01/14/13
 

Pictured is Ty Berry from Mt Holly with the 10lb black drum he caught in the Intracoastal Waterway behind Holden Beach January 12th.  Ty also caught 12 black drum and six red drum.

Thanks for sharing the report with the OIFC.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Jeff Dotson 01/17/2013

I taught him everything he knows.

Jeff Dotson 01/17/2013

I taught him everything he knows.





"Jolly Mon 2013" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/14/13
 

I am working on coming up with a theme for the 2013 Jolly Mon logo.  Every year the Jolly Mon parrot is in some sort of scene with the King Mackerel.  In years past it has been everything from the Parrot riding the King, to the Parrot cast netting the King, to spear fishing, to jet ski riding, to parasailing............ 

I am asking your help in coming up with ideas for this years Jolly Mon logo.  Email me your idea.  If I choose your idea, you will get recognition for the contribution. 

Thanks for your help- see you at the Jolly Mon in 2013
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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Dustin Hamilton 01/16/2013

Parrot kite fishing for a king mack

Tracy Huggins 01/15/2013

The Jolly Mon parrot could pick up a King like an Osprey would.

Channelside Rig 01/15/2013

I must agree with Clay. The Parrot riding shotgun in the "Cheesy Poof" is a great idea!

clay morphis 01/15/2013

Capt. Brant if you really want to push Brandon Sauls over the top with his EGO...have the Parrot riding "The Bonecrusher" Like he really needs to have his ego stroked!


clay morphis 01/15/2013

Capt. Brant if you really want to push Brandon Sauls over the top with his EGO...have the Parrot riding "The Bonecrusher" Like he really needs to have his ego stroked!




"" | Real-Time Update | 01/14/13
 

I would like thank all you fossil fuel burners out there for your contribution to global warming. We may pay for it later, but it could not be any nicer at the beach. 75, calm and sunny!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Is it really January???" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 01/14/13
 

Well, the crew of the OIFC loaded up the World Cat yesterday morning for a family trip/R&D mission to the gulf stream.  Before I get too far into this report, let me first say, this was truly a research mission so our expectation of catching fish was low as we left the dock.  We were so committed to testing out some new tactics that we did not even take a fall back plan. NO Ballyhoo, NO rig buckets, NO live bait... Who does that you may ask??? The team here at the OIFC. Our first goal was to test some of Capt. Joe Seegars high speed lures.  First bait in the water, a Jumbo Cedar plug, designed to troll at high speed from the shotgun position got smoked about as quickly as we put the rod in the holder... BIG wahoo peeling line followed by a cut off about a minute into the fight.  R&D note #1, design a wire leader for a cedar plug... Finished deploying the high speed spread and the lures seemed to track very well and most importantly they stayed deep in the water, very important when high speed trolling for Wahoo.  We tested them at 9 kts, 11kts and 12-14 kts.  The most exciting thing about these lures is that they require no trolling weights which means switching from regular trolling to high speed is as easy as uncliping your baits and clipping the high speed lures on.  VERY efficient as we all know how time consuming adding lengths of leader, trolling weights, lures can be.  Around the Blackjack area, steaming east, Capt. Chris Dew(OC) found a weedline, and by found a weedline, he drove us through said weedline.  Time to check lures.  R&D note #2- Double hook rigs with 2 plastic skirts on these lures cause the skirts to foul.  We realized that if we simply trim the inside skirt a bit, the problem is resolved... We High Speed trolled from inshore of the 100/400 to the steeples working inshore and offshore.  never marked any significant bait to speak of.  We pulled off a couple of Blackfins and had a few shortstrikes.  Ended the day with a 35 lb Wahoo, Katelyn Kincers first... and a nice blackfin fought and caught by Brayden and Caroline McMullan... I was beyond impressed with Brant's kids and how well they did on the boat all day... These little ones have salt in their veins... The weather was incredible all day, with light winds, it was almost 80 degrees offshore and the seas were simply amazing... It was one of those trips where you simply didn't care what was caught. It was all about the experimenting and spending quality time with great friends and family a special treat in early January.  As for the catch, the OIFC's main goal is to put you on the fish and give you the tools to allow you to catch the fish of a lifetime. Sometimes it means that WE have to go out there and test tactics to vet them.  Was our test yesterday a success, absolutely... We got some great takaways and will modify accordingly. When you ask a staff member at the OIFC for fishing advice, they can give you good advice because they have likely seen the  techniques in action.  Trust that they are giving you good advice.  MOST importantly, take kids fishing and teach them... They are the ones that will be taking us fishing before we know it...
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Catching Gators!" | Tiberias - 22' | 01/13/13
 

The weather has been awesome the last several days giving us Spring like conditions. I have been playing catch up on the to do list and have missed some of the prettiest days on the water. Saturday was spent at the Myrtle Beach Boat Show sharing top secret fishing techniques. Store duty this morning. Needless to say I had just about chewed through my leather bridle by the time Dr. Terry got to the OIFC to relieve me. Jake and I got on the water by 1pm hitting a few areas close to home. We managed to get one nice trout to the boat. Jake still has not caught the fishing bug and an hour is about all he can handle. I headed back and dropped Jake off picking up my neighbor Rodney. We made a little run towards the inlet. We caught 5 or 6 reds pretty quickly. Made a move and started picking at the trout. Rodney also landed a flounder as well today completing the Carolina Inshore Slam in January! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 01/13/13
 

Almost to inlet- it was not the fishing day I had hoped, but it was great weather day- AND I had Brayden, Caroline and good friends aboard- good times. Good news- Caught wahoo on new Capt Joe high speed wahoo lure! More pics and report later. This pic is from first thing this am; troops are ready for battle!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Weather days and Fish days" | Real-Time Update | 01/13/13
 

Today was a weather day. What a glorious day to be on the water. It's been a long time coming for me. Absolutely flat calm seas, 70+ degree temps and sunny skies. Yes this is mid January on the Carolina coast. Will get a fish report up later. We will hit the dock around 645pm. Not a record setting day on the fishing but caught a few and had a fun day.
- Barrett McMullan
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"loaded down!" | Real-Time Update | 01/13/13
 

Capts Brant, Barrett, Chris Dew, Steele, Derek, and first mates Aaron, Katel yn, Caroline and Brayden and the kitchen sink are all loaded up on the World Cat and headed to the blue water. Mission today is high speed wahoo fishin g experimentation, slow speed blackfin, and pitch bait sailfish. It's a pretty picture but if all that doesn't work out we will settle for a nice day on the water. Head boat fishing vessel Worldcat OIFC out.
- Barrett McMullan
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"Congratulations..At Last" | Get Busy | 01/12/13
 

Tim Gallimore filed the following report..." For the first time in a long time, the postman delivered a package today that wasn't junk mail or a You Owe Me. It only took 20 months for this grouper to be recognized." Tim was fishing with Capt. Todd Helf, Brian Richard, and Robert Hughes on Todd's Boston Whaler on May 1, 2011 SW of OIB in 200'.

Brian and Robert are the reigning champions of the Captain Rickey's Annual Christmas Spec-Tacular Trout Tournament.  I may start fishing with them.

Congratulations and thanks for the report Tim.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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Capt. Brant 01/12/2013

Wow! That is one great accomplishment. The OIFC is proud to have you. Please tell us the story on the catch.





"" | Real-Time Update | 01/12/13
 

Terry Moore's "La Culebra" (Google this Spanish name) headed out early today (5:30AM) from Shallotte Inlet to find 75.4 degree water just inside 100-400 where Brian Crook landed a 33.6 LB WAHOO (picture with Tim Coleman) and a BLACKFIN TUNA. Caught by Wayne Kinlaw (photo on boat) using a Green Machine assisted onboard by Rick Rogers! Thanks for the exciting and encoraging report for the OIFC extended family!!!
- Dr. Terry Johnson
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"Beach Day in January!" | Real-Time Update | 01/12/13
 

Tried to post this with the picture but my phone was not cooperating! Brayden and Caroline joined me for a picnic on the beach today! Gorgeous weather and a perfect day to sit on the beach or be out on the water. Come by and see us at the OIFC and enjoy this beautiful weather while its here :)
- katelyn@oifc.com
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"" | Real-Time Update | 01/12/13
 

I just left the annual SKA Board of Directors meeting in Jacksonville. Ideas were discussed regarding ways to make the organization better, and I think members are going to soon see some positive changes and additions. The Pro Tour points format has been adjusted so that it is not as skewed toward the Gulf fishermen. I really like the format, which is based on where you finish and how many boats were in the event. And the last event has a $60k+ prize! Check it out- http://www.fishska.com/tour/ I'm headed back up 95 now toward OIB. It's 81 degrees outside here and I hear beautiful at OIB too. We are going to look at going to the Stream tomorrow. Stay tunes.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 01/12/13
 


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"" | Real-Time Update | 01/12/13
 

In shore & off shore conditions....FOG!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 01/11/13
 

Finally! The OIFC custom King Mackerel rods have been shipped and are due to the OIFC by Monday- these are rods used by Team OIFC and are great and economical- stay tunes for delivery confirmation
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"2 to go for make up tomorrow" | Real-Time Update | 01/11/13
 

Have 2 spots filled, looking for 2 more to go to the gulf stream tomorrow. Cost is $400 per person. Call 910-575-3474. Sent from my iPhone
- Steele Park
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"" | Real-Time Update | 01/11/13
 

Day break high tide at the OIFC
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