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"Don't know Jack" | Get Busy | 08/30/12
 

Jimmy Stevenson of Holden Beach caught two crevalle jack using finger mullet.  Jimmy said he was fishing for flounder and caught these fine fish.

Thanks to the OIFC's Terry for the pics and story.


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"Wet as a Fish!" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/29/12
 

I have fished in the pouring rain several times the past two weeks. The fish don't seem to mind the wet conditions. My clients on the other hand prefer a bit dryer climate. Those that have battled with the rainy conditions have enjoyed some success. Red drum, trout, and flounder have all been biting pretty steady despite the unsettled weather conditions. The full moon is approaching and will peak on Friday. As expected the red drum are showing up near the inlet mouths and feeding on the large schools of mullet minnows. The nearshore structures are also producing flounder and a few red drum. This action should only continue to get stronger as Fall approaches and our water starts to cool down. It should all start to bust loose this next month if our weather cooperates.

Scott and Alan put the hammer down on the flounder...Jerry and Andrew enjoyed some success with a few red drum...The Lombardi group enjoyed catching croaker, red drum, spanish, and a boat load of ribbonfish. Myself and Scott have been out catching and releasing some nice red drum, but have only mustered up a few keeper flounder. It is hard to leave 28 inch red drum though...See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"What Rain?" | Get Busy | 08/29/12
 

We have had tons of rain the past 72 hours. I was a little worried about where to start this morning. Best bet is to go back to were you left them biting. Well the first Cajun Thunder float I threw at the oyster bar never got to set down on the water before it was gone under. One after the other banging out trout after trout until we ran out of shrimp. We left there and headed towards the jetties and never got the second rod baited before we had a nice 23 inch red on the line. We lit them up until the tide got to low. Decided to stop in the ICW and catch a couple of flounder just because we could. What a fun morning to whip a case of cabin fever. Sorry no pix of the specs it was a little damp and too cloudy.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Taking Fire" | Get Busy | 08/28/12
 

The picture below is Eddie Jones with a monster red drum he caught in between taking fire from roman candles, paint ball guns and potato guns on the locals fishing adventure to Ceder Island.

I haven't been invited and wouldn't go if I was...


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"NOAA briefly opens red snapper fishing in South Atlantic | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News" | Real-Time Update | 08/28/12
 

http://www.wwaytv3.com/2012/08/27/noaa-briefly-opens-red-snapper-fishing-south-atlantic
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"That's Nice" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/28/12
 

Bless their hearts, southerners know what that means.  NOAA is nice enough to open the red snapper season.

NOAA briefly opens red snapper fishing in South Atlantic

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WASHINGTON, DC (NEWS RELEASE) -- NOAA Fisheries today approved an emergency action to temporarily open recreational and commercial red snapper fishing in the South Atlantic region - federal waters off North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida's east coast.

The recreational season will open for two consecutive weekends of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from September 14 through 16 and 21 through 23. During the recreational season, anglers may keep one fish per person per day with no size limit. The 2012 recreational catch limit is 9,399 fish.

The commercial season will open for seven days, from September 17 through 23. During the commercial season, the daily trip limit is 50 pounds, gutted weight, with no size limit. The 2012 commercial catch limit is 20,818 pounds.

"I'm glad to see this opening. Closing this fishery in 2010 was a difficult decision for the South Atlantic Council to make, and certainly a sacrifice for the fishermen," said Roy Crabtree, southeast regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries. "I hope this is just the beginning of great red snapper fishing in the South Atlantic and I applaud the council's efforts."

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries closed the red snapper fishery on January 4, 2010, to protect the population from too much fishing pressure and to allow the number of fish to increase.

The South Atlantic Council recommended opening the fishery this year after new scientific information projected the population will continue to improve, even with some allowable catch. Opening this fishery supports recreational and commercial fishing jobs and businesses.

The South Atlantic Council is working on a long-term plan to allow for some catches of red snapper as the population continues to grow. Data collected during annual openings for red snapper fishing will also be used in the next population assessment, scheduled to begin in 2014


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"Smooth Eddie" | Get Busy | 08/27/12
 

Tommy Helms has been at it again..This time he had Smooth Eddie Julian and Davis Julian with him.  Tommy assures me that all the  flounder get eaten.  Usually that night.

Thanks Tommy and leave me some flounder to catch..


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"Cedar Island" | Get Busy | 08/26/12
 

The local Ocean Isle in shore gurus took their annual trip to Cedar Island fishing for giant red drum.

These pictures were provided by Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls.


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"In On The Action" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/25/12
 

The ribbon fish bite has been hot the last few days and the king fishermen have been taking advantage of the bite.  I expect they will save them for the upcoming tournaments.  Ribbon fish sell for $5.00 each so they are sitting on a gold mine if they decide to sell them.

The picture below is some Corey Bellemy caught. 


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"Silver Gold!!" | Get Busy | 08/24/12
 

Big Nesbitt Noble and his son.."Lil" Nesbitt fished the other day, I presume for ribbon fish, or gold..same thing come king tournament time.when they can't be found.  Along the way "Lil" Nes' caught his 1st red fish.

If he grows up like his dad, he will be one heck of a fisherman.  Or as Captain Brant would say.."a force to be reckoned with".


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"afternoon bite" | Get Busy | 08/23/12
 

Trout in the morning and a pretty good redfish and black drum bite in the afternoon. Falling tide and change of zip code and the bite was on. Dave was not ready for the hard hitting reds. Never the less winner winner time for dinner. Enjoy.
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"Hump day Birthday" | Get Busy | 08/23/12
 

What a better gift for your wife than a fishing trip for her birthday. O.K. truth is he forgot and they where here at OIB, quick call Capt. Jeff and lets go fishing. We waited watching the storms rolling just offshore and inland. We fished all morning w/o a drop of rain. The water is a little muddy from all the rain but we did find some trout that liked what we had to offer up. The birthday girl was happy and I even threw in one of my new Get Busy Fishing T-shirts.
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"Another AR Flounder" | Get Busy | 08/23/12
 

Tommy Helms went to the AR's again flounder fishing, He said it wasreal rough that day but his crew toughed it out. Eddie Julian Jr . ( Davis Julian ) caught the bigest one ! ChecK it out ..


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"Rainy Day=Video Editing" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/21/12
 

Chris Johnson, his two boys Carter and Ian joined me on a fishing trip the later part of July. The action was great...well you don't have to take my word for it. Check out the video and the smiles. I love it! See ya on the water!

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


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"HOME" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/21/12
 


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"Drum and Flounder" | Get Busy | 08/21/12
 

This is a picture of the 7.63 lb.,fat, Redfish that Dr. Jeff Wallen caught a week ago.  Notice that it is about 26.75 inches with the tail pinched.
It was released to be caught another day.  The other picture is of flounder from this past weekend Joshua and Jeff caught.  The largest is 4.5 lbs.  All were caught within 3 miles of OIFC on mullett minnows.  They caught 8 total ---these were the largest

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"Unsettled weather" | Get Busy | 08/21/12
 

It's hard to make a plan for the day with switching winds and intense downpours . We have managed to find some reallly nice reds ,a few flounder and a speckle trout . The best part is the boat traffic has slowed to a crawl. Time to start hitting some of my favorite docks along the ICW.

 


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"23 lb. King" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/21/12
 

Below is a picture of a  23lb king  caught at the Shark Hole Tuesday, August 14th .Pictured is Joel, Dana, John and Joseph Martin. The captain was Will Carter ( not pictured).  The king was caught while fishing aboard Joel's  25ft Grady White.  They enjoyed a great day of fishing.
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"Shark Hole" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/21/12
 

In this picture is Cody Long with one of several kings he caught at the Shark Hole Thursday.


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"Bay Creek Classic" | Get Busy | 08/20/12
 

Almost six years have passed since Brandon Matthews was working on a deer stand and fell 30 feet from a magnolia tree. The fall broke his c-6 vertebrae, damaged his spinal cord, and left him paralyzed from the chest down. Over time, Brandon has regained movement in his arms, but has no use of his hands or legs. The accident did not break Brandon’s spirit, will, or trademark drive.

      He survived an unbelievable hospital ordeal, healing one thing at a time – shattered vertebrae and arms, fluid in his lungs. After treatment and rehab and the rally of both Wilmington and Southport communities, the reality of his accident set in. His arms and neck were mostly functional, but his hands and lower body were not. For a guy like Brandon – outdoorsman, athlete, writer, chef, builder – this was tough to swallow.

      These years have been all about moving forward, though not without a five-gallon bucket of setbacks. With the help of his incredible wife, Kerry, and adaptive devices that allow him to type, brush his teeth, and hold a fishing rod, Brandon is moving forward. And even without hand function, he’s driving a specially rigged pickup truck. Most importantly, Brandon and Kerry just welcomed a baby boy – Evan Edward Matthews – into their lives!

      Kerry Matthews and the tournament committee are pleased to invite you to the Sixth ? Annual Bay Creek Classic Flounder Tournament. Entry fees, donations, auction and raffle purchases will all be donated to The Brandon Matthews Fund – an ongoing trust that has already funded surgeries, treatment, and specialized items to improve his mobility. Even for a man with such an amazing attitude and drive, there are vast needs and challenges that range from the enormous costs of medication and treatments to raising a child. We can only imagine how far this funding will go to allow Brandon to share a legacy of Cape Fear knowledge with his son Evan.

 Last year we helped spread the word about the Bay Creek Classic Flounder Tournament.  Thys year it has a more special meaning to the OIFC.   Let's support Brandon again theis year.  Click here for all the scoop.

  Brandon is the definition of an outdoorsman. He lived and breathed fishing for at least 28 years, and his passions for history, cooking, and exploring developed out of that time in the woods and water. He is a reflection of the Old Southport tradition of Robert Ruark. Just the same, he represents the new generations of anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.

This tournament is dedicated to Brandon’s living legacy and the invaluable Cape Fear River. Brandon and the tournament staff can’t thank you enough for the six years of support and fun. We look forward to seeing all of you in September – so from all of us, once again – FISH HARD. WEIGH HEAVY


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