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"" | Real-Time Update | 09/22/12
 

This was in the middle of the trip, tempers flared as lunch time got close. Sent from my iPhone
- Amy McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 09/22/12
 

And Barrett? Well handled the children, or they handled him..... :) It was a great day had by all!! Sent from my iPhone
- Amy McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 09/22/12
 

Capt.Brant, he handled putting us on the fish. Sent from my iPhone
- Amy McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 09/22/12
 

Amy and Stephanie handled business in the back. Sent from my iPhone
- Amy McMullan
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"Brant's back on the Water!" | Real-Time Update | 09/22/12
 

This is how the trip started... Sent from my iPhone
- Amy McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 09/22/12
 

Capt Steele reports good catch of Wahoo. He's on the way in and should be to dock around 6:30pm. I have talked to two other boats that went to the Stream and they both said it was red hot. This action is so exciting I can hardly stand it! It was however a very nice day for myself, Amy, Caroline, Brayden, Blakely, Stephanie and Barrett as we spent the day on the boat. The Ocean was flat calm and Spanish Mackerel bite was red hot from Shallotte to Lockwood. We took a brake and ate lunch at the PROCO and then went back to it. It was great to see all the small boats getting in on the action. Besides the King bite turning on at the 90s, there were also Kings at Shark Hole. The ocean is coming alive, and Fall has barely started. Water temps on the beach are still 80, but when they hit the 76 range, the beach bite should be on. Oh yeah. Today was monumental in my recovery as it was my first trip on a boat since my fall. It could not have gone better. Next week I get the cast off my arm and the following week I start rehab walking. Thanks to all for the support. Stay tuned....fishing action ahead
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Kings at the90's" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/22/12
 

Capt. Chris Campbell of the "Big Whiskey" just sent a picture of his wife Robin holding a very nice king he caught at the 390's at 12:30pm today.  They were pulling Northern Maackerel.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 09/22/12
 

OOOTAY!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 09/22/12
 

Hot report. 390/390 on fire. 15-20 lb Kings as fast as he can go- reported by Chris Campbell right now!!!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Pogy pod fishing" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/22/12
 

We've been talking all summer about the amazing amount of pogies in our waters all summer and how they were holding in deeper water than we normally see them. We have also been amazed that the predador fish have not been pounding on them as they would seem to be very vunerable in the 25-35 foot water depth. I guess it took a couple cold fronts to get the Kings to open their eyes, but apparently they have finally gotten the word that all they could ever want to eat is available right off the beach in our waters. Kings are skyrocketing on the pogy schools and thus offers up one of my absolute favorite ways to King fish. Pogy pod-ing. Here's a different way to king fish that I bet you will really enjoy. Net some pogies[or just snag one out of a school with a weighted treble hook.] Take a spinning rod with 12-20lb test; tie on a standard King rig[without a skirt], pitch the pogy into the school of pogies. Freespool the reel and the pogy will rejoin and swim with the school. Since he's got a hook in him, he will be "wounded" and the way nature works, he will be targeted by the predador fish since he is weakened. Keep freelining and when you suddenly feel line being ripped off your reel, flip the spool into gear and you will be hooked up. It's a ball of fun as you are basically hand feeding your bait to a king. Be careful not to get your finger caught in the line as you free line. You can actually pick out the pogy school that has Kings working it by watching the pogies in the school. If they are being worked, they will swim fast in a line rather than a circle. With the north wind this weekend[calm on the beachfront], it is the perfect time to give this style of fishing a shot. One other word of warning; 30+ years ago I was doing this and had a King jump in my boat..32lbs!. Yes..I swear a true story.
- Rube McMullan
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"Kings Near Shore" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/21/12
 

Captain Jacob and Captain Dew along with independent sightings report that kings were skying on thick pods of pogies just off of Madd Inlet today.  Captain Jacob and his charter told me they saw one that had to weigh in the neighborhood of 30 lbs.  They also said the bait pods were the size of half a football field.  Hope the kings stay near shore for the Fall Brawl and save me a ton of money in fuel.

Also, Captain Jacob said he pancaked one of his inshore pogey nets over a pod of pogies and they were so fast they ran out from under it.  I've been in more than one tournament and watched anglers throw themselves out trying to catch bait with the wrong net and we'd pull up, Captain Jeff Beck would make one throw with a               Captain Brant's Custom Net, float it with bait and we'd be gone.  Lesson learned...Don't go to a gun fight with a knife. 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Join Me Saturday Night" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/21/12
 

I'm going to get out and watch the UFC 152 fights at the Carolina Wing Company on Saturday night.  Carolina Wing Company is on Main Street in Shallotte, just across the bridge over the Shallotte River:  It's a great place to hang out and watch sports.  Join me around 10pm. 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 09/21/12
 

Capt Steele called me on sat phone at noon from Stream. He reported a couple Hoos in the boat and conditions looked good. Hopefully they will get them going this afternoon. We still have spots open for a make up Stream trip tomorrow. Call 910-575-3474
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 09/20/12
 

We have 2 signed up for the make-up trip on Sat or Sunday. Looking for 2 more to join. Call (910) 575-3474.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 09/20/12
 

Just talked to Capt OC. Catching Spanish off Holden in 30 ft. Said Pogys thick; Spanish and Blues in them. This is great news as it means blow did not dirty water too bad. No Kings sported yet but I guarantee you they will be biting at Yaupon by Saturday. Exciting times ahead!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Makes You Long For The Sea" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/20/12
 

To all our land locked friends, and anyone who loves the sea and fishing.  Watch this video shot by Chris Campbell (Big Whiskey) aboard the "Reel Justice" with Andy Justice..
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Wahoo, Grouper, Snapper Make Up Charter" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/19/12
 

Lets try this again.  Weather looks spectacular for this weekend.  I am planning a Make-up charter to the gulf stream to target Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, Grouper and American Red Snapper.  There are 4 openings for this trip.  Cost is $400 per person.  Call 910-575-3474 to reserve your spot. 
- Capt. Steele Park
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"Time to Wake Up -- November Election Critical " | N/A | 09/19/12
 

Follow me on this, it will take a bit to connect the dots, but start by reading this email I received from the RFA--

Recreational Fishing Alliance  
Contact:  Jim Hutchinson, Jr. / 888-564-6732  
For Immediate Release
September 18, 2012     
 

NORTHEAST GROUNDFISHERY DECLARED A DISASTER

RFA Says Party/Charter Boats Also Deserves Federal Financial Aid

 

September 18, 2012 - On September 13, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca M. Blank sent letters to the governors of the New England states declaring a "Commercial Fishery Failure" for the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Complex. Species in the complex include cod, haddock, and flounder, important to both the recreational and commercial fishing sectors. Despite cutbacks in catches and other restrictions, some stocks are not rebuilding as fast as originally predicted.

 

The formal declaration opens the door for federal financial aid to the states' affected fishermen, which could be significant. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is reportedly seeking $100 million in assistance to the region.

 

The disaster relief funding is being offered by the federal government almost exclusively for New England commercial fishermen, but according to the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), the recreational sector is just as deeply impacted the Commerce Department's actions through NOAA Fisheries in recent years and just as deserving of any federal assistance made available to fishermen.


OK- so hopefully you can see that the Northern Congressmen have been successful in securing "disaster relief" money due to fishery closures.  Money to go to commercial fishermen and possibly charter/party boat companies.   Stay with me....
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We have been pounding the drums since it became clear to us that powerful politicians in the northern big cities are manipulating so called scientific studies in order to get the desired result to protect the right to fish for their constituents up north. This was made so clear at the Fishermens rally in Washington DC last year where we watched as the most powerful members of Congress got up on stage and pledged to protect the right to fish for their constituents. Senators Kerry/Frank/Shulman/ect championed the cause for their voters. A end result of this, close to us southern fishermen is what happened with the sea bass closure. A study for the fish north of Cape Hatteras showed not only was the fishery healthy, but it was under-fished which led to a doubling of limits and open season. From Cape Hatteras south to Florida the opposite result came in from the study and thus we are closed down. The answer is, questions on the northern study were manipulated so that the desired result would be obtained. The powerful northern politicians found a way to beat the Fed's system and protect their constituents right to fish.
 
Now fast forward to the above RFA article, and they have taken it to the next level of setting forth the mechanism to provide financial help to the northern fishermen who have been restrained from fishing due to closures in other fisheries. Again, it's the same thing. The northern politicians have the power to work the game to the benefit of their constituents all the while we are not only shut out from fishing, but our tax dollars get directed to underwrite the fisheries in their waters.
 
Obviously the question is:  WHERE ARE OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ON THIS?? Apparently asleep at the trigger or not interested. As you consider who to vote for in the coming election, seems it appropriate to ask the question of them as to what are they going to do to get us the right to fish which has been taken away from us for no valid reason.

- Rube McMullan
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"NEW Guy Harvey college long sleeve tees at OIFC" | Real-Time Update | 09/19/12
 

NEW Guy Harvey college long sleeve tees at OIFC
- Anita Moore- OIFC Manager
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"Hook a Hoo Rodeo" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/18/12
 

Follow this link for the annual Martini's Fall Hook-A-Hoo.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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