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"Flounder and 'maters" | Get Busy | 07/22/12
 

Our good buddy Tommy Helms and his partner Trent hit the flounder circuit again, landing some nice flat fish.  The pic with the 2 flounder came from the 465 using pin fish.  He didn't say where the 4.88 lb'r came from.  Tommy also sent pictures of his tomatoes so I figure he's gonna have flounder and fresh tomatoes, or the bite was slow so he just gonna have 'mater samiches.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Inshore Reports" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/21/12
 

The heavy wind has the offshore fleet passing trips to the inshore boats making things very busy for both Capt. Jeff and myself. Thus, the reason for such an absence in our reporting. Fishing has been tough the last few days, but both Jeff and I have been up to the challenge. We have managed to pull out some decent fish on most of our trips. I can't say we have been getting numbers, but we have managed to stretch the lines with some over the slot reds, plenty of good eating size black drum and maybe even sneak in a keeper flounder. We greatly appreciate the business and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our fishermen and fisherwomen. Thank you all for fishing with us! Check out our facebook page for more pictures from this past weeks action! See ya on the water!  
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Fishing Fraternity Loses Past Champ- Jeff Lee " | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/20/12
 

This afternoon Jeff Lee passed away from heart failure.  Jeff hailed from Holden Beach, NC and was a building contractor by trade but fishermen by passion.  I knew Jeff from way back and remember in my very early years of tournament fishing striving to win like he did -- fishing back then on the Tooth &  Nail.  It must have been back in the mid to late 90's when he was the hottest fishermen in the Carolinas, and I believe it was because he was fishing the now famed 30/30 area when few others were.  In recent years he was a member of the King Hunter fishing team, winning the 2009 Rumble in the Jungle tournament and placing high in many others.  Jeff will be missed and is further evidence that you just don't know how many days you have left, so live them all to the fullest. 
Tight Lines and screaming reels for Jeff Lee.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"OIFC update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/20/12
 

Thought I'd touch base- just in case you are not here- IT IS WINDY !!!!  Holy cow.  The pier wind gauge at Ocean Crest is reading a steady 30-35 kts for the better part of today.  I was hoping to stay in the 15-20 kt range, but there is no doubt this wind is going to mess up our fishing.  It couldn't last long, it was just too good.  But, what the past 2 weeks of King fishing proves is that the fish are out there- they do exist.  However, they are sensitive to their environment and thus are not willing to feed unless conditions are favorable or they simply leave.  The most important factor is water clarity.  Silt in the water will not cut it.  So, for now we are left watching the wind blow.  The charter boats did not run the past 2 days, and it looks like we may be stuck in for a few more.  We will see. 
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"On Leave" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/19/12
 

Capt. Ryan Strickland is home on a short break from his tugboat career and decided he hadn't had enough of the salt water.  So he went bottom fishing with a friend in 165 feet deep water and scored his limit. 

The OIFC has 2 good friends living the "Tug Life", Capt. Ryan and Capt. Zach.  We wish them the best.  You can friend them on FB and see some cool pictures of places they visit.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"65 ft Produces Again" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/18/12
 

Captain Brant and 1st mate Ben fished the Carolina Cat today with Dug Myers (Wilmington), Dick Myers (Raleigh(  and Nick Leonard of Greenwood, S.C. Not only did they catch the kings in the picture while fishing in 65 feet deep water with pogies, but they threw some back.  Great day on the water.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Got em On-Team Toes Up/OIFC" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/18/12
 

Team Toes Up/OIFC, staring Richard Boles, co-staring Doug Robson, Jordan Robson and Glenn Boles finished a strong 8th in the Got'em On King Classic with a 33.15 lb king.  This fish would have won most Tournaments in the area.

Click here to watch a video of the epic battle of angler vs. king.

Congratulations to Team Toes Up/OIFC and all the OIFC Tournament Teams.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"A Lot Of 1st's" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/17/12
 

Corey Bellamy, his dad and cousin fished today aboard Corey's Fountian "A Choice of Two".  They had an extremely good day with Mr. Bellamy catching his 1st sailfish and Corey's cousin catching his 1st king. Corey was fishing beside the OIFC World Cat who also had a stellar day.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"" | Real-Time Update | 07/17/12
 

More great King fishing today in 65' of water.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Black Dog'd Sail" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/17/12
 

 These pictures are of the successful sailfish fight and release 23 miles offshore on the BlackDog last Sunday. This fish was caught and released using circle hooks and dink ballyhoo.  Just in time for the upcoming Cape Fear Sailfish classic, these fish are moving near shore to the traditional king fishing bottom areas and ledges, generally found anywhere in 65 feet of water or more.  Hope you can join in on August 9th for the tourney, it promises to be the best. Check out www.capefearsailsfishclassic.com or follow us on FB.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"OIFC Teams Make Their Presence Known" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/16/12
 

Congratulations to all the OIFC Fishing Teams for their success at the Got em On King Classic this past weekend.

Team OIFC Toes Up finished 8th overal with a 33.15 lb king.

 6yr old Camdyn Beck of Team OIFC/Do Work finished 4th place jr. angler  in the Got em On King Classic and earning herself $100 plus 16 SKA points.

Mrs. Tiffany Aycock won 1st place Lady Angler fishing with team OIFC/Hail Yeah.

We kinda like this team concept!!!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Doubled Up!" | Tiberias - 22' | 07/16/12
 

Last week the Roberson group joined me for a half day backwater adventure in the morning. It was not long before both boys were hooked up! Andrew and Nicholas battling fish at the same time, sibling rivalry at its best...Both did an awesome job at angling, but neither could claim bragging rights as the fish were like identical twins. We landed some more reds and worked on the trout. We released all fish to fight another day. Great trip! Thanks for fishing with me guys! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"" | Real-Time Update | 07/16/12
 

Aaron Barb, Jimmy Dye, Jamey Crowder, Jamie Davis of Bristol, TN and Rock Hill, SC had a great day live bait fishing with us on the Carolina Cat.  We fished 65' and had steady action all day from Kings in the 15-25 lb class plus a  couple Cobia and Mahi to boot.   I wish every day could be so easy.  Enjoyed your company guys; nice work!
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"The Law" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/16/12
 

From Michelle Evans Drake of "The Law" telling about their (miss)fortune during the Got 'em On King Classic:

Ok Rickey here is the saddest, most depressing story ever.

As usual we were running late, we didn't leave the dock until 730, we got to the ocean and had trouble finding bait, and ran from Sunset pier back south to the Cherry grove pier, it's been over a year since I've thrown a cast net and Jeff started with, "I'll throw if you can't!" oh boy was that a mistake. I threw what felt like 500 pounds, the net flattened out like a pancake and began to sink, the cone barely disappeared and it started to shake. First throw and I floated the net! It was 8:37 when we headed out, I nominated a spot in 65' of water and he agreed and we were off. A 34' Fountain with no trim tabs and head sea = no fun. We had lines in the water about 9:45, a little after 10 the long flat line peels off, I grabbed the rod while Jeff an Billy Earnhardt, no relation to Dale, cleared lines, I was losing line at a rapid pace, Jeff turned the boat and began to chase the fish, after a short battle she was rolling under the boat, Jeff sank the gaff and over the side she came, decent fish, 25 pounds. Not exactly what we hoped for, we turned the boat and headed back, I put the same Fishizzle skirt in the same place.....WAYYYYYYY BACK! And at 10:30 the same flat line screamed off, there she was, Billy grabbed the rod that turn and I cleared lines, she made two long runs and stayed deep, I saw the fish first and can't repeat my exact statement, but we similar to WOW, Jeff sees the fish second and says "you can't gaff that fish..." again dont tell me I can't do something, billy worked her up nice and easy an had her close and I sank as much of the 8' gaff as I could deep an missed, Jeff is livid, Billy is sweating bullets as we've all seen her up close and personal, so I now begin to shake, Billy worked her back to the top, Jeff was giving me careful instructions on what to do, I said calmly, "I've got this..." and in the back of my mind wasn't sure, she started her circle of death under the boat, I got behind billy and reached for every inch in my 5' 2" self and with one hand on the gaff I sank it deep in her head and then it happened, "oh crap....she's fat" Billy dropped the rod as he and Jeff grabbed the gaff and over the side she came, when she hit the deck there was silence followed by lots of high fives, cheers and big smiles!!!! We cut the rig and slid her in the box to cool off, not one drop of blood. We reset lines, not really sure why... we had a fish that was definitely scale acceptable even with a 56 lb on the board. It was a little after 11, when Billy and I moved the fish to the fish bag and she barely fit. I said "ok I'm ready to head to Carolina Beach!" and for the first time of the day my vote was denied, we agreed to leave at 12, which turned to 1230, at 1230 we were running. It was all smiles, we aimed for Shallotte Inlet, if you've ever fished a boat with a trim tab stuck down you know how comfortable of a ride we were having, we cleared Shallotte Inlet and we're north bound, a 2 x 4 couldn't knock off our smiles! We slowed for the no wake zone at Holden beach cleared through went to throttle up and wahhhhhh, the starboard engine lost power! I steered the boat while Jeff and Billy did everything under the sun to bring her back to life. With no such luck we continued north at a screaming 10 knots, we moved every item on the boat to the bow that was not bolted down, nothing seemed to help. We knew it would be close on time but continued on, this fish was 59.9" inches long and as fat as I used to be, we crossed the river an were greeted with a falling tide and east wind! Still continuing on, and at 5 minutes to 5:00 Jeff pulled the throttle back and said "we tried," we were still two miles from Snows Cut. We turned around and just idled....we called TowBoatUS, we had been hard on the engines, time for them to have a break! We arrived back to Dock Holidays at 8:00PM an got the weight of our could've should've would've been 2nd place fish....52.4lbs!

That's the story...sad but true.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shallotte Inlet" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/15/12
 

Codey Prince reports that bait was thick off the Shallotte Inlet this morning.  Not a bad fish either.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Chilln With The G's" | Get Busy | 07/15/12
 

Sean, aka Josh, aka Clerk Boy Morris of the OIFC's dad, Ed, Derrick Pannell and G'Momma (Sean/Josh/Clerk Boy's) Grandmother hit the backwaters armed with some OIFC Select Mud Minnows Saturday and did pretty good.  This after Capt. J. Dogg saw them Friday and their fortune wasn't quite as good.

I should not that Sean is the Asst. Aquatic Engineer In Charge of The Mud Minnow Environment  at the OIFC so his family may have had an inside advantage.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Got em On Lady Angler" | Get Busy | 07/15/12
 

Congratulations to "Team OIFC/Hail Yeah",  Austin and Brandon Aycock, Alex Mercer, Edward and Davis Julian and Mrs. Tiffany Aycock (minus the team Capt. Brian Aycock) for their 17th place in the Got 'em On King Classic.  Tiffany won 1st place overall!!!!

I understand Grandma took a picture of the "little fish".  Grandparents...what are we gonna do with THEM?


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Carolina Beach SKA Tournament" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 07/14/12
 

People who fished Saturday were in for a big disappointment when it came to the bite.  Right now a 56# fish is in 1st..  The 56#'r is said to have come from to 30/30's as well as some of the other bigger fish

Below is Camdyn Beck with her Jr. Angler 16# king


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Red Tide" | Get Busy | 07/14/12
 

Man what can I say. If you are not fishing the backwaters you are missing some great fishing this month. From the Jetties at Little River to Tubbs inlet and Shallotte Inlet. The redfish are chewing along with flounder,black drum and still some nice speckle trout. Throw the cast net along the ICW and pick you up some live shrimp or mullet minnows. Come by the OIFC and pick up some floats, 4X treble hooks and float some live  shrimp. There is no telling what might take it down. Remember to keep the slack out and your eye on the float.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Kings at the shark hole..." | Real-Time Update | 07/13/12
 

There are definately kings at the shark hole. Had a decent bite this morning with the Rucker father/son team. Guys, it was a pleasure for Derrick and I to take you fishing. Hope to see you guys again in the future.
- Steele Park
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