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"Sunset Bridge Produces" | Get Busy | 09/12/12
 

People asked me today where to catch flounder and I told them the artificial reefs.  Little did I know that at about 8pm Todd Helf and his wife would come to the OIFC and ask me to weigh a flounder he had just caught at the Sunset Bridge using tiger minnows.  That flat fish came in at 8.2 lbs!!!!  In kidding, I asked Mrs. Helf if she felt bad about catching some baby's momma and her response was "heck no..I'm gonna eat the b#$*h!!"  I told her I was going to post her quote.

Thank ya'll for thinking enough of the OIFC to let us weigh and take pictures of your fish.  Also thanks to Jeff Beck for taking the pictures.  Now go eat the.......!


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Ahhhhh..." | Tiberias - 22' | 09/12/12
 

The weather is awesome down here. The humidity is gone and a cool NE breeze was in our face this morning. Dennis and Diana joined me for a peaceful relaxing half day of fishing today. We started off landing a couple of small reds, but the black drum from yesterday were not there today. I headed to a spot that I struggled at yesterday, we landed 4 very nice reds all over 26 inches and a 17 inch flounder. We ended the day with a few ribbonfish, toadfish, and a pinfish. All fish were released with the exception of the flounder. The flounder will be fried and put on a sandwich tonight! I love it! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Red Snapper season opens this weekend" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/12/12
 

This weekend[Friday/Sat/Sun] and next weekend,  Federal fishery managers are opening Red Snapper[Genuine Reds] for fishing. You are allowed to catch 1 snapper per person/day with no size limit. Obviously this is not a indication of a improved fish population and thus relaxation of the zero catch quota we have been under for last couple years. Their objective is to encourage harvest of a few snappers so they can analyze the carcasas to determine age/growth rate/ect. Most all sport fishermen are the purest conservationist on the water and we at OIFC appauld the effort to actually use a little science in determining the condion of the Red Snapper fishery in our waters. Truthfully, having fished these waters for many years, I bet I haven't caught a couple dozen genuine's all my years of fishing southern NC waters. If there is a fish that is in trouble it is the Red Snapper. Why I don't know. I have heard from the old timers they used to catch them like sea bass 50 years ago, just a couple miles offshore. I can say that 40 years ago, when I first started fishing the OIB area, I had a 20 foot shrimp net I tried pulling in the intercoastal. I wan't very good at catching shrimp, but I did catch a lot of tiny red snappers/groupers, king mackeral. I was shocked at what I was catching and quit realizing that pulling a shrimp net in the intercoastal was invading the nursery area of these prized fish. I don't know that there is a connection there, but allowing netting in the intercoastal which runs alongside the primary protected nursery areas of the marshes of the intercoastal just doesn't make much sense to me.

At the request of the NC Marine Fisheries folks, the OIFC has agreed to act as a location for fishermen to bring carcasas of red snapper they catch during the next two weekends. We will hold them for the MF to pick up to be used for the scientific research. Good luck to everyone. The weather looks fishable this weekend. Best spots to catch the Reds will be in 100+ feet, using small pogies/pinfish or cut bait.


- Rube McMullan
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"High Pressure" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/11/12
 

Our first cold front of the season has just passed over us this weekend. Now high pressure is dominating our region. Today was the second day after the passing of the front. I kinda expected a little better bite, but the fish were a little hesitate. Even the pinfish at the cleaning station were not very aggressive. We still managed to pull several reds out of the back creeks, but they were mostly on the small side. We landed one small flounder and lost one at boatside. A couple of black drum and even a sheepshead got a little too close to our hooks. Live shrimp is what was working for us today on a carolina rig. We were soaking mullet right there with the shrimp, but they were just not going to eat a mullet today. All things considered it was a great day to be on the water. I can't tell you just how peaceful it is to be on the water this time of year. I love it! See ya on the water!

Second and third picture is from a group of folks that went just before the front passed. We landed several reds and black drum. Again, live shrimp got most of the bites...we did have a few reds on live mullet.


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sailfish" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/11/12
 

Our offshore boat got off the beach on Saturday. Conditions got bumpy in a hurry...a Gulfstream trip got cut down to a full day. Capt. Steele, Capt. Dawson and crew braved the conditions hanging around the horse shoe area. They were marking cigar minnows by the ton, but not getting much action. Then Capt. Steele yells billfish, oh here we go...Capt. Steele is known for seeing billfish in his sleep from time to time...LOL! However, this time Capt. Steele was wide awake and went to work...The duo managed to get the sailfish to eat and the crew landed a beautiful Sail. Great work guys! Good news is the water is cooling and the bait is thick out there. It is only a matter of time before things line up for an all out King bite! Another cold front on the way later this week, could bring the Kings much closer to the beach. Stay tuned as we will continued to go after them and report the action. See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Supper Flounder" | Get Busy | 09/11/12
 

Tommy Helms, Bill "the Bug" and Randy Green did a little flounder fishing yesterday.  Tommy said it was a little slow but he got enough for supper.  It had to be better than his last trip where he caught some unknown fish, lost his hat and his most prized rod and reel which was given to him by his friend Tommy Lytton.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Fall is here" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/09/12
 

Everyone waking up this morning is noting the new world we have with a northerly breeze, lower humidity and the hint of fall in the air. That should be enough to get your angling instincts stirring, but let me add a little info on whats going on at the coast this morning. We have a couple crisis issues occurring that need to be noted.

First, rumors have it there is not a bottle of Carolina Treat BBQ sauce let at Lowes grocery store. The shelves are bare, as the fist significant mullet run is occurring with the northerly winds this morning. BBQ'd mullet, grilled mullet, smoked mullet, fried mullet, mullet on a stick, salted mulltet, pickeled mullet....the recipes go on and on and if you've never sampled a fresh Carolina fall mullet, you have missed a true culinary delight.

Second, rumors have it that vehicles are pulling off the road on Hwy 17 as their radiators are over heating as a result of running into swarms of yellow butterflies. And as all the old time locals will tell you..when the yellow butterflies show up, the spots are right behind. Fried spots, grilled spots, salt spots, spots and grits...the recipes go on and on and if you've never sampled a fresh Carolina spot, you have missed a true culinary delight.

Get the picture? Fall is coming and there is no better place in the world than the Carolina coast in the fall. Come on down!


- Rube McMullan
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"Capt. Brant Medical Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/06/12
 

Touching base.  Again thank you to all those sending prayer and well wishes in my direction.  I truly do appreciate your support, thank you.
I am continuing to progress.  All reports from doctors are that broken bones have healed excellently.  The key to regaining use of all the damaged areas will be muscle, tendon and ligament repair as most all were torn to shreds; particularly in my left ankle, left wrist and left pelvis.  In addition, the nerve damage sustained in my left leg as a result of the injury to the cyatic nerve will have long lasting effects, particularly in my left foot.
But, I am alive and I am healthy.  I get my arm cast off September 25 and get cleared to start working on walking October 2.  So I have some big goals on the horizon that will get me closer to going fishing again. 
I am working at the OIFC on a pretty regular basis, so if you are in the area, stop in and say hello.
Stay tuned.................................
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Near Shore Action" | Get Busy | 09/05/12
 

Nesbitt Noble sent 2 pics today.  One is of Samantha King and Colin King with flounder they caught at the Atlantic Ledge and the other is of a nice drum Eion King caught.  Nesbitt said he caught multiple red drum on the same trip.  They all want to thank the Bonecrusher for the gps #'s.

Thanks to all for sharing your adventure and great catches.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Holy Flatfish Batman!" | Get Busy | 09/05/12
 

Could there be a division in Gotham.  Could Clay and the Bonecrusher be having a feud?  Clay Morphis sent these pics as an addendum to those of Brandon Sauls from an earlier report.  The headline read "Brandon didn't do it alone".

I really hope this humble reporter hasn't stirred the pot.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Editing the Video" | Tiberias - 22' | 09/05/12
 

Tom, Ned, and Jack joined me a few days ago for some serious redfish action. I am working on editing the video. Here are a few still photos to give you an idea whats in the video. I love this time of year! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Just a little Redfish..." | Tiberias - 22' | 09/05/12
 

The redfish continue to bite, but they have slowed with the passing of the full moon. Doug and Greg joined me this morning to pick away at several reds ranging from 16 inches to 26+ inches. We tried to catch flounder in several locations, but couldn't get anything going on the flounder. Moved back to redfishing and ended the day with a few more reds. See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Inshore slam" | Get Busy | 09/05/12
 

If you are a surfer then wax up the board. Leslie is kicking up some swells that have started to arrive. We stayed inshore this morning and worked the oyster bars and grass lines enough to land a handfull of trout and a few reds and even this nice flounder in Tubbs Inlet. Another inshore slam for the Get Busy Fishing Team.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"My Moma..." | Tiberias - 22' | 09/04/12
 

Finally, relieved of store duty after an awesome weekend. Thank you all for your business and we hope to see you again soon! My Moma and I got out on the water this afternoon for a few hours. We were looking for some flounder in the canals, but the ribbonfish made that a bit difficult. We moved on out into some near by creeks, but only managed some nibbles and one little redfish. We headed for the docks along the ICW...set some lines and waited patiently. The first line that went down zipped off several yards of line, then broke....second line went down and came right back at us...I put Moma on the rod, but she got scared she was going to lose the pole...I landed the 30 inch brute...third line down and he was half way to Calabash before breaking the line...fourth line down and I put Moma back on the rod. She was scared, but I coached sternly for her to just hang on...stick with it...reel, reel, reel...After both angler and fish were exhausted we landed the 30 inch brute and called it an afternoon. I am very proud of my Moma! See ya on the water!


- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Sea Legs" | Get Busy | 09/03/12
 

Bonecrusher has fished  in shore so long that he lost his sea legs for fishing the near shore AR's...Stand up Brandon!!!!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Shallotte River Drum" | Get Busy | 09/03/12
 

Joe Montgomery said he broke a sweat bringing in this slot drum on 8# test while fishing on the Shallotte River on Labor Day.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"P.M. Reds" | Get Busy | 09/03/12
 

3 hungry guys and a pretty good redfish bite. Dinner is ON. When asked what tide would I rather fish my answer is always the same. It does not matter as long as you have moving water. As soon as the tide started rising, they started biting. FUN times.


- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Morning slam" | Get Busy | 09/03/12
 

Joe, Joe Jr. and Logan headed out with trout on our minds. It took some looking but we found them and it was on. High tide and some beautiful live shrimp under a Cagin float, 3 feet of 20 lb fluorocarbon leader and a #6 eagle claw treble hook. after 20 or so trout we headed into Tubbs Inlet and boated 11 flounder in 1 1/2 hours with some real nice keepers. What the heck lets go for the slam. A couple of docks and we managed a couple of reds.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"In On The Action" | Get Busy | 09/03/12
 

The lovey Judy Helms with a couple of flounder she caught Friday while fishing with her husband Tommy.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Capt. Rickey's Carolina Rig " | Get Busy | 09/02/12
 

Here are some pictures of Brandon "Bonecrusher" Sauls with some flounder and red drum be caught using Captain Rickey's Carolina Rigs.

Bonecrusher is also holder the largest trout  ever weighed in at the OIFC record. A     9 lb. trout caught 11-27-10.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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