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"Near Shore" | Get Busy | 08/13/12
 

Here are a few flounder Clay Morphis, his Dad (pork chop) caught last week at a top secret location just off OIB.  They caught 10 on Wednesday and six on Thursday.
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Stick Slinger's Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/13/12
 

Jim Bowen of the Stick Slinger reports they caught bait thick off Holden Beach and  ran out to the Shark Hole. They had two big run offs and the fist bit threw the wire both times..and as many many reports from folks to the OIFC end, they said...

 

"Was a great day! Well wishes to Brant and family!"....Amen

 


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Camdyn's 1st Grouper" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/13/12
 


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"Cape Fear Sail Fish Classic Wrap Up" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/13/12
 

 Stormy conditions and a slow bite were the story of this year’s CFSC, but 10 hardy souls did enter the event, and gratefully, we raised almost $3000 for Cy’s World. The team of Reel Squeal, captained by Kent Moore won the largest dolphin day 1, and Mitzi-Chevious, with Jai Isear as Captain, won the second day dolphin.  Each winner will receive $500. Reel Squeal reported seeing sails balling bait late on Sunday near the Schoolhouse, but couldn’t get the fish to co-operate.  All in all, the tournament committee and family would like to thank the generous sponsors and donors who made our efforts successful, despite the poor fishing. The silent auction art of a copper sailfish brought $200, and a handheld GPS donated by Bailey Marine brought $100, and the jet skis were won by Lee Forbis. The skis were donated by the Murphy Family. Also, the canoe was purchased by Stewart Williams, and raised $300.

 

Thanks again for all the hard work and dedication to this unique fishery.

 

Best,

Bob


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Old Ferry Park Pier" | Get Busy | 08/13/12
 

Read that title 3 times real fast!!!  As mentioned in a previous report Andrew Williams caught a 20" flounder fishing there the latter part of the week.  He said he was using the Deluxe OIFC Mud Minnows when his fish hit.  The left over minnows were released unharmed and together in a canal to fight again another day.

We knew the flounder bite was good on the AR;s. but it's nice to see them still being caught on the inside.  I am also happy to report it was caught at the park pier.

Thanks Andrew, and the minnows thank you too.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Cape Fear Sail Fish Classic Update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/12/12
 

The following is a report from Bob Newell regarding the Cape Fear Sail Fish Classic:
10 brave teams entered the 3rd annual CFSC, as weather conditions were both windy and unsettled due to the presence of numerous thunderstorms. The committee gave the teams the options to fish any 2 of 3 days.  The event began with a fabulous best ever pig cooked by co-director Will Newell, along wi Mac/cheese, collards, hushpuppies, and slaw from Jacksons Big Oak BBQ . We raffles a pair of top notch jet skis donated by the Murphy family ,won by Lee Forbis. We had silent auction items and raised nearly 3000 for Cy's World. The sailfish bite was slowed by poor water conditions and the storms, largest dolphin was on the Reel Squeel, who also reported seeing sails balling bait on Sunday, a good sign!  Also, Sunday large dolphin was brought to the docks by Mischevious.  So good times, great family/friends, and A super cause.
Best to all,
Bob aka BlackDog


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Maddie's 1st Flounder?" | Get Busy | 08/12/12
 

Maddie Julian flounder fished with Captain Tommy Helms Thursday near shore at an AR.  Tommy said he thought this may have been Maddie's 1st flounder.  Regardless, I bet it was the most flounder she's ever caught at once.

Also, Andrew Williams stopped by the OIFC and showed us a pic. of a 20" flounder he caught at the Ferry Landing Park Pier on the ICW at OIB.  Andrew was using OIFC mud minnows when he caught his fish.  He emailed me pictures, but I can't post them for some reason.  I'll work on that.

Congratulations to Maddie and Andrew.  We knew the flounder bite was hot at the near shore AR's, but it's nice to see them biting in shore too.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"It's my job to report." | Get Busy | 08/11/12
 

The redfish bite is still on. Christina poses with a few caught with Danial Simmons.
- Capt. Jeff Williamson
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"Brant update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/11/12
 

Yesterday he did a difficult surgery #4 to rebuild a bone in his wrist and move nerves around in hopes of stopping the extruciating nerve pain he is experiencing. I spoke to the surgeon afterwards and he said it all went well and he continued to be optimistic. I asked him where Brant's surgical needs stacked up over his years of experience and he answered quickly that Brant was number 1 as his most challenging case as he had never dealt with so much broke stuff. Brant will be happy to know he is #1 and on top of the leaderboard! His pain this morning he describes as "different" which we think is encouraging as hope is it's surgical pain and not nerve pain. If the nerve thing can get fixed, he will be 1000% better and can begin to wean off the massive pain meds he is on. Think things looking up.
- Rube McMullan
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"Puddle Hopping" | Tiberias - 22' | 08/10/12
 

What a week...we have had to cut trips short, reschedule, and run from the rain showers just about everyday this week. Despite mother natures challenges I have managed to put a few fish in the boat on every trip this week. The redfish bite remains to be the best action for me. Black drum, trout and flounder have also been in the mix this week. The plan for action remains the same as last week, floating live shrimp under a cork or live minnows on a carolina rig. The trout bite has been early in the morning and the drum bite has been in the deeper holes along the ICW and Little River Jetties. Best trip of the week goes to the Riddle Family! I wish everyone could catch'em like that! A big THANKS goes out to all those that fished with me this week. I really appreciate the business! See ya on the water!
- Capt. Jacob Frick
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | N/A | 08/09/12
 

Sent of behalf of Bob Newell:

 

Fellow fisherman,

The tournament committee has decided to make the event a Captains Choice, meaning that a team may fish any 2 of the 3 days, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The fishing times are the same, lines in at 8 am and out at 3, except Sunday when lines will be out at 2pm.

Captains may declare their choice tonight at the Captains meeting, or via text message to
336 462 1224 or 336 817 1676 BEFORE 8 am on the declared day.

We look forward to seeing you tonight, the pig cooker is under way as we speak at the WB Marina, 2 Marina St. Please park along the street or in the WB Marina lot. Registration, tee shirts, etc open at 4, dinner and rules announced at 6 , silent auction items include a canoe, custom sailfish art, a handheld GPS, and of course, the raffle tickets for 2 beautiful jet skis and a trailer donated by Murphy Family Ventures for 50 dollars each, or 3 for 100, All proceeds from the raffle go to Cy's World Foundation.

Call me with questions at
336 462 1224
Bob

Please share this with others I may have missed


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"" | Real-Time Update | 08/09/12
 

OIFC A-team.  You got to love it when a plan comes together.
- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Brant update" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/09/12
 

Good news to report. Brant had a good day yesterday and a good night last night and doing good this morning. We think maybe the nerve meds are finally kicking in to address the unbearable pain issue coming from the nerve in his arm and leg. Progress!! Friday another surgery to rebuild a bone in his wrist and Doc also plans to work on the nerve to relieve pressure. Move to rehab put off to Monday. If we can notch another good day today, maybe can declare getting a handle on the recovery. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Optomistic!!
- Rube McMullan
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"Storm Dodgn'" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/07/12
 

Corey Bellamy dodged storms today while fishing aboard his "Choice Of Two" just inside the Shark Hole. They caught 6 kings and three mahi.  Corey said dodging the storms made it fun...And then called me crazy!
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"Sailfish Tournament Update" | N/A | 08/07/12
 

This from Tournament director Bob Newell

 

 Fellow Fisherman, please pass this along to others who may have an interest in our tournament this weekend. First, we look forward to an exciting tournament, kicking off with the Captains meeting, pig picking, and raffle/silent auction on Thursday night at the WB Marina, 2 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach. Registration opens early afternoon, dinner and silent auction begins at 6:00pm. Come on out with your family and friends to have dinner, visit with old friends, and support Cy’s World, a family foundation to support youth and the love of outdoors. We’ll have captains registration “buckets” this year we feature Battlewagon rope handle buckets for our teams, and of course, tee shirts, koozies, and tote bags for purchase by all. Our sponsors have been generous with their time and donations, hope you’ll come on out and enjoy their company. Preliminary

 

As for the weather, the tournament committee is keeping a close eye on the weather, and we’ll make our final decision for the safety and enjoyment of all, as close as possible to the last moment, to give us the best chance of accuracy. The tournament committee will be meeting by conference call on Wednesday, and again Thursday morning. Remember, we have many options, so don’t make an early exit based on what you see on your favorite forecasting site today. Our options include, fish as is Friday/Saturday, fish the best 2 of 3, fish Saturday/Sunday, or pick one best day for you and your crew. Trust me, we fish a 29 Regulator, so comfort and fish ability will be of upmost importance, as this is a family friendly event. Our goal is to give away the most prize money possible, even if it all comes down to one exciting day. So, keep an eye on your email, keep an eye on Facebook, keep an eye on the fishing forums, Hull Truth, Sportfishing forum, Frying Pan tower, the website at www.capefearsailfishclassic.com.

 

We will post the final decision no later than noon on Thursday.  Again, please forward this to various folks I may have missed.  Remember, you can fish Ocean Isle or Wrightsville Beach, once the Captains meeting has been completed, you need not come back to the host marina, except to pick up your check!


- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Brant medical report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/07/12
 

To survive an accident that is not survivable doesn't offer a smooth path to recovery and unfortunately Brant is going through from doing great to getting knocked off the road. When he is good, he is almost like normal, on the tele, barking orders, just like old times. The status is the Docs are trying to get him off the super heavy pain drugs in order to get him to rehab where he has to be off the morphine pump and intravenous drips. This is leaving him in extruciating pain as the nerve injuries are much harder to pain manage than the breaks and they have to put him back on the drips in order to control blood pressure. He fights as long as he can to stay off the drips but at some point the Docs have to step in and go back to the drips. He is fighting an incredible battle to turn the corner, but it is very difficult. Yesterday was great but all went to hell in the evening, last night , and today. The battle continues.
- Rube McMullan
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"Early August Action" | Get Busy | 08/06/12
 

A beautiful catch and release red drum with Brian Richard and Todd Helf aboard Todd's "Scout's Budddy"
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"Cape Fear Sailfish Classic" | N/A | 08/06/12
 

The Cape Fear Sailfish Classic is set for this weekend.  This is the only sailfish tournament that takes place in our local waters and gives everyone a new game to play.  There is a steep learning curve to this fishery, but I guarantee there is nothing more exciting than watching your spread behind the boat when a windshield wiper comes up and beats your bait to pieces while you turn circles and flips trying to get a hook in it's mouth.  More details to come on this event on tomorrow's fishing report.  Thursday evening, local sailfish expert and tournament co-director, Bob Newell will be at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center to talk rigging for sailfishing.  All you king mackerel guys need to give this a shot.  One shot at a fish and you'll be addicted.
- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Week's Report" | N/A | 08/06/12
 

While Capt. Brant is healing up, here is a quick synopsis of what's happening on the water this past week.
Inshore:
The redfish action continues strong around structures such as jetties, docks, bridges and creek mouths.  They seem to be keying more and more onto mullet minnows as the mullet become more prevalent ahead of the mullet running in the coming month.  A surprising appearance over the last couple weeks has been the speckled trout.  Not normally abundant this time of year, the speck fishing has been excellent of recent but only on specific tides and which tide depends on which spot you’re fishing.  It takes some time to figure them out but once you get a pattern they are hungry. 
 
Nearshore:
The biggest fishing news of the week is the abrupt beginning of the nearshore flounder season.  Like a light switch it turned on and the flounders are thick.  The wrecks inside of 40 ft are the hotspots and anglers are limiting out on flounders in the 17 to 23 inch range using mullet minnows.  Spanish Mackerel and bluefish are still holding good around the schools of pogies around 30 ft of water.  As long as the weather remains somewhat consistent with winds less than 20 knots, and the bait sticks around the Spanish will hang in the same area.
 
Offshore:
The king mackerel fishing remains great again this week.  After a couple years of slower than usual king mackerel fishing, this summer is back to the way it used to be and anglers are taking full advantage.  With continued stable weather this week the kings were again found in the 65 ft depth range but many good size fish moved even further inshore to the 50ft range.  Live pogies or live cigar minnows is the hot ticket for the kings but if live bait isn’t an option, a dead cigar minnow will likely do the trick.  In addition to the kings more mahi arrived this week in the 65 to 80 ft range.  The mahi are a nice bycatch for anglers targeting king mackerel.  There were also a few sailfish and cobia caught in the same depth.  A little further offshore the grouper fishing picked up as the 100 ft depth seemed to be where the best numbers were holding.  Lastly, out even deeper on the continental shelf in 150’ the wahoo began to make their annual August/September showing.  The wahoo fishing will do nothing but get better over the next 4 months. 

- Capt. Barrett McMullan
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"Congratulations" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/05/12
 

Congratulations to  our friend Kimberly Munley of Carolina Beach on her 1st Place Lady Angler finish in the GE/Corning Industrial King Tournament.  She was fishing aboard the 24' Tidewater "Silverado" when she landed the fish at the 30/30.  I don't think the slinger mahi counted.

Kimberly fishes for Island Tackle and Hardware True Value out of Carolina Beach. ..a fun ferry ride and trip from our area.


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