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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.
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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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"Get Wet Soon" | Get Busy | 09/02/12
 

This is a "Get Wet Soon" arrangement of fishing lures in a crab pot float made for Capt. Brant by one of the many diving friends he has, "Gadget".. Gadget also owns the Pelican Motel in Cherry Grove.
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"More Cedar Island" | Get Busy | 09/01/12
 


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"Choice of Two" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/01/12
 

Corey Bellamy, Chris Burrows, a former OIFC charter captain, and Trask Cunningham fished today aboard Corey's Fountian the "Choice of Two" and brought in this beautiful bill fish.

This is a breaking story..more at 11.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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"apt. Brant Medical Report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 09/01/12
 

I want to say thank you for all the cards, emails, hand shakes, prayers..... that have been extended in hopes of my recovery.  I would love to be able to send formal "thank you" cards, but I don't see any way to cover everybody.  So, I hope a big "THANKS" will suffice to all you well wishers.
As for my status:  Today is actually a pretty tough day.  I am stuck layed up on the couch while Barrett and Rube are representing Team OIFC in the Brunswick Islands King Classic.  This is the tournament that we have miraculously won 3 years in a row.  And so I'm trying to do my part by crossing my fingers and trying to envision the team catching the big one.  I think I'd be just as happy for them to do well than if I was there myself.
As for my real condition; I am doing well.  I had my first follow up doctor appointment.  It was with Dr. McIntyre, my right ankle and pelvis bones repair doc.  Follow up X-rays showed that all the bones had healed properly and the fracture lines were not even visible anymore.  I was hoping he would turn me loose to start putting some weight on my feet, but he said I need to give it another 5 or so weeks to be sure that none of the plates or screws could be popped from movement.  That sort of stunk, but the doc knows best, and Amy and I have gotten into an acceptable routine using wheel chair and "Luggie" scooter to get me around.   My left arm and wrist doctor is Dr. Baynor, and my follow up with him is this Tuesday.  I am hoping he will take off this huge "Frankenstein" type cast I'm wearing and replace it with something smaller and more manageable.  Also on Tuesday I meet with a Neurologist/pain management doctor who can hopefully help me to solve the nerve pain that I am experiencing.  When my left Pelvis was crushed it injured my Cyatic nerve.  The result has been partial loss of motor function in my left foot and terrible pain that comes through on the bottom of my left foot.  It really is weird that with all this injury, the only pain manifests in the bottom of my left foot, but let me promise you, I'd have just assumed cut my leg off on some days:  The pain can be absolutely unbearable.  Supposedly in time the nerve will heal itself and all this will go away, but if it is happening, it is at a snails pace.
Amy has been helping me to get out about every day, and I have been to the OIFC a few times to try to help keep that show running.
All and all I have to admit that I am doing better.  Some days are better than others, but thanks to the unwaivering support of my wife Amy, we are taking baby steps toward a hopeful near/full recovery. 
Thanks again for the support, and I will keep you posted.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Ocean report" | OIFC World Cat / Carolina Cat | 08/31/12
 

Made a bait recon mission yesterday in preparation for the South Brunswick Classic King Tourney this weekend. What we saw is a continuation of the amazement we have seen all summer. There are massive schools of pogies holding outside the sea buoy all the way past the Jolly Mon Reef[AR460], 3 miles offshore. Bluefish are working the schools but I saw no sign of Kings or other predador fish. In my 60+ years of fishing this area of the NC coast, I do not ever remember seeing schools of pogies holding this far offshore, and how in the world can they be in the vulnerable deeper water and not be savaged by gamefish. I don't have a clue, but that is a good one for discussion. What the heck is going on. The water is crystal clear[king green] once you get past the tide line. SO....same story; how in the world do you ignore the bait, perfect water color and not fish the beaches[Yaupon/Long Beach]? Truthfully I haven't heard reports of Kings on the beach, but I sure can't figure out why not. Not sure where team OIFC will head; we may end up doing circles around the sea buoy as Barrett and I argue on which direction to head. The weather this weekend looks perfect; heard there was a good wahoo bite this week off Morehead, so that body of fish should be moving into our waters along the break.
- Rube McMullan
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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.


- Capt. Rickey Beck
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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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